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How Healthcare.gov Changed the Software Testing Conversation

Mr2001 Not relevant to the web site (118 comments)

Most of the Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with the web site. The site didn't have to implement those "2.8 million words of Obamacare regulations" as code: it only had to match patients up with insurance plans, which means interacting with dozens (hundreds?) of government and industry databases.

Some states, like California, managed to implement their sites without any of the problems of the federal exchange. The federal exchange mainly suffered from (1) being rushed, and (2) having to deal with a larger number of external systems than any single state exchange.

about 7 months ago
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US House Science Committee Member: Evolution Is a Lie From Hell

Mr2001 Re:Post bigotry here (1113 comments)

There is NO DIFFERENCE between the "two" parties.

Except, you know, when it comes to issues like health care, reproductive rights, or Social Security.

Anyone who says there's no difference between the two parties is either (1) totally uninformed, (2) obsessed with fringe issues and apathetic about everything that the rest of us care about, or (3) trying to convince you to stay out of the election so their vote will count more.

about 2 years ago
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Estimating Age With Kinect's 3D Camera To Filter Content

Mr2001 Re:Christ. (102 comments)

I thought that the inclusion of (usually optional) parental control settings was part of parenting, deciding whether your kids are ready for whatever's behind the lock.

Covering up the parts of the world that make you uncomfortable is not parenting. Your kids will be exposed to that stuff whether you like it or not, so your job as a parent is to give them the knowledge and skills they need to understand it in context.

more than 2 years ago
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Bitcoin Price Crashes

Mr2001 Re:BitCoins are simply a hobby, not a currency (642 comments)

the history and current events are showing that the economy is benefiting in tandem with currency increasing in value, not losing.

Economic benefits in tandem with deflationary currency? Cite, please. I think quite a few Japanese people (not to mention the world's economists!) would be surprised to hear that.

more than 3 years ago
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Bitcoin Price Crashes

Mr2001 Re:BitCoins are simply a hobby, not a currency (642 comments)

Again, I would not (while in sane mind) loan money in currency that is losing value, it is a losing proposition.

Funny, because banks make money hand over fist by doing exactly that.

more than 3 years ago
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Bitcoin Price Crashes

Mr2001 Re:BitCoins are simply a hobby, not a currency (642 comments)

> Inflation also encourages lending and investing.
- no it does not. Not in people who understand economics and accounting for real. Inflation discourages any desire to deal in that currency. Why would I want to move my wealth into a depreciating currency?

That's the point! Inflation discourages keeping your wealth in the form of cash, and encourages converting it to something else: lending it to a bank, buying stocks, real estate, or consumer goods, etc. Economic growth depends on people being willing to exchange their cash.

more than 3 years ago
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Figuring Out Why Android Wins On Phones, But Not Tablets

Mr2001 Re:Here's a really brilliant theory... (451 comments)

The Xoom fails in epic fashion on price - it has similar hardware specs as my $300 G Tablet for twice the price. I would never buy it because I'd feel like a huge sucker.

Maybe, but the Xoom is still comparable to the iPad in specs and price, so how do you explain the fact that people buy those?

more than 3 years ago
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MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad

Mr2001 Re:Agreed (643 comments)

You're still a fucking moron.

And that's still hilarious, coming from someone who thinks it takes "years of training" to learn to operate a desktop OS because his wife can't figure it out.

more than 3 years ago
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Mono Comes To Android

Mr2001 Re:Mono for Android! (257 comments)

Microsoft-controlled API

You misspelled "ECMA-standardized API". HTH!

more than 3 years ago
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Mono Comes To Android

Mr2001 Re:.NET - where deployment is just a word (257 comments)

I can write a .NET program on native windows and when I launch the EXE on a machine with no .NET it will simply fail with an error number. It doesn't ask you if you want to put .NET on or even explain to you that you need it to run the program, it just fails.

So... the same thing that happens whenever you launch any other program with its required libraries missing? Try copying a native VC++ program to a system that doesn't have the VC++ runtime installed. It won't spoon-feed you information about what the VC++ runtime is, why you need it, where to get it, and how to install it; it'll just give you a cryptic error.

