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Snoozing Pilot Mistakes Venus For Aircraft; Panic, Injuries Ensue

mikeplokta It Worked! (307 comments)

The good news is that the evasive action was successful, and the plane did not hit Venus.

more than 2 years ago

Disaster Strikes Norwegian Government Web Portal

mikeplokta Public Data (176 comments)

All Norwegian tax returns are published publicly on the Internet, so Kenneth's information was already available to anyone who cared to check it. There's been no privacy violation here that I can see.

more than 2 years ago

Google To Allow Location Service Opt-out

mikeplokta Opt-in is not an option (284 comments)

There's no point saying "It should be opt-in", because it can't possibly work on an opt-in basis. There's no way to get a sufficient number of opted-in wireless access points. The available options are "Opt-out is OK" or "The service shouldn't exist".

more than 2 years ago

It's 2010; What's the Best E-Reader?

mikeplokta iPhone/iPod Touch (684 comments)

If you want it to act as a phone as well, the best eReader is the iPhone. If you don't, it's the iPod touch.

Everything sold as an eReader has two fatal flaws. First, they're all way too big, in order to have a page size big enough that they can pretend they're like paper books. An eReader should fit in a shirt pocket.

Second, e-Ink displays are horrible. They're grey-on-grey text, and the half second flash and delay on page turning is terribly distracting. LCD is the only way to go at present.

(Yes, I actually do read on my iPhone; I've read over thirty books on it so far this year.)

more than 4 years ago

Why the IRS Should Automatically Fill In Returns With What It Knows

mikeplokta Re:Increases Fraud (613 comments)

How, exactly, do you propose to build an infrastructure that will ensure that transactions taking place outside US jurisdiction (but taxable within the US) are reported to the US government?

more than 4 years ago

Why the IRS Should Automatically Fill In Returns With What It Knows

mikeplokta Increases Fraud (613 comments)

If the IRS pre-fills what the government knows about on the form, then that tells you what the government doesn't know about, and thus can safely be omitted. If you get a blank form, there's always the risk that the government knows about your offshore account and will prosecute you for omitting it.

more than 4 years ago

Regulator Blocks BBC DRM Plans

mikeplokta Re:Consumer? Pah. (177 comments)

They can no longer have different release dates in different places; once content is released somewhere, it's released everywhere.

more than 4 years ago

Regulator Blocks BBC DRM Plans

mikeplokta Re:Consumer? Pah. (177 comments)

Here's a response that the film and TV industries have never yet tried; how about letting people pay them money for legal downloads without DRM on the day of release? It's impossible to stop people downloading content, so you'd think they could at least experiment with letting people pay them for it rather than giving consumers who want unencumbered and timely content no choice but to pirate.

more than 4 years ago

eBay Denies New Design Is Broken, Blames Users

mikeplokta Re:Always the same story (362 comments)

PayPal most certainly is a bank. In Europe. If you want entities that hold your money to be regulated as banks in the US as well, then tell your Congressman, not Slashdot.

about 5 years ago

Examining Chrome's Source Code

mikeplokta Re:What I don't get... (288 comments)

Cross-platform widget sets are always dreadful. An application developed using cross-platform widgets will, at best, work well on one platform, and more usually on no platforms. OS X and Windows have different UI philosophies, and an OS X application needs a different UI from a Windows application.

about 6 years ago


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