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Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

Jody Bruchon Re:Winamp (87 comments)

If you were a 90s Winamp kid and haven't downloaded the last version and hit "Nullsoft Winamp..." in the right-click menu, you should, and watch the credits roll to the end.

yesterday
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Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

Jody Bruchon Re:Winamp (87 comments)

I'm listening to Winamp 5.666 right now. Winamp is still being actively developed. I strongly prefer it over things like iTunes and Amarok. The compact design that hails from the era of 800x600 being a common resolution is very nice, the playlist is very compact yet the font size is configurable and the list is resizable, and if I want to listen to anything I know, I just hit "j" and start typing. The only things that are remotely as good are clones of Winamp. Ugly full-screen grey-white music players with tons of space between screen elements are garbage as far as I am concerned.

Nothing ever truly competed with Winamp. It has a great and DISCOVERABLE interface with heaps of easy-to-find hotkeys. Winamp is like the Windows XP of music players; Amarok and iTunes and everything else like that is the Windows 8.0 of music players: crap interfaces, slow to get around, takes up way too much space, and hotkeys aren't discoverable enough. They might as well be RealPlayer from 1998.

BUFFERING *snicker*

yesterday
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Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector

Jody Bruchon Re:New connector great thanks (159 comments)

There aren't many high-speed peripheral connection formats that don't have a bunch of ridiculous plugs once they're sufficiently popular. USB has tons of plugs because it wasn't made with devices like thin smartphones in mind and thin phones would look extremely stupid with a huge USB B-type connector on the bottom. Thunderbolt doesn't have this problem because no one beyond small niches uses it but Apple. If I don't own Apple products or need to connect niche hardware meant to only work with Apple computers, Thunderbolt is absolute garbage to me and I'd rather have a USB 3.0 connector.

The biggest enemy of a better way is an existing one that is good enough. I wish I remembered where that quote I paraphrased came from.

yesterday
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

Jody Bruchon Re:Code names (177 comments)

Someone please mod this up to +5 Funny. I lol'd.

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Jody Bruchon Re:WTF?? (797 comments)

I don't understand how ANYTHING should constitute wiretapping when there is no wire to tap.

about a week ago
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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

Jody Bruchon Re:Falsely accused (108 comments)

People also don't seem to remember that background checks don't catch high-risk people, particularly the ones that have never been caught or are risky due to behavior and attitude rather than past actions. They deny jobs to people who have strong incentives to walk the straight and narrow path while giving management a false sense of security about the big red unknowns. They way they are used assumes past transgressions (even if only a single one exists) are a guaranteed predictor of future actions, which would only be true if humans never, ever changed and learned and grew.

The thief with a squeaky clean record is a bigger danger than the guy with one trial for larceny; "squeaky" looks like he's a model employee, while "tainted" faces much harsher punishment if convicted of another crime plus the destruction of the rebuilt life he's working on, which is hard enough because even renting a house in the middle of nowhere tends to require "background checks" that ultimately deny him basic needs such as housing. Inability to rebuild a stable life opens the door to commission of crime, in many cases just to survive. Sadly, America has a punishment and revenge fetish, and until that changes there will be nothing done to solve these problems.

about a week ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Jody Bruchon Re:Please automate accounting more! (422 comments)

Looking for links to the Sage 50 (formerly Peachtree) SDK turned up this link with a few different leads. Agree with what you've said about the focus on a ridiculous upgrade treadmill. One of my clients continues to use QB Pro 2000 to this day.

about a week ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Jody Bruchon Re:Please automate accounting more! (422 comments)

I'm interested in this and would like to hear more about it. G+ link in title.

about two weeks ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Jody Bruchon Re:Pocket change (631 comments)

*dodge* Oh shit, I almost got hit by facts! Whew. (seriously though, great perspective illustration.)

about two weeks ago
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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Jody Bruchon Re:old tech (165 comments)

Fast Hack'Em was a truly awesome program (well, technically it was a suite of programs). I almost forgot about it; it's really been a while.

about two weeks ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Jody Bruchon Re:Useless (187 comments)

Parking lights are surprisingly bright too. Someone I know hit a deer that took out both headlights on a back country road, but the parking lights were still working. They drove home just fine on hazard blinkers.

about two weeks ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Jody Bruchon Re:I'm disapointed in people (693 comments)

The problem comes when UI becomes UX. It's not about the discoverability, consistency, and relative ease of use anymore, it's all about bullshit like "minimalist design" (which is the absolute opposite of how a program that has hundreds of possible functions should be set up) and "ease of use" where the person designing the stuff thinks "ease" comes from hiding all the controls, lowering contrast between UI elements, throwing out menu bars, requiring complex "gestures" to perform simple tasks, and shrinking or eliminating hints that allow discovery of the now-hidden functionality

This is what happens when catering to the lowest common denominator and trying to make a name for yourself by rewriting what has worked fantastically for decades become acceptable and common in society. UX "design" is the Common Core Math of UI design. When I see GNOME 3, I see "subtraction sentences."

about two weeks ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Jody Bruchon Re:Fix: Hardware keyboards + no laws against texti (184 comments)

"Your solution is personalized to your experience, and all of your conclusions are based on your knowledge and behavior."