If you want to do deployment properly, you need an installer. With Visual Studio it's dead simple to make a setup program that'll check for prerequisites like .NET and install them automatically.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad

Mr2001 Re:Agreed (643 comments)

2 year olds can learn how to use Windows, too. Hell, 2 year olds learned how to use the TRS-80 back when that was relevant. Kids will figure out how to use anything you set in front of them.

I was quite a bit older than that when I started using Windows, but it still didn't take "years of training" to get used to it. It didn't even take weeks.

In any case, "is this easy enough for a 2 year old to use?" is a pretty dumb question to ask when choosing tools for an adult. By that logic, your wife would also have to wear Velcro shoes and drink from a sippy cup.

more than 3 years ago
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Pirated Android App Shames Freeloaders

Mr2001 Let's think about that... (519 comments)

It may not deprive the source from selling another copy, but not paying for your copy is stealing.

For the sake of argument, let's accept that definition and see where it leads us.

Well, why is stealing a bad thing in the first place? Is it because you get something for free? Surely not, because we all get things for free all the time. I can turn on the radio and listen to free music, then change stations when a commercial comes on. I can look at public murals that were funded by taxpayers who died before I was born. I can enjoy the benefits of those and countless other things without giving a dime to the people who created them.

I get upset when something is stolen from me, but is that because the thief has gotten something for free? No. If someone could "steal" a copy of my car, leaving the original car unharmed in my driveway, that wouldn't bother me at all. In fact, if the technology to do that existed, I believe it'd be a great leap forward for mankind.

We can also compare stealing to vandalism. If someone destroys my car, he doesn't gain anything for free, he only deprives me of the use of that property. Is destroying my car therefore not as bad as stealing it? It sure doesn't feel that way. In fact, stealing it seems marginally better, since it preserves overall utility (and there's a chance I'll get the car back).

So, I have to conclude that what makes stealing wrong is that the rightful owner is deprived of the stolen property. The benefit gained by the thief is only relevant to the extent that it comes at the owner's expense.

Now, what have we done by declaring that getting a free copy of something is "stealing"? We've created two categories of stealing: the old-fashioned kind where the owner is deprived of the stolen property, and the shiny new kind where he isn't. The first kind is wrong, since it maintains the quality that made stealing wrong in the first place. The second kind, however, is not - it's a benign, almost metaphorical type of "stealing", kind of like stealing second base. All we've accomplished with this new definition is to devalue the word.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad

Mr2001 Re:Agreed (643 comments)

Nope, just a guy who has actually used both Windows and the iPad.

It's amusing to be called a moron by someone who apparently can't manage to operate Windows, though. Thanks for brightening my day!

more than 3 years ago
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MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad

Mr2001 Re:Agreed (643 comments)

Any Windows laptop will be as easy to use and as fast. Many netbooks have a battery life of 8-10 hours, such as the Eee 1000HE, which you can get for under $300 - half the price of the 32 GB iPad 2 that has one-fifth as much storage.

Glad to help!

more than 3 years ago
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MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad

Mr2001 Re:Microsoft was an early adopter... (643 comments)

Nothing was really designed to be operated by your pudgy fingers, it just screamed impractical every time he had to effectively do single finger typing with his stylus.

Of course, typing on the iPad is no less impractical. iOS's UI shines in non-typing interactions, but the virtual keyboard is even less usable in the tablet form factor than on a phone. A touchscreen is inherently crap for typing unless you have a specialized mode of interaction like Swype.

If tablets make sense at all, then at least Apple is doing tablets right.

Or they're doing marketing right, which has always been the core strength of the modern Apple.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad

Mr2001 Re:Agreed (643 comments)

How does she justify doing all that on a tablet instead of on a laptop that costs half as much?

more than 3 years ago
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MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad

Mr2001 Re:well, he might be right (643 comments)

The reason why Tablets failed before was that they simply didn't make sense. The OS was terrible (Windows lolwat?), the hardware was big and bulky, the battery life was scary, and the touch screens weren't responsive. Contrast everything I just said with a iPad 2011.

