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Toronto Family Bans All Technology In Their Home Made After 1986

Doctor O Re:Like with everything else, moderation (534 comments)

Amen. As a father of three, I wholeheartedly second everything you say - especially the part of making decisions for your children and being their parent, not their friend or partner. Being a parent is *not* symmetrical, nor should it be. Quite the opposite it's your duty to protect your children from things they can not or should not do (yet?).

To me, the essence of parenting is guidance, consequence, and, most of all love. Telling kids 'no' and sticking to it is more of a sign of love than most people (especially non-parents) understand.

Oh, and let me stress that explaining isn't negotiating. There *are* things you negotiate with your kids (how should they safely learn it otherwise?), but your decisions aren't among those.

1 year,14 days
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1000 days.

Doctor O This is awesome. (11 comments)

Congrats. Does it feel better or are you ambivalent?

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Say People Aren't Smart Enough For Democracy To Flourish

Doctor O Re:Not smart Enough? (1276 comments)

I'll bite.

It's not as if those people would spend all that much (in proportion to their wealth). They make a lot of money through financial means, though. So tell me:

Do they pay taxes on their financial earnings?

The EU is trying to achieve this for years now, so I think that in the USA there's no tax on financial transactions or profits.

more than 2 years ago
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RapidShare Fighting Piracy By Slowing Download Speeds

Doctor O Re:MAFIAA doesn't care (154 comments)

Thanks a lot! I was wondering whether somebody knew it, because it sounded like a movie I'd like to watch.

more than 2 years ago
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2011's Fastest Growing Language: Objective-C

Doctor O Most used. (356 comments)

Then your were popular in the "most used" sense.

I feel there's a "your mom" joke hidden somewhere.

more than 2 years ago
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Another Stab At Sorting Hybrid Hype From Reality

Doctor O My non-hybrid VW Diesel has the same mileage... (633 comments)

Okay, I just got a major WTF. I wanted to know how my car compares to all those super-eco-friendly hybrids you people are talking about, and entered into Google "45 miles per gallon in liters per 100 km".

So, you see, my 2007 VW Touran http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touran, being arguably bigger and more comfortable than a Prius, does a constant 39 MPG with its 1.9 TDI engine when I don't care about mileage. When I make longer trips or try to save some fuel (because it's much more expensive over here in Germany, we pay $ 7.20 per gallon for Diesel), I can easily bring it to 45 MPG, and I am pretty sure it's possible to get it to up to 48 using all those mileage tricks that drive everybody mad and clog up the streets.

So WTF. My huge car has the same mileage as your hybrids, and unlike the hybrids it doesn't come with additional boxes full of toxic chemicals (read: batteries) that become an environmental problem at the car's EOL.

You see, I'm not trying to be a cynic, but until 10 minutes ago I was feeling bad for not being able to afford a hybrid. Now I wonder if they're just some kind of nerd bait.

more than 2 years ago
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Happy New Year. Same As The Old Year.

Doctor O Damn. (10 comments)

Sucks to hear this. OTOH, I second the notion of becoming a teacher. I've learned more from tangents of your comments than I learned from my whole professional training. Even if I usually don't adapt your ways of doing things, they show me other perspective and help me grok the underlying principles. This, IMHO, is the most essential part of teaching.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Leaves App Inventor In Limbo

Doctor O Re:If it doesn't have ads, it's going away. (114 comments)

My impression is that Web Toolkit (or as most people call it, GWT) is quite heavily used by lots of people. I guess if they made it a for-pay framework, at least the company I work for and several others would simply shell out (given the price is in the four-figure league) instead of rolling their own.

more than 2 years ago
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DynDNS Cuts Back Free DNS Options

Doctor O Re:Doesn't matter (223 comments)

You could ask that same question about your router, unless your router is used by more people than just you.

I am with you, I usually don't run my machines when I'm away, and I'm all for being green. But I've never, never, never encountered somebody who actually DID use WOL and not just talk about it.

I fare quite well with Wake-By-Wife. When I need to access my desktop, I just call her or send an SMS that she should turn on the thing. ^^

OT: MythTV is kinda nice, BTW, but my EyeTV software on my iMac can just turn the computer on before a recording and turn it off afterwards, just because I scheduled a recording. I like that and wonder why no other software, MythTV included, does do this. It's not exactly rocket science either.

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome 15 Overtakes IE 8 For Top Browser Spot

Doctor O But (507 comments)

I still got FP with FF.

more than 2 years ago
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DynDNS Cuts Back Free DNS Options

Doctor O Re:Doesn't matter (223 comments)

Um, no. Why would you want to have something sleeping around the system that has to do a one-time action once in a while? I don't know for Windows, but a dyndns updater is a classic example of something *not* to be run as a daemon.

more than 2 years ago
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DynDNS Cuts Back Free DNS Options

Doctor O Re:Doesn't matter (223 comments)

So what?

The point of DynDNS is being able to reach machines behind your router, so if they're online, they can run any dynamic DNS updating client they like, and even as a cronjob or scheduled thingamabob (however Windows might call them, I don't do Windows).

So, if you *have* machines running, *they* can update the IP, and if you *don't* have anything running, what's the point of dynamic DNS?

more than 2 years ago
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Is Apple Pushing Away Professionals?

