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Comment Re:Finally! (Score 1) 195

"Seeketh ye not affirmation from others, for content is the man who seeketh not, but hath affirmation within himself."

According to the above content, drinking is awesome. I affirm this by drinking. Unfortunately, my girlfriend broke up with me.

Morale: sometimes you gotta dance as though there are a few people watching.

Comment Re: Slashdot hates technology? (Score 2) 51

This. For fun I threw a VR VNC app onto my phone and put it into a cardboard to try it out. Being able to head-track a cursor felt pretty clumsy at first, but after about 5 minutes was really something that I would want to get used to, and got pretty good at swiftly.

Admittedly, having the camera poorly reproduce RL in the background was a bit nauseating, but getting a huge forward facing screen that left nothing for distraction was truly revolutionary. (If only they could fix the slow side drift...) I could seriously see general purpose computing to be improved by this, which is to say nothing of the specific use applications like the Unreal4 in-VR VR building demo posted recently.

I for one am looking forward to our wild and crazy VR future.

Comment Slashdot Anniversary Meet Ups (Score 1) 1839

Hey, I'm late to the party, but speaking of parties: Slashdot has traditionally hosted massively distributed meet up events every 5 years. Please don't forget about this as another one is due for 2017!

I've been to two previously now, and they have been great and are an awesome way to meet interesting people that one would otherwise never get a chance to.

Comment Re:School of Rock (Score 1, Insightful) 218

If this goes through, It could provoke more play of local (i.e. 'less expensive') artists. That would a good thing, yes? Or, does music get cheaper when bought in bulk... is Coldplay is 1 cent a spin, and local group USS is a dollar a spin? What bothers me the most is how any control over the pricing here results in upper level control of what songs get played. Only if somehow the artists themselves get to pick royalty pricing could I see this working.

Comment School of Rock (Score 4, Insightful) 218

Dewey: Oh, you wanna learn something?

Summer: Yes, I do.

Dewey: You want me to teach you something? [most of the students nod] Here's a useful lesson for you: give up. Just quit. Because in this life, you can't win. Sure, you can try. [really getting angry] But in the end you're just gonna lose, BIG TIME. Because THE WORLD is run by the Man.

Frankie: Who?

Dewey: The Man. Oh, you don't know the Man? [class shakes their heads] He's everywhere. In the White House, down the hall, MISS MULLINS, she's the Man. And the Man ruined the ozone, and he's burning down the Amazon, and he kidnapped Shamu and put her in a chlorine tank! Okay? And there used to be a way to stick it to The Man. It was called rock ‘n’ roll. But guess what. Oh, no. The Man ruined that too with a little thing called MTV! So don’t waste your time trying to make anything cool or pure or awesome, because The Man’s just going to call you a fat, washed up loser and crush your soul. So do yourselves a favor and just GIVE UP!!!

Comment Re:CMS (Score 1) 161

I would highly recommend Tiki ( ) as an option as it will probably have every feature you need ready to go. Wiki for main content, forums, article publishing, blogs, forums, chat, calender, data trackers, tons of starter themes, video conferencing, file/image galleries.. the works. The v10 beta is very stable and although it is a bit of a pain to configure initially since the number of options are overwhelming, once it is set up it really rocks. Getting good performance can be a bit tricky, however if you set up the APC module, enable the minify js/css features, and get gzip and proper caching set up on the web server it can be very very fast even on a budget VPS.

Comment Re:Venue (Score 1) 2

A quick update, I'm still planning on heading to the black dog for ~7:30, will be sporting the original 90's linux tshirt. Hopefully a few people will drop in to say hi, nerd it up for a bit, and mayhaps later, 10-11ish, since I didn't recieve any of the /. shirts, the option to raid the nearby hot-tub party for some swag remains open.

Comment Venue (Score 1) 2

Picked out the Black Dog as that was the location of the previous meet. It might be a bit crowded on a saturday night though, so if anyone has any suggestions that doesn't involve birthday spandex, I would be happy to switch up the venue for yall.

Comment Re:Really?? (Score 1) 393

I'm not entirely sure about this, but I'll bite. here's an example, I'm 90% sure that learning to drive stick improved my quality of driving overall. One of my friends even remarked that I was driving a lot smoother, namely the braking and acceleration rates. It effectively stamped the model of the car engine switching through gears into my brain that carried over even when driving automatic. I always felt more in tune with cars thereafter and naturally drove the car with gears in my mind, translating to smoother takeoffs and, well I use to gear down with standard; I miss that functionality driving automatic.

I tried dvorak once and tried hard to grapple it. While trying out the new layout I was very conscious of using the home row - for eventual maximal speed. As a side effect of learning it, I ended up with much better adherence to good typing when having to return to qwerty.

I know some instruments, and I'm fairly sure that as I learn to play new ones.. working on guitar and lyra right now.. generalizations and cross applicative senses of things form such as chord theory, rhythms and melody, moods of music..

As for numpads.. It would be best to only ever have one layout.. right?

Comment Re:Hershel vs. Hubble (Score 1) 21

I RTFA, and it looks like they have compelling evidence of water and carbon in some very stunning places:
Scientists used Herschelâ€(TM)s Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared (HIFI) on 22 June to look for warm molecular gas heated by newborn massive stars in the DR21 star-forming region in Cygnus. HIFI provided excellent data in two different observing modes, returning information on the composition of the region with unprecedented accuracy and resolution. Scientists observed ionised carbon, carbon monoxide, and water.


Comment Let CSS work for you! (Score 2, Insightful) 338

    <title>Abstract of a usable design</title>
    <style type="text/css">
      @media print {
         body { margin: 2.5cm; }
      @media screen {
         body { margin:  50px; width: 50%; }
      body { font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; }
    <h1>It's so crazy it just might work</h2>
    <h2>and other html inspired musings</h2>
    <p>Why not just use css?</p>
    <p>Also, don't worry about page numbering. that's the browser's job.</p>

Submission + - 'Profane' Content On 700Mhz Band?

janitorj writes: "As I was reading the manual for my new cellular phone (yes I RTFM), I came across an FCC warning that reads "No person shall utter any obscene, indecent or profane language by means of radio communication." This just means I cannot legally curse during my phone calls, but then I started thinking about all the talk about the high stakes FCC auction for the 700Mhz band. If, as the hype suggests, a large broadband network is created on these frequencies, what will become of internet censorship? The FCC will potentially have jurisdiction over any data sent over its frequencies, so does that mean if this wireless network is created, there will be no more profanity allowed on the internet?"

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