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The Truth About OpenGL Driver Quality

npridgeon Re:Nvidia blows too with drivers (158 comments)

If the article is correct (I didn't follow the link), ATI is in a perfect spot to go full open source. They would have a ton of people helping to build stable and open drivers and would be able to compete with Nvidia without spending a ton of money. Too bad it'll never happen.

about 5 months ago
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Why Is Dropbox Back On the Chinese Market?

npridgeon Re:They likely give the Chinese govt full access (46 comments)

That's right, and I would imagine the people of China know this, and act accordingly.

China's got the right idea when it comes to censorship and monitoring of the internet. They are a ?communist? country so they have the right, or even the responsibility to monitor how people use public utilities. As for America and the NSA, they claim to be an open society with a government of the people, for the people, yet they increasingly treat those same people as criminals and terrorists for doing simple things like making backup copies of movies or music that they may have purchased completely legally.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

npridgeon Popups can die (731 comments)

The first time I mouse over something and it pops up an image or animation is the last time I visit that page. Noscript + Adblock haven't failed me in a long time. When they do, I'll have to resort to other means (blacklists).

about 9 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

npridgeon Re:The workers are upset (841 comments)

Don't do bad shit, so you don't have to feel bad about it.

about 10 months ago
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Stephen Wolfram Developing New Programming Language

npridgeon Re:Meh... (168 comments)

Anything with this guy's name on it makes me want to distance myself from it. Alpha was a tracking disaster and I still receive junk mail from this clown.

about a year ago
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David Craddock and Two Blizzard North Co-Founders Answer Your Questions (Video)

npridgeon Re:My question (40 comments)

Terrible quality skype style interview just comes across as extremely lazy and ineffective. Give us a transcript. Love Blizzard, hate lazy and cheap interviews. *how the hell do I add line breaks?!?*

about a year ago
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Ten Steps You Can Take Against Internet Surveillance

npridgeon Re:Use end to end encryption? (234 comments)

I can see this being the thing that pushes the next generation of processor development and operating system development. If companies can make encryption automatic, easy and invisible to the end users - and trustworthy, it will catch on. At first it will slow our computers which will drive demand for bigger/faster computers. Then, someday, it'll be ubiquitous and common practice.

about a year ago
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The Boss Is Remotely Monitoring Blue-Collar Workers

npridgeon It happens (228 comments)

I work in a sawmill in Canada. All our cameras are routed to a central location and recorded. It's a great troubleshooting tool, but also a great way to make sure people are doing their jobs. If our internet connection were faster, this information would be available over the internet now. It is happening now.

about a year ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

npridgeon why open in a new page? (1191 comments)

Why not make it with a "show more" link that expands, even showing comments, and "show less" to go back to the topics? When I hit back, it shows the beta hints again. Interesting design. probably looks better on a tablet in portrait. Unfortunately, my monitor is in landscape mode. If the 50% wasted space is for ads, adblocker and noscript is gonna block them.

1 year,20 days
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The Coming War Against Personal Photography and Video

npridgeon Re:It is dead! (221 comments)

I disagree that we are entitled to privacy in public. When I'm in my home or a public washroom, I believe I'm entitled to privacy, but not when I'm in a public space. If you want privacy in a public space, learn to wear a disguise.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Scientists Discover Potential Aids Cure

npridgeon Re:This will never get approved (232 comments)

I'd agree. It's the same reason they will never cure cancer.

about 2 years ago
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Krugman: Is the Computer Revolution Coming To a Close?

npridgeon Robot Repairman (540 comments)

Times change. Yeah, it sucks when nobody needs a chimney sweep or a set of encyclopedias. For those of us flexible enough to try a different career, there will always be opportunities to succeed. Robot repairman maybe?

I bet we have 10 more years left in the cell phone/computer era.

about 2 years ago
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Ad Blocking – a Coming Legal Battleground?

npridgeon Re:Short answer: (686 comments)

People actively seek out and view the webpage

Notice how you didn't say "I spam my oversized/bliking/popup banner all over other sites to get people to view my webpage"? People find your page because you provide information they need, not because they see your ads. Personally, I can honestly say that not once in my life have I read/viewed/purchased anything from clicking a banner. And yeah, I know the whole subconscious brand recognition shpeel... Still - I never buy anything on the brand name alone. Except for Sony, their products I don't buy specifically because of their brand name. But I digress.

I don't have any mod points to mod you up, and you're already at 5 anyway, but...
I agree completely with you about Sony. They could sell pure gold for a cent an ounce, and I wouldn't buy it. Worst company on the planet. A true evil corporation with no care for their customers, their customer's privacy or security.

about 2 years ago
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Industrial Control Software Easily Hackable

npridgeon no need for internet connectivity (194 comments)

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: What possible reason could industry have to put controls networks on the internet? I can understand putting some type of reporting on the internet, so the bigwigs can keep track of up to the minute production. *disclaimer: I am an industrial electrician. I work on industrial controls in a sawmill. The day a production foreman asks us to give him control of machinery over the internet is the day I find a new industry.

about 2 years ago
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China's Yearly Budget For High-Speed Rail: $100 Billion

npridgeon Has the author ever been to China? (230 comments)

Well, obviously, the extremely poor can't afford to ride the train. American or European poor couldn't afford to ride the train either. I just got back. The cost of a ticket from Fuzhou to Xiamen (around 2 hours at about 200 km/h) was 122 RMB. That converts to just over $20 US dollars. Extremely inexpensive, in my opinion. There are many slower trains that are much cheaper. Many migrant workers travel by train to the cities, and back home during the holidays.

about 2 years ago
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QR Codes As Anti-Forgery On Currency Could Infect Banks

npridgeon Sounds like a typical Yahoo story (289 comments)

Did Yahoo buy Slashdot when I wasn't looking? Come on, this is a technology website. We're not ALL morons.

more than 2 years ago
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A Paper Alloy To Replace Plastic Cases

npridgeon renewable (182 comments)

It's a step in the right direction. Maybe it's not completely recyclable. At least it's made from partially renewable materials.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling and Cleaning Up a Large Personal Email Archive?

npridgeon get therapy (167 comments)

What possible reason could you have to save personal emails from that long ago? And you want to save the text, but not the attachments? Years from now you're read an email that says: Here's the pix from xmas, enjoy!

more than 2 years ago

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