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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

kamapuaa Re:Native UI conventions...? (147 comments)

It's nice and snappy on my $200 netbook...

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

kamapuaa Re:Lack of corruption (475 comments)

WTF? Of all the anti-US drivel on slashdot, this is some of the stupidest. Tipping is custom, not corruption. It isn't for the right to get access to government service, it's something done in private businesses.

Two party system is wonderful. Take a look at the recent election Greece, where the far left party forms a nonsensical coalition of the far-left and far right. Or in England, where party that received the most support is kept out of power by a similar coalition.

And the economy of Europe is being pulled up by Northern/European counties? Have you read a paper in the last year or two? Europe's economy is in the shitter and going down.

Is the US not getting things done? It has the highest rate of worker productivity, the economy is growing, it has the largest manufacturing economy in the world by a large margin, top colleges are basically all US, Nobel prize winners are more US than elsewhere, government patent filings are mostly US, and the US has won the world series for like 20 years in a row. The lack of government subsidizing of ethernet to some bumfuck exurb is just a sign that the US doesn't treat broadband as an inherent right of being a citizen, and personally I would agree.

2 days ago
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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

kamapuaa Re:Facebook is not new to censorship (227 comments)

Western Europe, where 5% of the global population thinks they are most of the world...

4 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

kamapuaa Re:iPad is a luxury? (303 comments)

Nonsense. Every carrier offers a bring-your-own-phone plan, and T-Mobile doesn't offer a discount, they just don't offer a subsidized phone option at all. WTF why are you ranting about something you clearly know nothing about?

4 days ago
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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

kamapuaa Re:The problem is the interface (174 comments)

Just because pull-down menus are a great idea for Turbotax, doesn't make them the best idea for a webbrowser. The "good" one wastes screen space on stupid pull-down menus that will never get used. For a program used on occasion, yes it is a very good idea to follow standards strictly. But plenty of people do basically nothing on their computers but use the web-browser and Office. I think it's best to optimize these programs interfaces to actual use, irrespective of general standards.

I just spent 2 seconds to turn on the pull-down menus to my browser...and a File menu? WTF? How often do you need that?

5 days ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

kamapuaa Re:Then there was War Plan Red (308 comments)

I can not believe anybody would suggest that WWI marked the begin of the strength of the British Navy. You know absolutely nothing about history and you shouldn't be talking about it with an air of authority. What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

about a week ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

kamapuaa Re:Insurance (216 comments)

But here we sit, arguing about whether people should be able to use their cars as they see fit.
Except that's not what's being argued. People can still use their cars as they see fit, they just have to pay more for licensing and insurance, to cover the increased road use and insurance liabilities. That sounds a lot more reasonable and realistic then a complete overhaul of the "goddamned" health care service.

And, Uber isn't a ride-share program where you find people to tag along on your road trip. It's an unlicensed taxi service. I doubt a proliferation of slightly cheaper taxis keeps a non-trivial number of people from purchasing a car of their own.

about a week ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

kamapuaa Re:anything has to be better than beyond earth (227 comments)

I prefer civ 3 but civ 5 is way better than 4 if you have the mods. I understand civ 5 was borderline unplayable when it first came out and of course that sucks, but it's since been taken care of. If that's the reason you left give it another try... Leonard Nimoy's voice is the only thing I miss from 4. Not that 4 was 5, just 5 has similar, clearly superior gameplay.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

kamapuaa Re:I hope not (489 comments)

Trumpet was a pretty easy way to connect to the internet with Windows 95. Sure, Windows should have had TCP/IP but if there's an easy workaround, who really cares? Anyway this is 20 years ago, it's like refusing to buy an iPhone because you hate how Apple got rid of 3.5" disk drives way too early.

And Openoffice & iwork have been around for years now, and are still obviously inferior to MS Office.

about two weeks ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

kamapuaa Stupid Americans (361 comments)

What a ridiculous idea...you're on an internet forum, and you're not swearing at each other? Thanks a lot George W Bush!

