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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

UltraZelda64 Re: Simple (610 comments)

The "massive power savings" of using an LCD screen might not be worth it compared to the far superior contrast ratios that a good old-fashioned CRT TV can provide. On those, black really is black, and it really makes a difference for many of the types of games and movies I would watch. If CRT-based HDTVs were still around, that would probably be my first choice even today since SED TVs are still nowhere to be found.

2 days ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

UltraZelda64 Re:Adblock, NoScript, DoNotTrackMe. (418 comments)

I can't find NoScript for Firefox for Android, but I did find Adblock Plus for it. I'll give it a try, at the least it could allow me to browse the web without wasting bandwidth (and money) on ads, but it still won't solve the YouTube ad problem... that would require a system-wide ad blocker, which Android just won't allow without hacking.

about a month ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

UltraZelda64 Re:Adblock, NoScript, DoNotTrackMe. (418 comments)

I use DownloadHelper normally. But yeah, I agree. I normally only ever see ads on my damn Android phone though. On a PC I "correct" it by installing the extensions before doing anything else when running a fresh browser, but on a phone--I have zero tolerance for ads (especially the fact that they are commercials, audio and video and everything). Just one of them and I back out of it.

To be fair, even using YouTube on my phone is rare, because Google has successfully destroyed it long ago. Want to find a music video that is not live? Too bad, it's not there, because the copyright holders don't want you watching their shit on "mobile device," so if you want to find anything at all you'd better be on a desktop anyway.

about a month and a half ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

UltraZelda64 Adblock, NoScript, DoNotTrackMe. (418 comments)

Really, I don't know what I'd do without them. Probably stop using the Internet as much as I do now, find some alternatives, or do a hell of a lot more bitching.

When running a fresh new installation of a web browser, the first ad I see immediately causes me to halt everything I'm doing and install those three plugins. Annoyingly, I usually don't even hit two consecutive websites before that happens--the wretched fucking things are literally everywhere. Video ads really fucking piss me off, and even more on Android, because the god damn things are *designed* to reduce your access to the system, which effectively prevents installing ad blocking software without gaining root.

I have actually in the past, when confronted with an ad while trying to watch a video, cranked the volume all the way down and turned the phone upside down. If I did happen to see what brand was advertising, I add them to my mental blacklist of products and services to AVOID. Yes, I am so against advertising, it has the exact *opposite* effect on me when it comes to buying things. I'm sorry, but I can think for myself, I can do my own research and come up with an educated conclusion as to what I want or need. I don't fucking need someone spewing bullshit, trying to force me to buy their junk.

These days? When I even come across ONE ad when attempting to watch YouTube, I have zero tolerance. I close it. It is not worth the hassle. If I want to watch something bad enough, it will be on a proper computer with the necessary extensions. Android is one of the worst platforms to visit web pages or watch videos on.

about a month and a half ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

UltraZelda64 Re:Useless coins (753 comments)

Also... I should point out that I use the front-right pocket for the wallet, front-left pocket for change. When I have my cell phone and need a convenient place for it, and/or a thumb drive or pocket knife, they also go in the front-left, with the change. Works great for me. Keys? You seriously put them in your pocket? I just hang mine from one of my right-side belt loops. Yeah--that means my keys are noisy--but I have to admit, I don't mind hearing them when I walk. They serve as a reminder that I didn't, you know, forget them in the house (oops!) or something. And if I have my keys, 99.9% of the time I also have my wallet, so I'm not without my license and money, because I habitually pick up my wallet and keys, in that order.

about a month and a half ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

UltraZelda64 Re:Useless coins (753 comments)

Right now I have $98 in currency in my wallet (mix of 20s, 10s and 1s), and my wallet is showing no signs of distress. Personally, I'd rather have eight 1-dollar bills in my wallet than a small pile of heavy coins in my pocket, all mixed in with my thumb drives, keys, and pocket knife. I also prefer not to make jingle-jangle noises when I walk, but I suppose some people like that sound.

