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Soylent: No Food For 30 Days

Catskul Re:Or... (440 comments)

Dietary sources of D are almost always insufficient unless you live on only seafood. Sunlight is pretty much the only viable way to get enough D. Probably not diet related.

about 8 months ago
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Square Debuts New Email Payment System

Catskul Re:Ummmm... (240 comments)

You don't actually need to read the article. The summary suggests that all that goes in the email is the amount, and the CC to cash@square.com.

Instead, they just email the person they'd like to transfer money to (with the amount as the subject), and CC 'cash@square.com.' Square asks the sending for their debit card info, and then sends a link to the recipient, who can transfer the money into any account they want .

about 9 months ago
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Square Debuts New Email Payment System

Catskul Re:Interac (240 comments)

The bank doesn't need to sign up for a special program a la the OP's suggestion of Interac e-Transfer. It just uses your debit card functionality.

about 9 months ago
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Square Debuts New Email Payment System

Catskul Re:Ummmm... (240 comments)

You don't send account info via email. Read the article, or even just the summary more carefully.

about 9 months ago
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Square Debuts New Email Payment System

Catskul Re:Really? (240 comments)

You like dealing with physical mail, and cash? Good for you. Most people don't.

about 9 months ago
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Square Debuts New Email Payment System

Catskul Re:Interac (240 comments)

There are many systems like this including POP money. The difference AFAICT is that this does not require bank participation.

about 9 months ago
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Square Debuts New Email Payment System

Catskul Re:Sounds ready for abuse (240 comments)

Virtually everyone has secure communication to their email provider these days. This is no more abusable than password resetting links that are regularly used for sensitive accounts.

Also I'm not sure if you caught that account numbers will not be transferred by mail.

about 9 months ago
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Square Debuts New Email Payment System

Catskul Re:Ummmm... (240 comments)

How so?

about 9 months ago
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NTSB Recommends Lower Drunk Driving Threshold Nationwide: 0.05 BAC

Catskul Re:I approve (996 comments)

If this saves more lives than a new treatment for skin-cancer, should we stop working on new treatments for skin cancer?

about a year ago
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Washington AG Slams T-Mobile Over Deceptive 'No-Contract' Ads

Catskul Re:exactly the same as Blockbuster (371 comments)

Using the word "period" at the end of your sentence is asinine, aggressive, and adds nothing to your assertion. Period.

about a year ago
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LazyHusband Smart Phone App Compliments Your Wife for You (Video)

Catskul Re:Let feminist complaints begin in.. (190 comments)

Complaint about imaginary feminist complaints that will rarely ever show up on Slashdot about topic feminists probably don't care about in 3...2...1... Oh shit! it's already here?!!

about a year ago
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Ron Paul Asks UN For Help Geting Control of RonPaul.com Domain From Fans

Catskul Re:The One True RICH Ron Paul (611 comments)

So you're saying there's only one person named Ron Paul in the entire world?

So you're saying ronpaul.com is about one of those other Ron Pauls?

I'm only half being facetious.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?

Catskul Re:Old problem (507 comments)

I have read it. And I think you drew the wrong lesson from the story. A big part of the story was that guy going nuts because he didn't know how to find balance in his life and obsessed over the minutia of "quality". I understand that point of view. I've been there. It's not a healthy way to think.

You can certainly define quality in a way that takes all concerns, including time, into account, but doing so defies the implication you made about the previous poster, that if he included getting something done by a deadline over other technical concerns, he was sacrificing "quality", and therefore was incompetent.

> Any developer who sacrifices quality is incompetent by definition...

What definition are you using? Again, unless using some contorted and specific definition of "quality" which you didn't even come close to explaining in your insult to the previous poster, I'll say it again: You're wrong.

Criticism should always be balanced with a measure of humility. At least consider that people who might make different value judgments than you might not always be wrong. And then consider the "quality" of your sweepingly insulting comment, and consider that in this context, that's the quality that matters.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?

Catskul Re:Old problem (507 comments)

While a virtual disregard for a deadline is a big part of the reason that Linux kernel is as good as it is, that does not mean that quality first is the only way to go, and even the Linux kernel has plenty warts that were compromises. A kernel requires a level of perfection that very few other types of software require. There is a vast range between that and, for example, a convenience shell script.

It's mature developers who both, know how to create high quality software, and also recognize the value of trading perfection for many other goals at the right time who are the most valuable. And Linus Torvalds is one of them. RMS probably is not.

I, and I'm sure many other highly skilled developers, find your assertion, that anyone who compromises quality as incompetent, insulting but more importantly, wrong.

about a year and a half ago
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New 25-GPU Monster Devours Strong Passwords In Minutes

Catskul Re:Use different passwords for different things (330 comments)

> My concern is dumb admins and people falling for social-engineering.

It's as soon as we stop claiming that it's just stupid people who fall for social-engineering that we'll finally get better at avoiding it.

about a year and a half ago
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Electric Car Environmental Impact: Power Source Matters

Catskul Long term impact (341 comments)

Of course the cynics will jump on this story and say "I told you so" like they do for everything. I'm starting to think that there are mostly only cynics left on Slashdot : /

But it's more sober to assess the value by looking at the long term impact. The technology will change as they become more popular and advancing battery technology will make batteries more efficient to produce. The *concept* of electric vehicles can produce a society that has less energy waste, and less pollution, even if the first generation of vehicles do not meet the goal.

With the understanding that electric vehicles will eventually (fairly quickly actually) have a positive impact, we can ignore the short term impact so that:
* Charging standards can be matured
* Charging stations can proliferate
* Battery technology can mature
* Motor technology can mature
* Laws can mature

Thank god the same group of cynics didn't get to have an effect on computer technology in it's infancy.

about 2 years ago
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Google Warning Gmail Users About State-Sponsored Attacks

Catskul Re:Google thinks texting is secure??? (69 comments)

I think the text message is not supposed to be 100% secure, but another obstacle to put in the way of attackers. It's an 80% solution.

more than 2 years ago
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The Lytro Camera: Impressive Technology and Some Big Drawbacks

Catskul Novel compression target (220 comments)

I'd imagine a big part of that is that there aren't any standard compression schemes available for the format so it probably has to store them raw or close to it. If you were storing 11MP pictures in raw format, you'd have approximately the same capacity.

more than 2 years ago
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Geek Tool: Slashdot Video of Award Winning 3D Printer From CES

Catskul Embedded Video (137 comments)

The front page story style gave no hint that the video was to embedded and that users need to click through to see the video. I checked all three links assuming one of them would link to the video and figured that the posting editor had accidentally omitted it. It was only when I clicked through to see if anyone else was as confused as I was that I saw it was an embedded video.

The front page style should be changed to allow viewing embedded video from the front page, or at the very least the fact that there is an embedded video to be clicked through should be overtly indicated.

more than 2 years ago

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