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My favorite season:

mrjb Summer, hands down. (346 comments)

Summer is the freedom to leave the house without a coat, without having to worry about getting cold or rained on.

Everyone that said fall or autumn is just kissing up to the new season in the hope that they'll be treated well by it.

about a year ago
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Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off

mrjb Re:stupid (558 comments)

More bitching. Got a better idea to prevent bots from signing up?

about a year ago
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Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off

mrjb Re:Fun Fact (558 comments)

Fun fact 2: To ensure the "scanned" word is read correctly, multiple identical matches need to be given by multiple users. In the example, the correct "scanned" word is likely to end up being "wtf?"

about a year ago
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Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off

mrjb Captcha is necessary. (558 comments)

Captcha fulfills a need - it is, as the name implies, a test to completely automatically tell computers and humans apart. It's necessary to keep spambots from registering accounts and spamming the hell out of us. Granted, the "type this wobbly word" may not be the most practical (nor safe) solution. It's easy enough to come up with alternatives- Perhaps show four photographs and ask the user to click on the one that doesn't belong (maybe the kitten out of a picture of 4 cats). Coming up with good ideas? Much harder. Complain about it all you like. Come back if you have a better alternative.

about a year ago
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3-D Printable Food Gets Funding From NASA

mrjb Re:Pre-consumer waste, maybe (242 comments)

It has already been invented. It's called pancakes. Your toddler will still get all the nutrition that the egg has to give. Put some freshly made strawberry sauce/jam on top and nutritional content will be better than that of just scrambled eggs. If you're worried about blood glucose spikes, use xylitol instead of sugar.

about a year and a half ago
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3-D Printable Food Gets Funding From NASA

mrjb Re:Complex geometry (242 comments)

Finally someone here that seems to grasp the potential. The point is not to simply pop a powder in a 3d printer and squeezing out a paste in an interesting shape. The point is that ultimately permits us to cook "note by note" - a future discussed by Hervé This ("The man who uncooked an egg") in this excellent lecture:

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Friendly Video Streaming?

mrjb Re:If money is no object (147 comments)

You are aware that you can build a decent multimedia system for about 400$US, right?

Not everyone has 400$ to spare.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Friendly Video Streaming?

mrjb That's you're view. (147 comments)

Syaing "I've already got [whatever platform], how do I make it do what I want?" is often not a helpful approach."

Sure. But saying "Swap to Windows" isn't exactly any more helpful, is it? I'm not going to shell out for a Windows license and I'm not going to install it illegaly. If I can't play netflix on the operating system of my choice, they're not having my business, simple as that. Besides, at the price I would pay for a netflix movie, I'll get the DVD instead; sometimes at a car boot sale, sometimes at the thrift shop, sometimes at poundland, and I even pay full price, at times. It might score slightly lower on the "instant gratification" scale, but at least I'm watching the films on my own terms.

about a year and a half ago
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Remote Island Adopts Dothraki Language

mrjb Re:ROT13 (65 comments)

Personally, I find it less annoying than those ponies a few years back.

about a year and a half ago
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We Aren't the World: Why Americans Make Bad Study Subjects

mrjb This could be a hit. (450 comments)

"We aren't the world! We aren't the children! We aren't the ones who make a better day..."

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Really Short Time Wasters?

mrjb Rubik's cube (279 comments)

... Just learn to solve it first. From then on, it won't take you much more than 2 minutes.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

mrjb Features for watch (322 comments)

Walkie talkie to call self-driving car Feature to make wearer invisible Laser beam No sharks please Please make this watch. Thank you.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Going Its Own Way On Audio/Video Specification

mrjb Here we go again. (215 comments)

So MS will be publishing their own standard. What will happen?

1. Looking at VBscript and Silverlight/Moonlight, it will essentially fail - alternatives exist (Javascript, Flash) that are equally viable and more widely supported.

2. Some idiots will use MS-only tech ANYWAY, breaking support for anything but the Windows platform and alienating a substantial user base.

3. If the spec is open (looking at dot net), some open source group will produce their own version to permit interoperability with other platforms.

Wasn't it netflix that required Silverlight to be installed?

4. However, this doesn't guarantee that code written for Windows-based products will actually work out of the box on the other platforms.

An example of this once again is dotnet: Even with the whole CLR available on Linux, some idiot will tie their source code into a proprietary Windows API, e.g. to have SharePoint interoperability.

5. Eventually (looking at CSS and MS' implementation of JavaScript and the document object model) MS will have to give in and better support the actual official standard, but by that time the damage will have been done. Remember the original HTML spec only permitted writing JavaScript in the HTML header - just think for a moment how many cross-site-scripting issues that prevents. But NOOO, MS decided people should be allowed to litter script tags all over the document body. Great going, MS.

6. In some cases, an MS spec will end up sufficiently well-documented that it becomes the de-facto norm across platforms. The .wav file format is a good example of this; it's pretty much always supported. That doesn't mean it's not brain-dead (Why on earth is the length of a WAV file a SIGNED integer?)

Anyway, I'm not exactly looking forward to the implications.

about 2 years ago
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Japanese Cops Collar Malware-Carrying Cat

mrjb Re:Death by kitty (83 comments)

<CanHasDIY> Do I look like a cat to you, boy?

Yes.

about 2 years ago
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Student Refusing RFID Badge Now Fights Expulsion Order

mrjb Dear Andrea, (743 comments)

Thank you for fighting for our freedom. Too few people do. Best regards, mrjb

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

mrjb Get with the times (547 comments)

DVD-watcher here.

Your friend may have to get with the times, because let's face it: the days that physical media were a requirement for distribution are over. It's so much more convenient for people not to have to leave the comfort of their own home when they want to watch a movie. It's for a reason that rental places have now started mailing out the media and accepting them back by mail: It's far more convenient than having to go to a DVD store.

I don't rent movies, but I do buy them on DVD. However, I'm cheap; I rarely ever pay full price for them. For the most of it, I either get them refurbished or from the thrift shop. Very sorry but I'm no longer willing to sponsor the thugs that call themselves "the movie industry". Also, I still like having the physical item, which allows me to watch them at my convenience (rather than being forced to watch them within 24 hours from paying), in reasonable full-screen quality. To me, there's still some added value to physical media. If your friend wants to remain in business, he'll have to either switch business model to media-less distribution, or provide significant added value that downloadable movies cannot offer.

In the end, it's not about watching moving images but about entertainment. If your friend provides a one-stop no-hassle solution for that, he might draw people to his shop. In addition to DVD, he might consider selling various snacks and beverages. For rom-coms, perhaps he might provide candles, essential oils or whatever else sets the mood. Perhaps it's worth considering making a deal with a local restaurant and provide dinner vouchers at reduced price.

Now the above isn't new. The media business has been doing many of the above already for a good number of years. If your friend insists focusing on selling or renting out physical media, he'll have a very, very tough time ahead.

about 2 years ago
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Airlines Face Acute Pilot Shortage

mrjb Re:How about you pay them? (421 comments)

In other words, teflon-coat a 747 for reduced drag, make more money.

more than 2 years ago

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Book release: Growing Better Software

mrjb mrjb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mrjb (547783) writes "The book Growing Better Software has been released to be enjoyed by all. If you have a co-worker who writes lousy code, this book will probably explain what's wrong and why. The full contents of the book are online as preview, and a few free-as-in-beer copies are being thrown in as well."

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