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

drakaan Re:MyTouch 4G Slidw (544 comments)

I gave in and went without a slider once I realized they were never going to come out with a narrow (portrait-oriented) slider. I want an approximately blackberry-curve-shaped keyboard that slides out at the bottom of my phone, rather than the landscape-oriented one that made me choose an original droid over a blackberry storm (well, that and the fact that the onscreen keyboard on the storm was complete shit compared to the moto droid's).

I still really want one, but they won't make it.

about a month and a half ago

Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

drakaan Re:It's already going on... (353 comments)

I tend to agree with you. I'm not ignorant about my driving. That's the *reason* that I'm a conservative driver.

I've been a driver for 24 years. In that time, vehicles I own have been involved in 5 collisions. In two of those, the vehicles were parked and struck by other motorists. In one, the vehicle was stationary, but not parked, and struck by another motorist, in one, I backed into a car that was going around 25 mph through a gas station parking lot (lesson learned), and in one, I clipped some poor guy's '63 skylark with a humvee when doing a courier run at the very end of a 24-hour CQ shift (I still feel like a jackass about that one...I'd swear I looked right and things were clear, but I was obviously wrong).

Aside from that, I've had one claim arising from a hailstorm that beat the crap out of the family minivan.

I was not giving some list of things I do that make me perfect, because I'm not perfect. What I am is cautious, mainly because I'm not made of money, and deductibles are not my friend. I don't drive strictly the speed limit, but I always follow at a safe distance for the road conditions, and I pay attention to folks behind me who don't do the same. I let faster drivers pass me and move over to make that easier when possible. I signal lane changes and turns. I change lanes before the last minute so that I don't have to worry about cutting someone off.

I do all of those things for a couple of reasons. First, I don't want to be the cause of an accident and cause damage to myself, someone else, my car, or someone else's car because it sucks for everyone when that happens. Second, I don't want to pay any more money than I have to for the privilege of driving.

about 2 months ago

Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

drakaan Re:It's already going on... (353 comments)

Damn it. Usually, I get to play the pedant.

about 2 months ago

Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

drakaan Re:It's already going on... (353 comments)

Actually, as someone who is a pretty conservative driver, I welcomed the option to let worse drivers subsidize my premiums in exchange for them tracking my driving for a while. I could care less that they know (for example) that I always signal turns and lane changes and don't aggressively accelerate or stop. I could also care less that people who can't demonstrate the same behavior are seen as a higher risk and charged a higher premium.

...except you, of course, since you're on my \. frinds list and all...

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

drakaan Re:It's too slow. (254 comments)

Mod. Parent. Up.

about 3 months ago

U.S. Democrats Propose Legislation To Ban Internet Fast Lanes

drakaan Re:Just do SOMETHING (190 comments)

No, the problem is that the judicial branch told the FCC that *until* they classify ISPs as common carriers, they don't have the authority to mandate anything with regards to paid prioritization or de-prioritization.

With Mr. Wheeler in charge, there doesn't seem to be much impetus to reclassify the ISPs in that way.

I am an independent who often votes republican, and I believe that the republican bill as currently laid out is a bad plan. Internet service is a utility in the 21st century, and should be treated that way.

about 3 months ago

Century-Old Drug Reverses Signs of Autism In Mice

drakaan Re:Well, so much for slashdot (207 comments)

I was unaware that she was vast...let alone trying not to be.

about 3 months ago

The FBI's Jargon List: Internet Acronyms Galore

drakaan Re:Urban Dictionary (124 comments)

Not for nothin', but 4 or 5 decades ago was the 60's or 70's...9 or 10 decades ago, maybe?

about 3 months ago

Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

drakaan Re:Ummm (364 comments)

This isn't evil, it's stupid. Indie artists are only using YouTube so that they can share videos and make some minor revenue if they're lucky. If YouTube makes the terms of that arrangement unattractive, then they will see indie artists leave for video hosting services that are more indie-friendly.

The folks at Vimeo are probably ecstatic.

about 3 months ago

Chinese Gov't Reveals Microsoft's Secret List of Android-Killer Patents

drakaan Re:If generic and common behavior patents are... (140 comments)

That's true of every single software patent ever issued. They're all bullshit because they're not inventions, they're mathematical discoveries.

about 2 months ago

Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

drakaan Re:Sometimes I wonder about half-assing it... (197 comments)

...The bigger problem with the IPv6 address representation is is use of colons...

