Re: Land size vs water availability (Score: 1)

by in Half of the world's biggest aquifers are being depleted on 2015-06-29 07:11 (#CQZH)

We are getting a water desalination plant in San Antonio, where I live. Even though we are pretty dang far from the coast, the bottom half of our aquifer is brackish and too salty to drink. The desalination plant will clean up the (slightly) too salty water so that we can suck the rest of the aquifer dry that we otherwise had to ignore. :)

Direct Link (Score: 1)

by in SpaceX Falcon rocket explodes after launch on 2015-06-29 07:03 (#CQYZ)

Wow, everything looked fine until it didn't. Announcer even said "vehicle on course, on track" a second before it went poof and disappeared.

Direct YouTube link.

Re: want more (Score: 1)

by in Going deeper into neural networks on 2015-06-24 23:28 (#CBJ1)

Plus, the processed images look neater than the original artwork.

Re: they are smart (Score: 2, Funny)

by in Washington breaks ground on its first animal overpass on 2015-06-21 00:29 (#BYD8)

Better solution than those problematic deer crossing signs! :)

Texas (Score: 1)

by in Forty US states expect water shortages in the next decade on 2015-06-20 08:57 (#BWQS)

The other 64% of Texas is getting record rainfall this year. Seriously, it seems like it has rained nearly every day this year (makes for crappy solar production on my rooftop panels!) I live in San Antonio, and we've gotten 3 inches in the last day alone. One of the lakes here has risen 70 feet in the last month or two.

Re: Terminator (Score: 1)

by in Behind the scenes at the DARPA Robotics Challenge on 2015-06-19 20:22 (#BVEX)

Or what will happen eventually. Remember: Judgement day is inevitable. You can only postpone it.

Safari on iOS (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in The Case for VP9 on 2015-06-12 19:48 (#B3WP)

The main holdout for VP9 is now the Safari browser on iPhone/iPad devices. All the other browsers can play VP9 either natively or by cheating a little by installing a plugin (IE and Safari on OSX.)

Re: just uninstall/disable flash (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Security updates for Adobe Flash Player flaws that could lead to info theft, malware attacks on 2015-06-11 03:54 (#AXEE)

Running with NoScript will keep the plugin mostly disabled. NoScript shows a static placeholder in its place so that, if you decide that you want it, you can easily activate the one specific element by clicking it.

Re: It's just like Cable TV (Score: 1)

by in Netflix is running ads, which it insists aren’t ads on 2015-06-04 17:40 (#AEAW)

I'm still using the original Netflix delivery method: Physical discs mailed to me once a week.

Sure, there are previews and other types of bonus material on DVD/Bluray discs, but they can be easily skipped with the method I use to watch them.

Re: There are computer generated articles.... (Score: 1)

by in State of the Art-Novel InFlow Tech-Featured Project Development; 1-Gearturbine RotaryTurbo 2-Implotu on 2015-06-03 16:01 (#ABR4)

My editorial style mostly comes from what I saw was horribly wrong with summaries over there... Far too many were superficial, inaccurate, one-side pablum, which resulted in the vast majority of comments being readers trying (much like Sisyphus) to correct the misinformation or slant of the summary on each story.
I've been considering a slight tweak to the pipe submissions and story edits to combine them and give them more of a "wiki" style. This would mean that pretty much everybody would get an "Edit" button and would be able to make changes to a story. Obviously, like a wiki, abusive edits would need to be easy to identify and revert but it could potentially alleviate some of the easy editing problems. Far too often, I see an editor get blasted in comments about a simple spelling error or a similarly trivial problem. Editors, like evilviper and zaffiro17, spend a lot of time and effort to create wonderful summaries and it's discouraging to see the first 10 comments quibbling about a spelling error! But what if users could easily fix it themselves? Would empowering users with editing abilities be more of a help or a hindrance?

Look at the recent Sourceforge Gimp article on Slashdot. The editor is attacked by the users for:
  1. Being late at accepting the submission
  2. Not editing the two merged submissions enough
  3. Being part of a some type of cover-up or conspiracy
  4. Slanting the story to favor the corporate overlord
Perhaps normal users wouldn't see themselves and editors as such distinct classes if everyone where more equal. Almost like promoting someone to their level of incompetence.

Re: A bit embarrassing... software developer for years.... (Score: 1)

by in June Will Be 1 Second Longer on 2015-06-02 21:32 (#A9XW)

Sorry, my fault. Language translation temporarilly dissabled again.

Re: Genetic similarities (Score: 1)

by in Early humans left Africa through Egypt, not Ethiopia, study says on 2015-06-02 21:27 (#A9X4)

Seems I borked the automatic language translation system again. I've disabled it for now and will hide these inadvertent double posts.

