Ubuntu (Score: 1)

by in Who's Afraid of Systemd? on 2015-07-27 08:09 (#FJ12)

Probably better for Ubuntu than Upstart. They never really finished moving from SysV Init scripts to Upstart Init scripts. At least now they have one less one-off NIH project. Now if the Wayland people can convince them to give up on Mir...

My quibble with systemd is with the binary log files. There may be some workarounds to get normal text logs out of the journal, but I'd rather not have to do such things by default.

Android (Score: 1)

by in Type of phones I use regularly: on 2015-07-27 07:49 (#FHZW)

Android 2.x is Eclair - Honeycomb
Android 4.x is Ice Cream - Kit Kat
Android 5.x is Lollipop

Re: HDCP will flop... again (Score: 1)

by in HDCP 2.2 content protection for 4K video will frustrate consumers on 2015-07-01 01:17 (#CYDF)

Isn't Netflix streaming still $7.99 a month? Plus plenty of inexpensive ARM powered player boxes to choose from.

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

by in Project Fi - Google's take on mobile phone service on 2015-04-23 03:31 (#7MHV)

Remember, Google is just a middle man in this new service. The actual data is still being transfered using the T-Mobile and Sprint backend networks. This means, other than bulk discounts, Google is totally dependent on the pricing of the underlying services.

Ars has compiled a really nice price comparison here: #7M6Y

Re: A belated congratulations on the anniversary (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Pipedot Turns One on 2015-04-23 03:22 (#7MJB)

summaries and comments were just a little larger
To activate "Large Text" support:
  1. Click the "Home" link at the top right of any page
  2. Click the "Profile Settings" link
  3. Select the "Large Text" checkbox
  4. Click "Save"

Re: Other (Score: 1)

by in To correct my eyesight, I: on 2015-03-25 11:11 (#5PRN)

Or squint! :)

I was nearly blind and couldn't see a thing, near or far, without a pretty hefty (7+ diopters) prescription. I'd classify my eyesight as "miserable" with constant daily maintenance of contacts and cleaning solutions.

Then I got LASIK. That was the best medical choice I've ever made. Now, I can actually read the alarm clock at night. I don't have to worry about my contacts falling out or misplacing my glasses. And wow; you don't realize the time savings and overall efficiency gains by not having contact maintenence chores every day.

Better Laptop Option (Score: 1)

by in Lenovo apologizes for pre-loaded insecure adware "Superfish" on 2015-02-22 12:53 (#3K0E)

I don't have a laptop, nor any real need of one, but if I did, I would look into these guys instead of hanging on to the long lost Thinkpad era.

Utility (Score: 1)

by in Obama speaks out on Network Neutrality on 2014-11-12 21:06 (#2TZY)

Treating Internet providers as a utility like the electric company and the water company seems enviable inevitable.

Edit: I'm going to blame auto-correct and my tiny phone screen for that typo and not on my hastiness or crappy spelling.

Re: HTTPS (Score: 1)

by in Verizon Wireless uniquely identifies your traffic for all to see on 2014-10-28 21:37 (#2TRK)

Yes. Using HTTPS will prevent Verizon from injecting foreign content into your traffic. A.K.A. "Man in the middle" attacks.

Re: Japanese Culture (Score: 3, Informative)

by in New Sailor Moon Dub is online on 2014-09-13 12:10 (#2SCD)

Enable closed captions. They are there.

Fork It (Score: 1)

by in SIMS 4 not meeting expectations on 2014-09-05 21:17 (#2S3T)

I like the fork bug.

Does anyone really read them? (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Google Play hides app permission changes in automatic updates on 2014-08-10 23:20 (#2SK)

After the first couple of app installs, I kind of lost interest with the huge list of requested permissions that go with every app. Since you can't selectively toggle the individual items to deny the app access (only to deny the app install completely) the list is kind of useless anyway.

If you trust the app, you install it, otherwise you don't install it. It's not like you aren't going to install the "Facebook" app if you don't fully agree with one of the bullet items on the permission list.

Nissan Leaf (Score: 3, Informative)

by in Tesla Model 3 on 2014-07-17 15:03 (#2HR)

I have a Nissan Leaf that I use as my daily driver. I can go a respectable 70 miles per day around town on my normal 80% charge. Every night when I park it in the garage, I plug it into the standard 110V wall charger. Although I have the faster 220V charger, the charge time is never an issue as it charges overnight.

Because I still own my previous gas powered vehicle, I've never tried going on a road trip where I have to rely on third party charging stations. Living in San Antonio, for example, I would have to stop twice to get to the coast - each stop being several hours.

Re: Good idea (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in New poll: what topics would you like to see? on 2014-06-12 12:20 (#22J)

Human selected stories. True, browsing several dozen different RSS feeds will get you the news, but a site like this sorts through the cruft and focuses on a few of the "best" stories - plus gives you a better forum for comments.

Re: Whom do I tell? (Score: 1)

by in Expandable Comments on 2014-03-08 13:35 (#AZ)

Do you happen to be using IE? I can't reproduce this on Firefox/Chrome and I can only reproduce it on IE once per reboot. I've found a slight delay on the transition from HTTP to HTTPS in IE due to checking the CRL. After the first HTTPS navigation, future transitions have no delay. Also, unchecking the "Check CRL" option in the IE settings prevents the delay.

For now, I'm just going to move the entire Sign In page to always be HTTPS; instead of waiting until the POST for the switchover.

P.S. The "Bugs" link at the bottom of every page will get you to the bugtracker if you find any more issues.

Re: Tried logging in with a non-existing user name? (Score: 3, Informative)

by in Expandable Comments on 2014-03-07 18:57 (#AV)

Myself, I tend to use 'luser' as referring to the record itself, as opposed to the 'user', who is the actual person.
Exactly. The "user" field in the database is case sensitive so that people can have names like "SpallsHurgenson", but I didn't want another user to register "spallshurgenson" either. Nor did I want to constantly strtolower() the username when doing comparisons. Thus, I have two fields: "user" that is case sensitive and used for display, and "luser" that is the lower case equivalent and used for comparisons.

Re: Bugs and Feature Suggestions. (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Confessions of an iGoogle User on 2014-03-01 23:41 (#8J)

There is a new bug tracker at

Second Message on Root Level (Score: 1)

by in Hello World! on 2014-02-16 10:12 (#4)

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