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Ubuntu 11.10 ('Oneiric Ocelot') Released

dswensen Re:What distribution left for developers? (455 comments)

There's only one flaw in that plan. At the moment, without "the average slashdotter, developer, linux guru," your grandma and the rest of the general public will probably never learn about Ubuntu, much less try it out.

more than 3 years ago
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Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban

dswensen Re:CFL are no savings (990 comments)

Well, as long as you have your unsupported suppositions, I guess that should be good enough.

more than 3 years ago
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Zuckerberg Only Eating Animals He Personally Kills

dswensen Christ, what an asshole. (544 comments)

Christ, what an asshole.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Canonical the Next Apple?

dswensen Re:So, UX then (511 comments)

Why do Slashdotters think that "user experience" means "useless flashy graphics?"

The command line should be good enough for anybody! Your grandma should either learn vi or she doesn't DESERVE a computer!

more than 3 years ago
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Americans Favor Moratorium On New Nuclear Reactors

dswensen Re:America's Aging Nuclear Plants (964 comments)

Ah yes, "something better," why didn't we think of that earlier? It's so simple!

more than 3 years ago
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Japanese Chip Shutdown Causing Shortages

dswensen Re:Because This is Important (121 comments)

Because not discussing the economic impact of a disaster on a technology website will totally help those people. Much in the same way that not discussing other, more trivial stories will cure cancer or address world hunger.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

dswensen The Insider (1200 comments)

My personal choice might seem a bit odd, but I'm going to go with The Insider, Michael Mann's movie about the big tobacco whistleblower. For the most part, the movie is a very credible, down-to-earth drama. But midway through there's a bit where the wife goes downstairs where the computer is, and without warning (or user input) an email delivers and opens itself, playing a big red animation that goes WOMP WOMP WOMP WE'RE GONNA KILL YOU WOMP WOMP WOMP. I expect stupid shit from movies like Hackers or The Net. Ridiculous computer-magic just comes with the territory. But when it comes out of left field in a movie with plenty of verisimilitude otherwise, it's especially annoying.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Daylight Saving Time Bad For You?

dswensen Yes, it is bad for me. (333 comments)

Well, the twice-yearly whining about it sometimes raises my blood pressure, if that's what you mean.

more than 3 years ago
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Episode I 3D Release Date Announced

dswensen Re:The only way (313 comments)

And then go on the Internet to complain you got a much better hand job from Carrie Fisher back in 1984.

more than 3 years ago
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Episode I 3D Release Date Announced

dswensen Re:I feel a... (313 comments)

I guess fresh waves of fanboy indignation don't register with the Force.

more than 3 years ago
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Episode I 3D Release Date Announced

dswensen Re:Wow, Jar Jar and that shitty kid actor in 3D! (313 comments)

It would be an interesting debate to have on what is the WORST part of The Phantom Menace..

No it wouldn't. It stopped being interesting in 1999 when the movie came out, and hasn't become any more interesting since.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama Calling For $53B For High Speed Rail

dswensen Republicans protest because... (1026 comments)

Public transportation is socialism. If you want to get to work, get a job and buy a car you liberal bum.

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

dswensen Re:Thanks for the redesign! (2254 comments)

Options > check "lowbandwidth" and "simple design," perhaps? And if you think Slashdot has gone overboard with the design elements, I can only conclude you haven't visited the rest of the Web. Sorry, it's never going to be 1996 again.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Taking Down Erotica, Removing From Kindles

dswensen Re:What's the open alternative? (641 comments)

And when a paperback gets ruined it doesn't cost $200 to replace. We could go around and around like this all day, to no good effect, I'm sure, since it all comes down to personal preference.

Contrary to what GP said above, my preferring paper has nothing to do with nostalgia or cocoa, I just find it cheaper, more practical, and more reliable than digital currently.

But I'll agree that your hypothetical consumer Utopia sounds very appealing. I have no quarrel with the concept of the ebook, it's the execution that leaves me cold. Once media companies stop treating their customers like cash cows who can't be trusted with their own purchases, I'll hop on the bandwagon. But I'm not holding my breath.

about 4 years ago
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Amazon Taking Down Erotica, Removing From Kindles

dswensen Re:What's the open alternative? (641 comments)

Yeah, I used to think that too. However, print books don't get cracked screens, dead batteries, planned obsolescence, or the draconian DRM schemes that are still a reality. As someone who's been down both roads, I'm just glad we still have a choice, because paper remains a competitive technology.

about 4 years ago
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Amazon Taking Down Erotica, Removing From Kindles

dswensen Re:a ebook reader is not a book (641 comments)

Well, 4599 now, Amazon decided they didn't like one of the titles.

about 4 years ago
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Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo?

dswensen Yes, but not due to lack of quality games (418 comments)

Are you finding it harder, as you get more mature, to find something you want to play?"

Actually, I found it hard to justify the expense and time investment of keeping up with games. I know people who buy every new console that comes out, with the requisite library of games. It's thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours, and as I get older I find I'd rather do other things.

Dropping out of the gaming community has been curious... a lot of the stuff coming out now looks amazing graphically, but the play mechanics don't seem to have changed in the last five or ten years. From the outside it looks like the same three games being re-skinned and re-released over and over. And I really don't miss the frustration of DRM, buggy releases, the patch-it-later mentalities, and the ballad of shame and broken promises of games that get overhyped.

I have a lot of fond memories of my hardcore gaming days, and bear no ill will for the people who are still into it, but I feel happier for having left it behind. When the need for a gaming fix returns, I find just firing up GtA or Half-Life 2 scratches the itch as much as buying a new game.

So yeah, I guess I'm old and stuff.

about 4 years ago
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Cooks Source Magazine Apologizes — Sort Of

dswensen Re:Pot, meet kettle? (290 comments)

Silence the discord...

more than 4 years ago

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