Re: There are computer generated articles.... (Score: 1)

by in State of the Art-Novel InFlow Tech-Featured Project Development; 1-Gearturbine RotaryTurbo 2-Implotu on 2015-06-02 21:23 (#A9X3)

From time to time I drop the |. url on /.. Should I not doing this?
By all means, keep it up! Pipedot is pretty small with no current method to gain new eyeballs other than through word-of-mouth.

Sorry for the double-posts. Testing the (seemingly broken) language translation.

Re: New heights in hyperbole (Score: 3, Funny)

by in Computrace backdoor exposes millions of PCs on 2015-05-28 07:27 (#9XH9)

Re: New heights in hyperbole (Score: 1)

by in Computrace backdoor exposes millions of PCs on 2015-05-27 20:23 (#9WKF)

Err, interesting, I was kinda expecting that link to get mangled as well since it contained a fragment. Seems it's only happens when the word boundary is preceded by slash, or similar character.

Re: New heights in hyperbole (Score: 1)

by in Computrace backdoor exposes millions of PCs on 2015-05-27 20:11 (#9WJT)

Sounds easy to install (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in LG unveils paper-thin 55-inch OLED TV that sticks to the wall with magnets on 2015-05-25 01:33 (#9PC2)

After installing a number of HDTVs to the wall with complex (and expensive) mounting brackets, a simple magnet mounting mechanism sounds like a dramatic improvement. Just mount an iron plate (or a few smaller plates) to the wall and then the TV just sticks in place.

Although the panel in the picture is certainly flexible, it doesn't look flexible enough to roll up into a tube. Imagine how much cheaper shipping would be if your new "giant" TV came in a slender tube instead of a large rectangular box that needed 2 people to pick up.

Re: In SciFi predictions (Score: 1)

by in Driverless cars may reduce U.S. auto sales 40% by 2040 on 2015-05-21 17:33 (#9G3B)

But in recent years; Toyoda, Volkswagon, and Hyundai all make more cars than any of those American manufacturers.

See Also (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Security researcher controlled passenger jet via inflight entertainment system on 2015-05-17 21:31 (#97MJ)

Previously #7NYM

Re: This looks awesome (Score: 2, Informative)

by in GNU Mailman 3.0 is out ! on 2015-04-29 16:03 (#828W)

LWN had a brief review of Mailman/HyperKitty a few weeks ago here: #5XX6

Re: Not very enticing... (Score: 1)

by in Project Fi - Google's take on mobile phone service on 2015-04-27 04:09 (#7WX8)

And where the hell did the Moderate button disappear to?
Because changing the drop down option will immediately change the moderation when you have JavaScript enabled, the "button" is not needed. However, if you turn off JavaScript in your profile settings, the moderate button will be visible and must be pressed to submit the form.

Re: This is huge (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Norway to shut down all analog FM radio on 2015-04-21 22:00 (#7HQE)

The few FM music stations we have in my area seem to have the equivalent music selection of a single disc CD player. Seriously. They play the same few songs over and over again, ad nauseam. Also, there are far more ads than songs played in any given hour.

What I find promising is the independently selected streaming services, like Spotify, that just use your wifi Internet connection (or eat some of you LTE data plan) to send you only the music that you actually want to hear.
  • all songs are on demand and selectable by the user
  • the playback is perfect (no static or crosstalk with other stations like FM)
  • subscriber based with no ads (I would rather pay a few bucks a month instead of listening to hours and hours of ads)
  • can make use of prefetching (queue up some data while on the strong wifi connection) and even storing your favorite songs (for when you have no data connection)
  • you can see the cover art and other meta information about the song
  • Spotify uses the Vorbis audio codec and has hinted on (eventually) switching to the Opus audio codec
P.S. Everyone knows that DRM stands for Direct Rendering Manager.

Re: Oh well (Score: 1)

by in Pipedot adopting Esperanto on 2015-04-02 01:12 (#68MY)

Heh. He certainly likes to paste the same wall of text over and over again. Switching the default language of the site to a constructed language for a few hours was evil enough for one day.

Re: this is a test (Score: 1)

by in Pipedot adopting Esperanto on 2015-04-01 16:12 (#67JZ)

And the test reply, for good measure.

this is a test (Score: 1)

by in Pipedot adopting Esperanto on 2015-04-01 16:11 (#67JY)

This is a test posted after disabling translations.

Re: God this is fantastic (Score: 1)

by in Pipedot adopting Esperanto on 2015-04-01 15:54 (#67HZ)

Doh! Hit the daily translation limit of the Google Translate service. Flipped the default back to English for now.

Re: Inline reply (Score: 1)

by in Similar news and inline comment replies on 2015-04-01 06:18 (#66HK)

The story appears immediately, the comments take about 10 seconds.
10 seconds? Using firebug, my worst case (even on stories with more than a hundred comments) is around 40ms to load the comments. The JavaScript version of comments is just a rather small JSON request and shouldn't take nearly that long.

