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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Alternate Interior Re:Been a while (391 comments)

I had the itch, and actually worked on one last night.

Ignore it. Ignore that itch. It's not worth it.

about 2 months ago
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Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

Alternate Interior Re:First it was global cooling (568 comments)

You're right, they use the word "concerned," not "feared," and that is entirely and totally different. Or something. But my point is that "global cooling" came first.

about 5 months ago
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Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

Alternate Interior Re:First it was global cooling (568 comments)

It doesn't say in the 1960s and 1970s we feared global cooling?

about 5 months ago
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Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

Alternate Interior First it was global cooling (568 comments)

It wasn't global warming first. That wasn't until the 90's. It was global cooling. But we'd like to ignore that fact, as it introduces a whole lot of doubt and makes it harder to buy into the premise at all.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

about 5 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Alternate Interior Re:I Pay (328 comments)

Sign up for a linux-based VPS. (I use digitalocean. There's lots of options.)

If you're using OSX or Linux, open terminal and
ssh -N -D 8080 your.vps.ip.or.domain -f
(N is for "no command", -D specifies port, 8080 is your port, hostname, and -f keeps it running in background)

Then in your browser or system, open your proxy configuration and type localhost as the server/host and 8080 as the port. Or whatever number you like. 8080 is just ingrained in my mind.

If you're using PuTTY and Windows, it'll make you type more. Check http://www.virtualroadside.com... . Use 8080 or whatever when they say "X". Use same number for local and remote port, so that you don't have to remember which is which.

about 5 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Alternate Interior Re:I Pay (328 comments)

Have a local ISP who pipe through Time Warner. Around the end of December, Netflix connections went to crap. Complained and ISP threw Netflix under the bus, saying they've over-saturated their bandwidth. Tried a SOCKS proxy via VPS and magic, works fine. Told ISP and they seemed genuinely amazed.

Comcast is still the devil- but VPS is a very viable workaround.

about 6 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Alternate Interior Re:New IDEs (627 comments)

Exactly. Boosting your productivity is great. But hiding what "it" is doing is not. I started developing with QBasic and soon after Visual Basic, and it took years to understand how you'd develop without a GUI builder. The IDE hid too much complexity, set me up with bad assumptions, and it took a long time to learn what it was doing underneath. Knowing now, I'd have a much better grasp of how to organize code sooner, and I'd be a better developer for it.

TL;DR = Use them for the productivity boost, not to avoid learning or thinking.

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot BETA Discussion

Alternate Interior Re:Spamming Fuck Beta in every unrelated topic is (60 comments)

So, SO much this.

I really don't believe the people using Beta have really used Classic. On an MBA's bullet point list, it's all there. But in real life, they're not even similar.

about 8 months ago
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Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

Alternate Interior Re:Slashdot Beta sucks (232 comments)

You've a lower UID than me and I'm sitting at 13y. I've provided feedback, months ago when this was alpha and again yesterday when they made this announcement.

Beta is def better than alpha was. Commenting is infinitely better on Beta than Alpha. But it's STILL incredibly backward compared to Classic. Slashdot is literally the only site (besides dedicated forums) where comments are worth doing. I suspect what's happening is Alpha was shit, developers feel like they've addressed the problems in Beta but people are still complaining and so developers and/or management have gone standoff-ish. I can only suspect no one at Dice REALLY interacts with commenting. Reading comments isn't the same thing.

(Of course I still miss the old table-based /. of yore. It was the best. If you want a change, bring back classic /. Classic.)

about 8 months ago
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Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million

Alternate Interior Re:Good advertising? (324 comments)

Haven't ordered for four YEARS. not Reasons.

about 10 months ago
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Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million

Alternate Interior Re:Good advertising? (324 comments)

Haven't ordered from Newegg for four reasons. My last order also ended with a chargeback. I had ordered RAM, and worked in a 9-story building with many other companies. RAM was marked delivered but it didn't come to me. I checked with numerous other people, trying to track down if it'd been wrongly delivered to someone else and no one confessed to seeing it. (And it was a semi common problem; people tended to be honest.) So I turned to customer support and they said I'd waited too long, and there was nothing they could do. It'd been about three days. Explained the trying to check from my end and it changed nothing. A couple days longer and I filed a charge back. A couple days later it appeared- whether a delivery error or they mailed another, I do not know, but I cancelled the chargeback and haven't ordered from them again since.

about 10 months ago
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I'd rather be spied on by ...

