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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Triv weight (214 comments)

Specs are nice, but what does the thing WEIGH? One of the major advantages to chromebooks etc. is that they're light enough for you to carry around without feeling like you're strapped to a gold brick.

2 days ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Triv Re:Much ado about nothing (712 comments)

browse at 2+, and threads look like a coherent discussion of the issues broached in TFA.

Only if you agree with the overall tone of the thread. Moderation re-enforces the party line, and the choice of articles and/or post content are catered to generate interaction. Unpopular threads get pushed down pretty fast and hard, or (worse) are barely moderated at all.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Triv sort of (381 comments)

You know, in a way, Facebook is the best thing to happen to web communities in years - the threads are incomprehensible and move so fast but the audience is so large that it's basically flypaper for wingnuts.

Then again, comment blockers and Ghostery make this largely a non-issue for me anyway.

3 days ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

Triv irony ahoy (299 comments)

You guys realize that slashdot is just as clickbait-y and unreasonable and targeted as Jezebel, right? The headlines here are designed to drive comments and pageviews equally as hard by leaning on the same sorts of buttons, you just don't realize it as often because the buttons they push reenforce your own viewpoints and biases.

about a week ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

Triv buy stock (158 comments)

I'm predicting a run on vacuum sealers.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

Triv 2 reasons (277 comments)

2 reasons:

1. because they aren't designed to be easy for YOU, they're designed to be easy for HR to put in a database.

and relatedly,

2. because applying for jobs online can't be too easy because otherwise the signal-to-noise ratio suffers.

about two weeks ago
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Want To Work Without Prying Eyes? Try Wearing a Body Sock

Triv wtf (75 comments)

...Are you fucking kidding me? If there's a shark, /. just jumped it.

about two weeks ago
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ACLU and EFF Endorse Weaker USA Freedom Act Passed By Committee

Triv Government surveillance (107 comments)

Long may it reign.

about 3 months ago
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

Triv Re:Business class is a misnomer (146 comments)

Yeah, that's WAY more efficient than establishing the relationship in advance and just Fedexing the document back and forth once it requires a signature.

about 4 months ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Triv Weather (187 comments)

Forgive a potentially stupid question, but how is this going to work with snow on the ground?

about 4 months ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

Triv Re:Grammar (130 comments)

Brightness can be modified by building your app with dark colors. It still "glows" but at least it doesn't glow white. See mobilemouse for a great example.

You have a dedicated TV remote now; replacing it with a phone is silly. Buy a cheap tablet or iPod Touch and use it for just this purpose, or at least related purposes. iPods also remember your last open app if you close it down with the power button instead of the home button, saving you the trouble of renavigation.

This hits all your points I think?

about 4 months ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

Triv headline (470 comments)

Fuck you slashdot and your ever more clickbaity headlines. I've been coming here for nerdstuff since the 90s but it makes me angry now more often than it teaches me anything.

Lame, dudes. Super lame.

about 5 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Jonathan Coulton What You Will

Triv PAXEast (48 comments)

You weren't at the last PAX Prime, nor will you be at the upcoming PAX East. Any story behind that?

about 5 months ago
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Project Ara: Inside Google's Modular Smartphones

Triv Re:Drop-sensitivity (70 comments)

"My Blackberry Q10 has a removable battery, and it reboots itself whenever I set it down on a desk too hard. Most or all smartphones with removable batteries that I've used in the past did the same thing."

"Weird. Every phone I've ever owned has a removable battery. Not one has ever done this, even when accidentally I drop them on the floor. How hard are you slamming them down?"

ANECDOTE FIGHT!

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

Triv Re:Confiscate cameras (478 comments)

"This has *everything* to do with the jackass owner trying to ensure that nobody can take their own pictures, because I guarantee he's got a photographer onboard who's taking "professional" pictures which are sold at ludicrous prices. Have you *been* to a themepark?"

Think that through for a second. Any technology in place to affect client's cameras will also affect the hired photographer's cameras.

about 6 months ago
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Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

Triv Re: Sure, why not? (410 comments)

Thank you.