However, if you are using an older computer with a weak CPU or network connection, I would highly recommend disabling the WYSIWYG editor. I've tried several other editor libraries but have currently settled on the rather bulky CKEditor. With 2 megabytes of JavaScript spread over 200 files, CKEditor is kind of a pig. I may switch to an different editor if the library gets any more bloated or if I find a lighter weight alternative.

Nice, all natural, organic, plant list! (Score: 4, Informative)

by in Consumer product containers with non-stick coating coming out this year on 2015-03-28 01:17 (#5Y1Y)

Zoom (Score: 1)

by in Large Text Support on 2015-03-23 10:00 (#5H2N)

Modern browsers, including nearly every mobile browser in Android and iOS, no longer support scaling the text separately and rely on the "Zoom" feature exclusively.

Re: Google Yanks Another One (Score: 1)

by in Google Code Shutting Down on 2015-03-16 06:45 (#50PV)

But Google could shut down it down tomorrow because: GMail is not making money (search), is not a strategic investment (Android) and is not breaking new ground (self-driving cars).

Re: Legacy (Score: 1)

by in Apple's New MacBook on 2015-03-13 07:43 (#4VJ2)

For me, it wasn't the electrical pins that broke, but the small rectangular "key" pin (the thing in the middle made of plastic) that would shear off and stay stuck in the motherboard's connector. This had the unfortunate effect of screwing up the motherboard port (expensive) instead of the mouse or keyboard port (cheap).

Afterwards, the "hack" to use the screwy motherboard with a different mouse was to break off the perfectly good plastic pin of the new mouse so that you could insert the connector all the way.

Re: Explicable (Score: 1)

by in Google Code Shutting Down on 2015-03-12 23:08 (#4TZ7)

Wow, I had never heard of the "Our Incredible Journey" tumblr page until now. Reading some of those entries makes me sad. I've personally used some of those sites and was surprised to see some of the recent ones (like the Zite app) in the list.

Re: Legacy (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Apple's New MacBook on 2015-03-10 07:29 (#4M8Z)

Better yet, anyone remember early notebook docking ports? Nearly always expensive and vendor-specific. Many required you to turn off the computer before connecting or disconnecting the dock. Current notebooks, instead of a dock, you just plug in the power cord + a monitor cord + a USB keyboard/mouse cord + maybe a network cord. I can see the allure of using just one cable to do it all.

What is more worrying is that USB is so powerful, that it can do potentially damaging things to you unknowingly. Is that free thumb drive really just a thumb drive? Or does it have some nefarious keyboard controller on it as well, ready to spawn an xterm and wget a binary from the net as soon as you plug it in.

Ok... (Score: 2, Funny)

by in Apple's New MacBook on 2015-03-10 03:20 (#4M0G)

So that giant hinge connecting the top display with the bottom base is a technically a "moving part" as is the limited travel of the individual keyboard keys, but at least there is no tiny spinning fan that sounds like a hairdryer under load and gets clogged with pet hair the moment you place it on your carpet floor.

Audi Commercial (Score: 1)

by in Live Long and Prosper, Leonard Nimoy on 2015-03-03 17:28 (#478G)

Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto, the two Spocks, where in an amusing car commercial for Audi recently.

Re: Hmmm (Score: 1)

by in Apple entering the car business on 2015-02-28 08:28 (#3ZWJ)

Both the iMac and the Dell 5k monitor use the same LG AH-IPS panel. Because LG is a well known Apple supplier and the 5120x2880 resolution of the panel is exactly doubling the X and Y resolution of the previous iMac's 2560x1440 resolution, leads one to believe that this panel size was very likely specified by Apple. They seem to love to do that perfect "2X pixel ratio" thing even when it leads to an odd resolution like 5120x2880 for the iMac or 2048x1536 for the iPad.

Plus, how many of those Dell monitors do you think they sold at $2500 vs. how many iMac Retina's that Apple managed to sell (also at $2500) to fanboys.

Re: Hmmm (Score: 1)

by in Apple entering the car business on 2015-02-27 21:37 (#3Z79)

Say what you will about their legal department (i.e. they are assholes), but you have to admit that Apple makes some damn nice hardware. Also, they often push manufacturers upper bounds to make sure their stuff is the latest and greatest.

For example, when most desktop users are still drooling over the new 4K monitors, Apple releases a 5K iMac. Most people have heard of their CNC milled MacBook frames, but another example of a neat manufacturing technique is how they use lasers to shine light through metal. No other company puts that much effort into the design.

Re: Even more... (Score: 1)

by in Late lament on the death of slide-out keyboards on 2015-02-25 02:27 (#3P19)

I still have my Nokia N900 slider! Maybe I could ebay it! (although the battery has long since died and would need to be replaced) The Debian GNU/Linux Maemo distro with a GTK+ DE predated both Apple iOS and Android by many many years.

