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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

GodfatherofSoul Yahoo like a mobius strip of fail (148 comments)

Every time I think they've hit rock bottom, they circle around one more time. First, mail was so overwhelmed by spam I started my Gmail account. When they finally got that fixed they jacked up the UI. Then they turned around and adopted some of those terrible UI metaphors Gmail introduced. I used to play Yahoo Hearts, but the game hasn't been significantly updated in at least 10 years and problems like trolls and stallers persist. Of course, search has been inferior for a decade. I had started using Yahoo news for the comments section and they even managed to jack THAT up so now their stories are like a wasteland for interacting with other readers.

Yahoo Answers was one of the last places I would hang out religiously, but then they obliterated the UI which made me swore it off. When I thought about coming back, they sealed the deal and made a change where only the asker can reward an answer (note most people from my experience don't have the courtesy to thank you or even credit you for the correct answer).

You know that fable of the dumb kid in class they figured out was actually a genius because they figured out his scores were so low it had to be intentional? I wonder if this is some Wall Street shell game to tank the company. I just can't believe Yahoo could guess wrong this many times on accident.

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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

GodfatherofSoul Re:How big OS? (248 comments)

Im on Windows 7 and I do a 1/2 assed job keeping files off the C drive. I've had my machine for 1 1/2 years and my C drive is about 60-70% full. I bet I could wipe out 50GB of that if I needed to. I wouldn't go any lower than 256GB on an OS-only drive otherwise you'll be constantly butting up against that limit and probably running too close to capacity for comfort.

2 days ago
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

GodfatherofSoul Re:Heh (220 comments)

Earth-like IMO means being in the habitable zone w/ liquid water, about Earth-sized, rock world, preferably with molten core and magnetic field. Life is optional.

Europa and Encelaedas [sic] might by "earthlike" by your definition.

2 days ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

GodfatherofSoul Re:RAID? (248 comments)

For one, the OS boots faster. I want core apps and libraries to load faster into memory. When you're loading other kinds of apps, that's usually more of an "atomic" operation, so there's a larger window of anticipated time to transition from core OS to some app. That's not to say I don't install that one or two apps I used all the time on the SSD, but space is at a premium (I only have 256 GB on mine).

If I had the money, I'd have one big SSD (500-1K GB) where I could install any conceivable app I'd ever use and reserve the HDD RAID for persistent storage (config files for apps, profiles, documents folders, media files, etc.). One REALLY annoying caveat. Windows will not let you change the location of the Users directory (don't believe what you're told; the Users folder is hard coded in places so moving it is unreliable). Many apps will default to dumping files on your C drive. It's a labor intensive strategy because you have to ensure that all apps are configured to dump their files to your RAID and not under' My Documents'.

2 days ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

GodfatherofSoul Re:There are other techs waiting in doorway... (248 comments)

"10 years away" == "not in the foreseeable future". If we had all the technology that should be here after a "10 years away" deadline from some lab, our world would look like a Star Trek episode. I mean more than just the flip phones.

2 days ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

GodfatherofSoul Re:RAID? (248 comments)

What is the point of slicing SSDs? Seems like the law of diminishing returns takes effect. I'd mirror and take the small relative performance hit. I did some research on this when I set up my computer a year ago and it didn't seem worht it for the cost.

I ended up going with an SSD for the OS and 2 mirrored HDDs for reliable storage.

2 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

GodfatherofSoul Execute plan 66 (275 comments)

n/t

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

GodfatherofSoul Re:It's crap (1573 comments)

In that last 12 years we also got Bin Laden. Yeah, he was in Pakistan but we ran operations and intel out of Afghanistan to get him.

3 days ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

GodfatherofSoul Technology outracing etiquette again (140 comments)

People busting out cell phones at parties is bad enough (hey maybe I don't want MY face sucking down a beer bong on your Facebook page). Now, people don't even have to "bust out the camera." It's like a spy cam tucked behind Quagmire's bookcase.

I'm waiting for the moment the first people figure out that there's a "bug" in Google Glass that allows them to stream content in the background back to HQ with no indicator lights on; an old test mode they forgot to disable of course.

3 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

GodfatherofSoul Re:It's crap (1573 comments)

There's guerilla warfare and assymmetrical tactics...and then there's militias vs. standing armies.I'll agree that militias aren't completely useless but there are too many nations with dedicated military budgets to rely on "a rifle in every cabinet" today. Maybe that would work for two small nations at war or a rebellion in a small nation.

