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The Problem With Positive Thinking

Phroggy It's more than that (158 comments)

Positive people are dangerous. Because they assume everything is going to be fine, they fail to plan for things to go wrong, and then after you're stuck cleaning up the mess they caused, they sweep it all under the rug and act like everything went smoothly - so not only do you get no recognition for your heroic efforts to fix everything, but they're fully confident in their ability to handle the next situation just as well as the last.

But nobody wants to listen to the pessimists, because they're so negative.

about 2 months ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Phroggy Re:And what of upselling? (720 comments)

Thanks for upgrading Adobe Flash Player to fix this week's gaping security hole! You'd like to also install this FREE version of McAfee VirusScan too, right?

I think they can figure out how to upsell.

about 2 months ago
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SMART Begins Live Public Robocar Tests In Singapore

Phroggy UNIX certification (13 comments)

The article makes a big deal of Mac OS X's UNIX certification. Although it didn't hurt, the certification really had nothing to do with the rise in popularity of the Mac. Using open source code certainly allowed Apple to take advantage of (and then build upon) the cool stuff we've enjoyed on Linux for years, but what broke Microsoft's stranglehold on the consumer mindset was really the iPod, and later the iPhone. That's what made people think that buying a Mac might be a viable alternative to Windows. Of course once they made the switch, users were able to see that the technology really works, but without the iPod, most people would never have considered the Mac as an option.

There were other factors at work too:

  • Poor support for Vista when it launched made people desperate for an alternative
  • The rising popularity of Firefox made web developers stop building sites that only worked in IE on Windows

about 2 months ago
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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

Phroggy Re:Janitors and landscapers next? (134 comments)

Not sure, but I think Google does hire its chefs directly. I thought I saw a job posting for one once on Google's careers website, but I could be wrong.

I once met a guy (at OSCON) who said he was on the hiring committee for Google's chefs. I certainly got the impression they are employees.

about 2 months ago
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Indian Mars Mission Beams Back First Photographs

Phroggy Indian Mars Mission (113 comments)

So does Indian Mars look anything like American Mars?

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

Phroggy Re:Mission accomplished (99 comments)

Now that they have made all their software trustworthy there is no more need for the group, right? Declare victory and go home.

That's what they did when IE6 won the browser war!

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

Phroggy Re:same as vote by mail (190 comments)

What bullshit. That lady was high and basically doodling if your read the follow ups. It was not some high level fraud perpetrated on the masses by the Illuminati.

I live in Clackamas County. She wasn't doodling, she was tampering. On ballots where the voter had not voted for any candidate, this woman marked the ballot for the Republican candidate. She acted alone, she didn't affect the outcome of anything, and she was caught. However, she should never have had an opportunity to tamper with the ballots, so while this was not a high level fraud, there was some high level incompetence going on.

Somebody screwed up and should at a minimum be fired for allowing this to happen, but even with an incident like this, vote by mail is still completely awesome. There are enough checks in place that even when people working at the elections office try to tamper with ballots, they're still not able to affect the outcome of the election. This incident is NOT just one more example of a widespread problem; this incident is the ONLY example of a problem with the system that I've heard of (although I admit there may have been other minor incidents of which I remain blissfully ignorant). Basically, voter fraud in Oregon just doesn't happen.

about 5 months ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Phroggy Re:Appre (225 comments)

"Highly skilled" does not necessarily mean "highly in demand". Given that there are highly skilled Americans that can't find work, yes I will argue they're bad for America.

This hasn't been my experience. It's hard to find qualified people - they've all got decent jobs already. It's the unskilled workers that are struggling with unemployment (and underemployment).

about 5 months ago
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FTC Files Suit Against Amazon For In-App Purchases

Phroggy Failing to learn from history? (47 comments)

Didn't Apple go through this exact same issue with the iPhone app store a few years ago, and they fixed it?

about 5 months ago
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Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

Phroggy Re:speaking of FCC (347 comments)

That's like going to Slashdot to read the articles. Sure, you COULD, but...

about 7 months ago
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Study Finds Porn Exposure Associated With Smaller Brain Region

Phroggy Re:Does Size Matter? (211 comments)

Your girlfriend or wife will say no, it's how you use it, but that's only a half truth.

Someone with a smaller striatum who knows how to use it is likely going to give more pleasure than someone with a large striatum who is clueless about how the female brain works, but women prefer someone with a large striatum who knows how to use it over either.

Of course, your striatum can be too large - and despite what you see in the movies, women do not like having their hippocampus jostled by some monster brainpart.

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

about 7 months ago
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Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

Phroggy Re:Once again the FSF does not understand (403 comments)

The fact that a web browser that I use includes things that legitimize DRM is certainly not a win for me. The only possible "win" for me is when someone creates a Firefox-based web browser that doesn't include this garbage.

I have principles I am not willing to surrender. I can see that you may not have such things. Even the mere existence of DRM is a disgrace.

Except that RIGHT NOW, TODAY, Firefox supports a plug-in architecture which allows Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight to run and play DRM-encumbered content. Just like every other major browser we've been using for the last two decades. Now they want to make a better, safer, way to do it, and people are upset?

about 7 months ago
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93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

Phroggy Re:Small beer (214 comments)

Right now no one knows the opinion of those 2307 people so it can't be reported on.

In case you've been sleeping under a rock, this is the 21st Century. Not knowing something doesn't stop the media from reporting on it.

about 8 months ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Phroggy Re:Sloppy code (447 comments)

Feel free to start such a team, and get that competing implementation going.

about 8 months ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Phroggy Re:code review idea (447 comments)

If you need to add exceptions to get a tool to work... the tool is wrong for the job.

Well yeah - that's why you add exceptions: to indicate that this tool shouldn't be used for that job, because it's the wrong tool for the job.

about 8 months ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Phroggy Re:Not malicious but not honest? (447 comments)

Exactly this. I feel its worth pointing out that the code was reviewed, and the reviewer missed the bug too.

about 8 months ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Phroggy Re:Will he still be an egomaniac? (193 comments)

steven colbert doesn't even have an 'act' without his schtick.. and with or without it, he's gonna crash and burn, conan-style, in the big chair. i give it a year, tops, before someone else is brought in and colbert is chased back to cable.

He doesn't have an act, that you've seen. Have you ever seen him out of character? The man is brilliant, and I'm excited to see what he does with the new role.

about 8 months ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Phroggy Re:Cottage Industry Software (341 comments)

"...We recommend that Microsoft Access be used solely for development purposes and not for production." - Microsoft

about 9 months ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

Phroggy Re:No.... (824 comments)

After Firefox dropped support for the blink style, I implemented a workaround in JavaScript. It's not as elegant as I'd like, but it's functional.

about 9 months ago

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