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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

adiposity Re:I wonder how much damage... (277 comments)

I agree that Excel is superior, but Outlook is "better" at certain things. Namely, working with Exchange and its integrated contacts, calendar, and mail. Fix that problem and I could be talked into rewriting ever single Excel Macro my company uses!

2 days ago
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Facebook To Pay City $200K-a-Year For a Neighborhood Cop

adiposity Re:Pretty ridiculous (235 comments)

When a citizen is attempting to effect the arrest, it is much easier for the person being arrested to simply claim they were being assaulted and fought back and there is no simple way to determine who is right.

But with a police officer, there is a simple way to determine who is right: the officer.

about a month and a half ago
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Your Next Car's Electronics Will Likely Be Connected By Ethernet

adiposity AVC-LAN (180 comments)

What about AVC-LAN (what Toyota uses)?

Not that I would suggest it has the bandwidth of ethernet!

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

adiposity Re: The more simple you make it the less complex i (876 comments)

system("...")

What you are describing is using a bunch of shell programs to achieve a simple task. Up to a certain level of complexity, these prewritten programs are the best way to accomplish such tasks. Thankfully, most programming languages both have many such predefined functions, as well as being able to call the system shell.

But yes, the shell is an environment where it is easy to get certain things done without the overhead of most languages. Heck, it is easier to write your script at the command line than to save it as a shell script (a type of programming language). Does that mean anything?

Use the right tool for the job. A hammer is simpler than a jackhammer. It can't easily accomplish what the other can, though. If you want to write a "program" that does the above sort, write it in sh, or bash. Oh wait, you already did!

about 2 months ago
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Former Dev Gives Gloomy Outlook On Linux Support For the Opera Browser

adiposity Re:Another webkit is irrelevent (181 comments)

While as a developer, I appreciated the diversity in rendering engines Opera brought to the table, as a user, I don't think I would care. If Opera was better than Chrome with Presto, it could be better with Blink--with the added benefit of lots of obscure sites actually working.

How many Opera users actually celebrated that Opera worked on less websites than Chrome as a good thing?

Now, if Presto was faster (which it could be, at times), then that's another argument. But diversity wasn't what made them fans, IMO.

about 3 months ago
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200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

adiposity Re:Everyone creates arbitrary lines (628 comments)

I am not really basing this on my own experiences, but on mine and the shared experiences of many humans. Most humans simply do not believe plants are as aware, or able to feel, as much as say, a dog. I realize that is just a statistic I am making up, but really, I think most people would agree.

You might think I have no love for plants. It isn't true, though. My grandmother and my great-grandfather were both landscapers, and I have been caring for plants as long as I can remember. In my own home I have planted more than 15 trees, 4 cacti, 15 shrubs, many vines, and I have an herb garden. I take care of these plants carefully and I feel sad when they die or start to wither.

But, I eat their fruit and leaves (for the edible ones), and I don't feel any compunction about it. My basil for example, only lives one year, and I replant it each year, and eat the leaves. I don't know if this is offensive to you, or not. To me, it is not.

Even though I have (what I consider) a healthy respect for plant life, I don't feel the same when someone pulls weeds, as I do when someone steps on a snail (I have more sympathy for the snail). I can't really explain it, but I imagine it has to do with snails being closer on the evolutionary ladder to humans, than bermuda grass.

about 3 months ago
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200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

adiposity Re:Everyone creates arbitrary lines (628 comments)

> I don't think animal life is worth preserving. So now what?

So, you don't do anything to preserve that life. Others may disagree.

I was just saying, the idea of preserving species based on our idea of what they think or feel doesn't really allow us to do the same for plants. Plants are so different from humans that we are unlikely to ever have much sympathy or empathy for their "thoughts" or "feelings," which from the human perspective don't really even exist.

I don't disagree that preservation of plant life is important, though. I just suggest that the only rational approach is to preserve things based on their value to us as a planet, species, country, or family. Certainly the idea of not eating dogs while eating pigs is an irrational one from an intelligence standpoint. On the other hand, dogs have proven to be good companions, and some people may see a big value in preserving that.

I wasn't making any conclusions on who was right, as much as explaining why the idea of plant intelligence/emotion is not really a strong argument in treating them more like humans, or pets.

about 2 months ago
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200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

adiposity Re:Everyone creates arbitrary lines (628 comments)

If a thought has no meaning to us, as humans, then it is hard to develop any sympathy for that thought. Since sympathy is essentially the basis for treating intelligent animals "humanely," it is pretty hard to swallow that we should give the same deference to seaweed as chimps.

But, you can argue for any mode of thought. Perhaps oxygen molecules don't like being inhaled, and we should just let ourselves die from suffocation. It's kind of silly to approach life that way, though. A better approach might be to preserve that which we think is worth being preserved. There isn't really any way to do that other than a selfish point of view (from the point of the species, the region, or the individual). If there is no value in saving the life of all seaweed, then we don't do it. If there is a value in keeping dolphins alive, then we do it.

about 2 months ago
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Oracle Seeking Community Feedback on Java 8 EE Plans

adiposity Re: Auto (109 comments)

While you are at it, put it in regular java, too.

about 3 months ago
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Oracle Seeking Community Feedback on Java 8 EE Plans

adiposity Auto (109 comments)

The auto keyword for declaring variables.

about 3 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

adiposity Re:Too big (520 comments)

4K UHD is defined as 3840x2160

Perhaps 4K is not the best choice of name, but the alternative would be to call it 2160p. You cannot simply call it UHD because there are 4K UHD and 8K UHD!

