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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the ctrl-alt-del and does it exist in other OSs? on: July 12, 2012, 08:56:26 PM
CTRL+ALT+DEL opens the Logout, Restart, Turn Off dialog for openSUSE Linux.
77  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: OS4 Linux distro tries a new revenue model on: July 12, 2012, 03:52:10 AM
In their 20-minute intro video, no mention of using Gnome the whole time, something users *might* want to know. Hilarious. I love the links to preloaded systems ready for purchase, but it's DOA the minute they started asking people to pay $20. Now if they were including some awesome hardware drivers, then we'd talk.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google's "Take action" - Celebrate freedom. Support a free and open Internet. on: July 04, 2012, 11:28:28 AM
Yea, she was a typical politician -- say anything to get-then-stay in office back then. Her downfall was criticizing Newt Gingrich. If a person built a career on lies, how can I ever trust them? And why would anyone give these losers a job!
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google's "Take action" - Celebrate freedom. Support a free and open Internet. on: July 03, 2012, 11:00:18 PM
Can't believe Google hired Susan Molinari to head their Washington office. She's an ousted republican hack whose party doesn't side with internet freedom, ever. I wouldn't hire her to wipe the dog's backside. Obama's been no friend of the internet either -- remember he campaigned on net neutrality only to abandon it two years later when Time Warner and AT&T flooded him with cash.
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 prices seem to have been announced during period to 31st January on: July 03, 2012, 10:52:04 PM
This is a great idea. Now how about throwing in Office 2013 (or whatever the version is), too?
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FSF Spells out its concerns and recommendations regarding UEFI on: July 03, 2012, 03:48:06 AM

I simply hate the idea of a hardware vendor assuming control of my machine beyond the point of sale. Although I've built my own rigs since '92 and doesn't affect me as much, the consumer shouldn't be punished with restrictions by the fact that Microsoft can't keep its software reasonably safe from malware and viruses. Still, if I ever did buy an off-the-shelf system, I not only have to pay Microsoft for their unwanted software, but they've made sure "it's too much trouble" to bother working around this crude attempt at boot security.
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Petition - This Week We Kill ACTA - Or Get Locked Down In Monopolies For Decades on: July 02, 2012, 03:49:26 AM
Good luck, but the powers that be will never ever ever give up on lobbying politicians to make it all illegal.

ACTA Info blog:
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Tablet on: June 28, 2012, 11:52:56 AM
The Nexus 7 is going to compete based on price and speed; you're not going to find that many [hardware] features in a 7-inch tablet right now. My ideal device would be a 10-inch tablet that lets me plug in a keyboard/mouse at will, has more than 1Gb or memory, and USB 3. I might drop all else if that were a reality. Don't need an external keyboard most of the time, but for posting in forums like this, it's quicker. (And no, I don't want an ASUS business tablet, which is an ultrabook with the keyboard half ripped off.)
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: VLC Hit 1 BILLION Downloads on: June 25, 2012, 12:40:52 AM
That open source stuff might have a future after all.
85  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Linux Tycoon – Linux Distro Building Simulator game on: June 24, 2012, 08:53:46 PM
Huh. Be interesting to know what comes of it.
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Denial of economic crisis contagion in the Eurozone. on: June 21, 2012, 08:40:24 AM
Hey, that's to keep you scared so that you'll keep bailing out the banksters. It's worked on everyone but Iceland to date. Ninety percent of the bailout money goes to the bankers and only 10% (or less) ever gets to the ground to help the economy, increase employment, etc. This is capitalism feeding on itself, or as Sheldon Wolin describes it, an inverted totalitarianism.
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wierd Chrome browser behaviour; or Have I not been paying attention? on: June 21, 2012, 08:33:51 AM
Nothing unusual.

Main Process:
Chrome's main process handles the UI, tab management and so on. Usually there is only one process that does the work.

Renderer Process(es):
The renderer handles rendering the page. Roughly, each tab consume one, but some special case make tabs into a single one - same domain uses same renderer, and no more than 20 renderer - newly opened tabs will use existing renderer if exceeded. Renderer Process runs in a sandbox that can increase security by separating in sandboxes. When one renderer crashes, other tabs or the main process will not be affected, and users will be able to reload the page by refreshing.

Plugin Process(es):
As plugins should have higher permission than a webpage, and in order to keep Renderer Processes in the sandbox, plugins are separated. Also when one crashes, other plugins or tabs or the main process will not be affected.

Extension Process(es):
Similar to the others, separating extensions into processes is to keep them in sandbox... and a crashing extension will not let the whole browser down.

There is a built-in task manager for Chrome. Press Shift+Esc or "right click on title bar -> Task Manager" to launch it. You can see clearly - and may end processes if one's not responding. Ending processes this way will keep those addresses on your browser, with a "sad tab" replacing it, as mentioned in "Renderer Processes."

You may have a look at or read the Google Chrome comics or for more:
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Selling Something? Go to Jail! That's copyright infringement... :-/ on: June 20, 2012, 04:55:07 PM
That's from the 1,700 lawyers entombed with Steve Jobs'. Hopefully, it only applies to Apple? Otherwise, the Swappa site for Android devices will get shut down pronto.