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

kamapuaa Re:Equally tiny UPS? (180 comments)

Get a tiny $200 fanless laptop.

about three weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

kamapuaa Re:Perhaps at last an affordable mini PC? (180 comments)

If you buy the top of the line model for around 2k you get about 6 years out of it, so that is $300 per year. If you buy a starting PC for $400 you will get about 2 years out of it $200 per year.

Ridiculous. For one thing, who would bother with a $2000 desktop, except for a gamer with money to burn?

about three weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

kamapuaa Re:Just hire a CPA (450 comments)

I've been self-employed (and now my wife is), I have investment income, and doing taxes myself takes me maybe an hour or two, once a year. It would be silly to get outside help for that.

If I was in a truly difficult tax situation, sure. But especially Schedule D, what the heck? I imagine it's a very common form, and it's trivial to do oneself.

about three weeks ago
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Google Fund To Pay For 1 Million Copies of Charlie Hebdo

kamapuaa Re:Not Google - The Government of France (311 comments)

The paper is essentially a racist rag where old white men push the buttons of minorities. Of course the bombing was wrong, and I support the paper's right to say what I disagree with, just as I support the right of Neo-Nazis to hold parades down Peoria, Illinois. However, having the government/Google go further and give public funds towards a racist paper is a step too far.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

kamapuaa Re:I guess that means ... (340 comments)

This doesn't prove it at all. You shouldn't have been modified +5 Insightful. Over the course of a game, luck is very important. Like you get dealt the card you already have, or you get dealt crap.

Blackjack also has a perfect strategy, and of course blackjack has a great amount of luck.

I guess if you planned on playing an infinite amount of games, luck wouldn't be a part of Texas Hold Em. For somebody playing a finite amount, luck is key.

about three weeks ago
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Hackers Steal $5M In Bitcoin During Bitstamp Exchange Attack

kamapuaa Re:Bitstamp hack..... (114 comments)

To be fair, most grandparents are going to be less than 100 years old (the youngest you would be to have money on deposit before the government started backing bank deposits). Great or great-great parents is more likely (and they're likely dead). The banking system is fundamentally different, it was a stupid point.

about three weeks ago
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Finding Genghis Khan's Tomb From Space

kamapuaa Re:Next up, finding Atlantis from Space (166 comments)

In addition to your own link disputing what you say, open-air burials are a part of Tibetan Buddhism, which wasn't really a part of Genghis Khan's cultural heritage (he was a Shamanist with a lot of Nestorian Christian family members). Lama Buddhism became the religion of Mongols only 400 years later. So I imagine open-air burials got adapted after they got Tibetan Buddhism but before the Commies.

about a month ago

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Companies using new technology to track cars.

kamapuaa kamapuaa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kamapuaa (555446) writes "MVTRAC, is one of several new companies in the process of automatically tracking car license plates to make private databases. They're for use in helping banks re-possess them, or helping police find stolen cars, or really whatever the companies feel like, as the new-found industry lacks government oversight. The New York Times has an article about how it's changing the car repo industry"
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Average gamer is 35, fat and bummed

kamapuaa kamapuaa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kamapuaa (555446) writes "According to a study published in the upcoming October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, US Video game players average 35, are fatter than average, and tend towards depression. Specifically, women video games players tended towards depression, while male video game players tended towards large BMIs. While the study itself points to several conclusions, one researcher noted: "habitual use of video games as a coping response may provided a genesis for obsessive-compulsive video-game playing, if not video-game addiction.""
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Radiohead vows not to repeat music giveaway

kamapuaa kamapuaa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kamapuaa (555446) writes "Radiohead has said they will not repeat their marketing stunt of giving free copies of their album over the Internet, while merely asking fans to leave money in a virtual tip jar. '"I think it was a one-off response to a particular situation," Thom Yorke said of the band's decision last October to let viewers pay what they wanted for digital downloads of the new album "In Rainbows."'"

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