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Comment: Das Keyboard Professional 4 (Score 1) 451

by prisoner-of-enigma (#49274317) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

I just picked up one of these and I must say I've been incredibly happy with it. The construction is top notch (Germans know a thing or two about how to build stuff), the key action is amazing, and it looks incredible. Pricey? Yes. But so is a finely-crafted automobile. Both will probably outlast you.

Comment: Monitors != Lighting (Score 1) 328

by pavon (#49251727) Attached to: New Crop of LED Filament Bulbs Look Almost Exactly Like Incandescents

Yes, you can't tell the difference in the spectrum of the light when you are staring at the light, so when looking at objects whose color is purely emisive, like TVs and monitors then you can represent the entire gamut of color that the human eye can see by combining three primary colors.

But this breaks down when you are looking at objects that are reflecting that light, because the way those materials reflect light absolutely is wavelength specific. In that case if you have two lights that appear to be the exact same color when staring at them (or when shining them against a white wall), but have different spectra, then objects illuminated with those two lights can look very different because they absorb and reflect those spectra differently. A normal person won't be able to quantify why they look different, but they will know that something is "off" and may get an impression of the lighting in vague terms like mood or character.

So no, you can't fake a lighting spectrum with just 3 primaries, which is why producing good LED lighting has been much harder than producing good LED monitors.

Comment: Re:This is a bug not a feature (Score 4, Insightful) 328

by pavon (#49246417) Attached to: New Crop of LED Filament Bulbs Look Almost Exactly Like Incandescents

For the entire history of the human race nearly all the lighting we have encountered has been block-body radiation, and a black body spectrum will always look better and more natural to us than other light spectrum. So florescent and sodium vapor will finally die off as LEDs become less expensive, but variations in color temperature will never go away. Warm lights will always feel more cozy and intimate just like campfires and candles have always been. Cool light will always feel a bit dreary, like an overcast day. And Daylight spectrum will always feel bright and cheerful. Opinions on whether a living room should be bright and cheerful or warm and comforting may vary. But unless we somehow stop experiencing natural lighting whatsoever, and evolve into Morlocks, variants of black body light will retain their historical associations.

Comment: Layers of imitation. (Score 3, Insightful) 328

by pavon (#49246185) Attached to: New Crop of LED Filament Bulbs Look Almost Exactly Like Incandescents

These are really cool. But it did make me chuckle when the article talked about how current LED candelabra bulb in particular are quite ugly. The candelabra bulbs were made to (poorly) mimic the shape of candle flame, and now we are attempting to mimic that imitation because we have gotten used to the way it looks :)

Comment: Re:Redmine is good (Score 2) 144

by PetiePooo (#49243021) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Issue Tracker For Non-Engineers?

While Redmine definitely has plenty of plugins and features for "agilism," it's easy to bypass or ignore them. It also allows SSO for Windows users with fallback to user+password, sends change and assignment notices by email, and has a Wiki built in. You can auto-create recurring issues if that's needed (think assigned weekly/monthly tasks), and there's a knowledge-base plugin that we've also found useful. It is project centered, where you can assign subsets of users to projects when they're created, and archive cancelled or completed projects to remove clutter.

Comment: Beating fossil? (Score 1) 356

by prisoner-of-enigma (#49241031) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again

The headline is pretty misleading, and the illogical nature of it is revealed in the opening sentences of the "article." How in the world can you say solar "beats coal and wind" when it is responsible for roughly 1% of overall generation? Sure, it *added* more capacity by percentage this year than other power generation types, but so what? If I generated zero watts last year via hamster wheel generation and added one watt this year, my percentage increase is...well...infinity! Haha! I beat everything on the planet! But my actual generation is laughable.

I'm not trying to talk down solar, or wind, or anything. I'm just sick of the sensational headlines full of hyperbole picking relatively useless metrics to claim something like this is really amazing when, in fact, it's quite pedestrian.

