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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

ourlovecanlastforeve o rly (532 comments)

> the surgery is fairly inexpensive [even for a programmer :) ]

Oh you programmers have it so hard.

With your three thousand dollar a month apartments.

And that Honda Fit you drive just to show the world that you don't need the finer things in life.

You should be required to work a year in retail in the same way some countries require a minimum of military service.

And your three hundred dollar bottle of scotch that you sample alone in your newly remodeled kitchen so you can tell the Internet about what a beverage snob you are.

3 days ago

Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

ourlovecanlastforeve Microsoft's OS business model: (346 comments)

1. Release a version of Windows that everybody likes.
2. Release a version of Windows that everybody hates.
3. Drop support for the OS everybody likes so they have to buy the one everybody hates.
5. Go to 1.

Microsoft sells licenses. If they didn't force you to upgrade to the Shitty Windows you'd just stay on the one you like. Once they've forced everyone onto the Shitty Windows, they release the Good Windows because of course you want the Good Windows and you'll rush to buy it.

Isn't that illegal, you say?

Isn't that extortion, you say?

Guess which operating system the US government's computers run.

about two weeks ago

Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

ourlovecanlastforeve Too little too late (346 comments)

Sorry Microsoft, I already clicked on the Stop menu and bought a Macbook Pro. I'm through with your "every other version of Windows is a nightmare so you'll be happy to buy the new version when it comes out" act.

about two weeks ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:USB DACs (502 comments)

Take it from someone who has tried to use 30 USB devices on one PC (bitcoin mining): It doesn't work like you'd expect.

USB hubs are usually designed far below the spec because the assumption is that most people won't connect more than 2 or 3 devices at a time.

If you connect 20 to 30 devices they start to fail randomly.

about two weeks ago

TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

ourlovecanlastforeve Good thing it turns on (702 comments)

Because you totally couldn't hide explosives in a device that powers on.

about three weeks ago

Tom's Hardware: Microsoft Smartband Coming In October With 11 Sensors

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Anonymous Coward: source name prefix is bullshi (70 comments)

Because Microsoft's management team operates like a group of toddlers.

"Apple's watch has 8 sensors! Oh yeah?! Well OURS has ELEVEN."

*throws together a bunch of chips from companies they ran out of business into a bulky, ugly box that straps to your wrist and has a 2 hour battery life*

Six months later:


Patent trolling lawsuits go.

about a month ago

Update Your Shelf: BitLit Offers Access To Ebook Versions of Books You Own

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:What could possibly go wrong (82 comments)

How are they even going to know it's a real copyright page?

Do you think they own every book they have an ebook of?

Wait a second...

about a month ago

TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

ourlovecanlastforeve Truecrypt was the hardest thing for the NSA (566 comments)

Truecrypt was the hardest thing for the NSA and the US government to deal with when seizing storage equipment. It makes sense that they would pressure the project to shutter.

about a month ago

Questionable Patents From MakerBot

ourlovecanlastforeve That's how competition works (56 comments)

In which we discover that you don't make a public video of your technology until you've secured your own patent.

about 2 months ago

$200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Because they can. (252 comments)

I will vote with my wallet by paying with a prepaid debit card and fake credentials. And then keeping the book.

about 3 months ago

Astrophysicists Build Realistic Virtual Universe

ourlovecanlastforeve Confirmation bias. (129 comments)

Confirmation bias.

about 3 months ago

Head of MS Research On Special Projects, Google X and Win 9

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Stop killing promising projects then. (71 comments)

They did ship it, except it was called Surface Pro.

And it didn't have two screens, it had one double density screen.

I'm still confused about why they cannibalized their giant table-screen name for a new product, though.

about 3 months ago

Head of MS Research On Special Projects, Google X and Win 9

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Windows 9 may be sooner (71 comments)

>Windows 9 must succeed--Microsoft's reputation is already suffering badly enough with every other release being a consumer failure, I doubt they want to see what happens if they produce two turkeys in a row.

And what are you going to do if you don't like Windows 9? Go get Windows from another software company? That's right. Let the butthurt in.

about 3 months ago

Head of MS Research On Special Projects, Google X and Win 9

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:"It's the biggest rewrite ever" (71 comments)

9 should be good.

Remember, every other version of Windows is good.

