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The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory

Moderator Re:Begun they have... (234 comments)

I'm the kind of guy they want. I post AC and don't have a profile, but I do click on ads. I have bought stuff through those click throughs. I support Slashdot by supporting their advertisers because I value the resource Slashdot provides me. Frankly I'm not a fan of the beta, but I think Slashdot's look is dated and clunky, so something new is at least welcome.

If you're the kind of guy they want, that's a shame, because I've been on this site for over half of my life (this is my second username), and I have a fucking STAR beside my name that means that I give MONEY to this site. And I am ready to move on to backslash or whatever the new site ends up being called if Dice Beta becomes the standard layout.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community?

Moderator Re:AltSlashdot is coming (21 comments)

Thanks. I've commented on the NewName page.

about 7 months ago

The Luddites are Almost Always Wrong

Moderator Subject: (1 comments)

Agreed, completely. Historically, people protested and tried to enact laws that limited the use of the first locomotive because it would put people out of jobs. Just imagine the world today if they had their way. We saw the same type of "protectionism" against internet transactions the late 90's and again with Tesla today. Any disruptive technology is going to fire up the nay-sayers.

I remember the protesting when NAFTA was enacted in the early 90's. My mom was a factory worker who was smart enough to learn another trade afterwards; today she runs her own business and can afford multiple European vacations every year.

People need to be flexible and always willing to learn. Bank on at least one major career change in your lifetime. There will always be jobs for people to do, but continuous education and an open mind go a long way towards making that happen. Otherwise, you end up in the government handout line for 20 years (like my mom's peers who weren't willing to re-train), complaining about "the corporations" sending all of the "good jobs" overseas.

about a year ago

Why are younger people losing interest in cars?

Moderator Comment by Moderator (14 comments)

Young adults have no interest in cars because they are not fun anymore. One reason they are not fun is because new cars are so expensive. Young adults cannot find jobs, and what little money they make goes towards electronics and rising education costs instead of car payment + insurance + rising gasoline costs. The other reason that cars are no longer fun is that everything even remotely affordable (read: under $35k) is going to be a shitty unibody front-wheel drive four cylinder car that handles like shit, accelerates like shit, and has so many proprietary components that you have to take to the dealer to get serviced (no more stereo upgrades, cannot tune the car for more HP, etc).

about a year ago

Google's Nexus 4, 7, 10 Strategy: Openness At All Costs

Moderator Re:Screen size (359 comments)

I don't know about anyone else, but I think that the size of the Nexus 4 is too big at 4.7". I was hoping for a 4" to 4.3" screen, but Google have really pushed for that extra big handset.

Glad I'm not the only one.

To me it's just silly to call a 4.7" phone the Nexus 4. They should round to the closest whole number and call it the Nexus 5 instead.

It's called "Nexus 4" because it is the fourth Nexus phone (after Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus), not because of the size.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Tools To Aid When "On Call"?

Moderator Sleep? Must be nice! (249 comments)

To me, being on call means essentially spending the weekend at work. I spent 37.5 hours at work during an on call weekend three weeks ago. It's not unheard of for our guys to just bring a cot and camp out until called upon.

more than 2 years ago

Do Two-Screen Laptops Make Sense?

Moderator Failed attempt. (262 comments)

The Thinkpad W700ds had two displays, and that ugly behemoth is no longer sold. The market for two monitors on a laptop can't be that large. I mean, given the proliferation of shitty laptop displays (16:9, glossy screens, etc), it seems that not many people care about their displays in the first place. Just get an external LCD monitor and run dual displays with your laptop being one screen.

more than 3 years ago

Open Source Alternative To Dropbox?

Moderator Sparkleshare (482 comments)

Sparkleshare is still under development, and it seems to have the most traction of any user-friendly project. When released, it will be the open-source Dropbox replacement.

I agree though, it's very hard to get rid of the convenience of Dropbox. Not just for saving files, but for syncing your configuration across machines (save your .dotFiles in ~/Dropbox and then symlink to ~/). But when they refuse to support the BSD's (2 out of the 4 machines I regularly work on), and their Linux implementation starting requiring disabling SELinux, they pretty much did it to themselves. Not to mention the whole thing where the Dropbox CTO admitted they could look at your files if they wanted.

more than 3 years ago

Personal Electronics May Indeed Disrupt Avionics

Moderator Re:Listening (505 comments)

And your evidence that the delay was not related to flight-related equipment showing irregular activy due to interference is?

Because I was curious and left my cellphone running even after the second announcement, and I made it safely to DFW.

more than 3 years ago

Personal Electronics May Indeed Disrupt Avionics

Moderator Re:Listening (505 comments)

I had always heard that the real reason they make you turn off electronic devices is so that you listen fully to any instructions you are given. Why else would they make me turn off my wi-fi only Kindle?

Maybe. I think that the "cellphone interference" is just a blanket term they use whenever anything goes wrong. When I was flying from PSP to DFW a few months ago, the flight attendants had already given the "turn off all electronic devices" thing followed by the safety brief, yet we still hadn't moved onto the runway. Instead of telling us what the hold up was, the flight attendant got on the intercom and said, "We would be on the runway right now, but somebody left their cell phone on and it's interfering with our signals." Lo and behold, about half the passengers pulled out their cell phones and turned them off. This was reverse psychology, shifting the blame to the passengers for the delay. Sad thing is, it worked.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Smartphone Plan For a US Vacation?

Moderator AT&T (200 comments)


Normally, I would recommend Simple Mobile which is contract-free using the T-Mobile network. $60 will get you unlimited everything. Since you have an iPhone though, and 3G is a must, you are probably stuck using AT&T's 3G network. That probably means getting a SIM card and then paying $75/mo for a whopping 200MB on the Pay as you Go plan. But hey, at least you will get 4G.

