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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Teckla Re:Funny (689 comments)

It's not the comments that have decreased in quality, it's the moderation. Ever since the whole beta thing people seem be less willing to spend time moderating and meta-moderating the site.

I would moderate more if I could, but (1) I browse /. on my iPad a lot, (2) I use the standard desktop view of the site on my iPad, not the mobile view, and (3) When I open stories in new tabs, it forgets that I'm logged in, thus I can't moderate.

If /. ever fixes that long-standing bug, I would be happy to try to do my part to moderate posts objectively and fairly.

about a week ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

Teckla Re:Stay away from my school please (101 comments)

Chrome laptops are consumption devices. They are not creative devices.

This is nonsense. There are a lot of web apps and Chrome apps for creating things.

about two weeks ago
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Teckla Re:Because you think Google is any better? (218 comments)

It often happens in a conversation about one thing, particularly a complex and nuanced thing, that it will bring up other similar things because they are related in some way. The resistance of some to this natural conversational process never made much sense.

I could speculate that you have a loyalty to Google that you cannot realistically expect them to reciprocate (you do know that, right?), except I've seen lots of people display this tendency who obviously had no such motivation. Some people just like to complain.

Your speculation is incorrect. Pointing out that Google may have issues in no meaningful way adds to the discussion regarding Facebook's well known issues. It's a rhetorical trick to distract from the fact that Facebook has issues.

I'm happy to discuss Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc. But when someone clearly points out people don't trust Facebook, and for good reason, no value is added to the conversation when someone says, "But... Google!"

about two weeks ago
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Teckla Re:But they can't build anything (218 comments)

Neither Google nor Facebook has ever successfully built a product users will actually pay for.

You mean, other than Google Apps for Business, Google App Engine, Google Drive, etc.?

about two weeks ago
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Teckla Re:Because you think Google is any better? (218 comments)

Your seething hated of Google is noted. And noted. And noted...

This article is about Facebook. Quit trying to change the subject.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Double-Helix Acquisition Hints At Gaming Console

Teckla Re:Beta Sucks (116 comments)

By now, a professional organization would have at least acknowledged the complaints. Slashdot hasn't yet, and I'm willing to bet they never do. For a site that posts so many stories complaining about what other people do, they're remarkably slow to admit when they make a mistake.

Continue to turn the comments threads into a trash heap to drive people away. And don't forget to turn on your ad blocker. Do what you can to get their attention until they publically acknowledge that this is a mistake -- because they're not going to pay attention otherwise.

I can't even get them to give us an option to turn off fucking autorefresh. It seems rather hopeless. :(

about 2 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

Teckla Re:I'm sorry I'm an idiot (204 comments)

Except that in that brave new future, the keypresses are navigating a round trip - see "google instant search" or just about any textbox now having "completion suggestions" which respond to each keypress...

But that's just one potential solution, it's not the fault of the technology itself. In addition, at least your key presses show up instantly, rather than making a round trip before they show up. Low latency is nice.

I stand by my assertion that equating X11 and the web is wrong, not that it stops the haters and/or the ignorant from parroting it (and getting modded up for it).

about 2 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

Teckla Re:I'm sorry I'm an idiot (204 comments)

In the brave new future, we're now going to run our software on virtual cloud servers while the display goes over the Internet to our web browser, using Javascript instead of X11.

And the difference is enormous. HTML / CSS / JavaScript can do a lot. Even something as seemingly minor as key presses not having to navigate a round trip is a huge win.

It's popular to equate X11 and the web, but it's wrong to do so.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Teckla Re:They don't go outside (635 comments)

If my son is any gauge, the reason they don't drive is because it would require them to leave the house. Whenever we go anywhere, he is always concerned with how far he will be from his computer. The iPad and 3DS will only hold off the DTs for so long...

Get him a smartphone?

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Teckla Re:Gas price probably has more to do with it. (635 comments)

Yes I drive a lot less than I used to 10 years ago, but it less to do with the Internet and more to do with the price of gas....

