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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Krishnoid Re:What now? 1 billion! (269 comments)

** Why was I there? My wife is really big into this sort of thing, and as any married man knows, you either go along with her or you're a dead man.

And apparently at that point, she'd still be coming after you.

yesterday
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Krishnoid Tactile interaction? (351 comments)

My theory on this is that when we moved away from keyboards and mice in the use of phones and tablets, we did away with the last remnants of manipulating three-dimensional solid objects while interacting with computing devices.

I have this vague feeling that our connection to, and assumption that we can leverage, our animal evolutionary history is becoming more and more tenuous as we spend more of our time and focus interacting with items lacking analogs in nature:

  • printed language, as in books
  • industrial equipment
  • display technology
  • keyboards and mice to control physical processes
  • and now, tablets and phones lacking tactile 'presence'

As we control and manipulate our external environment more and more while continuously decreasing our bodies' physical engagement, I have to suspect that more of these secondary effects will surface. Just a hunch, I'm not passing judgement.

2 days ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

Krishnoid Re:Welcome to 2004 (270 comments)

Actually, the first thing that came to mind for me was: "Last year's zero-day exploit ignored for a while, then eventually fixed in an upcoming Patch Tuesday".

about a week ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

Krishnoid Re:Marketing only. (270 comments)

They're still evil.

It's one Microsoft, so it's it's, not they're. Also, while this is promising:

The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

of moving from many to one and hopefully beyond, this statement seems a little premature:

The stodgy old enterprise company whose former CEO once called open source Linux a 'cancer' is gone.

However, this a hopeful trend towards you eventually being able to use the plural "they're". At that point, though, "still" may no longer be valid.

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Krishnoid Re:As much as I am loath to admit it (578 comments)

Bloomberg has a valid point. It's also the reason most people can't be fashion models ("he's so hot right now")..

I think the real question here is whether or not you can teach a fashion model to mine coal.

about a week ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Krishnoid Re:Whatever you may think ... (445 comments)

hats off to the developer who admits a mistake.

It's laudable but insufficient; to genuinely move towards making the aggrieved parties whole, I think it demands nothing short of a full refund.

about a week ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Krishnoid Re:WTF? (193 comments)

And if that isn't nerd news enough for you, you might prefer his RSA keynote instead.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Krishnoid Re:But it is! (639 comments)

But hey, why stop there? *** I *** am the center of the universe! All you people rotate around me! No need to bow down...

Congratulations! Please obey all traffic laws and posted signs, and enjoy your new GPS navigation system.

about a week ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Krishnoid Re:Convenient malfunctions (322 comments)

Maybe Google is malfunctioning. Don't worry, it happens about half the time.

about a week ago
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Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras Win Truth-Telling Award

Krishnoid Re:He should get the Nobel Peace Prize (123 comments)

You think either Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia would have been possible without people who would just follow orders and uphold the law?

Or, more recently and anecdotally, just being identified as the ones willing to follow orders

about two weeks ago
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Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?

Krishnoid Re:Op Out Knowledge? (157 comments)

I do not think there is a single law on the books that makes it illegal not to know something.

I'm sorry, but ignorance of that law is not an excuse.

about two weeks ago
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Adaptation From Flash Boys Offers Inside Look at High-Frequency Trading

Krishnoid Re:Forbit all HFT (246 comments)

The argument that they provide for liquidity of the market, or whatever, would not change if everyone would be trading at second scale instead of microsecond scale.

Let's even say that high-frequency trading does provide liquidity. From my incomplete understanding of this, all you have are offers on a screen which are withdrawn before anyone can execute on them. It seems more like high-frequency "neener-too-slow" without any actual trades taking place.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

Krishnoid RMS mentions a comparable situation (266 comments)

From The Law of Success 2.0:

RMS: So if I'm using the free program and I make a change in it, which I know how to do, then I could publish my modified version and then you. Perhaps you're not a programmer; you would still be able to get the benefit of the change I make. Not only that, you could pay somebody to change the program for you, or you could join an organisation whose goal is to change a certain program in a certain way, and all the members would put in their money, and that's how they would hire a programmer to change it.

about three weeks ago
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CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill To Pass Before He Retires

Krishnoid Re: Nice Summary (138 comments)

Or providing emergency medical services even when you haven't.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

Krishnoid Re:That *is* funny! (314 comments)

Thus confirrming that Elon Musk is actually Tony Stark.

about three weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

Krishnoid Re:No.... (824 comments)

I believe there's pretty much a single person who has the "right" to cast a stone in this whole situation.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

Krishnoid Re:Windows SteadyState (423 comments)

File writes/updates are directed to a secluded area.

But what if the malware directly modifies disk sectors? Is there malware that can attack in this way?

about three weeks ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

Krishnoid Re:mass in motion (262 comments)

... having a spinning flywheel is going to do gyroscopic things to the vehicle.

Isn't this usually addressed using counter-rotating flywheels? Or does that not apply to the issue here?

about three weeks ago
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College Grads Create Fake Tesla Commercial That Elon Musk Loves

Krishnoid I just had a moment (100 comments)

I just realized that the shared definition of a 'fake' commercial is that it was produced by someone not hired by the product manufacturer. It no longer means one that involves special effects, and hasn't for some time.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

Krishnoid Re:It's not difficult to prove at all (379 comments)

There are certainly older programmers who can produce much better software at faster rates than their younger counterparts, but it is difficult to prove and requires the employer to take a greater risk in hiring you.

...

Nothing can beat knowledge/experience. Nothing!

You can see how the effect is amplified in the case of programming and a subset of other fields, due to the nature of the problem space and power of the available tools.

about a month ago

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Krishnoid Krishnoid writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Slifox, I have a question about one of your postings -- would you email me at 'krishnoid+slifox+pig' at gmail so I can ask you a question?

Much appreciated.

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