Welcome to America.

more than 3 years ago

Face-Mounted Nose Stylus Created For Phones

Moderator Re:Addicted much? (208 comments)

I know I really do not understand the need to be using your smart phone that much. I see people sitting in hot tubes at my gym using them, and it's like do you really need to be connected so much you can't be away from your phone for 30 min?

I don't know what everybody else is doing, but I use my phone to keep track of my workout routine in between sets. I use the note-taking app on my Nokia to keep track of weights, sets, reps, exercises, etc. by day, and I can upload them to a spreadsheet when I get home.

more than 3 years ago

Asus EeePad Transformer Gets a Thumbs-Up

Moderator Re:If you ever wondered (160 comments)

Spoken like someone who has never owned a touch screen device.

A little bit of skin oil I can understand, but look at the keyboard in the second picture. Specifically, the trackpad and the spacebar/enter keys. You think that's normal?

more than 3 years ago

Asus EeePad Transformer Gets a Thumbs-Up

Moderator If you ever wondered (160 comments)

If you ever wondered whatever happened to the kid who used to grease up the Nintendo controller every time you let him play, looks like he's reviewing Tablet devices at AndroidCentral.

Seriously, look at the photos of the screen and the keyboard trackpad. Did this guy just finish a bag of Frito Lays?

more than 3 years ago

Tim Berners-Lee: Stop Foaming At the Mouth, Twitter

Moderator Networks (307 comments)

In my opinion, Facebook lost a lot of appeal when it opted to become network-transparent as opposed to a way to meet people who shared similar interests at your university / hometown. The selling point of Facebook over say, Myspace, was that Facebook was geared towards meeting new people at your school (and later in your city) who had similar interests. I met some of my best friends from the university through finding people with shared interests on Facebook six years ago. With my natural introversion, who knows if we would have ever met otherwise. That has been lost as Facebook you will find people with similar interests ALL OVER THE WORLD and since there's virtually no chance that you'll ever meet any of these people, there's no reason to reach out to them. Thus it has become a tool for connecting to your own already existing friends-network as opposed to expanding it.

Even the movie pointed it out: the selling point over Friendster/Myspace was that it was based around your local network. That was thrown out the door a long time ago.

more than 3 years ago

A "Throne" Fit For a Tech King

Moderator Obligatory (111 comments)

Go away! Baitin'.

more than 3 years ago

Is Your Antivirus Made By the Chinese Government?

Moderator Probably (196 comments)

"Would the Chinese or other governments take the opportunity to create back doors into western IT networks? Wouldn't they be crazy not to?"

Yeah, but it's probably happening at layer 2 and 3, since a lot of American networks are being offshored to Japan who in turn hires the cheapest third country nationals (Chinese CCNA's) to administrate. Add this to the fact that there is a lot of counterfeiting of Cisco hardware anyway, and there's no reason to hide a backdoor in plain site within an AntiVirus program.

more than 3 years ago

Hypertext Creator: Structure of the Web 'Completely Wrong'

Moderator Jesus Christ (357 comments)

I read TFA and I have no idea what this senile guy is babbling about.

“Computing is made up of files and directories and that’s a tradition left behind from the 1940s that no one questions,” he said. “Another tradition is that one file equals one document.”

No conspiracy here by IT people, this works because it MAKES SENSE. Would you rather have one file equal several documents? Or what about a file pointing to nothing /dev/null?

Having to refer to a paragraph and a sentence in an e-mail is just so barbaric when you could just strike it out and make the connection between sentences.

I don't know where to even begin with that statement.

The only instance where I can see the structure of the web being completely wrong is implementing closed solutions in lieu of using established protocols...IRC for Chat, NNTP for discussion, FTP for file transfers, etc.

more than 3 years ago

New Chili Is World's Hottest

Moderator Re:COME ON ICE CREAM!!! (201 comments)

all the cultures that have the spicy food use dairy to quench the heat

Not really. In Thailand, they use rice.

more than 3 years ago

No U.S. Government Shutdown This Week

Moderator TERM LIMITS. (385 comments)

If this isn't a strong case for term-limits, I don't know what is. The FY2011 budget took SO LONG to pass because IT WAS AN ELECTION YEAR and Americans were starting to worry about defaulting on their national debt. Are we really so stupid to believe that in a nation of 300 million people, it takes the same small group of elite warmongers to pass our laws year after year? Many congressmen have been there so long, they are rolling in their own shit. With term limits at least, there is the fresh flow of ideas every election cycle. There is also incentive to do well...with a 6x2 cycle for representatives (6 2-year terms, max) and a 2x6 cycle for senators with the requirement that they first served in the House, there is more incentive for aspiring first-time Representatives to appease their constituents (geographic, not party) so that they can "upgrade" to a Senate seat (and later, the presidency).

It's okay though. Looks like we are going to default on our debt sometime within my lifetime. There's no way out at this point. In the meantime, continue to spend, spend, spend. Let's get that new infrastructure (new bridges, roads, high-speed internet) built for the NEXT government. Maybe then we'll get it right with Term Limits.

more than 3 years ago



Bob Barr wins Texas

Moderator Moderator writes  |  about 6 years ago

Moderator writes "In a stunning turn of events, it seems that American Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr has won the State of Texas. By law, the deadline for political parties to file their candidate selections is 70 days before the election date, which was August 26. Both major political parties failed to do so. In a press release, the Barr camp said "Unless the state of Texas violates its own election laws, Congressman Barr will be the only presidential candidate on the ballot...Texas law makes no exceptions for missing deadlines." While it's unlikely that the Republicans and Democrats won't find some kind of loophole to get their name on the ballot, as of today (the 29th) only Bob Barr is listed as an official general election candidate."


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