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Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

idontusenumbers FileMaker (281 comments)

If the whole goal is to avoid MS, FileMaker is pretty similar to Access from a feature standpoint.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

idontusenumbers Re:CSS sucks (256 comments)

Is what also true? it being a table or a div wont change how a screen reader reads the text.

about 4 months ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

idontusenumbers Re:CSS sucks (256 comments)

IE6 is a 10,000 times more valid target browser than lynx.

about 4 months ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

idontusenumbers New UI (256 comments)

This isn't progress. This is a designer taking over for UX. Bad bad bad.

about 4 months ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

idontusenumbers Re:CSS sucks (256 comments)

So you hack elements into a table? How is that not using a table for 3 column layout? Why not just actually use a table? You can hack the elements away from being a table to get a mobile version.

about 4 months ago
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Media Player Nightingale Reaches 1.12.1; First Release Since Songbird

idontusenumbers Re:Comparisons? (79 comments)

The only issue is that the UI isn't as clean because it is so powerful

There are countless applications that are more powerful than VLC that also have cleaner UIs. Power does not precipitate bad UI; bad UI shames power.

about 6 months ago
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Why Does Windows Have Terrible Battery Life?

idontusenumbers Re:The things windows does, as a real OS (558 comments)

Windows drivers have to be hacked to poll at 1000hz, the fastest they can poll. In other words, the fastest they poll WHEN HACKED is 1/50th as fast as your claim. The default is 125hz, 1/400th your claim. OSX has no problem keeping the disk defragmented and indexed while maintaining battery life. No need to check if the printer is there until you enumerate the available printers when you open a print dialogue. Every old Windows app I try to use has to be hacked into working in newer versions of Windows. Most of the things you list don't impact battery anyway like logging (most likely to in memory caches), in-memory registry, and concurrently loaded dlls.

about 9 months ago
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Blizzard Wins Legal Battle Against WoW Bot Company

idontusenumbers Free speech? (285 comments)

Isn't blocking the release of the source akin to blocking free speech?

about 9 months ago
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With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

idontusenumbers Re:Microsoft will pull back (426 comments)

All the windows 8 features that I refuse to adopt are objectively worse than what they replace. I witness others that have attempted to adopt them and they fumble around exactly as I predicted someone (including myself) would in such a situation.

about 10 months ago
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With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

idontusenumbers Re:Microsoft will pull back (426 comments)

I've been using Windows 8 since its release and haven't gotten used to it, despite using all sorts of third party 'reversion' programs (replacement start menu etc). Personal experience and the experience watching others fumble through Windows 8 a year after it's release shows people aren't "getting used to it", Regardless, suggesting to "suffer and get used to something" that *should* be an improvement over the replacement but isn't is ridiculous.

about 10 months ago
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Java 8 Developer Preview Released

idontusenumbers Re:TL DR (189 comments)

Do you mean to ask if you can manipulate the UI from any thread? Then no. There's really little point anyway, it's so easy to just enqueue an anonymous Runnable into the EDT. If it's changed to be "thread safe" then all swing projects will become unmaintainable.

about a year ago
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HDMI 2.0 Officially Announced

idontusenumbers Re:THROW AWAY YOUR OLD AND BUY THE NEW !! (293 comments)

There are countless, often hidden, configs on the TV, in Windows, and in graphics card drivers. Even if there exists no config that can solve your issue, that does not mean there is a problem in the HDMI spec. It is VERY LIKELY there is a design flaw in any one (or all) of the following: Your TV, your computer, your graphics card, windows, or your drivers.

The HDMI spec does not differentiate text signals. Text simply exacerbates a lower level filtering issue one of your components is experiencing. This is definitely not, as you originally stated, a problem with the HDMI spec.

I suppose that the HDMI spec might have explicitly disallowed overscan, sharpening filters, resampling, motion compensation, or any of many other filters that could cause these sorts of artifacts. In this regard, yes, the HDMI spec is at fault.

about a year ago
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Ministry of Sound Suing Spotify Over User Playlists

idontusenumbers Shuffle? (201 comments)

How many orders of magnitude on the probability of a random shuffling do you need before something is copyright-able? A compilation can't be much higher than ~10 orders of magnitude.

about a year ago
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HDMI 2.0 Officially Announced

idontusenumbers Re:Attention Cinephiles (293 comments)

Here I thought these companies employed engineers where they really employ writers.

about a year ago
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HDMI 2.0 Officially Announced

idontusenumbers Re:THROW AWAY YOUR OLD AND BUY THE NEW !! (293 comments)

This is clearly either a misconfiguration on your TV, your computer, or a design flaw in the TV, or your computer based on the simple fact that many people who use HDMI to connect their TV to their computer don't experience this problem.

about a year ago
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Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges

idontusenumbers Re:Forget ratings, measure ROI. (302 comments)

The OP was speaking of college specifically, not education categorically. If the matter is personal pride or knowledge, it would be a lot cheaper to do it outside of college using books from the library or purchased from a book store. What value does a college bring? The diploma (for earning potential) is one, maybe a 'learning environment' (which would be pretty easy to argue against, depending on the college), or a sense of discipline... I feel the diploma/earnings-potential is really the only one without a good counter argument.

about a year ago
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Man Builds Fully-Functional Boeing 737 Flight Simulator In His Son's Bedroom

idontusenumbers Authenticity (128 comments)

How authentic are the fur seats?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should More Math and Equations Be Used In the Popular Press?

idontusenumbers Re:I just say (385 comments)

Or how technical people look upon sales, marketing and PR people with disdain, because those people know how to relate to the public

Do marketing and PR people really know how to relate to the public? I find most marketing and PR is a gamble. Countless super-expensive campaigns are utter failures (for a particularly good example, see the Tropicana Packaging debacle, or the recently revealed poor sales of Windows RT tablets). They might be better at relating to the public than technical people, but even the best firms are just throwing darts at a dart board. Some campaigns are great, but most are just lost in a sea of similar monotony or are complete disasters.

about a year ago

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