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Cubans Evade Censorship By Exchanging Flash Drives

Hermanas Okay hang on, (171 comments)

I'm still not quite sure what this new-fangled device is they use in Cuba to pass along information. A "memory stick"? "thumb drive"? "Flash drive"? "removable" or "small" "computer memories"? This is all just too much, please explain using a car analogy.

about a year and a half ago

If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

Hermanas Re:Voice-only texting interfaces and Bad UIs (417 comments)

The TalkBox app does exactly what you describe, and is really popular here in Taiwan. Of course, the limitation is that both parties need to have the app running in order to use it (unless they fallback to MMS or the like, I'm not sure about that).

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Reaffirms Default Do-Not-Track For IE10, Windows 8 Express Setup

Hermanas Re:Wait a minute, (184 comments)

Truth be told, I do actually concur with most of what you said above. Back in the day IE wasn't all bad, and its differences didn't really bother me since 90% of people were using it anyway and no-one really knew where standards were heading. We were all rooting for Netscape, but I used IE for development and Opera for personal browsing.

My biggest gripe with IE was IE6 way overstaying its welcome, not honoring the box model, not properly reporting errors ("Error on line 0.") and completely breaking on stupid things like leaving a trailing comma after an array (which was supposed to be legal according to Ecmascript standards, and it would have helped if it at least just properly reported the line of the error).

So yes, at one stage it was arguably on par with browsers of the same release timeframe, at least as far as its users were concerned, and completely dominant in the realm of user adoption. Great? Considering IE6 was the last version for which both those statements held true, I still wouldn't use such a strong word. But it's probably just 10 years of directed hatred getting the better of me :)

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Reaffirms Default Do-Not-Track For IE10, Windows 8 Express Setup

Hermanas Wait a minute, (184 comments)

IE 10 already has a score of 319 in, while MS is trying to position IE as a great browser again.

Again!? Implying it was great once? What have I missed? I've been in web development for around 12 years now, and I most certainly do not remember ever having many nice things to say about IE. Or do you mean great, as in having the majority monopoly-based userbase?

more than 2 years ago

"Muthuball": How To Build an NBA Championship Team

Hermanas This is amazing (94 comments)

a 5'9" biomechanical engineering undergraduate

I, for one, welcome our new 5'9" cyborg overlords.

more than 2 years ago

Startup Skips IE Support, Claims $100,000 Savings

Hermanas Yes, it's true, they saved $100k (273 comments)

Although not $100k in IE-specific development; They saved $100k in advertising for their PR stunt, because now they get tons of free PR from all over.

more than 2 years ago

Dell Designing Developer Oriented Laptop

Hermanas Dell, if you're listening, (399 comments)

This is a great idea, and I'd definitely support it if it materializes, even though I bought a new laptop just last week. Just make sure it has a *matt* display, decent screen-size (so I can do both development and design) and decent resolution. And at least 4GB of memory, but preferably 8GB (having tons of tabs and browsers open tends to eat memory). The rest, like graphics card and battery life, I'm not extremely bothered about. But give me this laptop, without the need to pay for Windows and keep it on in order to not void the warranty, and you'll have more than enough customers lining up.

more than 2 years ago

At my place of employ, we track business data ...

Hermanas To quote: This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. (185 comments)

Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, like legitimize a new off-shoot website called slashBI, you're insane.


more than 2 years ago

The correct number of shoes to own:

Hermanas 1 pair (502 comments)

Slippers. My parents' concrete basement floor gets pretty cold sometimes.

more than 2 years ago

Obayashi To Build Space Elevator By 2050

Hermanas Re:English? (488 comments)

Only thing is that 96000km is a third of the way, not a quarter.

From wikipedia:

The distance between the Moon and the Earth varies from around 356,400 km to 406,700 km at the extreme perigees (closest) and apogees (farthest)

If I were you, I'd be angry at my primary school teacher; either she didn't explain orbits, or didn't teach fractions. Either way.

more than 2 years ago

Obayashi To Build Space Elevator By 2050

Hermanas Re:English? (488 comments)

I'm pretty sure they were trying (and failing) to say the following:

It will take a week at 200 km/h for your party of 30 to reach the 36,000-km-high terminal station. Also, the elevator will need a counterweight at a height of 96,000 km, a quarter of the way to the Moon

more than 2 years ago

Germans Increase Office Efficiency With "Cloud Ceiling"

Hermanas Improved efficiency has not been proven yet (223 comments)

... or even attempted to be proven, for that matter. From the article:

The Fraunhofer Institute's press statement doesn't give any actual concrete figures on improved worker productivity

According to the "study", if you can call it that with only ten volunteers, they merely chose that type of lighting with the other choices being "that, but less so", and "normal office lighting". No conclusive evidence of improved productivity (yet) as far as I can see, but it is pretty nifty - I'd like one of these installed in my office. Now if I could just convince my superiors of docking up that €1,000 per square meter...

more than 2 years ago

Nginx Overtakes Microsoft As No. 2 Web Server

Hermanas Re:Google Icon (340 comments)

The Google icon is probably there because the poster mentioned that Google's webserver, among others, lost share the past month.

more than 2 years ago

Smallest space my belongings could fit (unbroken):

Hermanas Re:Furniture (312 comments)

My furniture came with the apartment I'm renting - it doesn't belong to me.

more than 2 years ago



South Africa Passes Secrecy Bill

Hermanas Hermanas writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hermanas writes "South Africa's parliament has passed a Protection of Information Bill which could see whistle blowers and journalists who publish "classified" information jailed for up to 25 years. On the morning of the vote, a joint editorial in the country's largest newspapers heralded a South Africa's "day of reckoning for democracy." "The spreading culture of self-enrichment, either corrupt, or merely inappropriate, makes scrutiny fuelled by whistle blowers who have the public interest at heart more essential than ever since 1994," the front page editorial said. As MPs voted on the bill in Cape Town's parliament, protesters dressed all in black gathered at the gates of the historic building where they were addressed by editors and freedom of information activists."
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