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Windows Phone 8 Users Hit Some Snags

MrSenile Re:I don't get it. (391 comments)

DVD off android? Yea, it's actually supported http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/26/samsung-intros-worlds-thinnest-external-dvd-writer/

500G HD? Funny enough, also mountable through usb http://www.theverge.com/2012/7/19/3167527/paragon-ntfs-hfs-android-app


Quad-Core x86? Yup, it's also not a 'real machine'. It's a virtual machine, on you know, a server that I can then access via ssh, citrix, xwindow support, or many other methods.

Good try on the troll, and marks for good points, but I have to give you a C- overall.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Orders Memory Game Developers To Stop Using 'Memory' In Names

MrSenile Re:Overreaching? (409 comments)

I have just released a brand new game.

I call the(tm) game 'The'. I have trademarked 'The' and any use of this word will be disallowed without royalties.
A new trademark list has been approved for the(tm) future games below.

Se(tm)e(tm) fre(tm)e(tm) pre(tm)vi(tm)e(tm)ws of the((tm)tm) fu(tm)tu(tm)re(tm) ga(tm)me(tm)s 'A', 'But', 'An', 'Or', a(tm)nd o(tm)u(tm)r a(tm)dd-i(tm)n mo(tm)du(tm)le(tm)s 'E', 'I', 'O', 'U', a(tm)nd 'Y'. (a(tm)ll ri(tm)ghts re(tm)se(tm)rve(tm)d).

about 2 years ago
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Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015

MrSenile Re:Han Shoots First...Again? (816 comments)

What if...
Disney would fix the crap Lucas changed in the first movies back to they way they were and re-made Episodes I to III (especially getting rid of the crap acting by the two young Anakin Skywalker actors).
Then, maybe, I would see Episode VII.

Well, it's not like it'd be hard for Disney to do this. You just remove everything between the 'A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...' and the end credits and re-shoot.

about 2 years ago
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Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015

MrSenile Re:Huh? (816 comments)

How long before we see a T-shirt with Mickey holding a light saber and the text below it:
Minnie, who is your daddy.....

Fixed that for you.

about 2 years ago
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Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015

MrSenile Re:I'm Optimistic (816 comments)

You mean, available at most wretched hives of scum and villainy? OK, but you must be cautious.

Make-cheesay. Pa'sa tah ono caulky malia. Ee youngee d'emperolo teesaw. Twa spastika awahl no. Yanee dah poo noo.

about 2 years ago
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Mother Found Guilty After Protesting TSA Pat-down of Daughter

MrSenile Re:Not criminal? (652 comments)

And yes, the above is ad hominem. You're going to need to get used to that if you're going to defend state sponsored child molestation.

You're under the mistaken belief that I am for that misguided mentality. I was just arguing that comparing the fake scare of terrorist activity and whiskey drinking americans is a straw man argument, which it is.

Idiocy is idiocy, regardless of the definition. Either by straw-man stereotypes which has been over-used all over on both sides of this fiasco, or by making half-defended points. It's still idiocy.

But the government, like media, and any group of people are like sheep. They can be controlled, bribed, or otherwise manipulated into thinking and doing whatever 'those in power' want them to. And us, as the citizens, tend to just let it slide, warble like an ineffectual mouse, and let it slide.

If you are not and are one of the few brave who actually stand up, good for you. But you'll have to do it from outside the system, because frankly as long as you are inside the system, no one will give a rats ass, as they prefer the status quo. If there is anything that 'you're going to need to get used to', then frankly that would be it.

about 2 years ago
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Mother Found Guilty After Protesting TSA Pat-down of Daughter

MrSenile Re:If billionaires were decent people... (652 comments)

I wonder who broke and corrupted the US justice system, so that it works only for the wealthy?

That would be the upper class, those in power, and those who have control over the larger segments of the US (industry, progression, etc).

You know... the wealthy.

more than 2 years ago
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Mother Found Guilty After Protesting TSA Pat-down of Daughter

MrSenile Re:Not criminal? (652 comments)

Straw man.

Whiskey kills the person drinking the whiskey, sometimes that spreads to other people people when they drink and drive and such.

Terrorism always kills people beyond the terrorist, usually innocent people.

It's a different story when people don't have a choice over their living and dying.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

MrSenile Re:I think that's all college students (823 comments)

No worries, though. Ultimately, life will fix the problem.

Except when you're an upper manager of a large corporation or a CEO.

They never seem to learn, and they tend to turn around saying at 20+ million a year, they don't have to either.

The only ones who suffer are those poor bastards working under them.

more than 2 years ago
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Teen Suicide Tormentor Outed By Anonymous

MrSenile Re:It's all tied together (550 comments)

If you read before Zechariah and after Zechariah, you'll find that the ones who are taking the city, plundering the houses, and ravishing the women are the invaders, you know, the ones who, in just the next chapter that the Lord said he would fight directly against.

