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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

ljw1004 Re:How does Microsoft test with USERS? (367 comments)

I can't imagine that Microsoft's own developers are running their own development systems on Windows 8.1 - I wouldn't be surprised if it were a dirty secret within Microsoft that application development takes place on Win7 (and maybe WinXP)

I'm a Microsoft developer. I and most of my colleagues develop on Win8.1. I don't know why your imagination is failing you.

My team does much of our work on VMs running recent builds of VS, and those VMs typically run Win8.1 -- presumably because it has a lower memory footprint than Win7.

As an engineer who actually uses win8.1 for my daily work, the only main UI difference with Win7 is the start screen, and that has negligible impact because I launch apps either by clicking on the taskbar or by pressing Win and then typing by keyboard the name of the app. Exactly the same workflow and same number of keystrokes as before.

2 days ago
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

ljw1004 Re:Terrible names (367 comments)

Well the Charms bar is apparently dead so it no longer matters that its name is terrible.

Apple already came out with "Continuity". So Microsoft's "Continuum" sounds pretty similar. You might just have to knuckle down and live with a new term for seamless transitions between phone+tablet and laptop+desktop devices. Of all the terms they could have chosen, "Continu*" don't seem too bad.

2 days ago
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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

ljw1004 Re:Where Does He Stand On the Issues? (120 comments)

So, you'd be OK with him supporting mandatory labeling on all foods that contain DNA? Because 80% of the population says they support their government helping them out with that. I'd never support a politician who says he'll do what the majority say they want. We don't need mob rule directly, or by proxy, either.

Correction: 80% of people said they agreed with the government's food labelling policy on food including DNA.

That's literally the exact opposite of what you said. That's the majority following the lead of the government.

2 days ago
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

ljw1004 Re:People need advice more than information (349 comments)

Is non-GMO "much better", in spite of the fact that extensive research hasn't turned up proof of *any* bad effects, and can provide effective nutritional advantages in many cases?

Indeed. The strongest nutritional advantage seems to be "Monsanto's executives and stockholders are able to eat much finer food now."

2 days ago
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

ljw1004 Re:Jesus, we're fucked. (349 comments)

80%?! 80% of Americans are unfamiliar with one of, if not *the* most fundamental concepts of biology?

I support mandatory labels on *all* food products. Therefore I support mandatory labels on food containing DNA, and I've have ticked the "yes" box on this questionnaire too.

But to be pedantic the question actually asked "Do you agree with the government's policy to require mandatory labels on food containing DNA". If you had to answer yes or no to this nonsense question (since there is no such policy) I'd assume the questionnaire, like so many others, was badly written and was referring to an actual government policy on something useful.

2 days ago
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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

ljw1004 Re:Is there something wrong with me that .,.. (178 comments)

Is there something wrong with me that I find this offensive?

Yes there is something wrong with you. You lack empathy and compassion.

(I'm not sure if you "chose" to lack these things or if they're a product of your upbringing, and so I don't know whether your logic would blame you for lacking them or not).

4 days ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

ljw1004 didn't say "must provide" (322 comments)

The law itself doesn't say anything.

Teachers may be *required* to "demand" a password (if that 's what the school's anti-bullying policy compells them to).

But there's nothing here to say that students must *comply* with those demands.

Now there's usually a separate set of laws which compel people to comply with certain demands made by certain officials. It's too hard to tell here whether password demands will fall into that bucket.

about a week ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

ljw1004 Re:Checklist for MS (489 comments)

Windows needs to run and organize files and applications, that's it.

And manage network connectivity. And printers. And other hardware. And the clipboard. And other means of sharing between applications. And multiple user accounts. And virtual desktops. And VMs. And a way to search the stuff on your machine. And task scheduling. And updates. And joining your company network. And syncing with your phone. And credential management for internet certificates. And cryptographic and other similar services. And language support. And network device discovery. And I'd hope for a seamless way to manage network files like on DropBox or OneDrive. And logging/diagnostics. And screen-reader and other assisted technology support. And 3d graphics. And privacy controls, a way to stop apps from stealing information themselves.

What I've written down isn't "windows bloat". It's in linux and mac too. It's just what we've come to expect of an operating system.

about a week ago
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

ljw1004 Re:Force women at gun point to join tech (335 comments)

You literally just claimed the lack of evidence of something existing is ipso facto proof of it existing. That's a textbook example of a complete failure of logical validity.

I think you've confused my quote. I used it to quote the item I was *responding* to, like you do in conversation, like I'm doing it right now. You've bizarrely taken it to be a quote of evidence I'm using.

about two weeks ago
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

ljw1004 Re:Force women at gun point to join tech (335 comments)

There is no institutional sexism. No one has been able to find it.

The thing is -- I read your post, and I think "that's institutional sexism right here".

I agree with most of what you wrote. But other bits are a sort of weird distorted view of the tech industry, or a picture of an undesirable workplace that should be changed. For instance, "men often like solitary complex tasks working long hours" -- (1) as a married man with a child, I'm delighted that I don't have to work long hours; (2) the successful senior folks are those whose work is accomplished through meetings like in any business, not solitary. And your insults (like those of Linus) are ones I'm glad I don't face at my work, where everyone really genuinely is polite and "nice".

