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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

Belial6 Re:Seriously? (153 comments)

You know what they say... "A miserable, lonely, uncomfortable worker who is missing his family is a productive worker!"

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

Belial6 Re:First things first... (153 comments)

In the spirit of keeping it simple... A few years ago, I took a month long road trip with my family. We rented a mini-van and she would drive during the long streatches of nothing while I worked from the back. After the first day in, it became apparent that the laptop on my lap wasn't cutting it. So, we stopped at a K-mart and I bought a big wood cutting board. It worked awesome. It was flat so It packed pretty well. It was very sturdy. It had the groove around the edge designed for catching liquids that worked very well for keeping pens and whatnot from sliding off the edge. Plus, when we would get to a stop, I could lift it up and set it on the seat next to me without having to rearrange anything. That way when we were done looking at the sights, I could get back in the car and get started back to work without any setup.

All in all, it was the best lap board I have ever used. To this day, my son still uses it when he wants to use his laptop while sitting on the couch. Storage consists of putting in the small space between the end of the couch and the wall.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

Belial6 Re:This strikes me as spectacularly unhealthy. (153 comments)

Different people need different environments to concentrate, and different families provide different environments to those people. I can say for myself, I concentrate better when there is human voice chatter around me. Voices that I don't have to respond too. Other people work better with quite music. Some with blaring death metal, and then there are those that need absolute quite. The absolute quite folks seem to be the ones that have the hardest time understanding that not everyone is like them.

4 days ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

Belial6 Re:Bullshit (443 comments)

The difference with online bullying is that it is much harder to stop. Kids bullied at school know the bullies and at least in theory can get support from teachers and parents. People bullied in the workplace can make a formal complaint. Online they often don't even know who is bullying them, and the sites are often slow to react to reports or unable to take any effective action.

At least that is the way it is supposed to work in theory.
In practice, not so much.

4 days ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

Belial6 Re:Not Government (443 comments)

I think there is a lot of that. It must be comforting to think that trolls are the worst humanity has to offer.

4 days ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

Belial6 Re:suggestion (443 comments)

Jezebel.com IS a trolling site. That is the point of its existence. The same as non-online troll media like Fox.

4 days ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

Belial6 Re:Bullshit (443 comments)

Exactly.

The fact that "online" is tacked on to the end is the give away that Phillips is talking out of her ass. Just like every other "on a computer" makes it new and unique claim, online trolling is just more of the same. We all know people who do it every day in real life. We have national personalities like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Howard Stern, and Jerry Springer. Heck, the entire Fox network is dedicated to trolling. People think that Fox is a right wing network. They only think that because they are being successfully trolled.

4 days ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

Belial6 Re:Get it right, pls. (298 comments)

Wow. Just amazing.

5 days ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

Belial6 Re:Get it right, pls. (298 comments)

Bingo. Given that Jezabel's female editors have posted stories about how they criminally commit domestic abuse, and invite their female audience to join in on the fun of laughing at each other's stories about the readers criminal domestic abuse, clearly the subject of abuse is not beneath them.

http://jezebel.com/294383/have...

about a week ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

Belial6 Re:Jezebel? (298 comments)

Jezebel intentionally took the name of a religious figure who was know for fabricating false accusations against a man, leading to that mans execution. The name is also know for being a whore.

The name is specifically chosen to shock and invite scorn on women who choose to associate themselves with the site. That was the intent of the sites creators. Saying that Jezebel is awesome and has fantastic stories about the crap that women have to put up with is like saying that the site www.marquidesade.com is awesome and has fantastic stories about the crap that men have to put up with.

