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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

denmarkw00t Re:The hosers are right (462 comments)

No, they use the money for actually expensive things. MRAPS for $0.50 hardly put a dent in their wallets.

about two weeks ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

denmarkw00t Re:I don't see it.... (181 comments)

Right? The only one that looked remotely similar in an "almost too similar" way was the home screen, and I'd only believe that were iOS if it were jailbroken. They sure did borrow a lot of similar design patters and I can equate parts of the UI to their components in iOS (the camera app's ordering of My Photos -> Capture Still -> Capture Video, or the calendar app style), but none of it would be confusing for me either.

about a month ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

denmarkw00t Re:Jezebel? (299 comments)

Jezebel, as a site, has been known to pander to fairly extreme, militantly feminist views

Ok, think that through and try again maybe? I've ready plenty on Jezebel that is absolutely not that, and feminism as a whole is a Good Thing even for us men. Radical or, more correctly, "neo-feminism?" Not so much, but then again that's not what Jezebel spews. Gawker media on the whole is pretty much HuffPo-Lite - sensationalist headlines and grabs for eyes, but isn't that every news site? Hell, /. has it's own slew of "OMG LOOK AT THIS TECH" or "DEATH OF [X] IMMINENT" where the content is hardly vetted before you get 500+ comments just arguing about how BS TFA is.

Besides, the problem here isn't just Jezebel, but the "Kinja" system in place on Gawker as a whole. Funny that an article on Jezebel meant to call out their parent company ended up being a poster child for the problem itself.

about a month ago
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Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

denmarkw00t Re:The women in my life (77 comments)

C'mon, get limber! But, I would always advise in getting consent for those kinds of things, or the shocker might end up being the swift kick in the face you get for trying to surprise her.

about 2 months ago
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Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

denmarkw00t The women in my life (77 comments)

Will be quite pleased. Or mortified.

about 2 months ago
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HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

denmarkw00t Re:Is unix the last operating system? (257 comments)

And then you end up with 110% of your files tagged - obviously, tagging is the superior method of file organization.

about 3 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

denmarkw00t Re:What the f*$# is wrong with us? (1198 comments)

Certainly it depends on where you come from. Sorry, numbers not handy, but there is some truth that women are more likely to be the victim, but statistics that say that men are significantly less at risk are wrong. It's closer to a 40/60 split than 20/80 or 10/90, as most places and people would have you believe. Keep in mind that for a long time men weren't even considered in rape or abuse statistics, regardless of whether or not it was happening.

about 4 months ago
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ESA's Cryosat Mission Sees Antarctic Ice Losses Double

denmarkw00t Oops NC (162 comments)

My state asked that the 100 year sea-level study be revised to only predict for 30 years - looks like we'll be seeing a .3 inch increase in that time so it may not satisfy the right's desire to see low numbers that they can wave away.

about 4 months ago
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Watch the FCC Vote On Net Neutrality Live At 10:30am Eastern

denmarkw00t Interesting? (90 comments)

So far it's not bad, but a lot of people advocating for congress to step in instead. Not sure how I feel about that vs unelected people making decisions - if only there were some way for the common people to decide what we should do...

about 4 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

denmarkw00t Re: First World Problems (384 comments)

I would consider buying it if they do include same sex marriage in the future. I'm straight, married to a woman, and not into dudes at all. But, I'm all for games that include the option. I'm for human equality or whatever you want to call it, and while it may not have affected my buying choice beforehand, if Nintendo DOES include samesex marriage then I'll be more inclined to buy because they were thoughtful enough to implement it after this "incident." I'd rather a company be sensitive to 1/1000 of potential customers than not, and that means a lot to me as one of the 999/1000 that it might appeal to.

about 4 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

denmarkw00t Re:What another crap summary... (121 comments)

Why troll? Also, not only Macs but apparently only 10.8 and up so...no go for me.

about 4 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

denmarkw00t Re: Google Analytics? (121 comments)

Sure, but you should be asking your users if they would like to contribute that data, not assume that they want to. Steam asks me if I want to submit my hardware information, it doesn't assume I want to from the get-go. This has likely hurt "participation" but it keeps goodwill flowing between Steam and their users. Ultimately, metrics don't mean squat if no on uses it in the first place.

about 4 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

denmarkw00t I don't get it (1374 comments)

I see arguments about what the 2nd Amendment "really" says all over this page; people talking about how their guns are going to be stripped away; how any law-abiding citizen has a right to own a firearm. Where are we really disagreeing here, people?

You want a gun? Fine: pass a background check. Have a history of 1) violent crime or 2) attempts to harm yourself or others due to mental illness? Then maybe you should consider something other than a gun for protection, and maybe the state should enforce that for you. You want an assault rifle for hunting? Hunting what, exactly? Well-armored bears who are currently stealing your children?

