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Great White Sharks Visiting San Francisco

haifastudent Re:In TFA, love the first paragraph (105 comments)

While slashdot might be considered a human-centric website, there are in fact many visitors from all species. Most websites acknowledge them, posting measurements in metric as opposed to imperial, and specifying which species are the topic without assuming. See the How Vulnerable Is Our Power Grid? article for a similar discussion in the comments regarding slashdot's US-centric nature, or and space article for comment discussions of slashdot's Earth-centric nature.

more than 4 years ago
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A Standardized OS For Robots

haifastudent Re:Can't wait (184 comments)

Though I will worry when the most purchased robot app is "machinegun control".

I will worry more when this project leads to a situation in which there is little or no diversity in the robot OS. Then the outsiders will be like us Linux users today, but worse off.

"Oh, you use Debian instead of Windows For Robots? We don't serve your kind here"

more than 4 years ago
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Earth's Period of Habitability Is Nearly Over

haifastudent Re:Depending on who you believe (756 comments)

I expect this basement to stay nice and cool (read: inhabitable) so long as my parents keep paying the rent.

more than 4 years ago
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Linux-Friendly, Internet-Enabled HDTVs?

haifastudent Step one: ask the manufacturers (277 comments)

Write to Sony, Samsung, and the other TV manufacturers and ask _them_ which of their products work with Linux. Even though you will probably get a disappointing answer, you will have expressed interest in having consumer electronics work with Linux. If even one one-hundreth of the Linux community were to express interest in Linux-compatible hardware and Linux ports of software, you wouldn't even need to ask the question. Lets make things better for those of us who will be in the submitter's shoes five years from now: write to the hardware manufacturers and ask about Linux support!

more than 4 years ago
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Student Suing Amazon For Book Deletions

haifastudent Re:This is really freakin' cool (646 comments)

Well, I am interested in the laws of my own country but often I find out about them by comparing to other nations. I will ask my lawyer about "unconscionable", thanks.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA To Invest In Commercial Crew Concepts

haifastudent Re:They should patent spaceflight (77 comments)

Prior art. Well, they're already going to have to outsource to Russia soon anyway...

more than 4 years ago
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Twitter Offline Due To DDoS

haifastudent Re:I Only Use Slashdot Anyway (398 comments)

then again, how many slashdotters actually RTFA?

What is that A in there for? Is there some part of this whole slashdot thing that I'm missing?

more than 4 years ago
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Will Mainstream Media Embrace Adblockers?

haifastudent Re:Newspaper and Online BATTEL o' DETH! (417 comments)

The issue here isn't "free" because nothing ever is. The issue here is who is going to pay the journalists and the webhost. Will it be the advertisers, or the readers? Because if nobody pays. and the webhost doesn't get paid, the site goes down. That should be simple enough to understand.

more than 4 years ago
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Student Suing Amazon For Book Deletions

haifastudent Re:This is really freakin' cool (646 comments)

Thanks. It looks like that simply set precedent in the US, and may not apply in other countries. I specifically asked my lawyer about "contract inequity" and he had no idea what that is.

more than 4 years ago
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Preview the Office 2007 Ribbon-Like UI Floated For OpenOffice.Org

haifastudent Re:How about some nice menus instead? (617 comments)

The best ending of any story, ever. Well, with the possible exception of Pink Floyd's "Vera".

more than 4 years ago
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Preview the Office 2007 Ribbon-Like UI Floated For OpenOffice.Org

haifastudent Re:Underwhelming (617 comments)

Its a nice idea, I guess, and I understand that if you keep it closer to that one big name competitor, then you can make it easier for people to transition, but I prefer to dedicate my limited real estate on my screen to what I'm actually trying to work on, not the tools that I can use to get the job done. I can't imagine this interface on my eeePc. I think the only thing I'll be trying out on this interface is the option to set it back to the old one.

The default MSO 2007 installation with the Ribbon takes up _less_ screen real estate for the UI than does the default MSO 2003 with toolbar, despite the larger icons.

more than 4 years ago
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Preview the Office 2007 Ribbon-Like UI Floated For OpenOffice.Org

haifastudent Re:out of place in non-windows OS'es? (617 comments)

Let me be the first to assure that the interface is also out of place in Windows OS'es. I'm still at a loss to figure out exactly what functionality that new interface added to Office. It did require us to purchase all new manuals and devote a considerable amount of time to retraining our users. Perhaps that was the "goal"?

First of all, TFM is available for free here:
http://documentation.openoffice.org/manuals/

Seceond of all, for non-trained users, the Ribbon is easier to use. So long as the menu-driven interface is optional (whether is it the default or not) then power users can continue as they always have.

more than 4 years ago
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Preview the Office 2007 Ribbon-Like UI Floated For OpenOffice.Org

haifastudent Re:How about some nice menus instead? (617 comments)

The Ribbon is no good even in Windows. And isn't it patented? There's no reason Open Office needs to ape Microsoft's mistakes.

As a casual user with no time or interest to do a full OOo course (or even RTFM usually) I welcome the Ribbon UI. I understand that experienced and advanced users may not like it, but assuming that the original interface is not removed then the addition of the ribbon would certainly help weekend users like myself.

more than 4 years ago
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Navigating a Geek Marriage?

haifastudent Re:Just some generic advice from me. (1146 comments)

The earth's orbit is an ellipse, with the sun at one of the two focal points. WHAT IS AT THE OTHER FOCAL POINT?

Your wife. Nice on-topic sig you have there.

more than 4 years ago
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Student Suing Amazon For Book Deletions

haifastudent Re:This is really freakin' cool (646 comments)

For more research, google "contract inequity"

I have googled it, but I can find nothing concrete, at least nothing that states this as a clause that the consumer can use. Can you provide a link or two? Thanks!

more than 4 years ago
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UK Plans To Monitor 20,000 Families' Homes Via CCTV

haifastudent Re:Holy shit. (693 comments)

OMG 1984!!!!1!1!1!1!

more than 4 years ago
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UK Plans To Monitor 20,000 Families' Homes Via CCTV

haifastudent Re:Holy shit. (693 comments)

This is an actual, verbatim representation of Orwell's vision for the future (today's present). There isn't any needed for interpretation, it's literally 1984. Wow.

Somebody should give Amazon a call, I hear they have experience in making these "1984" matters disappear.

more than 4 years ago
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Experts Puzzled By Bright Spot On Venus

haifastudent Re:It's igniting (107 comments)

That's bad, isn't it?

Describe "bad".

more than 4 years ago

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