Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Scutter Re:cool (201 comments)

Maybe he typed it on an iPhone.

about a month ago
top

Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Scutter Re:What's your suggestion for intelligence work? (504 comments)

No, because I don't get my historical information from fictional films. I watched a fictional movie last year about giant robots landing on the moon but I didn't get upset at Hollywood for claiming that giant robots beat us there. Only a moron gets angry at a fiction writer for writing fiction. Now, if you had said "Ken Burns made a WW2 documentary and got the following facts wrong..." Then yes, I would say you had a legitimate gripe at Ken Burns (and not at "Hollywood"), but I would just tell you to stop watching Ken Burns films.

The whole argument that "Hollywood" always gets history wrong in favor of the Americans when making fictional films is just petty jingoistic whining. If it really bothers you that much, go make your own films and set the record straight.

about 2 months ago
top

Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Scutter Re:What's your suggestion for intelligence work? (504 comments)

>And when Americans make movies, three British sailors of whom two died getting secret materials out of a sinking German U-Boot suddenly become Americans!

You know that wasn't a documentary, right?

about 2 months ago
top

Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Scutter Re:Sanity... (504 comments)

The Fifth Amendment would like to interject, please.

about 2 months ago
top

Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

Scutter Re:What spam calls? (210 comments)

Scammers, by definition, do not follow the law. What makes you think they'd concern themselves with something as petty as a Do No call law?

And yes, you should consider yourself lucky. These kinds of calls are becoming more frequent and MUCH more aggressive. I had one scammer call me back over a hundred times in one day when I hung up on him. I eventually just routed all incoming calls to my fax machine.

about 2 months ago
top

VMware Unveils Workplace Suite and NVIDIA Partnership For Chromebooks

Scutter Re:No more "Cloud", please (60 comments)

HIPAA, PCI, Sarbanes Oxley, Et. al. I'm seeing more and more call to implement ways to control data in the age of bring-your-own-device and mobile workforces. If a company can let a user work from the coffee shop but still keep the actual data inside the datacenter, then a thin-client solution becomes more and more attractive.

about 3 months ago
top

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Scutter Remember cable TV? (611 comments)

When pay TV was first launched, it was with the promise of commercial-free content. That didn't last long. When satellite radio was launched, it was with the promise of commercial-free content. That didn't last long. Subscription-based streaming TV shows (like Hulu Plus)? That didn't last long.

Once you're used to paying extra for the service, the money grubbers will be back. It's inevitable.

about 3 months ago
top

New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Scutter Re:About a year late (215 comments)

I will sacrifice storage for RAM any day of the week and twice on Sunday. I cannot fathom why portables continue to be shafted with an anaemic 2GB (4 if you're very lucky) of RAM. Memory isn't that expensive these days, but holy crap does the OS run better with 6 or 8GB.

My last one was an 11.1" netbook with 8GB. I bought it because it was the only netbook with 8GB, which meant I could run Windows 7 and also one or more applications AT THE SAME TIME!. It has served me far better than any 15" laptop I ever had. It's going to suck trying to find an adequate replacement when this one croaks.

about 3 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Scutter Re: What is a troll? (382 comments)

But that wasn't the question. The question was "Would you pay for a website without trolls?" and my response was that it's not possible.

about 3 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Scutter Re:What is a troll? (382 comments)

Why are the only choices perfect moderation or no moderation?

Go back and re-read the whole conversation. People are astonishingly good at trolling. If you can't definitively identify them, they will ALWAYS find that rule loophole that enables them to troll. It's practically axiomatic.

about 3 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Scutter Re:What is a troll? (382 comments)

100% perfect black-and-white rules are almost never possible for anything.

Yes, that was exactly my point. When you are trying to define and identify trolls, you have to be 100% or the entire exercise is pointless. If you don't believe me, try moderating a message board sometime.

about 3 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Scutter Re:What is a troll? (382 comments)

If they can followup and support their arguments logically, then they're either not a troll or it doesn't matter.

Ok, so a troll always presents an argument? They never just "ask an innocent question"? And, by your definition, all posters must post at least twice since they must "follow up" or they're automatically a troll. Do you see why it's so hard to create a 100% black-and-white set of rules that is always effective in identifying a troll? You've presented one possible identifier of a troll but there are dozens or even thousands of ways that someone can troll.

about 3 months ago
top

Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Scutter Re:It's OPTIONAL! (232 comments)

If they asked you to CC them or if they're in a position where they're likely to need those CC's, then perhaps they'll opt not to use the optional system being discussed.

about 3 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Scutter Re:What is a troll? (382 comments)

Troll is a person posting an inflammatory message with the deliberate intent of exciting readers into a controversial response. This is the exact definition.

But the word is misused a lot, indeed. For example, just writing hateful comments, or messages with disinformation, is not trolling.

And that's exactly my point. How do you prove "intent" on a message board? You have to be able to have black-and-white rules that say "This guy is posting a different and unpopular opinion but that guy is trying to stir up trouble." Those rules have to apply one hundred percent of the time because people are REALLY REALLY good at hiding intent and playing innocent when they're serious about trolling. In fact, the internet generally applauds the "masterful troll" who can hook as many people as possible. For all you know, I'm trolling you right now by leading you down a conversational path to an as-yet undisclosed end-game. There's just no way to know and that's why it's so hard to put a stop to it.

about 3 months ago
top

Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Scutter Re:It's OPTIONAL! (232 comments)

The sane option is to give people the necessary time go through their email when they get back.

How is that solution any different than giving them the option to hand off their work to someone else while they're away? If you "give them the time..." then someone else still has to do their work while they sort through their vacation e-mail.

about 3 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Scutter What is a troll? (382 comments)

Until you can quantitatively define what a troll is, you can't do anything about it. Web forum moderators have been struggling with this question for as long as there have been online discussions.

about 3 months ago
top

Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Scutter It's OPTIONAL! (232 comments)

FTFA: issues a reply to the sender that the person is out of the office and that the email will be deleted, while also offering the contact information of another employee for pressing matters.

and

the program — which is optional — has gone down well with the company’s German employees

Seriously, the idea is that you get to actually take a vacation and let someone else handle the load while you're away. That way, you're not coming back to work with twice the workload as when you left. For many companies, if you take a vacation, no one covers you. The work just piles up. It makes it hard to relax knowing that you've got a mountain of work to return to. No one is taking away "Out of Office" messages or breaking them for people who want to use them.

I've seen several comments here saying "Well, I'm just CC'ing people who need to be kept in the loop!" Ok, I get that. If it's that important, why don't you just wait until they get back and give them a short briefing? If it's not that important, why did you bother sending it in the first place?

  I, for one, applaud the effort to push back against the anti-vacation, anti-personal time culture.

about 3 months ago
top

The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

Scutter Re:Yes, Please (248 comments)

That's been my exact experience. IPv6 is supposed to be dead simple (compared to IPv4) for home users. I am definitely not a home user and I still can't get it working with my ISP.

about 3 months ago
top

Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

Scutter Re:Metadata (175 comments)

"Metadata" is a media buzzword designed to make you feel good about having your data monitored. They're still monitoring your conversations. Stop buying into their talking points. The headers of your e-mail are as much your data as the body of the e-mail.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

Scutter hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

top

New-Kyooler?

Scutter Scutter writes  |  more than 11 years ago

It's pronounced "'nü-klE-er", dammit! Friggin' rubes. If I'm going to be vaporized, it's *not* gonna be by someone who can't pronounce the name of the goddamn weapon!

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?