Also, even if you ignore the deceptiveness of the formatting of the original list, and while I appreciate that they cited the source, I really wish it wasn't from a website whose sub-headline is "Conservative Policy Research and Analysis."

about 6 months ago
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How I Lost My Google Glass (and Regained Some Faith In Humanity)

Triv Re:No Find My Google Glass? (124 comments)

Glass doesn't have an internet connection or GPS chip of its own. I would assume it disappeared from the 'net as soon as she and her phone moved out of bluetooth range.

about 6 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

Triv Lame (625 comments)

For fuck's sake guys, there was so much more interesting information in that report and you went for the linkbait-iest piece of crap on the list. Have some fucking self respect. Check your sources. Be a goddamned editor. The rest of you: follow the link to the .pdf and read at least the Highlights of the report. It's fascinating.

about 6 months ago
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University Developing Technology To Vote On Your Tablet, Smartphone

Triv Go for it. (259 comments)

Two years ago I would have looked down on this, saying that the minimum requirement for participating in government would be showing up one day a year to check some boxes on a form.

However, those two years have brought on voter registration laws designed to disenfranchise, laws so blatantly racist that it's pants-on-heads insane that anybody let them get away with it.

Gerrymandered districts can't be fixed til the next census. Mobile voting could be a hell of a stopgap before then.

about 8 months ago

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cinco de mayo

Triv Triv writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Happy Cinco de Mayo to me.

Also. Happy Birthday to Me. :)

I'd love to post somethin' about how different it feels to be 23, but it all sounds trite, so fuck it.

If there're any NYC slashdotters out there readin' this, we be gettin' drinks 'round 10 tonight at Bar 81 (aka "the Verk" - 7th street between 1st and 2nd aves, right next to Blue and Gold.) Just ask the bartender to point me out - I'll hopefully be the one at the center of the colossal drunken roaring. :)

More info can be found Here.

Triv

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Camera Help

Triv Triv writes  |  more than 10 years ago

All right y'all. You call yerselves geeks? This is your chance to prove it.

In an ill-advised bout of christmas cheer, my girlfriend has decided (over my not so strenuous objections) to take me to England in January. To celebrate, I've decided to get myself a digital camera but have absolutely no idea as to where to buy from, what to look for or how much to pay.

Requirements:

CHEAP. I can't stress this enough. I know ya get what ya pay for, but I'm looking for the best deal for the least amount of money. I really can't afford to spend more than $150 on this piece of tech, and even that's pushing it. (this isn't including any external memory cards, though it'd be REALLY nice if it came with one instead of relying initially on built-in storage. More on that in a sec)

Once that's out of the way...

Ideally, this little gadget would have a physical zoom (instead of an optical one) and an LCD of some description. I'd also like a way to download my pics from the camera to my iPod. As far as I know the only easy way to do this is via CF with a reader attached to the 'pod. This is managable, but I'd like to not have to pay more for an extra memory card, ie, I'd rather it have no interal storage and an included CF card (or, of course, both) rather than it just coming with internal memory.

This seems to be the best deal I've found so far, but then again, as I've said, I have practically no idea as to what I'm talking about. :)

C'mon guys: What're my odds of finding exactly what I'm looking for, and where should I do my shopping?

Triv

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PS2

Triv Triv writes  |  more than 11 years ago Ok y'all, survey time. I just got a good deal on a Playstation2 (yeahyeah, I'm behind the times - sue me ;) and need to know what games to look for. Here's the catch - I'm looking for older (read: cheaper) games. I know the Matrix and X-Men -based discs are supposed to be awsome, but you'll never find me spending $50 for them. I'm looking to spend around $20 each.

Any suggestions?

Triv

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ack!

Triv Triv writes  |  more than 11 years ago My iPod just died. I pushed my headphone plug into the jack and heard a tiny little *snap*. I now only get sound from one ear. This is not cool - I've sold my discmen and boxed all my CDs. My job is mindless - how the hell am I supposed to deal with it without something to keep me company? More importantly: why did apple make the connector plastic? That was an error - I've thought so for months and now that thinking has bit me. Hard.

I will be eagerly awaiting my repair status confirmation. :(

Triv

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moving is hard

Triv Triv writes  |  more than 11 years ago I have WAAAAAAY too much stuff. We stuffed my mom's car last weekend, TWICE, and it still looked like nothing had changed in our old apartment.