Buy and sell gently used Android devices with Swappa
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Udacity - free online education for real on: June 19, 2012, 11:49:01 PM
You simply have to differentiate between education and schooling. I have all of both I'll ever need, but use little of it in my work (mostly the research and some math skills). If the person knows the subject, I'd take them over anyone highly "schooled." Universities had their millennium, but I hope they're coming to an end as we know them. At my age today, if you offered me a bachelor's degree with significant debt against my own self-motivated ability to learn online without a dime of debt, I would not go to college.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The more you know, the less you want to live on this planet. on: June 19, 2012, 11:42:27 PM
Considering the human body hosts over 10,000 species of bacteria at any given time, there's no need to be a germaphobe. Most of those bacteria are good for you unless you get an open wound or infection. If a person truly thinks everything they touch is infected with something, then they would never touch themselves in any fashion!
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft's New Surface Tablet Hybrid on: June 19, 2012, 03:09:09 PM
ASUS has made "business tablets" for a couple of years, which is nothing more than a ultrabook without a keyboard but with several USB ports. But more hardware like this is always welcome since it will spur competition. Chris  has more on

What Microsoft Didn’t Tell Us About the New Surface Tablets
Ryan Pierson
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Udacity - free online education for real on: June 19, 2012, 03:05:57 PM
Indeed, Udacity is great. Along with Khan Academy, et al., I'm hoping these will be the beginning of the end of the college-industrial complex that rockets so many young people (in the US at least) into crippling debt before they get a decent job.
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Drive Version Changes? on: June 19, 2012, 02:49:26 AM
This might help on turning off any auto-updates for files and folders:

And the rest of the Help file:
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple...Just ever so slightly paranoid? on: June 18, 2012, 11:15:26 AM
That's a classic, rgdot! I needed that laugh today.
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: From ZDnet writer - Final Thoughts on Windows 8: A Design Disaster on: June 17, 2012, 07:34:07 PM
I will not downgrade to a tablet when I can have a desktop PC.
I thought the same, too, and I used a laptop for travel. But tablets got good in a hurry and, of all people, I was surprised at how useful the device could be in the field. No, it won't ever replace a desktop, though you can dock one to a keyboard and mouse, you're still not (yet) using a robust OS with it. For now, it's mainly a device made for reading, browsing, content consumption.

For me it is difficult to grasp why anyone wants one. So you can take it anywhere and (only) consume content? And pay monthly fees for that besides the fee you pay for your ISP connection (which data transfer speed trumps the speed of your mobile device)? And do the consuming in any position you like? All of the above sound (financially) unhealthy to me, it is not for nothing you have ergonomic chairs, desks, keyboards and the like.
No monthly fees unless you want it connected all the time like a phone; your current ISP connection is shared via wifi; no extra cost at all. All you need is the wifi versions (of a particular tablet) that can connect using any wifi connection; 3G or 4G connectivity is what you'll pay extra for. For your home, all that takes is switching to a wireless router, for instance, and voila! you've got wifi. Also, a tablet allows me to spend even more time in the bathroom, ha! It's also great to have a few books downloaded for offline reading when I know I'm going to be waiting on someone, on a plane, in a doctor's office, etc. I can read, play games, compose email, but most of the time in those situations you won't have a wifi connection.

Which is why you should use the different parts in your house for their intended purpose only. No electronics in the room where I sleep, for example. I know we (me and the missus) sleep better because of that. Same with the kitchen, you cook, eat and have dinner conversation about how the day went with wife and kids, an "electronic" recipe is not allowed there (after all, the kitchen is the area where most accidents happen and I don't see a good reason to introduce expensive gadgets to those odds).

Oh, I can't disagree with this at all. Put that gadget down and talk!
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linus Torvalds on NVIDIA -- "F**k you!" on: June 17, 2012, 11:38:49 AM
He makes a lot excuses for being a jerk, though. Critical honesty is one thing, but he has no filter toward other programmers.
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linus Torvalds on NVIDIA -- "F**k you!" on: June 16, 2012, 11:24:00 PM
** sorry, wrong links to the wrong topic. **
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Linus Torvalds on NVIDIA -- "F**k you!" on: June 16, 2012, 11:10:39 PM

Linus Torvalds on NVIDIA, cued to the statement. The rest of the talk isn't bad either.
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: From ZDnet writer - Final Thoughts on Windows 8: A Design Disaster on: June 16, 2012, 10:49:42 PM
I hated the ribbon, but I didn't realize it breaks down when using a finger. If I could use a mouse on my tablet, I would simply because my finger gets tired of the repetition, especially in forums and social network sites. And no matter how fancy various Linux window environments get, I tend to set mine to a Win7 (classic) look, which allows me maximum efficiency (1-click is better than two). Conflating desktop-tablet-phone into one UI is an idea that should have been shot down the first time it was mentioned. Microsoft's track record of every other release being a disaster is on schedule with Win8, and ironically, it's going to drive more people into the hands of Apple's closeted cult.


At least with a/n Android or Apple tablet, you not only have the "It's-a-cool-toy!" factor, but it's quite the useful toy, making you wonder how you might spend less time in front of a traditional desktop whenever you're not working.
100  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Help me think of a small ipad app idea to code on: June 15, 2012, 01:39:29 AM
Isn't this the worst problem with iOS -- that it can only update one thing at a time? Android/google can update everything constantly, from apps to widgets to schedules, email, calendar, alarms, etc.

If the RSS idea doesn't fly, how about a simple calculator that doesn't suck? Most calculator apps are designed for specific fields, such as finance or stats or trig. Or perhaps a better loan calculator, for when you buy a car or anything else? (Both have been done a thousand times over, but not with a simple UI and inputs.)
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