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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

MouseR Wasn't limited to drag queens (252 comments)

Stage artists where also subjected to the rule. Hence, cEven Key (yes, that's how it's spelt) of Skinny Puppy fame was forced to change his FB account back to his Kevin Crompton causing a very public backslash in his follower's community (incl. myself) where a good number of fans changed their FB name to cEven Key in protest and support.

Eventually FB backtracked and he was able to resume using his stage name (which he has for 30+ years now). But others are still stuck in the bureaucracy of getting their name fixed.

cEven Key was one of many who ended up on ELLO.


Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

MouseR Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (549 comments)

Actually I can relate. Got my fiancee off Windows and into Ubuntu (latest stable at the time). Initial install was a nightmare to get a bootable installer but once the hurdle gone, installed just fine. Then it was the carrousel of packages, getting het what she needed. Mandarin music player, OpenOffice (the easiest one to get IMO) and other things so she could enjoy a virus-free setup. It just meant days of screwing with a system she just wanted to USE. Not build.

She eventually got a Mac Mini because of house influence. She's been quite happy with it so far. Her last gripe is her Android phone not satisfying. I'm trying not to push her but... this is also an iOS house...

4 days ago

Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

MouseR Re:Apple Watch? (172 comments)


Pebble won that race. unfortunately lacks the marketing power of Apple and thus, they will become moot in not so long. Sad, because they already do what Apple's watch promises. Right down to SDK.

4 days ago

Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

MouseR Re:The Windows Phone failed. (172 comments)

Can't be as bad as Apple's.

I'm normally in line with what Apple produces (and potentialy biased too) but their watch is a total let down. Pebble has been doing this for long.

4 days ago

The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

MouseR Re:Those Lockheed guys... (349 comments)

Actually, current numbers indicate this is one of the most peaceful era of humans.

Until fresh water runs out.

about a week ago

Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

MouseR Re:yeah, going with not creepy. (130 comments)

The idea is that in times of crisis, communications typically break down with over-flooded infrastructures.

This enables quick low-threshold OK-notification that propagate your status without you having to load an entire journal history on login nor requiring potentially more expensive (bandwidth-wise) form of communications like emails.

about a week ago

OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

MouseR Re:Wait, what? (303 comments)

Shhh... shhh... let him do his thing. He likes buying pre-made block components and assemble them into a tin box using a free open source software so he can but never will change.

If that's the level of accomplishment one looks for, let them have it.

about a week ago

Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

MouseR Re:I don't buy it (265 comments)

I still dont trust my kids with Cuisinart.

Them last pancakes where horrible.

about two weeks ago

A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

MouseR Re:Perhaps misnamed (203 comments)

Precisely. Driving out of town to get to the nearest airfield usually mean you're out of traffic and thus the whole thing is mute.

about three weeks ago

A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

MouseR Perhaps misnamed (203 comments)

This isn't so much of a flying car as it is a drivable plane.

about three weeks ago

Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

MouseR Re:good (427 comments)

With the rate of adoption of the newest Android releases, this wont affect too many people.

about three weeks ago

Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

MouseR Re:Could have fooled me (221 comments)

Nobody asked me if I wanted to be baptized. They do this at a young enough age you have no idea whats going on.

Couldn't give a hoot if they splashed water on me.

Born Christian, soon realized it's all hogwash.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

MouseR Re:Windows 8 app store? (188 comments)

In all fairness, Apple's tools are free so long as you buy an Apple system to run them on.

about 2 months ago

Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

MouseR Acquiring Sun was not about Java, but about Oracle (371 comments)

I dont the article looks at the reason why Oracle bought Sun.

Sure, the hardware itself was icing on the cake but the basic reality is that Oracle has an enormous investment in Sun hardware by optimizing the DBs for that platform, but mostly, because the software stack has an even heavier investment in Java for the processing of the data itself as well as middleware. If you think PLSQL is important to oracle, Java has taken an as-much important role in treating the data and managing apps.

When Sun was failing and about to hit the dust, no price was too high for Oracle to save that Hardware & Software investment. The absolute-next worse thing to a competitor (like IBM, SAP etc) buying it and giving therm control over Oracle's Java investment through license or platform direction.

I'm convinced the buyout was an absolute critical must for Oracle. Does that mean they want to push the platform forward? I can't answer that. They did ditch JavaFX and roll some of it back into J7. But one thing for sure, they wont let it die any way or another.

Disclaimer: I work for Oracle but these are not Oracle's opinions. That's my opinion only. I do NOT work anywhere near related activities to the server stack, Sun hardware or Java code. I do end-user native app developments that make use of some Java middleware.

about 3 months ago

40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

MouseR 113 comments thus far (256 comments)

Aka, 113 new names on that list!

about 3 months ago

Is the App Store Broken?

MouseR Re:Curation: Apple does high profile reviews... (258 comments)

Adding more category tags and features filtering to the search engine would let you find precisely what you are looking for.

But despite the absence of a very good search engine, even my two dinky Apps have managed to gather thousands of download.

What's really missing IMO is an in-app rating SDK. Users just cant be bothered to rate Apps because it takes them out of their task and into a different app where they must navigate the comments & ratings links in your App listing on the App Store.

Something akin to Netflix. Right in the app where you can star it and add a comment.

about 3 months ago



Ask Slashdot: Web site editing software

MouseR MouseR writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MouseR writes "It seems we can't rely on software, in particular Web site editing software, to exist for the long haul. Every time I rely on something, it takes a couple of years before it gets trashed. I have used GoLive's CyberStudio before it got engulfed as GoLive from Adobe. Both got trashed. I eventually used Apple's .Mac HomePage. It got trashed and replaced with iWeb. I then used iWeb hosted on MobileMe and Apple just killed it again, along with the hosting. So, as I'm preparing to move my stuff on various web sites, onto my own hosting server (outsourced), I'm wondering what kind of visual web site editor(s) I could use, FOR THE LONG HAUL. I'm rather sick of changing tools every other year and as a software developer, would rather spend my time editing my web site rather than code it. Any suggestions?"

Benoit Mandelbrot dies at 85

MouseR MouseR writes  |  about 4 years ago

MouseR (3264) writes "Benoit Mandelbrot, who died on October 14 aged 85, was largely responsible for developing the discipline of fractal geometry – the study of rough or fragmented geometric shapes or processes that have similar properties at all levels of magnification or across all times.

Before Mandelbrot, mathematicians believed that most of the patterns of nature were far too complex, irregular, fragmented and amorphous to be described mathematically. Euclidian geometry was concerned with abstract perfection almost non-existent in the real world. Mandelbrot's achievement was to conceive and develop a way of describing mathematically the most amorphous natural forms – such as the shape of clouds, mountains, coastlines or trees – and measuring them. His work has become the foundation of Chaos theory – the mathematics of non-linear, dynamic systems."

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