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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charges

AbRASiON All joking aside (583 comments)

I'm sure I speak for a few slashdotters when I say, I copped it at school too.

The few times teachers got involved, I was apparently doing the wrong thing, not the person picking on me. As far as I'm concerned, if there's one thing I could change about my childhood - it would be the balls to stand up for myself and at least settle on a point in the pecking order. The few times I did stand up for myself, while incredibly scary for me - worked out in the end. The people involved generally left me alone after that.

This is instinctual bullshit, bullies themselves are often more messed up than the people they intimidate, normally stuff from parents, older brothers or god knows what, bad homes, drugs, alcohol, abuse - etc. None the less playground bullying and intimidation is simply alpha dominance rubbish but it's also part of life and nature. The last person who is going to help properly with this is a teacher unfortunately.

6 hours ago

Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

AbRASiON Re:Stupid (217 comments)

Perhaps so in regards to the PPI of the display, however the 4G / LTE features discussed in the summary are quite impressive, a proper worldphone.

Also, sooner or later, we'll reach a point where the PPI doesn't need to increase, I'd hazard a guess that 450+ PPI is going to be completely exceptional. I doubt you're going to see them focusing on going much higher than what this one has attained.

about three weeks ago

Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

AbRASiON Re:Stability & performance Features (142 comments)

I don't like the UI for chrome, some of the decisions Google have made are quite gross, they really are becoming Apple with their "our way or the highway" approach.
No question chrome is fast, won't deny that for a second - but I just prefer FF - I can customise it to my needs.

(Disable tabs on top, add "tabs menu" addon, use tab mix plus - with very specific open / close / foreground and background ruleset) - stuff like that.

about a month ago

Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

AbRASiON Re:150 tabs? (142 comments)

People use computers differently to other people, more news at 11.

about a month ago

Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

AbRASiON Stability & performance Features (142 comments)

I've had a love / hate relationship with Firefox for many years - but for about the past 18 months it's been mostly stable.
I'm an extremely heavy browser, ranging from 20 to 150 tabs open at a time.
This latest build (27.0.1) has been utter shite for stability, so I sure hope that was a priority for them. It would be nice if a single tab crashed it would just take out that tab. If that means more processes or memory, so be it. Also please copy chrome ASAP with the little microphone representing the noisy tab.

about a month ago

Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

AbRASiON Re:Wasting their time. (250 comments)

So 2 DS blu rays then?
Corporate / business internet links are also an option. I used to dial in to the local newspaper and upload them a 2 or 3mb PDF file over 14.4 modem at my first job.
I have no idea where you are, I'm going to assume you've got at least 12 hours until the deadline, quite a few business links could easily handle 70gb in 12 hours.

Also, only 60$ for a HDD which can be sent back and forth between the client? Seems feasible to me.

about a month ago

Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

AbRASiON Wasting their time. (250 comments)

Double sided? Only 150gb at the moment, at best 500gb?
Nope and nope, it's not going to catch on, you can buy a portable 1TB HDD now for $65

If they can do single sided, 1TB, at least 50MB/s and blank discs under $15 a pop? You've got some small potential to maybe oust DVD / BR - otherwise, forget it. It's unlikely to catch on even then though.

about a month ago

It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

AbRASiON Finally we're recognised. (268 comments)

Actually to be fair, I probably don't quite fit the criteria. I don't entirely dislike music but I genuinely don't particularly care much about it. I would never, ever listen to music alone. Example relaxing to a book and music (or ghasp, just music alone) simply not an option.
I've never been to a concert.

I listen to about 10 to 20 hours a year, generally I use it to assist cleaning the house (although podcasts are replacing it there) I also sometimes have music running when I'm grocery shopping or on public transport, simply to block out other humans.

I can't stand getting into someones car and they insist on driving somewhere with music running when we could be having a decent conversation instead. I've taken a week off work before to chill out at home on the internet and effectively been in silence for 7 days. Silence is golden.

