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Digitally Filtering Out the Drone of the World Cup

riceboy50 Re:Eh.. (602 comments)

It doesn't bother me either. The buzz of the stadium lends excitement and dramatic tension to the match.

more than 4 years ago
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J. P. Barlow — Internet Has Broken the Political System

riceboy50 Re:Only *my* kind of small/big government (773 comments)

I am constantly whining for smaller federal government, and no I don't want any of those things you listed. Could it be that not everyone who disagrees with you is a hypocrite?

Values upon which the nation was founded is another way of saying the rule of law that was put down on paper and agreed to in the forming of the nation. Mainly the debate was over whether slaves were people (and thus created equal as per the Declaration), or property (and thus protected by property laws). Slavery had been a staple of civilization since ancient times, but was quickly being obviated by the industrial revolution. Just because change can potentially be affected more quickly by trampling the founding principles, doesn't mean it should be.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Apple's Attack On Flash Really About Video?

riceboy50 Re:Apple customers (595 comments)

I am a software engineer who has a degree in CS as well as a background in networking and IT (yes, mostly Windows). I use Apple stuff almost exclusively for my own needs. It's just less trouble and more satisfying to use. Denigrate them all you want, but a lot of other "technologically illiterate" people like me agree.

more than 4 years ago
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Owners Smash iPhones To Get Upgrades, Says Insurance Company

riceboy50 Ultimately self-defeating (406 comments)

If everyone thinks they can cheat the system, that just causes the cost of insuring these devices to continually rise in response. Nice work geniuses.

more than 4 years ago
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Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

riceboy50 Re:I don't recall ever using it... (806 comments)

It is more convenient, to at least the majority of computer users, to have those keys default to actually performing a predefined function rather than nothing.

more than 4 years ago
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Hot Or Not — 3D TV

riceboy50 Re:Auto Stereoscopy... (419 comments)

Do you consider it a cancer when your appetite grows as you grow older?

This is a curious comparison given that once you reach adulthood, your appetite remains essentially the same. Maybe the same thing is true of economies...

more than 4 years ago
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Not Enough Women In Computing, Or Too Many Men?

riceboy50 Re:I am seeing it. (686 comments)

Writing software is also art to some degree. Failure to recognize this leads to terrible software.

more than 4 years ago
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Not Enough Women In Computing, Or Too Many Men?

riceboy50 Re:Hypocritical (686 comments)

Nicely put.

more than 4 years ago
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Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac

riceboy50 Re:Oh fuck no (398 comments)

Are you still talking about CD burning? The GP correctly pointed out that OSX can natively burn CDs without the need for a commercial CD-authoring suite like Toast.

Also, the way the music is organized on an iPod is totally separate from the way it is organized in iTunes. Your rant about the iPod not being a generic external storage volume is totally irrelevant to the merits of iTunes.

I shouldn't feed the trolls, but isn't it obvious that there is no need to inefficiently organize the files on a device's internal storage that are intended to be managed completely via a software application? Why put in the faster hardware and extra engineering effort required to do that? Clearly they did so in iTunes, which does store the files human-readably, because there is a greater need to interact with them outside of iTunes.

more than 4 years ago
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Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?

riceboy50 Re:It's about social status... (836 comments)

And you want people working for you who can bounce back from failure, find a way to succeed, and show they can operate a level or two above the workaday drudgery they'll often perform. That's why you need to do advanced math for a CS degree.

Huh, I always thought the purpose of including advanced math in CS coursework is to impart a high level of abstract problem-solving, and on a more practical level some experience with solving problems that occasionally fall under the purview of engineering—software and otherwise.

more than 4 years ago
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UN Officials Remove Poster Mentioning Chinese Firewall

riceboy50 Re:Censorship depends on the country. (409 comments)

Because everything you are allowed to think, say and do are privileges granted to you by your generous and benevolent government.

more than 4 years ago
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UN Officials Remove Poster Mentioning Chinese Firewall

riceboy50 Re:Censorship depends on the country. (409 comments)

It would be great for everyone to be compelled to conform to your secular ideals under threat of force wouldn't it? You are exactly like those you claim to be more enlightened than.

more than 4 years ago
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Who Installs the Most Crapware?

riceboy50 Re:Lenovo (583 comments)

Certainly there are now more simple PDF readers out there, for instance OSX Preview can show basic PDFs, but there isn't really a drop-in replacement for Flash Player yet. There are competitors like Microsoft's own Silverlight, which they would love for you to use instead, and HTML5's impending <video> tag, but mainly you are stuck with Flash Player for many web sites out there.

about 5 years ago
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Ted Dziuba Says, "I Don't Code In My Free Time"

riceboy50 Re: CAPITALIIST SWINE !! Why RMS begat Linus (619 comments)

It's even more absurd than that. He said if you make $50/hr you really make $16.70/hour. Unless hr is a new metric of time that I am unfamiliar with rather than an abbreviation for hour, his statement is absolute gibberish.

about 5 years ago
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Revisiting the Original Reviews of Windows Vista

riceboy50 Re:Vista (414 comments)

I might have written that comment a few years ago, but in recent history Firefox is seriously sluggish. My only allegiance to using it now stems from the extensions I am accustomed to now.

about 5 years ago
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Palm Ignores USB-IF Warning, Restores iTunes Sync

riceboy50 Re:Apple's activity is criminal here, Palm's is le (656 comments)

You're just one of the elitist geeks who doesn't get the appeal. Most of those things you mentioned were design decisions to limit the amount of complexity built into the system. It does what nearly everyone wants of a digital music player, does those things well, and makes them easy and approachable. Modding and computer enthusiast stuff may be your thing, but don't be so narrow-minded to think that is what matters to more than a small cadre of people on /.

about 5 years ago
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Mainstream Press "Cringes" At Win7 Launch Parties

riceboy50 Re:First post... (830 comments)

Wow, as a geek you should have the most appreciation for Snow Leopard. It's the regular folks who Apple should worry about underwhelming.

more than 5 years ago

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