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MPAA Agent Poses As Homebuyer To Catch Pirates

Lord of the Fries Boston and Britain (289 comments)

Mixing these two always seems to lead to bad things. Sigh.

more than 2 years ago

Aero Glass UI No More On Windows 8

Lord of the Fries UxTheme.dll (426 comments)

Does anyone know what the role of UxTheme.dll will be in the future with Windows 8? Will one be able to render with platform native functions, the appearance of Windows 8 widgets? Or will MS be relegating the role of UxTheme technology to previous versions?

more than 2 years ago

HP To Cut 30,000 Jobs

Lord of the Fries Re:wait... what??? (291 comments)

I agree in a non-humane principled sort of way. But my bet is that it's not those 10,000 peoples faults that HP is where it's at today. Which makes me sad. 10,000 poppa's and momma's are going to have to find jobs doing something else in a depressed economy. The well to do management will experience a drop in their earnings, but they won't suffer the same way.

The only way I'd be happy is if the story stated that among the 10,000, every single "product manager" employed by HP was being terminated. In every company I've watched or been part of that has tanked in the last 20 years, it's always been accompanied by a growing role of the "product manager."

more than 2 years ago

HP To Cut 30,000 Jobs

Lord of the Fries Saddest Part (291 comments)

"While it has a leading position in the sales of low-margin personal computers."

How ironic and sad that this is HP's claim to fame now days. There was a time when this was simply so not true. There was a time when you bought HP stuff (and you paid top dollars for you), you knew you could throw it against a wall or drive a car over it and it just kept working. Quality was #1, bar no competition. That was back when the engineers still had a bit of say in what went down there.

more than 2 years ago

Crowdsourcing and Scientific Truth

Lord of the Fries Ironic? (62 comments)

Is it just me, or is it quite ironic that at the time of writing this, this will be only the 47th comment on a subject active for 12 hours on slashdot. Apparently metacrowdsourcing (crowdscourcing about crowdsourcing) isn't all that popular.

For reference sake, there have been 7 more articles up (at least by my filters) which have already garnered the following amounts of comments. Notice that the less scientific seems to be where more, er, uh "crowdsourcing" happens. :)

Is Google the New Microsoft? --> 366
Study Aims To Read Dogs' Thoughts --> 113
Apple Security Blunder Exposes Lion Login Passwords In Clear Text -- >144
Biochemist Creates CO2-Eating Light That Runs On Algae --> 76
Some USAF Pilots Refuse To Fly F-22 Raptor --> 191
Ask Slashdot: What Language Should a Former Coder Dig Into? --> 229
Unblocking The Pirate Bay the Hard Way Is Fun --> 51

more than 2 years ago

Rand Paul Has a Quick Fix For TSA: Pull the Plug

Lord of the Fries Re:Groping Rand Paul (1051 comments)

Which is why all of those gun packing Swiss have so many problems like you allude to. :) OTOH, I'm not naive enough to believe that simply legalizing all weapons would create a secure stalemate situation like Switzerland enjoys. The other half of the Swiss system, that never seems to get mentioned that much, is the mandatory conscription of all males. It would be like the NRA supporting not only the right to bear arms, but the obligation to bear arms, doing yearly duty similar to the National Guard.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: My Company Wants Me To Astroturf, Should I?

Lord of the Fries Re:Are you loyal? (391 comments)

Not all apps are apps for us developers though. Perhaps they're developing a medical imaging app for doctors... how much can one of their developers really use this and find out if it fits the bill or not...

more than 2 years ago

One Sci-Fi Author Wrote 29 of the Kindle's 100 Most-Highlighted Passages

Lord of the Fries Am I the only one then...? (239 comments)

That read the first book and thought "Really?? This is what all the excitement is about?" I didn't care for Hunger Games at all. It was an engaging read admittedly. I kept turning the pages. But the foreshadowing of where things were headed seemed pretty shallow to me (no, I did not cheat and peek at the ending). My closing thoughts were "well, someone's hoping to cash in on a screenplay here" and a sort of dirty feeling. I felt like one feels when you slow down at the sight of a roadside accident to see if there's anything gory.

I read the next two books just to see if it would get any good.

I have this vague sense of irony about the whole thing. As I listen to people tell me why they just like this book so much, some times I feel like a big part of the reason they liked it was because everyone else seems to as well. It's cool, because if you're read it, you're in the club. And the club says it's good. Given that a major theme of the book is humanity's ability as a collective to ignore stuff that is wrong, this seems hugely ironic to me.

If you enjoyed it, no offense meant. I respect that. To each his own. I liked the Mistborn series and Terry Pratchett novels far better than this among recent reads, and maybe you don't care for those.

Am I the only person that didn't care for Hunger Games at all?

more than 2 years ago

'IMAX Movie of Body' Allows Stanford Geneticist To Stop Diabetes In Its Tracks

Lord of the Fries Terrible Headline (137 comments)

Slashdot headlines are getting pathetically lame. This kind of twisted deceptive word play is what I expect when I stand in line at the grocery store. Would it have been stooping so low to integrity to post

'IMAX Movie of Body' Allows Stanford Geneticist To See Type 2 Diabetes Progress Like Never Before


more than 2 years ago

51% of Internet Traffic Is "Non-Human"

Lord of the Fries Sentience Imminent? (125 comments)

When it gets down to the the mythical 10% that human's supposedly use of their own information processing machine (their brains), will the net mind achieve sentience?

more than 2 years ago

Did Benjamin Franklin Invent Daylight Saving Time?

