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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Silvrmane Re:It's not your phone (596 comments)

The stupid thing shows up in my iTunes list, but it most certainly didn't take an ounce of my bandwidth. It's in iCloud, not downloaded to any of my devices... If I never hit play on it, it'll never send it to me. I'm mildly annoyed that I now have a U2 album in my otherwise pristine music collection, but I'll live.

2 days ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Silvrmane Look to other jurisdictions (363 comments)

The accident rate for 'distracted driving' is approximately equal to that for drunk driving. Therefore the state has an interest in curbing the bad habits that drivers get into. Here in Saskatchewan Canada, it is illegal to operate any electronic device while driving a motor vehicle. This includes fiddling around with the stereo in your car, fiddling with your GPS, etc. You cannot use a cell phone in any capacity - take a call, take a picture, text, or email, while the vehicle is in motion. If you need to do those things, pull over. Now, the penalties for failure to comply with the law are steep, but fair. Its a $285 fine for the first offense. The second offense, your vehicle is impounded for a week. This does not mean you can't drive - you can certainly rent a car during that period. I'm not 100% clear what happens on subsequent offenses - I imagine they'll increasingly treat you as they would an impaired driver, which you clearly are if you cannot follow a simple, very clear law.

about a week ago

The American Workday, By Profession

Silvrmane Re:9 to 5 is a myth (146 comments)

Canadian here. I work 8:30 to 5:00 with an hour lunch. I'm on salary, and I while I am technically on call 24/7, I am quite sure to rarely ever work more than the 37.5 hours a week I'm paid for. I get 4 weeks paid holiday a year, and free health insurance. I have prescription, optical, and dental coverage through our group plan at work. Life here is pretty good. What I see on the news from the U.S. makes me shake my head some times. You guys just don't seem to get it.

about three weeks ago

Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

Silvrmane Re:To each his own (63 comments)

I agree completely. Bill's podcast is funny. What kills me is that he botches up reading the ads so badly that they also become very entertaining. I remember one time he just stopped reading an ad halfway through and blasted the advertiser for selling a really terrible product. I think it was some kind of 'healthy' snacks or something. Needless to say, he lost that advertiser that day. Please nobody tell Bill that he could just record one 'good' take of an ad and just edit it in every week.

about a month ago

Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Silvrmane Re:I live in Montana. I'm looking forward to it. (389 comments)

"Proven Liar" - citation please.

"Paid Shill" - citation please.

The graphs you two are arguing about are apples and oranges. One is a graph of temperature readings, the other is a graph of temperature anomalies. They also cover different time periods, and have different vertical scales. I should also point out that the anomalies graph quite visibly dips downward after the year 2000. Just saying. It cannot be argued that there isn't a 'pause' in the warming. It cannot be argued that temperature co-relates poorly with CO2 levels. What can be argued are the reasons why this is so.

about 2 months ago

Joss Whedon Releases New Film On Demand

Silvrmane I can solve the mystery for you (137 comments)

Wheddon is an over-rated, talentless hack. Nothing he does really succeeds because of this simple fact. With the single exception of Cabin in the Woods, the bulk of his output is unwatchable, unenjoyable dreck. I suspect, for this reason, that Cabin in the Woods was an idea stolen from someone else.

about 5 months ago

Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

Silvrmane Re:Modern audiophiles are no different. (469 comments)

It is entirely possible that trying to digitize signals above the hearing threshold will produce lower-order harmonic artifacts that ARE within hearing range, but it is safe to say that this is making the audio worse, not better. It is not humanly possible to hear or experience harmonics much above 20Khz, even if you are very young with fresh ears. Also, I'd love to know what audio sources you are using that capture these elusive unhearable nuances - since ALL recording equipment rolls off above 20Khz - you are claiming to hear things that aren't actually there.

about 5 months ago

Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

Silvrmane Re:Odd Market. (180 comments)

You can stream to a Chromecast from your PC? News to me. The only thing it seems to be able to do is to show you stuff on your TV that you could watch on your phone or tablet. It's a pretty useless device.

about 5 months ago

Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

Silvrmane Re:Buy OUYA get controller free (180 comments)

Mine works just fine, thanks. I'm not really sure what people are comparing the Ouya to - it's miles better than any of those Android TV sticks, better than the Raspberry Pi at actually running things at speed. It's not particularly locked down - I've side-loaded lots of things onto mine. Sure it's only got 8Gb of memory in it, but I've got everything on a 128Gb USB stick shoved in the back of it. Right now I have a handful of Ouya games, lots of emulators, Quake 1, 2, and 3, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein on it. The controller is pretty good. I honestly can't work out what people keep bitching about it. For $80 I've had a lot of fun with it...

about 5 months ago

Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions

Silvrmane Re:Maybe someone else will? (67 comments)

FYI, early seasons of B5's effects WERE done on home PCs - Lightwave and VideoToaster on Amigas.

about 5 months ago

Finnish Police Board Wants Justification For Wikipedia's Fundraising Campaign

Silvrmane I like Beta (252 comments)

So shoot me. I like the beta. It is my preferred mode of looking at Slashdot. All the bitching about it degraded the site far more than anything in the beta did.

about 7 months ago

Why the Latest FISA Release By Google Et Al. Means Squat

Silvrmane Re:is this a big deal? (131 comments)

I have a question for the no-javascript crowd. I've been wondering this for a while, so I'm really not picking on you in particular to ask this. But I'm really curious. If not javascript... what? As a web developer I encounter problems in web page design that can be solved in one of three ways: static delivery of content to the end user, with no interaction, can be accomplished with simple HTML and CSS. Dynamic content where logic must be applied to select and serve the right content to the right user can be accomplished with server-side scripting (my favorite tool for this purpose is PHP). Interactive content, where the user has to interact with page elements that appear, disappear, make logical decisions on user input, validate form input, etc. can only be accomplished on the browser with a universally available client-side scripting language. The only language that fits the bill, in my experience, is javascript. Don't get me wrong - javascript isn't my favorite scripting language by a long shot, but by being ubiquitous, its the language of choice on the internet. So, how would YOU solve the design problems of Slashdot without client-side logic and interaction without use of javascript? I'm genuinely curious. If you don't have a reasonable answer to that question, then I'm puzzled about your comment.

about 7 months ago

Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

Silvrmane Re:Same as Wheel of Fortune? (412 comments)

I'm sure eventually they'll dumb it down to the point where they just hand you a soft sponge, and the game will be to see if you can avoid poking your eye out with it.

about 7 months ago

Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

Silvrmane Re:3 Day Old News (412 comments)

Maybe he should behead his opponent and then shout, "Are you not entertained?"

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Linux Set To Be PC Gaming's Number Two Platform?

Silvrmane Meh (281 comments)

Going by the quality of their website and the various trailers, this Maia game looks pretty terrible. I'm not surprised not many Mac users have bought into it. Really lacks polish, frankly, unless the trailers are giving me a really bad impression of their product.

about 8 months ago

KOI-314c: Weird Small "Puffed-Up" Exoplanet Discovered

Silvrmane Re:Challenge accepted, Yellowstone! (29 comments)

Greg Grunberg seems to be the go-to-guy for crappy SyFy movies these days. He was in Hollow Man, but that now appears to be the pinnacle of his career. I last saw him in "Big Ass Spider".

about 8 months ago


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