top Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?
You have an opportunity to help make your town a case study for doing it rightâ"which might result in a decision to avoid online voting. You can advocate on security/vote integrity issues by raising awareness of the complexities. Make a strong push for requiring vendors that don't hide their products' inner workings from their customers. Talk about the importance of being able to audit the vote.
The big questions everyone should answer before making a decision are "what do we gain?" and "what do we lose?" I think people often forget the latter.
about a month and a half ago
top Cox Promises National Gigabit Rollout; Starting With Phoenix, Las Vegas, Omaha
I've had Cox, probably in the same city as you (given your reference to CenturyLink), for over a decade. Performance has always been as advertised, often better. Service interruptions have been rareâ"less than one per year. I've never heard different from anyone else.
They recently replaced my modem with one meeting a newer DOCSIS standard, presumably anticipating the upcoming service upgrades.
top OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights
Based on that set of axioms, it can be completely loving to encourage someone to repent of his sins and choose to follow Jesus. Practicing homosexuality is a sign that someone isn't doing that. It would therefore be unloving or even hateful to affirm homosexual relations.
He didn't "encourage someone to repent". He contributed money to an effort to institutionalize oppression in the law. His actions affected others, so those who disagree are entitled to do the same.
top OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights
But in no way do I support the demonization or boycott of people just because they have a different opinion of something than I do.
This isn't about someone's opinion of wheat bread. This is about oppression based on a common genetic characteristic, and one that isn't anyone else's problem (as opposed to something like psychopathy). The struggle for gay rights absolutely, unquestionably, is analogous to the struggle for civil rights for african americans. You would have been against the Montgomery bus boycott?
top Critic Cites
Revenge of the Sith As "Generation's Greatest Work of Art"
The brilliant and hilarious political writer Molly Ivins wrote the ultimate takedown of Camille Paglia's absurd intellectual methods (20 years ago!). Archive.org has a
PDF of the original article from Mother Jones magazine.
If you plan to read it, ignore the rest of this comment, but if you're not going to follow the link, here's the final paragraph of the article:
There is one area in which I think Paglia and I would agree that politically correct feminism has produced a noticeable inequity. Nowadays, when a woman behaves in hysterical and disagreeable fashion, we say, "Poor dear, it's probably PMS." Whereas, if a man behaves in a hysterical and disagreeable fashion, we say, "What an asshole." Let me leap to correct this unfairness by saying of Paglia, Sheesh, what an asshole.
top Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Printing Digital Photos?
Every time I've done prints at local store, the color has been awful. Sometimes the image itself turns grainy. The prints I order through iPhoto are wonderful, though I haven't ordered in a few months. I believe they were using Kodak's service, which is getting handed over to Shutterfly?
top Will Apple Let Siri and Apps Connect?
Apple is pretty predictable -- once they've started showing their hand. They consistently take successful ideas used in one place and expand them as far as possible. Successful user interface paradigms developed for one application later appear in others. The iOS App Store begat the Mac App Store. So it seems pretty obvious that Apple, having introduced Siri, will expand it.
Except for major OS releases to paid developer program members, Apple almost never releases anything with a "beta" label. Siri is labeled a beta, which surely is meant to indicate that more functionality is planned.
top Was the iPod Accessory Port Inspired By a 40-Year-Old Camera?
Let's say you have to design a connector for a device which is relatively thin, and is expected to get thinner in the future. Existing common connection standards like USB don't provide the functionality you want. What's the most obvious shape? How about a flat line?
Wow, amazing work. I don't think there's much inspiration required.
top Wall Street: Software More Valuable Than Oil
Apple's products are hardware-software bundles. Apple sometimes sells updated software to use on hardware you already bought from them. They also are a vendor of content -- none of which they create -- with the goal of making their hardware-software bundles even more appealing.
Stupid exceptions that don't change my argument:
FileMaker (a mostly-ignored Apple subsidiary)
You can use iTunes on Windows to purchase music & video and never put them on an Apple device. This wasn't the goal of the iTunes Music Store, and doesn't make much money for Apple.