3 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

GodfatherofSoul Re:It's crap (1573 comments)

The US had almost complete control of Afghanistan for almost 14 years with only about 2000 casualties and most of those kills were from IEDs. It wasn't a war, it was an occupation. That's what happens when you pit guys with rifles against a standing army.

3 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

GodfatherofSoul Re:It's crap (1573 comments)

What? Militias aren't some Libertarian fantasy force. Militias are what countries with limited resources used in lieu of a standing military. They're also all but obsolete in a world where military technology has advanced to the point that private citizens can't be expected to field their own effective arms (at least no one I know owns a Javelin "just in case...".

3 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

GodfatherofSoul Going further on the context of the 2nd (1573 comments)

Guns were regulated or prohibited in some cities/states so however we interpret the 2nd the founders didn't think it implied some absolute right to "arms." And, really, "arms" applies to a whole range of weapons. It means I can have a suitcase nuke camp out under a flight path with a Stinger on my roof, or whizz around the airport with a fully loaded Russian surplus MiG.

Of course the "originalist" Scalia should know this and agree with gun rights limitations (snark).

3 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

GodfatherofSoul Re:What the tax form should look like (416 comments)

Sounds great, but it's pretty damned naive. Every government needs to influence behavior of it's citizens and a great way to do that is with tax incentives. But, you can't just hand them out like candy. Those incentives have to be strictly defined to keep the 10% of us who will exploit the system in check.

Yes, there's a lot of BS tax handouts to businesses, but there are also a lot more handouts that encourage behavior beneficial to the common good.

3 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

GodfatherofSoul Re:This will happen time and again. (416 comments)

but...but...money is free speech! So, the more money you have the more speech you have. It's simple!

3 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

GodfatherofSoul Re:HRBlock (385 comments)

We already have FreeFile.

4 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

GodfatherofSoul HRBlock (385 comments)

I've e-filed for the past 10 years or so with all the major tax filing brands. Very easy and convenient; plus your returns are direct deposited so much faster. The only problem I've had was a couple years ago when I'd forgotten about several deductions and had to amend my return by mail (amounted to several hundred dollars as I recall).

My only complaint is that e-filing should be free software provided by the government and not commercial entities. Seems like that's the prerogative of the Feds, but those under a certain income bracket do get free filing and software.

4 days ago

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Residential intrusion detection

GodfatherofSoul GodfatherofSoul writes  |  about 2 years ago

GodfatherofSoul (174979) writes "For the past 5 years that I've been in my house, I've noticed what I would call nuisance attempts to either peer into or enter my home. Before I secured my window wells and trimmed back some shrubs, I'd noticed on many occasions the covers would be completely removed *windows remain secure). Before I installed a motion sensor light, I'd find my backyard gates unlatched.

The last "hole" is my garage door opener. Very frequently when I've left the house for extended periods (over 24 hours), I'll come home to find the remote key pad with the cover open as if it were used. I've rigged the garage door before and I don't think anyone has ever entered through it, but I don't doubt someone has been plugging in random numbers trying to get in.

I'm in a good neighborhood with nosey neighbors, so I don't expect more than "industrious" teenagers at work. But, I would like to surreptitiously see who's doing it without them seeing me. I'm on a typical residential street, so I don't have options like a wildlife camera. Again, I'm not interested in installing some whole-house security camera system. What I want is a localized system that I can put in place to detect when someone is at the keypad using it and preferably record that content while I'm away. Any ideas, Slashdotters?"
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Stephen Hawkins

GodfatherofSoul GodfatherofSoul writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GodfatherofSoul (174979) writes ""In making that announcement, Hawking recanted a position he had held for nearly 30 years. He also pulled the rug out from under a generation of science-fiction fans, declaring dead a favorite plot device. "There is no possibility of using black holes to travel to other universes," he said, with evident regret. And, finally, he conceded defeat in a long-standing bet with Caltech astrophysicist John Preskill, who thought there wasn't a problem in the first place.""
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Natalie Nudie Scene: our prayers are answered

GodfatherofSoul GodfatherofSoul writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GodfatherofSoul (174979) writes "Looks like Natalie Portman has finally done a nudie scene, and it's free!

"You can watch it online for free or download on iTunes," Portman told FOX at the premiere of the new Wes Anderson film in which she is featured only in a 12-minute prologue entitled "Hotel Chevalier." "This is something I'm really, really proud of."


Just add hot grits :)"

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