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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

NotQuiteReal brawndo (219 comments)

It's all good;

Chrome, Surface, iPad, they all have Brawndo, it's got electrolytes!

about two weeks ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

NotQuiteReal Travelocity? (268 comments)

This has nothing to do with their gnome, right?

about two weeks ago
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Satellites Spot Hidden Villages In Amazon

NotQuiteReal leave them alone (84 comments)

OK, we found this group of people... moving on.

Chalk it up for +1 diversity, but for God's sake, don't try to visit them and sneeze in there general direction.

If they were unhappy, they would have walked in one direction long enough to "discover" others. Leave them be.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

NotQuiteReal Re:No Ebola - but they have colds (198 comments)

LOL.

Called out on my blatant troll, but I still have to say "yes, and"...

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

NotQuiteReal No Ebola - but they have colds (198 comments)

Now you have Ebola resistant monkeys, with Ebola DNA in them swinging around in trees and sneezing on you.

What could possibly go wrong with crossing Ebola with the common cold.

Sure hope the vaccine works, because you are going to NEED it soon.

about two weeks ago
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EFF Begins a Campaign For Secure and Usable Cryptography

NotQuiteReal Assumption Alert (96 comments)

people whom you have met in person, such as your girlfriend

You can't assume that he has met his "girlfriend", in person. See, for examle, this. This is Slashdot!

But yes, passing around public keys is a nuisance that most people don't want to deal with.

about three weeks ago
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

NotQuiteReal The study I want to see... (273 comments)

"Too many grown-ups go into politics because they think they are smart"

about three weeks ago
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Rhode Island Comic Con Oversold, Overcrowded

NotQuiteReal Operative word "Con"? (126 comments)

There are counties of some states that are larger than Rhode Island.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

NotQuiteReal Wrong. (613 comments)

Obviously, the length of an hour should be scaled to the latitude.

We have the technology now - with GPS.

about three weeks ago
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China Completes Its First Lunar Return Mission

NotQuiteReal Re:same week... (109 comments)

Don't knock "fat, dumb, and happy" - it beats most of the alternatives!

about three weeks ago
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China Completes Its First Lunar Return Mission

NotQuiteReal Re:same week... (109 comments)

Oh, they will take pork, trust me - it is delicious!

You won't be seeing any non-pork eating nations on Mars anytime soon.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Sets Up Shop On Tor

NotQuiteReal Network = KnownStuff (125 comments)

When you push the Enter button, it goes somewhere, you know not where.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Enters the Wearables Market With 'Band'

NotQuiteReal It's a fashion statement (135 comments)

Looks like a GPS tracking device criminals are required to wear.

That and some mean tattoos and you'll look like a real bad-ass!

about three weeks ago
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Hungary's Plans For Internet Tax On Hold After Protests

NotQuiteReal Re:Do any of us know how much we really use? (48 comments)

Yes, my ISP (cox cable) provides usage statistics. I was only made aware of them when I got a nasty email warning that we had gone over our (250GB) limit! (Which I didn't know we had.)

Aside from the one time, we had a perfect storm of events ("big sale" at Steam, someone on a Netflix binge for days, while recovering from a medical procedure, etc).

Normally, my household usage is about 3GB /day (90GB/month).

I would be pissed too, about a proposed, new monthly tax that would be over $50, for me. (€40).

about three weeks ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

NotQuiteReal killing things with pointy sticks (495 comments)

Killing things with pointy sticks ought to be in the curriculum of every school age child, you know, just in case [insert worst-case-scenario-here].

breath, drink, eat, procreate, think... die.

Ahh, the simple priorities of life.

about three weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

NotQuiteReal For Starters (320 comments)

How about a compelling reason?

about a month ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

NotQuiteReal Re: Boys are naturally curious... (608 comments)

People naturally say stuff without necessarily being correct.

Some of use are correct, more often than chance. Design some controlled research for that.

about a month ago
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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

NotQuiteReal allow all characters, always (223 comments)

I understand different places have differing levels of "complexity" requirements for passwords, by why would there ever be a limit on the characters you can use?
One site might want 8 characters, with one number and one uppercase, and one special character, but they only allow "certain" special characters!

Some sites are ok with dashes, others, underscores... WHO CARES!

Oh, and don't get me started on credit card input "please enter just the number, no spaces or dashes" - Well, if you don't want the spaces and dashes in the user input, JUST FUCKING REMOVE them, and say "thank you" to the customer, who used to always be right, but now is apparently just a schmuck.

Was that too harsh?

about a month ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

NotQuiteReal Has become? (256 comments)

Yeah... starting sometime after the 1940's

about 1 month ago

Submissions

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Cox announces death of USENET for Internet users

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "Today my email had (several copies) of an email from my Internet provider that begins

Dear Valued Customer:

Effective June 30, 2010, Cox Communications will discontinue Usenet service to our subscribers.
Declining newsgroup usage in recent years has highlighted the need to focus our resources on other priorities


Is this a trend among Internet providers? Cox did offer 50% off of a Giganews subscription for $3 or $15 per month!
Appropriately enough, my "Prove yourself" capcha is "sadden"..."
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California bill would make downloads "tangible

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 6 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "California Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, has introduced a bill that would allow sales tax to be collected on "media downloads". Assembly bill AB1956 would be able to do this only by reclassifying such downloads as "tangible personal property".

My first thought is that would suck yet another tax. My second thought was — hey "isn't that how they got Al Capone?" — yes, the old tax evasion trap. If you thought the RIAA was bad, just wait until the Tax Man comes after your for your untaxed P2P!"
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NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 8 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "I know the Slashdot crowd usually complains about John C. Dvorak columns... sure the guy needs to carp about something, let the guy make a living, sheesh.

But one of his latest columns seems to be right on. He is bitching about Microsoft Windows and is right on target. No fluff here. Even a Slashdotter can agree with Dvorak for once, right? He summarized the seemingly random, Windows issues when it comes to using the UI for simple things like "copying folders"! What a concept — have the UI ask you questions up front, rather than an hour from now! Who hasn't had this problem with Windows. [Personally I have been trained to use Cygwin for certain tasks. cough, cough.]

If you use Windows, for whatever reason, don't you think this whole column has nailed a lot of your complaints about the Window UI?"
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NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 8 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "I saw a story that the AP is reporting about TrackMeNot, which sounds like a FireFox plug-in. From the article:

"TrackMeNot periodically sends fake, innocuous queries to search engines, making it harder for someone to glean your actual search habits by reviewing the companies' logs that contain your queries"

Does that seem like a good idea? Would you run such a thing. If you had some choice words in your random search list, could you not garner more attention, rather than less?

Is this just another way to waste bandwidth?"

Journals

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Second Slashdot Haiku

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 7 years ago when it is darkest
even the dimmest light can
help you find the way

I'll use this for a sig, for a bit. The meaning is literal.

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Obvious Haiku

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 9 years ago I figured I'd turn on this Journal option and see what happens. But I have nothing to say at the moment.

Well, how about this Haiku I wrote last night. I don't generally write poetry of any sort, but I was working on coming up with a few words on an unrelated topic and noticed it was real close to Haiku, so I fiddled a bit and this popped out:

Some five syllables
Another seven go here
Finish with five more

Seems like an "obvious" Haiku to me, but I couldn't google it, so I figured it must be original. Enjoy. Or not. I have no expectation of an audience here.

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