But sure, yea, believe what you want.

more than 2 years ago
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Teen Suicide Tormentor Outed By Anonymous

MrSenile Re:It's all tied together (550 comments)

Yea, and if you kept reading Judges, you'd see that they were offered the women as optional wives, no where do I see that it allowed raping them.

Later in Numbers it talks about keeping them as slaves/labor, which in that period was more than allowed, religious or not. It again does not state about raping them or in any way forcing themselves on them.

Deuteronomy, when they talk about 'enjoying the spoils', they're actually talking about the food and wine. If you read other translations, 'enjoy the spoils' is translated as 'eat the spoil of thine enemies'. I somehow doubt they were talking about tossing the kids in a meat grinder and eating their bones.

Even further, in Deuteronomy, it states that if they found a women appealing, that they were to talk to the mother/father for a period of time, and then make her their wife, and also if they found no pleasure from having her as a wife, to release her freely.

Doesn't sound like rape to me, but I guess comments are like statistics on here. All made up for a purpose based on a point of view.

more than 2 years ago
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Teen Suicide Tormentor Outed By Anonymous

MrSenile Re:It's all tied together (550 comments)

Or listen to others who think even the purpose of bringing such sick and twisted mentality is a good debating point.

Various religious teachings also talk about stoning to death people who have done any of the above.

Today in our 'enlightened' world, we have lawyers, that we all pay for, help to acquit people who are beyond guilty, because of government officials who also follow a lot of the above, and not in the name of religion, but because they're sick twisted individuals.

How about just accept that the fault lies with the person, and not any group they are aligned with. All that is is an excuse to hide behind. It's time we all grew up from hanging on the skirt of mommy and grew a pair and start taking responsibility for everything we say and do and stop worrying so much about the other person.

more than 2 years ago
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Shut Up and Play Nice: How the Western World Is Limiting Free Speech

MrSenile Re:what? No. (1160 comments)

There can be no peace as long as this is true.

I think you hit part of it, but not the full issue. I believe that the majority of people who say they are 'religious' or 'political' or 'racial' or any other 'label' tends to hide behind that label and peek around its protection while attacking the other people who are 'against' what they believe.

So the problem isn't really religion, or politics, or race, or even faith or belief. The problem is the person themselves and their refusal to accept responsibility for their own actions.

It apparently is much easier to live day by day when one doesn't have to look into the mirror and can devote most of their energy into attacking perceived faults in others.

more than 2 years ago
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Shut Up and Play Nice: How the Western World Is Limiting Free Speech

MrSenile Re:what? No. (1160 comments)

I expect people to grow up and put faith aside because that is the civilized and enlightened thing to do. How do we reconcile these beliefs?

Usually by behaving maturely and not using part of your 'debate' or 'reconciling' as a method to use a verbal club to beat the other side in submission based on your own belief system.

...which happens all too often when you bring politics, religion, or race into any discussion.

more than 2 years ago
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They Work Long Hours, But What About Results?

MrSenile Re:Measuring results (285 comments)

I have to comment on this.

1. Often, there aren't really a lot of unknowns. There are lots of times where the programming task is something along the lines of "Put together a UI that looks like this and behaves like that, takes data from these places over here, and if the user hits the 'save' button shove that data back over here to save it." That entire task is well-defined and quite straightforward, and there should be very little unknown about how to do it.

That's all fine and good, but unless you are heavily indentured into the actual infrastructure of all the systems involved, you're still doing guess work.

'Put together a UI that looks like this and behaves like that'. Yea, so what tool are you using? The existing one? Well, it doesn't allow the buttons to be exactly where the user interface wants. You can't manually hack it. So we have to write a custom module for that. The save button is actually having to talk to a MSQL database over the firewall into a vendor turnkey server, so we have to open up firewalls, write a custom database connector for the MSQL database, and oh, wait, you said the filesystem is on NFS as well? Oh, apparently the background save data needs to be faster than NFS can provide, so we need some SAN local disk as well. Wait, you don't have that in the budget? We have to put it on existing NFS? But it won't be fast enough. Wait, it doesn't matter? Ok, whatever.

If you ever assume a project is 'straight forward and well defined', then you don't deserve to be a PM. It's never that simple. Ever. If you had any experience in the field, you'd know that by now.

2. Estimates provide valuable information to those deciding what to do next. If a developer estimates project A (worth $3 million) at 20 days, that's likely to be a better return on investment than project B (worth $4 million) estimated at 40 days. Somebody just looking at revenue would be more likely to pick project B, somebody looking at the revenue plus the estimate would pick project A.

Estimates appease the share holders and investors. They also help utilize personal hours on projects. Otherwise, there's no real point to them. And sadly, you are absolutely correct that projects utilize the lowest dollar. What they don't realize that a lot of times, PM's, like yourself, are providing them with cooked numbers, based on half-assed quotes, ideas, and expectations without any real input from IT professionals who know their business. You basically tell them exactly what you said. 'We want X'. Give us hours. You don't tell them the budget, or if you do, it's prior to any hardware or software or man-hours. So now the IT professionals have to fit the timetable into the pre-defined man hours. Then other times, the upper management already have promised a deadline on the project prior to getting even you, the PM, involved, so you're just trying to get the IT people to find some way to make the unrealistic time frame work. Feed your BS to someone who doesn't know it for what it is.