That would be part of the jarring change I'm referring to, yes.

about 3 months ago

Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

drakaan Re:Sometimes I wonder about half-assing it... (197 comments)

Right...I get the pro-change argument, I just (still) think it was arbitrary and jarring.

It may seem trivial, but something as simple as keeping the decimal notation would probably have gone a long way in spurring adoption of IPv6.

I know that representing numbers in hex doesn't make them different, and takes up less screen real estate, but they *look* different. I think everyone talking about reasons for low adoption vastly underestimates the psychological impact of the way addresses are represented in v6.

about 3 months ago

Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

drakaan Re:Sometimes I wonder about half-assing it... (197 comments)

Your explanation is good, but I agree with the sentiment expressed by the OP. I don't have a problem with hex, per-se, but I have a harder time memorizing MAC addresses (or IPv6 addresses) than IPv4 addresses.

The decision to switch from decimal to hexadecimal notation was arbitrary and jarring...not at all unlike switching phone numbers from decimal to alphanumeric notation would be.

about 3 months ago

Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

drakaan Re:but that's the problem with the turing test... (309 comments)

I agree that what the organizers told the judges (which should have been nothing whatsoever) is important, and that independent reproduction is important. Whether this dude is a bullshitter generally doesn't matter.

about 3 months ago

Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

drakaan Re:but that's the problem with the turing test... (309 comments)

What should the program have claimed to have been? If it was a human extraneously telling the judges that the program was a person with language skills, then I would agree, but the task is to fool humans into thinking a program is a person, and that's what happened, isn't it?

The entire exercise is always one of trickery, regardless of how sophisticated the program is. I think the illustration is that it's not necessarily that difficult to fool people (which we already knew).

about 3 months ago

Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

drakaan Re:but that's the problem with the turing test... (309 comments)

They thought it was a child, and not a machine imitating a child with limited language skills? What's everyone quibbling about? You either think it's a machine, or you think it's a person. 1 in 3 people thought it was a person. That's a "pass".

about 3 months ago

Sony Overtakes Rival Nintendo In Console Sales

drakaan Re:Not just that (127 comments)

We bought ours because of the titles...all of the gamers in my family are fans of the various Mario titles, and those were great on the Wii. The controller worked well and let you do things easily that would have been hard without the ability to point at stuff with the controller or shake it, etc.

The console had some big problems, though...most notably no real online community, a lack of HDMI support, not enough graphics processing power, and a shitty disc drive that failed in two units we owned, even though we treated the units pretty carefully. At the price they were charging for the original Wii, I could deal with all of it.

We have a pair of Xbox 360's that mainly get used for multiplayer shooters. I'm fine with that. I'd really love to play Mario Kart 8 with the family, but not at the price they want to charge for the Wii's a system refresh with a new controller that I'm not interested in, not because it's not a decent console, but because it's not enough of an improvement to be worth the extra cash.

about 3 months ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

drakaan Man do I miss the tagging feature... (711 comments)

...were it still available, I could have done a quick "fuckapple" tag and been done with it.

about 3 months ago

U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong

drakaan Re:If you have the opportunity (433 comments)

Of course, I read that first sentence and dismissed it because it was irrelevant...

A point on which we disagree because we had different reasons for responding.

...You "should have let it go" because you were wrong...

I understand that you think so.

...(you might recall a whooshing noise about that time), yes I decided that I might join you in your colossal waste of time but at least be correct, unlike the two of you...

I believe I mentioned something about irony before...I wasn't being pedantic, I made what should have been a humorous observation (not unlike your own failed attempt at mirth) that you decided was some sort of "oh no he DIDN'T!!!" bandwagon-jumping and took issue with.

I get it. I irritated you for what you believe to be no good reason. You are deliberately ignoring my stated reason for saying what I said (which was not pedantry), and that's fine...just understand two things about this exchange:

  • I don't agree that my observation was had nothing to do with the point you were was a comment at right angles to your own
  • Every single conversation on slashdot is a waste of time

If I ever need to find something to do for a few minutes, I'll google MILFish and USian...sounds...enlightening?

about 4 months ago



So long jumpcut...I'll miss ya

drakaan drakaan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

drakaan (688386) writes "If you ever used jumpcut, it's time to grab any edits you posted and save them to your home machine. Recently, Yahoo! sent out the following email message:

Dear Jumpcut user,

After careful consideration, we will be officially closing the site on June 15, 2009. This was a difficult decision to make, but it's part of the ongoing prioritization efforts at Yahoo!

