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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

Yosho Re:People *want* MS vendor lock-in? (173 comments)

People actually want their information stored in Microsoft's proprietary format? I thought that was something done out of ignorance, or because you felt forced to do so.

No, and yes, that's right. I don't know that anybody has said, "Sweet, I love Outlook!" Rather, you use Outlook because you work for somewhere that uses an MS Exchange e-mail server whether you like it or not.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

Yosho Re:I would be nice if popular CMS's were not so sl (302 comments)

Anyone else go through this?

Nope. Throwing faster hardware at a problem is much cheaper than having a team of developers spend weeks optimizing a framework or making a new one.

about two weeks ago
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Moot Retires From 4chan

Yosho Re:It is hard not to associate this with 8chan (184 comments)

"Very few places" here being slashdot, youtube, reddit, twitter, and pretty much everywhere else on the internet...

You can say anything you want, but you'll probably get modded down and ignored quickly, if not banned.

And even if you don't, you've still got a reputation. Your real identity may not be attached to your posts, but you've still got an identity, and people will at least remember what you say and possibly track down your uses of that identity on other web sites.

Anonymity isn't just a feature on 4chan, it's part of the culture. Nobody can punish you for anything you say, nobody can speak louder than you, and nobody can embarass you because there is nothing linking your identity to your words.

People make a lot of noise about "evil" things being said on 4chan, but that's not quite right. There's a lot of honesty on 4chan. Without any repurcussions, shame, or punishment, everybody can say exactly what they're thinking. They're still thinking it elsewhere -- but they feel like they can vocalize it on 4chan. And there's a lot of interesting, insightful discussion that goes on there, too, especially with regards to subjects that are too taboo or embarassing to discuss in places where you have an identity.

about two weeks ago
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Why Aren't We Using SSH For Everything?

Yosho Re:The NSA would love it. (203 comments)

Got any reliable citations for those sources, or is it just the nebulous "some"? I mean, some sources say the NSA has brainwave scanners and can tell what you're thinking from a van outside your house. But those guys are nuts.

The protocol is an open standard, and anybody who has looked at OpenSSH's source code has "cracked" it. It's not terribly complex. If you're transmitting over an unencrypted connection or using a compromised cipher or key, anybody can figure out what you're doing.

The real issue (and what you're probably thinking of) is whether the NSA has backdoors in or has cracked different encryption ciphers that are commonly used over SSH. If they have, that's a much more widespread problem than just SSH, because those ciphers are used elsewhere, too (like in HTTPS).

about a month ago
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Human Eye's Oscillation Rate Determines Smooth Frame Rate

Yosho Re:The human eye is proof God exists (187 comments)

The appeal is that it's the truth. People want to discover the truth about how our world works and how we came to exist in it, and science is how we do that -- and every bit of science we have indicates that evolution is the only plausible explanation for the current diversity of life on Earth.

you're pushing the idea that life has no true purpose and random death means progress

No, we're not, and I think the whole "you can't have meaning without religion!" bit is one of the most insidious lies the Christian church has pushed. Not following the dogma laid out in 2000-year-old books means you can make your own purpose in life. You can decide what gives you meaning and what you consider progress. I promise that if you go to any Humanist gathering, you will see plenty of people who have meaning and purpose without religion. Talk to them a bit, even -- I'll bet they'll be perfectly friendly if you say, "Hey, I'm a Christian but wanted to see what you guys are all about." Learning first-hand what life without religion is like is better than taking your pastor's word for it (after all, do you think maybe he has his own agenda?).

I'd rather bet on a .001% chance that Jesus is Lord than 99.999% chance that life is based on nothing but random chance and death.

Here's the thing, though: there's not a 0.001% chance of that, there's a 0% chance of it. There is zero evidence than any sort of supernatural being exists at all, and it's a huge leap from there to "Christianity is true," with just as much evidence. You are believing it purely because it makes you feel good. That's your choice, but maybe you should find out what the alternative is actually like before dismissing it.

about a month ago
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NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

Yosho Re:It's totally superfluous (164 comments)

And these guys spent 10 years simplifying that?

