Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! ×

Comment Re:But seriously speaking ... (Score 1) 465

Why is this moderated up? This is absolutely no different from "I was thinking about my aunt, then the phone rang, and I found out she was dead!".

The poster had a brainfart a couple of minutes before something happened. These things happens, you know, because of the huge amount of people on planet earth, but temporal coincidende does not relation make (I am sure there is a better/well known way of saying this is english).

Comment Re:Pointless (Score 5, Insightful) 287

In Denmark, the law requires you to walk around the vehicle and inspect it for damages and that e.g. lights work, each and every time you get in the vehicle to drive. Also, to check if an animal or small child should be under the vehicle.

I have never even heard about anyone doing this.

My current vehicle has parking sensors, front and back. The manual states that you should never rely on these solely, but always use your own judgement. They are only a help, not to be relied on. In the approx 3 years I have had them, they have not only worked flawlessly (and, they beeep, if they are covered in snow, such that I know to clean them), they have worked *way better* than my own judgement. I have come to rely on them to the extent that I "fear" driving cars without them, because I forget they are not there.

Sometimes there is a big difference between what the law requires, what the manifactor has to put in the manual, and the real world.

My bet is, that when we get the selfdriving cars, most people will take a good long nap in stop-and-go traffic. Or perhaps read a book. Or check email. And, we will all know this "public secret".

Comment Re:Is it ready for the desktop ? (Score 4, Informative) 151

You are sorely lacking in the history department of Linux Video Editors.

Kino was originally developed with only DV editing in mind. It grew to be pretty usefull, but around the mid 00's, the main developers (Charles Yates and Dan Dennedy) realised that the basic foundation of Kino would never accomodate anything besides a clip-oriented DV editor. They therefore wrote the MLT framework ( that is a powerfull (open source) multimedia framework, which is used in TV productions, and is the basis of several open source video editors, most notable Kdenlive and OpenShot. (See list here:

Dan Dennedy decided to keep Kino "alive" as it is usefull to some people, but not do any further development on it.

Dan Dennedy still maintains MLT and have contributed to several of the MLT related projects. Kdenlive is a powerfull NLE video editor that can do most of, if not all, that the very expensive tools for other platforms do. In some cases way more. (And, yes, it runs under Gnome or other desktops, you just need the KDE libs)

It is unfortunate that people keep referencing Kino. No new development have been made on it for literally years, and e.g. Kdenlive are much, much more powerfull.

(On a side note, it is also unfortunate that so few people know of the massive amount of work that Dan Dennedy has invested in to Video editing on Linux. Besides Kino and MLT, he has been heavily involved in the Firewire/dv1394 drivers of the Linux kernels, and it is amazing how much he has contributed).

If you want to see Kdenlive related videos, search for kdenlive on youtube. Tons of people have made videos with Kdenlive.

Disclaimer: I have contributed code and translations to both Kino and Kdenlive. I belive I may even be listed as one of the authors of Kino (or at least was at some point).

Comment Windows is an option today - not an requirement (Score 5, Insightful) 373

Good thing alternatives exists.

I am not advocating they should "just change". I am just saying that on a personal level I am very happy that thrustworthy alternatives exists, and that Windows (no longer) is an requirement at the workplace or at home, but just an option.

Thank you, Stallman, Linus, and all you other people around the world, who have used your time to provide us with these alternatives.

And, yes, I know some people will claim that Windows is an requirement for the specific uses you have. I don't really care - for the wast majority of computing users around the world, Windows is an option, not an requirement. And, I am happy for that.

Comment Re:I don't.. (Score 1) 453

an HTTP replacement that's stateful rather than stateless,

I stopped reading your post there. I take it you have never actually implemented anything non-trivial networkwise, with a stateful protocol, or you would not suggest replacing HTTP with something statefull. Its like asking for encryption directly in the IP - its just plain wrong for HTTP and its ilk. Go read up on it.

Comment Re:JS Speed is the deciding factor in modern webpa (Score 4, Insightful) 182

I don't understand why this comment got +5. It is pretty misguided.

The statement:

> I realized, you can't speed up assembly language -- It's a perfectly optimized language, there's nothing under the hood to tweak

makes some limited sense in some contexts (one could argue that the microcode supporting the assembler on the CPU is repeatedly optimized), but none in this. The IonMonkey JIT does essentially optimize the assembler code[*], by rearranging it in various ways to make it faster. E.g. it takes stuff like this (in javascript, as I have not written assembler in years):

for ( var i = 0; i != 10 ; ++ i ) {
    var foo = "bar";

and changes it to e.g. this:

for ( var i = 0; i != 10; ++i ) {
var foo = "bar";

possibly then this:

var foo = "bar";

This is an optimization and it is performed at assembler level (Again: the above is not meant to be read as JavaScript, but assembler).

