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The Last GUADEC?

nine932038 Re:GNOME 3/shell is fine (376 comments)

I like Gnome 3 too, but for a different reason. I just find it simple enough. Thing is, everyone's workflow is different, and mine is extremely simplified - I need a web browser, gterms, and multiple desktops, that's it. So Gnome's ultra clean interface appeals to me.

That said, I can certainly understand not liking Gnome 3, but it really seems out of proportion. After thinking about it a bit, I wonder if the hate is not because of the interface per se, but rather that the Gnome developers made a huge, unsanctioned change which affected a massive number of users. That sort of thing breaks a lot of trust.

about a year ago
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The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

nine932038 Re:rudeness is not just for kids (924 comments)

If someone does that while I'm talking to them, I just stop talking and wait for them to finish. Usually does the trick; they typically catch on after a few seconds of silence.

about a year ago
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Breaking Up With MakerBot

nine932038 Re:That is true of all cheap 3D Printers (185 comments)

Agreed. I was thinking about 3D printing the other day, and after considering the problem, I don't know if I would actually buy one for home usage. I just don't buy that many objects.

Don't get me wrong, it's a fantastic technology with a ton of possibilities for replacing existing industrial processes, etc., but how many lamps, DVD players, or other household objects can one family need? It seems more likely to me that most people would just order something at their local neighbourhood 3D printer and go pick it up later.

about a year ago
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Man Charged With HIPAA Violations For Video Taping Police

nine932038 Re:Mix (620 comments)

In an ideal world, I wouldn't even think about this possibility, but in the current system, what you're suggesting lends itself well to abuse. For example, crooked authority figures would only need to appeal to the notion of politeness and privacy to cover their own deeds.

about a year and a half ago
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In Vitro Grown Meat 'Nearly Possible'

nine932038 A matter of perspective... (260 comments)

After encountering the notion in the Vorkosigan series and thinking about it a bit, the notion of lab-grown meat doesn't seem like a big deal. It's arguably more sanitary than an animal that's been standing in filth for its entire life, after all.

about a year and a half ago
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My favorite New Year's celebration:

nine932038 Lunar!!1! (157 comments)

Lunar New Year, you insensitive clod! It's celebrated by more cultures than the Chinese, after all.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

nine932038 Re:Nothing but radical change (547 comments)

Agreed. DVD stores are a thing of the past; time to move on to value-add. Gourmet popcorn, home viewing hardware, private viewing rooms, all that sort of stuff.

about 2 years ago
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JPL Employee's Firing Wasn't Due To Intelligent Design Advocacy, Says Judge

nine932038 Re:Put the shoe on the other foot (477 comments)

If you're a religious person, would religious colleagues push their opinions on you?

Agreed with you on the other point, but one caveat: you're at work to work, not to preach. At some point, common courtesy indicates that a subject be dropped. Otherwise it's disruptive to everyone.

about 2 years ago
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Aussie Network Engineers Form Members-Only ISP

nine932038 Re:I'd sign up in a second if I lived in .au (66 comments)

I'm really curious about how they solved the last mile problem. I've thought about starting a non-profit ISP in Canada, but the real questions is how to avoid paying Bell their pound of flesh. Until that problem is solved and you've got ISP-agnostic fibre being laid, it means that you're charging what Bell is charging.

more than 2 years ago
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London Tube Stations Finally Get Wi-Fi

nine932038 Wi-Fi? Luxury! (140 comments)

Here in Montreal, we don't even have cell phone signal in the vast majority of the subway network. Hell, I'm still waiting for bathrooms and disabled access, let alone such 'luxuries' as wifi.

more than 2 years ago
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London Tube Stations Finally Get Wi-Fi

nine932038 Re:Seoul (140 comments)

Really? I wonder why they'd bother. I had an unlimited data plan on my smartphone, and as far as I know, pretty much everyone else did too, and at least with KTF, I had tethering.

more than 2 years ago
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A Day In the Life of a "Booth Babe"

nine932038 Re:Hard to feel bad for them (687 comments)

