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Is Climate Change the New Evolution?

boxlight "you're being had" (1055 comments)

“Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had.” -- Michael Crichton

more than 2 years ago
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How to deal with a know-all jerk programmer?

boxlight Re:I can sympathize (5 comments)

Thanks for the sincere and possibly good advice. I guess it's one of those "life's not fair" situations that I just have to deal with. It's probably only a matter of time before he's promoted to boss.

more than 4 years ago
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H1N1 Appears To Be Transmittable From Human To Pig

boxlight pity (132 comments)

why do i feel more sorry for the pigs who catch it than the people?

more than 5 years ago
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"Apple Tax" Report Backfires On Microsoft

boxlight Re:Meh. (993 comments)

"A re-buy of Office for Mac starts at $150"

For my old Windows machine I spent $200 on the Windows home version Office (2002, I think?) because my wife insisted on having Excel (for basic household budgeting).

When I bought my Mac, I tried the pre-installed eval version of iWork '09 and got my wife to play with the Numbers spreadsheet and we have not looked back.

iWork makes Office look *decidedly* dated in most respects. And iWork '09 only costs $79.

more than 5 years ago
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"Apple Tax" Report Backfires On Microsoft

boxlight Re:Meh. (993 comments)

Me too. I bought a MacBook after Christmas, and since then I bought CSSEdit, Espresso, the recent MacHeist3 bundle, iWork, and I'm that close to buying OmniGraffle (except that one's a little too expensive and I'm getting by fine with the free eval version).

I can't remember the last time I actually *bought* software for my old Windows machine.

Mac OS X gets lots of press, but the people who build these great little software apps for Mac should get more praise.

more than 5 years ago
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EC Considering Removing Internet Explorer From Windows

boxlight Re:Removing IE poses one very significant problem (827 comments)

Also, the point was a get multiple Windows vendors. To get two companies both developing and marketing Windows independently of each other. How much better could the product have been if this was going on for the past 10 years.

more than 5 years ago
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EC Considering Removing Internet Explorer From Windows

boxlight Re:Removing IE poses one very significant problem (827 comments)

The first thing I do on a new Windows installation is open IE and download Firefox. How would I get Firefox without IE? That is truly marvelous insight!

more than 5 years ago
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EC Considering Removing Internet Explorer From Windows

boxlight not relevant (827 comments)

Surely this decision is about 10 years too late and such a change would no longer be relevant to the industry.

IE was a massive money pit for Microsoft, and its only purpose was to protect Windows as the dominant application platform. It worked.

But with the rise of Web 2.0 and hand helds like Blackberry and iPhone, Windows is no longer the dominant application platform -- no one is actually building applications for Windows anymore, as far as startups are concerned, it's a "dead" platform.

Therefore whether Windows ships with IE or not is now moot. No one (with the exception of Opera) is trying to make money that way anymore. That ship has sailed.

more than 5 years ago
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32bit Win7 Vs. Vista Vs. XP

boxlight i'd like to see... (641 comments)

I like the approach of casually rating the performance of common tasks (copying files, zipping files, installing Office, and so on).

But what I'd like to see is the tasks rated with the time it took, not just ranked 1, 2, 3. I mean, is the difference from #1 to #3 just a couple seconds, or it is minutes? 10 seconds versus 13 seconds to copy 100 megs is negligible, but if it's 10 seconds versus 110 seconds, then that's something care about!

Also, do all the tests on the same hardware. And so the tests for Mac Leopard and Snow Leopard too. NOW that would be a cool article!

more than 5 years ago
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Michael Crichton Dead At 66

boxlight Re:For those that don't get the joke (388 comments)

It's the exact same plot as Jurassic Park, only substitute dinosaurs with robots. Exact same plot.

This is a stupid comment. GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, SURVIOR, CAST AWAY, LOST -- "exact same plot". JURASSIC PARK is about genetic science, DNA, dinosaurs, some Chaos Theory and a little bit of computer engineering. WESTWORLD is about grown men wanting to live out a wild west fantasy.

The second and third books after Jurassic Park were so bad that I don't think I even finished them, that's the second point, it was obvious he was writing books to get made into Spielberg movies.

You don't know what you are talking about.

There was only one sequel to the novel JURASSIC PARK. It was called LOST WORLD, and LOST WORLD the movie bares little resemblance to the novel. JURASSIC PARK 3 was a movie, not a book.

Besides, Crichton was as much about movies as he was about novels. Crichton wrote the screenplay for WESTWORLD and TWISTER, he wrote and directed COMA and THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY, and he created ER. It's no wonder his written work has appeal as movie and tv projects.

