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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

DoofusOfDeath Re:Polishing the brass on the Titanic (175 comments)

Even back in the days of CRTs, why would you ever change your desktop resolution to anything other than the optimum setting?

IIRC, some of my monitors didn't have a uniquely optimum resolution. Very high resolutions could force a lower refresh rate, causing unpleasant visual artifacts. Very high resolutions could also be blurry, if the dot pitch wasn't fine enough. Some refresh rate (or was it resolution? I forget) caused a high-pitch whine that bothered me. Higher resolutions could have interference issues if the VGA cable was insufficiently shielded. Etc.

I'm very happy that we now use LCD's with digital signalling.

6 hours ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

DoofusOfDeath Re:Wow so negative here (175 comments)

This is what I dreamed computers would do when I watched Star Trek the next generation as a kid.

Seriously? You had a TV show with both Holodecks and Diana Troy, you you were dreaming of voice commands???

6 hours ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

DoofusOfDeath Re:Not the review I wanted. (175 comments)

I feel like I visited an art gallery, but instead of talking about the pictures they talk about the plumbing. Well in reverse at least O_o..

So, could we say it's like you visited a plumbing store, and they only wanted to discuss the pictures on the wall?

6 hours ago
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How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

DoofusOfDeath Re:Let's get this straight (122 comments)

NSA et.al. work in secret, outside the law. Formally they're covered by the law, but the problem is that this includes many secret laws giving them lots of leeway,

I disagree. No U.S. law can supersedes the Constitution. Much of what they've done violates the fourth and eighth Amendments. The problem isn't simply secret laws, it's a lawless executive branch, a pandering legislative branch, and a cowardly judicial branch.

7 hours ago
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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

DoofusOfDeath Well... (312 comments)

I for one welcome our new virtual-currency overlords.

Geddit? Because Valve made Half-life 2, and...

Oh, forget it.

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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

DoofusOfDeath Re:The real problem... (244 comments)

It's a TCPA violation to present falsified caller-ID.

I'll take your word for it. But it's still happening, so apparently there's an enforcement gap.

4 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

DoofusOfDeath Re:Lolz (420 comments)

Riiiight, unsatisfying. That's exactly the right description to use.

I disagree. In each of those episodes, I was unsatisfied at JarJar not dying in a fire.

5 days ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

DoofusOfDeath Re:The real problem... (244 comments)

Or heck, just hit the phone company execs with a criminal conspiracy to commit fraud charge.

5 days ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

DoofusOfDeath The real problem... (244 comments)

Is that the phone company is allowed to let callers lie about their identity via caller ID.

If all commercial calls could be incontrovertibly tied to corporate officers, a lot of this nonsense would end quickly.

5 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

DoofusOfDeath Speechless (512 comments)

I have no idea what to say. It's been so long since Congress has done anything not moronic and/or treasonous in my judgment. I've forgotten how to respond.

OTOH, there are probably so many ways these two senators can get hamstrung, that we'll never see any benefit from this. The side-lining of them will be quiet and effective.

5 days ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

DoofusOfDeath Re:Censorship? (418 comments)

The same people who claim to have nooses put on their door knobs, or had the N word written on their check, or etc. etc. only to find they did it themselves, "to make a statement"

Why do you equate gun-rights advocates with KKK members?

about a week ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

DoofusOfDeath Re:It's about time. (138 comments)

TOS really didn't push the utopian future as much. Gene really started pushing that with TNG.

I agree there was some utopianism, but there was also the occasional dose of human triumphalism. I'm not a devout fan, but I remember an episode where Riker makes Q uncomfortable by alluding to some future glory of the human race about which Q apparently is aware. I could be wrong, but I imagine that idea crept into other episodes as well.

about a week ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

DoofusOfDeath Re:It's about time. (138 comments)

They took EVERYTHING Star Trek had which let me hope for a brighter future for once instead of the pretty redundant apocalypse mindsets and turned it into fucking space cowboys...

I don't think this should affect your level of optimism / pessimism about humanity's future. For the most part, the real world will go about its business independently of whether or not Star Trek episodes cover a certain topic.

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

DoofusOfDeath Re:Less creepiness (324 comments)

You're not fooling me.

I'm not sure why you think you're in a position to judge my motives, but I'm not interested in trying to convince you. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

DoofusOfDeath Re:Less creepiness (324 comments)

Oh look... Someone justifying assault by implying that the victim is an asshole. Meanwhile, people who justify assault are..... Not(?) assholes?

