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Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

holophrastic and the reason it's bad then is... (62 comments)

...because that's when everyone wants to travel. Telling me to travel when I don't want to travel ain't a solution.

Hey buddy! Just ruin your holiday and you'll easily avoid the traffic!

Why don't I just not celebrate it at all.

Is this what we can expect from big data? Spend another day with your annoying family consuming the entire weekend, work more hours, or take half the work day off?

Here's a better way. Stab yourself in the neck, then you can take an ambulance right through any traffic that stands in your way. Your family will meet you at the hospital with a slice of turkey.

Here's another idea. Just celebrate thanksgiving two weeks later. You can avoid everything.

Thanks for the help, oh great and wise swammy-g.

about a week ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

holophrastic Look, cheaper for everyone by removing luxury! (286 comments)

It's never been difficult to save money by removing luxuries -- or, you know, the most basic of simple necessities: sunlight.

Hey, we can get rid of snacks, drinks, pillows, blankets, food, and attendants too! Think of the savings!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Make a High-Spec PC Waterproof?

holophrastic Re:Biased, self-serving, I'm the founder (202 comments)

It's already waterproof from the front and sides, which may be sufficient for the poster's application, and it can be made waterprooof from the back with a few gaskets, or a fully enclosed rear panel.

about a month ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

holophrastic "Productive" has a pretty clear definition (253 comments)

So, PRODUCING human beings isn't more "productive" than working, huh? Nice vocabulary you've got there.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. If women want to take all of the jobs, I'm good with that. I'm looking forward to being a 1950's house wife in 2015 -- you know, with modern kitchen appliances, big-screen tv's, music in every room, and modern cleaning tools. I'll even throw in DIY home renovations if it means that I don't need to deal with commuting, clients, bosses, and, you know, actual work. We won't even discuss spending time with children.

Men, it's time to let women work hard and pay for everything. I'm ready to stay home and cook -- I love to cook.

about a month and a half ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

holophrastic Rising relative to what? (295 comments)

Isn't sea-level measured relative to shore-lines? Perhaps the sea levels aren't rising at all. Perhaps the land is falling. Huge difference.

about 1 month ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

holophrastic That sounds like dating before dating (482 comments)

First, answering dumbass interview questions and showing hidden Seattle gems is actually dating. That's not finding a date, that's dating. Forcing guys to date a mystery woman before being able to see her only to then try to date her just won't work. You've done nothing but add another layer to the already-anonymous layer. Can you imagine even the most successful online dating guy, who engages ten women in a month, is now being interrogated twice each week, coming up with hidden gem videos and countless other things. Poor guy! That's a lot of work. Or would you accept a guy who sends the same videos and answers to every women he engages? That's called a profile. A big one. Which is creepy again.

Second, the definition of a creepy guy is one who is on a dating site. Every guy on a dating site is creepy. Quite frankly, so are women on dating sites. Welcome to the concept of a list of people looking for other people. That's creepy from the get go. If you're looking for not creepy, then you're seeking a guy who pretends to not be doing exactly what he/s doing which is exactly what you wanted him to be doing -- looking for you.

Third, 17 to 1. Because a guy will engage 17 women, whereas most women won't engage anyone. 17:1 is less of a message ratio and more of a browsing ratio.

Here's a solution: a site where guys aren't able to engage women at all. That'll solve your problem. then you can just wait for women to engage men. the species will die out, and this problem will be solved.

Glad I'm through with dating -- hope I never find myself back there, certainly not online dating.

about 2 months ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

holophrastic Rembered vibrantly would be painful (478 comments)

Certainly I won't argue with the very-old being a drain on society reasoning. To some extent it can certainly be true -- e.g. workforce, taxes, economy. Whether or not that is countered in terms of wisdom, historical knowledge, and otherwise unobtainable perspective is a subjective matter.