I agree there's no evidence that universities or companies are discriminating. However, I think YOU PERSONALLY are discriminating, and if you're in tech, I bet you contribute to a discriminatory workplace.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

ljw1004 Re:Qualifications (479 comments)

Read the article. This is about RECRUITERS. They go out and find candidates. If you're passively waiting for applicants, I'd fire you as a recruiter on the spot.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

ljw1004 Re:Qualifications (479 comments)

They're CANDIDATES. No "at the expense of".

about two weeks ago
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Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

ljw1004 Re:Prepare for more (257 comments)

To fill you in: The Lord's Resistance Army

about two weeks ago
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Google Sees Biggest Search Traffic Drop Since 2009 As Yahoo Gains Ground

ljw1004 Re:Have you ever noticed that ... (155 comments)

With Google search, I nearly always find what I'm looking for right at the top of my search

Good for you. With google, I normally find five paid ads at the top of my search that aren't relevant. I have to scroll down to see the surprisingly small number of non-ad results that fit on the first page. Then there are another two paid ads underneath them. Bing is typically no better.

about two weeks ago
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EFF Takes On Online Harassment

ljw1004 Re:There's a bigger challenge... (189 comments)

You do not have the right to physically harm, or threaten, someone. But you certainly have the right to offend them... there is no constitutional right to not be offended.

I went to a talk a few years ago by a brain scientist. His results were that the brain response to a physical injury is pretty much the same as the brain response to insults and swear words. Does the constitutional injunction refer to the suffering that's inflicted, i.e. a brain response? or does it refer solely to the physical injury even in cases or people where this doesn't cause any suffering?

about two weeks ago
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EFF Takes On Online Harassment

ljw1004 Re:Offense or defense? (189 comments)

Because I am immune to such rhetoric under all but the most trying circumstances

I think you're arrogant and deluded. I base this on a talk I went to a few years ago where the speaker explained that the brain activity caused by offensive swear-words is pretty much the same as the brain activity caused by physical pain -- and went on to say that this brain response was apparently pretty much unavoidable. So when you claim to be immune, I assume (because "science") that the low level of your brain isn't actually immune, but you find yourself able to consciously suppress it and delude yourself about it.

about two weeks ago
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Connected Gun Lets Anyone Watch What Or Who You Are Shooting

ljw1004 Re:Don't put cameras on everything (138 comments)

Live-streaming of a rifle-scope? That sounds like death-porn. Who's the audience?

When you go shooting, lots of people (especially beginners) take home the target with the bullet holes. This sounds like the next step.

about three weeks ago
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Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

ljw1004 Re:Less accurate statement (303 comments)

"The program doesn't know to check for"

"The program wasn't designed to check for"

In the first instance the statement makes it quite clear the program DOES NOT KNOW HOW to do what you are talking about.

You can shorten something so far for clarity, but if you go to far you end up with less clarity

"The program doesn't check for"

In this case, like all others in this thread, the non-anthropomorphic version is shorter, more correct, and less misleading. What on earth does it mean for the program to "know" something? Is there a knowledgebase in the program? What is the difference between "the program doesn't check" and "the program doesn't know to check"? Is there an API subfamily related to some kind of "knowing" paradigm built into the architecture?

The TFA is right. Anthropomorphizing is always bad.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Sends DMCA Notices Against Users Spreading Leaked Emails

ljw1004 Re:I think the point... (138 comments)

You've got the wrong handle on DMCA...

1. It criminalizes the creation of software designed to circumvent copyright. That's not happening here.

2. It grants"safe harbor" to ISPs and companies against violations*BY THEIR USERS* so long as the company has a takedown & dispute resolution mechanism. In this case Sony claims copyright, and Twitter can absolve itself of responsibility by leaving the user in question to be the one to file a counterclaim (presumably on fair-use grounds)

about a month ago

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What's up with no-ip?

ljw1004 ljw1004 writes  |  about 7 months ago

ljw1004 (764174) writes "In April 2013, the OpenDNS blog reported that no-ip was the second most popular dynamic-DNS site for malicious software. No-IP responded that they have a very strict abuse "policy", and they want other people to help by reporting violations of the TOS to them. They also scan daily and filter by keyword. In February 2014, the Cisco blog reported that no-ip had risen to be the worst offender, and no-ip again responded that they have a strict abuse policy, and they want other people to report violations of the TOS to them, and they scan daily and filter by keyword. ... Were no-ip doing a good enough job at policing themselves?"
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Drug halts decline in Alzheimer's disease

ljw1004 ljw1004 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ljw1004 (764174) writes "Alzheimer's disease: researchers are divided on whether it's caused by "beta amyloid" (a peptide found in alzheimer brains) or by "tau protein" (normally used for cellular scaffolding, but can aggregate of control and destroy neurons). Today in Chicago a new drug has been anounced which stops tau aggregation and appears to have halted alzheimer-related decline in 300 clinical trial patients. Do you have friends or family who appear to be dementing? Here is an online questionnaire, part of one used in the clinical trial to diagnose dementia. (disclosure: I made the online questionnaire, and my father is one of the scientists behind the drug.)"
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