Lord of the Fries Re:When? (395 comments)

Wish I had mod points. Parent sums up my feelings EXACTLY.

more than 2 years ago

Building a Case For Telecommuting

Lord of the Fries Works Best When... (230 comments) enjoy your job and what you're currently doing. I've telecommuted with a team of 18+ other software engineers for the last 5+ years, and did a stint a while back. When you're engaged in what your doing, and believe in it, working at home is awesome. You focus, you maximize your efficiency by finding the optimal interlacing with the rest of your life. But when the company is jerking you around, or dumps crap work on you, working at home is really hard.

So my word to employers is if you believe in your product and your people, then this really is the best arrangement for you. Otherwise, get our the whips and put 'em in them thar cubies.

more than 2 years ago

Computer Programmers Only the 5th Most Sleep Deprived Profession

Lord of the Fries Re:Issue for me is pattern recognition. (204 comments)

So do you have the inverse problem now that when you're in a meeting and the background noise of the ventilation system comes on, you nod off?

more than 2 years ago

AMD's Piledriver To Hit 4GHz+ With Resonant Clock Mesh

Lord of the Fries Resonant Clock Mesh (286 comments)

I don't even know what one is. And I haven't even glanced at the fine article. I just know I want one of those. Sounds so shiny. Just wanna say it over again and again and again...

Resonant Clock Mesh

Resonant Clock Mesh

Resonant Clock Mesh...

more than 2 years ago

Are Rich People Less Moral?

Lord of the Fries Gang Warfare? (1040 comments)

Cuz we all know that all these gangs with violent crimes are just float'in in cash, right?

more than 2 years ago

An Early Look At Mac OS X 10.8

Lord of the Fries The New Naming Paradigm? (658 comments)

So is this the evolution of Apple's "cat" themes? Pick a general cat name for an odd release, followed by a specialized variant for the even number?

10.5 Leopard
10.6 Snow Leopard
10.7 Lion
10.8 Mountain Lion

Will there be a contest for the next set? I'd like to submit

10.9 Kitty
10.10 Hello Kitty

more than 2 years ago

GNOME 3: Beauty To the Bone?

Lord of the Fries Re:BLECK! (647 comments)

I've done this thought experiment before, the "how many apps do I need at once" one, and thought the same.

The problem I have with it, is that it doesn't hold up in real life. When I work with a desktop, or a countertop, or a workbench top, or any sort of work surface, I don't allocate a single rectangular area, and then set up my cooking utensils, or books, or tools, or whatever to occupy those perfect proportions that you describe. I shuffle stuff around, I pile stuff on other stuff, I unearth things when I need them again. If I was really obsessive, maybe I could work my tool bench in the garage the way you describe, but reality is, I wouldn't.

I think one of the reasons the desktop metaphor has been so lasting, is that it *is* a metaphor for a real world experience. It may be suboptimal and innefficient compared to what I could accomplish if I'd just organize everything just so. But it is a method of work management that I gravitate to again and again. I seem to be able to work that way instinctively. And because it is so approachable, as disorganized as it might seem, it actually works well for a computer interface because I've optimized in a million subtle ways how to work that way.

more than 2 years ago

What the iPad 3 Looks Like

Lord of the Fries Re:Thus the proof that Apple is not about status (471 comments)

Our experiences differ I guess. I *am* an Apple user. Currently, no less than 11 Apple products are doing interesting things for my family. To the exclusion of any other for the most part (Apple doesn't make a high end SLR camera yet, do they?). I buy Apple equipment because as you say "it just works." And I've encouraged many others to do the same. The original question was not "why do people buy Apple stuff?" As you can see, we're on the same page there, in fact I may own more real estate of it than you. :)

But being the local go-to-guy in church and school communities about All Things Apple, I can very definitely attest that consumers would have loved it if the 4S looked slightly different than the 4. Same for the 3G and the 3GS. Human nature is human nature. The question was "why do people want to have it look different every time?"

more than 2 years ago

What the iPad 3 Looks Like

Lord of the Fries Re:why do we care about shape? (471 comments)

Two Words: Social Status

In an increasingly narcissitic society, we look to the gadgets we wield to say something about our social status. The consumer wet dream is that the brand is distinct (I own an Apple, I own a Razr, etc), but that each new version is distinguishable from the previous version so that I can flaunt that "I have the 4S while you only have the 4."

more than 2 years ago

The Science Fiction Effect

Lord of the Fries I Miss the Sci Fi Classics (210 comments)

I love scifi. But I don't read as much of it as I used to. I love the ABC (Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke) of SciFi. And some of the other notable greats. But I find it harder and harder to find good scifi now days. The truly thought provoking kind. And the kind that gives me some small hope. So much of it is smut/graphic/romp or so apocalyptic, that I find myself missing the stuff I grew up with. Vinge was refreshing. And I've tried, but I just don't really find Stephenson's stuff that compelling.

more than 2 years ago


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