So I went on a rampage last night, threw everything I could into boxes and stacked them, moved the now empty bookcases against the wall to get 'em outta the way. Looks much much better but there's still quite a bit left to sort through, throw out and pack.

I have so many books it's not even funny. 4 boxes of fiction, 2 boxes of musical scores/sheet music, a box of tech/textbooks. Two boxes of CDs (that are, thanks to iTunes and external storage, staying in the closet). Two boxes of movies. At LEAST 3 full bags of clothes.

That's not even counting the furniture (shudder). AT least we don't need to move my 6-foot desk. Or the bed, or the couches. We had enough money from me selling some old tech and from the girl saving like crazy, to buy new stuff.

Hopefully I'll be ready to move the computer by next weekend. Once that (ok, and the cats) are there the balance shifts from living in Queens and stopping by manhattan to the other way 'round. Can't wait.

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movin' out

Triv Triv writes  |  more than 11 years ago Hell yes. After suffering the degradation of living in what amounts to a retirement home (IE, Queens County, NYC) for close to two years, the girl and I are moving away from the roommate- whose-primary-qualities-shall-not-be-named into Manhattan. Not even a dangerous, evil part of Manhattan, but 26th street. 4 blocks from school. A quick 20 minute busride from work (instead of the hellish 80 minute bus-train-train-walk combo I'm working with now). Hardwood floors. Southern exposure. Lower power bills. Blocks from everything (like, oh, I dunno bars with people my age in them), lotsa food, cheap groceries and delis. In short, heaven.

I initally moved to Queens to get away from my parents - it needed to be done, but getting away from home isn't worth completely destroying what are supposed to be the FUN years of my life.

When I told the roommate she...well, she wasn't happy. But after 2 years of dealing with her viral nature (spreading to any clean part of the apartment like a fungus) I'm ready to slap her. She's lucky I didn't just move out in the middle of the night when she wasn't there. Bah.

I start moving Sunday. Giddygiddygiddy.

Triv

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Broadband!

Triv Triv writes  |  more than 11 years ago I took the plunge. I ordered broadband. My DSL Modem should arrive tomorrow and I need some pointers.

Here's the question: What can I do with it? Apart from faster browsing and quick system updates and all that jazz, what sort of stuff can you DO with an always on connection? Any good applications out for OSX that...monitor...stuff? Or something? I'm sure I'll find stuff but I'd like a head start.

Triv

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Just had an idea...

Triv Triv writes  |  more than 11 years ago Ok, so I was thinking about Apple ditching ADB and serial ports completely in favor of USB and Firewire, so I started thinking about the next thing to go.

Then, as I looked at my flatscreen iMac I had my epiphany. There's nothing about the interface of that computer you don't need. All that matters is the screen, the keyboard and (occasionally) the optical drive. Since you don't need the CD drive exposed constantly, you move the screen out of the way when you need to access it. Sweet idea.

Then it hit me: optical disk-drives will go. Think about this piece of tech:

Instead of placing a disk in the drive we'll have a small, flat box with a cheap, short-range wi-fi transmitter in it. It'll probably be completely solid state, not optical or magnetic. You take the thing within range of your computer and the computer automagically mounts the disk just like a CD. No more need for truly 'removable' media.

This is a far future thing (and how you power the drive is a problem) but I'm willing to be we'll see this in the next...10? 20?...years.

:)

Triv

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The Perfect Song Lyric (CONTINUED!!!)

Triv Triv writes  |  more than 11 years ago This is a continuation of the original discussion (found here) that has been archived. Check the link for current submissions. I'll be posting the best of what's been sent in so far this upcoming weekend. Doesn't mean the project's over, it's just good to have milestones. :)

The (edited) original post:

I need a little help with a paper I'm thinking of writing. The subject is the perfect song lyric.

This is the basic idea: there's lots of music out there. Lots of it sucks. Some of it's good. A small percentage of it is blow-you-away awsome. But sometimes a lyric hits you so hard, a gut-wrenching, purely visceral/emotional response it almost makes the whole song worth listening to just to get to that good bit, even if, without that lyrical punch, it's completely worthless. I'm not talking about a good lyric or a cute turn of phrase, I mean a lyric that instantly fires up your imagination, planting a picture of a scene so eloquently you're left out of breath.