Uh, no kidding. Do you expect me to produce peer-reviewed studies or something? Do you think that my experience is invalid? Do you expect me to conduct extensive research before posting a Slashdot comment? Am I supposed to be able to know everyone else's sum total of life experience and relative skill levels before I'm allowed to post some thoughts to encourage more constructive feedback than "hurr durr fucking idiots should stop texting and driving"?

What's your solution to the problem? Remember that since you've implied that "conclusions based on personal experience, knowledge, and behavior" are automatically insufficient, you'll need to present a much more significant chunk of information to back it up than your own personal experience, knowledge, and behavior.

You have contributed nothing to this discussion other than berating me and making a straw man argument about 16-year-olds, and I don't see how your post is in any way productive.

Not sure if trolling...or just lazy

about two weeks ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Jody Bruchon systemd hard dependency (693 comments)

Fuck 'em. They made the desktop environment require the monstrosity that is systemd, so I don't care if they go away entirely. GNOME was decent in the 2 series, though still never managed to not be buggy; when they moved to 3, everything went downhill HARD. Terrible UI changes that almost no one wanted, and then forcing systemd as a required dependency.

You did it to yourselves. Go become irrelevant. Viva la Fluxbox!

about two weeks ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Jody Bruchon Fix: Hardware keyboards + no laws against texting (184 comments)

When I had a T-Mobile G1 phone with the lovely five-row hardware keyboard AND prior to "no texting and driving" laws going into place, I could cruise down a highway with low to moderate traffic, texting away for the entire ride, and still watch everything going on around me. I did this regularly. I could see every brake light and every erratic movement. I could also easily drop my phone and jerk the wheel if someone nearby got way too unstable. I'd hold the phone at the top of the wheel with both hands on the wheel and the phone at the same time, and my field of view included both the tiny phone screen and the massive windshield.

Hardware keyboards made this relatively safe, as I could type text very accurately without looking except to check periodically. No five-second distractions. On-screen keyboards ruined this; now I have to deal with an inaccurate touchscreen and pray that my auto-correction works properly (and that I didn't hit a letter that auto-corrected to the wrong word!) Texting while driving became a traffic ticket, on top of the demise of the hardware keyboard. Now I can't text at all; it's not safe because I'd have to hide it and on-screen keyboards are difficult to use without a great deal of focus.

People don't stop texting while driving when it's illegal. They get smart and do the texting well out of view of an officer, which means you have the long distraction of on-screen keyboards and looking far away from your driving environment to read and write combined. The perfect storm of texting while driving, and it's the drive for thin phones and banning texting while driving that caused it. Then cops do this shit which illustrates the utter ridiculousness of the situation. If you have to buy big pimpin' SUVs to catch people texting while driving, maybe you should consider whether you're attacking the root of the problem or just one of the symptoms.

You can't stop people from texting while driving, so my solution is as follows. Drivers would need to not text when in heavy traffic or poor weather, which I think is really stupid in the first place and should be common sense. Phones need to return to slide-out 4-5 row hardware keyboards which allow the typing to happen without requiring concentration on it. Texting while driving should be made legal as long as it happens in such a way that the driver's eyes are still within the general "windshield field of view" while doing it, which means hands would have to be on the wheel and peripheral vision would be doing its job.

This would be the safest combination. You will never stop people from texting while driving. Punishment is not a deterrent. No one thinks they're going to get in trouble for minor shit like this until they actually do; why not greatly reduce the risk involved instead of increasing it with laws that ban it? Then again, they still haven't understood this concept about marijuana and other currently illegal drugs, so I suppose we should expect no less.

about two weeks ago
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Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

Jody Bruchon Re:Coupled with systemd and LinuxBios (117 comments)

Modern UEFI BIOS implementations, even when booted to CSM mode, tend to spend an extremely short amount of time doing work pre-boot. The BIOS slowness was mostly due to heaps of unnecessary memory tests and diagnostics anyway. Once those stop happening, there's not much time spent getting ready for booting at all. Windows 7 on my Windows 8-shipped laptop with an SSD comes up to a ready-to-go desktop in less than 10 seconds from power on. The BIOS speed obstacle is largely solved on new machines.

about two weeks ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Jody Bruchon Re:Not malicious but not honest? (446 comments)

If SSL was tightly regulated, free SSL stacks wouldn't be provided anymore; also, government control over the encryption available to the public is always a bad thing.

about two weeks ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Jody Bruchon Re:Not malicious but not honest? (446 comments)

You're asking me to defend an analogy that is intentionally based on the flawed premises in its parent post; I don't see how that would be helpful.

about two weeks ago

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EPA makes most wood stoves illegal

Jody Bruchon Jody Bruchon writes  |  about 5 months ago

Jody Bruchon (3404363) writes "The Environment Protection Agency has lowered the amount of fine-particle matter per cubic meter that new wood stoves are allowed to release into the atmosphere by 20%. Most wood stoves in use today are of the type that is now illegal to manufacture or sell, and old stoves traded in for credit towards new ones must be scrapped out. This shouldn't be much of a surprise since more and more local governments are banning wood-burning stoves and fireplaces entirely, citing smog and air pollution concerns."

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