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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

chipschap Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

I'm neither an Apple nor a Microsoft user. There is no need for me to criticize either of them (especially from a standpoint of a non-user with limited knowledge). I just ignore them and go on my own way. I'll leave the complaining to people who actually use their products.

On the other hand, I can see complaints from non-users on the basis of compatibility. I do get tired of people saying "send me a Word document" and the like, but they just get whatever LibreOffice puts out and that will have to do. It generally becomes a non-issue. (I don't deal often with complex formats that use every feature on the menu.)

about two weeks ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

chipschap Re:Sounds more like technical short-sightedness (250 comments)

I left my iPod Shuffle in a pants pocket and put in through a wash and dry cycle. It didn't survive[1]. Am I better off or worse off? I certainly never used iTunes, though; I managed it with a Linux application.

[1] Apple's hardware is pretty solid, but this was a little too much.

about two weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

chipschap Re:Fantastic! (523 comments)

I was made to learn cursive back in the 50s and hated every second of it. I was told I was a "bad person" because my cursive wasn't neat enough.

about three weeks ago
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Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

chipschap Please get it right, it's not $200 (134 comments)

$200 for the 40-year old paper includes membership. Non-members get the paper for $15. Can you please not misrepresent?

Not that I'm defending this. The article should be free, and $15 is way too much (even the 24-hour "rental" for $3 is too much). But it isn't $200.

about a month ago
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The Largest Kuiper Belt Object Isn't Pluto Or Eris, But Triton

chipschap Re:Does the rock run Linux? (61 comments)

It also has a certain meaning of "like" in Hawaiian, as in "Makemake au e he`enalu" -- "I like to surf"

about a month ago
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Windows 8 and 8.1 Pass 15% Market Share, Windows XP Drops Below 20% Mark

chipschap Re:In related news... (192 comments)

Linux will likely always have a miniscule desktop share, but I will still always use it. I do recognize that there will not be a "year of the Linux desktop."

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 8 and 8.1 Pass 15% Market Share, Windows XP Drops Below 20% Mark

chipschap Re: Time To Change That Windows Icon (192 comments)

I'll politely disagree. I've been using Linux Mint Mate for a number of years with great satisfaction, doing anything from writing novels to hacking Lisp code to maintaining my websites. I don't mind the Chrome UI, but if I did, there would be other choices, such as Pale Moon.

I watch people struggle with Windows 8 and I'm glad I'm not there.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

chipschap Re:People don't complain when they are happy (613 comments)

That's because people tend to be loud if they don't like something but tend not to say much if they either like it or don't care.

Ah, yes, the famous "silent majority."

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

chipschap Re:I'll take that bait (613 comments)

Hawai`i likewise. Never did that stuff here.

about a month and a half ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

chipschap Re:I am not going to convert (245 comments)

Heh. I still use RCS :) Definitely good enough for one person projects. I use it (in conjunction with EMACS) for fiction writing.

My point? Fit the tool to the job. RCS is old and doesn't scale well, but what I'm doing only requires something simple and straightforward. CVS, SVN, GIT --- all are overkill for me.

about a month and a half ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

chipschap Re:One thing the JWs got right (669 comments)

The tradition was, in order to prevent the divine name being pronounced by accident, that the vowels for "adonai" were placed in the letters of the tetragrammaton. If you read that as written it sounds like "yehovah". As I understand it, a dumb Middle-Ages Christian scribe transcribed this as-is without knowing the background, with a "J" which sounds like "Y" in German. In English that got pronounced as "Jehovah."

So the JWs got it completely wrong. Their religion is named after a nonsense word due to a scribal error. But none of them seem to know it. A couple of times when they've come calling, I've asked them if they know the origin of the word "Jehovah" and I get blank stares.

about a month and a half ago
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Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools

chipschap Re:For all the idiots (87 comments)

Here we go again, more "proof" for the "see I told you Windows is better" crowd.

about a month and a half ago
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The Problem With Positive Thinking

chipschap Re:The key is balance (158 comments)

I think you need to have confidence in yourself and believe that you can do something. But then you need to do the actual work, solve the problems, work for success. To me, there is a difference between fantasizing about success and believing in your ability to achieve it.

In other words, I know I can do X. But to do it, I must do A, B, C, D, and overcome obstacles I, II, III, and IV. That's positive thinking combined with realism and the willingness to do what you have to do.

about 2 months ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

chipschap I'm supposed to care what Ballmer thinks? (283 comments)

I guess this article is here because I'm supposed to care what Ballmer thinks, or that his ravings are somehow important or influential.

Sorry, but I don't, and they're not.

about 2 months ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

chipschap Do employers really want critical thinking? (553 comments)

I question whether most employers really want critical thinkers. What they really want are sheep. Yes, there are exceptions, but by and large, what's really wanted in Corporate America?

And are employers willing to pay for critical thinkers? I don't think so.

about 2 months ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

chipschap Re: anti-science idiocy (232 comments)

The suggestion that "being big enough to cause a measurable shift in earth's gravity" is something worthy of note is the anti science idiocy. This is not something that matters.

You don't understand. It is politically correct to tie this to global warming.

about 3 months ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

chipschap Re:Gladwell (192 comments)

I've at times put forward this very simple argument.

Take someone who is, for whatever reason, fully grown but only four feet tall. This person can practice and practice at basketball, and maybe become very good at it, but is not going to be the center on an NBA team. 10,000 hours of practice won't make him tall enough to be competitive.

I think it's politically correct to say that "anyone can be anything they want if they work hard enough" but it simply isn't true, and TFA says as much.

People are different as one look at a crowd will instantly show you. And that's just fine as long as you don't start saying that these differences justify limiting or increasing basic human rights because of those differences.

Some people are smarter than others. Some people are taller than others. Some people are better at music than others. What else is new?

about 3 months ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

chipschap Re:I love it. (318 comments)

These days, Windows is the faster, more stable, and more secure choice.

Yes, Windows 8 has definitely demonstrated awesome superiority and everyone loves it.

about 3 months ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

chipschap Re:It's been in bash a while. (318 comments)

Yes, and of course this proves once again that "open source/Linux is bad" and "Windows is good."

Bugs are everywhere. How many bugs have been in Windows since the beginning? We generally don't get to know that about closed systems.

I'm more impressed with how fast a fix was rolled out.

about 3 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

chipschap Re:environmental? (399 comments)

Why do people say/write "environmental" variable? I've never seen the that word used in shell documentation or any literature on *nix written by competent authorities. It's "environment variable."

It's due to global warming.

about 3 months ago

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