Legitimate uses for guns owned by citizens fall into either hunting, or self defense. Other than that, it's fun to go to a shooting range sure, but that's arguably practice for the aforementioned tasks. If you need an assault rifle for militia-type purposes, maybe you need to have those kept somewhere safe. "Geez, we all banded together in our community and have decided to fight oppression from the government, but I'll be damned if I'm driving over to Gander Mountain first to grab a gun!"

about 5 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

denmarkw00t Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

I have no qualms with the idea of personally and professionally leveling the life of someone who has attempted to profit from disarming me and my fellow Americans

Seems like a threat to me - I'm not sure how else you level someone's life, than with violence. I'm not sure what else that could mean other than the person posting that comment intends to hurt harm else.

about 5 months ago
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Distracted Driving: All Lip Service With No Legit Solution

denmarkw00t I have an app (184 comments)

It's my lock screen button, and when I press it my screen locks and then I use my Pocket app to place my phone in a secure location while I drive. Sometimes I get a text message while it's in there, and I just use my Wait app to, well, wait, until I get somewhere that I'm stopped and able to respond.

Seriously though - no technology can, or should try, to prevent you from using your phone. You should be smart enough to know what is and isn't unsafe to do while driving, and if you don't then you shouldn't be driving - maybe that'll happen on it's own, maybe it'll take you, a loved one, or a stranger being seriously injured. I don't know how I feel about scare campaigns a la "It Can Wait" etc, but I think people need to be educated on the basics of being distracted while driving. If a phone is enough to distract someone, you're probably dealing with someone who eats/reads/does origami while driving already, and the problem goes beyond texting.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

denmarkw00t Re: Slow follower (179 comments)

Choose whichever suits your purpose.

And there in lies the rub: comparing Surfaces to any other tablet on the market is silly because most tablets want to be tablets. Surfaces aren't sure what they want to be - like a college dropout with no direction in life. Kind of want to be and do desktop things, kind of want to do and be an on-the-go and simple tablet things. Their biggest selling point, "It does the Windows stuff you're used to!" is also their biggest problem.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

denmarkw00t Re:Do you need a database? (272 comments)

I do prefer Postgres, but damn was Oracle fun (mostly) to work with, mainly because listening to the DBAs explain things felt like I was being imparted with some ancient wisdom.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

denmarkw00t Re:Do you need a database? (272 comments)

Need I remind you: common table expressions? It's rare that the need for one arises, but boy have I been sore a few times from MySQL lacking them.

about 5 months ago
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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

denmarkw00t Re:Unsurprising ... (300 comments)

Bingo, my friend. As soon as I read the headline last night, my heart sunk, and my hopes for Oculus died. I want nothing to do with Facebook owning them or their technology - the moment Zuck & Crew become a part of my gaming experience, I'm moving on. I don't mind Candy Crush - I get it, Facebook integration is a big part of what they do. I don't mind it in many other phone games. I do not link my FB to Call of Duty, GTA, or anything else on a console or that doesn't run in a browser (and mostly don't otherwise anyway). The last thing I want while wearing a VR headset is to reach a new stone in Skyrim and find out that it's got ads on the outside - "Find single Orcs in your area now! Like this stone for 30 credits!"

about 6 months ago

Submissions

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denmarkw00t denmarkw00t writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denmarkw00t writes "From this CNN article: "There was a strong correlation between video game skills and a surgeon's capabilities performing laparoscopic surgery in the study published in the February issue of Archives of Surgery. Out of 33 surgeons...that participated in the study, the nine doctors who had at some point played video games at least three hours per week made 37 percent fewer errors, performed 27 percent faster, and scored 42 percent better in the test of surgical skills than the 15 surgeons who had never played video games before."

And I haven't even gotten my copy of Trauma Center for the Wii yet"

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World's First IE7 Tax?

denmarkw00t denmarkw00t writes  |  more than 2 years ago

In a move that will bring a smile to many web developers, along with pleas to their managers to implement a similar strategy "The Australian online retailer Kogan.com has introduced the world's first 'tax' on Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) browser. Customers who use IE7 will have to pay an extra surcharge on online purchases made through the firm's site. Chief executive Ruslan Kogan told the BBC he wanted to recoup the time and costs involved in 'rendering the website into [an] antique browser'. The charge is set to 6.8% - 0.1% for every month since the IE7 launch." Fantastic!

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18440979

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Broken Slashdot Javascript?

denmarkw00t denmarkw00t writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Basically, I can't edit any of my Dynamic Index options, I get the error "getModalPrefs is not defined" in the Firefox error console; haven't had a chance to try this elsewhere yet.

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