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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

gcalvin Re:RIP (116 comments)

Came for akebono.stanford.edu, leaving happy.

about 2 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

gcalvin Re:Hmm (1038 comments)

This argument has always perplexed me. Lock the guy up for life without parole, and we don't need to offer him all these appeals, and we don't need to be so careful about getting it right. Sure, it may be cheaper, but do we really think it's more just? Seems to me if I were falsely accused of a capital crime, and couldn't afford to hire a top-notch attorney on my own, I'd much rather the prosecutor was seeking the death penalty. I'd want all those appeals available to me. I'd want a whole swarm of activists watching the process and making sure they got it right.

about 10 months ago
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Help Shape the Future of Slashdot

gcalvin Re:Moderation system (763 comments)

So what would mitigate this? Somehow bubbling comments to the top of the page by some criteria other than chronology? Maybe some sort of score based on poster's user ID (lower is better), karma (higher is better), and the post moderation score? Or just shuffling top-level posts before presentation?

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Calculators With 1-2-3 Number Pads?

gcalvin Re:Don't you have anything better to do? (393 comments)

Who memorizes phone numbers anymore? Twenty years ago, I probably knew 100 phone numbers, and now I know maybe 10. My phone knows the numbers of the people I call, not me.

The calculator layout is much more important in terms of spatial memory than the phone layout. Data entry operators and spreadsheet power users have been using the 10-key format for many decades. If you need to make a change, make it on the phone, not on the calculator.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

gcalvin Re:Doesn't Matter (758 comments)

This looks right to me too. IANAL, correct me if I'm wrong, etc. but I'm pretty sure that copyright law covers 1) making copies, 2) distributing copies. There's nothing there about possession of "illegal copies". The RIAA have sued on a theory that "making available" is equivalent to "distribution" with varying success. They have not sued anybody making copies for personal use (though I'm not sure that's actually been pronounced as "fair use" by the courts -- again, I could be wrong). Possession of files could conceivably be used as circumstantial evidence in a "making available" suit, but they still need to prove you're sharing, and if you're not, how can they prove you are? And if you were, it wouldn't make a bit of difference if you had ripped the files yourself or got them from somebody who was illicitly distributing them.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Mines Facebook For Security Questions, Nabs Nude Photos From Email

gcalvin anyone with an email account? (257 comments)

"This case highlights the fact that anyone with an email account is vulnerable to identity theft,"California Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement.

And this quote highlights the fact that California has elected an idiot to the office of Attorney General.

more than 3 years ago
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The Hackintosh Guide

gcalvin Re:Mac vs. PC (453 comments)

At the risk of getting way off-topic and pedantic, I'm pretty sure DSL is indeed modulated and de-modulated, so "modem" is perfectly appropriate. I'm not so sure about cable, but I would suspect that many cable network interfaces still involve modulation and de-modulation.

more than 4 years ago
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Asus Budget Ultraportable Notebook Sold Sans OS

gcalvin Re:$380? (263 comments)

Why isn't there an expert system in the power management options app that will change these settings according to users' wishes?

Because you didn't write it yet.

more than 4 years ago
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Joomla! 1.5 Development Cookbook

gcalvin by licking on the table header? (32 comments)

Don't lick on that table header! You don't know where that table header's been!

more than 4 years ago
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We're In the Midst of a Literacy Revolution

gcalvin Re:Liar. (431 comments)

There are even some proper nouns that should not be capitalized, such as k.d. lang or ping. I think that such words should remain all lower case, even at the beginning of a sentence, but I'm not sure there's a rule on that.

1) Ping is becoming less useful as more admins block DHCP traffic.

2) ping is becoming less useful as more admins block DHCP traffic.

3) ping is becoming less useful as more admins block DHCP traffic.

I find version 3 most readable, followed by version 2. Version 1 just looks wrong to me.

more than 5 years ago
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We're In the Midst of a Literacy Revolution

gcalvin Re:Liar. (431 comments)

You're absolutely right, and upon re-reading, I can see that princessproton meant "with peers" as an adjective phrase.

Your reply brings up another interesting issue. Most grammarians would hold that your first comma belongs inside the quote. I understand why you put it outside -- the phrase you were quoting did not include a comma, and you didn't want to make the quote inaccurate by including it. (I used bold and italics rather than quotes to avoid a similar dilemma.) However, you did capitalize the first letter in both quotes, even though they were not capitalized in the original, as they each started a new sentence. I'm not saying you're wrong in either case -- I just find it interesting.

more than 5 years ago
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We're In the Midst of a Literacy Revolution

gcalvin Re:Liar. (431 comments)

And the error is where?

The error is in number agreement. The phrase peers that doesn't should read peers that don't .

more than 5 years ago
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AOL Shuts Down CompuServe

gcalvin Re:Signed up in 1987 (224 comments)

I signed up in 1983 or so, after I got my Atari 800 and 300-baud modem. The CB Simulator was fun. I still remember fondly that people back then typed complete sentences and words, not like the ch475p33k crap that passes for communication these days.

Yes, and it was considered extremely rude to ask someone's age, sex or location, at least without spending a couple of weeks getting to know them. In fact, it was pretty easy to offend somebody by being too familiar too soon. Punishment for such offense was to be completely ignored, as if you didn't exist.

more than 5 years ago
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AOL Shuts Down CompuServe

gcalvin Signed up in 1987 (224 comments)

I don't remember my Account Number, but I signed up in 1987, shortly after I bought my Atari 1040ST and a 2400-baud modem. I got hooked on the CB Simulator, and spent myself into severe debt. Good times.

more than 5 years ago
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Is the Yellowstone Supervolcano About To Blow?

gcalvin Re:Global Warning (877 comments)

Everyone will starve to death?

Not quite that level of an apocalypse.

It'd kill off, say, a few billion people. Places such as Mexico could still farm food, enough to sustain hundreds of thousands of people.
And the situation would recover fairly quickly - we'd almost certainly see a complete crash of global economy, energy prices soaring like never before and cannibalism becoming a viable survival strategy, but the end of the human rice? Hardly.

Dude, have a sandwich before you post -- you're scaring me.

more than 5 years ago

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Apple Surpasses MS, Becomes Top Tech Company

gcalvin gcalvin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gcalvin (325380) writes "The New York Times is reporting that Apple has overtaken Microsoft in market capitalization, making it the world's currently most valuable technology company. Apple ended the market day with a market cap of $222.1 billion, compared to Microsoft's $219.2 billion."
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