Focusing on whether the consensus view is necessarily correct or not has nothing to do

Crichton's point is it doesn't matter how many people *think* he's is wrong about climate change, it only takes one person to *prove* him wrong. Science isn't consensus, and nothing has been proven. Every computer model has been shown inaccurate, and now the environmental lobby are explaining away our years of stable weather and record low hurricanes as the result of lack of sunspots.

with the irrefutable evidence that the climate is changing and the likely probability that humans are causing it completely or contributing to it.

I've been around for a while, and I've seen this happen before. Now that the Republicans are out of the White House, expect the climate change crisis to conveniently fade away from the public consciousness. Everything will be hunky dory for about eight years until another Republican gets elected and then the next great fabricated crisis will raise its head -- maybe they'll say we're running out of clean water, or that the rubber we use in tires is evil or something, and those damn Republicans won't spend the billions of dollars needed to make the problem go away! -- and it'll get pounded into the minds of young people and the environmentally sensitive until the next Democrat gets elected and everyone will breath another big sigh of relief and move on.

While I have very fond memories of how cool it was to read Jurassic Park the first time

JURASSIC PARK is still a very strong novel. Probably one of the best techno-thrillers ever. It holds up. As does A CASE OF NEED, DISCLOSURE, SPHERE, PREY, and TRAVELS was a fascinating autobiography.

my opinion is that the guy was a hack, a very very clever one, but a hack nonetheless.

A HACK? Your opinion is wrong. Crichton was thought-provoking and insightful, and he was a gifted story-teller

He won't be remembered as one of the "great authors", in my opinion.

Do tell.

more than 5 years ago
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Bad Signs For Blu-ray

boxlight Blu-ray is the new ... (1276 comments)

When I chose a Blu-ray player over the HD-DVD player, I was worried that maybe Blu-ray would be the new Betamax.

Instead, maybe Blu-ray turns out to be the next Laserdisc.

more than 5 years ago
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Mozilla Unveils Aurora Concept Browser

boxlight inno (213 comments)

It's nice to see some innovation in software (or in this vaporware stage, at least). desktop software hasn't changed much in the last 10 years. I mean, OS X is a better looky feely version of Windows, and Vista is trying to be OS X. Firefox and Safari are trying to be a better IE. And web 2.0 apps and chat clients are basically better versions of Usenet and IRC.

But there hasn't been anything truly revolutionary in the world of desktop software in a long time.

more than 5 years ago

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How to deal with a know-all jerk programmer?

boxlight boxlight writes  |  more than 4 years ago

boxlight (928484) writes "I am working with a know all jerk programmer who can't keep his nose out of everyone's business. For example, he's responsible for the object-persistence layer only, but he's always mouthing off to everyone about how they are "supposed" to be doing their work (UI programmers, application server guys, DBAs, and so on) when he's not in charge of anything. Basically he's micro-managing everyone when he's not even the manager!

At one time or another everyone on the team has complained about him, and because I work very closely with him people often come to me to ask me what his problem is.

Whenever anyone confronts the guy he flies completely off the handle. It's like he has a screw loose and is unable to accept other people's ways of doing things; it's always an all-or-nothing approach with him; he either gets his way, or he gives a reluctant eye-roll and a "whatever", only to bring up the issue again in a week or so until, ultimately, the other person give in just to shut him up.

The other unfortunate piece of this is he's always in the boss's office doing a song and dance about how hard he's working and how wonderful he is at solving so many complex problems. So he appears to have the boss's ear. Like, when the boss wants to take the temperature of the project, he goes to this guy.

So far I've managed to keep my cool and keep the peace by pretty much giving in on things he wants; . But I feel like there's an anger in me that's simmering under the surface and I'm afraid one of these days I'm going to freak out on him and them *I'm* going to look like the source of the problem to the boss. I don't want to get into daily shouting matches, and I really don't want to lower myself to his level and start sucking up to the boss for perceived credibility either.

Also, I don't want to quit because everyone else at the company are great to work with and the project is fun and the money is good.

So my question for Slashdot is, how do I deal with this??? Please help!"
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help! developer locked inside a government network

boxlight boxlight writes  |  more than 5 years ago

boxlight writes "This is a serious problem, please don't reject this question.

I just accepted a new programming contract for a government department. I am quickly learning that my PC is locked down and my internet access is severely restricted (fortunately I can still see slashdot).

Here are my specific problems:

1) I use MSN to chat with colleagues and ex-coworkers, it good to keep in touch and on any given day a quick question to the right contact can save me many minutes of struggling. I cannot (meaning, I'm prevented) install MSN IM on my machine. I also tried to download alternatives (I use Adium on my Mac at how) and browse web-based alternatives, but I'm stopped at every turn. The only one that wasn't totally blocked from downloading was Trillium, but after installing it appeared unable to contact the MSN network.

How can I use MSN anyway — is there a way around this? Is there perhaps a web application I can install on my own website that will allow me to chat via MSN?

