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The Internet of Things and Humans

mpicker0 Re:#lot? (55 comments)

Presumably #IoT = Internet of Things. But #I guess we're #supposed to invent #clever #hashtags for everything #now.

about 4 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

mpicker0 Must we go through this every month? (627 comments)

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Oh look, it's this thread again.

about 6 months ago
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Why Snapchat and Its Ilk Face a Revenue Conundrum

mpicker0 Crazy claims in summary (104 comments)

...it's easy to see why: in these paranoid times, with the NSA allegedly sniffing around the world's collective inbox, and lots of software on the market designed to snoop into people's lives, it's comforting to have an app that'll vaporize your messages within seconds of their opening

So, Snapchat's wild success is from people paranoid of the NSA who use it to send messages, even though multiple stories have appeared about how Snapchat messages can be saved without the sender's knowledge, and Snapchat's own website lists conditions under which messages will be preserved. Riiiiight.

...it doesn't store user information on its servers

Even assuming it doesn't store images (which it does, see above), to use the application, you connect with people as in any other social networking application. This is definitely "user information," and this metadata (some might even call it data) has value.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes You Uninstall Apps?

mpicker0 Re:As a developer I'd like to know ... (243 comments)

So, what do people think. Are one time notifications regarding common mistakes acceptable?

Notifications from a calculator app? No, I wouldn't find them acceptable, ever. Why not just pop up a "Did you know?" screen when they start up the app? Limit it to once a day, and be sure to include a "Don't show me these tips anymore" button. They've started the application, therefore they're more likely to pay attention to what you're saying than if you broadside them with a notification.

about 9 months ago
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Zuckerberg To Teach 10 Million Kids 0-Based Counting

mpicker0 Re:They don't. (295 comments)

There are plenty of software documentation sets, tutorials, etc, like this one (selected at random), that have Step 0, Step 1, etc. I think it's an attempt to be clever, in that offsets start with zero, and this is documentation about computer stuff, being read by developers. But items in a list, intended to be read by humans, shouldn't be represented by offsets, but numbered with counting numbers, that is, starting at 1.

about 9 months ago
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SourceForge Appeals To Readers For Help Nixing Bad Ad Actors

mpicker0 Re:Missing the point (198 comments)

I've never understood the whole "Your download will start in n seconds" countdown, followed by an automatic download (hopefully). Is there a reason they do that instead of simply giving you a link to the file? To be fair, this behavior isn't recent; it's done that for years.

about 9 months ago
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Security Researchers Want To Fully Audit Truecrypt

mpicker0 Re:No trust without source (233 comments)

It's not open source.

Not open source? The source is available for download here.

You can't compile it yourself. You have no idea what is in the source.

You certainly can compile it yourself; I built it on my old Linux iBook G4 (PowerPC), since there were no binaries available for that platform. As has been discussed above, it does have a weird license, but it is absolutely open source.

about 10 months ago
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Gambling-Focused Internet Cafes Now Illegal In Florida

mpicker0 Summary? (53 comments)

I don't understand the expression of surprise in the first part of the summary. The "cafes" referred to are set up specifically to skirt the state gambling laws by taking advantage of the "sweepstakes" loophole. They make it appear that you're playing video poker, roulette, etc. but you're really just revealing your sweepstakes winnings, which were predetermined when you bought into the game. Bloomberg Businessweek had an interesting article on these things a few years ago.

... rather than at conventional Internet cafes.

I'm not sure what "conventional Internet cafes" refers to. The idea of the "Internet cafe" as a place where people go to buy time on the Internet died shortly after it was born in the late 90's. You can still go to Starbucks, Panera, etc. and use the Internet there; this bill isn't aimed at that. This is not a big deal.

about a year ago
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Book Review: To Save Everything, Click Here

mpicker0 Re:What the book is about (115 comments)

Indeed, judging from the introduction, it appears to be a questioning of the pre-canned "solutionism" that the author perceives to be prevalent in today's Internet environment. Apparently, the "review" presented here is based on a single chapter or section of the actual book, and even then, it appears to be more a exhaustive listing of the reviewer's opinion of various websites than any kind of review or critique of the book.

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia Engineer Shows How To Pirate Windows 8 Metro Apps, Bypass In-app Purchases

mpicker0 Re:Nothing new here.. (268 comments)

On the C-64 version of Ultima IV, you could flip the floppy disc upside down and then move your character until the next portion of the map was loaded. It read data directly off the disc with no validation, because the map squares then had all kinds of random items on them, a good number of which were treasure chests. As soon as you got enough gold, you just flipped the disc back over and played normally.

about a year and a half ago
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Mozilla To Bug Firefox Users With Old Adobe Reader, Flash, Silverlight

mpicker0 Re:Before (247 comments)

Meant to mod this "funny"... posting to undo bad mod.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

mpicker0 Re:Journey from Slackware to Kubunto (867 comments)

Almost the same: Slackware (floppies) -> RedHat -> Gentoo -> Xubuntu

And my reasons for moving:

  • Slackware -> RedHat: RedHat worked out-of-the-box at the time I needed it; no manual Modeline configurations needed to get X running.
  • RedHat -> Gentoo: I needed the flexibility of Gentoo to run on multiple architectures (SPARC, PowerPC)
  • Gentoo -> Xubuntu: Eventually, I got tired of having to manage every detail of the software configuration, not to mention waiting for compiles to complete. I just wanted to get stuff done.

about 2 years ago
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Teardown Finds iPhone 5 Costs Apple About the Same As Did 4S

mpicker0 iMore comparison (143 comments)

iMore grabbed an iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S and did a fantastic shoot-out between the two device's rear cameras.

Here's a link to the actual comparison, instead of a blog describing the comparison: http://www.imore.com/iphone-5-vs-iphone-4s-camera

about 2 years ago
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Swiped Tokens Expose Android Devices To Data Theft

mpicker0 Re:Cloud and Google (162 comments)

Just about anyone at an airport or hotel, for starters. And what's wrong with that? Shouldn't I be able to expect that to work, without compromising my accounts?

more than 3 years ago
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xkcd, Devotion To Duty

mpicker0 Re:Seriously... (167 comments)

The next time I'm in a restaurant and I see someone at another table with broccoli, I'm going to turn beat red

That's beet red. Or do you have something against beets, too?

more than 4 years ago
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New Color E-Reader Tech To Challenge E-Ink Dominance

mpicker0 Re:Power? (199 comments)

Yes, they will burn in. I was in Borders recently and looked at one of the Sony demo units. The "home page" of the demo was imprinted on the screen, and was faintly visible when turning the page, or wherever there was significant whitespace.

more than 4 years ago
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The Trousers of Reality

mpicker0 Re:Verbose modern business-speak (63 comments)

Not only that, but it's the first volume of four? It sounds interesting but that fact, combined with the review, puts me off a little.

more than 4 years ago
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Shuttleworth Says Ubuntu Can't Just Be Windows

mpicker0 Re:But running windows would help (710 comments)

MinTTY works great. All the benefits of xterm (including window resizing), without needing to start the X server.

more than 5 years ago

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