Doctor O Re:silly (556 comments)

Maybe my definition of "professional" differs from the general understanding of the term. I've been CTO and COO of prepress and media production companies for quite some years and am now a consultant for a company providing software and consulting for media production processes. To me, somebody doing print design without color management simply is an amateur. The same goes for people dragging notebooks around just to have clients give them text changes in person. I haven't seen that (for non-freelancers) in at least a decade. Correction workflows are online nowadays, either per email, but more often through either CS Live or software like ours.

I don't say this to invalidate your statements, just to add an obviously different point of view. What is that line of work in which you see 'creative professionals' like that?

more than 2 years ago
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Is Apple Pushing Away Professionals?

Doctor O Re:silly (556 comments)

To be fair, he has a point. If said professional is designing for print, there's no way he will *ever* have the colors of his notebook screen calibrated anywhere *near* the printed result. Color management is there for a reason, and it's *not* to just make the manufacturers rich. (That's a nice side effect, I'll admit.)

more than 2 years ago
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Newb-Friendly Linux Flavor For LAMP Server?

Doctor O Obvious: Use a hoster. (382 comments)

The solution is obvious - just use some $1/month hosting company and spare yourself the stress of managing something you don't (want to?) understand and the embarassment of 2500 people seeing you fail.

Not being rude, just not understanding why you would want to do that. Oh, and I'd rather go with a minimal FreeBSD installation with added Apache, PHP and MySQL instead, but that's purely CLI and therefore not what you want, plus it's not Linux. But I've used FreeBSD as web servers for more than a decade and am really impressed with the security and uptime.

about 3 years ago
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The Google+ API Is Released

Doctor O Re:Cool. Just in time for Google to EOL Google+ (154 comments)

You know, for me it's the other way around, I can hardly keep up with my friends posting on G+, while almost everybody (including myself) has largely abandoned Facebook.

And you know something else? The plural of anecdote isn't data. Our experiences differ a lot, still the truth will be somewhere in between.

about 3 years ago
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Firefox 6 Ships Next Week, 8 Blocks Sneaky Add-Ons

Doctor O Home Button (247 comments)

I don't know about you, but the last time I remember using the home button was in Netscape 3. Nowadays I just resume to whatever state I left the browser in.

The concept of a "home page" is obsolete since at least ten years.

more than 3 years ago
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Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Colander In License Photo

Doctor O Google Images (689 comments)

google images "penal scrotal webbing"

I did as you said, and googled for it (including the quotes), and it just returns one image - the Austrian Pastafarian driver's license.

Way to go. How you found out he not only has the thing on his head but also what his scrotum looks like AND feed it all to Google is beyond my imagination. You sure are one of those brilliant LULZSEC hax0rs. ^^

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Ships OS X 10.7 Lion 'Gold Master' For July Push

Doctor O Re:"a simpler way to find applications"... (370 comments)

By now some AC has posted what looks like inside knowledge, some of which covers my questions - there will be a way of creating a bootable USB stick or DVD from which one can install. I'm on 10.6, so buying online will not be a problem for me.

I was rather fearing that 10.7 would be the double-installation joke you propose - first set up an old OSX and install the new one from there. But that doesn't seem to be the case. I mean, hey, all they have to do is have a first step in the installer that says "now please insert a blank DVD so we can burn your installation medium". :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Ships OS X 10.7 Lion 'Gold Master' For July Push

Doctor O Re:"a simpler way to find applications"... (370 comments)

Oh, that's OK then.

No, it's complete bullshit. How do you download from a borked machine? How do you boot and restore from your Time Machine backup? How do you reformat and install from scratch? (Please don't tell me they're starting this "service partition" crap.)

I sure hope they offer real media, even if they do at additional cost. At 30 USD for the OS I'll happily pay ten bucks more for packaging and media...

more than 3 years ago

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Where are the joysticks for retro gaming?

Doctor O Doctor O writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Doctor O (549663) writes "With all those nice emulators for classic gaming around (such as MAME, VICE or Stella) I want to establish monthly retro gaming evenings with some friends. The problem is I can't find any good joysticks for that — there's a new version of the legendary Competition Pro that, judging from the many one-star reviews on Amazon sucks monkey balls, and I found the USB version of the classic Atari Joystick which doesn't seem to be available and would have prohibitive shipping costs to Germany anyway.

So, Slashdot to the rescue — where are the suitable USB joysticks for retro gaming?"
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Thunderbird 3 proves desktop MUA's alive & kic

Doctor O Doctor O writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Doctor O (549663) writes "Ars Technica has taken a first look at the freshly released Thunderbird 3, concluding that it "delivers some truly innovative features and offers compelling evidence that desktop clients still have a lot of untapped potential and can provide capabilities that complement and exceed the power of even the best Web-based mail offerings." As it's not in the article, I'd like to point out that the Mac version comes with some very nice features of its own, such as Spotlight indexing for mail and system Address Book integration."
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I have something important to reveal

Doctor O Doctor O writes  |  more than 4 years ago

here: http://bit.ly/d5s7z4

SCNR. And NSFW for those who aren't supposed to slack at work.

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Ten years on the net

Doctor O Doctor O writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Geez. Today I'm on the net for ten years, and I don't know what to say. If you knew me better, you'd know why this is actually hilarious.

Time to write a book, isn't it? I had 240.000 readers on CompuServe at a time when there were only around 600.000 users in Germany. I have been recognized by strangers while shopping groceries who wanted to talk about the stuff I wrote. I make a living off the net for 7 years. I've got lots of stories to tell.

How long have you people been online? Do you feel this, too?

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