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Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Tablet/App Combination For Note-Taking?

Mr. Pibb Re:NoteOne (425 comments)

Don't even think of clicking.. goatse alert. Way to get me fired, bro

more than 3 years ago

Wikileaks Competitor In the Works

Mr. Pibb Re:Good idea (333 comments)

A Wikileaks that just makes available the documents they have without the need to try all tell people what they should think about those documents might have some value. Of course, it might also be impossible since somebody has to make the decision whether or not to release a document (for example, if they believe release might endanger lives) and that can be seen as a form of editorial control.

And what would make people stumble upon and wade through the thousands of documents? Not everyone has the time or interest to read everything that comes across their path. While I hate editorializing, it is necessary to get most people interested enough to read about it.

more than 4 years ago

Word Processors — One Writer's Further Retreat

Mr. Pibb Re:Word processors detriment on books. (391 comments)

I don't know if it was anything to do with Asimov, but there's a study that alleges that Agatha Christie's writing quality got much worse both statistically and critically as she grew older.

And college textbooks are another thing altogether. The incentive for publishers is to keep them fat, because that means:
A) they can justify the outrageous prices they charge.
B) their books look more complete.

There definitely has been textbook bloat. My calculus teacher in HS had unearthed a 1940s calculus textbook. It was less than 100 pages-- probably closer to 50-- and still covered the whole year's material. Without the look-up tables, of course.

more than 4 years ago

Mexican Senate Votes To Drop Out of ACTA

Mr. Pibb Re:Made In America (96 comments)

I can understand how there may be some Mexican Senators who have their fingers in the Piracy pie. *Any* Mexican street market is guaranteed to have at least one "clon" stand, with the larger markets having 20-25% of their stalls selling warez of all kinds: CD/MP3/DVD/PS2/XBOX, as well as counterfeit clothing and handbags.

A widely believed rumor is that the stands are tied to organized crime. Another rumor is that the Senators are corrupt. It doesn't take a Latin conspiracy theorist to connect the dots.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Transcription Software?

Mr. Pibb Re:Dear aunt, (221 comments)

I call bullshit on your bullshit.

I do occasional work for a Worker's Comp doc who has been working with Dragon for over 10 years. He swears by it.
The work is an hour-long interview, and hours of paperwork. He dictates the report into a MiniDisc recorder while reviewing his notes and then plays the recording back into the computer, watching for errors (few) and reviewing. I've also set up several other docs in the same field with Dragon, and they're quite pleased with it as well.

At first, he had to buy the latest HW and audio cards to get the best accuracy, but now runs Dragon virtualized on a 1st-gen MacBook without a problem. Dragon FTW!

more than 4 years ago

ACLU Sues To Protect Your Right To Swear

Mr. Pibb Re:Fucking nothing (698 comments)

I think the question is not that certain words are evil, but that profanity can be valuable. This value is lost from overuse.

One of my HS English teachers (roughly) described it this way:

If you call everyone a motherfucker, then everyone is a motherfucker and it doesn't have value.
But if you rarely or never use the word and walk into the principal's office and say "LISTEN HERE, MOTHERFUCKER!" then you're making a point."

more than 4 years ago

Call In the Military To Blast Rogue Satellite?

Mr. Pibb Obligatory Devo Reference (243 comments)

"In New York, Miami beach
Heavy metal fell in Cuba
Angola, Saudi Arabia
On Christmas eve", said Norad

A soviet sputnik hit Africa
India, Venezuela, in Texas, Kansas
It's falling fast Peru too
It keeps coming, it keeps coming, it keeps coming!

more than 4 years ago

Russian Company Buys ICQ

Mr. Pibb Russia says (136 comments)


(or however you would transliterate the sound of receiving a message)

more than 4 years ago

New MacBook Pros Launched

Mr. Pibb Re:Still Overpriced? (411 comments)

"the OS does a good job updating itself with few problems, and the hardware holds up quite nicely."

