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Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

Compholio Re:Limited outside USA? (222 comments)

How about unusable outside the USA? In many stores in Belgium the staff does not even know how swiping works.

Really? I was in Belgium in February and I didn't have a single problem with it. Everyone took one look at me, knew they had an American on their hands, and did everything properly without hassling me one bit.

about 5 months ago

Professors Say Massive Open Online Courses Threaten Academic Freedom

Compholio Re:...and not academic freedom (284 comments)

No, they're usually just better about not signing a shitty contract that says "we pay you shit _and_ we own all your efforts".

about 10 months ago

U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

Compholio Re:Your Crazy (417 comments)

What if he's cheated on his taxes and his tax documents are on one of those other drives? Forcing him to decrypt the contents of the other drives could force him to incriminate himself for crimes unrelated to the original search.

about 10 months ago

Microsoft Office 2013 Not Compatible With Windows XP, Vista

Compholio Re:Lol (711 comments)

You could use LyX instead and get a nice WYSIWYMean editor.

about a year and a half ago

Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

Compholio Re:I did (667 comments)

But even if I did, I can go to any 7-Eleven in the U.S. and most credit unions in the co-op network [co-opfs.org] and deposit a check.

FYI, The CO-OP Network is for ATMs (triangle-ish symbol), the CU Service Centers are for performing financial services at a "partner" Credit Union (starfish-ish symbol).

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft 'Ribbonizes' Windows 8 File Manager

Compholio Re:Awful (951 comments)

Most people I've known who "hate" it stop hating it after I sit down with them for five minutes and just show them how to use it and make it work like they want it to.

Every time I use an Office 2007+ machine I have to re-learn how to use the damn thing. I use a lot of different software and somehow I can still remember how to use it even going months or years between uses, but for some reason I cannot do that with the Office ribbon interface. However, my main compliant about the ribbon really has to do with that it doesn't tell you what the shortcut keys are. All sane software for the past decade has had this nifty menu system that tells you exactly what shortcut to use for each operation, why exactly is it more convenient to force me to use the help to find the shortcut keys?

more than 2 years ago

Google Chairman To Testify At Antitrust Hearing

Compholio Re:I call shenanigans. (93 comments)

Ain't that the truth. Talk all you want about Microsoft; however, at least they have a real, live, functioning telephone number.

MS: What is the nature of your call sir?
Caller: We'd like to get a representative of your company to show up to a senate hearing.
MS: That'll be $200 for an incident report sir, would you like me to charge your credit card?

more than 2 years ago

Teen Builds Nuclear Bomb Detector

Compholio Re:Reality check (210 comments)

... Meanwhile, these guys have sufficient resources to start handing out equipment and lab space to enterprising teenagers for science fair projects! ...

A lot of funding agencies require a certain amount of your research budget to be spent on "educational outreach." It's likely that someone went "gee, here's a cool way to spend my outreach budget that won't require me to do anything."

more than 2 years ago

Pirated Android App Shames Freeloaders

Compholio Re:In most contexts this would be illegal (519 comments)

You can't set traps for people even if the only way they would be harmed by it would be because they themselves are doing something illegal.

Not entirely true... At least in the US it is illegal for the government to entrap you, but there is no prohibition on private corporations doing the same. You can, however, sue over just about anything here (and you can sometimes win said crazy lawsuits).

about 3 years ago

Censorware Vendors Can Stop Mid-East Dealings

Compholio Re:Honestly, this won't solve very much. (126 comments)

In other words, the current situation sucks, but it sucks less than most of the alternatives, and the only truly better alternative -where censorware is banned worldwide for all purposes- is never going to happen. At least transactions which take place in the open are known quantities.

That's not necessary, all you'd really have to do is ban country-wide censoring. If you passed an international law that essentially said "anyone may offer optional crippled versions of the Internet, but no country may cripple the Internet outright" then you'd be golden. At that point all you have to do is make the punishment "we all agree worldwide to cut you off" and you're done, all this stupid crap is over.

about 3 years ago

Using the Open Records Law To Intimidate Critics

Compholio Re:Over-reaction (369 comments)

Most Universities have legally distanced themselves from the state.

That's a little hard for some universities, in my state several of the state universities are written into the state constitution.

about 3 years ago

Using the Open Records Law To Intimidate Critics

Compholio Re:Over-reaction (369 comments)

He is NOT a public employee; he is an employee of a university which (more often than not depending on the state) is a separate legal entity.

He works for the University of Wisconsin, a public state-owned university. Granted such things can vary by state - but I work for a state university as a graduate research assistant and I know we were warned by legal a while ago that the same thing can happen to us, even as grad students.

about 3 years ago

Firefox 4, A Day Later

Compholio Re:To play devils advocate (435 comments)

The only gotcha I've run into is the default linux release is 32-bit and you have to dig to find the 64-bit download. If any cares, you download the 64-bit linux release here. [mozilla.org]

If you're running Ubuntu 10.04 or 10.10 there's a PPA (for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions):
Firefox 4 PPA for Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 users

about 3 years ago

Firefox 4, A Day Later

Compholio Re:To play devils advocate (435 comments)

And unsurprisingly, naysayers proclaim that IE will survive, while firefox will die. IE has been getting faster, I can't say the same thing about Firefox.

People keep saying this, but I just loaded the new Firefox and it feels to me like the interface is much more responsive and flash-intensive pages that used to take forever to load now show up extremely rapidly. I was sticking with FF3 because of the great plugins, but FF4 actually seems to be pretty decent out of the box.

about 3 years ago

Does Syfy Really Love Sci-Fi?

Compholio Re:Fantasy is now king (742 comments)

I don't care how stupid the people at the network are - they know enough to put their well rated shows in good slots. It just turns out that a good portion of the collective slashdot "we" like different shows than the majority of people - and we are a small minority.

You forget that they used to be a niche-market channel that catered to "us", now they're going to be competing against other channels that have a lot more resources and are available at lower pricing tiers. I know I just downgraded my cable service recently because the only thing that used to justify my extra $30/mo was the Sci-Fi channel. I can't continue to justify that expensive when they cancel most of the programming that I want to watch.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Bans Open Source From the Windows Market

Compholio Re:Incorrect. (566 comments)

Does not sound like the BSD or MIT license would be covered by this.

There's an "or" in the list of "things that make a license excluded, one of those items is:

(ii) licensed for the purpose of making derivative works

I don't know about you, but that sounds to me like all the OSS licenses, including BSD and MIT, are covered. If you want to put up software that is licensed in any way to allow for modification and redistribution then they're not going to let you.

more than 2 years ago

Asteroid Once Seen As Dangerous Offers Chance For Close Study

Compholio Re:Apophis? (122 comments)

Much less scary than "Apophis threatens to wipe out all life on planet!".

Rumor is that the guys who originally spotted it named it after the Stargate SG-1 character, who (presumably) sent an asteroid to destroy the earth in the episode "Fail Safe."

more than 3 years ago


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