I also have EXTREME difficulty picking up lyrics, I just can't hear lyrics properly. I don't know how people know what people are singing without lyric websites. (Yes, my hearing is fine, infact it's very good, still hear high frequencies at 36)

about a month ago

WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

AbRASiON Re:Yay Social Media Advertising Bubble!! (257 comments)

I'm all for taking the piss out of excessively overvalued social media companies and general internet frenzy over stupid shit but WhatsApp (which I don't even use) is far more than just a social media tool - it's an SMS / phone / chat replacement. SMS is far far bigger than something which can be classed as part of a social media bubble.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

AbRASiON Flat, colourless, shadeless design (2219 comments)

It's gross.

It's horrible.

It's for dumb end users more focused on the look of something than the functionality (ie: not us)

I am so sick of applications and websites focusing on flat, shadeless, bullshit design.
They seem to use literally 3 colours only - white background, black text / lines and ONE shade of colour used sparingly. Most pages entirely white.
I'm extremely sick of pages and applications removing most 'dividing lines' too. The post I'm writing right now is in a box to the left of this box is another nice line which is separating the reply form to the list of topics on the right.

Here's a prime example of design I fucking detest.
Now a lot of people hail the Cyanogenmod / Google stock stuff as 'clean and wonderful'
Bullshit, look at those icons at the bottom, no labels, no lines dividing them to define the size of each button, all cramped in one spot and RIGHT BELOW and directly touching THE HANG UP BUTTON - extremely easy to accidentally end the call but noooo that's 'clean'
Gotta love those icons, I can probably guess what the function of each one is but if they were labelled I'd know for sure, no ambiguity. Yes it's easier for translation purposes, that's not my problem though, sorry! - I just know - at a glance, with the text, I will identify the icons faster, every time.

Here's another example of shit design.
Now I got used to those office tabs in the end, with 2010, it's not too bad to be honest but look at this up the top, the "active" tab is the home tab, you'll note the text is a different colour and there's a line defining the outline of the highlighted tab - but that's it? Seriously? Why can't there be more colour behind the word home or grey out the other tabs text like INSERT , PAGE LAYOUT etc?

Those are 2 examples of the flat, colourless, white, ghastly design which "looks clean" because right now "clean" is in. Use some colours, use some dividing lines. Is shading a bad thing? Apparently - ok then use solid colours, use lighter ones, but for fucks sake this mishmash of just white with no lines, gross. Lines are good, boxes are good.

FWIW: Some of the slashdot beta is making good use of dividing lines but there's a lot of words which could be bold or a slightly larger font or placed differently. Everything looking the god damned fucking same makes things more difficult to read.
Look at source code in a good coding tool, it's not PRETTY but it's very easy to identify things with colour and spacing.
I generally detest the flat designs of sites and applications of late, please don't apply that shit to oldschool places which don't need it.

about 2 months ago

Second World War Code-cracking Computing Hero Colossus Turns 70

AbRASiON Re:Dice just killed Slashdot (110 comments)

If you don't get what his referencing in his post, I'd say you're probably the one who doesn't belong here.

about 2 months ago

NASA Pondering Two Public Contests To Build Small Space Exploration Satellites

AbRASiON Re:Buying Slashdot (127 comments)

I'll wager 400 quatloos on the newcomer.

about 2 months ago

Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

AbRASiON Re:Slashdot Beta: just say no (457 comments)

I haven't been forced to it yet but I checked it out a couple of times and it was horrendous.
Considering I just got told this:

"MOVINâ(TM) ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more."

I'm guessing classic is getting the ass eventually?
So, where should I go for the right kind of news since I won't be continuing here, any suggestions? - I particularly like the older posters here with some incredible tales of technology, systems and workplaces from eras long since lost.
Replies suggesting reddit will be rightfully ignored.

about 2 months ago

Now On Video: GCHQ Destroying Laptop Full of Snowden Disclosures

AbRASiON Stupidity at it's finest. (237 comments)

For many many reasons but I post for one you'd be surprised at.