Tell that to someone with a less than 4 year old G5 that can't run 10.6 or find a legit copy or 10.5 easily.

more than 4 years ago

Throttle Shared Users With OS X — Is It Possible?

Mr. Pibb Re:Why do designers have the files on their machin (403 comments)

Umm... yeah...
Most version control is going to go crazy with the type of large binary files used in design-- images, and video in particular.
You have to realize that not everyone is working on code, or even in EPS (which would work in CVS/SVN/Git/Mercurial, etc quite well).

more than 4 years ago

Throttle Shared Users With OS X — Is It Possible?

Mr. Pibb Re:A suggestion... (403 comments)

Or do it in software, force it to 10baseT-- 1.25MB/sec-- via ifconfig or system preferences -> networking -> advanced.
Nothing to unplug, and the average boss' son won't be able to figure it out.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Puts Tiger Out To Pasture

Mr. Pibb Re:Nooo ! (440 comments)

Of course! Let's not patch security holes! ...
And then Grandma's email/bank acct/etc is hacked. Sorry, Grandma, you should have spent that extra $600 after all.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Puts Tiger Out To Pasture

Mr. Pibb Re:Nooo ! (440 comments)

It's exactly this issue that pisses me off about Apple. While your typical /.er might be on a 1-3 year upgrade cycle, a lot of people (ie older parents/grandparents) buy a Mac because it's "easier" and are more inclined to be on a 5-10 year cycle. Their machines serve them well and do what they need--WP, email and web. Speed is NOT an issue when you're reading the news online or writing your Xmas letter. As far as my mom is concerned, there is no difference between the versions of OS X-- and why new versions of Firefox won't run anymore will baffle her.

Yes, Apple is trying to be revolutionary and keep themselves at the forefront of technology, as well as maintain a manageable codebase. But this has been coming at the expense of (prematurely) obsoleting still-good hardware in the hands of a market that Apple has decided to ignore.

more than 4 years ago

Is Console Gaming Dying?

Mr. Pibb Re:Sony close to breaking even... (496 comments)

Not quite, they didn't include markup (ie store profits and overhead) in their analysis. That could run anywhere between 20-50%.

From TFA:

iSuppli’s teardown analysis accounts only for hardware and manufacturing costs and does not take into consideration other expenses such as software, box contents and royalties. Thus, the difference between the cost of the product and the U.S. price is even greater than $31.27.

more than 5 years ago

The Economist Suggests Linux For Netbooks

Mr. Pibb Re:It's right for you. Will you be allowed to buy (445 comments)

The big problem here is whether you'll be allowed to buy
a mini notebook with 1GB and a 120-160 MB hard disk without

Given TFA's reference to Businesspeople and the current climate of data security breaches and cross-boarder laptop seizures, it is probably NOT advisable for businesspeople to carry around more than 10GB of data with them. Rather, they should access it by VPN or via encrypted flash storage.

For the rest of us nerds though, who like to have hundreds of gigs of por^H^H^H relevant facts and figures with us at all times, will be able to do as you say, self-install.

more than 6 years ago

iPhone App Pricing Limits Developers

Mr. Pibb Re:Spreadsheet (437 comments)

This might have been the case before 2002, but...
Have you seriously looked at the printing interface for OS X? It's garbage. Splitting everything onto small screens with non-intuitive descriptions in that drop-down box might look pretty and uncluttered, but it really isn't productive.

Case in point: A couple months ago, I was helping someone with FileMaker over the phone and we couldn't find the option to print only the current record. The answer: it was in the specific FileMaker print dialog, which was so far down the drop-down list that you had to scroll to it.

While I'm not a fan of application-specific open/save/print dialogs, I'd wish Apple could have come up with something better. For people who keep saying "graphic design, graphic design, graphic design" they must do web-only or have gotten used to how ghastly this is.

more than 6 years ago


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