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Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?

RonVNX Nate Silver (736 comments)

You want an accurate progress bar? Hire Nate Silver to design it.

about a year and a half ago

Zero Errors? Spamhaus Flubs Causing Domain Deletions

RonVNX Nobody keeps Spamhaus in check (170 comments)

Unfortunately nobody keeps Spamhaus in check, that's why they've become a degenerate network abuse source. Their DBL shows them for what they are now, something the rest of the Internet needs to shun.

about 2 years ago

Lingering Questions On the Extent of the Adobe Hack

RonVNX Fire this guy (97 comments)

Their director of security "reassured" customers Adboe's source code wasn't stolen? You want to know why Adobe's got problems that never end, that tells you everything you need to know about Adobe's attitude about security right there. The guy in charge of security doesn't even know what that word means.

about 2 years ago

IT Desktop Support To Be Wiped Out Thanks To Cloud Computing

RonVNX Gartner Strikes Again (349 comments)

"Desktop support" isn't really about desktops. DUH. It's about users, who won't be going anywhere, and will continue to need to have their hands held for even the most trivial of things.

Maybe "the cloud" will make Gartner go away. The Cloud can do anything right?

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Barring Certain Staff From Buying Macs, iPads?

RonVNX This is only news because they allowed that before (416 comments)

This is only news to the extent that Microsoft had a dumb policy that allowed such purchases to begin with. Imagine instead the headline read "Oracle bars employees from using company funds to buy DB2 or SAP." You'd think it was pretty dumb that they ever allowed that. This is the same thing.

I'm sure those who actually need to buy Apple products for competitive research at Microsoft are still allowed to. What they're not going to allow is their staff to run around with iPhones and iPads purchased on the company dime. Anymore, that is.

more than 2 years ago

Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'

RonVNX Re:Who can blame them? (649 comments)

When Android disappears before they do, ask that again. Until then, use common sense.

more than 2 years ago

Avoiding Red Lights By Booking Ahead

RonVNX The Good Professor is Confused (299 comments)

Perhaps things are different in Texas, but where I live the majority of traffic lights and stop signs are installed for the express purpose of impeding the flow of traffic. Trying to sell them a sensible system to improve traffic flow, reduce pollution and ticketable offenses is the last thing they'd be interested in.

more than 2 years ago

Job Seeking Hacker Gets 30 Months In Prison

RonVNX Re:Actually, that was Reagan (271 comments)

Implemented in 1983. Who was president then? Oh yeah, Reagan. Nice try at revisionist history masquerading as revisionist history exposed.

more than 2 years ago

2-Year Study Shows Mac Users Downloading More Open Source Software

RonVNX Re:Package managers (203 comments)

The original "app stores" for Linux are its package repos.

more than 2 years ago

Mozilla Foundation Releases Firefox 7

RonVNX Re:Who cares? (452 comments)


more than 2 years ago

The Google+ API Is Released

RonVNX Re:Cool. Just in time for Google to EOL Google+ (154 comments)

The public wants an alternative to Facebook. Google+, as especially revealed by their "real names" policy is trying to be Facebook. G+ just is not filling any need of those who are unhappy with Facebook, let alone those who are happy.

about 3 years ago

Google Acquires Zagat

RonVNX Microsoft shop (114 comments)

Zagat's former CTO was quite a Microsoft enthusiast. Wonder what Google's going to do with that pile of stuff.

about 3 years ago

Will Touch Screens Kill the Keyboard?

RonVNX No, but they will kill the non-touch screen screen (332 comments)

The screen you can't touch is about the only thing seriously threatened by touch screens. And for some cases the pointing device (mouse/trackpad/etc.)

more than 3 years ago

Google Buys Manhattan Office/Telecom Hub

RonVNX Not all in Jersey (87 comments)

Actually Wall St.'s computers are also gathered in Brooklyn.

more than 3 years ago

Google To Shut Down 411 Service

RonVNX Strategy (156 comments)

Could be war by proxy, but the logic here is probably that Google will fight on its own behalf to the death for Android, as Oracle is about to find out, and it's more productive to scare the handset makers into not wanting to use Android. In this regard, whoever is calling these shots at Microsoft seems smarter than Larry Ellison.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta For Android, Maemo

RonVNX Passphrase (128 comments)

When you first run Weave/Sync on a given machine, it asks you for a passphrase. It's going to be a problem if you don't remember it, since you'll need this passphrase to be able to read the data elsewhere.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta For Android, Maemo

RonVNX Install it on your own server (128 comments)

You can install Firefox Sync on your own server (like I have), and then Mozilla won't even see your encrypted data.

more than 3 years ago

Murdoch's UK Paywall a Miserable Failure

RonVNX Re:Duh... (428 comments)

The Economist has been getting this right forever. Full current and back issues, and they never tried to foist PDFs on subscribers instead of HTML.

more than 4 years ago

Google Shares Insights On Accelerating Web Sites

RonVNX And how is speed relevant to the content? (230 comments)

This is just a pointless degradation of the search results. Google needs to stop screwing around with the accuracy of their results like this or they too will find themselves displaced by a competitor that focuses on relevancy of the content and not irrelevant outside factors.

For the unbearably slow, there's always Google Cache.

more than 4 years ago


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