Your pants make "jingle-jangle" noises when you walk with change in your pocket? I don't know what kind of pants you wear (too baggy?), but I can honestly say that mine keep my change secure enough (with the help of gravity) that as long as I'm not leaning over in some odd way, I never hear my change jingle. Ever. Only if I happen to put my hand in my pocket and jiggle the inner lining around on purpose, at which point it's me consciously making the noise on purpose.

First world problem. If your currency is "all folded and bent and deformed in any way imaginable", you're not doing it right. Are you one of those people who keep their currency all wadded up in a ball? Anyway, if you think straightening out a pile of money is a nightmare, you should count yourself lucky in life.

Nope, I have a wallet. Why would I roll my bills up in a ball? And I will admit that it seems to be relatively rare these days that I encounter a totally screwed up, wrinkled dollar bill, but they do exist. But my point really was, even if rare, every single bill that has a random creased side or corner adds up and adds to the annoyance of managing it and working with the entire stack money. Just four duds can make the whole pile a pain in the ass to work with. And I'm talking ones here; assuming you have 15 of them, of which 8 are pretty neat and the rest have random creases here and there, it adds up and can be a pain in the ass.

Also, I wish I could say that my wallet didn't get so stuffed so badly with more bills, but it does. Then again, I refuse to pay $100 for a little piece of leather to keep my plastic cards, driver's license and bills organized in. Maybe that's my problem, I'm too cheap, but either way, it doesn't change the fact that pockets come included with the cost of all the pants and shorts that I've ever bought, they work well for holding change silently and securely the vast majority of the time, and for me it's nice to be able to grab a couple of coins instead of reaching for a wallet, opening it and fiddling with paper.

about a month and a half ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

UltraZelda64 Re:Useless coins (753 comments)

Well, I'll take a pocket full of dollar coins over dollar bills any day. I like coins--small, they have some nice weight to them, and they're easier to handle in large numbers for the most part. They won't fold, rip or get crinkled. The only major downside? Coins tend to fall out of my pocket if I lay down without taking them out.

On the other hand... have you ever had a wallet full of bills? Dollar bills, like pennies, can really add up. Add a couple fives, tens and twenties and your wallet will be about to burst, not wanting to close properly. Then the next time you pull your wallet out, you have to deal with the nightmare of wading through tens of loose pieces of paper, all folded and bent and deformed in any way imaginable, to get to the bills you need. And often because those damn 1-dollar bills, about as annoying as the damn penny and nickel (though not *quite* as worthless), end up taking space that just isn't really available, and having fewer bills (ie. larger dollar amounts; fives, tens, etc.) would be more pleasant to work with.

IMO they should ditch the penny and make the nickel the smallest measurement of change, and get rid of the $1 bill while they're at it making the $5 the smallest bill. Bring the 50-cent piece and the dollar coin into full circulation... and maybe even some of the old "eagle" coins ($2.50, $5, $10, maybe even $20). I would seriously almost NEVER use bills if they did that. I would be more likely to use the $10 and $20 bills than any other if I used any bills at all, but anything smaller, I'd personally use the coin. I hate the physical size of the dime though, I wish they'd give it a makeover... it's just too damn small to handle. The nickel is pretty bad too, but not quite as bad.

about a month and a half ago
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Public To Vote On Names For Exoplanets

UltraZelda64 Rename all the planets... (127 comments)

Under this criteria, not a single planet (or former planet) in this solar system should keep its name, as pretty much all of them run the risk of offending someone who prays to a different diety than the ones that the ancient Romans and Greeks did. Hell, while they're at it, they might as well go through all the astronomical catalogs and weed out all these pesky offensive "religious" names, because they're all over the place. It's pathetic how far people will go these days to attempt to not "offend" even a fly...

about a month and a half ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

UltraZelda64 Hell no. (381 comments)

