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Cisco's Cloud Vision: Mandatory, and Killed At Their Discretion

heritage727 Re:Added to my list (307 comments)

I have a list like that. Same companies on it, actually. I also have a list of states I would never live in, based on their hateful and/or idiotic policies (Texas, Kansas, Indiana, etc.). My concern is that eventually there will be no place for me to live and I'll have to live there with no electronics.

more than 2 years ago

Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now

heritage727 Re:Smart people (618 comments)

I have a $320 MSI netbook and a cheap data plan

I misread that first as "I have a $320 MSI netbook and a cheap date palm". Somehow sitting under a date palm and browsing the internet seems very appealing compared to winter in the UK.

Well, I misread that as "cheap palm date" and thought, yeah, that's pretty common on Slashdot.

more than 3 years ago

California Wants To Put E-Ads On License Plates

heritage727 Re:Green technology (624 comments)

Yes, and what do the powered license plates display when they break?

The blue license plate of death?

more than 4 years ago

Man Sues Neighbor Claiming Wi-Fi Made Him Sick

heritage727 Re:In this litigious society... (574 comments)

Btw, does anyone know what happened to the guy who sued God?

Let's just say that if you have a spare fan lying around he'd really appreciate your giving it to him.

more than 4 years ago

On Social Networks, You Are Who You Know

heritage727 Re:Uhhh, Duh? (171 comments)

Hasn't this been known since the beginning of time?

Since just after the beginning of time, actually. You'll notice that some of the researchers were from the Max Planck Institute. The next paper in the series is "Social Networking Among Bosons During the Inflationary Epoch."

more than 4 years ago

Yale Switching To Gmail, Not Without Opposition

heritage727 Outsourcing (439 comments)

I'd pretty much agree with this. The trend of University outsourcing is the result of symptoms caused by bad management. As you describe, the management will have become bloated and influenced by consultants with deep conflicts of interest.

At the university where I work, they outsource our Web paystubs. They outsource our W-2s. I mean, how hard is it to write an application that generates W-2s from payroll information? For that matter, why can't the ERP system they paid hundreds of millions of dollars for do those simple things? Such things are incomprehensible and very frustrating to technical professionals.

more than 4 years ago

Giant Black Hole At Milky Way's Core Stays Slim

heritage727 I'm envious (61 comments)

It's eating a Milky Way the size of a galaxy and it stays slim? Must have a terrific metabolism.

more than 4 years ago

The Cloud Ate My Homework

heritage727 Re:clouds can be private (305 comments)

And those secretaries were much sexier than any computer hardware.

Sexier than computer hardware? I don't think so. Ye Gods, man, think before you post such nonsense here.

more than 4 years ago

Contributors Leaving Wikipedia In Record Numbers

heritage727 Re:As a long-time contributor (632 comments)

(my kid's teachers won't allow citing it, for example)

Good. It's real simple. Encyclopedias are not sources. They are where you go to get an introduction on a topic and leads to sources.

It's not quite so simple. For elementary and middle-school students, encyclopedias are sources. A 4th grader writing a 2-page report on Leonard Bernstein isn't going to read an entire biography. The previous poster's point--and the same rule has been true for my children as well--is that Wikipedia in particular cannot be cited, while Britannica, etc. can be.

more than 4 years ago

Comic Books Improve Early Childhood Literacy

heritage727 Re:No doubt. (127 comments)

There's an art to reading graphic novels, and knowing how to read them. To analyze the frames for relative action to the story and so on. I for one have never been as good at understanding comics as I have traditional literature.

I agree. My 13 year-old son can read a graphic novel and tell me the story in great detail. When I look at one of his books it's just a bunch of random explosions and women with bizarrely large breasts.

more than 4 years ago

Toyota Develops New Flower Species To Reduce Pollution

heritage727 Re:Nothing can go wrong here! (211 comments)

What do the goats eat once they've finished the kudzu?

Ask Africa. They eat everything. Then you get desert. Then come the sandworms. Nice, you've doomed us all.

No, no, George Clooney will take care of the goats. I'm not worried.

more than 4 years ago

Sneak Preview of New OpenOffice 3.2

heritage727 42 Features (377 comments)

Wow, I guess really is the answer.

more than 4 years ago

Coverity Report Finds OSS Bug Density Down Since 2006

heritage727 Re:Wonder when MS, IBM and others will publish? (79 comments)

Actually the topic is the subject of research and the blog below quotes some book that says Microsoft is at 1/2000 lines of code.

If some blog quotes some book that makes some claim about Microsoft being worse than Linux, that's good enough evidence for me!

more than 4 years ago

Trapped Girls Call For Help On Facebook

heritage727 Insightful? (380 comments)

Well, you have to be 13 to have a Facebook account. They have Facebook accounts. So they must be 13, and hence teenagers, even if they're only 10 and 12. Seems perfectly clear to me.

I like to be modded up as much as the next person, but Insightful? Jeez, I was trying for Funny.

about 5 years ago

Trapped Girls Call For Help On Facebook

heritage727 Re:Teenagers? (380 comments)

Well, you have to be 13 to have a Facebook account. They have Facebook accounts. So they must be 13, and hence teenagers, even if they're only 10 and 12. Seems perfectly clear to me.

about 5 years ago

BIOS "Rootkit" Preloaded In 60% of New Laptops

heritage727 Re:It is time (236 comments)

Busg happen.

See? Case in point.

more than 5 years ago

LoTR Lawsuit Threatens Hobbit Production

heritage727 Re:Bad news all around (427 comments)

Imagine if the Bard's estate could screw around with people like this.

That's the direction we are headed.

Especially bad since in this case we need to be able to say "A plague o' both your houses."

more than 4 years ago

Of Catty Rants and Copyrights

heritage727 What about MySpace TOS? (339 comments)

The first question that occurred to me is whether she even has rights to the piece. If MySpace has one of those all-your-rights-are-belong-to-us TOS, she might not be in a position to bring a copyright claim at all.

more than 5 years ago

"Tweenbots" Test NYC Pedestrian-Robot Relations

heritage727 Re:ok, let me get this straight (197 comments)

What you're missing is that it isn't a computer science or robotics project.

more than 5 years ago


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