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Comment Re:2013 could be... (Score 1) 158

Especially if you're very used to the IPv4 way of doing things

I suspect that's a big part of the reason why adoption has been so slow. IPv6 is annoyingly different. You pretty much just have to force yourself to accept that you have to do things differently, and a lot of people don't like that.

NAT is ugly, but people are very comfortable with the way it works.

Comment Re:Relief (Score 1) 208

On the other end of the scale, it's a lot like speeding tickets.

As I said in an earlier comment, while I do try to buy most of my media, I have occasionally downloaded without buyin a legit copy. If I got caught and fined somewhere in the $100 to $500 range .. chances are I'm just going to pay it as fighting it is probably going to be a hassle, and I actually "did the crime". Sure you'll have people who will fight it just because (same as you have people who know they were speeding and will still try to fight it in court as they have nothing to lose but time) but I think most people are just gonna pay a reasonable fine for something they know they actually did and get on with their life.

Comment Re:Relief (Score 1) 208

I'm actually ok with this.

$5000 is a bit steep, but as said that's the max. The actual fines sound a lot closer to what you'd get for say, a speeding ticket. I try to buy media (usually via DVD, which I then rip to my computer) and have a netflix subscription, but I'll admit I have downloaded movies in the past and still do occasionally while never buying a copy. If I got caught, I'd be perfectly ok with paying a fine in the $100 to $500 range.. it seems reasonable and I actually "did the crime".

Comment Re:why (Score 1) 447

Good grief man..

First off the Canadian thanksgiving isn't tied to such genocide .. and for that matter neither is the American thanksgiving (it's supposed to be a harvest festival).

And why get hung up on the association of Christmas with religion. Are you that tied into your identity as an athiest that you can't just treat it as a "time off work and spend time with family" holiday like most people (including myself) do.

Comment Re:why (Score 5, Insightful) 447

Some people feel the need to extend their geek persona into everything (including family stuff).

Personally I'm not so inclined. Christmas (I'm Canadian so that's our next turkey day) and (our) thanksgiving are occasions when I like to put down the tech and spend the day hanging out at my mothers place with family. But I guess if someone wants to make an arduino controlled stuffing management system or something, to each their own!

Comment Mmmmnope (Score 1) 447

I don’t do anything geeky with the Christmas dinner (I’m Canadian, it’s our next turkey day). Wouldn’t even occur to me to try. I can’t even think of anything one could do that would qualify as geeky, but then I lack creativity.

I have a really nifty electric carving knife but that’s about it.

Comment Re:Wallpaper DCOP (Score 3, Informative) 73


Looking like no.

There are two ways you can do it, one is via a javascript plasmoid type hack, and the other is by having a "current_wallpaper" file somewhere, setting it as your wallpaper, then overwriting the file to change it (KDE (should) pick up the change and set the wallpaper accordingly).

Of course, both of these options are absolutely ridiculous. It's understandable how something like this got missed in the switch from dcop to dbus, but it's annoying how long it has sat there (especially as the fix is really simple, and has already been written).

Comment Re:Obviously they are trying to build hype (Score 4, Insightful) 544

Totally this.

It's probably going to be along the lines of evidence that there might have been some specific trace element at one point which may indicate the existence of water or microbacterial life at one point. In other words, something that is both a major discovery and extremely boring to the large majority of the population (including geeks) at the same time.

Comment Re:Just guessing (Score 1) 230

Kinda the point of:

(or not, maybe just have it loose between the cover and first page)

If we are talking ancient relics that will turn to dust if the pages are so much as parted (or some kind of slip cover installed), then I dunno.. maybe specific shelf space with the barcode and label under it or something..

Comment Just guessing (Score 3, Insightful) 230

I have no experience in this area, so this is purely how I would approach the problem from a blank slate.

I would go with good ol` fashion "bunch o` lines" bar codes. Easy to make yourself, should be easy to attach to a book (or not, maybe just have it loose between the cover and first page), lots of cheap readers and most just emulate a keyboard so easy to interface with.

From there I'd probably throw together a little home brew. What you are asking for does not really sound complicated, the software side sounds like a weekend project for just the basic requirements. Even if you just do it as a basic web app. Be sure to add a title based search for if the barcode gets lost, so the bar code just becomes a convinience and not a requirement to use,

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