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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

SendBot Re:9.1 (1009 comments)

No way, all my techie friends in school and I were delighted to throw win98 in the trash immediately when win2k came out. The protected memory model felt like "about damn time, whyTF waste another second with win9x turds?" while also providing the current api and interface features. And yes, we were all serious with linux (and other unices) by then too.

Everyone who needed their computer to be more than a toy was running win2k as soon as they could.

about 7 months ago
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Auto Makers To Standardize On Open Source

SendBot Tizen is going for this (160 comments)

If you've heard/seen about Tizen at all lately, I know this is one of the big things going for it. Makes sense for car makers to not have to reinvent the wheel: https://wiki.tizen.org/wiki/IVI

about 10 months ago
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"451" Error Will Tell Users When Governments Are Blocking Websites

SendBot It's not "Page Not Found"!!! (255 comments)

I have a huge peeve with people calling 404 error "File not found" because url's are not files! "Page" is closer, but then it's not always a page requested via http.

C'mon people, get this straight! It's not hard, now write this 100 times on the chalkboard:

"404 Not Found"

about a year ago
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A Serious Proposal To Fix Windows 8

SendBot Re:Or simply install Linux (578 comments)

Seamless integration with networks is VASTLY superior in Linux than Windows,

I'm pretty serious into Linux for multiple purposes and I rail against how craptastic NetworkManager (I call it NetworkMangler) is. Seriously, it's weak attempt at mimicking something even WinXP actually handles quite well. Pray that you never have to work with a device that generates a new mac address for itself every time it reboots, because it thinks you have a completely new device and creates new entries for it while clobbering routing for other interfaces that are in use at the time. Plus it clutters the device list. Disabling it and using traditional network interface tools is not easy either.

And proxy settings in Ubuntu? There are TWO separate places to maintain those (system and gnome settings) and the stupid gui doesn't even provide for the no-proxy list. I don't even want to think of how much time I've wasted at work helping people wrestle with getting the simple proxy settings to work correctly.

Windows explorer shell is pretty crap, but at least managing network interfaces on Windows makes Linux look bad in comparison. NetworkMangler may be fine for the basic use cases that 95% of people run into, but it gets ugly real fast for moderately complex setups.

about a year ago
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Bill Gates: iPad Users Are Frustrated They Can't Type Or Create Documents

SendBot If Bill thinks iPad users are bad... (618 comments)

He should check out windows users sometime. They can't:
- find the very files that they just saved
- or even just browse the contents of their machine
- switch between programs without a mouse (I alt-tab and they go "woah, how'd you do that!?")
- change the toner catridge in the network printer themselves
- climb under their own dirty desks to plug things in
- be trusted to install their own software
- understand why IE is a poor choice

Yes, I did work as a support monkey for a little while.

about a year ago
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Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

SendBot Re:My #1 feature request from car makers (400 comments)

agreed. It's especially annoying to see a car that looks like it's just coming to a stop in the flow of traffic, THEN they signal.

about a year ago
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New Revenue Model For Low Budget Films: Lawsuits

SendBot Please, Mr. Segal (162 comments)

Defendant: "Please Mr. Segal, we don't want any trouble..."

Segal: "Well you better save your receipt. Because you just bought some."

(neck snapping ensues)

Mad tv reference: http://youtu.be/mXx3_ykUpfY

about a year ago
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Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

SendBot Re:GASP we break the law all the time and no one d (400 comments)

I renovated a house not long ago where the late owner did a lot of work himself... poorly. Many of the outlets had their ground and neutral reversed. Sure, the world continues to spin and appliances will work when plugged into it. It could also kill a person quickly in certain situations.

I make a distinction about that being a good safety regulation imposed by law, versus speed limits where one driver can be safer over the speed limit than a less capable driver under the speed limit.

about a year ago
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Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

SendBot My #1 feature request from car makers (400 comments)

And it's trivially easy to implement. You know how newer cars will beep if the seatbelt isn't engaged, and other examples of trying to correct driver behavior?

