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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

WinstonWolfIT Extensive public input? (164 comments)

"The decision follows a long process that invited, and received, very extensive public input – over 500 comments in all"

Hell, Slashdot has 500 comments on any given topic, and 95% of them aren't fit to bubble above the filters.

about a month ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

WinstonWolfIT Re:Bang (162 comments)

You're not thinking it through. Small explosion on plane causes catastrophic decompression and ignites fuel. Small explosion in a security contained area takes out just a few.

about a month and a half ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

WinstonWolfIT Re:Bang (162 comments)

Honestly that's fine by me. Better sending up a contained security area than a plane full of innocents.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

WinstonWolfIT Bing is irrelevant (174 comments)

Without traffic being integrated into travel times Bing is useless. The when of a trip is just as important as the how, especially when navigating using a mobile. Bing will happily send me into a 20-kilometer parking lot, where Google will route me around it and save me significant time. Also, the usability of the site is laughable. Where's the search typeahead?

about a month and a half ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

WinstonWolfIT Can't unring a bell (346 comments)

The mail is probably sitting in someone's pop3 inbox. Plus, when he received something obviously in mistake it probably got deleted. Either way, wouldn't it make more sense to contact the addressee and stress that the mail is proprietary and disclosing it would rain down a whole heap of trouble on the guy?

about a month and a half ago
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Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

WinstonWolfIT Re:besides that (131 comments)

Perhaps but the whole point of an ESN is to keep work at work. I've seen Yammer used reasonably well with a couple of distributed technology groups for micro-blogging, and having chat channels (Skype, Lync, HipChat) is very useful. My current engagement is mostly from home, and our company ESN allows us to be productive without having to commute.

about a month and a half ago
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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

WinstonWolfIT Inconclusive (198 comments)

Chupacabra isn't included.

about 1 month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

WinstonWolfIT Re: why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (561 comments)

Way too much truth here. I passed their exam to satisfy my curiosity but figured I'd find them as boring as I find myself after surfing their forums at the time. As far as the chicks go (recalling my days in Uni), a well-maintained genius is so outnumbered by men I would have better luck going for supermodels interested in money. The truth is everyone is an idiot in a demonstrable way, and the ideal match is the one who can find the humor in the ways their partner is just bloody hopeless.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

WinstonWolfIT C# for Q&D (466 comments)

The learning curve for a C programmer isn't bad, you can self pace into some elegance if you get painted into a corner, it's very easy to bang out a console application or service, deployments are pretty easy, and it's pretty well documented how to interface web services and web applications from the console. Given the OP's background and the objective, it seems the best fit for me.

about 2 months ago
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Expedia To Accept Bitcoin

WinstonWolfIT Bitcoins are insane (87 comments)

They have no intrinsic value, similar to tulip bulbs back in the day. Gold has intrinsic value. Currency has intrinsic value in that it's tied to the GDP and ability of its issuer to pay bonds. It's true monetary policy can grow or shrink a money supply, but see above. When a bitcoin is generated, it was generated from not virtually nothing, but literally nothing.

about 2 months ago
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Geothermal Heat Contributing To West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melting

WinstonWolfIT Re:Queue the deniers (387 comments)

It's clear the apocalypse is coming -- whether it takes the form of Communists vs. the West, a new Crusades, or climatic change, our grandchildren are well and truly fucked.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

WinstonWolfIT BOFH (474 comments)

One week when I was bored I opened up my wireless, waited for the inevitable leach, and then played routing games around the sick porn sites he visited. Increasingly, all traffic routed to http://www.kittenwar.com./ The leaching soon stopped.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

WinstonWolfIT Re: We are being bred for slavery (364 comments)

Astute. The pool of available liquid currency precisely buys the pool of available commodities. Like tic tac toe, the only way to win this game is to not play it, but perceived happiness is devilish when your next door neighbor has a nicer car than you do.

about 2 months ago
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After Trademark Dispute, Mexican Carriers Can No Longer Use iPhone Name In Ads

WinstonWolfIT Re:Phonetics (53 comments)

Assuming the ph dipthong is prounounced as an f, they are still phonetically identical. Yes, I know ph doesn't occur in Spanish words and iPhone would be eeponeh.

about 2 months ago
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After Trademark Dispute, Mexican Carriers Can No Longer Use iPhone Name In Ads

WinstonWolfIT Re:Easy (53 comments)

Phonetically it would be eeTelefono. I was actually wondering why a Mexican company would sell something that phonetically is eefoneh. Are Mexican brands keeping track with the number of English words that Japanese complain about taking over their language?

about 2 months ago
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Study: Rats Regret Making the Wrong Decision

WinstonWolfIT Re:Duh (94 comments)

... said the victim while the tiger crouched...

about 2 months ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

WinstonWolfIT Re:How will history judge the F-35? (417 comments)

Do you really think China's ambitions are going to end well? Honestly?

about 3 months ago
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Intel Wants To Computerize Your Car

WinstonWolfIT Re:Integrated Infotainment, why do I want it? (191 comments)

What if you're in a city like Sydney, where there are mazes of roads underground? You phone GPS won't work there.

I was just in Sydney and my phone did quite well. It predicts your location while it waits to re-establish signal. If you stick to the plan it works pretty well.

about 3 months ago
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Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

WinstonWolfIT Fully autonomous probably not possible (437 comments)

I was thinking the same thing about the blind and the blind drunk, but the problem is at the start and end points. The car may not know how to get out of a parking garage (scan for exit signs?), and it probably won't know how to find a parking spot in congested metro areas (heuristic search?) so at some point you're going to have to take over.

about 3 months ago
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US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

WinstonWolfIT Re:Why learn CS only to train your H1B replacement (306 comments)

Okay wise-ass... what do you propose to do that isn't undercut by the third world? In the end it's net value delivered, is it not?

about 3 months ago

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