The other statement that really sticks out is this:

> A sign of a horribly designed language is that the speed of its implementations can be repeatedly increased "by leaps and bounds"...

This simply highlights that the poster really do not understand the goals behind crossplatform languages, such as Java, Dalvik, JavaScript, lisp, ML, Python, Perl, and so on, or the goals for weakly typed languages.

[*] It works on an abstract representation of the assembler code, but it might as well have been working directly on the assembler, was it not for the fact that this would require it to learn to many assembler variants.

Comment Good riddance to geo-blocking (Score 5, Insightful) 206

I live in Denmark, and recently spent 30 minutes to try and buy an english e-book online.

Found it at 3 different retailers (US, UK, Australia), that refused to sell it to me (add it to the basket), because of my location.

Then found it at 2 additional retailers, that allowed me to add it to a basket, then accepted my credit-card information, before refusing to actually sell it to me.

Then I got sort of mad and decided to break a 15 year old principle on not pirating stuff. Went to google, and had the ebook literally 30 seconds later! 10 seconds later on my device, and I could start reading.

What on earth are they thinking!

Oh, and I then later wrote the agent for the writer in question here in Denmark, and in the UK to offer payment. I have not heard a word from the UK agent, and the Danish one just confirmed that they do not sell the english language version of that writer in Denmark as an ebook.

Fools, really. And, they are probably, as I write this, banging on the door to the parliament, requiering stricter copyright laws.


Comment Re:Have you tried Play on Linux? http://www.playon (Score 1) 503

Yes thanks. It was actually the one we got closest to working, but it failed to start properly. My son told me that it had installed the US version of WoW and that his account (which he uses from school) is european, so it refused to start. Or something like that.

At this point it just seems a whole lot easier to go with Windows.

Comment Re:I am a Linux gamer, X-mas LAN party (Score 1) 503

Sorry, but how, exactly?

We do not have any World of Warcraft install mediums, so we resort to some sort of online install thingy (been a couple of weeks since we last tried, and I have forgot the details). I think the last we tried was PlayOnLinux - took several hours, and as far as we could tell, it eventually installed a US version. However, the account/whatever my kid has is European, and for that reason it refused to work. Or something in that neighbourhood.

At this point, going with Windows just seems so much easier. For this particular usage.

Comment Re:Has "spare Lenovo T400 laptop"... (Score 1) 503

I did not actually say I can't afford it. I said I was surprised by the price. We live in Denmark, and the cheapest full install of Windows 7 here is kr. 1.399,- which is approx. $244.

Yes, I have a spare Lenove T400. This is a four year old laptop which I used myself until quite recently. No, I do not have the windows medium or license that came with it.

How much money I spend on this, even for my kids, is a choice. Up until recently, my kids have not really been lacking in the "video games" department. Now my son wants to play a game that we are unable to support on the platforms we have. So, we need a new platform. I am actually trying to supply that to him (with the kind help of Slashdot users). I think that Windows PC gaming is not so relevant now, as it used to be. At least is has not been for my kid and his friends. So I am reluctant to just pay out $1000 dollars for a new Windows PC/laptop.

Comment Re:I am a Linux gamer, X-mas LAN party (Score 1) 503

Yes. What can I say? I could not make it work. We tried Wine, Crossover and PlayOnLinux using various approaches. All failed in various ways.

I am not exactly happy about this. However, that is the reality, and at this point I don't think my kid should "pay" more for his dads lack of technical skills.

And, I used to actually run Doom servers. Under Linux. On Novell networks, using IPX. That was approx. 1995. Of course, the Doom binaries were Linux native, but still, IPX was sort of foreign to Linux, and the installs were "complicated".

I think the big difference from then to now is lack of time, and that I do not do this for myself, but for my kids. He just wants to play with his friends. He don't really care a lot about all the time his "computerwise" dad uses to (not) get it to work. His friends just boots dads Windows PC and plays...

Comment Re:Lenovo T400 does not meet WoW's minimum require (Score 1) 503

Thanks for your answer.

Sorry, I did not really appreciate that T400's vary that much.

The T400 I have here, has an Intel Core 2 Duo P9500 @ 2.53 GHz, and a ATI RV620 [Mobility Radeon HD 3400], 4GB of ram, and 120 GB of SSD. The CPU seems to match recommended, and the GPU is somewhere just below minimum?

There is a cost thing here - if he wants more beefy hardware, he must raise the money.

Slashdot Top Deals

UFOs are for real: the Air Force doesn't exist.