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Jimmy the chip

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Weird Wednesday: software that records your dreams? (Download Squad)

Feb 4th 2009 5:34PM However, Victor, I am sorry I called you Victoria :s

Weird Wednesday: software that records your dreams? (Download Squad)

Feb 4th 2009 5:28PM Victoria! Please, some more consideration in your reporting of scientific endeavours!

"It makes sense that if you know how to read brainwaves you'd be able to reconstruct what the eyes are seeing, right?" - Really?

The main point here is that the image is reconstructed in the simpler parts of the visual cortex. In essence, blood flow to areas of the brain corresponding to specific areas of your retina is related to the light falling on it. This is before any complex processing is done by the brain. A dream, obviously, does not work in the same way.

You use for your headline "software that records your dreams?", yet the only reference to dreams in the article is;

"The research also hints that scientists might one day be able to access dreams, memories and imagery ... providing the brain processes dreams in a way that is analogous to visual stimuli."

Hmmmn. Well, as you take hints so seriously, might I possibly hint that you don't know what you are talking about and are desperate to abuse scientific reporting to draw readers attention?

My two favorite free, post-install tech tools (Download Squad)

Jan 15th 2009 9:15AM Parted Magic all the way. No need for creating a bootable live cd by hand when its done for you with style.

Flipping the Linux switch: New users guide to the terminal (Download Squad)

Jan 18th 2008 10:04AM Well for me I was definitely trying to install drivers from source as soon as I had installed my first distro.
Miles before I was fiddling around with ssh or worrying about what directory was the top of my stack anyway.

Flipping the Linux switch: New users guide to the terminal (Download Squad)

Jan 18th 2008 2:47AM Yeah, closing man got me for a bit too. Kept on having to close the terminal, open a new one and cd back to my working directory.

Talking of that, I don't suppose anyone knows of a native gnome file manager that has a built in terminal like dolphin or konqueror?

Flipping the Linux switch: Package management 101 (Download Squad)

Jan 9th 2008 4:48PM People thought the steam engine enabled you to do ANYTHING. No need to bother with a jet engine then.

Blunt and tenuous analogy, I know, but the idea that you might not know quite enough about what you are missing stands.

Games are a big problem on non-windows platforms. And before people tell me there are plenty of great games on linux - frozen bubble is not the crysis-clone I have been looking for.

BTW, my experience of wine and the cvs form of cedaga tends to run the games that do run better than vista.

"If you're not a complete noob you aren't going to end up with Viruses and Spyware on Windows, even if you don't run a Firewall or Spyware protection. It's all about knowing what *not* to click on."

Not as true as you might think.

If you had any knowledge of remote exploits, you might not be quite so condescending and smug :P

Flipping the Linux switch: Package management 101 (Download Squad)

Jan 8th 2008 7:07PM I agree to an extent. But it is impossible to deny that in any situation, too much choice is overwhelming. Mac OS' specifically (but also windows') have 'killer apps' that are quite clearly the best, or if not, the best any 'non-geek' is going to find. Knowing what packages you want is somewhat harder when faced with, e.g., a text list of 20 remote desktop programs that synaptic might throw at you.

Swings and roundabouts, perhaps, but if you are trying to steal the market as some linux disto's attempt to, an initial reaction of "how do I choose" is never going to be a good starter. Before ubuntu was the immediate choice for most newbies, even choosing a distro was a difficult enough decision. That is where I lean towards Jason's 'by geeks for geeks' direction. It is the geeks who can be bothered to invest the time most wont. As someone who is not in an IT proffesion, I sometimes wonder if the time spent becoming familiar with linux is overall productive. I think maybe not.

But now I am here, I would never go back :P

Flipping the Linux switch: Package management 101 (Download Squad)

Jan 8th 2008 10:31AM Jason, firstly, OSX isn't Linux. It is based on UNIX wich I think is what you mean.

In terms of a single "front" as you put it, there are distributions of linux which has something along these lines (try SUSE if you are interested).

And as an Ubuntu user, I can tell you that the process of finding a piece of software that does something I need is much easier than on XP or Vista. For example, in synaptic, if I want to install an internet browser, you can just search for "internet browser" in synaptic, select it and click go.

The only reason that one might think this system is more complicated is if they are much more familiar with the windows software installation model in the first place (which, lets face it, most people are). If someone had been using apt-get or synaptic all their life, wanted a nice new chess game on their new XP machine, the idea of researching, googling and ultimately installing a peice of software developed by a company you have never heard of who are unwilling to show you exactly what their software might do once you have installed it would seem extremely odd, I suspect.