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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

hardtofindanick Re:Depends (650 comments)

Unless fredprado steps up and explains why copyright should be linked to support this comment is not insightful 5.

about 5 months ago

No Longer "Noble"; Argon Compound Found In Space

hardtofindanick Re:xenon not so noble either (110 comments)

Still trying to figure out if that is a dirty comment.

about 9 months ago

Twitter's Fake Followers Watching IPO Closely

hardtofindanick Re:Fake followers - fake profits (120 comments)

You sound like a typical rational person. You should know by now markets only care about perception, expectation, and potential.

about 10 months ago

The Story of the Original iPhone's Development

hardtofindanick Re:A testament to engineers (221 comments)

Send your most visible exec out with total crap in his hands?

Depends on the exec. Some are completely incapable of doing this - they either panic and push the wrong buttons or fail to gracefully recover when they fumble.

When you are starting off, the goal is to demo the vision, not the product. So it is not only ok, but commonplace to have incomplete/buggy device. But if your execs cannot pull off these kinds of demos, the whole thing is DOA.

about a year ago

Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

hardtofindanick Re:Another Bogus Amber Alert (382 comments)

The full article says she was bipolar and had violent issues in the past.

about a year ago

Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

hardtofindanick Nothing wrong with alerts (382 comments)

But clearly the phones need to provide better software so that people can block alerts by time of occurence. e.g., all those naysayers could block alerts between 10pm-7am had the software allowed.

about a year ago

As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow To a Trickle

hardtofindanick Profit margins (665 comments)

There are a lot of musicians and there is a lot of music around. Like it or not the field is saturated, competition is fierce and music is a commodity (and there is in fact a lot of free music around in case you were not paying attention). You need to deal with profit margins like we all do.

The part I don't like is, we are supposed feel bad and sympathize because you are high and noble with your "art" and "culture".

If you can't make enough money you are supposed find a different job (shocking, right?). A lot of people deal with it every day. You can still play your music on the side.

about a year and a half ago

The Scourge of Error Handling

hardtofindanick Inconvenient? yes. Necessary? yes (536 comments)

Even if there was a shortcut for safely ignoring return values, I would (the company I work for would) still need to check and catch every return. Why? We have to log them all.

If you don't want to deal with failed returns, I find that a scripting language is the best way to go. I write my glue functions to handle nulls gracefully and I am done.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Will You Shop Local Like President Obama, Or Online?

hardtofindanick Re:"Follow the president's lead"? (430 comments)

I like to have local retailers around, so I don't mind paying the $7 extra as long as I can afford it. Never felt like property either.

about 2 years ago

How To Build a Supercomputer In 24 Hours

hardtofindanick That pesky static discharge (161 comments)

only seems to bother EE majors and everyone else seems to be immune to it.

about 2 years ago

Seattle's Creepy Cameraman Pushes Public Surveillance Buttons

hardtofindanick Not even comparable (387 comments)

This is not comparable at all to surveillance. What part of get out of my face does he not understand?

about 2 years ago

Unredacted Documents In Apple/Samsung Case, No Evidence of 'Copy' Instruction

hardtofindanick Re:Something is wrong with PJ (178 comments)

What if I told you it really is one sided and Apple has really little to no ground to stand on?

about 2 years ago

The Sci-fi Films To Look Forward To In 2013

hardtofindanick Re:ah, Ender's game (277 comments)

But the whole twist is the ending. I am afraid I will not be looking forward to it knowing how it ends.

about 2 years ago

Man Arrested In Greece For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page

hardtofindanick Re:Lack of tolerance to other religions (412 comments)

The situation you describe is something you and I would choose to vote against. But there are people who would vote for it. And if you put enough of them together, they will have their way - either through their representatives or by referendums. It is not about the universal right or wrong since there is no such thing.

Some things aren't really best decided by the majority

Right. Too bad that is what democracy is.

about 2 years ago

Man Arrested In Greece For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page

hardtofindanick Re:Lack of tolerance to other religions (412 comments)

You are preaching to the converted. But I am not the point here. Your fallacy is again assuming that you know the right and wrong and you want to impose your "right"s on other people. What is plain obvious to you is not to some people.

By definition, the majority will get their way: either through direct voting, or through their representatives. There is no argument to be made here. It is the definition of Democracy.

about 2 years ago

Man Arrested In Greece For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page

hardtofindanick Re:Lack of tolerance to other religions (412 comments)

You are under the impression that there is a "universal right" and "universal wrong" (and you claim to know the right in this case)

In a democracy the majority should get their way - by definition.

about 2 years ago

Apple Wants Another $707 Million From Samsung

hardtofindanick Re:Well, who can claim them? (316 comments)


You mean "going thermonuclear" no doubt.

about 2 years ago

Groupon Testing Merchant Payment System

hardtofindanick Re:OMIGOD (57 comments)

Abuse of a monopoly is bad

If history teaches one thing that is abuse of monopoly is inevitable.

more than 2 years ago

Return of the Vacuum Tube

hardtofindanick Re:Sweet (313 comments)

I bet Jobs could have sold iTube powered iPods and could have made people believe they sound better.

more than 2 years ago


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