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Windows 8.1 May Restore Boot-To-Desktop, Start Button

an unsound mind Re:Windows is not disappearing anytime soon (628 comments)

From a consumer viewpoint it looks like Windows 8 is an experiment by Microsoft to try new things to keep up with Apple, and by Windows 9 the problems will be fixed and we'll be back into a variant of the same old UI.

Little risk in experimenting when the vast majority of users will be ones getting it bundled with the hardware - enterprise users won't upgrade this soon after Windows 7, and few people buy the latest version of an operating system if the one they have works for their purposes.

The only thing Microsoft is risking here is the Windows brand, and frankly, after the disaster the Vista launch was, Windows 8 looks small.

about a year and a half ago
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Wayland 1.1 Released — Now With Raspberry Pi Support

an unsound mind Re:remote desktop vs windows (197 comments)

Wayland is being made for a set of use cases that don't perfectly match those of X11.

If said use cases are important to you, you're free to make your own replacement or keep using X11, or pay someone else to do so for you. Accusing people of being Apple fanboys in completely unrelated stories is unlikely to garner your cause much support, however.

about a year and a half ago
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Dell, Raymond Unveil 'One Smartwatch Per Child'; Icahn Erupts

an unsound mind Re:This is getting fucking old. (34 comments)

At least omg ponies didn't get in the way of using the site.

How to make your site entirely unusable for at least three days 101, from Slashdot. I'll be back in a week.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Fined €561 Million For Non-compliance With EU Browser Settlement

an unsound mind Re:Meanwhile... (401 comments)

The ruling comes from an another era, back when Microsoft was guilty of abusing it's position.

They no longer have that position to abuse, but they still weren't compliant with a court order.

about a year and a half ago
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Iceland Considers Internet Porn Ban

an unsound mind Re:fuck you iceland. (684 comments)

It's funny. They're removing rights from a group of people to "protect them" and are straight up calling them "vulnerable".

If it were men as the spokespeople for removing the rights of women to protect them, everyone would rightfully call bullshit.

And that shouldn't change just because it's a woman saying so. This is bullshit.

about 2 years ago
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Fragmentation Leads To Android Insecurities

an unsound mind Re:Or... (318 comments)

I already switched. I used Android, but I grew very tired of the dearth of OS updates - I was stuck on 2.2 despite buying my device when 2.3 was already out - and the poor selection and difficulty of browsing of the Market. Where the market has vastly improved and things like the Humble Bundle have significantly improved the selection, the phones ain't getting updated any more frequently.

And if Google doesn't bite the bullet and make it mandatory for manufacturers and carriers to provide updates, Android stays off the list of mobile operating systems I'm willing to consider.

about 2 years ago
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Fragmentation Leads To Android Insecurities

an unsound mind Re:Or... (318 comments)

This does not change the fact that a lot of Android phones are running vastly outdated versions of their firmware with several known security holes - and the people owning these phones do not have the option of updating their phones.

Android is insecure, because of two factors - the manufacturers frequently simply don't give their users a way to update, and because the system requirements of the OS keep rising at an absurd pace, making many older phones incompatible with later releases of the OS.

about 2 years ago
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Dean Kamen Invents Stomach Pump For Dieters

an unsound mind Re:Isn't this just bulimia? (483 comments)

A bad diet is not the only cause for being overweight.

about 2 years ago
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Steam Hit By 'No Connection' Error Worldwide

an unsound mind Re:Sensationalism? (126 comments)

They... actually do have that disclaimer. Look into the printed box of any Steamworks game. It has a disclaimer with an URL to the full disclaimer / contract.

And it's not the DRM servers going down, it's the servers providing the multiplayer framework. And those do go down for non-Steamworks games too.

about 2 years ago
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Steam Hit By 'No Connection' Error Worldwide

an unsound mind Re:Sensationalism? (126 comments)

Sensationalism? Yes.

News? No.

