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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Kenshin Re:Out of context... (305 comments)

The difference between this and Google Docs is that it's baked right into the OS, and has hooks for third parties to implement it in their applications.

So that is some sort of standardization. At least, on Apple devices.

about 2 months ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Kenshin Out of context... (305 comments)

Everyone's taking that snippet waaaay out of context.

OS X and iOS work better together now, they don't work the same.

As in, for example, you start typing a document on your desktop, like you normally would, and you can continue it on your phone seamlessly and automatically if you have to go out. Both with different, and appropriate, interfaces.

This isn't about making your desktop work LIKE a phone. It's about making your desktop work WITH your phone.

about 2 months ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Kenshin Re:Wait, what? (305 comments)

I've been using Yosemite for a couple of months.

It's not turning into iOS. It's just working alongside iOS better. On the surface, de-glossification aside, it's more or less the same as Mavericks.

But of course, let's whip ourselves into a frenzy without even trying it out. This is Slashdot, of course.

about 2 months ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

Kenshin Science Advisor, Comedy Advisor (226 comments)

They've hired a science advisor, but why haven't they hired a comedy advisor?

about 4 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

Kenshin Re:Fuck IPv6 (305 comments)

"I have 1 public facing ip and my whole house behind it."

But for how long? How's that gonna work out when your ISP eventually puts you behind a Carrier Grade NAT? Unless you wanna pay for "premium service", that is.

about 6 months ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

Kenshin Re:Go to hell (218 comments)

This goes a bit further than remote wiping.

It's already somewhat available with iOS devices, and is completely under the user's control. Basically, without your AppleID and password, the phone cannot be wiped and reactivated by a thief, essentially making it a fancy paperweight. (So it's not really a "kill switch", just a really strong theft deterrent.) The owner can wipe it themselves remotely, for security, but it would still *also* require their AppleID and password inputted directly into the device to reactivate it.

It's been working since September, and no one's found a way to bypass it. (Yet.)

about 9 months ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

Kenshin Church (667 comments)

If they wanna be fair, then Cosmos should be given equal time in their church.

about 9 months ago
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CES: Laser Headlights Edge Closer To Real-World Highways

Kenshin Awesome (295 comments)

Awesome. So now all those assholes in luxury cars can have even brighter headlights to blind me in my mirrors.

about a year ago
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What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?

Kenshin TV (322 comments)

Gotta say TV. Nothing beats memories of tuning in week to week to see the latest instalment...

about a year ago
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I use a screen protector ...

Kenshin Why? (194 comments)

People keep grimy, grungy screen protectors on their phone the entire time they have them.

They have this beautiful, pristine sheet of glass they're "protecting"... and they never actually see it or get to touch it.

It kinda bothers me.

about a year and a half ago
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Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness

Kenshin Re:not a fan (514 comments)

Matt Smith is far better than David Tennent to me, and I grew up watching the Fourth Doctor.

about a year and a half ago
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Futurama Cancelled (Again)

Kenshin Re:Time to petition? But this time... (390 comments)

Bob's Burgers is great, but it's a bit different than what people expect in a "cartoon". It's a situation comedy based heavily on dialogue, much of it improvised. In fact, the show would probably work equally as well audio-only.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

Kenshin Re:Conversion (595 comments)

hydroelectric power plant in my city is 100MW - that single power plant could power two bitcoin mining networks

How many houses and businesses could that power?

I bet Google's servers use more power than this...

Google is actually useful to hundreds of millions of people.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Kenshin iOSification? (965 comments)

The "iOSification" of OS X is overblown hyperbole at the moment. Yes, Apple's simplified some of the core apps like iPhoto. Yes, Apple's made the Calendar app fugly. They added the "Launchpad", which you never have to actually see unless you invoke it, and they added the Gatekeeper security feature, which you can switch off with a few clicks of the mouse.

They also recently got rid of the guy who was responsible for some of that stuff, so we may see a roll back on the nasty skeumorphic nonsense.

The core OS, and its UX in general, are still excellent, and every single app distributed outside of the App Store still have as much freedom as they used to.

about 2 years ago
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Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

Kenshin Re:I used to block ads (978 comments)

Your site is collateral damage. They're not blocking your site specifically, it's just that ad-blocking is turned on by default.

So, if anything, blame all the sites out there with awful, intrusive ads that drove people to ad-blocking.

about 2 years ago
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Oracle Rushes Emergency Java Update To Patch McRAT Vulnerabilities

Kenshin Re:Last Java 6 public update (165 comments)

Brilliant. That's like buying new software that requires Windows XP.

about 2 years ago
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Napster: the Day the Music Was Set Free

Kenshin Re:Screw you, Metallica! (243 comments)

Well, they did say "Holy shit! This is the way of the future, let's investigate this distribution option...", but they ended it with "... and try to hold it back as long as we can."

about 2 years ago
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Sony Announces the PS4

Kenshin Re:Why go with an x86 processor? (587 comments)

Ya, x86 isn't the best architecture, from my limited understanding of these things (I'm not a programmer), but it's pretty much become the "standard". The writing was on the wall when Apple switched to it. (Then there's ARM, which is entrenched in the mobile space.)

So, by going with x86, Sony's guaranteed to have legions of developers who are intimately familiar with the architecture, and have libraries optimized for it. Far more than their semi-obscure CELL platform. Microsoft's going x86 with Xbox, too, leaving Nintendo the only one on the old PowerPC boat.

about a year ago
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Sony Announces the PS4

Kenshin Re:Sony on Slashdot (587 comments)

Ah, OK. Simple misunderstanding. :)

about 2 years ago

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Canadian Astronaut Collaborates on Song From ISS

Kenshin Kenshin writes  |  about 2 years ago

Kenshin writes "Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield is currently on the International Space Station, and he's been very interactive with us stuck down here on Earth. He tweets daily, posting photos and replying to tweets, he "dropped" the puck in the hockey season's opening game, and he even had an interview with William Shatner. His latest thing was to perform a song with the alternative rock group Barenaked Ladies.

I don't recall there being an astronaut this engaged with the public in a very long time, if ever. Could publicity like this renew the public's interest in the space program, and move their perception of astronauts beyond the straight-laced space-age archetype into a more modern role model?"

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