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One Night Stands May Be Genetic

qoncept Equality (240 comments)

Leave it to a slashdot editor (you know, the whole never getting laid thing) to confuse "one night stand" and "infidelity."

more than 3 years ago

Oxford Scientists Say Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats

qoncept Re:From the No-shit-sherlock department (716 comments)

I think you're further confusing the issue here.

You imply the OP's claim that dogs are smarter than cats is wrong. To prove it, you describe how dog training works, go so far as to compare dogs to humans, offer no evidence that a cat can be trained, and ... then jump to "cats are more intelligent."

I don't follow.

more than 3 years ago

US May Disable All Car Phones, Says Trans. Secretary

qoncept Re:Mandatory chastity belts? (1065 comments)

If, by "our," you mean /. users, I think we're already pretty safe.

more than 3 years ago

200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant

qoncept Re:There is no such thing as cheating (693 comments)

Right. Why learn that 2+2=4 when you can just look at the guy's paper next to you? Learning is such a joke.

I once had a teacher that assigned ridiculous amounts of homework, and whenever students complained he explained how they were learning to prioritize their time and work hard. I pointed out to him that it was a calculus class, but he didn't seem to agree his lessons weren't relevent.

more than 3 years ago

How Often Should You Change Your Password?

qoncept This isn't Sam's club (233 comments)

If a membership card expires after a year, then if someone steals that card he can at most get a year's worth of benefit out of it. After that, it's useless."

Unless, you know, you log in and it prompts you to change the password. Now it's not only useful to the person who stole it, but useless to the person it actually belongs to.

I personally don't think password changes should be required unless there is a specific reason. Someone hacked your account? Change your password.

If you have passwords for a couple dozen systems (very easy) and each of them requires you to change your password every 3 months, you're going to start forgetting them. So you don't, you're going to start writing them down or storing them in some way. Or you're going to increment a number in your password, so it's still basically the same. Or you're going to use the same password for slashdot and (see that? it's a spoof site designed to steal passwords) and your bank account.

more than 3 years ago

UK Games Retailers Threaten Boycott of Steam Games

qoncept Re:Structural Unemployment for Middle Men (443 comments)

You can either respond by being a jerk about it (although you're holding aces backed with eights as a large middle man), you can attempt to become part of that distribution model (have you thought about selling steam gift cards?) or you can do nothing.

Wow, I can't believe these game retailers don't see it the same way you do. Try telling a mouse in the clenched teeth of a bull snake "you can either wriggle around in a nearly hopeless attempt to save your life or just submit." How do you think that would work?

well that's just some good old structural unemployment where the hostile market of capitalism violently guides you to better serve the consumer in a new and -- here's the scary word -- innovative ways

Seriously? I'm sure most businesses are founded with the idea that they exist because they can treat the customer better than the next guy, but it doesn't take long before dollars and cents speak louder than satisfied and dissatisfied customers. Do you work because you want to provide a service, or do you work because you like to be able to eat?

Tell that same mouse it's alright that it's about to get eaten because it's natural. Cycle of life. Fuck self preservation. Whatever.

more than 3 years ago

TSA Bans Toner and Ink Cartridges On Planes

qoncept Re:Disturbing to see TSA still behind the curve. (633 comments)

didn't offer ANYTHING as proof; in fact, I didn't even argue the OP's point.

Your statement implied that evidence is required to show that the TSA is not improving things. I would argue that extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and in the absence of evidence that they are actually improving things, the default assumption should be that they are not.

Huh uh. Read it again. As I said, I didn't claim the TSA had improved. Let me phrase it as simply as possible.

Without any incidents, you can't say the TSA is being ineffective.

more than 3 years ago

TSA Bans Toner and Ink Cartridges On Planes

qoncept Re:Disturbing to see TSA still behind the curve. (633 comments)

Even ignoring the fact that you are just begging for a "correlation is not causation" lecture, when was the last time you heard about a successfully thwarted attempt? You offer lack of evidence to the contrary as proof, which is utterly absurd.

I didn't offer ANYTHING as proof; in fact, I didn't even argue the OP's point. What I DID do was question how anyone could possibly come up with his conclusion. He DIDN'T say "the end doesn't justify the means," he said "I don't like the means, and I claim the end is a failure even though nothing has happened."

I've never had someone do a full body X-ray when entering a concert or sporting event, nor have I been frisked.

Wonderful. I've never had someone do a full body X-ray at an airport, and you apparently don't go to any sporting events or concerts.

(which, due to changes in cockpit door construction, can no longer feasibly be used to do great harm unless the terrorist has a pilot's license)

that you think requires so much less personal freedom than any other location

What do you do when there is increased risk? You mitigate it.

comparable number of people

I'm not sure how you're figuring "comparable number of people." Unless someone is sneaking a nuclear fission weapon in to a football game, they aren't going to hurt nearly as many people as, say.. oh, you remember... that airplane thing with the World Trade Center. Whatever.

The TSA is likely made up of your standard government agency moron just like all the rest of them. But complaining that you can't bring your printer cartridges, and acting like no more wifi on planes is the end of the world is just plain stupid. In review: a guy made a bomb out of a printer cartridge. What would YOU do?

more than 3 years ago

TSA Bans Toner and Ink Cartridges On Planes

qoncept Re:Disturbing to see TSA still behind the curve. (633 comments)

I'm not sure what is different "these days," but I've never used wifi on a plane, and I've been able to tolerate my flights.