2. I can't browse to gmail or use www.mail2web.com to access my own private email. Again, is there a way around this? Perhaps a web application that I can install on my own website that will allow me to access my private email?

3. Because I don't have admin privileges on the Windows XP machine they gave me to develop on, I cannot even install the Java SDK! This is quite ironic and hilarious, but is there an easy way to solve these sort of "admin priv" problems other than trying to convince IT that the PC needs of a developer are different than the typical government clerk?

Man, life in a government contract is going to be *very* different than the hi-tech startups I'm used to working for! Thanks."
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UNIX how to video or interactive tutorial?

boxlight boxlight writes  |  more than 5 years ago

boxlight writes "I've been a Windows/Java computer programmer for a few years, and I'm always amazed when UNIX gurus sit at their command lines and weave magic.

I can ftp at the command line, and navigate around a little, I can create symbolic links, and I even know what file permissions are, even though I'd be hard pressed to interpret them or set them up. All the different shells and the different configuration files for shells; are you logged in as sudo or root; ssh wizardry, and vi black magic. I find it all so very confusing.

I picked up a reference book for when I really get stuck, but in the end the UNIX of it all just doesn't sink in an stay with me. So here's my question:

Are there any UNIX how to videos out there? Or some kind of interactive tutorial? Something fun like all that typing tutor or video professor software that's available for Windows and Office applications. How do Slashdotters suggest I pick up the skills so I don't seem like such a moron around the hardcore UNIX guys at work?"
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hating facebook -- alternatives?

boxlight boxlight writes  |  more than 6 years ago

boxlight writes "I'm really starting to hate facebook. Friends have posted photos I want to see, other friends have commented on those photos and I want to read them. But I don't see any notifications on my main news feed about any of this. But I get tons of crap about vampires and I seem to get notified about people I don't know becoming friends with people I hardly know. Can someone suggest a cleaner, more useful alternative to facebook that I can try and talk all my friends into joining?"
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$1 US == $1 CAD

boxlight boxlight writes  |  more than 6 years ago

boxlight writes "US dollar and Canadian dollar are now equal; on par for the first time since 1976.

This is actually bad for the profits of Canadian corporations that sell their products to the US for US dollars (Canada sells far more to the US that the US sells to Canada); but it's pretty cool from a perception level.

It also means us Canucks will get cheaper Macs as the Canadian prices get closer to US prices with every new release. ;)"

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what are the current do-not-miss PC games?

boxlight boxlight writes  |  more than 6 years ago

boxlight writes "Hi Slashdot. I'm looking at getting a new game or two for my PC. The last game I played and got severely addicted to was Call Of Duty: United Offensive. (I tried Call Of Duty 2 but didn't like it as much because the online maps were smaller and they took out the vehicles.) Before that the only other game I liked was X-Wing, and I did play a little bit of the original SimCity way back when.

So my question for Slashdot is what are the current coolest games. I tend to prefer games that require a little more strategy than an arcade style shoot-em-up. I'd really like to try something new and I'm up for anything. Thanks!"
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boxlight boxlight writes  |  more than 7 years ago

boxlight writes "I don't want this to turn into an anti-Microsoft flame-fest; I'm seriously asking ... is anyone actually upgrading to Vista?

I ask because I'm a Mac user, but if I was still using XP I would have been at the store yesterday and upgrading last night. But at work today — a high tech office of Windows users — I'm very surprised that no one cares about Vista. Literally *no one* in my office is upgrading, some people laughed at the mere suggestion, and many didn't even seem to know Vista came out yesterday. One fellow said he may consider it after a service pack or two gets released.

So again: Have you upgraded to Vista? Are you planning to? Are you recommending yours friends & moms to do so? Do you know anyone who actually went out and bought it?"
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boxlight boxlight writes  |  more than 7 years ago

boxlight writes "Hi all,

I'm being tasked with building a new web application and I need advice from programmers.

If you were going to build a serious web app, say, a myspace or a digg or an amazon or whatever — what technology would you use? We're talking hundreds of thousands of users and a relatively complex database schema.

You don't necessarily need to qualify your answer, just curious to know what you'd recommend, so I can read up on it.

For example, I'm mainly a Java guy so currently I'd choose JSF + Hibernate + MySQL. But I don't want to be biased, I'm very open to alternatives.

I wish I had more time to look into everything out there, there's so much!

boxlight"
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boxlight boxlight writes  |  more than 7 years ago

boxlight writes "Toronto Sun says, "On a goth website, Kimveer Gill describes himself as a potential killer and admits that his favorite video game is Super Columbine Massacre.

"he signs his posts as "Fatality666" and finishes all his comments by: "Life is a videogame and you gonna die sometime."""

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