The legions of 3rd-party products Apple sells online and at their stores have nothing to do with this.
top NYTimes.com Reports 100k Subscribers
I've had a nytimes.com login pretty much since they started requiring registration to view stories -- late 90s some time? Right after the paywall was announced, I got an email thanking me for being a long-time account holder and offering me a free year's subscription. I took their offer, of course. How many of those 100,000 subscribers are actually paying?
top Hackers Steal Kroger's Customer List
My wife got an email from TiVo, and I got an email from some branch of Disney vacation sales (no surprise -- we took a trip to DisneyWorld like 5 years ago and they still have my email address).
This is affecting a lot of companies.
top iBook Store Features Leave Indie Publishers Behind
That works if and only if Apple tells everyone that's what they're doing. While it may be likely based on past experience, you cannot safely assume a company will do anything in particular.
Innovation often doesn't come from the big guys. Experience so far with the App Store has certainly shown that. There's no good reason for Apple to only look at large publishing operations for input.
top Mixed Reception To AT&T's New Data Pricing Scheme
The ridiculous part is that they're still charging a fee to enable tethering. That sort of makes sense with an "unlimited" plan. Presumably, the plan price was based on an estimate of how much data you'd use. Since tethering will obviously drive up usage, that assumption is no longer valid. (This highlights the absurdity of so-called "unlimited" plans that aren't really.)
But now that you are paying for actual use, there's no excuse to charge anything for tethering. You've paid for 2 GB (or whatever), and it shouldn't matter how it gets used. If you use more, you pay more.
I'd really like to see a regulatory authority question that charge.
top iPad Bait and Switch — No More Unlimited Data Plan
If you actually read the
AT&T press release you'll find that this applies to all smartphone data plans. It's not just about iPhones. They're basically changing the iPad plans to match.
As of right now, Apple's
iPad product page still refers to unlimited data plans. It's hard to imagine AT&T didn't notify Apple that this is coming, but it almost looks like they don't know.
top Emmerich Plans
Foundation As a 3D Epic
These are absolutely some of my very favorite books. But as I recall, Asimov's own foreword to the original trilogy makes the idea of a movie series seem pretty stupid. He started Foundation as a series of short stories. Years later, when a publisher was trying to persuade him to make a longer Foundation work, Asimov had to go back and re-read the material. He reports that, as he sat there reading, he kept waiting for something to happen in the story. He was right (of course): Foundation is mostly people have discussions. What kind of movie can you make out of that?
top TSA Changes Its Rules, ACLU Lawsuit Dropped
My understanding is that one of the primary issues in a civil case is whether there's even an issue that the court can decide. I believe one can ask a court to make a preemptive ruling. However, most of the time if there isn't actually a dispute the court won't hear the case. And since the TSA changed its policies, there's no longer a dispute.
Now, if the detained individual wants to file his own lawsuits for damages and that sort of thing, that's a different issue.
top Large-Scale Mac Deployment?
There are many huge Mac deployments: universities, school districts with 1-to-1 laptop programs where every student gets a laptop, Google (thousands of Macs), the Fountainbleau hotel in Miami, and more. Apple gear isn't always used to manage everything: most of these sites are probably using Active Directory or some UNIX-based LDAP service for account management. But there are plenty of large Mac deployments out there.
top Large-Scale Mac Deployment?
Why on earth is this being asked on Slashdot? Head to afp548.com and macenterprise.org (particularly its mailing list). You'll find info on InstaDMG, DeployStudio, even Radmind.
top How To Manage Hundreds of Thousands of Documents?
Digital Asset Management
top How Microsoft Degrades Their Users (In a Good Cause)
Just last night I got a phone survey that was obviously commissioned by my cable TV/Internet company. Among the questions asked was, "if your monthly bill went up by $3, how likely would you be to cancel your service?" They asked a variation of that question about a competitor's telephone service.
Your example is funny, but don't you think McDonald's has done research on how long they can let a drive-through line get before customers go elsewhere?
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