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On the end of USPS 1st Class Saturday delivery:

Fastball Re:Why not cut even more? (564 comments)

Most if not all bulk mail is recyclable. If nothing else, companies who send that stuff out are adding to my municipality's revenues through its recycling program.

The more you know...

about 2 years ago

27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

Fastball Re:rampage killers (2987 comments)

Why should a discussion about one matter (mental health) exclude discussion about another matter (gun violence/access/control) or vice versa? Police detectives don't go looking for motive and call it a day nor do they locate a murder weapon and stamp a file folder "case closed."

Mental health and easy access to guns are all on the table as far as I'm concerned.

more than 2 years ago

VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

Fastball Re:why phase out DVI? (704 comments)

No where near as bad as optical SPDIF cables. Whoever designed those should be poisoned, shot four times, stabbed, beaten, rolled up in carpet, and thrown into a freezing river.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

Fastball Nuke it from orbit (758 comments)

It's the only way to be sure.

more than 3 years ago

Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?

Fastball Almost there with their keyboards (577 comments)

I figured this might be coming. Between Windows 8 trying to become a cell phone UI and Apple's brilliant idea to place an eject key on its keyboards instead of a forward delete key, it won't be long before a PC is completely gimped and useless to anyone that produces anything. Apple hit it big with its touch screen UI. So big that they're going to impale themselves on it.

more than 3 years ago

Foxconn International Removed From Hang Seng Index

Fastball Re:Build up in Brazil (91 comments)

And Brazilian labor is already pushing back. Interesting to see how this plays out over time and which culture ultimately wins out. If only the Chinese had a Great Artist they could dispatch to culture bomb Rio De Janiero.

more than 3 years ago

MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad

Fastball Re:Improved tablets (643 comments)

There's already a concept for this: the cloud. Folks already have a range of devices that scale as you describe. It's just that they all need access to the data and content universally. While the hardware is having it's day right now, it's the access to relevant zeroes and ones that makes any of it worth a hoot.

more than 3 years ago

The Saturn Fly-By

Fastball Re:Wouldn't play (83 comments)

Same for me. The vimeo link worked. Using Chrome 10.0.648.133 on Mac OS X 10.6.6.

more than 3 years ago

Ballmer Turns To Geeks For Salvation

Fastball Re:Microsoft is really a bunch of tech companies (370 comments)

Yes, conglomerates are going out of style lately. Investors have good reason, because the sum of the parts would be worth more instead of languishing under the same roof. You've got MSFT split out similarly to how I see them. Some of the businesses (desktop and business) are mature cash cows with good cash flows and should have rich dividends. Others (consumer products and internet) should be freed from the conservative yoke and strive for accelerated growth. All would get a boost from an announcement that Ballmer was stepping down to "spend more time with his family."

$41 billion in cash and short term investments and no material debt. Love 'em or hate 'em, they have considerable resources to make gains for consumers and investors alike.

more than 3 years ago

ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America

Fastball Opulence (482 comments)

I has it.

more than 4 years ago

Former HP CEO Selected As Oracle Co-President

Fastball Re:Long Live Crony Capitalism (133 comments)

Looks like if you are well connected you can get away with anything and land up plum jobs.

Or, you know, just run for the U.S. Senate.

more than 4 years ago

Why Computer Science Students Cheat

Fastball MOD PARENT UP (694 comments)

The freshman and especially sophomore level courses I took were far and away the most difficult. They also caused me to pursue a minor in C.S. as opposed to majoring.

This includes curriculum requirements where grading on the curve meant scoring 40 on a test was an A. Yes, I'm staring at you sophomore physics. After my sophomore year, I didn't know up from down.

Challenging coursework should still be engaging and stoke a young mind. Unfortunately, mine was more of the demoralizing kind.

more than 4 years ago

New MacBook Pros Launched

Fastball Re:Still Overpriced? (411 comments)

1. Buy equivalently spec'd PC.
2. Put savings into investment instrument of choice.
3. When the time comes to upgrade, repeat.
4. Profit!

more than 4 years ago

Comcast Disables VCR Scheduling In New Guide

Fastball Re:DTA do not get full payed for line up / CSN CHI (554 comments)

Sure sentence somewhere there. But not able +.

Seriously, put the mobile down, and keep your hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road when you're driving.

more than 4 years ago

After Discovery's Launch, What's Left For the Shuttle?

Fastball Re:Reduce the debt via... (150 comments)

Any discount for local pickup?

more than 4 years ago

Funeral Being Held Today For IE6

Fastball MISSION ACCOMPLISHED (194 comments)

Major web development projects with IE6 have ended. In the Battle of the Internet, Mozilla Firefox and our Webkit competitors have prevailed. And now our team is engaged in programming and redesigning that site.

more than 4 years ago

Directed Energy Weapon Downs Mosquitos

Fastball Mosquito Sausagefest (428 comments)

Name for a metal band or an emerging trend in entomology? Let's go to our roundtable...

more than 4 years ago


Fastball hasn't submitted any stories.



Fastball Fastball writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Abusive mods.

They've taken over. In meta moderation, it appears to me that no matter how much thought someone puts into a post, there's always someone there to stand opposed. Do they respond with their thoughts? No, they mod others down. How do these people get mod points? I dunno, but it is evident to me that they do. Repeatedly.

Slashdot and other web forums are suffering for me, because of people like this. They share the same affliction: they cannot add to a debate or discussion without subtracting from someone else.

I say, "No thanks." Time for me to take a break from /. I just don't understand why people see fit to mod down at all unless the post is highly offensive or completely offtopic.


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