Comment: Wow! A thousand??? (Score 2) 192

by prisoner-of-enigma (#49234059) Attached to: Steam On Linux Now Has Over a Thousand Games Available

Now there's more games than gamers!

Seriously, yes, I know -- or at least suspect -- there are more than a thousand Linux gamers on Steam out there, but really...when you've got barely 1% of the gaming market, it's a little silly to say 2015 could be the "Year of Linux Gaming." At some point you have to disconnect yourself from wishful thinking and hyperbole and just say "yeah, it's getting better, but it still has a very long way to go."

Comment: Re:Clear to me (Score 1) 609

by prisoner-of-enigma (#49233575) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

I can't imagine the State Department not adhering to the same standard of security when doing the people's business.

You can't? Try instead to imagine what would happen to a Clinton staffer who told her she can't do something, especially when Hillary has very concrete and politically-motivated reasons for violating policy (i.e. hiding potential corruption, illegal dealings, etc. from FOIA requests and Congressional inquiry). Hillary doesn't exactly have a reputation for dealing kindly with people like that, you know.

Comment: Re:Its Not the Server (Score 1) 609

by prisoner-of-enigma (#49233515) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

I did check the law. There's nothing preventing her from using a private email or private long as everything is recorded, archived, and available for government inspection if needed. The problem here is there is no way to guarantee this. Clinton can say she's turned over everything "relevant" to government business, but she can't prove she didn't withhold unflattering or potentially illegal emails. Further, the government cannot prove what is or isn't relevant because it hasn't had control of the server/email since inception. This kind of stuff is precisely why the law was amended (admittedly after Clinton's tenure as SecState) to prevent Federal employees from using personal stuff for official business.

But to say she didn't break the law is being disingenuous. If she's unable or unwilling to turn over everything, she's not complying with the law.


The Abandoned Google Project Memorial Page 150

Posted by Soulskill
from the Hello!-Wave-Lively,-Reader! dept. writes: Quentin Hugon, Benjamin Benoit and Damien Leloup have created a memorial page for projects adandoned by Google over the years including: Google Answers, Lively, Reader, Deskbar, Click-to-Call, Writely, Hello, Send to Phone, Audio Ads, Google Catalogs, Dodgeball, Ride Finder, Shared Stuff, Page Creator, Marratech, Goog-411, Google Labs, Google Buzz, Powermeter, Real Estate, Google Directory, Google Sets, Fast Flip, Image Labeler, Aardvark, Google Gears, Google Bookmarks, Google Notebook, Google Code Search, News Badges, Google Related, Latitude, Flu Vaccine Finder, Google Health, Knol, One Pass, Listen, Slide, Building Maker, Meebo, Talk, SMS, iGoogle, Schemer, Notifier, Orkut, Hotpot, Music Trends, Refine, SearchWiki, US Government Search, Sparrow, Web Accelerator, Google Accelerator, Accessible Search, Google Video, and Helpouts. Missing from the list that we remember are Friend Connect, Google Radio Ads, Jaiku, SideWiki, and Wave.

We knew there were a lot, but who knew there'd be so many. Which abandoned Google project do you wish were still around?

+ - Windows 93 Is Real, And It's Spectacular

Submitted by rossgneumann
rossgneumann (3901661) writes "It’s 2015, but Windows 93 is finally ready. Your new favorite operating system is here and it’s weird as hell. The browser-based OS makes us thirst for what could’ve been if Microsoft didn’t skip between Windows 3.X and Windows 95. The fully clickable “OS” greets users with the Playstation 1 bootup sound signaling they’re about the trip into an alternate universe. The first version of Windows 93 went up in October, but its creator posted on Reddit last night that it’s finally complete."

Comment: Re:Why Force Your Children to Live in the Past? (Score 1) 734

by PetiePooo (#49197097) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?
Obligatory The Newsroom opening sequence

I think every U.S. politician should watch this at least once a week, both during session and during their fundraising runs.

Returning to the topic, it sounds like you have until they turn 18 to make that decision. By then, they can consider all the pros and cons and make their own decision, right?

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".