Full-fledged computers can barely even keep track of time on their own without constantly pinging a network time server, there's no way in hell I would want my watch--of all things--to be absolute shit for timekeeping. Also, all I need my watch to do is show me the time and date, nothing else, and light up on the somewhat-frequent occasions that I need to see it in the dark. Not to mention, a cell phone can barely last a day running a modern "mobile" operating system... does anyone really think these "smart" watches will last a week without recharging? No thanks, I'll keep my current watch, which doesn't need a change of batteries for a couple *years*, and no need to plug into the wall every two days to charge. It's bad enough having to recharge my phone daily, hell will freeze over before I accept having to do the same thing with a watch.

about 1 month ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

UltraZelda64 Re:Died Outside a Tesla (443 comments)

Got killed when the Tesla ejected (rejected?) him.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Settles With No-IP After Malware Takedown

UltraZelda64 A real malware takedown... (83 comments)

...would be shutting down these god damn Windows machines that are infected zombies taking on the malicious tasks that this whole damn situation is about. No-IP is nothing without Microsoft's infected junk spewing garbage and infections all over the Internet. It's not like Microsoft doesn't hold the keys to immobilize a system running their own operating system anyway, they have the kill switch built right in to the OS before you even buy the license to run it in the form of WGA.

about 2 months ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

UltraZelda64 Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (415 comments)

Ever been pulled over by a cop for a dumb reason (example: loud music), then repeatedly questioned and attempted to be tricked into a lie with incriminating statements, pulled over for a full 20-30 minutes, before finally being let go--with no other charges the cop tried to lure you into other than the original one that could have been given and ticketed in five minutes? It happened to me.

Too bad my friend and I both had our seatbelts on, I obeyed all traffic laws, had all working lights and signals, and did not fall for his attempts to catch me in some incriminating statement which he attempted to force out for a good 25 minutes or so. Poor guy, only got to give the original loud music ticket he originally pulled me over for, and wasted about 25 minutes on me that he could have actually been spending pulling people over who were actually doing something wrong that is actually worthy of an arrest or something. Like people disobeying traffic laws, driving wrecklessly, or something... you know... actually potentially harmful to other drivers on the road.

Ah well.. he probably felt that it was some sort of minor accomplishment, because his notes mentioned the name of the band that I was listening to and that there was some cussing, which the judge brought up in the court room and actually started laughing and joking about.

about 2 months ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

UltraZelda64 Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (415 comments)

Since the dog can't smell memory, it must have been trained to smell something about the electronic components. That's bound to trigger a LOT of false positives in the modern world.

Officer: "May I see your driver's license and registration?"
Driver: "Yes, here it is."
Officer: "I noticed that your middle interior brake light is out and a little bit back you swerved."
Driver: "Yes, I know the light is out, I just haven't had the time and money to get it fixed. And I swerved because a saw a small rabbit hop toward the road on the other side of a tree."
Police Dog: "Bark! Bark! Bark bark! Bark!"
Officer: "Alright, so have you done any drugs?"
Driver: "No."
Officer: "Do you have any drugs in the car?"
Driver: "No, I told you I don't do any drugs."
Officer: "Well my dog smells something suspecious, so I have the probable cause required by law to search your car."
*officer opens glove compartment; dog gets excited"
Officer: [saying quietly under his breath:] "Shit, it's just a fuse box."
Officer: "Looks [smells?] like you've got a burnt fuse there, buddy. You might want to get that fixed."
Driver: "I know. It's been blown for about two weeks. My interior lighting doesn't work."
Officer: [silently thinking to himself:] "I guess I'm going to have to find some other way to nab this guy or work on finding someone else to nail. I need to meet my quota for this month."

