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Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on MFW going to Best Buy as a last resort to look for a specific item for my new build - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Sadly, here in Canada, they just sold their locations and they're now "The Source", which is basically a way for Bell Canada to still get a cut when you think you're not giving them any of your business." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on MFW going to Best Buy as a last resort to look for a specific item for my new build - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"...and, when you say "Motorola" in reference to Mac CPUs, ~30-year-old fogeys like me are more likely to mistakenly conclude that you're talking about the m68k series used before the PowerPC chips." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on MFW going to Best Buy as a last resort to look for a specific item for my new build - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"The funny thing is that even that is a somewhat slang'd term because I can easily imagine someone inventing a new kind of "3.5" jack" as connectors continue to shrink. ...but then, these days, the only people who know the term TRS connector (Tip, Ring, Sleeve) are the people who make 'em and people like me who spend too much time on Wikipedia. (A 4-pole version is also sometimes called a TRRS connector)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on MFW going to Best Buy as a last resort to look for a specific item for my new build - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Not originally though. That's why, in the early 2000s when XFree86 was still the main free X11 implementation for OSes like Linux, the config file generator had big warnings to check your monitor's manual to sure the values you entered were correct. Early SVGA monitors were still floating around which lacked "out of range" checks in the hardware." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on MFW going to Best Buy as a last resort to look for a specific item for my new build - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Am I correct in guessing that you're talking about Parallel Port DACs like the [Covox Speech Thing](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...) and its numerous home-built clones?" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Instructions for what to do if you find that someone has posted nude pictures of you online without your consent. - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Building A Cedar Strip Canoe - http://www.instructables.com/id...
A practical account of my experiences and a brief guide to building a cedar strip canoe. It includes links to stories of using the canoe for wilderness camping and fishing. I also now have an instructable for a cedar strip kayak:http://www.instructables.com/id...... for more informa... By: jimmar57 Continue Reading » - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Lionsgate Targets Hosting Providers & Domain Registrars Over Expendables 3 Piracy - https://torrentfreak.com/lionsga...
"My specialty is UI/UX design, not low-level networking. I probably shouldn't have been so flippant, but my complaints remain valid. A P2P system lives or dies on network effects (the more people who use it, the more valuable it is to each person) and that site design is awkward, confusing, and doesn't inspire trust, which makes it hard to gain new users. Here. Read a few of these articles on good web design: http://www.nngroup.com/article... The #1 problem I had was probably that the site expected me to just read and read and read on ITS schedule. Whether it's a work of fiction or a website, you have to tell the reader what's going on and why they should care as quickly and effectively as possible. (It was also very off-putting for the site to explicitly tell me to read everything in order rather than using the links to jump around. That's another big no-no for websites. If I have to read everything in order, I'm supposed to realize that myself by looking at the content. Instructing..." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Lionsgate Targets Hosting Providers & Domain Registrars Over Expendables 3 Piracy - https://torrentfreak.com/lionsga...
"Are you sure that's a website? It looks more like the results of a "how many different 'this will drive visitors away' misfeatures can you cram into a single site?" dare. I wouldn't trust software designed by that person unless you paid me for my time, gave me a LAN and DSL subscription completely separate from my normal ones, and made sure it was all in your name in case the cops come knocking." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Guitar to AV Receiver Interface - http://www.instructables.com/id...
Have you ever wanted to amplify your electric guitar by plugging into an AV Receiver (home stereo)? Ever tried rigging up a 1/4" mono instrument plug to RCA patch cable? If so you most likely were disappointed when it didn't work. Most modern consumer grade AV equipment only has output power amplifi... By: technovative Continue Reading » - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
How to make a Survival Bracelet - http://www.instructables.com/id...
How to make a Survival Bracelet, we will start with a Cobra braid Paracord Bracelet, you will need 25 feet of paracord and some type of buckle. You can use a Plastic buckle, or Metal Paracord buckle, the metal paracord buckles can be uncomfortable to wear on smaller wrist. Also get scissors and a li... By: AkParacord Continue Reading » - Stephan Sokolow
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ssokolow on Dualshock 3 controller on Ubuntu 14.04 - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Have you tried [xboxdrv](http://pingus.seul.org/~grumbe...)? I haven't needed it but I've heard it's got a pretty decent "trick things into seeing non-360 controllers as 360 controllers" mode." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on Has anyone tried a Gsync monitor with Linux yet? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"It does lack mouse-based tiling. Would keyboard shortcuts be acceptable? I wrote a little utility which adds those to *any* WM. https://github.com/ssokolo..." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on DoubleFine's Grim Fandango remake is confirmed for Linux! - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I'm talking about the APIs that end-user applications see. The stuff that needs significantly more than a recompile to support. Yes, glibc/Linux would be accurate for terminal-only applications, but how common are those in these sorts of conversations? X11/glibc/Linux would be most accurate but I think it's too verbose to actually use." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on Wine disk space issue. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"That "2-3.5 gigs" number and the fact that you're using a Win32 prefix makes me suspect that some 32-bit component in the stack between your kernel and the installer (kernel → Linux libraries → Wine → Windows libraries → installer) wasn't opted into the new "large file" APIs at compile time. (A 32-bit signed integer tops out at 2,147,483,647 (2GiB - 1 byte) and a 32-bit unsigned integer tops out at 4,294,967,295 (4GiB - 1 byte)) Unfortunately, I have almost no experience working with languages that compile to machine code and absolutely no experience coding for Windows APIs so I can't really suggest anything useful beyond "do you know anyone who is familiar enough with a debugger to look at what's actually happening as the free space count flows back up from the kernel to the installer?"" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on Relationship between steam-runtime and LSB? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"As I understand it, one of the disincentives for Ubuntu/Debian to care is that the LSB specified RPMs as the required package format and neither Debian nor Ubuntu see it as worth the hassle to deal with complaints every time some kind of RPM-to-DEB conversion hack falls over. Hence the "we'll try to follow it to keep things simple for everyone, but we're not aiming to be officially, fully compliant" stance." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on Deponia: The Complete Journey on Steam - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Agreed. I'll stick with playing my GOG copies in Wine unless GOG offers an "upgrade to the complete pack by paying $1 for the extras" option similar to what they did with Strike Suit Zero owners when the Director's Cut came out." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on DoubleFine's Grim Fandango remake is confirmed for Linux! - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I just hope that it won't be too hard to make ResidualVM compatible with the new data files so people who want what I consider to be the best experience (open-source engine, mouse support patch, etc.) can play legit rather than being technically still pirates for using data files they didn't buy." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on DoubleFine's Grim Fandango remake is confirmed for Linux! - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Actually, X11/Linux vs. Android/Linux would be more accurate. (That's actually what you see internally in things like the Firefox User-Agent string) The incompatibility between Bionic and glibc is sort of secondary to that and, as a bonus, that pattern extends neatly to things like X11/FreeBSD , X11/Darwin, and OSX/Darwin." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on DoubleFine's Grim Fandango remake is confirmed for Linux! - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I prefer either "Lin, Win, Mac" (ordered by how much I care about them and it rhymes somewhat) or "Win, Lin, Mac" (similar, but acknowledging that, regardless of my desires, Windows is still the most important PC gaming platform.)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Adobe Says Piracy is Down, But Photoshop Still Rules Pirate Bay - https://torrentfreak.com/adobe-s...
"Give Krita (KDE's competitor to GIMP) and MyPaint a try. They're both more aimed at at competing with Corel Painter and Easy Paint Tool SAI, but they are available for all platforms and are ahead of GIMP in certain areas. (For example, Krita is ahead of GIMP when it comes to advanced layer features.) Darktable and RawTherapee (both competing with Adobe Lightroom) are also useful tools many people miss, though, at the moment, Darktable is only available for Unixy OSes like Linux and MacOS X." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Hundreds of Paid Informants Help to Rat Out Software Pirates - https://torrentfreak.com/bsa-get...
"Another good reason to demand open-source alternatives to anything that doesn't offer a simple site license. No trade-off between the risk of BSA action and the time and salary overhead of regularly inventorying all your software." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Audacious Going Back To GTK2 Starting With Version 3.6 - http://www.webupd8.org/2014...
"As an LXDE user, I'd prefer GTK2 tarballs while I wait for LXQt and Audacious-Qt." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on GOG Summer Sale Mega-Thread! Anything relating to it (questions, complaints, etc) should be posted here - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Yeah. My impression has been that it works because each flash sale is on for two hours and ITAD polls GOG's deals feed once per hour." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Dotcom’s Disruptive Music Service First to Support FLAC Streaming - https://torrentfreak.com/baboom-...
"Surround would be nice for the people who actually have the speakers for it (I've been meaning to get some) but there's no reason to support 24-bit/192kHz audio. In fact, it actually makes things slightly worse because nothing is free in digital-analog conversion and ultrasonics are more prone to causing distortion than any other frequencies. Here's a detailed, well-cited explanation of that by "Monty" Montgomery. http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmo... (If you need more foundational knowledge, it also contains links to the second of a series of videos he's been doing for Xiph.org on how digital audio and video actually work.)" - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: “No Piracy” Symbol Added to New Unicode Standard - https://torrentfreak.com/no-pira...
"Probably the same thing as "data". People now perceive "data" as an uncountable plural like "water" or "sand" and use "data points" as the countable plural form. There's probably a shift toward seeing "media" in a similar manner... though, personally, I'll always see "mediums" as the plural of "[psychic] medium"." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on Developer of Euro Truck Simulator 2 receives one year long community ban and loses partner rights for showcasing a exploit in Steam Community. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"For most types of applications, it's not impossible... just horrendously difficult to retrofit to existing systems because it depends on every layer in your dependency stack being secured. Android has done a pretty good job as far as that goes, despite relying on a kernel and runtime written in C/C++. Generally, the exploits involve the permissions rules not being fine-grained enough or the users being duped. Look at the Native Client runtime environment in Google Chrome. When exploits are found in that, they're bugs in the C/C++ implementations of the secured APIs, not the nature of the sandbox itself. (A specialized version of GCC is used so the machine code doesn't use instructions that are difficult to verify and the Native Client launcher does static validation on the result.) That's why, in the mid- to long-term, I'm hopeful for the [Rust](http://www.rust-lang.org/) language. It's the first viable attempt I've seen to produce something that provides the low-level capabilities..." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
Re: Rise Up Against Govt Anti-Piracy Plans, ISP Urges - https://torrentfreak.com/rise-up...
"Not really. Generalizing iiNet to "ISPs" is about as accurate as taking GOG.com as indicative of Steam and Origin's policy on DRM." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
ssokolow on PSA: Why ITAD isn't doing a good job of covering the Humble Store - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Their loss. I only buy games these days when notified of acceptably lucrative sales by ITAD." - Stephan Sokolow
Stephan Sokolow
How to calibrate the Extruder on your 3d Printer - http://www.instructables.com/id...
If you're one of the many who have bought into the 3d printing craze you've probably realized they require a great deal of tinkering to get optimum results.  I'll show you how to calibrate the extruder in order to get better quality prints.  As you can see by the printed table above, a poorly calibr... By: 527666229 Continue Reading » - Stephan Sokolow
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