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Acer CEO Declares a Tablets Bubble

JerryQ Re:Why Slashdotters hate tablets (692 comments)

Totally agree, I have 40 years computing experience so I am used to technologies and operating systems coming and going. I use my iPad maybe 5-6 hours per day, gave away my laptop, have PC dual head station in my office.

Slashdot just gets tedious when discussing Apple or tablets, and it all seems totally rooted in fear of loss of advantage through personal PC skills.

The part I find incredibly depressing is how people happily refer to millions of tablet buyers as fanboys, and totally fail to appreciate the fact that the vast majority of potential users out there are not in IT, don't care about rooting, jailbreaking etc etc. Slashdot these days seems like a board full of Ham Radio fanatics, bewildered at the idea that someone might simply want a radio that they just switch on and use - and patronising and insulting to those that express that view.

Jerry

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Adventure Game To Start With?

JerryQ Moria? (480 comments)

Moria on VAX/VMS I found to be a great start ;-)

more than 3 years ago
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Couple Sends Record Player Wedding Invitations

JerryQ Not new (64 comments)

These were around 30 years ago??? Jerry

more than 3 years ago
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Game Devs Weigh In On Windows Phone 7

JerryQ Irregular verbs (189 comments)

Windows Phone 7 offers a curated experience, which means Microsoft controls the quality of games appearing on the device. Microsoft curates, whilst Apple stifles ;-) Jerry

more than 3 years ago
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Virus Shuts Down Australian Ambulance Dispatch Service

JerryQ A chromeos candidate (222 comments)

These are exactly the incidents which will give chromeos fertile territory to plant in.

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia and Microsoft Make Smartphone Alliance

JerryQ Re:Rest in piece, hacker friendly mobile future (479 comments)

Your glib use of concentration camp imagery denigrates the millions who died, this does NOT compare with some restrictions on developers. Please find another way to express yourself.

more than 3 years ago
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Rediscovering WWII's Top-Secret Computing 'Rosies'

JerryQ Re:Admiral Grace M. Hopper (113 comments)

So am I, when she was an ambassador for Digital/Dec , she would hand out sachets of ground black pepper, the diameter of each piece was approximately the distance a signal travelled in one nanosecond.

more than 3 years ago
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Rediscovering WWII's Top-Secret Computing 'Rosies'

JerryQ Re:Common practice (113 comments)

Captain Grace Hopper (later Admiral) defined COBOL.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft's Approach To Battling the iPad In the Workplace

JerryQ Re:"Corporate" environment? (249 comments)

You are like the hideous bugblatter beast of Trall, who, if you couldn't see it thought it couldn't see you.

The iPad already is penetrating the corporate environment, big time, I suggest you find out why instead of spouting drivel.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft's Approach To Battling the iPad In the Workplace

JerryQ Re:iPad in the Workplace? (249 comments)

Well, when I am in a corporate meeting everyone is whipping them out. (too easy, leave it)

Think calendar, email, slides, web + 10 hour battery life.

That's all most people want except techies or specialists

The ibm pc, and thus DOS came about because IBM salesmen were complaining that personal computers were leaking into their client base without them having a response plan.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Suspends Personal Data-Sharing Feature

JerryQ Re:Facebook/Wikileaks (140 comments)

Ouch ;-) Sorry, when I came across it it was attributed to JA. Jerry

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Suspends Personal Data-Sharing Feature

JerryQ Facebook/Wikileaks (140 comments)

"I give you private information on corporations for free and I'm a villain. Mark Zuckerberg gives your private information to corporations for money and he's 'Man of the Year.'" Julian Assange

more than 3 years ago
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The Fall of Wintel and the Rise of Armdroid

JerryQ The world moves on (431 comments)

I wrote my first program in 1970

I have used ICL, Burroughs, IBM, Univac, TI, DEC operating systems, VMS, nix, CP/M, MS DOS, win x, Apple OS etc etc

I have a wintel desktop which I use for devlopment activities, I carry an iPad, I have donated my laptops to nephews and nieces.

If I did not work in the IT 'space' I would happily use just my iPad.

If something better than that comes along I'll move on.

The world moves on, wintel was mainstream, it is becoming niche, I for one, have spent my career in technology because I love the excitement of new things and concepts coming along.

In my experience it is the wintel crowd who seem unable to look forward, and behave as though wintel has some sort of divine right to its previous dominance.

The most important development I have seen in my lifetime has been the internet, connectivity to it, html and the browser. For MOST people, that is how they do most of their computing, oh yes, and lightweight, non bloat, function specific 'apps'. Sadly, I will have to continue to use wintel on a daily basis as I have a server farm, rather than farmville. ;-)

J

more than 3 years ago
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DIY Sound-Activated High-Speed Photography

JerryQ High School project (106 comments)

In 1973 I had a tobacco tin, a bent piece of foil and a strobe light, airgun and camera. shutter open, fire airgun, shockwave completes circuit, strobe backlights pellet. trial and error found the right spot. The next one I did was a flicker photometer, but it was cool being allowed to bring an airgun into school. Jerry

about 4 years ago
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Actor Leslie Nielsen Dies at 84

JerryQ Re:It was pneumonia sadly... (167 comments)

Life is not a journey to the grave, with the intention of arriving in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather, to skid in broadside, totally used up, loudly proclaiming "Wow!, what a ride!"

about 4 years ago
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GM Is Selling Saab To Spyker Cars

JerryQ Not many people know this. (264 comments)

If Benny from ABBA had been called Sven, then ABBA would have been called SAAB. Jerry

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Publishes 500,000 9/11 Pager Messages

JerryQ Twitter next (309 comments)

After the next major event it will be the twitter stream which will be subject to such analysis

about 5 years ago
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Less Than Free

JerryQ MS too (330 comments)

I worked for a Data Warehousing company in the late nineties. We had a slew of deals near to close. We took space at a DW exhibition, and invited all those near to close prospects.
Microsoft took a stand, put an MS banner across the backdrop. They didn't send staff, they put no material on the stand.
All our deals went into 'suspend' as a result of that action.

more than 5 years ago

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One giant leap for Big Brother

JerryQ JerryQ writes  |  more than 4 years ago

JerryQ (923802) writes "It is a simple step from this new technology to record sounds in public places, including stadiums, the microphones will not need to be in a circle, and, after the event, replay any conversation within range. The scope for intrusion is truly terrifying. At least here in the UK the government would never sanction it. mmmph."
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Giving up programming

JerryQ JerryQ writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JerryQ writes "I have spent my life building business systems (and cameras). Over that time I have developed techniques to almost remove programming entirely between application definition and delivery. I have written a paper to outline the technique.
What would the slashdot panel say was the best way to get these techniques circulated, appraised, and made commonly and freely available?
See http://www.2di2d.com/"

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