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Comment: Call me an old guy with a short attention span but (Score 5, Insightful) 87

by nicomede (#49377411) Attached to: No Film At 11: the Case For the Less-Video-Is-More MOOC

I have never been able to stand more than 5 minutes of a MOOC video before telling myself 'OK, I'll find a proper textbook.'.
I usually have a basic view of the MOOC topic ; at least the textbook allows me to skim it and dig deeper on the points that I'm interested in.
Just sitting at my desk and watching a video is usually boring and requires to watch the complete segment before realising it was not what I was looking for.

The same goes for all these video tutorials : why bother making a 5-min youtube video on some software installation when a one-page text with command lines would be appropriate?

Comment: It's a pity (Score 2, Interesting) 161

by nicomede (#46638835) Attached to: Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

I for one used this service to share files between my Ubuntu desktops, it worked seamlessly. It is especially useful for development files (programs and scripts) that I share between my different workplaces.

If anyone has a replacement suggestion that integrates well with the Ubuntu desktop, I would be glad to hear from it.

Comment: I switched my mom to Ubuntu 12.04 (Score 4, Informative) 408

by nicomede (#45695699) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

and she took a few weeks to adapt, now she uses it (mostly) trouble-free. I also enabled Desktop sharing via VNC to avoid driving to her place every time she complains 'I had my icon here and now it's gone' or 'It does not behave as berfore' or 'The menu to send my mails is gone'.
Her grand-children also spend lots of time on this computer while she takes care of them, and I used to clean lots of malware after them... not anymore.

Comment: My 2 cents : initiate a Slashdot Poll (Score 1) 1191

by nicomede (#45011659) Attached to: Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

I have to agree on all the previous comments : I'm only here for the comments, not for visual candy. My suggestion is to initiate a poll with the different site design options ; seeing all the comments here I bet the results will by "90% - keep curent design 10%- Get us CmdrTaco back".

Comment: My favorite : Mamiya 645 (Score 1) 316

by nicomede (#42759539) Attached to: Current favorite still-image camera type:
It takes amazingly good B&W shots. I've rarely seen equivalent quality for pictures. OTOH when I carry it around I get a neckache in two hours ; the lenses are huge and metal-mounted... So I recently bought a Pentax K5ii, a good camera when you wqnt to tweak the settings and the fixed focal lenses are correct. I just miss the lab part, for which I have not enough time any more...

+ - The blue honey mystery is solved in France->

Submitted by nicomede
nicomede writes: A mysteriously blue honey has been collected for a few weeks in bee colonies in eastern France. After investigation, it appears that the culprit is a nearby biogas plant that processed residues from a Mars company factory in Strasbourg. Measures were taken not to stock this waste in an area were bees could reach it, that apparently solved the problem.
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