It's a very useful resolution as it is nearly as high as 4096x2160 while retaining the extremely common 16:9 aspect ratio.

DCI 4K is what you are talking about, and it is a pity there are two 4Ks, but we best get used to "4K UHD" and "4K Digital Projection/DCI" or alternatively "4K TV" vs "4K monitor."

about 3 months ago
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Sony Announces Game Streaming Service

adiposity Re:Latency (144 comments)

Yes, absolutely, you sum it, and the delay of your TV as well. If it can compare to my controller latency, though, I consider it reasonably low, even when summed together.

The problem is not average latency, either. Any connection is going to have latency spikes (unlike my controller), and those will be unacceptable. This is not Netflix which can queue up some data in advance of it being needed. Netflix has issues, anyway, and it doesn't need to respond to your inputs with a new video frame 60 times per second.

about 3 months ago
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Sony Announces Game Streaming Service

adiposity Re:Latency (144 comments)

I have a great connection, super low latency. Yet, somehow I doubt it can compare to the latency of the wireless signal of my PS4 controller. Packets take time to get from your house to Gaikai servers, no matter how good your connection is, and it's going to be longer than a wireless signal 10 feet away.

about 3 months ago
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Sony Announces Game Streaming Service

adiposity Latency (144 comments)

I have a hard time believing they can overcome the latency problems to my satisfaction. If you can play Frogger on this service than that's some pretty darn good latency.

about 3 months ago
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Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality

adiposity Lesson (366 comments)

Lesson: always upload in 4K to minimize punishment.

about 4 months ago
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NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?

adiposity Re:Highway Robbery (453 comments)

Usually sayings are not included in dictionary.com. I just searched the web for the phrase, and these are the sites that came up.

Urbandictionary is useful as it provides commonly understood meanings of sayings or slang. Obviously, it is not authoritative, but it has its worth.

Good luck to you, sir.

about 4 months ago
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NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?

adiposity Re:Highway Robbery (453 comments)

I did not make that definition up. Below are a few random examples from the internet of my definition being confirmed. I challenge you to find one definition that matches your bizarre use of the phrase.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Even%20a%20broken%20clock%20is%20right%20twice%20a%20day

1. Success obtained through dumb luck.

2. A rare moment of high achievement from an individual/team/company that is usually unsuccessful.
"I can't believe that Johnny took home that chick last night!"

"Yeah, well even a broken clock is right twice a day."

The origin is apparently from the Chinese proverb saying "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while":

http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/even+a+blind+squirrel+finds+a+nut+once+in+a+while.html

This expression means that even if people are ineffective or misguided, sometimes they can still be correct just by being lucky.
Read more at http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/even+a+blind+squirrel+finds+a+nut+once+in+a+while.html#XxyDt8zIwgsX5oCy.99

http://www.clichesite.com/content.asp?which=tip+2144

1. Even people who don't know what they are doing can be successful sometimes.
2. Lucky

Sorry, but face it. You ignorantly misused the colloquialism and are now having a hard time admitting it.

If you just stop and think about it...it makes sense. Even if a broken clock is right twice a day, it still doesn't mean you should consult the broken clock, right? Thus, the meaning is, if something TOTALLY USELESS occasionally is right, a single single success should not be read into too much.

Good luck to you in your future education.

about 4 months ago
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NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?

adiposity Re:Highway Robbery (453 comments)

OK, either you are the most pedantic English speaking asshole on the planet, or you have no idea what an analogy is.

You would not use the broken clock as evidence of the time, ever, unless you were an idiot.

No shit Captain Obvious. FYI, you're equally idiotic if you take any subjective source at their word without using empirical data to verify the claim.

A lunatic drug addict might say something true. Is there any reason to ever treat him as a source of anything?

I know what an analogy is. This was a bad use of the clock analogy.

The analogy you used is typically quoted to characterize someone getting lucky. In other words, when someone accomplishes something amazing, you might say "Even a broken clock is right twice a day," to indicate that not too much should be read into their success.

Instead, you used it to elevate the importance of someone's comments. "Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day, so we shouldn't discredit everything that broken clock says." Not only is this not the normally accepted use of this phrase, the analogy breaks down.

So, I would have to say, you are the one who doesn't understand the analogy you made.

To be honest, I wasn't expecting my comments to be taken too seriously. It was just a snide remark that your analogy breaks down in obvious ways. If you want to compare Rush, or anyone else, to a broken clock, and then suggest we should ever take his comments seriously, you are the one discrediting him, not me.

I think the same could be said about 'random internet asshole.' So, what makes you so goddamn trustworthy, anyway?

I don't have to be trustworthy to point out the flaws of an analogy. I never said anything that is requiring of your trust to understand or accept. I just pointed out where your analogy fails and basically makes no sense.

about 4 months ago
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NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?

adiposity Re:Highway Robbery (453 comments)

Even a broken clock is right twice a day, you know.

If a broken clock is on the right time, by the time you have observed it, it will be telling you something wrong again.

A broken clock might be missing the hour, minute, or second hand. Is it ever "right"?

A broken clock can only be known to be right by use of an unbroken clock. You would not use the broken clock as evidence of the time, ever, unless you were an idiot. Therefore, there is no reason to ever consult the broken clock.

A lunatic drug addict might say something true. Is there any reason to ever treat him as a source of anything?

about 4 months ago

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