Society needs one of those to nag people who don't use turn signals. Make it so.

about a year ago
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Tizen 2.0 Magnolia SDK and Source Code Released

SendBot Re:Are we getting any Tizen devices at all? (37 comments)

As Intel and Samsung are major backers, it will likely be supported on things like the Nexus 4, Galaxy S2/3, and the Intel Orange phone.

about a year and a half ago
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Call for Questions: Rasterman, Founder of the Enlightenment Project

SendBot Re:Tizen and EFL (124 comments)

Please mod this question up - I wanted to ask it also.

about a year and a half ago
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How the Pirate Bay Can Be an Asset To Game Developers

SendBot True commercial success story w/ TPB (107 comments)

I literally just purchased $110 (minus $.02) of video games from steam yesterday after browsing titles on TPB to see what was popular. The first one was plastered with "BUY NOW" everywhere as though you could buy it and play it, and then I didn't realize until afterward it was just a preorder. (BF3). Then I bought the GTA collection and had to go through a mountain of arcane technical hassle with windows marketplace (after buying on steam) just to be able to save games in gta4.

Also the collection included two games I've already paid for in the past, but whatever.

Those artifical losses due to piracy numbers can suck it.

about 2 years ago
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Recently Exposed PHP Hole's Official Fix Ineffective

SendBot Re:You shouldn't. Nobody should. (240 comments)

A good language makes it easy to do things right and hard to do them wrong.

Then for your paranoid sake, stay the hell away from Javascript! Actually... you'd better stay away from computers all together. Just back away slowly, and get a friend to unplug it for you. If you don't have any friends, just set the house on fire and you'll make some new ones pretty quick.

more than 2 years ago
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C/C++ Back On Top of the Programming Heap?

SendBot Re:C growing? (611 comments)

As far as I know, you *could* do it in PHP, because there's a PHP-to-native compiler out there...somewhere...

It's called HipHop for PHP. Facebook made it and it's been out for two years now:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HipHop_for_PHP

more than 2 years ago
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15-Year-Old Arrested For Hacking 259 Companies

SendBot Re:Not hacking (153 comments)

Look, I haven't read any Harry Potter books or seen any of the movies, but even *I* know what a muggle is! God forbid you try to look it up yourself:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muggle

more than 2 years ago
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Feds Shut Down Tor-Using Narcotics Store

SendBot Re:Nope (301 comments)

You know you can receive money at multiple addresses and manage them all with the same wallet, right?

more than 2 years ago
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Feds Shut Down Tor-Using Narcotics Store

SendBot Re:Headline = Misleading (301 comments)

AGREED - I was jarred by this headline, then followed it with a heavy groan when I realized what was actually meant.

Say what you mean, mean what you say...

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Source Tax Software?

SendBot Re:Completely broken (387 comments)

Go ask any fresh high school graduate what Pi *means*, not the numerical expression of it, then tell me that schools aren't completely broken. The numerical illiteracy in this country would be shocking if it wasn't so ordinary. Do kids really need to waste that time in the broken schools to achieve such ignorance?

more than 2 years ago
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Woz Fears Stifling of Startups Due to Patent Wars

SendBot Re:LoL (300 comments)

If you know anything about Woz, you'd know that he has zero influence on Apple's legal activities. Just because he's a celebrity and collects a check doesn't mean he actually works for them or tells them what to do. He's admitted in many different ways he just wants to build and hack, not run a company.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't Schools Connected?

SendBot Re:Equal Access (568 comments)

Here's what it has to do with what you wrote: Electronic assignments are a highly effective, real-world means of letting kids know what they have to do. The entire institution of academia seems to support bad teaching. I've had plenty of bad teachers at each different school I've been to from kindergarten to university. So if that's the case, then why NOT have a simple policy to defend against the bad teachers they harbor and give the kids a break?

*That's* kids learning to take responsibility. The alternative is learning to take inadequate behavior from adults who have an audience that's forced by law to be there.

more than 2 years ago

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