More importantly, in what way is it so painfully obvious to you that the TSA isn't effective? Which recent bombing or hijacking is the evidence?

What is it about entering a plane (which, as we've seen, could potentially be used to cause great harm) do you think entitles you to more personal freedom than entering a venue for a concert or a sporting event?

more than 3 years ago

Has Christopher Nolan Turned the 3D Argument?

qoncept Why do it anyway? (381 comments)

The whole 3d push doesn't make much sense to me. Here, tickets cost $2.50 more. They're giving away a pair of glasses with each movie. Half of the cost of those glasses HAS to be paying their workers to deal with them. The projectors are expensive. The cameras are expensive. Editing MUST be more expensive. And no one really feels 3d adds much value. The movie industry is 100% saturated and not going to grow. The extra profit margin in 3d has to be minimal at best, and the increased risk isn't negligible.

Why, again, are they pushing 3d?

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Adds Friend Stalker Tool

qoncept Re:Oh, I think I see the problem (357 comments)

Facebook allows me to keep in touch with the acquiantances I never bothered to keep in touch with before.

more than 3 years ago

1928 Time Traveler Caught On Film?

qoncept Re:Verizon's Network Was So Terrible in 1928 (685 comments)

This person is clearly talking on a cell phone. I don't understand your reluctance to accept it. You're obviously the kind of person who thinks the moon landing was faked, too. What you can't see is that this woman is simultaneously receiving cunnilingus from Caligula. Must have swung by 40 (AD) on her way.

more than 3 years ago

Real Reason Why the White iPhone 4 Is Delayed

qoncept The antenna (182 comments)

Don't you still need to put a case on an iPhone 4 to make it work worth a shit? Who cares what color the phone itself is?

more than 3 years ago

The Empire Strikes Back Vader Costume For Sale

qoncept What the hell does that mean? (167 comments)

and it would be unwise to underestimate the value of this costume.

What the fuck does that mean? Can you imagine if you thought this costume would sell for $200k and came in to work next week only to find out someone paid $280k?

more than 3 years ago

Wi-Fi Direct Gets Real With Product Certification

qoncept So it's like this? (78 comments)

'Imagine if two people were on a train and wanted to play a game in real time on their separate handhelds but had no cellular or Wi-Fi hot spot. They still could play with Wi-Fi Direct,' he said."

Pfft, old news.

more than 3 years ago

IT's Last Hope — a Job In the Boonies?

qoncept Re:I'd rather make peanuts telecommuting (470 comments)

Where do you live that you think a commute in a smaller city is even a factor? The average household income here is about $44k. A decent 2000sqft house can be had for $150k. My commute (from outside of town) is about 10 minutes, and a lot of people live closer than that. You can easily find a job making at least $60k. If you can't make it in in the winter sometimes, you can work from home.

more than 3 years ago

Government Admits Spying Via Facebook

qoncept Re:In all fairness... (240 comments)

Russian Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky (Dr. Strangelove) wasn't a spy?

more than 3 years ago

Proving 0.999... Is Equal To 1

qoncept What? (1260 comments)

.999 * 10 = 9.99

more than 3 years ago

Careful What You Post, the FBI Has More of These

qoncept Re:Rules... (761 comments)

Under what circumstances do you think a court would decide to give the FBI a warrant to track your car, but not one to enter your property?

more than 3 years ago



Convince me to stick with Ubuntu

qoncept qoncept writes  |  more than 5 years ago

qoncept writes "You're [mostly] all Linux buffs. I've resisted for a long time after several very brief stints with various distributions, but 6 months ago I installed Ubuntu and stuck with it. I feel like in that time I've finally given it a fair shot, and I have mixed feelings. Then the other night something came up that is forcing me to choose between Ubuntu and going back to XP.

For a little background, I've been a computer guy for about 18 years. I work as a developer (on Windows), and I've kind of phased out working in my free time on my own open source project. I'm not the nerd I used to be, and "messing" with computers doesn't interest me much anymore. I don't want to "make happen," I want to do.

In my experience "doing" is much easier in Windows. Things just work. The software just exists, and installing it is as simple as a few mouse clicks. And everyone knows how to use Windows. In Ubuntu, the software may or may not exist, and if not, an alternative probably exists, but many times, installing it is not so simple. For an example, I want to use a UPnP server to stream movies and music to my Xbox 360. It couldn't be easier in Windows, but in Ubuntu I had to fight for days to finally settle on, make compile, and properly configure fuppes. Things like this just happen, frequently, when I use Ubuntu.

Windows, of course, isn't all good. Where getting things set up the way I like them is [much] more of a chore in Ubuntu, once everything is ready, it's a much more pleasant experience. It's less buggy, more responsive, you all know — it's not at all like using Windows. The free software and package managers make working with supported software much easier. It's just such a friendly environment that I immediately forget all of the things I don't like about Ubuntu when I boot to my Windows partition.

So the other day, I was trying to make a bootable flash drive with DOS so I could flash my BIOS. A simple affair in Windows, things didn't work out so well in Ubuntu. GRUB is now broken and I can't boot Ubuntu anymore, and after a couple days of fighting with it, I'm all but resigned to reinstalling something. I'm already leaning toward Ubuntu, but I could use some coaxing, because I don't feel good about it. So, you have a demographic you don't deal with much — what do you say to the guy who wants to like Linux but is just having a hard time doing so?"


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