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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

bjwest Re:The real question is... (154 comments)

Spending quality time with family does not mean constant interaction between all parties. Just being in the same room, while each does their own thing, is quality time. If something pops in your mind, you're right there to discus it. Likewise if there's something your children have on their mind, you're right there.

This is where the family room developed, and it's also exactly what the current "social media" crap is trying to emulate.

about a week ago
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Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

bjwest Re:I'm interested in this sort of thing for my hou (107 comments)

How do you keep your keys from scratching your smartphone?

Don't keep them in the same pocket?

I hold my phone in my left hand because I'm right handed, so I keep it in my left pocket. I use my keys with my right hand, so they stay in my right pocket. Up until I got my first cell phone small enough to fit in a pocket comfortably, my left pockets (both front and rear) remained unused.

about a week ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

bjwest Re:At this rate... (140 comments)

What kind of honest lives? We probably can't rule out the possibility that they can, in the future, tape your sex act at home from all the way in space. So in that case we should stop having kids then? That would get rid of most of the human race pretty quick

Thinking sex between consenting people is dishonest, shameful and/or immoral has led to many of the draconian laws on the books today.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

bjwest Re:Tech solutions. Why tech? (123 comments)

It's not nice to point out someone's Lisp.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

bjwest Re:great news! (201 comments)

This is great news! Now I can refurb laptops that have HDMI but are generally not so fast and had XP or Vista with Ubuntu and sell them as netflix devices.

Yea, but don't go with any of the *bunto dists. It's not working on 14.10a2 AFAIK.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

bjwest Re:Why is (201 comments)

My theory is they consider Linux users to all be hackers and they're sure that we'll find a way to destroy their DRM if they allow a Linux client.

If I (and I'm sure 99.9% of Linux users) really wanted a DRM free copy of something I watch on NetFlix, I'd not go through the trouble of de-DRMing it myself, I'd just download the damn thing form the many places it's already DRM free. I pay a premium for NetFlix with two DVD/Blue Ray disks and unlimited streaming. Id' like be able to watch steaming on my Linux computer. Same goes for Amazon Prime. All the crap you have available for streaming is already available at a multitude of places. You aren't preventing shit from getting lose.

about two weeks ago
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The Doctor Will Skype You Now

bjwest Re:Considering my doctor... (97 comments)

won't listen to me in person or try to help me, why would Skype be any better? I haven't had a prescription in over thirty years.

I think if you're still alive after 30 years, you probably didn't really need those meds after all.

There's a reason some medication needs a prescription from a doctor. They aren't supposed to give you what you ask for.

about two weeks ago
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Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

bjwest Re:Identifiers (113 comments)

Copywrited material can easily be seized in a lawsuit.

about three weeks ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

bjwest Re:Actually... (514 comments)

[leaning over the bridge to talk to you...]

I'm commenting on an internet forum, not writing a dissertation. I quickly read over my post to see if it makes sense and look for red squiggly underlines, then hit submit, or preview, here on /., and may or may not quickly read over it again before final submission. If you such a nerd, then you know damn well what I was saying. If this kind of mistake bothers you so much, add me to your ignore list and don't read my posts. You'll find many mistakes like this in my online posts, here and on other forums, and there will be more in the future. If I were getting paid to write, or writing something official, I'd take more care. I'm not, so read it or fuck off, makes no big fuck to me either way.

about three weeks ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

bjwest Re:Actually... (514 comments)

Anyone interested in an electronics degree, just like those interested in CS of any type (IT, programming, networking, whatever), should already know the basics. The sciences are not something you just decide to do on enrollment day and expect to be good at. There are certain skills and aptitudes that need to be in place, a way of thinking out problems that cannot be easily learned, and not having an interested in them until you're deciding on your future carer on college enrollment day, is setting yourself up for failure.

