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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

Dracos Just stop (170 comments)

Every time Google messes with Gmail, the interface gets worse. The Gmail product management needs to be flogged every time they try to be too clever. By now they're owed at least a dozen floggings.

2 days ago
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Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

Dracos VGA (80 comments)

I hope "VGA" is a bad hint at what this screen will be. Pi's have HDMI output, so surely the screen will support that, if not HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL. Adafruit's 7 inch LCD screens are 800x640 or more, so hopefully he's not referring to 640x480 resolution.

Hopefully what they release is at least 720p.

2 days ago
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

Dracos Re:Will Microsoft ever learn? (209 comments)

They won't learn, because while most people think MS is a software company, they are actually a marketing company.

4 days ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

Dracos Re:Maybe it has to do with spelling (399 comments)

Because MS hates standards. Their first vowel for exploitable software is 'i'. If you think that doesn't hold up, prepend Microsoft or Windows.

about 1 month ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

Dracos Re:You mean bash.org ? (399 comments)

Has Netcraft unconfirmed the death?

about 1 month ago
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jQuery.com Compromised To Serve Malware

Dracos Re:They will never learn (103 comments)

You're speaking of the wrong "they". jQuery.com runs WordPress: that's the incompetence. If I had a nickel for every WP-based exploit or compromise, I'd have about $50, and I'm pretty sure this is another one.

about a month ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

Dracos Not enough info yet (545 comments)

Many reactions will depend on the actual version number in Win9... will it be 6.3, 7, or 9?

about a month ago
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SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)

Dracos Re:Power Consumption (75 comments)

Exactly, rPi and BeagleBone are better comparisons to Edison and Galileo than Arduino (except the Yun).

Also, most Atmel-based Arduinos nowadays have the option for the 16 bit MCUs, which is a no-brainer.

about a month ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Dracos Re:Down the Drain (368 comments)

Not idiotic at all for MS... very idiotic for Notch.

about a month and a half ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Dracos Easiest "Fix" (448 comments)

Bring it all back home. For all the hullabaloo about letting technology getting into "enemy hands", including export restrictions, the "let's just leave a bunch of military hardware in the Middle East" scenario was apparently never considered a risk.

Of course, it's too late now for the Mosul equipment, but the same thing could happen anywhere else in Iraq or Afghanistan.

It's almost as if the belligerent, short-sighted idiots are still in charge.

about 1 month ago
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Dracos Re:A list of semantically equivalent image URIs (161 comments)

Images themselves have no semantic value, only the elements that points to them... furthermore, the dimensions of the image are semantically irrelevant. This is a lame, flawed attempt to solve a visual layout problem with misplaced semantics. You wouldn't invent a redundant element for audio files based on varying bitrate because audio similarly has no semantic value and the media type is inherently non-visual.

about 2 months ago
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Dracos Re:That's it? (161 comments)

I run AdBlock like most /.ers, but it doesn't get the chance to do much because I have ~132,000 hostnames mapped to 0.0.0.0 in my hosts file specifically for this reason (in Linux and Win2k anyway... Vista/7/8 can only handle about 3000). Anyone who watches me surf is amazed at how the Internet looks without ads.

about 2 months ago
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Dracos Re:Unnecessary (161 comments)

Actually, it's unnecessary because everything picture does could have been added to img instead. There's no semantic difference between the two, so why add a new one? Extending img would have been more backwards compatible as well (one of WHATWG's stated goals, despite doing lots of stupid crap like this).

about 2 months ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

Dracos Two possible problems (202 comments)

I see two possible flaws in this theory.

First, if the attached rods are wood, wouldn't there be a limit to how much the block could weigh before crushing the rods?

If the resulting dodecagon utilizes the block's original four edges among its vertices, wouldn't they suffer some damage while being rolled? If those edges are capped in some way to protect them, we inevitably return to #1 regarding the edge caps.

about 2 months ago
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Introducing Slashdot's New Build Section

Dracos Re:We commenters could freshen CSS, keep functions (34 comments)

Obviously Dice Marketing doesn't understand the /. market. We old timers are not impressed by spacious, trendy design, we are impressed by concise content.

Or maybe they're trying to run the old timers off so they can full tilt ruin /. and the remaining n00bs will think it's awesome.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Dracos UX can only go so far (199 comments)

Just as there is no such thing as absolute security, there is no such thing as a 100% intuitive and self-documenting UX.

No matter how simple or complex software is, there is a limit to how much "help" the UX can offer. The UX should have enough hints/labels/tooltips/etc to keep the user from getting lost performing light to medium tasks, but inline is not the place for describing complex workflows, data structures, APIs, or other heavy topics.

Documentation is the ultimate resource for the users, most documenting elements in the UX should be considered a convenience. The phrase "RTFM" exists for a reason, there is no "RTFUX".

It also sounds like you're handling your docs wrong... they should evolve with the codebase and not need a complete rewrite for every release.

about 2 months ago
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Google Fit Preview SDK Arrives For Android Developers

Dracos So when will... (13 comments)

I be able to use Android Studio to develop for Gingerbread instead of it throwing 72+ errors about the Holo theme not existing (because themes were only added in Honeycomb)? I've already changed all the instances of defaultTheme to none in the config files according to StackOverflow, but that didn't help.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft's Olivier Bloch Explains Microsoft Open Source (Video)

Dracos Re:This is old news (101 comments)

MS is still actively hostile to open source, except now they're bipolar about it.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Dracos Re:Best Wishes ! (322 comments)

I think it goes back further than that, when they slathered the NT4 UI on top of DOS to create Win95.

about 3 months ago

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