No, they spent 10 years simplifying things like scanning for wireless access points, detecting the encryption type, and storing credentials. Or setting up routing over Bluetooth. Or configuring and switching between different types of VPNs. Or bridging between multiple interfaces. And having a little icon in your system tray that you can right-click on to do it all.

If the only thing you ever do is set a static IP for your ethernet card then you probably don't need it, but a lot of people do more complex things than that.

about a month ago
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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

Yosho Re:irrelevant (57 comments)

Stop buying cheap bargain mice wireless mice from Wal-mart. Every wireless mouse I've used since the early 2000's has had as much delay as a wired mouse. Try something like a Logitech M510, it's lag-free and the batteries will last longer than the switches in the buttons.

about 2 months ago
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How To End Online Harassment

Yosho It's so brave of you... (834 comments)

to post another anti-GG smear article.

But I feel like pointing out that actually, the majority of the harassment going on in the hashtag on Twitter nowadays is the anti-GG crowd harassing the GG supporters. Is it worth mentioning that a journalist who has supported GG has been sent a syringe and a dead animal in the mail?

Yesterday I saw an anti-GG supporter tell a prominent GG supporter (who is a woman who has been raped) that:
1) She's not really a woman
2) She should join her in hating all men
And then, after it was revealed that the rapist was female:
3) She wasn't raped, because women can't rape.

Or should I mention how GG has tracked down the identity of the person who sent death threats to Anita Sarkeesian (and many other people, under different accounts)... and Anita has ignored them and refused to press charges? I guess it's not good for the smear campaign if it looks like your targets are helping you.

But, go on, keep talking about how terrible it is that you think GG is a misogynist harassment campaign. Unfortunately, GG isn't actually even fighting that battle. They don't care about public perception, they care about taking down the corrupt giants -- and let me point out that Gawker has been bleeding advertisers lately.

about 3 months ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Yosho Re:which idiot is letting these people fly... (372 comments)

But Obama said that he "can't" do that. Why he can't do that he didn't say though.

Well, it's probably because he's not a dictator with unlimited power and can't shut down companies with a wave of his hand.

about 3 months ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

Yosho Re:it's got to be the genes (254 comments)

anthropomorphic global warming.

Huh, they've anthropomorphized global warming? So... what's it look like? Red fur, raven wings? Maybe a rainbow tail? Dare I ask for Rule 34?

about 4 months ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Yosho Re:What where they copying? (155 comments)

But every new game they put out has been an iteratively improved copy of a lower-tech game with great gameplay put out by someone else.

When was the last time a game developer put out a game that wasn't inspired by something else?

about 4 months ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Yosho Re:Zero! (260 comments)

The last thing I want to be doing when I am outside is attached to a computer or tablet.

But when you need to be attached to a computer or tablet, why stay down in your mom's basement when you could go sit outside instead?

about 5 months ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Yosho Wow... really, Slashdot? (260 comments)

Given how this is supposed to be a community of nerds, I'm surprised at how many people here are proudly stating that they don't even have a wireless router (or they choose not connect anything to it, or they don't even have an internet connection).

I mean, the whole point of technology is to improve quality of life, right? Sure, I could spend time running cable through the attic and installing panels in the walls... but then I'd have to spend time doing that, and I'd still have unsightly cables running from the walls all over rooms. On top of that, I've got plenty of devices that don't even have ethernet ports. Sure, I've got my router and a gigabit switch next to it that both have things plugged into them, but that's only convenient for things that are near the router. Sure, ethernet would be faster, but 802.11n is still enough to saturate my internet connection -- and if really need to copy a ton of data between computers on the intranet, nothing beats a USB hard drive. So, going down the list...