Maybe I'm just a cold, cynical bastard, but when I see booth babes, I don't feel positive associations. In fact, I immediately get suspicious - if their product needs booth babes to drive traffic, how good can it be intrinsically?

more than 2 years ago
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LinuxMint13 RC Is Available For Testing

nine932038 Re:Mint Cinnamon (114 comments)

Hell, I don't even know what Cinnamon even is. I keep going back to the website, but it doesn't ever explicitly tell you. I think it's a desktop environment?

more than 2 years ago
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Building the Bionic Man

nine932038 Re:Ah , gotta love the USA (129 comments)

I'm genuinely curious. Have other countries really, truly explicitly asked the US to militarily intervene in the sovereign affairs of other nations? I often find myself a bit out of my depth with US/international relations, so I'd be much obliged if you could provide a link or two.

more than 2 years ago
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Chile Forbids Carriers From Selling Network-Locked Phones

nine932038 Re:What about subsidized phones (291 comments)

Well, I suppose you'd have to check countries where this has already occurred, such as in South Korea. In South Korea, the smartphones are subsidized, but you can still change carrier. It just so happens that when you do, the new carrier simply buys the phone contract from the old carrier, and makes a new contract with the client for the phone.

more than 2 years ago
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Instead of a Wheel Chair, How About an Exoskeleton?

nine932038 Re:Awesome, but.. (232 comments)

That's absolutely correct, but the point is the continuity in the self-propagating pattern. The person I am today is distinct, both in terms of mental state and composition, from the person I was ten years ago, but it's not like we think of ourselves as the murderers of our previous iterations.

I am not comfortable with the concept of losing the continuity in my self-propagating pattern. I've come to enjoy it. :)

more than 2 years ago
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Chile Forbids Carriers From Selling Network-Locked Phones

nine932038 Re:Carrier Subsidy (291 comments)

Curiously enough, this didn't stop South Korean telecom companies. When I was living there, I was able to move my phone from company to company without a problem, even with a smartphone plus subsidy. The only limit was that I could only move my phone sixty after signing the initial contract.

I assume that the new company simply bought the phone contract from the old company outright, and simply continued on the same terms with the client.

more than 2 years ago
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The Real Job Threat

nine932038 Manna? (990 comments)

There was a story about this involving some sort of super AI called Manna. It ended up essentially destroying the economy, I believe, and relegating everyone below the highest classes to concentration camps for poor people.

I don't know that their solution was ideal, but I do suspect that a post-scarce economy is what we need to investigate.

more than 2 years ago
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Accent Monitoring: Innovation Or Rights Violation?

nine932038 Re:It's a reasonable requirement (448 comments)

While I agree with your overall point, I disagree with the notion that exposing children to a single strong accent (that is, a strong accent differing from the one used in their environment) could affect their speech patterns. My experiences suggest that it is the overall environment that determines language development, and not a single source of linguistic information. For example, my parents speak English with very heavy accents, and I studied at a French immersion high school. Yet, my English is still excellent and adheres to the Canadian standard, even after four years spent abroad.

Similarly, my ESL students speak rather... less... like me than I would prefer.

more than 2 years ago
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White House Proposes "Wealthy Tax"

nine932038 Re:Honest Question (2115 comments)

Your question is actually fairly complex, and the answer depends on which ideological lens you favour.

The right wing people would likely submit that the richer classes will invest or otherwise use their money, and thus employ many other people, in the so-called 'trickle down effect'. I don't think this actually works very well in practise, but in theory, that's the idea.

The left wing people, on the other hand, might say that your hypothesis is entirely correct: as the people at the top begin to concentrate and accumulate wealth, the nation as a whole becomes impoverished, much like England in the late 1800s. I tend to agree with the left wing people; I think that this situation in the US is actually very worrisome and almost entirely due to excessive hoarding of wealth by higher classes.

The actual answer is probably somewhere between the two, though I favour an answer that's a little closer to the left wing response. No doubt, there are wealthy people who invest sensibly to create jobs, especially entrepreneurs and business owners, but I also suspect that a lot of wealthy people are only stock holders, and I'm not sure how trading stock (after the IPO) is directly beneficial to the economy.

more than 2 years ago

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