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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

fredrickleo Ask Rusty over at K5 (382 comments)

kuro5hin.org requires people to pay like $5 or something to create an account. Now that site's nothing but trolls who paid $5 trolling each other to get their $5 worth.

about 3 months ago

Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future

fredrickleo Re:Why did we become so dependant? (453 comments)

The trouble is that antibiotics and livestock seems to have allowed the industry to be completely negligent of conditions and the health of their animals.

I often wonder how our economy and society would change if we legislated the humane treatment of food animals.

I would hope that as the price of meat increased the demand for meat would fall accordingly, and that a side effect of that would be decreased land and water usage. Assuming that eating too much meat is bad for you (I don't know whether that's true or not) we might also see a healthier more productive population and reduced healthcare costs too. And of course with humane conditions animals wouldn't require the antibiotics that we're currently feeding them.

If these outcomes came to pass, then treating animals humanely seems like a very cheap price to pay indeed.

1 year,5 days

Why Internet Explorer Still Dominates South Korea.

fredrickleo Proprietary Formats Too! (218 comments)

The best is their official government forms that can only be downloaded in the proprietary Hancom Word format ^^

1 year,22 days

PengPod Crowdfunding a Tablet Made With OS-Switching In Mind

fredrickleo Re:PengPod Owner (93 comments)

If you're worried about the USB failing and leaving you locked out you should probably set up openssh.

about a year ago

South Korea Blocks Late-Night Online Gaming for Adolescents

fredrickleo Unintended consequences (108 comments)

This may be an unintended consequence of a law that was recently passed in SK that prohibited late night classes from going past 10pm (roughly 1-2 years ago). In SK it was very common for teenage students to attend classes or study halls until around midnight before heading home. It seems possible that with that with the extra time they have available they now just go to the PC room (internet cafe) and game rather than going home (many Koreans game at PC rooms rather than at home).

Interesting to see how this turns out, turning off accounts at 10 might be one solution but another "solution" that might come up is having police go into PC rooms after curfew to make sure nobody is violating curfew (the same way US MPs go into bars in SK looking for US service members drinking after their curfew).

about 3 years ago

Where Do I Go Now That Oracle Owns OpenOffice.org?

fredrickleo KOffice? (510 comments)

Try KOffice...

about 4 years ago

Should Being Competitive With Windows Matter For Linux?

fredrickleo Virtualize (645 comments)

Linux shouldn't try to be like Windows because there's no longer any reason to choose one over the other.

I personally use Windows most of the time but when I need Linux I just launch my Ubuntu image and do what needs to be done. I'm sure other people are in exactly the same boat but need Linux most of the time and can virtualize Windows.

about 4 years ago

Sharp To Quit Making Personal Computers

fredrickleo Re:Dont trust their tablets either (93 comments)

Too bad indeed, I'd ebay it quick while it still has some value.

The last time I saw a SL-6000 on ebay it was going for like $50 or something which is pretty disappointing considering they cost $699 when they came out.

more than 4 years ago

Sharp To Quit Making Personal Computers

fredrickleo Re:Dont trust their tablets either (93 comments)

Most definitely. The main problem is that the sharp kernel is a 2.4 kernel and community efforts to create a good 2.6 kernel have failed because of the proprietary hardware and drivers. Especially in the area of power management and graphics acceleration.

Unfortunately, while the hardware is still pretty good by today's standards it's almost impossible to run any useful software (i.e. current web browser and mail client) without a massive porting effort, all of which have failed so far.

more than 4 years ago

Sharp To Quit Making Personal Computers

fredrickleo Dont trust their tablets either (93 comments)

Apparently they're going to focus on a new line of tablet PCs.

I'm still very unhappy with the amount of software support and updates we got for the Zaurus SL-6000 (zero support and updates) which was a very expensive piece of kit.

Because of my experience with the Zaurus I no longer take chances with hardware and would rather go with the established leaders even if it's technically inferior.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Pays Couple $1.7m For 1 Acre Plot

fredrickleo Re:Wouldn't leasing it be a better deal? (215 comments)

I know this reply is really late but just in case...

7% is normally the rate I hear too when hearing these kinds of factoids.

I do agree that compound interest is a powerful force but there's something to that 7% (or above) number.

If you do the calculation with something less than 7%, say a guaranteed 4-5%, then you'll get fairly different results that make saving look a little less attractive especially when you consider that $100 a month in context of being a young adult with limited income.

Personally, I plan to save that money for my kids to relieve them of the responsibility (as you mentioned). I'll stipulate that they do the same for their kids.

more than 4 years ago

JavaScript/HTML 5 Gaming?

fredrickleo Goodbye Galaxy! (201 comments)

Commander Keen in Goodbye Galaxy!

more than 4 years ago

Tattoos For the Math and Science Geek?

fredrickleo Googolplex (1186 comments)

Have them tattoo a googolplex in full...

more than 3 years ago

Why Video Calling Is a Wasted Feature In the UK

fredrickleo It's fun (232 comments)

I had video calling on my last phone, here in Korea most phones support the capability.

Basically, it's not very useful for any actual communication but it can be fun. It's definitely a novelty the first couple of times you use it and occasionally fun after that (usually when drinking). I would say that most people use the front facing camera to take self photos, it's certainly a lot more convenient then trying to position a camera with only a rear facing camera.

more than 4 years ago

The Secret of Monkey Island Shows Evolution of PC Audio

fredrickleo Xenon 2 on Amiga 500 (348 comments)

My favorite early computer music is still from the Amiga version of Xenon 2: Megablast

PC music didn't even come close to what was on the Amiga until like 10 years later!

more than 4 years ago

HP's Slate To Be Replaced By WebOS Tablet?

fredrickleo Re:Dear HP (170 comments)

The arguments regarding RAM are legitimate but it wouldn't take tons of cash to port the OS. It would likely just take a few Palm engineers with intimate knowledge of the TX hardware and webOS (the same people perhaps? who knows).

To me it seems like the driving force behind whether any of these mobile platforms succeed is whether there are applications and developers. HP is in a unique position because there are already a ton of Palms in the environment and they could leverage that to their advantage. If suddenly everyone's Palm was able to run webOS, developers might consider developing some applications for it. Having an extensive software library would obviously help with long term sales of future HP products.

The argument is really moot without some real figures but HP should have that information, I just wanted to bring it to their attention in case it hasn't been considered (although the fact Palm didn't do it is probably telling). Who knows, maybe HP is willing to take a little risk and put a couple of engineers on it to see if anything comes of it.

more than 4 years ago


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