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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

InsectOverlord Re:"it's also a smart visual explanation of why... (275 comments)

They had numeric keypads which allowed you to enter text by pressing the buttons repeatedly or in a specific input mode, similar to dumbphones. They had organisers with full-blown keyboards, but those weren't watches.

4 days ago

8.2 Earthquake Off the Coast of Chile, Tsunami Triggered

InsectOverlord Re:First! (86 comments)

What system uses a hosts.txt file? We're all familiar with the hosts (no .txt extension) file.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

InsectOverlord Re:Ribbons? (184 comments)

I hate the ribbon with a passion; however, come to think of it, on a tablet it may not be such a bad idea. Better than smartphone-style generic action buttons. And Windows CE showed desktop-style menus and toolbars don't belong on a tablet.

Not that I'd use a tablet for serious work.

about three weeks ago

Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

InsectOverlord Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (517 comments)

For real? There's plenty of scientific proof that dehydration causes kidney stones. Can you provide a link to any rigorous study that shows effectiveness of olive oil on skin for treating skin rashes? I'm ready to change my mind.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

InsectOverlord You don't mind if it's online.Do you mind UK-based (370 comments)

If you're interested in a MSC online and don't mind if it's from a UK university, you might want to check out the University of Liverpool. I think they will accept you on this one. Price was around 18,000 GBP 4 years ago. Some modules are a breeze but others are a PITA; the modules involving group work can be an interesting experience or a really painful one, depending on your group. Their collaboration tools were message boards and crappy Java-based chats and whiteboards; a few fellow students couldn't use voice chat or better collaboration tools because of Internet censorship in their countries, and some other students were rather incompetent. Once you start a module, you're committed to turn out weekly assignments for eight consecutive weeks. They claim you can complete it dedicating between 10 and 20 hours a week, but prepare to work more if you're unlucky.

So I'm not exactly selling it but if you're interested don't be put off; my experience is anecdotal and their website looks pretty different now, everything might have changed. Ask around if you can (I think they have a forum on LinkedIn).

about three weeks ago

Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

InsectOverlord Re:Unregulated currency (704 comments)

Yeah except everybody knows silver and gold are commodities, not currencies. Everybody with half a brain, of course.

about a month and a half ago

Not All Bugs Are Random

InsectOverlord Re:No bugs are random - computers are deterministi (165 comments)

Good point, though it doesn't actually refute GP. Computers are deterministic*. On the other hand, programs, functions, etc may not be deterministic.

* Except devices specifically designed not to be deterministic, such as hardware random number generators that rely on quantum, electron phenomena, etc. Then again I'm not sure it is correct to call such devices computers.

about 4 months ago

Hacker Spoofs Track Plays To Top Music Charts

InsectOverlord Re:Noun, verb, noun noun verb (or: terrible headli (157 comments)

My point is not that the headline is more likely to be misread than read correctly (although I suspect this particular one might be), but that (c.? a.?) ambiguity can and should be avoided regardless.

Ambiguity fail.

about 6 months ago

Spanish Chatbot Hunts For Pedophiles

InsectOverlord Re:wonderful idea! (186 comments)

Yeah, if you consider a person's age personal information. Which depends on the chat room.

It's been a long time since I last used IRC, but I do remember those channels where asking "asl please" was widely considered proper etiquette. Some chat rooms even expected you give your "asl" as you entered.

about 9 months ago

Windows 8 Passes Vista, Hits 5.1% Market Share

InsectOverlord Re: Surpassing Vista (285 comments)

I assume it's still around in Windows 8, though I'm not sure if the "Pro" or whatever license of 8 gives you a free XP license.

Unfortunately, no, the XP mode is gone in Windows 8 (even Pro). Instead they suggest you use Hyper-V (which is included in W8 Pro), but that is a poor replacement. It lacks app virtualization. no XP license is included, and VMware Player is a better product anyway.

about 10 months ago

Apple Files Patent For New Proprietary Port

InsectOverlord Re:Audio Jack? (282 comments)

Is the invention novel and non-obvious?

If it isn't, it's not a valid patent. Period.

about 10 months ago

Apple Files Patent For New Proprietary Port

InsectOverlord Re:Prior art (282 comments)

Apple proposes combining two or more standard ports into the physical space of a single port, allowing any one (but only one at a time) of the corresponding standard cables to be inserted into that combined port.

Yeah, just like ESATAp

about 10 months ago

The Amish Are Getting Fracked

InsectOverlord Re:lawsuit by proxy? (367 comments)

Do they extract/produce their own (bio)diesel fuel, or is it somehow OK to be connected to the oil industry (or to biodiesel farms, which also have serious environmental issues)?

about 10 months ago

Most precise measuring tool I've used ...

InsectOverlord Re:Precision doesn't apply... (328 comments)

... to the most accurate measuring tool I've used, because it's analog rather than digital...


about 10 months ago

Most precise measuring tool I've used ...

InsectOverlord Precision doesn't apply... (328 comments)

... to the most precise measuring tool I've used, because it's analog rather than digital. Of course that doesn't mean it's perfectly accurate.

about 10 months ago


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