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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

pianophile LaunchBar (531 comments)

On any new Mac (and NeXT) since the 90's. I've seldom launched an app any other way in years.

about 7 months ago

Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

pianophile Re:!HP (474 comments)

Comparing today's HP to the HP of the 80s, I'm inclined to side with Schiller.

Agreed. Of course, /. being /., the pedants are having a field day with Phil's offhand remark, but c'est la vie.

about 8 months ago

Will Robots Replace Rent-a-Cops?

pianophile Yes, robots are coming (157 comments)

For rent-a-cop, and and any other simple, "mindless" job. Security, manufacturing, anything, really. As soon as a robot is capable, the humans involved will be replaced, and the cost savings will go into the pockets of the executives and investors, as always.

1 year,21 days

Syria: a Defining Moment For Chemical Weapons?

pianophile Re:I never understood the principle. (454 comments)

Benghazi outrage is not happening GOP, it's never gonna happen.

This. Talk about clutching at straws! Hey, GOP, your desperation is showing.

1 year,21 days

John McCain Working On Legislation For 'a La Carte' TV Channel Packages

pianophile Re:Isn't that called "the internet"? (614 comments)

I have a YouTube channel on my Roku, which I added long ago, when I was on a v1 Roku, IIRC. Still works with a newer model.

about a year ago

Florida House Passes Bill To Ban "Internet Cafes"

pianophile Reverse vending machines? (124 comments)

Is that where, e.g. someone inserts a candy bar and $0.75 is dispensed?

about a year and a half ago

Chinese Government Suspected of Unleashing Astroturfers Against Apple

pianophile Re:Why government? (194 comments)

I know it's a cultural thing in some places to hold generations-long grudges against people for the "sins of their fathers". But I've never understood it. And I'll never accept it. And if that's one area where I'm just culturally-insensitive, that's one insensitivity I can live with.

Hear, hear. I agree 100%, and wish I had mod points.

about a year and a half ago

What Is Your Favorite Polearm?

pianophile Cowboy Neal's Head? (469 comments)

Hard enough to constitute a weapon?

about a year and a half ago

State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

pianophile Infinite human stupidity (976 comments)

Does the House GOP caucus have a minimum stupidity requirement?

about a year and a half ago

Foxconn Invests $200 Million In GoPro

pianophile No surprise (83 comments)

No surprise FoxConn would invest - discreet wearable cameras are very popular items on the factory floor there.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Linux Desktop Environment For Hi-Def/Retina Displays?

pianophile Re:KDE (234 comments)

Wow, welcome to 2008.

More like, welcome to 2003.

about 2 years ago

Artificial Wombs In the Near Future?

pianophile Re:Medical research is a good thing. (367 comments)

It would be prohibitively expensive for anyone outside of the first world though.

Yes, at first. Eventually...

about 2 years ago

Thomas Jefferson: Scientist, Inventor, Gadgeteer

pianophile Re:Thank Jebus he can't see the US today (220 comments)

>>>For my neighbor to have no insurance indeed picks my pocket. Do you think ERs are free?

Don't cost us anything..

Are you serious? The Corp pays for nothing: they raise their prices to cover unpaid ER bills, and customers pay handsomely, i.e. our pockets are picked, in the Jeffersonian sense, for healthcare delivered to the uninsured in the most costly and inefficient way.

more than 2 years ago

Thomas Jefferson: Scientist, Inventor, Gadgeteer

pianophile Re:Thank Jebus he can't see the US today (220 comments)

And I take Jefferson's quote from your post and modify it. If he were alive today he'd probably say, "It does me no injury for my neighbor to have insurance or no insurance. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."

Incorrect. For my neighbor to have no insurance indeed picks my pocket. Do you think ERs are free?

more than 2 years ago

Apple Store Employees Soak Up the Atmosphere, But Not Much Cash

pianophile Re:What a stupid time to post this drivel (654 comments)

Groceries: $200/month

You eat three meals a day, for a month, on that $200? This figure alone causes me to suspect that you are unusually frugal, i.e. never eating out, always brown-bagging lunch, no pre-prepared food, lots of very simple, home-cooked fare, etc. Not an impossible lifestyle, but an usual one these days, in this country.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Store Employees Soak Up the Atmosphere, But Not Much Cash

pianophile Re:Rich MILF bonus (654 comments)

Yeah, because rich MILFs are attracted to low-paid retail clerks..

I'm sure it depends. How hot is the clerk? How bored and/or neglected is the MILF?

more than 2 years ago

Organism Closest To Original "Tree of Life" Discovered

pianophile Probably not like chicken (198 comments)

But what does it taste like?

more than 2 years ago

T-Mobile Exec Calls For End To Cell Phone Subsidies

pianophile Re:There needs to be a way to avoid the subsidy. (355 comments)

I bought a factory unlocked iPhone, at full price, and now can use whatever GSM prepaid "plan" I want (I use a six-year-old T-Mo To Go account), no contract, no BS. There's also no access to phone network data, but I find WiFi to be more than adequate for me. I now have a phone that costs me as much as I want to spend on phone minutes (and no more) that is also a handheld WiFi computer.

more than 2 years ago

New Media Giants Take Out Print Ad Against SOPA

pianophile Re:Why not use their own sites? (234 comments)

I'm severely pissed off at Obama for all the campaign promises he reneged on (Gitmo, the wars, campaign reform, regulatory reform...I could go on and on and on)

It's not really fair to be "severely pissed off" at Obama over those issues, none of which he can do much about with a congress that opposes and obstructs his efforts to do anything at all.

more than 2 years ago


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