I'm not asking for your favorite lyrics. I'm not asking for what a lyric means to you (it should be apparent in and of itself). I'm asking for a lyric that creates a scene, gives you backstory, tells you much much more than the words do by themselves, all in a few lines.

So please, reply here. Tell your friends. Just tell 'em to reply here with their choices. Be sure to include the artist, the song and the lyric. I'm planning to publish this if I get enough of these together, and you'll get credit where it's due (of course). :)


Thanks y'all.

Triv

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Beer (and Thanksgiving)

Triv Triv writes  |  more than 11 years ago Woo Hoo!

I'm goin' to Washington DC for thanksgiving. I REALLY need a vacation and my parents are kindly supplying one.

Anyone in the DC area wanna grab a beer this weekend? :)

Triv

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Synchronicity

Triv Triv writes  |  more than 11 years ago Y'all know those cute little quotes that appear at the bottom of any /. page? The one listed right now is "You have a deep interest in all that is artistic." which happens to be the fortune I got with my chinese food last night.

Spooky. :)

Triv

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The Perfect Song Lyric

Triv Triv writes  |  more than 11 years ago I need a little help with a paper I'm thinking of writing. The subject is the perfect song lyric.

This is the basic idea: there's lots of music out there. Lots of it sucks. Some of it's good. A small percentage of it is blow-you-away awsome. But sometimes a lyric hits you so hard, a gut-wrenching, purely visceral/emotional response it almost makes the whole song worth listening to just to get to that good bit, even if, without that lyrical punch, it's completely worthless. I'm not talking about a good lyric or a cute turn of phrase, I mean a lyric that instantly fires up your imagination, planting a picture of a scene so eloquently you're left out of breath.

I'm not asking for your favorite lyrics. I'm not asking for what a lyric means to you (it should be apparent in and of itself). I'm asking for a lyric that creates a scene, gives you backstory, tells you much much more than the words do by themselves, all in a few lines.

WARNING: THIS IS NOT EASY. I've been thinking about this for 6 months. I have, as of yet, thought of two.

#1: Don Henley, "The Boys of Summer"

"Out on the road today I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac.
A little voice inside my head said 'don't look back, you can never look back.'"


and

#2: Third Eye Blind, "Slow Motion"

"Miss Jones taught me English,
but I think I just shot her son."


It's worth noting that these aren't from my favorite bands. I actually pretty much despise "Third Eye Blind" and the rest of that song is absolutely terrible. It's a pity that the lyric is the first one heard in the song - I might listen to the rest of it just to hear it. That's the point, really.

So please, reply here. Tell your friends. Just tell 'em to reply here with their choices. Be sure to include the artist, the song and the lyric. I'm planning to publish this if I get enough of these together, and you'll get credit where it's due (of course). :)

Thanks y'all.

Triv

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I love Thursdays

Triv Triv writes  |  more than 11 years ago Arthur Dent might've hated Thursdays but I love 'em. My dad comes into the city and buys me lunch. GOOD lunch. I just had the flakiest, most delicious chicken pot pie and a killer salad. Not bad considering the poor man's lunch I get the other 4 days of my working week - Pretzels, Ginger ale and nicotine.

Our Thursdays remind me of how much he misses talking to me. I don't regret moving out, not one bit. It just throws things into a different light when his overwhelming DADness is across the Hudson save for this one day a week. Things and people don't look so...imperfect...when the contact's minimal. Can't see the blackheads from 12 miles away.

I'm stuffed. I want to take a nap, not move books around. :)

Triv

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I saw the weirdest thing yesterday

Triv Triv writes  |  more than 11 years ago I saw the strangest advertising blitz I've ever experienced on 42nd street (NYC) yesterday. I was standing outside the main library's side door at lunchtime (I work there) when twenty-five people wearing purple bodysuits (velvet bodysuits) and little four-colored wings on rollerblades shot past me. They were carrying signs that said things like "I (heart) NY! I (heart) MSN8!" and trying to interest passersby. I didn't know Microsoft did that kind of marketing. I don't know what to think of it, honestly. Regardless of what I thought about it, as an advertising strategy it certainly worked - I remembered it, and I'm writing it here. Not that I'd ever use it, but still.

Weird. :)

Triv

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