People continue to do this stupid shit to perfectly good hardware, sure it's symbolic in this case to prove a point, none the less any of us here with a fucking grain of common sense realise it's a load of complete shit.

That data could've been copied 10,000 times over from that machine by now (obviously)

about 2 months ago

An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

AbRASiON Whoah let me get this straight,... (479 comments)

I'm only glancing at the article here but that seems to be indicating those are the DSL, not mobile data prices, is that right? Those prices are completely insane and I live in Australia. I can get around 300gb per month for $80 or so on ADSL2.

Is there literally 0 competition available in this region? Those prices are ...utterly appalling, virtually making the internet unusable for anything but casual browsing in that region.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

AbRASiON Media server isn't the problem, the player? (420 comments)

What's a good PLAYER?
I use XBMC on a fairly basic HTPC I love it but what's the best solution to buy friends and family so they can have XBMC? I don't want to administer a HTPC.

The Apple TV2 I tried, it's got NO balls, it runs XBMC like shit, the remote is garbage and it's laggy with an even remotely decent sized collection. Hell there's 8gb of flash on there and if you've got a mammoth collection you may actually end up filling the disk with the thumbnails.

Those WDTV devices aren't bad for the price but it's no XBMC.

People responding with "Rasberry Pi" are tinkerers and not actual extensive XBMC users. You're going to see the same problems as the Apple TV2 (only worse)

about 3 months ago

Partially Censored Database From Snapchat Intrusion Released

AbRASiON Re:reminder (51 comments)

Colour me stupid guys but where and what is this slashdot beta? I've been posting a heck of a long time and I don't think I see it?

I've gone in to the options long ago to keep the site looking "normal" - I've got no idea what this place looks like without my cookie but much like IMDB* I'm very happy with the existing look, I didn't like the change to be honest.

* IMDB - IMDB is a "service" now - as is Gmail - a lot of things on the web should no longer be goddamn fiddled with. I still login and have the old IMDB and god help them if they ever remove the option to keep the old look for registered members.

about 3 months ago

Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars

AbRASiON Moderators there aren't too clever. (219 comments)

I got into a debate about super cars vs sports cars (I admit, it's a bit of an empty debate) but it seems there's no such thing as a supercar, only sportscars. So I can confirm some pretty dumb shit is debated.

What's significantly more frustrating, is I made a comedy edit to a womans profile who basically belittiles men who play games, quite harshly. (I admit, a comedy edit isn't cool) The edit was rightly removed, a moderator responded to me and said don't do it again. I said fine, I'd already posted the link on a gaming discussion board, someone else makes a similar edit, moderator bans me for editing the page. No idea what an IP address is or username but someones US cable IP does not match my Australian ADSL IP in the slightest.
After that ban, I vowed never to donate to the site again, I've heard many reports about the moderation there, some real power mongering going on and king of the internet syndrome. Fuck em.

about 4 months ago



AbRASiON AbRASiON writes  |  more than 7 years ago

abrasion writes "Harold Hunt has recently posted his impressions of Thecus N5200 NAS box here http://www.starnet.com/huntntech/article/storage_s erver_review_thecus_n5200/

Slashdot recently saw a review from Hexus.net here http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/07/ 16/1257226 which seemed quite positive for the device, however Harold has had some more issues with it, specifically in regards to hooking it up to a Windows domain and decided to share those with us.

Since home storage is beggining to boom for those of us collecting movies / music and other such large quantities of data, perhaps another opinion on this device would be of use for those of us who were considering this device or perhaps similar solutions.
Feel free to discuss any other NAS solutions in this topic as I'm certainly in the process of hunting around myself and wouldn't mind some feedback from the rest of the /. crowd."



People who use fans / foes are clearly losers

AbRASiON AbRASiON writes  |  more than 9 years ago

No really, childish kiddie stuff - sad - comedy nerd morons.

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