Steam goes down like this every few weeks - I can count a few instances lasting for several hours at a time this year. Dozens of instances for this happening for several minutes. It means their, uh, servers have crashed and they need to reboot or replace them. This is literally Computers 101 content.

about 2 years ago
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Specific Gut Bacteria May Account For Much Obesity

an unsound mind Re:You expect 6-month olds to exercise? (470 comments)

Well, we know why it's broken. Hoarding energy confers a significant survival benefit during times of famine.

What's under investigation now is how it's broken.

about 2 years ago
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Specific Gut Bacteria May Account For Much Obesity

an unsound mind Re:I though it was over consumption of cals. (470 comments)

Your claim that "99.999%" of fat people are eating processed sugar and fat by the pound.

This is an outrageous claim.

And your claim that weight gain is caused exclusively by diet is not proven either, I'm afraid.

Give us proof rather than petulant attacks on other people.

about 2 years ago
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Specific Gut Bacteria May Account For Much Obesity

an unsound mind Re:I though it was over consumption of cals. (470 comments)

Outrageous claims require some solid evidence.

Please provide properly peer-reviewed studies supporting your viewpoint.

about 2 years ago
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Specific Gut Bacteria May Account For Much Obesity

an unsound mind Re:I though it was over consumption of cals. (470 comments)

The problem here is that nobody not on a strictly regimented diet or suffering from an eating disorder only eats as much calories than they need.

Human biology heavily pushes people towards moderate over-consumption. In fact, going under the amount of calories you require will cause significant fatigue and pain.

Calories in, calories out. For a slim person, however, the calories are coming out in their waste, because their body does not digest it the same way it does in fat people. That is, in fact, what the summary said.

about 2 years ago
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Specific Gut Bacteria May Account For Much Obesity

an unsound mind Re:Mass-Media Report (470 comments)

We can also try to find a substance that affects said bacteria and nothing else, and then flood the stomach with that.

The danger there is that very few substances we've found affect just the one type of bacteria.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Orders Memory Game Developers To Stop Using 'Memory' In Names

an unsound mind Re:And this is why I'll never live in a walled gar (409 comments)

The problem here is that at that point your platform doesn't matter - in fact, companies do get granted injunctions on trademark matters all the time. You might have noticed some more important ones reported on Slashdot - and trust me, this is only the tip of the iceberg.

about 2 years ago
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Study Claims Human Intelligence Peaked Two To Six Millennia Ago

an unsound mind Re:Coincides with organized religion (637 comments)

No, organized religion is an advantage towards group cohesion, and good group cohesion in those times meant it's members were a lot less likely to die early.

about 2 years ago
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Study Claims Human Intelligence Peaked Two To Six Millennia Ago

an unsound mind Re:Only when averaged out... (637 comments)

Your average Slashdot reader is always in a state of needing to consume caffeine.

about 2 years ago
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Is Non-Prescription ADHD Medication Use Ever Ethical?

an unsound mind Re:Is this different from sport? (487 comments)

Fuck you you little ignorant shit.

I have a very serious, crippling disease. I spend more than half of my day managing medical treatments, and I need frequent surgery to keep me alive and I still can barely walk - and not always even that. It consumes so much of my time I have weeks I can accomplish nothing but keeping the symptoms at bay.

Life as it is doesn't have a level playing field. Society doesn't have a level playing field. I'm a pariah, a joke to people around me - when they bother to acknowledge the hobbling cripple at all. Picking on the cripple is good fun - ignoring the cripple is what people do most of the time.

So take your just world fallacy and shove it up your ass. Life isn't fair.

more than 2 years ago
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Researcher Reverse-Engineers Pacemaker Transmitter To Deliver Deadly Shocks

an unsound mind Re:Why are these approved? (216 comments)

And to add to that point:

People dying is very bad advertising for new medications, so FDA has an interest in preventing that. However, if someone else can be blamed for the death - or if it causes symptoms that can be treated or reversed - suddenly FDA cares much less.

Because if someone hacks a pacemaker the death can be blamed squarely on the hacker and FDA's hands are clean. Despite letting a dangerous, hackable pacemaker enter the market.

In many ways, FDA approval resembles a brand. And I suppose in that analogy supplements are "offbrand products".

more than 2 years ago

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