They still don't make sense. The battery life and touch screen have been improved, the OS is arguable, but the hardware is no less bulky. A tablet really isn't any more portable than a laptop. If you want to bring it anywhere, you need to carry it in the same sort of bag you'd use for a laptop.

More importantly, tablets still don't fill a role other than "electronic toy". Unless you're using it to simulate a board game or a clipboard, literally everything a tablet does can be done instead with a smartphone and/or a laptop, equally well or better, for the same price or less.

The reason tablets failed before was that they weren't being marketed by Apple. But even Apple can't keep this going indefinitely.

Ultimately however I think touch screen devices of some form-factor will survive.

Absolutely... and that form factor will be "fits into a pocket". Unless there's a serious change in pants design, those devices won't be tablets.

more than 3 years ago
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Last.FM To Require Subscription For Mobiles and Home Devices

Mr2001 Re:Meh. (173 comments)

With that out of the way, streaming isn't the point of Last.fm. It's all about the scrobbling.

The way I see it, the only value of scrobbling is to get better personalized streams. I don't see the point of uploading all that data just so you can review it later on a web page.

Last.fm knows about my music tastes and provides just plain better recommendations than any other service I've tried.

Agreed, but a list of recommendations isn't very useful on its own. I've been using Last.fm for years specifically because it uses my music tastes to introduce me to new music by playing it. If I just want a web page that says "since you like Band X, you should try Band Y", I can post on a forum and get answers from actual humans.

more than 3 years ago
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Last.FM To Require Subscription For Mobiles and Home Devices

Mr2001 Re:Completely Different (173 comments)

I thought Last.fm was basically only used by people to track your musical trends and patterns. I really didnt think anyone listened to those stations they have.

And I thought the opposite. Why would you give Last.fm all that information about your listening habits if they weren't going to give you recommendations in return?

After I saw this announcement, I turned off scrobbling. If they're done giving me free streams, I'm done giving them free data.

more than 3 years ago

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Apple Voids Smokers' Warranties

Mr2001 Mr2001 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Mr2001 (90979) writes "Consumerist reports that Apple is refusing to work on computers that have been used in smoking households. "The Apple store called and informed me that due to the computer having been used in a house where there was smoking, that has voided the warranty and they refuse to work on the machine, due to 'health risks of second hand smoke'," wrote one customer. Another said, "When I asked for an explanation, she said [the owner of the iMac is] a smoker and it's contaminated with cigarette smoke which they consider a bio-hazard! I checked my Applecare warranty and it says nothing about not honoring warranties if the owner is a smoker."

Apple claims that honoring the warranty would be an OSHA violation. (Remember when they claimed enabling 802.11n for free would be a Sarbanes-Oxley violation?)"

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Spore, Mass Effect PC to Phone Home Every 10 Days

Mr2001 Mr2001 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mr2001 (90979) writes "Shacknews is reporting that the PC port of Mass Effect, and the long-awaited Spore, will use SecuROM copy protection and require online validation every 10 days. BioWare's forums are full of angry responses from the community. Looks like this might end up hurting their bottom line, as thousands of gamers decide to wait for a cracked version instead of buying the game and having to install SecuROM, which has caused problems in the past. When will companies like EA (which owns BioWare) realize that they need to make legitimate copies better than pirated ones, not worse?"
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Comcast Claims They'll Stop BitTorrent Throttling

Mr2001 Mr2001 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mr2001 writes "BroadbandReports reports that Comcast and BitTorrent Thursday morning jointly announced that by the end of this year, Comcast will migrate 'to a capacity management technique that is protocol agnostic.' In other words, it appears that after months of public outcry, bad press, hearings and an FCC investigation — Comcast is ready to abandon its practice of forging TCP packets to throttle upstream P2P traffic on its network."
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Journals

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What happened to tags?

