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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

AntEater Re:bring back the green IBM 3270 (240 comments)

I know that I'm getting old and been in the industry too long when this idea gets me all excited inside. I honestly believe that you'd see huge gains in productivity with the focused work environment that the old serial terminal provided. Not to mention that the keyboard is orders of magnitude faster than anything requiring the mouse for most tasks. Where do I sign up for this?

about a week ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

AntEater It's a different web without it (698 comments)

It's a different web without adblock, and it's not pretty one. It does more than just hide advertisements, it also reduces bandwidth usage considerably. I've been using adblock since I was stuck on dialup. It was critical to me back then to make pages load faster. Then I was on satellite and adblock helped keep me under my data allotment. On the rare occasion that I have to use a computer without it, I'm always taken back by how bad the web is with all the ads. According to some estimates, we're exposed to over 3000 marketing messages every day, on average. I'm all for anything that reduces that number, whatever it actually is. Every person that I show Adblock to, has been very, very happy with the results.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

AntEater Re:Doesn't matter even if the publishers win... (698 comments)

That was my first thought too. It would be trivial to write a script that fetches and parses the existing lists used by adblock into a nice little hosts file where everything points to 127.0.0.1.

I don't care whose business model it wrecks, I won't expose myself to any more advertising than I have to.

On the other hand, it may be time for me to donate to Adblock.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

AntEater Nothing to give (312 comments)

I was going to comment on this earlier. Well, actually, I was going to read some of the comments, but I read about 8 emails from two gmail tabs, checked my work account in another window (alpine), checked facebook, back to slashdot but reloaded the main page again to check for new articles... what were we talking about again?

about two weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

AntEater We've done worse.... (341 comments)

As stupid as this is, it still makes more sense to me that granting corporations legal standing equal with real, live human beings.

about two weeks ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

AntEater Re:UPS (236 comments)

that's the point! The UPS should be failing more often than the computers as it is taking the spikes and brown outs instead of your computer hardware.

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

AntEater Vermont? (588 comments)

As a life-long resident of Vermont, I'm embarrassed that these other states have passed these referendums ahead of us.

about a month and a half ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

AntEater Re: Yeah, as music artists know, not so fun is it? (275 comments)

Would the best waitresses be able to demand a royalty on their waitress-bot recordings?

No, the waitress is screwed. On the other hand, the manager who filed for a patent on this robo-waitress business method will be able to retire early.

about 4 months ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

AntEater Marketing only. (270 comments)

They're still evil.

about 8 months ago
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Why the Major Labels Love (and Artists Hate) Music Streaming

AntEater Re:Of course... (164 comments)

The you buy from the next service...You probably will have to re-download all your crap, but that's life. Or use a DRM stripper, Or, if you have a program like Tunebite or Sound Taxi and don't mind a transcode, you can use that to have stable files.

In my case, you're suggesting that I redownload over 500GB of music files??? I don't think so. If you have a large collection of music, particularly if what you listen to doesn't fall into the mainstream/consumer music, then these on-line options aren't going to cut it. Also, I'm not really an audiophile but I am cursed with enough audio discernment that the low bitrate on most streaming services will sound pretty bad on my stereo where I do most of my listening - trascoding from an already poor source isn't going to be acceptable.

about a year ago
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

AntEater Re:house of cards? (698 comments)

You gotta love it when economic success is defined by GDP. I've heard that hurricanes and large earthquakes are good for the economy too.

1 year,2 days
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

AntEater house of cards? (698 comments)

Does this strike anyone else as being utterly ridiculous? "Cataclysmic"?? I mean, if a bunch of bricked computers could bring down our economy (and possibly the global economy) then isn't the whole thing in need of some serious attention? Maybe we've built an unreasonable amount of dependence on something that is entirely too frail to warrant such trust? - both the computer systems and our current economic system.

1 year,2 days
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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

AntEater Re:LYNX RULES! (381 comments)

Links is very cool but eLinks (elinks.or.cz) is even better!

1 year,8 days
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Slackware Linux 14.1 Released

AntEater Yawn!!!!!! (136 comments)

I've been anticipating this release for several weeks now. What's funny, is that there's not much to say about it here. Predictable. Reliable. Maybe even boring. Still, Slackware is an awesome system that is a joy to administer. I'll be updating several machines as soon as my DVD arrives in the mail.

about a year ago
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Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

AntEater never happen (786 comments)

"... without partisan interference."

Oh wow! Good one. You had me going there for a minute.

about a year ago
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How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?

AntEater Re:Never gonna happen. (472 comments)

... And in 20 years, I will bet that automated cars will be safer than human drivers.

Based on my commute this morning, a well trained dog with a cell phone navigation system would be safer at the wheel than my fellow human drivers.

about a year ago
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You Don't 'Own' Your Own Genes

AntEater Prior Art!! (293 comments)

I claim prior art! Well, my parents could, at least.

about a year and a half ago
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Video Game Industry Starting To Feel Heat On Gun Massacres

AntEater Re:The Stupidity, It Hurts! (1006 comments)

The individual who committed the crime is definitely where the blame ultimately lies. What people are looking for isn't merely the blame but some cause that can then be legislated away so that this type of thing can be prevented in the future. I don't believe it'll ever be effectively done but I think that is the ultimate motivation. Our society tends to like to find "things" to blame (guns, music, games, etc) rather than addressing some of the social, family and personal issues that lead to horrible actions like this. Banning things is an easier task and creates the illusion of "doing something" about it.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Daylight Saving Time Worth Saving?

AntEater GMT FTW!! (646 comments)

The time change is and always has been stupid. If we're going to "fix" this, then lets do it right and all jump directly to UTC/GMT. The number on the clock itself is arbitrary so we would be better off going with the true time standard once and for all.

about 2 years ago
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Why It's So Hard To Predict How Caffeine Will Affect Your Body

AntEater Re:Caffeine is a drug.. (212 comments)

Be careful, you're going to upset someone's simplified understanding of reality.

about 2 years ago

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