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Ask Slashdot: What Makes You Uninstall Apps?

Kozz Apps unusable without significant effort (243 comments)

I may occasionally be looking for an app suitable to a particular task, and I'll find there may be a half dozen semi-"popular" options that I'll download and try, one after another.

If I'm familiar with the software's operating domain, I may expect that I can open the app and figure out how to get my task done in fairly short order. If I can't, I hope there are menus that may give me a hint. Failing that, toolbar buttons; but some employ mystery meat navigation, with no text or hover-tooltips to indicate what they might do, so you end up clicking blindly. Then you check for a "help" button or menu, and find there is none. You go to the website to look at the documentation which is broken up rather oddly, or it's a wiki that's almost devoid of content. If there's no generalized 'help' document, I'd hope the authors could at least create a document with a few screenshots / steps of the most typical use case.

After a while, you discover that figuring out how to use the app just isn't worth it. *CLICK*. Uninstall.

about a year ago
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Hacker Spoofs Track Plays To Top Music Charts

Kozz Re:Beaten by a music generator? (157 comments)

Jim Steinman wrote Meatloaf's best work, but Jim Steinman wasn't twelve people.

Proof that you're wrong:

* "Jim Steinman" is twelve characters.

* Most people in the music industry could be described as "characters".

* Therefore "Jim Steinman" is twelve people in the music industry.

I thought the first impossible phrase that jumped out at me was "Meatloaf's best work".

about a year ago
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Ocean Currents Explain Why Northern Hemisphere Is Soggier

Kozz The rains down in Africa (35 comments)

From TFS:

The findings, published (paywalled) Oct. 20 in Nature Geoscience, explain a fundamental feature of the planet's climate, and show that icy waters affect seasonal rains that are crucial for growing crops in such places as Africa's Sahel region and southern India."

The musical act Toto was unavailable for comment.

1 year,16 hours
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When Opting Out of Ad Tracking Doesn't Opt You Out

Kozz Re:Seems to need an ad blocker. (193 comments)

Seriously, there are STILL people out there using browsers without ad blockers?! Are they also still using IE 6?

Yes, there are. And no, using IE8 is still sufficient ...

1 year,3 days
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Malware Now Hiding In Graphics Cards

Kozz Re:Seriously? Did no one see this coming? (125 comments)

I pretty universally blame management for not listening to their techies-with-brains for the loads of half-assed jobs of all kinds out there. I say "shit rolls downhill".

1 year,25 days
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Kozz Re:jerk (1440 comments)

There was a death caused exactly by that dring my journey in the UK yesterday - coming off a motor way, someone was texting while waiting for the lights on the slip road and didn't notice the lights had gone green and all the cars had cleared in front of them, and they got rear ended.

Interesting. I think that most places here in the states unequivocally blame the person doing the rear-ending. What if the stopped vehicle was a car that had mechanical troubles? Would it still be their fault? I'd have to also blame the person who does the rear-ending... aren't they looking where they're going?

1 year,27 days
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Cadillac SRX Converted Into Self-Driving Car

Kozz Re:this is why (149 comments)

I want to read about its success in navigating some of the highway system surrounding the twin cities in Minnesota.

I remember once merging onto an interstate there (from the right) only to need to cross four lanes so that I could catch my exit (on the left) what seemed to be only a half-mile later. I probably endangered myself, my passengers and fellow motorists making that maneuver. This would be a good place to reduce accident risk. :)

about a year ago
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Yahoo Issues Its First Transparency Report

Kozz Re:Heh. (77 comments)

I'm slightly amused the Yahoo icon on this story has a transparent background.

Yeah, the icon design finally got out of alpha.

about a year ago
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Only One US City Makes "Top Ten Internet Cities Worldwide" List

Kozz Re:Another top 10 list (240 comments)

Yet another "top 10" list. Can I get a list of the top 10 top 10 lists? Seriously, I'm tired of articles that amount to "someone's list of top 10 X will shock you!"

Slashdot readers in Baltimore are shocked to learn this one weird trick that will get you to read top 10 lists!

about a year ago
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Twinkies: The Breakfast of Champion Programmers Still Hard To Get

Kozz Breakfast... really? (223 comments)

I guess I've long since ignored the polls on slashdot's front page, but I'd like to see the a poll like this.
What's your average time interval between twinkie consumption?
* 1 day
* 1 week
* 1 year
* 5 years
* 10 years
* closer to infinity

about a year ago
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Hybrid Hard Drives Just Need 8GB of NAND

Kozz Re:Damn (373 comments)

... all the benefits of a pure SSD drive...

And all the risks. Let me direct you to the Hot/Crazy scale of SSDs.

I've had exactly one SSD thus far. Yeah, it was definitely fast (notice "was"). Then it bit the big one. Yes, I had backups. Yes, I could RMA it. But that doesn't mean it's not a pain in the ass to deal with a failed drive that's less than a year old.

about a year ago
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Obama Praises Amazon At One of Its Controversial Warehouses

Kozz Re:What's your boggle, citizen? (435 comments)

... given a full 40-hour work-week ...

