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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

ddt Wrong device (450 comments)

Moving parts cost more to manufacture and test, and they fail faster, but y'all are missing the point. Your mistake was letting your phone become a text input device. Even with a mechanical keyboard, it's still an incredibly inferior experience to thumb out your words like a hunt-and-peck typist as your phone flails about trying to auto-correct your spelling. Type on your computer. Talk on your phone.

yesterday
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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

ddt I appreciate him saying that. (175 comments)

Perhaps "hostile" was unfair, but I appreciate that he said made it sound shocking. I am shocked when I learn people store secret docs unencrypted on Dropbox. Then they are then shocked when I tell them Dropbox is insecure. There should be a lot less shock all around.

5 days ago
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HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

ddt Amazing. (68 comments)

"If you do algorithms, things of that nature, you can run on these systems."

Sold!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

ddt Re:I haven't seen anyone ask the question... (509 comments)

The problem with this question is that if honest, most people would answer, "Eat delicious food, play awesome games, and hang out with my friends." The best career advice out there seems decidedly geared towards the people who have the very good fortune of loving to do the things that actually pay the bills. That isn't common, despite what the motivational storybooks say, and if she had such a predilection, I suspect Dear Old Dad wouldn't be coming to slashdot for career advice.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

ddt Re:Misuse of FOIA (231 comments)

Second off, this story (and the multitude of Greenwald/Snowden cult of personality reposters) is missing the most important thing in the NSA's response, the last sentence:

“For your information, there are no emails indicating that Mr. Snowden contacted agency officials to raise concerns about NSA programs.”

You'd have a great point if there were any reason we could trust the NSA. They could be lying outright, or they could be doing it the DC way, which is telling the truth in a misleading way, by overlooking the fact that he approached them in person about it instead of in written form, which I certainly would have, as I'd be nervous as shit about writing an email like that.

He's no patriot, he's just a cowardly little shit.

He gave up his girlfriend and cushy job, he exposed clear evidence of violation of international treaties and the US Constitution by the world's dominant superpower, and then he endured being stuck in the Moscow Airport (there isn't enough Prozac in the world to make this OK) and is now stuck in Russia, which I assure you, is a severe downgrade from Hawaii. There's nothing cowardly about all that.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

ddt Re:Sure don't! (381 comments)

I guess I've already got an ox, don't need another. Points for quoting Thoreau in slashdot. :)

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

ddt Re:Sure don't! (381 comments)

By servicing, I don't mean it was broken. I mean charging, paying a monthly premium for bandwidth, enduring dropped calls and poor reception, checking it like some kind of animal expecting a treat or an addict hoping to find a leftover hit in his pocket, getting phantom vibrations on my leg when it wasn't ringing, missing vibrations when it was, and then finally, noticing that I was getting angry when people called me out of the blue without scheduling an appointment. That wasn't my first relationship to phones. Before the internet, when the phone rang, I'd run to answer it and be excited to hear who it might be. It was communication from the outside world! They changed. I fell out of love.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

ddt Sure don't! (381 comments)

Don't want it for the same reason I got rid of my cell phone. I was servicing it more than it was serving me, and it's redundant to my portable computer anyway.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

ddt Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (443 comments)

How was the thief to know they called off the chase? For all he knew, he just ditched them and needed to keep going fast to keep them off his tail.

about two weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

ddt NSFW! (311 comments)

Hey, folks. Label links NSFW, please. I'm in a nice cafe, and those links weren't cool to open up on a 17" monitor.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

ddt vi forever (359 comments)

I use vi for everything, currently c#, shader code, and my work log. If this fucking Internet thing weren't all about these God damned pictures and videos and programs it wants me download to my stupid fucking bloated browser, and I could instead glean the knowledge of the internet in nicely formatted text and download and view all the rest of that bloat at my leisure, I'd be a lot happier with that. I'd like vi to be my input window for this post. I find this whole affair uncomfortably removed from the command line.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

ddt Re:Shill (534 comments)

You can sue the hell out of the government, too. This loophole unfortunately makes it so that you can't easily collect the evidence to prove intent or willful negligence, which is where big judgements come from.

about a month ago
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Astronomers Discover Earth-Sized Diamond

ddt Re:DIAMONDS DO NOT WORK THAT WAY (112 comments)

If it's been gradually cooling for billions of years, I imagine that might create annealing-like conditions where the oxygen and carbon separate with the heavier solid oxygen at the core and a diamond lattice outside. So maybe it's diamond shell with a refreshing solid oxygen center?

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

ddt Morality and permanence (308 comments)

I want to applaud you for making an impressive effort to fight this problem, but at the same time, you're combating the purchase of elections by purchasing elections. This seems morally dubious. I understand the goal is to have one last round of evil and then patch up the laws that allow these things, but what's to prevent lawmakers from undoing these changes later?

about a month ago
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Meet Canada's Goosebuster Drone

ddt How about the opposite? (74 comments)

How about leaving the geese alone and removing the humans from the beaches they use when they visit? Humans are there to play in the water. The geese are there to rest, because they've been traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles.

about 2 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

ddt Outlaw manually driven cars (800 comments)

When you outlaw manually driven cars, so that the only cars on the road are automatic, then you no longer have to make this choice. First, it becomes much, much less likely that an accident will happen at all. Gone are all the accidents caused by lack of focus, drunks, road rage, etc. Assuming you can automate the cars to go in for routine maintenance as well, then all you're really left with is car malfunction (only now all the cars on the road are much better maintained) and the comparatively rare "act of God". If you still find yourself in the described accident, because all the cars around you are automated, they can slow or speed up, basically maneuver to match your car's speed, box it in, and slow it safely to a stop.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?

ddt Pieces of impossible (172 comments)

Do a small piece of something impossible in such a way that you might be able to integrate it into the impossible thing later once your kung fu is strong enough. To tip the odds in your favour, do a piece of something that seems impossible but is something you're super passionate about. It'll help you overcome the hurdles more easily.

about 3 months ago
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Report: Comcast and EA To Stream Games To TVs

ddt Anyone excited about this? (52 comments)

I'm genuinely curious if anyone is excited about this. This service seems like it would be of interest to no one outside of big companies wanting to cut big company deals.

about 3 months ago
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Panel Says U.S. Not Ready For Inevitable Arctic Oil Spill

ddt Only found deeply within the very bowels. (95 comments)

We've burned so much oil that we've melted the arctic, so we can get to more oil to burn, and we're worried about what happens if we spill a little bit of it instead of burning all of it.

about 3 months ago
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How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

ddt Why they're rebuilding. (50 comments)

Their customer base includes hit men?

about 3 months ago

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Raise a glass: time(2) turns 40 tonight!

ddt ddt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ddt writes "Raise your glasses of champagne in a toast at midnight. The time(2) system call turns 40 tonight, and is now officially "over the hill". It's dutifully keeping track of time for clueful operating systems since January 1, 1970."
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ddt ddt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ddt writes "My friend Naomi Mercer and I get sh*tfaced in the 10th episode of Gadget Gossip in order to review two portable breathalyzers, which could conceivably save lives, assuming we can convince a critical mass of drunk driving slashdot readers to get one of these little doohickeys so that there's a closed feedback loop on their debauchery. Happy Cinco de Mayo, and avoid Paris Hilton's fate, or you could end up in there with her!"

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