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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

OrangeTide is it really force? (613 comments)

"Software is simply bloated up until you're forced to buy a new one."

I do this weird trick, I don't upgrade the software. If I was happy with the software on my phone in 2011, why wouldn't I still be happy with it in 2014 ?

it helps that I don't go online much or install a lot of third party software, I understand sometimes security fixes are necessary. (otoh, I was saved from the heartbleed bug on my laptop because it was such an old copy of debian)

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

OrangeTide rope making (731 comments)

I know how to make a rope making machine with sticks and a nail. While I'm a software engineer right now, I think I could make a pretty good living as a rope maker, this assumes if rope suddenly becomes a lot more valuable than it is now.

It's good to have a fallback career because it would probably be quite a while before anyone makes computers for me to program.

about a week ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

OrangeTide Re:Why not... (519 comments)

I have zero childhood photos that include strangers in the shots. Maybe you should grow a pair. Or maybe I shouldn't hold you to the same standards.

about a month and a half ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

OrangeTide Re:Why not... (519 comments)

As long as you don't actually capture someone else. you don't need to get into a tizzy over might-haves and could-haves.

I wasn't suggesting you get thrown into the gulag if you capture someone's photograph. But you probably should delete it if you don't have their permission. (I do this already, I feel that it is polite)

about a month and a half ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

OrangeTide Re:Why not... (519 comments)

I'm pretty sure the cops usually smash your cameras when they are beating your head in. Sometimes they forget or miss one, but their intention is clear.

about a month and a half ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

OrangeTide Re:Why not... (519 comments)

How is not letting you taking my picture a violation of your right to free expression? It's *my* expression you're capturing.

about a month and a half ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

OrangeTide Re:Why not... (519 comments)

Try downtown Detroit, there doesn't appear to be anyone around most of the time.

about a month and a half ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

OrangeTide Why not... (519 comments)

Write a law to make it illegal to photograph anyone without their written consent, or in the case of a government agency a warrant.

it solves the upskirt issue, the paparazzi problem, and ends those annoying red light cameras.

about a month and a half ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

OrangeTide Re:How I would fix it (482 comments)

"Here is hoping someone close to you dies"

You're not only a troll, but you're a real piece of shit.

about a month and a half ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

OrangeTide How I would fix it (482 comments)

No vaccination? No public school.

Work with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other youth organizations and have them adopt vaccination policies as well. So that unvaccinated children are not interacting in large groups.

Then on top of this when someone's baby goes blind from rubella or dies from measles, open a class action lawsuit against every parent in that county that failed to get their child vaccinated.

Folks, we need to be hard asses about vaccinations. We need serious social and financial consequences to people who fail to participate. If you want to live in a society with high infant mortality, then find some poor horrible place to live far away from me.

about a month and a half ago
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How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

OrangeTide Re:Signed documents (206 comments)

I did all my house paperwork using e-signatures. so hopefully I own my house.

about a month and a half ago
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How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

OrangeTide Re:I cut my cable bill by 100% (206 comments)

faxing is like email, except you can only send blurry black and white pictures of text. and it costs you money when you get spammed. (it's illegal to fax spam, but it still happened to me)

about a month and a half ago
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UK Government Proposes Rules To Allow 'Three-Parent Embryos'

OrangeTide Re:Safe (146 comments)

cancer isn't new.

back in the old days they would have called something like SARS a walking pneumonia, as sort of a catch all for a contagious pneumonia that sometimes progresses in an acute pneumonia. There could possibly been dozens of viral outbreaks like SARS in the past that we don't know about because virology didn't exist to identify the cause of such diseases. And it wasn't in fashion for doctors back then to give a collection of symptoms scary sounding acronyms.

about 2 months ago
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Schneier: Break Up the NSA

OrangeTide Re:Then who should do the obvious? (324 comments)

have any buildings blown up or civilians exploded because of our "panicked overreaction" ?

While I am strongly against sacrificing basic freedom to stop some vague threat. I do believe that taking reasonable steps to provide public safety is not only reasonable but some organization ought to have it as their priority.

What I really hate about American culture is how we all tend to swing from one extreme to another. But perhaps that is just dramatic rhetoric and not what we really believe.

about 2 months ago
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Schneier: Break Up the NSA

OrangeTide Then who should do the obvious? (324 comments)

Which organization should have the top priority to protect the US from future terrorist attacks?

about 2 months ago
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Schneier: Break Up the NSA

OrangeTide FBI surveillance versus NSA wiretaps (324 comments)

Which we hope one day will require a warrant.

There is probably no possibility that the NSA would be required to have a warrant, but I like to think the law enforcement aspect of the FBI makes it least somewhat plausible that a future court will start demanding it of them.

about 2 months ago
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With 'Virgin' Developers, Microsoft Could Fork Android

OrangeTide Nothing prevent MS from making Android phones (241 comments)

Google freely allows this. You can take their releases, which is mostly open source software, and build a product around it. If you want access to early releases, then you have to start playing by Google's rules, but even that is not so hard.

If you want to make a fork of Android and give it to partners you could do that with anything but the early preview releases. Fork Jellybean or KitKat right now if you want. If you want to stay on top of what Google is doing, you'll be integrating their future releases into your custom releases. Or you could ignore the work that Google does and go in your own direction. Add .NET support if you want, set the mail and search engine defaults to point to Microsoft. Most of the real proprietary stuff are the bits that various vendors provide and not too much around Google's, except some of the Java apps they bundle. Which I assume Microsoft would want to replace with their own version.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

OrangeTide If you like C... (387 comments)

Then keep doing C. Many companies are hiring C developers these days, the mobile processor vendors are grabbing as many C folks as they can to support Linux device drivers (Linux is the basis for Android and ChromeOS).

If you don't like C, then find something you do like. There are even jobs out there for people who are into SmallTalk (mostly to do business logic in European markets). The new programming languages that get most of the media attention are interesting as well, but aren't the only jobs out there. And honestly if you haven't picked up on them now, you might find yourself a bit behind the competition when you go to apply for that dream job in Haskell, OCaml, Go or Rust. (or Python, Erlang, ...)

about 3 months ago
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You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

OrangeTide Re:Consumers getting screwed? (437 comments)

Sure, I doubt there will be any way for the automobile industry to stop freewheeling hackers from getting free stuff. It's not like we're dealing with an industry with government lobbies powerful enough to force tax payers to back one of the largest loans in history.

about 3 months ago

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