We have released a software utility that allows you to download the movies you created on Jumpcut to your computer. As well, you can now download your original assets. Please visit the download page at to get started.

Once you download your movies, you may choose to upload them to another site such as Flickr, which allows video uploads for short videos (90 seconds or less). You can find out more here:

Thanks for being a part of Jumpcut.

The Jumpcut Team

Sad news...jumpcut was a lot of fun. On the other hand, they *finally* put together a way to easily download the videos...maybe if they'd done that a year ago, this would be a different article..."


Microsoft's Open-Source Trap for Mono

drakaan drakaan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

drakaan (688386) writes "Yes, Microsoft has pledged to "open up" the source code to the .Net framework libraries. Therein lies a potential problem...

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes:

...Let's say a year from now, Microsoft does a SCO. They claim that Mono contains code that was stolen from the .NET Framework reference source code. They point at their code, they point at the license, and sure enough, there's similar code. After all, both projects are implementing .NET; there will almost certainly be lines of code that looks alike...

Link to Original Source



Damn, but I miss Groklaw.

drakaan drakaan writes  |  about 9 months ago

Seriously. Like, "there's an emptiness and it gnaws at me" kind of missing it.

I know why PJ went off the grid, and I respect her concerns, but it still sucks. In the meantime, anyone who feels the same can pay a visit Here, where some folks that used to frequent Groklaw are trying to re-establish a community that cares enough about the same things to keep them visible and discussed.

You should all drop by sometime.


CSS3, IE8, and things that take too long...

drakaan drakaan writes  |  more than 5 years ago, I was grumbling to myself about IE not supporting certain CSS3 capabilities (selectors, box-shadows, text-shadows, etc), when I decided to go ahead and write a letter on the IE8 blog site:

Hi there.

I'm a web app developer and long-time [x]html/css hacker, and I'm curious about the timeline for IE8 supporting at least *some* of the useful new stuff in the CSS3 spec.

find it immensely aggravating that I can easily do rounded corners, drop-shadows, custom checkboxes/radio buttons, and opacity in Firefox, Safari, etc (but not in IE) using nothing more than CSS3-compliant stylesheets.

I always keep graceful degradation in mind when coding, but that doesn't mean I *want* pages to be either ugly in IE or uneccesarily complicated and verbose just because of browser compatibility issues.

When will I be able to rely on IE supporting CSS3 fully? It would help a lot in terms of lowering bandwidth, and simplifying development while ensuring a cross-browser experience that doesn't leave IE users with a dumbed-down view of a web app.

Shortly thereafter, I got a note back from Eric Lawrence on the subject:

The final version of IE8 was completed in March; in general, it does not (and thus will not) support CSS 3.

Planning for the next version of IE has started, and we have a large number of requests for support of various CSS3 modules.


I'm fine with that, but it misses the crux of my question (namely "when will IE be doing the stuff that other browsers have been doing for a year or more with CSS3?"), so I asked another question:

Thanks, Eric...

Does that mean that the next version of IE will support *some* CSS modules when it ships, or that it will support the CSS3 spec in its entirety?

When will we see some blogging on the subject?

...and got a reply...

It's important to note that thus far, only 5 of the CSS3 modules have reached Candidate Recommendation stage: Some modules are still in working draft stage, and it appears that at least one isn't even at Draft stage yet.

We will discuss our IE9 plans as they solidify. At this point, we're primarily listening to feedback from developers.

Thanks for identifying some of your top requests.


I get it. I do, really. I *know* that CSS3 is unfinished. What I *don't* get is why 8 years after the initial working draft, the spec isn't close to being finalized, and why the parts that are simple or relatively stable have not been implemented by all browser vendors.

I make web-based applications for a living. I use a variety of tricks to make them more attractive, and I prefer omitting eye-candy or specific layout details to adding ugly CSS hacks, javascript workarounds, or conditional code just because some browser vendors are more willing than others to provide preemptive support for future standards.

I'm not sure what the primary issue is...politics, money, over-cautiousness...all I know is that the situation makes it harder than it needs to be for me to create simple things that just work in all browsers (a newspaper-style multi-column layout...a drop-shadow on a box or text...alternate images for checkboxes or radio buttons...text displayed at a 45-degree angle).

But hey, what do I know...I'm not coding browsers or part of the CSS working group.

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