For some reason, I *totally* imagine that or a similar situation occuring, and probably more than a few times in the future...

about 2 months ago
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Alienware Swaps SteamOS For Windows

UltraZelda64 Re:Describe PUSSYING OUT (173 comments)

And that alternative is selling "Steam Machines" with a Microsoft tax? Fuck Dell/Alienware. Note to self: Time to blacklist Alienware and NEVER buy a Steam Machine from them.

about 3 months ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

UltraZelda64 Re:Somewhere in my mind... (337 comments)

Where the fuck are your mod points when you need them? Someone mod this guy funny...
Ironically, on the other hand, I always have mod points when I feel no need to use them. Such a dumb setup.

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released

UltraZelda64 Re:Memory usage fixed? (270 comments)

I've had nothing but trouble with Firefox on my older machines (a 2001-era 1.7GHz P4 w/ 256MB RAM that was retired as a regular desktop several years ago; a POS Dell with AMD64 dual-core and 2GB RAM).

On the other hand... I have to say, since getting my new laptop, at least on the Linux side... no memory issues whatsoever. It has been upgraded from 4GB to 16GB and the couple megabytes it used to swap to disk on occasion after long periods of use is no more, and the Windows side (although buggy as all hell), at least when it runs, actually runs nicely. The only trouble with Windows 8.1 is trying to get the damn thing to boot up without locking up. Oh, and the borked Start screen, which for some reason got all fucked up in one of the updates. Currently using just over 800MB RAM; i3 window manager on openSUSE 13.1, two xterm windows (one running wget), Geany text editor with a bunch of tabs, Dolphin file manager, and Firefox with five tabs. Seems to hover around 700-800MB regularly, usually only breaks a gig when I start a virtual machine.

To be fair, with this being a laptop instead of a desktop, I do tend to use it differently (though I almost always have it hooked up to my external monitor/mouse/keyboard and use it as a desktop). I shut it down every day and put it in its carrying case; the desktop was left on 24/7 and ready to go, set up as an SSH server for when I'm away. For this reason I often only have maybe a couple handfuls of tabs open in Firefox at any given time, instead of the dozens or hundred-plus that I used to have open on the old desktop. It should be interesting when I get a proper, modern desktop machine to replace that old one and use it in a way that is more "typical" to my previous usage patterns, but until then I'm stuck with what I have. Still, recall instant and horrendous swapping just by visiting gmail.com, no other tabs open, which is gone on this system; it might just bring it to close to a gig of RAM used.

I admit... I miss my always-on, always-ready, always-serving machine... the portability of the laptop is not quite making up for it. If I had to live with only one for the long term... desktop it is. Yet the laptop has its advantages, which I wouldn't want to do without either. I honestly don't see how people can get by with only a laptop, yet I hear people say it all the time.

about 3 months ago
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General Anesthesia Exposure In Infancy Causes Long-Term Memory Deficits

UltraZelda64 WOW! (90 comments)

Who would have guessed that a drug-induced coma, a chemical that literally knocks you the fuck out, would have any kind of long-term effect whatsoever on the brain? Is this seriously news? Did anyone seriously not just kind of figure that such strong drugs for the purpose of suspending the brain would have, you know, mental effects?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: A 'Mavis Beacon' For Teaching Smartphone and Tablet Typing?

UltraZelda64 Re:QWERTY is the problem (55 comments)

I was just about to type something along the lines of what you did, but since you already did, it seems I can save myself the typing.

The way I see it: Desktop keyboards, Dvorak or Colemak; cell phones and tablet computers, MessagEase. Use the right tool for the job, and ironically, QWERTY is never the right tool (and this is especially true on a touchscreen "keyboard").

about 3 months ago
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Report: Watch Dogs Game May Have Influenced Highway Sign Hacking

UltraZelda64 Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (154 comments)

No... the real solution is, quit fucking putting such high-tech god damn road signs on the highways. Since when the fuck did the traditional pure metal signs go out of style? The roadsides don't need such expensive hackable junk. In fact, if they're electronic, programmable and have giant screens of some sort, I'd have a hard time even calling them "signs" in the first place. Just go back to the basics. How hard is it to figure out?

about 3 months ago

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