3. The procrastination argument is simply wrong. If a developer has estimated 20 business days to do something, he may scramble to get it done on days 18-25. If he's given no estimate, days 20-60 zoom right by and he still doesn't have it done, because he can just put it off until tomorrow.

Then you need to find better employees. When I give '20 business days' to do something, it is the estimate of 20 + 8 hour days. Not '20 days'. Based on your comment above, you equate 20 business days as 20 direct days. Well, I have news for you. IT professionals, like programmers, are doing more than project work. They can not, and will not, be applied 100% on a singular project. The only exception to this are hired consultants who are tasked with ONLY the project at hand. And they are paid hourly for that work, at a very costly sum. For salary employees, they have more than just your project work. They have to maintain EXISTING work, they have to constantly keep their skill set updated, they have to work on OTHER projects. They also have family to consider so those 'late night work sessions' that you require of them or think you'll get out of them? Yea, think again.

I delt with a PM like you who had it in their head that 20 work days meant 20 straight days (including weekend work). Even if it didn't include weekend work, it would be unacceptable. My time as a system engineer is frankly 10% learning, 50% upkeep (including user access, standard tickets, etc), and 40% projects. That 40% is split between 8 projects that I'm working on. So your 20 business days? Yea, for me, that goes out to 5-10% of my time a day, more when I need to balance priorities (if directed by management on what is the priority for the week). So at 1-2 hours a day, on your project, you do the math.

You want better time, you hire more people to do the job, which increases the budget. Management don't like that. So that's what causes IT professionals to work weekends. Because PM's like you pull figures out of the air, or management enforce figures that you are forced to stick to. Either way, estimates are crap.

more than 2 years ago
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How Steve Jobs' Legacy Has Changed

MrSenile Re:Style varies (420 comments)

Yes, but at least being Steve Jobs and pushing his over-achieving expectations on everyone else didn't cause anything negative, like oh deaths...

http://sacom.hk/archives/898

Oh wait...

more than 2 years ago
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Illegal Downloading Now a Crime In Japan With Increased Penalties

MrSenile Re:Fighting Piracy is Good for Open Source (286 comments)

You're assuming, of course, that people would download and/or buy your material anyway.

No. I have not listened and/or used your material, but I can tell you based on your attitude right there I wouldn't do it even if it was the most remarkable piece of art in the world.

Anyone who uses an excuse of punishment to forward their own goals frankly doesn't deserve my business.

more than 2 years ago
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Japanese Scientists Produce Element 113

MrSenile The missing element... (150 comments)

I'm waiting for someone to create the 5th element. And as soon as they dress her in that white strap cat-suit, I'll be available for the news broadcast :)

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

MrSenile Distro path (867 comments)

Slackware ('93) -> Yggdrasil ('93) -> Slackware ('94) -> Trustix -> YellowDog -> Debian -> SuSE -> CentOS -> Knoppix -> Red Hat/Fedora -> Slackware/Red Hat

Today I currently use Slackware at home, and Red Hat at work.

I use Knoppix for a quick and dirty recovery CD when I need it, otherwise I have my own system rescue USB pen I use (slackware based).

about 2 years ago
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Brazilian Judge Orders 24-hour Shutdown of Google and Youtube

MrSenile Re:Pre-election laws (339 comments)

Whew. Ok, good, we're basically on the same page.

One of the reasons I brought up that disgusting child reference is that tends to be one of the hardest hitting ones in society, and tends to be one that triggers a physical response.

I don't agree with all the government filtering, especially since most of the time they do a half-ass effort and get it wrong anyway. However, I have to say I understand their point of view.

If someone says something horrible, all lies and speculation, but the majority of people accept this as 'true', whether because the person is powerful (rich, famous, other), or because they have a huge following (religious zealot leader, political enigma, etc), and the person they're accusing is some poor joe schmoe, it could have horrible consequences.

Let's assume Joe loses his job over it, and can't find another. He can't support his family, so child welfare is called in, and takes his children away. His wife leaves him because of his inability to keep the family together, and her own failure to keep the children. How many times do scenarios like this happen already, with the current filtered speech. How much worse would it be if it was utterly free?

I understand your viewpoint, and in a lot of ways, I wish for it to be government/political free as well, but as long as people physically react (as in pulling a gun and killing people who ruin their lives with just a few well put words, or other over-the-top reactions), I honestly can't see it happening. Free speech is only good if everyone is on an even playing field. Media and government has already weighted this system against the common individual, so it's an impossibility in the existing environment.

And if joe schmoe pulled the gun and killed the instigator, he would be held accountable for the murder, but based on the free speech idea, the person who pushed him there by public assassination of every moral foundation the person had, would get away scott free. This is also what I mean by consequences. Sometimes, the innocent needs some way to protect themselves, when freedom of speech has no answer for them.

Does that make any sense?

about 2 years ago

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