I do, however, take umbrage with the idea that remembering someone as "vibrant and engaged" is a good thing. Everyone that I know who's died "vibrant and engaged" has been the result of some crime or major illness, and has left friends and family distrought to the point of needing some amount of psychological therapy to get over the loss, sudden or otherwise.

The idea of a very gradual decline, such that finally losing one's grandfather comes when one's opinion of that grandfather is at least somewhat "feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic" is a comfort. It makes the loss easier, understandable, and acceptable.

Moreover, I'm 35 now. I'm not feeble, but I'm not fit. I'm not inefectual, but I'm lazy. I'm not pathetic, but, well, to some I am. I'm a pretty relaxed, happy guy, with no problems and no ambition and a lot of personal hobbies. If I cared to be seen as "vibrant and engaged", I wouldn't be content as I am today. That would be horrible. I don't live for the memory of others; I live for my own joy of the day.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

holophrastic Hobbies (275 comments)

Got any hobbies? It's not a hobby if you don't average 15 hours per week. The more hobbies you have, the more time you want to spend on the hobbies. It's not that the work passion is gone, it's just that you already do 40 hours a week of that passion.

about 2 months ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

holophrastic Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

I think you've missed the earlier items in the sequence. The neighbour was the last item. First you need to be reminded that you left the stove on. Or you need to actively check. And with dozens of things to actively check, you're either a paranoid nut job checking everything every hour, or you check once, thoroughly, before you leave the house.

And if you don't have any friends who can check on your house while you're away, the nI refer you, again, to your homeowners insurance policy -- which probably doesn't cover anything that happens when you're away for more than 3 days in a row.

Oh, and good job turning off your stove when your phone says "stove on". Your phone doesn't say "kitchen cabinet on fire", so I guess you didn't type "use extinguisher on fire". Ok.

There's a reason that your insurance won't cover it. There's no substitute for walking around your house.

about 2 months ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

holophrastic Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

If you use a smart thermostat, your power company will make more money, you'll spend more money on other things, your pets will be uncomfortable, and your life will be just a little bit worse. So why would you use one?

about 2 months ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

holophrastic Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

I live in neither of those zones. Like I said, it only applies to 25% of my year. So would you like me to ask again? How about solving a problem that I have, instead of trying to convince me that I have a problem?

It's not pretentious to ask for help with my situation. I'm not asking for help with yours.

about 2 months ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

holophrastic Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

"on occasion" I do stupid things. Consistently I do smart things that compensate for the stupid things -- like having a neighbour check on my house daily when I'm away. If you want to pay a dozen businesses to do a tenth of what a neighbour can do in 2 minutes, go ahead. I don't.

about 2 months ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

holophrastic Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

That'd be 5%, and that'd be during 4 months only. I'm in a 3'000 squeet house, paying ~$150 per month. You just saved me $50! Wait, how much does installation cost?

about 2 months ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

holophrastic Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

Wish I could mod you up. The sun is indeed on a different side of the house entirely. In my case, the rest boils down to heating vs. cooling. That means different directions of air flow, which means different floor registers are in open.

about 2 months ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

holophrastic Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

That falls into the category of saving a maximum of $2 per day in electricity, with huge and overwhelming consequenses that few people know how to see.

Hard wood floors change shape with even slight temperature changes -- because humidity is drastically affected, especially at floor level.

Fruit on the counter rots that much faster. Bread goes mouldy quicker.

I don't know what it does to the paint on your walls, but I do know that window seals degrade faster.

Think of everything that museums and art galleries do to preserve art. Odds are that you're running counter to everythign they do.

Oh yeah, you're probable destroying your art too.

And poor kitty, home alone all day, and it gets hotter too!

Got a computer sitting at home?

Appliances like your fridge work by exhausting heat. That heat exchange gets less efiicient for some model in a warmer home. So odds are that you save money on your air conditioner, and spend it on your appliances instead.