2 tablets
1 laptop
1 phone
2 Nintendo 3DSes
1 Playstation Vita
1 Roku
1 Ouya
1 Wii
1 Wii U
1 Kindle
1 desktop computer

That's just for my wife and me, but I could easily see having several more if we had kids. And I've got an isolated guest network for my friends to use with their phones and tablets whenever they come over. I've probably had two dozen devices at once connected to my router.

about 5 months ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

Yosho Re:Dubious achievement (336 comments)

None of those things were minor improvements to existing products that already met peoples' needs, either. Windows 3.1 and 95 were huge upgrades that did things their predecessors were completely incapable of, and the iPhone may as well have been a completely original product, given that its competition was composed of clunky bricks with terrible UIs.

What about Win 7 is "substantially worse" than XP? Or 8, after you turn off Metro?

about 6 months ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

Yosho Re:People hear "Windows 8" and run away (336 comments)

The currently available solutions seem pretty weak to me. I mean, I've got an Android tablet, but it's pretty poor at actually controlling a media center PC. I suppose I could use a UPnP app to make it play music or video files, but that won't work well for something like playing games, watching Blu-ray discs, browsing the web, or anything else -- and if all I'm doing is streaming content to it, there's no point in having a standalone PC instead of just using my TV's built-in media capabilities. Using something like VNC to control it remotely is kludgey at best. What does Windows 8 offer that makes it suitable for this kind of thing?

about 6 months ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

Yosho Re:People hear "Windows 8" and run away (336 comments)

Systems without a touchscreen or a digitizer shouldn't exist.

So let's say I've got a media center PC connected to my TV that's running Windows 8. How am I supposed to use a touchscreen to interact with that? Walk over to my TV and leave giant smudges on it as I smear my fingers several feet across it?

about 6 months ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

Yosho Re:Dubious achievement (336 comments)

That seems like quite a bit of extrapolation. Why do those status tell you that MS OSes have "totally sucked" rather than tell you that people are resistant to change and will keep using something that is just good enough to meet their needs?

about 6 months ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Yosho Re:5thed is irrelevant. (183 comments)

I'm also gonna guess he doesn't bother with encumbrance, and I've never heard somebody say THAC0 was "easy", but I'm not sure how he'd run a pre-3.0 D&D campaign without that.

about 6 months ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Yosho Re:5thed is irrelevant. (183 comments)

Except for a 12th level characters reasonably having +29/29/24/19/14 where the first attack is actually a double attack as well and he's doing +28 dmg per hit for obscene numbers yah, pathfinder sure is 'good'.

Yes, in fact, that's very reasonable compared to 3.5 under the guidance of WotC, where with some exploits you can have a 5th-level character with an infinitely high strength, or another who can take an unlimited number of actions per turn, or even a 5th-level wizard without any particularly bad exploits can kill the tarrasque.

So yes, a heavily tweaked and optimized 12th-level character who can do a few hundred damage per round is pretty reasonable. Oh, and I do think my original post said there were a few exceptions.

about 6 months ago

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China's iPad clone runs Android, is 1/5 the price

Yosho Yosho writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Yosho (135835) writes "China is always pretty good at producing knockoffs of popular devices, and they've done it again; this time it's the iPed, which looks remarkably like the iPad. It comes in a similar box and looks like it's running on pretty similar hardware, but there's a twist — it runs Android and only costs $105. All I want to know is, when will they be selling them in America and can I get one?"
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Japanese Windows 7 gets official "OS-tan" and them

Yosho Yosho writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Yosho writes "The OS-tans — cute, fan-made anime characters that represent individual operating systems — have long been very popular among Japanese internet users. Microsoft is officially embracing them and has created an official OS-tan, Nanami Madobe, to represent Windows 7 in Japan. The Japanese premium set of Windows 7 Ultimate will contain an exclusive wallpaper and sound set based on her; on top of that, the character is being voiced by popular voice actress and singer Nana Mizuki. Operating systems have never been cuter!"
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