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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

coldsalmon Re:It's a still a nice PC. (337 comments)

The only thing that comes to mind after seeing those outdoor pictures in the article: please give us a model with a matte display. I dislike glossy screens in general, but on tablets that will probably be used outside in the sun they are positively horrible. In the photos you can hardly see the screen for all the glare.

This. I'm using mine outdoors right now, and the display is really suffering from reflection. This is unfortunate, because it's the ideal machine for me to use if I want to take my work outdoors on a pleasant afternoon. It's still usable, but less so at certain angles. And it helps if you wear a black shirt.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

coldsalmon Re:Pick your poison (337 comments)

My Surface Pro 3 keyboard is actually larger (i.e. wider) than my full-sized desktop keyboard. I find it to be a very good keyboard, but it's a matter of preference. I find the keyboard on the Macbook Air to be irritating, and a lot of people like that keyboard very much. You can always get a separate bluetooth keyboard that you like better. This is probably the reason that MS didn't bundle the keyboard with the device.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

coldsalmon Writing this on a Surface Pro 3 (337 comments)

I got a Surface Pro 3 last month, and I totally love it. I do a lot of document editing, and the stylus makes it very easy. After a week of using OneNote, I was completely off paper. In fact, I'm on vacation right now doing business from my hammock, and I'm more productive than I usually am in my office. The screen is almost the same size as a piece of paper, and the high-res display makes it pleasant for reading. The fact that it's so easy to split the screen between two different documents makes it extremely easy and intuitive to input edits. I can't really say whether it's good for entertainment or gaming, because I have never used it for that. But for the office, it's perfect for me. I started using Linux in 2004, when MS was at its worst. Since then, they've improved tremendously and have won back my business. I still run Debian on my office server of course.

I got an Android tablet for the office last year, but I ended up never using it; doing anything useful was incredibly awkward. The Surface Pro 3 is what I hoped that tablet would be. The thing is, MS can afford to throw $1.7 billion at a problem until they get it right, and they have now gotten it right.

about three weeks ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

coldsalmon A ugar, a cin, a canal, a naca, Nicaragua. (322 comments)

Doesn't have the same ring to it. I can see why they picked Panama for the first one.

about three weeks ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

coldsalmon Very very old news (322 comments)

Lake Nicaragua was considered for a canal even before Panama. The idea has been picked up and dropped many times since, which is not to say that it won't succeed this time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...

about three weeks ago
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Want To Work Without Prying Eyes? Try Wearing a Body Sock

coldsalmon Increases other vulnerabilities (75 comments)

Like getting your head chopped off -- no way to see it coming.

about a month ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

coldsalmon Let's roll, kimosabe. (701 comments)

I made it up. I like to say it to my wife when we're about to leave a restaurant.

about a month ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

coldsalmon Longer than my leases (278 comments)

I have never lived in an apartment long enough to have a CFL burn out.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

coldsalmon Re:As compared to what..? (631 comments)

How much trust did you have in our financial system circa 2008, right after the financial meltdown?

Quite a bit, since prices for goods and services didn't change at all. I said to myself, "Oh well, the Fed will take care of it with monetary policy." And they did. There was a real estate crash, but there was no currency crisis.

about 6 months ago
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Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

coldsalmon Re:What is the advantage of a Bitcoin bank? (232 comments)

A Bitcoin bank could theoretically make a lot of money by manipulating the market. The bank could sell all of the money it borrowed from its depositors (deposits are loans to the bank), crash the market, then buy back the devalued Bitcoins at a lower price and return them to its depositors. In an unregulated, inefficient, and ignorant market like Bitcoin, a big player using other people's money could do a lot of things to enrich itself. Oh wait, were you asking about the advantage of USING a Bitcoin bank rather than BEING a Bitcoin bank? Can't help you there.

about 6 months ago
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Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

coldsalmon Re:Bitcoin is akin to early American banks (232 comments)

Of course, even that system was constricted by the gold standard, and governments ran out of money for bailouts during the depression. To really achieve mainstream adoption, Bitcoin will have to stop being deflationary, and allow a central authority to control the money supply in the event of a crisis. Bitcoin is great fun as a teaching tool, because it shows exactly why all of the institutions surrounding modern currencies have developed. Those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it, to the great amusement of everyone else.

about 6 months ago
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Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

coldsalmon Re:"Mobile"...Really? C'mon guys... (317 comments)

No, they obviously meant to say Exxonmobile. Like Batmobile.

about 6 months ago
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Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

coldsalmon Re:misleading (317 comments)

Here is a copy of the complaint: http://online.wsj.com/public/r...
It is a municipal zoning issue, which mentions fracking in passing in paragraph 6.04. As far as I can tell, the main objection is to the height of the water tower and the fact that it does not comply with zoning ordinances.

about 6 months ago
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Are You a Competent Cyborg?

coldsalmon Re:It's a metaphor for the modern self. (101 comments)

In pertinent part: "...taking responsibility for the social relations of science and technology means refusing an anti-science metaphysics, a demonology of technology, and so means embracing the skilful task of reconstructing the boundaries of daily life, in partial connection with others, in communication with all of our parts. It is not just that science and technology are possible means of great human satisfaction, as well as a matrix of complex dominations. Cyborg imagery can suggest a way out of the maze of dualisms in which we have explained our bodies and our tools to ourselves."

about 6 months ago
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Are You a Competent Cyborg?

coldsalmon It's a metaphor for the modern self. (101 comments)

Many people have made the point that we are already cyborgs; the main prototypical example that comes to mind is Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto. She argues interestingly that "By the late twentieth century, our time, a mythic time, we are all chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are cyborgs." All the casual Marxism makes for fun reading too. She is making a metaphorical comparison, as is Mr. Martin in TFA, but it's a useful and interesting metaphor. No, I do not have electronics built into my body, but I also could not survive without technology. Thus, when I answer the question "Who am I," it is reasonable to extend the boundaries of my "self" beyond my physical body to encompass the technology that I rely upon to sustain my existence. It's also reasonable to include the data that I maintain and publish as part of my self-concept, and the technology that makes that possible.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

coldsalmon Re:Rewriting the summary... (478 comments)

All true. I also proposed anti-personnel mines as an effective deterrent in another comment, but you've got me thinking that anti-tank mines might be better, because they would have the added benefit of destroying this shitty bus.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

coldsalmon Re:Anti-personnal flash (478 comments)

Even better, try an anti-personnel mine! Even a small one should disable all cameras onboard when triggered. You could use a directional mine like a M18 Claymore to direct the blast away from the cameras mounted on the bus.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

coldsalmon Re:Rewriting the summary... (478 comments)

Yeah, I was assuming the best-case scenario of a sex-party bus, with onboard cameras strictly for security/legal reasons. But I agree, most likely the poster is just working for asshats. Still, it gave me an excuse to think about a sex-party bus for a few minutes.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

coldsalmon Low light + no electronics (478 comments)

Assuming appropriate sensor technology exists, you could detect and confiscate all electronics. I don't know how you would distinguish between the limo's electronics and a camera in someone's pocket, though. I doubt you could make a party limo without any electromagnetic fields in the back. I suppose you could scan people before they get in the limo, but that's pretty invasive -- a little too much like airport security. Plus, neither of these techniques would do anything against non-electronic film cameras. I'm sure there are even plastic cameras that would get past a metal detector. Having very low-light conditions inside the limo would probably fix that problem though, since a non-digital camera is not going to have night vision mode. So, assuming it's feasible, try this:

1) Scan everyone for electronics before they get in, and confiscate every electronic camera found.
2) Make sure there is too little light inside the limo for an analog camera to function.

about 6 months ago

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