Reporting an urge to commit an act is not the same as justifying it.

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

DoofusOfDeath Re:Less creepiness (324 comments)

Hope you know how to say 'hypocrite'.

Not only can I say it, I also know its definition.

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

DoofusOfDeath Less creepiness (324 comments)

I've only been around a few people wearing Google Glass, and I had the stress / self-consciousness of constantly wondering if I was being filmed. That was not an enjoyable sensation.

Unless Glass 2.0 can make that issue go away, people are still going to want to punch Glassholes.

about a week ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

DoofusOfDeath Re:Standing desks (348 comments)

Read this brief on the perils of both sitting and standing, and then check the references at the bottom. Notably, standing all day leads to varicose veins and puts a strain on your circulatory system.

Thanks, that one link advanced the discussion (for me at least) more than all the other comments combined.

about a week ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

DoofusOfDeath Re:is sleeping for 8 hours straight as bad? (348 comments)

I'm going to set my alarm clock to go off every hour at night so I can take a 5 minute walk. i'll live forever.

Congratulations! When's your wife due?

about a week ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

DoofusOfDeath Re:Standing desks (348 comments)

My standing desk consists of a wide board laid on top of two 5 gallon buckets which costs a total of $10-15? Why would you ever pay $700-$1000???? Are we so far away from simple ingenuity?

I was referring to adjustable standing desks. I.e., for the use case where one alternates between standing and sitting as his computer, multiple times per day.

about a week ago

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Choosing which OSS database project to help

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "I've done a good bit of SQL development / tuning in the past. After being away from the database world for a while to finish grad school, I'm about ready to get back in the game. I want to start contributing to some OSS database project, both for fun and perhaps to help my employment prospects in western Europe.

My problem is choosing which OSS DB to help with. MySQL is the most popular, so getting involved with it would be most helpful to my employment prospects. But its list of fundamental design flaws seems so severe that I can't respect it as a database.

I'm attracted to the robust correctness requirements of PostgreSQL, but there don't seem to be many prospective employers using is. So while I'd enjoy working on it, I don't think it would be very helpful to my employment prospects.

Any suggestions?"
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Kickstarter for Linux version of Defense Grid 2

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "Awesome news for those of us who loved the game Defense Grid, and who wanted a sequel, and/or want to see more high-quality games on Linux. The developer of Defense Grid has started a Kickstarter project to develop Defense Grid 2. But even better for us Linux (and Mac) gamers, if they get to the $750,000 mark in contributions, they commit to a Mac and Linux port as well."
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Best country to avoid software patents?

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "What's the best country for computer scientists who just want to create, rather than worry about software patents?

Even though I'm nearly done with my PhD in computer science, I'm less enthusiastic than ever about my work, because of software patents. I used to be filled with wonder at the possibilities of what we could create with software, but now I just expect innovation to be rewarded with a patent lawsuit and crushing fines."
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Best way to store imporant personal data?

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "I'm about to digitize lots of old family photos and videos. At some point the digital versions will be the only ones we can find. What's the best way to store large amounts of personal data that's practical, affordable, and minimizes the risk of losing the data?"
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Google revoking DRM permissions on bought videos!

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "A few months ago I purchased a great Discovery Channel video from Google's downloadable video service. Sure I can't media-shift it, but I was willing to trade away some fair-use rights so my kids could see the video. I paid cash, they give me the video. End of story, right?

Wrong. Today I got this email (see below). It just goes to show that with DRM, there's little limit to the evil that can be done to you:

Hello,

As a valued Google user, we're contacting you with some important information about the videos you've purchased or rented from Google Video. In an effort to improve all Google services, we will no longer offer the ability to buy or rent videos for download from Google Video, ending the DTO/DTR (download-to-own/rent) program. This change will be effective August 15, 2007.

To fully account for the video purchases you made before July 18, 2007, we are providing you with a Google Checkout bonus for $20. Your bonus expires in 60 days, and you can use it at the stores listed here: http://www.google.com/checkout/signupwelcome.html. The minimum purchase amount must be equal to or greater than your bonus amount, before shipping and tax.

After August 15, 2007, you will no longer be able to view your purchased or rented videos.

If you have further questions or requests, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

The Google Video Team

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
"

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