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Comment: Another LG TV owner here ... (Score 1) 129

by kbahey (#49092015) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

Another LG TV owner here ...

I want to echo what the parent said. LG TVs are decent in general. The voice feature is just a gimmick added to make the company/product look cool. Perhaps it gains some WOWs when demoed in store. But in real life, its voice recognition is subpar, and the feature does not get used much. And yes, you have to press a button on the remote for the TV to listen (via a mic in the remote in my case).

Comment: Re:Speechless (Score 2) 49

by kbahey (#49055863) Attached to: Five Glorious Years of Sun Images In a Four-Minute Video

That the earth was round, was known from the time of the Ancient Greeks.

In fact, the circumference of the earth was measured by Eratosthenes in the 3rd century BC, with considerable accuracy, using very simple means.

Here is Carl Sagan in Cosmos, on Eratosthenes measurement of the earth's circumference.

Comment: Re:This is (sort of) good news for Americans (Score 1) 215

by kbahey (#49049915) Attached to: Russia Seeking To Ban Tor, VPNs and Other Anonymizing Tools

I can't talk about Ukraine because I am not fully informed about it as I am about the other countries I listed. But from a cursory look, Russia accepted an independent vote from the Crimean penninsula, and annexed it based on that. If it is good for Crimea, then it is good for the rest of Ukraine.

But as I said, Ukraine is not what I can/want to discuss. I am specifically astonished to you characterizing these three Arab countries as having 'legitimately elected government" while the facts completely contradict this. These are dictatorships, and not legitimate at all. They were a brutal police states.

Moreover, the role of the USA in removing or trying to remove the dictators was minimal to non-existent.

Comment: Future genetic analysis and research (Score 1) 199

by kbahey (#48980905) Attached to: British MPs Approve 3-Parent Babies

At some point in the future, genetic analysis will be messed up because the lineage fo the mtDNA is not from the same mother that gave the nuclear DNA.

Will be a serious puzzle when this is done without any accompanying documentation that person X had this done, or a marker is present to indicate it was.

Comment: Re:SIP Replacement? (Score 1) 282

by AftanGustur (#48912541) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance
RedPhone is only for Android although iPhone compatible version exists. But this is not what I was talking about.

The problem is that there is no telephony system that you can use cross-platform, that is open source and the clients are easy to install and use for the average user.

No other heavily-used protocols have this problem, FTP, HTTP, SMPT, DNS, Torrent, Cloud Storage, VPN, SSH all have cross-platform, free and open source clients that are easy to set up and use for the average user. Telephony is the handicapped service on the internet

The main problem, as I see it, is the SIP protocol and the design mistake of relying on IP addresses in the application layer.

Comment: SIP Replacement? (Score 4, Interesting) 282

by AftanGustur (#48912125) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance
One of the big pieces of the puzzle that needs to be solved is a replacement for the SIP protocol.

Almost no one has a public IP address directly on their workstation at home and it is preventing free open source telephone to be widely adopted.

What is needed is a telephony protocol that and can easily be proxied or tunneled and/or that does not need extra measurements for surviving NAT.

Comment: Slashdot keeps aggravating their "audience" (Score 2) 182

by kbahey (#48769125) Attached to: Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

The last time I commented about the continued posting of Bennet's rants, some idiot moderators marked it as flamebait.

I am posting it again below. This is serious, not a troll, nor funny:

Slashdot's editor team knows that the "audience" here hate Bennet Hasleton's continued long winded drivel, yet they keep posting his stuff regularly.

This is yet another clear sign that Dice and Slashdot do not care about their "audience", just like the way they handled the Slashdot Beta debacle.

Dice: keep ignoring your "audience" while expecting viewership to increase. Yeah, that will happen alright ...

Comment: Egypt had helicopters, submarines and spaceships (Score 1) 381

As an Egyptian, I have to take issue with India claiming they were flying first. The Egyptians indeed had helicopters, submarines and spaceships thousands of years ago. And not in oral myth. We have real carvings on the temple of Abydos showing them clearly.

Don't believe me? See for yourself.

For the sarcastically challenged, they indeed look today live those vehicles, but the cause is recarving the new pharoah's name on top of the old one, hence this artifact.

Mod this informative, not funny!

Comment: Ubuntu 14.04 with KDE, XFCE or LXDE (Score 1) 210

by kbahey (#48729675) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

You are not alone in your dislike for Unity.

I did install Ubuntu 14.04 Server edition on newer (2014) PCs that require UEFI, and it works fine.

But you have options: kubuntu (KDE desktop, which I am using now), xubuntu (XFCE desktop) or lubuntu (LXDE desktop). If you use the 14.04 from any of those, then you probably wouldn't have any issues compared to older versions.

Comment: Standardization ... really!!?? (Score 1) 421

by floydman (#48649047) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

That is the only reason you would adopt an "open source" .Net/Fuck
Honestly, thats exactly where i stopped reading ...but forgive me for the rude interruption
Microsofy does NOT standardize ... look at IE, look at MS-js,(and in case u r a geek) look at the wchar_t implementation of MS= NOTHING to do with standards (standards is 2 byte, for some $U&KING reason MS decided: Nah...screw them, 4 is good), look at MSRPC (rip off from onc/sun rpc, but naahhhh, we dont want msrpc to talk to sun rpc)
what fucking standardization are you talking about!
You would be an idiot to believe they want to "integrate" with other techs...
rant over and out!

P.S. I haven't commented in /. for years, but you just pissed me off!

"You know, we've won awards for this crap." -- David Letterman