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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

Fear the Clam How long have you tried wearing them? (464 comments)

I ask because I first started with progressive lenses about five years ago. They helped me immediately with small print and the computer, but it took at least a month to get used to wearing them around and I was very conscious of tilting my head to get the angle right for distances. Sometime in the second month I stopped noticing (the head tilt must have become automatic) and they've been fine ever since. I wonder if you're experiencing something similar, just reversed.

For what it's worth, I use two 24" monitors at work and have no problems.

about a month ago

The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

Fear the Clam Re:SNOB (438 comments)

Not just an urban legend, it's fucking stupid. Teachers wouldn't know who was connected? Please.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics

Fear the Clam I love Microsoft (39 comments)

Every year or so you read about all of these brilliant researchers working on fascinating projects for them. The rest of the time, it's just one mediocre release of Windows and Office after another.

It's like a Michael Crichton book: Some guy brings dinosaurs back and all he can think to do with it is open an amusement park.

about 4 months ago

The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Fear the Clam Re:Well.... (320 comments)

Bat-Mite? Surely you mean "Rabid Cousin Oliver."

about 4 months ago

Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

Fear the Clam Don't forget (109 comments)

to get the Zune tattoo while you're at it.

about 6 months ago

Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

Fear the Clam Re:yes... (151 comments)

I like my cash like I like my women:

Soiled and devalued?
On fire to light your cigar?
New and plastic?
Given to street musicians and the homeless?

about 6 months ago

Emotional Contagion Spread Through Facebook

Fear the Clam It's not that *you're* a douche (127 comments)

You're a node in a network of douches. It's nothing personal.

about 7 months ago

Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

Fear the Clam Re:Now wait (210 comments)

Largely I think publishers just don't give a fuck about quality anymore.

It's not just the ebook conversion. Book publishers and packagers have been cutting down on editors and the whole revision for the last couple of decades. "Fuck it," they say, "nobody will notice. And even if they do, they already bought the book. What are they gonna do, buy the next 'Shades of Gray' from another publisher next time?"

about 8 months ago

Nanoparticles Used To Create Thermal 'Barcodes'

Fear the Clam Re:Melting point (26 comments)

Good point. That makes sense for explosives, but I was thinking about currency. It's not like you want to destroy money or bearer bonds to determine whether they're genuine.

about 8 months ago

Nanoparticles Used To Create Thermal 'Barcodes'

Fear the Clam Melting point (26 comments)

The idea is interesting, but once the particle has been melted, I assume that it can't be verified again. If that's the case then no matter how many of these tagging particles are added to a given object, it can only be verified a finite number of times.

about 8 months ago

Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

Fear the Clam Re:Yosemite (411 comments)

Forget code names, they did it with an actual software title with AppleWorks for the Mac and AppleWorks for the Apple ][. Somehow, we survived.

about 8 months ago

Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

Fear the Clam Re:better question... (355 comments)

would you be willing to receive a brand new $2000 frig/freezer for free IF it showed ads on it?

Absolutely. A little blu-tack and a kid's drawing or take-out menu and it would be a perfectly fine fridge.

On the other hand, if the ads required me to interact with them periodically or else the frig/freezer would stop keeping things cool, then no.

about 8 months ago

Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

Fear the Clam Another Possibility (232 comments)

As programmers get older they simply get less excited about the idea of pulling all nighters and doing "code sprints" because they have spouses and families they enjoy, responsibilities to others outside of work, and they know that this isn't a good process for long-term success. All nighters are fun and adventurous when you're in college or just out of school, but after a few decades in the working world you're seen it all before and simply refuse to get caught up in another "emergency" caused by poor planning, unrealistic expectations, and marketing promises.

I'm not saying that programming is a young person's game--far from it. However, inexperienced workers are not only cheaper, but also far more likely to put up with bullshit and bad management.

about 8 months ago

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 10 months 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 10 months 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 a year 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 a year ago


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