Except that with a job like that, they're probably not only paying low wages but also employing the people part-time so the company need not pay benefits of any kind. So the person maybe is only working 25-30hrs per week, and then they have to go get a second job of the same kind. Nice, huh?

about a year ago
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Second SFO Disaster Avoided Seconds Before Crash

Kozz Re:This /. headline is sensationalist drivel (248 comments)

I expected ... a lot more intelligence from slashdot.

See, as for myself, I was kind of hoping for a fourth re-post of the GPS spoofing story.

about a year ago
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Lawmakers Try To Block Black Box Technology In Cars, DVR Tracking

Kozz Re:I wouldn't mind it if... (167 comments)

Dashboard cams are very common in Russia. That's why so many people got good shots of the meteorites. Apparently the cams are useful when dealing with some of the local LEO's.

Dammit, man, this is Slashdot. Your second sentence mentioned meteors, so I naturally assumed that LEO stood for low-earth orbit. Had to read it a second time, though maybe my first reading would make sense, too.

about a year ago
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Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles

Kozz Re:Do not understand this. (814 comments)

For those not familiar, go look up "epigenetics". I've been pointed to some studies in which there are identical twins who grow into adulthood -- one is gay (for example, pick your LGBTQ?) and the other is not. This being evidence that it's not "genetic" per se, but is epigenetic.

Nonetheless, I think epigenetics essentially bolsters the claims that most LGBTQ would make, that it's not a conscious decision but it's WHO they ARE.

about a year ago
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Confirmed: Water Once Flowed On Mars

Kozz Re:Need it have been water? (113 comments)

You don't get liquid CO2 without quite a bit of pressure, a minimum of 75 psi / 517 kPa (5.1 atmospheres) at the triple point for CO2. Not near enough CO2 for those kind of pressures on Mars.

I admit I'm not much for chemistry or physics. I find them interesting, but they're not my strong suit. What about methane, ethane, etc? For example, the lakes of methane on Titan? I wonder if they could produce similar results? Would conditions on Mars in the past have prohibited this as well?

about a year ago
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Taking Action For Free JavaScript

Kozz Re:It's about the license (318 comments)

Does this downloaded copy of the JS code come with a license that secures the four essential freedoms to users? Usually it doesn't unless you're on GNU.org or a MediaWiki site.

I understand the intent of the four freedoms. I also understand why people would enjoy those freedoms granted to them by other software writers. But what I do NOT understand is why people think they're entitled to any of it. If I write software and license it in some FSF/Stallman-approved fashion, good for you, and good for everybody (theoretically).

But if I decide I don't want to license it in this very liberal way, what gives you the right to demand a license? If I make some js widget-driven site and minify all my code, obscure it, and whatever else... that's my business, right? You can use it or don't use it -- it's all the same to me. Maybe I'm ignorant of licensing. Or maybe apathetic. Or lack of time. Or all of the above? If you sent me an email about my site and demanded licensing stuff, I'd tell you to go find a hobby...

Yeah, it's a US government site. And...? How is it that you (a hypothetical US citizen) using the site making you sacrifice your freedoms?

about a year ago
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Judge Orders Child Porn Suspect To Decrypt His Hard Drives

Kozz Re:What kind of encryption did the FBI break? (802 comments)

>> an intricate electronic folder structure comprised of approximately 6,712 folders and subfolders, approximately 707,307 files

Sounds like a regular disk drive structure to me. Nothing particularly "intricate" about it.

Indeed. I'm writing this from a fresh Windows 7 install (about 36hrs old) and the c:\windows folder alone has over 17,000 folders and 100,000 files.

about a year ago
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Ex-Employee Busted For Tampering With ERP System

Kozz Re:Proper procedures (178 comments)

When I was preparing to give my employer three (rather than two) week's notice, I was fully prepared to be shown the door that very moment, and got all my ducks in a row just in case. As it turns out, they kept me on. But when I gave my manager my formal resignation, I also gave him a note saying (essentially), "I have accounts on the following systems.... for everyone's protection, please see that they are disabled as soon as is appropriate."

about a year and a half ago

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Tech for Small Library Automation?

Kozz Kozz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kozz (7764) writes "I've recently been tapped as "the tech guy" at my church where a group familiar with library automation wants to get digital with the relatively small catalog. Right now all the materials are simply on shelves, and people take an item down, fill out the paper card and drop it into a box, and we hope that people correctly calculate their own due dates and return the materials. We had a card catalog, but it went largely unused. We're looking for a complete solution for both administration and self-checkout; label printing, checkout receipts, and so on. Have any Slashdot readers found yourself in this position, and do you have recommendations based on your experiences?"
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King's "The Dark Tower" to Be Adapted to Film, TV

Kozz Kozz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kozz (7764) writes "Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment have closed a deal to turn Stephen King’s mammoth novel series The Dark Tower into a feature film trilogy and a network TV series, both of which will be creatively steered by the Oscar-winning team behind A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code."
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