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44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

Fear the Clam Re:Here's why I did so. (121 comments)

Similar story here. I signed up to be able to truthfully claim that I was familiar with Twitter for a job application. I looked at the user interface and I knew enough to talk about it if asked. Never posted, never followed, never went back.

about two weeks ago

3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Fear the Clam History repeating (251 comments)

I think I've picked up a few skills and I can actually see myself making a little money on the side creating and selling items.

Just like everyone in the late '80s was going to use desktop publishing to make a mint doing flyers and low-end restaurant menus and ten years later everyone was going to make a mint designing websites.

about a month ago

Paraguayan ccTLD Hacked, Google.com.py Redirected, Internal Database Leaked

Fear the Clam Re:For extra irony points (44 comments)

There are no Pythons genus snakes in South America. The closet you get are the Eunectes, which includes the Anaconda.

The Anaconda don't want none unless you got root access, Hon.

about 2 months ago

Convicted Spammer Jeffrey Kilbride Flees Prison

Fear the Clam Re:What an idiot. (233 comments)

He will learn what we all have learned: opting out doesn't work.

He'll be in a tougher prison, getting a lot of unsolicited male.

about 4 months ago

Google Sues Consortium Backed By Apple and Microsoft to Protect Android

Fear the Clam And their name is "Rockstar" (150 comments)

So fuck them with a rusty shovel.

about 4 months ago

A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

Fear the Clam Re:3.5GHz quad core for $3000? Way overpriced. (501 comments)

I'm writing this on a 3.2GHz 4-core Intel i5-4570 CPU, with an Nvidia GeForce GT 640. Running Linux.

Phew. For a second there I thought you were gonna talk about how long it's taking you to copy that 17-MB file.

about 4 months ago

What Sci-Fi Movies Teach Us About Project Management Skills

Fear the Clam Re:Ender's Game (186 comments)

Ender sees the great potential in his team, even in the misfits and castaways, but he also has high expectations for them to reach that potential. That is what I try to do as a leader.

I try to emulate Ender too, but I prefer his "If you have a bunch of assholes impeding progress kick their leader to death. The others will fall in line" approach to team building.

about 4 months ago

Chang'e-3 Lunar Rover Landing Slated For 13:40 UTC Saturday

Fear the Clam Good luck! (90 comments)

We're all counting on you.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

Fear the Clam Re:iPad (370 comments)

Whoa, buddy, who shit in your cornflakes this morning?

The increased resolution works even when type is enlarged. Even old folks can tell that. My father is 78 and can easily appreciate the resolution difference between the iPad 2 and 3 (it's called having glasses that work). And yes, that increased resolution makes properly ripped movies look better too. Or do you somehow think that people in their 70s are too blind to appreciate the higher resolution there, too?

The camera is because while maybe the guy only says he wants to do a couple of things, it leaves the option open to him to use the camera. For someone so het up about eyesight issues, surely you already knew that the camera app also works as a magnifying glass, right?

But hey, go ahead and only answer the feature set part of the question rather than actually analyzing the problem. Maybe you could post like an patronizing twat while you're at it.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

Fear the Clam Re:iPad (370 comments)

Get a third-generation iPad. The cameras and higher resolution are worth it. You can find them refurbished on Apple's store site.

about 4 months ago

Social Networks Force Barilla Chairman To Apologize For His Anti-gay Remarks

Fear the Clam Shocking (456 comments)

Some Guido doesn't like gays. I bet he likes fake tits and spray tans, though.

about 7 months ago

When Criminals and Terrorists Communicate In Real Time

Fear the Clam But will they leave comments on? (245 comments)

There's nothing like laughing at someone's earnest attempts at political theory or correcting their grammar to belittle their attempts at being taken seriously.

about 7 months ago

Toronto Family Bans All Technology In Their Home Made After 1986

Fear the Clam Re:In 1986 they would have been married (534 comments)

Wrong country's stats, but yeah, you get the idea. (Especially if you break them down by demographics.)

about 7 months ago

German Data Protection Expert Warns Against Using iPhone5S Fingerprint Function

Fear the Clam Re:How about a DNA sensor by spitting at the phone (303 comments)

I predict a day in the not-to-distant future where lazy consumers will tire of having to touch their devices to unlock them and will demand a DNA sensor that lets you unlock phones by spitting at them.

Even better, a DNA analyzer that requires a semen sample. Just to make things more secure, an image of the owner's choice will be displayed on the access screen to "inspire" them to produce the sample. If it's not your cup of tea, then it will just be an extra security feature, making things more more difficult to produce a sample.

about 7 months ago

Toronto Family Bans All Technology In Their Home Made After 1986

Fear the Clam In 1986 they would have been married (534 comments)

Sure, there were a few single moms who had kids out of wedlock, but it was still relatively rare among the whitebread set. I guess that commitment thing only goes so far.

about 7 months ago

How Gen Y Should Talk To Old People At Work

Fear the Clam Re:Not concerned (459 comments)

Not to mention that they shipped most of the jobs that didn't require a college degree overseas

Actually, most of those day-to-day jobs were replaced by automation--word processors, calendar scheduling software, email, voicemail, billing systems, electronic payments, and so on. Not a lot of call these days for people to open mail, move papers around, and file everything when it's done.

I remember reading about how this was going to happen in the '70s, and doing it first hand in the '80s with temp jobs like setting up word processors to print mailing lists in an hour--something that used to take a secretary a month to type.

Sure, it's easy to blame India or China for the loss of many good, basic jobs, but most of the blame is right there on your desktop computer.

about 8 months ago

How Did You Learn How To Program?

Fear the Clam Converting Between Languages (623 comments)

I first learned how to program by figuring out how to do the conversion from one form of BASIC to another. It's interesting, but I don't recommend it.

In 1975 my mom bought an IBM 5100 for her office. It came with a cartridge of games that were written in IBM's BASIC.

In 1985 I bought an Apple ][e to take to college. I wanted to play those old IBM games, so I printed out the code from the IBM and started typing them into my computer. They didn't work, so I bought a book on Applesoft BASIC to see what I was getting wrong. As I figured them out, line-by-line, I also learned how things worked.

about a year ago

New Prenda Law Shell Corp Threatening to Tell Your Neighbors You Pirated Porn

Fear the Clam Good luck with that (258 comments)

Because when these guys fail to prove that the defendant's computer is the one they claim, any lawyer worth his or her degree will slap them with a defamation lawsuit.

about a year ago

Baseball Software Can't Score What Jean Segura Did Friday

Fear the Clam Re:George Carlin: Baseball vs Football (223 comments)

WHOA! That's a..lot...of explanation

(anybody got a tl;dr? ;p)

This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.

1 year,1 day

FTC Gets 744 New Ideas On How To Hang Up On Robocallers

Fear the Clam Need another mass shooting (281 comments)

My wife and I have been wondering just what the public reaction would be if there was another mass shooting, but this time at a boiler room, scumbag call center. Y'know, line up Rachel and the whole cardholder services crowd up against a wall and let 'er rip. At the very least, I bet it would make the gun control debates a bit more interesting.

about a year ago


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