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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

mdsharpe Re:Climate Denial (987 comments)

Indeed, I too have noticed this. I come here for what is usually interesting, intelligent and informed discussion, but the whole scene changes when the topic is climate change. I guess the subject causes a lot of cognitive dissonance and people find the reality of the situation harder to come to terms with than I had realised.

about 9 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

mdsharpe Re:Link broken? (1191 comments)

Seconded. The comments and discussion are the main reason I visit Slashdot several times a day. The new design is an absolute nightmare for reading comments, as they are squashed into an extremely narrow column.
Simply put, if the new design becomes the norm and there's no way to fall back to the current (non-beta) design, I will be visiting a lot less, and will consider it a great loss.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Confirms Xbox One's Phone Home Requirement, Game Resale Rules

mdsharpe Re:Purpose of the Always On requirement (581 comments)

I suspect that game licensing is precisely what it's for. My guess would be that the console will require verification of a newly introduced game disc at the moment it's loaded. There are no useful user-friendly reasons for this always-on connection that I can see. I think the main reason it's required is for game DRM.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Axing Messenger On March 15th

mdsharpe Re:Existing clients everywhere (218 comments)

You're right. According to Ars Technica (http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/01/microsoft-messenger-service-not-going-anywhere-just-yet/) XMPP support will remain until October, and then the network itself will be turned off in March 2014.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Axing Messenger On March 15th

mdsharpe Re:Kill Confirmed (218 comments)

I was trying to prevent confusion, not be a "smart ass", so I apologise if I gave the wrong impression. However, this is nothing like comparing versions of Outlook. Outlook has always been an end-user e-mail client, wheras the two messengers in question are not alike. One is an IM client, the other was a built-in Windows system service that one typically interacted with at the command line ("net send" etc.).

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Axing Messenger On March 15th

mdsharpe Re:Kill Confirmed (218 comments)

Unrelated - the old Messenger service is nothing to do with MSN. The GRC article even says so: "The first thing to understand is that the Windows Messenger Service is completely different from, and not in any way related to, "MSN Messenger", "Windows Messenger", or any other well-known instant messaging system."

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Axing Messenger On March 15th

mdsharpe Existing clients everywhere (218 comments)

Makes me wonder what they're going to do about the Messenger clients built in to: Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7, Xbox 360, etc. If these clients are going to stop working, will they push out replacement updates for all of them in time? I doubt it. The current version of Windows 8 Skype app is awful - if that's going to be their primary IM solution on Windows 8 then they're going to have to improve it pretty rapidly between now and mid-March.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

mdsharpe Re:I certainly don't (445 comments)

Same here. The company I work for recently moved offices and we didn't bother getting a phone system in the new place. We got a bunch of USB handsets that were desgined to be used with MS Communicator / Lync, but they work great with Skype.

about 2 years ago
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Facebook Users Voting On Privacy, Instagram, Other Issues

mdsharpe As of 2012-12-04 17:00 UTC (80 comments)

So far the outcome is overwhelmingly in favour of keeping their current "SRR" and Data Use Policy, by about 10:1.

about 2 years ago
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Seas Rising Faster Than Projected

mdsharpe Re:I've given up (605 comments)

Your snarky reply implies that we cannot continue without fossil fuels. If that's true, then we're just as screwed once they run out. So, we can either transition to clean energy sooner, or later, or never - pick one.

about 2 years ago
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Seas Rising Faster Than Projected

mdsharpe Re:I've given up (605 comments)

Agreed. We may or may not be at peak oil, but either way there's a heck of a lot more fossil fuel left to dig up, and I just cannot see any way that business will let themselves be denied that wealth.

about 2 years ago
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Hello, I'm a Mac. And I'm a $248 Win8 PC.

mdsharpe Re:I really hope.... (642 comments)

The first boot tutorial shows mouse gestures or touch gestures or both, depending on the machine's capabilities.

about 2 years ago
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Now That It's Here, Is There a Place For Windows RT?

mdsharpe Re:Win 8 RT (287 comments)

They moved it out of Windows and into Windows Essentials which you can download at get.live.com

more than 2 years ago
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Student Publishes Extensive Statistics On the Population of Middle-Earth

mdsharpe Re:Slashdoted.. (218 comments)

Shaaaare the loooaaddd

more than 2 years ago
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Advertisers Blast Microsoft Over IE Default Privacy Settings

mdsharpe Re:Microsoft cares about privacy (558 comments)

The setting is per user, not per Windows installation.

more than 2 years ago
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MS Office 2013 Pushing Home Users Toward Subscriptions

mdsharpe Re:Libre Office (349 comments)

I'd have agreed with you a few years ago when helping my family with their XP boxes, but in my experience starting with Vista things got a lot better (probably mostly because of UAC).

more than 2 years ago
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FAA Permits American Airlines To Use iPads In Cockpit "In All Phases of Flight"

mdsharpe Re:So safety is no longer a factor (372 comments)

That's not really my point. To my knowledge, iOS is not intended as a safety-critical system, in the same way Windows isn't. Perhaps these documents are not safety critical, but as much as the airlines might do "testing", they cannot guarantee there's not a bug lurking in there.

more than 2 years ago
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FAA Permits American Airlines To Use iPads In Cockpit "In All Phases of Flight"

mdsharpe Re:So safety is no longer a factor (372 comments)

Exactly. What happens when a bug causes the iPad or the doc reader app to crash? You can't tell me the OS and app were designed as safety-critical systems.

more than 2 years ago
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When Flying Was a Thrill

mdsharpe Still is for some of us (382 comments)

Maybe it's just me, but I still think of flying as a big deal. I don't go on aeroplanes much, but when I do, I always remember to appreciate it for the marvel it is. I still find the acceleration of takeoff to be pretty exciting as well.

more than 2 years ago
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Another Elon Musk Bet: Half of All Cars Built In 2032 Will Be Electric

mdsharpe Peak Oil (359 comments)

I suppose the other 50% will be petrol or diesel powered. Will these fuels be affordable in 2032?

more than 2 years ago

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