Alternate Interior Re:Gotta Go With Cuba (324 comments)

I picked Cuba, because, what with their meager resources, it's validation of mattering. It'd almost be an honor to be monitored by them. Plus, you know, interrogations on the Caribbean beach. I'm sure that it's JUST like that.

about a year ago
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Amazon Gets Blow-Back Over Plan To Sell Kindles At Small Bookshops

Alternate Interior Re:Time for a different business model (176 comments)

I would love to spend my money there. But with vendor lock-in, they won't sell books in the format I want. So what I would like to buy from them is knowledge. But they won't sell it, they give it away.

about a year ago
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Amazon Gets Blow-Back Over Plan To Sell Kindles At Small Bookshops

Alternate Interior Re:Time for a different business model (176 comments)

So I can buy Amazon Kindle books there, then?

Oh.

Guess it is the business model.

about a year ago
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Amazon Gets Blow-Back Over Plan To Sell Kindles At Small Bookshops

Alternate Interior Time for a different business model (176 comments)

I'm firmly in camp ebook. Let's disclose that up front.

Book stores should charge cover. The experience of browsing in a book store is much better than browsing Amazon's web site. The tablet kindle store is better but it still doesn't compare to browsing on a shelf, reading a page on a whim. So when it's time to find something new to read, I'll go spend an hour in Barnes & Noble and make a list of a dozen books. I'll probably buy a coffee while there, but otherwise B&N is making nothing off me.

That's not fair to them, but that is how their business is structured. I fear bookstores collapsing. I preferred Borders and was disappointed when it went under. Don't want that to happen to B&N. But what answer is there? There are only a handful of reference-type paper books I would buy. Might get a calendar once a year. Couple presents. But Amazon gets most of my book dollars. That's just sad reality.

So, I say, charge me cover. Heck, charge everybody cover. $2 to come in. If you buy a book, offer a $2 discount. The bookstore is suddenly less disadvantaged then previously. If you are a paper book buyer, you're not disadvantaged. If you really are a paper book buyer and are simply browsing, suddenly, you're the party suffering. But you're incidental to this- if bookstores are in trouble, you're going to lose them eventually. So you have the heavy burden of paying a couple dollars, or you can browse at a library instead.

The small bookstores TFA discusses aren't necessarily the same as B&N - but that's the problem. They have even less to offer. Stocking Kindles may not be the answer, but they're getting squeezed by both Amazon and B&N. They need to find a niche compatible with their clients to survive.

about a year ago
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How Safe Is Cycling?

Alternate Interior Re:The best way to make cycling safer (947 comments)

This.

I further argue with the basic right of bicyclists to use the road. A bicycle isn't high-speed like a car, and they aren't a pedestrian. They're dangerous to both. Therefore they really don't belong on roads or sidewalks. Where bicycles fit in is with the same class as Equestrians. Horses don't go trotting down the road, and neither should bikes.

about a year ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Alternate Interior Comments are hard to read (1191 comments)

They're not indented very far and that makes working out a comment's descendants take some work. Most of the value of slashdot compard to any other aggregation site is the discussion so I'm leary of any change which would lessen this sites commenting.

Now, just about any OTHER site in the world taking comments is a different story!

about a year ago
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FDA Will Regulate Some Apps As Medical Devices

Alternate Interior Re:Woohoo! (130 comments)

Speaking as a Diabetic- yes I do.

I wear an infusion pump already. And a continuous monitor. They're plastic screens and buttons I clip to my belt. They have to be easily accessible because there is so much variance day-to-day.

Having everything talk via ANT or BT or something. Having one controller for it all. It'd be wonderful. I think your point is that it's too dangerous to put all that burden on a single piece of commodity hardware. And that's a valid point, in theory. But in reality, if I can replace the pump UI and CGM UI with a phone **that I'm already carrying** I end up with a whole lot fewer widgets to keep track of. Also, by virtue of commoditization, I could replace the software stack infinitely easier than a purpose-built controller, Dangerous? Sure. But understand the position we're in now:

  1. Taking too much insulin is deadly.
  2. It's easy to take too much insulin.
  3. Since 2009, pumps and CGMs have been available in much of the world which automatically stop delivering insulin when your blood sugar is low.
  4. The FDA has not allowed this technology in the United States.

I don't care if it's dangerous or voids the warranty or puts the FDA boogey-man on me. If a development like this occurs in the future and the FDA impedes it, I would like the opportunity to get it. Running on an open stack, even a quasi-open stack, is the only viable way for that to happen. And for today, smartphones are the best way to make that happen.

1 year,6 days
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Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2: Now With New Kickstand!

Alternate Interior Re:Size does matter. (294 comments)

Yes, I missed the joke. Fail.

1 year,26 days

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