95? Shit. Crashed all the time. 98? Awesome. Transformative. Amazing. Me? Shit. Crashed all the time. XP? Amazing. Transformative. Vista? Shit. Crashed all the time. And there were internal memos leaked that exposed the fact it was intentionally difficult and frustrating to use. 7? Amazing. Transformative. 8? Shit. Didn't crash all the time, but fucking Metro. And now all the settings are in two different places, and every time you try to find one it switches to the fucking Metro interface.

The reason Microsoft does this: It allows them to sell 2 Windows licenses for every PC OEMs sell. OEM licenses require OEMs to sell PC's with only the latest version of Windows, so the OEM has to buy one license for Windows 8, then another license for Windows 7 so they can ship Windows 7 as demanded by the customer.

about 3 months ago

Head of MS Research On Special Projects, Google X and Win 9

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Well.. (71 comments)

Yes, the "cloud" is the best thing that ever happened to software companies. Adobe came up with the original concept of taking away software that you install on your own computer and making you run it on their servers instead. This prevents people from finding a version of their product that serves their needs and never upgrading. Now instead of trying to force you to upgrade by introducing critical bugs that interrupt your workflow (I've seen it done in person, not at Adobe but at other companies) they simply shut off access to your data if you stop paying them. "That's a nice rendering. Be a shame if you were to... lose access to it. Oh by the way, your monthly tithe is due."

about 3 months ago

The $5,600 Tablet

ourlovecanlastforeve 1024x768 is not acceptable (96 comments)

I'm sorry but super VGA is not acceptable in a five thousand dollar tablet. Most Windows software made in the last ten years won't even work at that resolution. I don't care if you can read it under molten lava, if the resolution is so low as to break the device's functionality there's no justification for purchasing it.

about 3 months ago

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

ourlovecanlastforeve See also cancer drugs. (504 comments)

"If fewer people are dying from cancer pharmaceutical companies will make less money, so fewer people will invest. Lets let more people die from cancer so big pharma can continue to profit."

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

ourlovecanlastforeve How about making college affordable first? (390 comments)

Before we worry about the problem of whether or not students can afford to eat we need to deal with the problem of poor children not being able to go to college.

about 3 months ago



Wal-mart files a formal complaint about employee demands for fair wages

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "In a delicious spout of irony Wal-Mart has filed a complaint with an unnamed federal agency claiming unfairness of actions by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and its subsidiary known as OURWalmart; that they are trying to force the store into collective bargaining."
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Ask Slashdot: Is it morally/ethically wrong to ask people to "like" a product?

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  about 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "Many of the tech blogs I read will sometimes feature a sweepstakes where you can win an iPad, an Android tablet or some other toy or gadget by "liking" them on Facebook or otherwise promoting them in a way that you normally would not do if you weren't trying to win something. Is it morally or ethically wrong for those people to do so? If you're clicking a button that indicates you like something but you really don't care for it, are you lying for personal gain? If so, is the company behind the sweepstakes asking you to lie to promote their product?"

Ask Slashdot: When Will Our (US) Own Needs be More Important than Afghanistan's?

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "AP reports that NATO's big players have settled on a leisurely date of 2014 to stop killing our children, "affirming they will close the largely stalemated conflict at the end of 2014 but keep their troops fighting and dying there for two more years in the meantime." So my question is, at what point does it become important to stop throwing human lives and trillions of dollars at Afghanistan's problems when we can't afford to pay our own bills? Where is the altruism in this proceeding; why are we really wasting all these resources, when there are plenty of other nations that would be grateful for our aide that we could easily throw just as much money we don't have at?"
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Jaguar and Land Rover to be built in China

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "Those of you still hanging on to Jaguar and Land Rover as the last vestiges of the truly British automobile in the States may find yourselves grasping at straws as Chery announces a nearly two billion dollar joint effort with the auto brand to move production to Changsu in China."
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Judges Order Apple to Talk to Competitors Instead of Suing Them Out of Business

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "US judges have clearly had enough of Apple trying to build their market share by throwing phalanxes of lawyers and patent claims at competitors who might have a product that would compete and reduce their market share. After two HTC launches were delayed and and before Apple is to meet with Samsung executives Magistrate Judge Sherry R. Fallon tells Apple to sit down and talk it out with competitor Samsung instead of dragging them into yet another court battle."
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80 Percent of Americans Do Not Trust Their Government

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "The US Government's trust among US citizens is at an all time low according to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center. Factors of this distrust include extended infighting between political parties in congress, continued job loss, the recession that we are only now admitting is a recession. Trust is down 5% from 1981 to a staggering %20."
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