Mr2001 Mr2001 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The arrow next to the tags on a story no longer has any effect (under Firefox 3, at least). How are we supposed to tag stories now?

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The new user page sucks.

Mr2001 Mr2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago Seriously. Now when I click on my name, instead of getting a neat list of the last N comments I've written, I get a big green mess containing the mangled text of the last comment I wrote, followed by the Slashdot homepage. Uh.. is this supposed to be an improvement?

And why do all the Firehose-based pages turn <i> into <blockquote>, anyway? It makes metamod damn confusing, and now I have to deal with it on my user page too!

(Firefox 3, BTW.)

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Enough with the sharks/laser jokes

Mr2001 Mr2001 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Congratulations, you saw Austin Powers ten years ago, and you still remember the "sharks with frickin' laser beams" joke. That's great.

But it doesn't mean every story about lasers has to be tagged "sharks", or vice versa. It's just not that funny anymore.

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Mr2001 Mr2001 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Really, not every article needs to be tagged "fud". But when you see an article that's inappropriately tagged this way, don't tag it "notfud": tag it "!fud" to cancel out the fud tag.

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Children are not property

Mr2001 Mr2001 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I'm disgusted by a lot of the comments on this article, and that's not just a figure of speech. I feel physically sick reading some of them, and I mean, I have some strong opinions on various topics, but this is insane.

Your children are not things that you fucking own, OK? They are not your possessions. No, you don't automatically deserve to know where they are every minute of every day. Yes, they deserve privacy and free speech and every other human right. Slavery was abolished for good reason, and the fact that you had unprotected sex doesn't mean you get to own another person, you goddamn savage!

Now these "discussions", on whatever forum, always end up rolling around to the same argument: "You don't know how it is because you're only a teenager / you're only in your 20s / you're not a parent / you haven't been a parent as long as I have." I don't know if there's a name for this fallacy, but if there isn't, I'd like to christen it the My Shoes Fallacy. That is, the fallacy of claiming that your beliefs can only be properly criticized by someone who's walked a mile in your shoes. Whatever it is, it sure is common, and not just in these threads...

Hey, I'm a parent! Why should I let people who don't have kids tell me how I should treat them? They don't understand how tough it is raising kids without absolute power! Maybe someday when they have kids, they'll understand, but until then, they'll just have to take my word for it.

Hey, I'm a millionaire! Why should I let people who only make $30,000 a year tell me my estate should pay taxes on my kids' inheritance? They don't understand how tough it is having the government take a cut of that money I worked so hard for! Maybe someday when they have money, they'll understand, but until then, they'll just have to take my word for it.

Hey, I'm a musician! Why should I let people who only listen to music tell me I don't deserve the right to decide who can make copies of my CDs? They don't understand how upset I get when someone copies it without permission! Maybe someday when they try a music career, they'll understand, but until then, they'll just have to take my word for it.

Hey, I own a gas-guzzling SUV! Why should I let some shopkeeper tell me I have to pay for gas? He doesn't understand how tough it is having to fill up my tank for $50 every week!

Hey, I'm a genocidal dictator! Why should I let some peasant tell me I shouldn't slaughter his family? He doesn't understand how inferior they all seem to someone as pure as me! Maybe someday...

OK, I made those last two up.

Point is, that whole angle of attack is bullshit. Your perspective on various things might change as the circumstances of your life do, but reality doesn't. If you're sad because it costs a lot of money to fill your tank, that's too bad but your sadness doesn't override the gas station owner's right to set his own prices, right? So why should your frustration about raising kids override the kids' humanity? If you want to argue that they don't deserve human rights, fine, present that argument and it'll get ripped to shreds. But don't pretend your feelings are the end of the argument.

And who knows, maybe these assholes are right - maybe some of their critics will change their minds when they have kids. But so what? All that means is their personal perspectives changed. They stopped caring about kids' rights and started caring about making parents' lives easier. If they're right now, then they'll be wrong when that happens. Who knows, maybe even the assholes themselves were right once, before reproducing turned them into patronizing, iron-fisted control freaks.

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