The fact that Jezebel invites bad behavior doesn't excuse the bad behavior by the gif posters, but that just means you have two groups behaving badly. It isn't an either/or situation.

about a week ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

Belial6 Re:Jezebel? (298 comments)

Well, according to Jezebel, Jezebel IS a blog. So, it seems down right impossible for it to be more credible than a blog.

about a week ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

Belial6 Re:Why no 1 Tb version? (183 comments)

His point still stands. 240Gb is big enough for some people, but they have to be mindful of disk usage. That is wasted effort. For me, a 512Gb drive would still be a pain. 750Gb is where I would become really usable, comfortable, but 1Tb would be the point were I could function without having to really think about my disk usage.

It should be trivial for the manufacturers to make 1Tb drives.

about a week ago
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Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

Belial6 Re:Going to need MUCH better firewalls (141 comments)

Honestly, the answer is that the devices should just not be directly accessable at all from the internet. There should be a server that is secured, and the devices should be accessed by the server.

Paring could be done via NFC. A small 'Key' passed over the 'pairing' pad of the server and any devices could sync them all to the same cert. If for some reason it is believed the cert is compromised a new $1 'Key' can reset every device and the server to a new cert.

Simpler than the wifi and bluetooth models, and for the most part, there is only one device that has to have complex iron clad security.

about a week ago
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Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

Belial6 Re:really? (141 comments)

About a s priceless as smashing the window of their car. Ha Ha. Vandalism isn't new just because it is "on a computer".

about a week ago
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NVIDIAs 64-bit Tegra K1: The Ghost of Transmeta Rides Again, Out of Order

Belial6 Re:Sounds smart, but is it? (125 comments)

Of course, when your entire user space is emulated, why not do your JIT on the metal?

about a week ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Belial6 Re:What about Oregon and Washington? (363 comments)

We can hope. There was a time that the same could have been said about the US.

about a week ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Belial6 Re:yeah yeah (363 comments)

I think that is the rare situation. More often it is "But I want to watch football." or "The only other choice is AT&T (fill in your local telephone company) and they have just as bad of service with even slower speeds."

about a week ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Belial6 Re:They're Monopolies (363 comments)

If the companies response is to drop you as a customer, then making things difficult is a waste of your time. Just drop the service yourself. If you can get enough people to boycott the companies, they will change their behavior. Good luck with that though. The sports addiction in the US is simply too strong to rein in the cable companies.

about a week ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Belial6 Re:They're Monopolies (363 comments)

That makes no sense. You are falling for the human shield tactic. The company hires service reps to act as human shields, and people like you let them do whatever they want for fear of punishing the shield on the phone.

about a week ago

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PPTP works on Android

Belial6 Belial6 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Belial6 (794905) writes "One of my ongoing complaints with Android has been that from very early on, it has included PPTP in the OS, but it never worked. Every time I got a new version of the OS, I would again try to connect to my DD-WRT router, and every time it would fail. I would search the internet for an answer, and from all of search results it appeared that PPTP VPN was just broken in Android. Worse yet, it looked like it was something that was never going to be fixed. It looks like I have the problem is that DNS breaks VPN on Android. I have now tested a Nexus 7, an HTC G2 and a Nexus One. They all work if I put in the IP address directly, and they all fail if I try to resolve the IP via DNS. Has anyone else tried this?"
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Google Betas a new game

Belial6 Belial6 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Belial6 (794905) writes "I don't know if I'm the only one that missed this, but Google has launched a new game. Image Labeler. The game involves players being randomly matched with other players, and being presented with images. Each player starts typing what they see, and when a match is found, the players get a score based on how common their words are. Fun AND useful!"
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Belial6 Belial6 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Belial6 (794905) writes "It appears that the question of 'Where's my flying car?' may have an answer. Today Moller announced that they are ready to start selling flying cars. According to the article 'The M200 volantor is a small two passenger saucer shaped aircraft that can take-off and land vertically. It is the size of a small automobile and operates vibration free with little noise. The prototype M200X has completed over two hundred flights with and without a pilot on board. Those who have flown the M200 describe it as a truly "magic carpet" experience.' and 'Prices are dependent upon the final production volume but are expected to range from $125,000 for the M200G model to $450,000 for the Firefly model.'"

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