* Posts by Walter Francis

16 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Jun 2007

Hubble snaps fall-out from Jupiter impact

Walter Francis

At the dawn of man..

My god, it's full of stars!

Kentucky reverses 141-site net casino land grab

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How much did this cost Kentucky?

I've been looking around, I'm curious how much this cost Kentucky. They're already cutting around $300 million out of the budget which includes teachers, KTIP training, etc.. Yet he's pissing away money on this stuff.

What a joker.

OpenOffice 3.0 - the only option for masochistic Linux users

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Nice to see some real unbiased intelligent reporting

Elsewhere... there's none in THIS article.

Radiation warning for low-energy lightbulbs

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Incan? What's that?

I replaced every bulb in my house, inside and outside, except a handful which are very rarely used, about four years ago. I've replaced two of the small 15w bathroom mirror bulbs in that time, and none of the others, including the ones outside on timers/motion sensors.

Previously I was replacing bulbs at least once a month in the bathroom and outside bulbs at least once during the winter. Now there's less bugs attracted to the lights, less bulb changing, and less energy use.

The only complaint I have with them is when the house is cold it takes them about 30s to light up all the way, but this is only an issue in the winter when we keep the house around 20c. When it's around 25-26 during the summer they light right up.

As for not lighting up a room, well, that's bollocks. Where I used to have 1 100W bulb I now have 2 '45w' bulbs (which are wattage equivalent to around 8w iirc) and they light up the room as well as the incandescent did.

The power savings is nice, but it's *really* nice not having to seemingly constantly replace bulbs!

My coat is the one hanging on the chair instead of being worn to take another incan bulb out to the trash.

Ubuntu made me puke in a bucket

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Censor this..

This [beep1] is a bunch of [beep2] nonsense. Next thing they'll be doing is changing the [beep3] words on live TV and such and making it even more [beep4] unrealistic.

beep1 = article

beep2 = technical

beep3 = actual

beep4 = f*cking

(okay, one of four)

SCO ordered to pay Novell $2.5m Unix royalties

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I hope that's the fat lady I hear..

SCO has $2.5 million dollars? Maybe this will put them underwater for good. Wankers.

LG premieres world's first phone with built-in Bluetooth headset

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Look closer...

If you look closely.... there's are two phones in the picture. Seriously!

Mozilla pilots second release candidate for Firefox 3.0

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@Joe K - Get a clue

The DAILY build will update DAILY if you set it to do so. It's a preview, beta, RC, whatever, it's not a normal release. If you don't want it to look for updates, set it not to, it's in the options.

On a more generic note... I've been using FF3 for months, and for the last 6 or more weeks the API/etc for plugins, themes, etc, have stabilized and I've been very happy with it. VERY few crashes. Biggest complaint is the periodic freezes, which are now apparently from the use of sqlite db's for various things, and it's being looked into and perhaps improved in RC2. I've been very happy with FF3. :)

Adobe opens Photoshop for freetards

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Picnik does this as well... Just because it's photoshop doesn't make it good.

Vista SP1 downloaders bite back

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@tim chubb

Glad you picked Ballmer for your icon, because he's a complete dolt too.

Scientists sue Intel in Core 2 Duo clash

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Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam

P'Tok! Hab SoSlI' Quch!

Canadian runs up $85,000 mobe bill

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@ Morely Dotes, where the heck do YOU live?

Broadband is available everywhere I know of in the US, depends on how far out you are. If you're in the boonies, you can only get slower DSL, if you're in the city you get any varying speed of DSL or Cable modem service.

There's not many places I know of that you just can't get broadband, and I don't exactly live in Silicone Valley. (Yes, I meant Silicone..)

Half of computer users are Wi-Fi thieves

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Unfortunately the police 'already have'

They tracked it back to your IP. That's all they need. Look at all the random BS lawsuits from the recording industry, suing people who don't even own computers or had never downloaded music in their life.

X-Files movie sequel is go

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I have a good reason to see it..

Scully is hot, that's enough reason for me to download it. I mean... erm.. yeah, download it.

Logitech plugs in 'world's smallest' cordless mouse dongle

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They already did..

It's called Bluetooth! It'll work on any computer, and many PDAs. I have one mouse that I use between multiple computers.

Only problem is if they're all set to automatically use it and you're using them close together, weird stuff can happen. So I have the mouse disabled by default except on the main machine I use it on. Easy enough to turn it on when In need to use it on the others.

Google Desktop finds Linux at last

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Don't be obtuse

Beagle blows, it uses hordes of resources and starts indexing at the oddest times, taking lots of CPU and Disk IO. I've often found it begin to index immediately after startup on a laptop on battery, even with the "Do not index portable" type option selected. I've had GDS on my work (XP) laptop for a year and I NEVER even notice it's there.

My main use for it is finding emails, rather than searching through multiple Notes databases, however, it's very good to find notes on various meetings that I scatter into logical file structures. I plan on eventually moving my work machine to Linux once I can work out the logistics with the wireless 80211x network, and this sort of tool will be invaluable to me then. At home it will also be nice to be able to find the occasional text file I know I have somewhere.