If you're in it for the money, you're going to suck as a professional in any science, and you're work will be sub par.

about three weeks ago
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O3b Launches Four More Satellites To Bring Internet To 'Other 3 Billion'

bjwest Re:motive? (80 comments)

Like all corporate endeavorers, the motive is money. In a year or so when O3b files for bankruptcy, one of the big three (Comcast, AT&T or Verizon) will buy up the infrastructure for pennies on the dollar. The built out fees get eliminated in the bankruptcy, and then the profits start rolling in, just as planed.

about a month ago
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Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies

bjwest Re:That's not what my crossfit instructor told me! (151 comments)

It turns our that most people get the Paleo diet wrong. The diets of these people would differ wildly depending on the land they occupied

Even more people get wrong the fact that the diet part of Paleo (it's more of a lifestyle, which includes exercise) isn't about eating like our paleolithic ancestors, (which would be impossible to do) but rather eating similar to them. The main portion of the diet includes unprocessed meat, vegetables and fruits, or as little processing as possible.

Oh, fermented foods are good as well.

about 2 months ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

bjwest Re:Leverage the poor, whoever they are (274 comments)

You would rather the unemployed remain so, rather than get a job, however little the pay?

United States unemployment: 6.3% minimum wage: US$7.25 per hour

Australia unemployment: 5.8% minimum wage: US$16.88 per hour

And your point is what? The argument isn't about the minimum wage level, it's about employing people. Employment, at any wage, should be preferable to unemployment. The minimum wage is an entirely separate argument, and you can see I'm for a livable minimum wage.

about 2 months ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

bjwest Re:false choice (274 comments)

You would rather the unemployed remain so, rather than get a job, however little the pay?

that's a dumb dichotomy and it shows the weakness of your position

You can't just take my first sentence out of context, call it weak, then babble on about the importance of minimum wage. You totally ignored the fact I say minimum wage is a good thing, and needs to be raised to a livable level.

The U.S. has a minimum wage, so the "however little the pay" will be what the law allows. We won't be inundated with workers making $1.00 a day.

about 2 months ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

bjwest Re:Leverage the poor, whoever they are (274 comments)

You would rather the unemployed remain so, rather than get a job, however little the pay? So long as we continue the fight to a living minimum wage (and win it), I see no problem here. Every dollar they earn is one less taxpayer dollar they receive.

about 2 months ago
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China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

bjwest Re: All wars ... (192 comments)

The fact you think the commenter is white is more racist than the original comment.

about 2 months ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bjwest Re: What a joke.. (186 comments)

If I can get one with Ethernet instead of WiFi, I'll be a happier camper.

Because if it's wireless it's going to brute force your key, or because you lack the self-control not to fill it in even though you claim not to want the functionality? Damn smart TVs, how horrible of them to give you something that will allow you to watch Netflix (just like you want to) directly on the device.

Perhaps I live in a WiFi congested area, my TV is not in a place that gets good WiFi signal from my router, or I just don't want a device on my WiFi network that will use up most of the bandwidth itself when watching a move. Or, perhaps I believe WiFi is for portable devices, not something that will sit where I put it for the next five to ten years.

All of the above, a combination of some of the above, or just one of the above reasons doesn't matter, I would be happier with wired networking to my TV than I would with WiFi networking.

about 2 months ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bjwest Re:What a joke.. (186 comments)

There is no reason what so ever for each device to be directly connected to the internet, or have internet access, for that matter.?

Or be 'computerized' at all..

The refrigerator, no, but today's economy washers and driers aren't that bad. Monitoring the loads and water levels for laundry and moisture levels during drying can save a lot of water and energy. I have no problem with that, but they don't need to be telling GE or whoever about it.

It's great until it breaks and you can't fix it despite a reasonable working knowledge of electronics and mechanics.

But then that's been true for decades, and I do like the water/energy efficiency bit, so as long as it isn't networked and phoning home about what detergent I use and my fashion choices I'm not complaining.

I've repaired my front loading washer myself when it stopped spinning correctly, and my refrigerator when the defrost thermostat quit working and my freezer froze solid. Parts for appliances, including electronics and control boards for smart washers and dryers, are readily available from the manufacturer and trouble shooting tips are easily found. I don't think the same can be said for smart TVs, however, but I haven't really searched.

about 2 months ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bjwest Re:What a joke.. (186 comments)

None of what you mentioned requires being connected to the internet.

about 2 months ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

bjwest Re: What a joke.. (186 comments)

If I can get one with Ethernet instead of WiFi, I'll be a happier camper. Ether way, I'll just block it from everything other than Netfilx's streaming address on my router. Shouldn't be too hard, just a pain to have to do it.

about 2 months ago

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