But as a user of a sliding keyboard phone, I was always petrified that I would break it. So many moving parts made of tiny plastic pieces - I'm sure if I would have dropped the phone1, it would have exploded into hundreds of tiny shards.

1 I did install the app "N900 Fly" that used the accelerometer to measure how far up in the air you could hurl the phone. Alas, my personal score was not able to place in the top scores list.

Re: Unfortunate timing for the devs (Score: 2, Funny)

by in Mozilla's Flash-killer 'Shumway' appears in Firefox nightlies on 2015-02-19 19:35 (#3E5S)

I welcome anything that helps kill off the constantly vulnerable and non-free flash player.

Links (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Feed me Seymour! I read the following feeds: on 2015-02-16 08:11 (#368D)

Android Apps (Score: 1)

by in Samsung, the big brother inside your TV? on 2015-02-11 20:15 (#2X0B)

Can Samsung smart TVs run android apps? Or are they stuck with a handful of proprietary apps that come with the device with no chance of future updates?

Re: woot (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Pipedot Turns One on 2015-02-11 00:03 (#2X04)

Both linux and bsd story topics already exist! However, to help further equalize the two: I promoted the bsd topic to the left nav bar.

Totally agree (Score: 1)

by in Review of the Totally Ergonomic (TEK) Keyboard on 2015-02-08 00:54 (#2WZ4)

If you spend most of your day glued to the computer, you shouldn't skimp on your keyboard or mouse. I spent far too many years under the assumption that any cheap generic keyboard or mouse was "good enough" just because they worked. Then I started trying the higher end of the spectrum and now I'll never go back!

Mechanical keyboards simply offer a far superior tactical feel and much better durability. Many manufactures now offer a whole range of models based on "Cherry MX" mechanical switches. These switches come with a variety of haptic effects designated by color: Black, Red, Brown, or Blue. My current favorite keyboard is the Corsair Vengeance K70.

Don't overlook your mouse either. Modern mice have far superior optical tracking than models from just a few years ago and can now work on damn near any surface. I've ditched all of my old mousepads and glitchy mice and no longer have to battle for the mouse cursor. My current favorite mouse is the Logitech G400s.

Re: One word (well, actually two) (Score: 1)

by in Pipedot Turns One on 2015-02-06 20:44 (#2WXS)

Not entirely sure what you mean by parent links. Does it mean adding the target attribute to links?
<a href="/" target="_parent">Some link</a>
This would be one of those "frame-buster" type constructs, but since there are no framesets or iframes on this site, when is this useful?

Re: Assholes all around (Score: 1)

by in New app lets you rent a toilet on 2015-01-20 20:22 (#2WS4)

This is an interesting idea and I had a good laugh at the inpired name.
Seems like the Airbnb logo would be a pretty good fit too; more-so than lodging, anyway.

Re: change the speed of sound (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Elon Musk plans to build Hyperloop test track, likely in Texas on 2015-01-19 18:53 (#2WRG)

Doesn't storing hydrogen inside a metal container embrittle the container?

Re: 30 ft? (Score: 1)

by in Researchers discover why birds fail to avoid collisions with aircraft on 2015-01-16 19:01 (#2WQV)

I also got a 4k monitor over the holidays. Try setting the system zoom setting to 200%. Some apps and webpages may not have full "retina" or "2x" support, but this site does at least. :)

Godwin (Score: 1)

by in Debian is forked. Meet Devuan on 2015-01-14 23:37 (#2WQC)

Re: Reusable Grocery Bags (Score: 1)

by in California becomes first state to ban plastic bags, manufacturers fight law on 2015-01-13 18:35 (#2WPX)

I think he means that, like the rest of us, he has a washing machine and dryer dedicated to cleaning cloth things. The cloth grocery bags just happen to fit that category.

Commodity solutions for specialized tasks (Score: 1)

by in Hackers destroy blast furnace in German steel mill on 2015-01-13 03:01 (#2WPS)

Part of the problem is that companies don't figure the ongoing hardware and software maintenance into their solutions. They develop the product until it works, ship it, and then ignore it. This leaves the products stuck at a fixed point in time while the rest of the technology world evolves at Moore's Law speed.

Take our office phone system for a simple example. Twenty years ago, our small office (20 employees) upgraded the phone system to the latest and greatest digital PBX. Many of the functions where designed to use a standard computer (a sub 100Mhz original Pentium). The computer/PBX interface was a full length ISA card, voice mail was stored on the IDE hard drive (still measured in megabytes), the call holding music was simply a mp3 playlist piped out to the audio card (an original Sound Blaster), while the whole thing ran Windows 95a and Microsoft Schedule+. Or, in other words, an archaic piece of crud that still has to function today.