I'm not sure why your comment and link to an ancient article on gas prices (2004?!) got modded insightful, but when you factor in inflation, gas prices aren't particularly high. They're at a pretty normal level compared to historical prices (again, inflation adjusted).

That being said, the inflation adjusted income of the middle class has been going down for decades. That's more likely to be your culprit.

about 3 months ago
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NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 Tested, Fastest Android 4.3 Slate Under $200

Teckla Re:benchmark (107 comments)

It does well for on-screen benchmarks, because of the low resolution of 1280x720.

The submitter got the resolution wrong. It's 1280x800, which is actually a quite nice DPI for a 7" device that's only $200.

about 4 months ago
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NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 Tested, Fastest Android 4.3 Slate Under $200

Teckla Re:only 1280x720? (107 comments)

The submitter got the resolution wrong. It's 1280x800, which is actually a quite nice DPI for a 7" device that's only $200.

about 4 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

Teckla Re:There are a lot of people eating their hats (321 comments)

The way netbooks were killed was always sort of fishy.

Microsoft killed netbooks by only licensing Windows 7 Starter on netbooks that were underpowered to run Windows 7 well. Thus, people ended up having a lousy user experience.

Google revived netbooks in the form of Chromebooks by ensuring that Microsoft could not sabotage them.

People never really stopped liking netbooks -- what people didn't like was underpowered netbooks (which was Microsoft's fault) running Windows 7.

about 4 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

Teckla Re:There are a lot of people eating their hats (321 comments)

Everyone else kinda stopped selling netbooks didn't they? I would have preferred a netbook with roughly the same specs as a Chromebook and for roughly the same price, but such a thing didn't exist. Just a few years back there seemed to be plenty of different options.

Microsoft knowingly, willingly, and successfully killed netbooks, by only allowing Windows 7 Starter on netbooks that didn't have enough resources (primarily memory and CPU speed) to perform well.

So the people that got them had a bad user experience, bad mouthed them to everyone they knew, and never bought one again. Those people should have blamed the true guilty party -- Microsoft -- but they blamed netbooks in general instead. Thus, Microsoft successfully killed off netbooks.

The original idea of netbooks was something closer to what Chromebooks are... and they are very successful. Google was smart enough to rename them (netbooks -> Chromebooks) and smart enough to include an OS and browser that Microsoft can't sabotage.

And now we see that netbooks are actually a success, because Google went back to the original successful formula (no fat and slow Windows, no asinine limitations on hardware). Oh, and renamed them from netbooks to Chromebooks since Microsoft's anti-netbook campaign was so successful that everyone hates "netbooks" now... even if they actually do love them in the form of Chromebooks.

about 4 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

Teckla Re:Online banking and other financial activities ? (321 comments)

You are using an OS specifically designed as spyware and you are using it for online banking and other financial activities?? Seriously??

Are you actually suggesting it's safer to do online banking with your typical malware ridden Windows system than with a Chromebook?? Seriously??

about 4 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

Teckla Re:How many don't use the chrome part? (321 comments)

Again it is going to do all they need to do and at the same time require a lot less maintenance than Windows.

Maintenance is the primary problem with Windows. It's just too much work to keep a Windows system running well and safe.

In the last few years, my father has spent more money on Windows maintenance -- paid a company to wipe and reinstall his PC due to viruses, and then paid a pretty penny for antivirus software -- than he would have spent on an entire Chromebook.

And in the end, what does he do on his PC? Web browsing.

Not to mention the fact that his data is way safer on Google than local. Okay, so can Google and the NSA see pictures of his grandchildren if it's stored on Google? Probably.

But that's not important to him. What's important to him is not losing those pictures in the first place. And those pictures are way safer on Google's servers than on his local computer.

about 4 months ago
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PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

Teckla Re:Android??? Why not Chrome OS.... (564 comments)

Chrome OS isn't really a desktop OS either. Chrome OS is the current incarnation of the dumb terminal (I know that there is local processing but the purpose is locking you up to Googles servers and services). Chrome OS is a tool for locking your data in with Google. That is even worse than MS locking in your desktop - at least you control your data there. In Chrome OS you control neither. They have to pay ME for get me to use one.