Oh, and if you've got real seasons like I do, this whole conversation is only relevant for 25% of the year.

about 2 months ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

holophrastic Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

I didn't say anything about paranoia. I said "read your homeowners insurance policy". We're not talking about the furnace, obviously. Sprinklers are somewhat borderline, because they are outside. The rest is just a poor decision on your part -- the oven particularly so.

about 2 months ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

holophrastic Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

So, basically, when you're too stupid to know how to leave your own house, for whatever reason, but damned lucky enough to be reminded later, and anti-social enough to not be neighbourly with any of your neighbours.

In my world, that's a call to the neighbours, who are already responsible for my house when I'm gone.

about 2 months ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

holophrastic Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

But see, that's just the thing. It was already automated -- you weren't lighting the lanterns, you were flipping a switch. Now you're clicking a button or touching a screen. I tend to flip light switches as I enter and exit rooms. Software automating it would either require motion detectors, light sensors, and psychic powers. Sure you could do it, but it's not convenient to install, and it's not free to purchase. It also didn't get carried to my house by storks and pixies. So it starts off very much not convenient, not saving energy, and we all know that it's anything but secure. So what's the ROI on convenience after shopping, paying, and transporting?

I just remember the dvd player's eject button on the remote control. I still need to get up and go retrieve the disk, so what's the benefit in being able to do it from across the room?

I'd put the awning in that same category. When I go to the backyard, I can turn the crank, or trigger the motor. I don't need to deploy the awning from the couch. And I really don't need the awning to be integrated with the microwave.

In my life, convenience doesn't mean more control, it actually means less control -- less need for it. So when it comes to heating, my house maintains the temperature that I want (that's why I adjust the registers rationally). I shouldn't need to touch it on hotter days nor on colder days. And indeed I don't -- not even when I open the windows for some fall-fresh air. Like I said, it's already automated, that's the "stat" in thermostat.

about 2 months ago

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Why haven't other businesses sparked like IT?

holophrastic holophrastic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

holophrastic (221104) writes "So, when I was young, I was the typical "computer guy" on the block. Be in neighbours, friends, family, family-friends, neighbour's friends, or friend's neighbours, I was often called upon to put together some kind of computer setup. Nothing too professional — I was twelve and this was 16 years ago — but something that worked to run a small home business, or a family, or a small start-up company. No one expected very much, and everyone got well more than they expected. And lo the IT industry began.

So now I'm 28, and I want some things done. I'd like my home to benefit from solar/wind energy. I know nothing of such things. I run a successful business and have no time to figure it out. I'd like to know a neighbourhood young-person who dabbles in such things, and give them a few thousand dollars to use my home as a canvas. I find that no such people exist, or I don't know where to find them.

How come "computer nerds" and "grease monkeys" pervail, and maybe a gardner or two, but no other enthusiasm- or passion-based mini-businesses exist from which I can benefit the way that I helped oh so many people in my youth? Everyone knows a "web-guy", how come I don't know a "solar" guy? Or the many other things that I'd love to have done to my life/home/business by a twelve-year-old with enthusiasm?"
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Vista games for my grandparents

holophrastic holophrastic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

holophrastic writes "So my grandparents are now touching a computer for their very first time! (she's 75, he's 85) They've got a nice and creamy-smooth Vista machine to play with. I want to buy them some games, and I'm looking for some suggestions. Ultimately, duplicate bridge online (acbl.org's Bridge Base Online) is keeping them many hours per day. I've got them learning to type with The Typing of the Dead, and they love it, funny as that is. Any other ideas? I'm thinking that it has to be something with a flat interface that they can easily use, since they've never seen anything before — so that rules out FPS, Sierra quest games, and galactic conquest. Most arcade games are going to be too frustrating for them when they forget which sprite is them, and which sprites are the baddies. I'm thinking the incredible machine, myst, and tetris. But I haven't the foggiest as to where to find Vista versions. Any other ideas? (oh yeah, on-board video/audio/nic, core 2 duo, 1.8GHz, 2Gb, vista ultimate, 24" wide)"

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