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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Jean-Luc Picard is my idol... (191 comments)

Mel Brooks finally made the sequel to Spaceballs?

about a month ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Jean-Luc Picard is my idol... (191 comments)

It paints an optimistic picture but it sure wasn't well thought out. Please don't misunderstand me; I enjoyed TNG too, but let's think through just a couple of things it featured: (1) Unlimited energy and the ability to create any object instantly like food, clothing and shelter; (2) Holographic VR simulators indistinguishable from reality... Sounds like a Federation full of Holodeck-addicted lotus-eaters to me. Captain Kirk *loved* destroying dystopian societies like that. Once again though, I loved to watch the show too (most of the time anyway).

about a month ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Au contraire! (129 comments)

I would *much* rather help a user by actually being there than trying to explain how the CD-ROM tray isn't a coffee cup holder. I've worked in IT since the mid-90s and let me tell you, it's less frustrating for all involved that way-- except for the bean counters, who have to pay me to hop in my car and do that. They'd much rather pay a less skilled person less money to try to resolve things over the phone. Except for the smallest problems, THAT is the only reason remote support exists. How many times have you called a big company for help with something (not just computers, but anything) only to be stymied by some level one drone who reads from a script? They provide this crappy support because they can get away with it.

about 2 months ago
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E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Sounds uselesss to me (116 comments)

Most kids, left to their own devices, either won't read or will read shit. That carries over into young adulthood-- witness the slouching beast that is pop culture. Take one look at the magazines at a grocery store checkout, or the lad mags. The human brain has a limited capacity, that can be filled with good stuff or bad stuff. Things like Hamlet or Great Expectations or 1984 are still relevant today. I'm like you; I could've done without some of the more boring ones, but looking back I'm glad I was given the foundation.

about 2 months ago
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E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Sounds uselesss to me (116 comments)

We're getting off-topic, but you're right. And do read 1984. It's as applicable and scary today as they day it was written.

about 2 months ago
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E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

TheGoodNamesWereGone Sounds uselesss to me (116 comments)

I have a phone with a 3.5" screen. It's just about useless for e-reading. Also, the idea that if all the troubled youth were just given books they'd read them is bogus. They *can't* read and if they could they still wouldn't want to.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Dobsonian (187 comments)

In terms of bang for the buck Dobs can't be beat. You'll get more aperture per amount spent. Add a Telrad and you're good to go. Do not start out with an electronic mount; use real charts. Ads for cheap scopes will tout magnification; that's not as important as aperture and light-gathering power. You'll want at least 4", preferably 6". All that said, expect to pay good money for good quality. If it sounds too cheap then it probably is.

about 2 months ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Informative winners list (180 comments)

Authors who write to get awards are writing the social justice NOW bullshit. Authors who write for readers are having their lunches.

about 2 months ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Pfft (402 comments)

Nano has gotten me out of a jam more times than I can count when I couldn't get X working. It's simple, easy to use, and works great.

about 3 months ago
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Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:KDE? (132 comments)

I did a fresh install of M17 the day before yesterday. I had a couple of hard lockups running Cinnamon. LXDE was fine, and installing KDE is as simple as firing up synaptic and grabbing 'kde-standard'. I'm typing this from KDE right now. It's not as polished as SuSE's but it's stable (so far)

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Anything built before 2001 (702 comments)

I'd argue that it *was* true in some cases. There are still a lot of air-cooled VW Beetles being used as daily drivers and I had one too until recently. I currently drive a 1989 Volvo 240, every day. Tough as a block of iron and reliable.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

TheGoodNamesWereGone IBM Model M Keyboard (702 comments)

Built in 1993. Still works perfectly

about 6 months ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

TheGoodNamesWereGone My little rant about PC gaming (245 comments)

I'd love to know what percentage of games are FPSs... They're cranked out like sausages not because they're the best that the companies can do, but because they can be played using a console controller. Meanwhile a reasonably well-equpped PC has far more power than any console, and features a real (gasp!) keyboard with more than 10 buttons! Game makers do shitty ports of titles to the PC; for example, I still have not played Skyrim because of the PC-unfriendly interface. And they wonder why sales are down.

about 6 months ago
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Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

TheGoodNamesWereGone Who's Your Dealer? (172 comments)

Does he have good prices?

about 7 months ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Wish I could mod this to 6 (704 comments)

You want a certain type of game to be made? Write one. Then sell it. If it's good then people will buy it. Until then stop complaining how the world needs to change to suit you.

about 7 months ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Wrong Subsection (704 comments)

Wish I could mod this to 6

about 7 months ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Shill (545 comments)

but if the numbers are true

3.3 gallons per tomato? That's a suspicious figure. No, I didn't RTFA, but let's run the numbers... How many tomato plants in an acre? How many fruits per plant? Multiply that by 3.3, and it seems very high.

about 7 months ago

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Microsoft releases beta of Offline Windows Defende

TheGoodNamesWereGone TheGoodNamesWereGone writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheGoodNamesWereGone (1844118) writes "Microsoft has released a beta of an offline version of its Windows Defender product, for those instances where the computer is just so unbelievably infected that it can't go online or access security website. Prior to this, techies cleaning up infected PCs would have to use Ultimate Boot CD or something similar, but creating those disks and keeping them updated could be something of a chore. Offline Windows Defender comes in 32 and 64 bit flavors. Will this be a help to people like me who are always cleaning diseased PCs?"
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