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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Christopher_G_Lewis Saturday Morning Soccer (320 comments)

Seriously? The three hours of Saturday morning soccer that I'm forced to drag my three kids to killed any sort of opportunity for any TV watching on a Saturday.

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Marvell To Pay Carnegie Mellon $1.5B For Patent Infringement

Christopher_G_Lewis Re:Isn't that obvious? (85 comments)

They could give out USB sticks instead of 3 1/2" floppies...

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Configuring Development Environment On a Shared Workstation?

Christopher_G_Lewis Visual Studio Online (158 comments)

I'd start with Visual Studio Online (http://www.visualstudio.com/products/visual-studio-online-overview-vs) - five user free basic version. Get your coding skills up to date, then work on a new rig.

about 9 months ago
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Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

Christopher_G_Lewis Re:Isn't just the keyboards (459 comments)

Agreed!!!!

With the number pad, it feels like I'm typing with my whole body slightly twisted to the left - to the point that I much prefer to use my laptop in the docking station.

Kind of pointless...

about 9 months ago
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Intel Challenges Manufacturers To Avoid "Conflict Metals"

Christopher_G_Lewis Busy work (123 comments)

This is all being driven by a 2010 US Law requiring companies to track and disclose where they acquire gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten. These are primarily mined in the Congo region, and are believed to be run by warlords using the public as basically slave labor.

While a good in principle law, it doesn't currently list "bad" suppliers, and really doesn't do anything but make companies track their suppliers. No penalty for buying from the worst of the worst, you just have to report it. And the "worst of the worst"? They're not stupid - they're reverting to well thought out money laundering techniques to hide their product behind "clean" companies.

So this ends up being another needless law that requires companies to to extensive work reporting something that the bad guys have already found a way around.

about 9 months ago
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How Munich Abandoned Microsoft for Open Source

Christopher_G_Lewis Re:Let me guess (294 comments)

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As far as how my product (Visual Studio LightSwitch) is impacted directly; as part of our release process we run some tooling that makes sure our code isn't calling APIs its not supposed to be calling.

Excellent product. Keep up the good work.

about a year ago
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Team Oracle Penalized For America's Cup Rules Violations

Christopher_G_Lewis Re:"miniscule" (190 comments)

And then lied about it. That's the kicker. Of the five that were caught.one was given a warning, one was banned for the first four AC races, and three were banned from this AC.

Further, three of the offenders are being sent to their national sailing organization with a recommendation of no further action, but two of them are being sent back for further punishment with the declaration of lying and knowingly modifying the boats. Because each of these sailors sails under the international racing rules, and are being charged with "[a] gross breach of a rule and good sportsmanship" they are going to get the hammer. There is precedence in sailing (sorry, no linkage) that these two guys could be banned from competing for years. And this is *all* racing, from the AC and Olympics and club beer can racing. This is the equivalent of A-Rod being told he can't play ball anywhere in the world, including his church softball league. The closest analogy is the banning for life of the Chicago Black Sox.

So don't think this is a trivial situation, these guys will probably never race professionally ever again in their lives.

about a year ago
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Microsoft, BSA and Others Push For Appeal On Oracle v. Google Ruling

Christopher_G_Lewis Re:Destabilization (191 comments)

You forgot this:
© 2001 Portable Applications Standards Committee, IEEE Computer Society

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Devices For Luggage?

Christopher_G_Lewis Re:just google it (293 comments)

I got my wife one of these http://www.zomm.com/ for her phone and it works great - saved her phone at least 3 or 4 times, but it does go off occasionally for non-losses. Its a bluetooth device that when activated, alarms when the bluetooth disconnects with some error correction for occasional disconnects. You could attach it to your luggage and it would alarm if the luggage was beyond range. Its small enough that it wouldn't attract attention, and would certainly work. I'd make sure it was securely attached i.e. use a strong key ring or clip.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Tools For Dealing With Glare Sensitivity?

Christopher_G_Lewis Re:LED Screens (195 comments)

If it's an OLED display, black backgrounds save on battery...

about 2 years ago
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Cell Phone Jamming Devices Enjoy an Increase In Popularity

Christopher_G_Lewis Re:I approve (805 comments)

Actually, in Chicago it's against the law to sleep on public transportation, but not illegal to talk on a cell phone (at a resonable volume).

Best quote I ever heard on the train: "Honey, I've got to hang up - everyone's looking at me like I'm 'That Guy' ". Got quite a laugh out of the other riders.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?

Christopher_G_Lewis Re:Screwdriver (1016 comments)

Excellent Grill Cover Holderrs...

about 3 years ago
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$26 of Software Defeats American Military

Christopher_G_Lewis Re:Oh noes (534 comments)

Sounds like the plot line to Avatar...

more than 4 years ago
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Choosing a Replacement Email System For a University?

Christopher_G_Lewis Re:Missing option: (485 comments)

Hmm - I've switched a small elementary school to Google Apps, and my opinion of it is *slightly* different.

Don't get me wrong - Google Mail just plain rocks. There's no getting around that. But the calendar, chat and docs integration is just kind of just meh. Why do I have to switch web sites to view a calendar? And Docs, well, it just plane sucks compared to Office Online. I'm sure it will eventually get better, but geez - its been a beta product for *years* and while improving, still has a long way to go. And Office 2007 has been out for a while. Support the damned format already.

But my biggest gripe - Where the F* is Google Groups for Apps users? How friggin' hard would it be to integrate an email group for my teacher's classroom, without going out to plain old google groups - As an admin, not being able to do *anything* with email other than setting up distribution groups is just plain wrong. And asking one of my teachers to set this up? No thank you - they're there to teach, not be techies.

So yea, great compared to our old email system. Replacing Small Business Server or Office any time soon? Never.

about 6 years ago

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Christopher_G_Lewis Christopher_G_Lewis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Christopher_G_Lewis writes "This is just coming out, but Sun's DST patch "may break backward compatibility for the Eastern, Hawaiian, and Mountain time zones, under certain circumstances." DST: Daylight Saving Time Changes (2007) There's a Sun alert, but only for subscribed members: Sun Alert 102836 for Java. The introduction of Olson Timezone (TZ) data, version 2005r or greater, may break backward compatibility for the Eastern, Hawaiian, and Mountain time zones, under certain circumstances. This issue is also outlined in Sun BugIDs 6466476 and 6530336, listed at: 6466476 6530336"

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