I've been in the computer field for more decades than I care to remember, and I couldn't count the number of times I've seen people lose priceless data (because it happens so often).

They get viruses that eat their data; they don't backup their data; they backup their data incorrectly; their data and backup gets destroyed (e.g., house fires); etc.

For average people, having a company like Google hold onto your data is a good idea. Google will do a much better job keeping it safe than your average person.

Also, Google does a great job making it easy to make a local copy of all your stuff stored on Google (email, docs, spreadsheets, etc.) so I don't think your lock in comment is entirely fair.

Not to mention the care and feeding Windows requires, it's insane. It's ridiculously easy to get viruses and malware, it's ridiculously easy for your system to start running unbearably slow. It's because Windows is far too hard for average people to understand and administer properly. And it's not the average person's fault, they shouldn't have to be computer geniuses to use a computer.

Chromebooks are an absolutely fantastic solution for lots of people.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

Teckla Re:What? (285 comments)

Sounds like I hit a little too close to home. :P

Nope, I just grew up enough to stop looking down my nose at the way everyone else lives their life, how they spend their money, how they spend their free time, how they raise their kids, etc.

I'm not sure why I'm even bothering to reply. You don't even have kids. You're clueless.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

Teckla Re:What? (285 comments)

Yeah. Should I ever have kids, the first version of Pong we're playing is "catch". I've seen kids raised by video games. No thanks.

I bet you don't even own a TV.

You're awesome.

about 4 months ago
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

Teckla Re:Officials say? (644 comments)

Young people are the poorest age group. Middle aged and older people are the wealthiest age groups. Why should relatively poor young folks continue to pay more and more and more to subsidize their relatively rich elders?

So a lot of people heat their homes in the winter with natural gas. In the summer, natural gas bills are low. In the winter, they can be very high.

You can sign up for a payment plan that evens out the costs. You pay more than you normally would in the summer, and less than you normally would in the winter. The monthly charge doesn't change much all year long.

This plan makes it much easier to budget for expenses.

It turns out this approach works well for health care, too. Pay about the same in the summer (when you're young) and in the winter (when you're old).

You see, many young people just aren't very good at planning for the future. For example, many old people would be homeless, and starve on the streets (and die) when they got old, without something like Social Security. The system actually works very well, despite right-wing lies that it doesn't (the only problems are congress borrowing money from Social Security for non Social Security related things).

So the same proven approach is being applied to health care. This is a good idea.

about 5 months ago

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The Truth about Violence

Teckla Teckla writes  |  about a year ago

Teckla (630646) writes "Just as it is prudent to wear your seat belt while driving, it makes sense to know how best to respond to violence. In fact, it is overwhelmingly likely that some of you will become the targets of violence in the future. The purpose of this essay is to help you prepare for it."
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The Riddle of the Gun

Teckla Teckla writes  |  about a year ago

Teckla (630646) writes "Fantasists and zealots can be found on both sides of the debate over guns in America. On the one hand, many gun-rights advocates reject even the most sensible restrictions on the sale of weapons to the public. On the other, proponents of stricter gun laws often seem unable to understand why a good person would ever want ready access to a loaded firearm. Between these two extremes we must find grounds for a rational discussion about the problem of gun violence."
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Teckla Teckla writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Teckla (630646) writes "With Democrats soon having the majority in the House and the Senate, the issue of minimum wage is sure to follow. I've seen very little in the way of convincing arguments that minimum wage is a good thing or bad thing. Democrats typically argue that everyone deserves a minimum living wage, and that the economic impact on companies is negligible. Republicans often argue that imposing an artificial minimum wage hurts the economy. I haven't seen either of these viewpoints supported with any kind of serious economic analysis. My question for Slashdot is simple: Is minimum wage a good thing or a bad thing, and why?"

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