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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

cthulhu11 Re:Cost; exclusive applications (286 comments)

My autistic 6 year old would instantly discard a Surface. He has no use for a laptop, or for a device that a) is different from all our others and b) doesn't have shit for apps.

yesterday
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

cthulhu11 Re: Popcorn time! (376 comments)

First tell us what manner of hipster bullshit "MOOC" is.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

cthulhu11 Re: In after somebody says don't run Windows. (467 comments)

Funny, I've never had a problem with my Macs sneaking out and doing hookers and blow. I use them to accomplish tasks, vs projecting personality flaws onto them.

5 days ago
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Ridley Scott Adapts Philip K. Dick's 'Man in the High Castle' For Amazon

cthulhu11 Re: Colour me apprehensive. (94 comments)

The one with Chris Holmes drunk in his pool?

about two weeks ago
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NASA's New Horizons To Arrive At Pluto With Clyde Tombaugh's Ashes

cthulhu11 Re:Just a flyby... (108 comments)

This does seem like a small but nontrivial risk. Aside from Charon there are four rocks we can see from here -- who knows else lurks? I should think that the mission team will be taking a long hard squint at every image they can slurp down along the way looking for new dangers, so that the trajectory can be adjusted in time.

about two weeks ago
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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

cthulhu11 Re:Nope (331 comments)

Not to mention that most people have asymmetrical connections with limited upstream speed. Which is already going to be saturated with torrenting :-x

about two weeks ago
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Hunting For a Tech Job In 2015

cthulhu11 Re:economy doing well? (174 comments)

How many of those buildings are Amazon? I see a lot more contracts being offered than jobs.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

cthulhu11 Re:From your description of the problem (464 comments)

My corrections are in the 4.x range, minus I think. I've worn progressives for a couple of decades -- as a kid I word bifocals and I really got tired of dumbasses telling me my glasses were cracked, as if 1) both lenses would crack in a straight line in the same place and 2) I wouldn't have noticed For the first few days the parallax / shifting was really disorienting, but I quickly got used to them. One respondent above describes bifocals as having hemicircles -- I've never seen those, only the transition in a straight line all the way across. Due to shitty eye coverage @ my previous employer, my current glasses pretty much had to come from Lenscrafters. There I paid extra for some fancy progression shape, I forget what they called it. I find that I unconsciously tilt my head up/down to get the right spot for a given focal distance. I've given up on contacts -- pain in the butt, could only tolerate them for a few hours really, and they didn't stop my left eye from crossing the way that glasses can. The biggest issue I have with lenses is that it seems to be nearly impossible to get them without an antiglare coating, aka smudge-magnet, especially with any but the lowest index material.

about three weeks ago
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Finding Genghis Khan's Tomb From Space

cthulhu11 Re:History Channel (166 comments)

I loved "The Operation". I remember a forearm bone autograft and a hip replacement.

about three weeks ago
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If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?

cthulhu11 Re: Exactly this. (294 comments)

In my last job search I was stunned to find that time and again I was down rated for having been in place for 15+ years. So tired of every person at a given company harassing me about it. When I restructured my resume so that through the acquisitions I listed 2-3 positions instead of one the situation improved dramatically.

about three weeks ago
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Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

cthulhu11 Re: Interesting (293 comments)

Why on earth would you need to fly somewhere to apply a software update ???

about a month ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

cthulhu11 Re:signal blocking (110 comments)

Plus you'd become the sort of douchebag who wears a blazer and trousers instead of a jacket and pants. No thanks.

about a month ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

cthulhu11 Re:Long story short (ad-less) (173 comments)

Let's remember that the on-disk volatile cache is generally disabled by the factory. Enabling it exposes one to data corruption / loss if power is lost. I don't remember from BB's articles whether they take the risk.

about a month ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

cthulhu11 Re:About Fucking Time (435 comments)

The GOP's hold on South Florida is broken; it was primarily among older Cuban who came over during the revolution.

I've read that they were mostly criminals that Cuba didn't want to deal with. Let's go back in time and see why Cuba ended up where it did, how the US treated it when we administered the place.

about a month ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

cthulhu11 Re:Out with the old... or not? (295 comments)

I've never driven a cab for a living but I've spoken w/ cabbies about it, and it's not an easy job. A good cab driver knows the turf. S/he gets you to your destination safely and efficiently... and doesn't rip you off or make you feel creeped out

You forgot the part about a horn growing from this mythical driver's forehead.

about a month and a half ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

cthulhu11 Re:Why are taxi drivers all so horrible? (295 comments)

Last taxi I had the displeasure of taking was in San Diego. The driver was African, and despite having VISA/MC logos on his windows threw a hissy fit when I pulled out my card, wanting cash. Took my card eventually and immediately lost it, claiming I hadn't given it to him. Took about 15 minutes to find him. After some drama he pulled out a phone with a Square app or something and entered my card, whining about time. While back I had to take a taxi in NYC. The company I was interviewing with had sent me a voucher for a ride. When I called to get picked up, they claimed to not know anything about the voucher, though they eventually took it. Driver claimed to not know where the Amex tower on Wall Street was and wanted me to give him directions. Also demanded that when we went over toll bridges that I pony up exact change for tolls, which if anything should just have been added to the fare. Took a taxi home from the airport once, the driver was a fucking maniac, like a spinosaurus was on his ass. This is why people flock to Lyft/Uber/whatever, because the taxi monopolies don't even *try* to provide a tolerable service. As to ethnicity and language, it's hard to complain without coming across as a douchebag yourself. They speak the language they and the other side knows, just like you do. Not knowing where they're going, dirty cars, service quality, those are all legitimate complaints, but keep ethnicity out of it. I'm skeptical that a caucasian driver would do any better.

about a month and a half ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

cthulhu11 Re:Someone has (270 comments)

No centralized food waste collection where you live? If you have a fireplace you use, dry them out and burn 'em. Failing that, I wonder if flushing them would be a net win.

about a month and a half ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

cthulhu11 Re:Compare to... (377 comments)

Cleopatra 2525 would agree.

about a month and a half ago

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