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Comment: Re:Price driven... (Score 1) 465

by ripdajacker (#42494227) Attached to: Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

Same thing happened with digital music, and is still happening with games and such (Steam games generally cost more than their physical counterpart). It's just business as usual, since we do seem to be paying for it.

Ebooks offer portability and ease of distribution. While I do prefer paper books like most people, I really don't like having to buy a new bookshelf once a year/every other year. Technical books I almost only read on my computer, since I only use them while doing something on my computer. Fiction is much more suited for ebook readers, since it rarely requires jumps in content.

For the most part I just buy the paper book and pirate the digital copy. More often than not I lend/give that book to someone so it doesn't clutter my already burdened bookshelves.

+ - The Dutch Repair Cafe Versus The Throwaway Society->

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circletimessquare writes "Everyone in the modern world has thrown away at least one thing that was perfectly good except for an easily fixed defect, because it's just easier to buy a new one. In the Netherlands, in the name of social cohesion, and with government and private foundation grants, there is a trend called the Repair Cafe (Dutch). People bring in broken items: a skirt with a hole in it, an iron that no longer steams, and they fix each other's stuff and meet their neighbors. Now that's an idea worth keeping."
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+ - Facebook Admits It Doesn't Know How Mobile Works->

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deltaromeo (821761) writes "As Facebook moves inexorably toward its much-anticipated initial public offering, attention has been focused on all kinds of things about the giant network with the $100 billion potential market valuation—including the earth-shattering fact that Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg insists on wearing a hoodie during his meetings with Wall Street bankers and analysts. But what investors should be more focused on is the problem Facebook highlights in the most recent amendment to its S-1 securities filing: namely, that its mobile business is noticeably light on advertising revenue and that the company isn’t exactly sure how (or whether) it can fix that."
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+ - Researchers Use Stem Cells To Grow New Teeth->

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bonch (38532) writes "Scientists from the College of Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University have successfully grown new teeth from stem cells. After extracting stem cells from existing oral tissue, the cells are molded into the shape of a tooth using a polymer scaffold. Using this method, teeth have already been successfully grown in mice and monkeys, with human clinical trials under way."
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Comment: Re:Alternatives? (Score 1) 356

by ripdajacker (#38953399) Attached to: Canonical Pulls Kubuntu Personnel Funding

I think it was initially speed. I remember yum being very slow in the first few versions, but that was a long time ago. The second and probably real issue is habit.
I guess they are functionally the same.

In the end it's taste. Fedora has always been more FOSS oriented, OpenSUSE has had its ups and downs in terms of package repositories. Ubuntu seemed like the easier choice back in the day (i.e. binary drivers, closed source codecs etc).

Comment: Re:LOL! (Score 1) 446

by ripdajacker (#38951955) Attached to: Tapeheads and the Quiet Return of VHS

There's no such thing as lossless digital audio. Sound being essentially a mathematical function where the points consist of irrational numbers, you would need infinite resolution to capture the analog sound.

Granted you can crank the sampling rate to 96khz and you'll probably have a hard time hearing the difference, but the two recordings will still be inherently different. Analog will always win in terms of resolution, at least in theory. Digital recordings will always have this limit.

Comment: Re:Ubuntu is the New Mac (Score 1) 356

by ripdajacker (#38951853) Attached to: Canonical Pulls Kubuntu Personnel Funding

I've noticed the exact same thing. Streamlining the interface surely isn't a bad thing, but giving up choice for eye candy just seems so... unlike linux.

Given that OS X is streamlined as hell, and all applications use the same gui library, they have a very consistent look and feel. Linux applications have a hard time achieving that since there's GTK and Qt as the two big contenders.

What I am trying to say is that the idea is a good one, but the execution has yet to prove its worth.

Comment: Re:Alternatives? (Score 1) 356

by ripdajacker (#38951785) Attached to: Canonical Pulls Kubuntu Personnel Funding

OpenSUSE packages KDE very nicely, fedora I haven't had running for some versions now, but last I checked (11 I think) it was working fine. Both better than Kubuntu, but both have yum instead of apt-get, and that's what kept me om ubuntu-based distros.

Debians packaging is as vanilla as it gets, so it's not that bad. There are some issues, afaik, with default file handlers and such, but nothing some tweaking won't fix.

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun