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Ask Slashdot: Is the Recycle Bin a Good GUI Metaphor?

schnablebg Re:Not exactly a world emergency this one (465 comments)

It doesn't even "waste" any pixels unless you are using the entirety of your desktop to keep files or shortcuts, in which case you much bigger problems than a freakin' icon metaphor.

more than 3 years ago

GE To Buy 25,000 EVs, Starting With the Chevy Volt

schnablebg Re:UPS, fedex, city buses (301 comments)

Trolleys/trams and trolleybuses are like electric city buses, many cities run them. Of course these utilize overhead power lines; I don't think batteries big enough to run a bus are very cost effective.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Postings Lead To Arrest for Heresy In the West Bank

schnablebg Re:Not like cowardly Westerners (496 comments)

No, we're not up in arms because this is just some guy talking, not any government's policy.

The Gazans have a strange idea of freedom to me; when Israel gave them a chance to form their own government they decided to destroy their economy and shoot rockets at Israel.

more than 3 years ago

2010 Election Results Are In

schnablebg Re:Should be good for the economy (1530 comments)

Or Medicare Part D. I still don't understand how the new health care legislation, which gifts insurance companies with new members, is socialist, and giving away free drugs to old people is perfectly acceptable.

more than 3 years ago

Gosling Reacts To Apple's Java Deprecation

schnablebg Re:No definite transition plan (436 comments)

Most Java apps people use on their workstations are not inside the browser, they are regular applications that happen to be written in Java.

more than 3 years ago

Gosling Reacts To Apple's Java Deprecation

schnablebg Re:No Big Deal Really (436 comments)

It has a pro video subsystem, a pro audio subsystem, a pro graphics subsystem, a pro Web development subsystem

I agree with you, but it is very difficult to have "pro" Web development subsystem if you can't run Java apps. The Amazon EC2 tools and the YUI Javascript compressor are two examples of staple web dev tools that are Java-based, not to mention the popular Eclipse IDE which some use.

more than 3 years ago

Gosling Reacts To Apple's Java Deprecation

schnablebg Re:No Big Deal Really (436 comments)

If true, this is really sad. OS X really is a sweet spot for web development, and Macs have really caught on amongst developers. The POSIX environment is suited for web dev and the graphical shell, to many, is much more usable than Gnome or KDE. Most importantly, their laptop hardware is killer. You could run Linux on it, or another good laptop, but Linux does not get good battery life on any quality laptop I know of.

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu 10.10, Maverick Meerkat, Now Available

schnablebg Re:I'll take that bet and raise you ten. (473 comments)

Both Apple and Linux. Microsoft has serious competition of OS X in the desktop space, and from Linux in the server space. The Microsoft server offerings got orders of magnitude better when Linux starting taking off.

more than 3 years ago

Los Angeles Unveils $578 Million Public School

schnablebg Re:Hey big spender! (367 comments)

When calculating a teacher's salary, please include the facts that:

  1. They only work 9 months out of the year.
  2. The tenure system all but makes it impossible to fire them for anything short of sexual misconduct.
  3. The benefits are among the best available.
  4. They have contractually guaranteed pay raises based on seniority rather than job performance.
  5. They have guaranteed defined benefit pensions.

Then decide if teachers are really "underpaid." Being a public school teacher is among the best middle class jobs in the nation right, maybe *the* best because there is almost no accountability for the work they do and the standards are so low. All they need to do is show up for work and keep their pants on, and they are set for life.

about 4 years ago

Global Warming 'Undeniable,' Report Says

schnablebg Re:More Info & Dashboard (1657 comments)

and 3. whether man made or not, will temperatures rise enough to cause any problems so serious that we can't adapt? Even the IPCC report says one possibility is that temperature will increase 1C--hardly enough to contemplate taking drastic measures to attempt to avoid.

more than 4 years ago

Wine 1.2 Released

schnablebg Re:Never Works Properly (427 comments)

I can say with a high degree of confidence that it runs most applications flawlessly. Of course, you need to remove many of the new .NET crap, which is ruining the industry for everyone.

It is certainly not ruining it for developers who like to write high quality software in modern programming languages quickly. And it's not ruining it for customers that benefit from better software and shorter release cycles. So who is it ruining it for? People that invested their careers in cloning the Win32 API?

more than 4 years ago

Retrieving a Stolen Laptop By IP Address Alone?

schnablebg The Real WTF (765 comments)

The real WTF is why you don't have a password on boot and why you have Thunderbird configured to store your email password unencrypted.

A secondary WTF is why you are leaving valuable, apparently uninsured, items unattended in a car.

Laptops get lost and stolen all the time. My advice is to put some thought and energy into that reality rather than trying to try to catch this guy.

(NB: Thunderbird will store passwords encrypted if you assign a master password, which requires you to enter a password at launch.)

more than 4 years ago

Developers Expect iOS and MacOS To Merge

schnablebg Re:Oh, come on! (436 comments)

Mod parent up. Summary is plain-wrong.

more than 4 years ago

Why Engineers Don't Like Twitter

schnablebg The real problem (460 comments)

I'd be more interested in the Twitter "conversation" if they implemented threading and a sane form of tagging. How anyone can find it useful without these features, except by watching it all day long, is beyond me. (I'm an engineer.)

more than 4 years ago

Best Browser For Using Complex Web Applications?

schnablebg Re:Writing to a specific browser... (347 comments)

Qualified engineers do not rewrite well-tested, well-written, sophisticated toolkits! And why would you have to rewrite from scratch some open-source Javascript if it stopped being maintained? I would just build on the years of work already put into my library of choice.

more than 4 years ago

Better Development Through Competition?

schnablebg Good in theory (251 comments)

In the vast majority of businesses, especially small ones, getting to market has a lot more value than building great tech. It doesn't matter how good the tech is as long as it meets the business requirements from a black-box prospective. You don't need three independent projects to do that. The resources are almost always going to better spent on sales and marketing.

more than 4 years ago

Best Seating Arrangement For a Team of Developers?

schnablebg Private Offices (520 comments)

I'm with Joel Spolsky on this one. Private offices. If you can't swing that, *please* do not do the round table. Programmers need to concentrate! Some here here.

more than 4 years ago

This Is Apple's Next iPhone

schnablebg Re:How did it end up at Gizmoto? (492 comments)

As others said, most likely it was leaked or stolen, but also realize that in the Valley the level of tech knowledge is a lot higher than other places. There are a lot more people around that know about these things and if it really was left at a bar, that bar probably caters to the tech crowd.

more than 4 years ago

Newspaper Death Notices May Be a Dying Business

schnablebg Re:They're not alone either (171 comments)


The two tickets are not comparable--you are getting a discount on the open-ended ticket, which is quite expensive on most airlines. As parent says if you have fixed dates, the online price is the best deal you are going to get but is full of restrictions, with a notable exception being Southwest Airlines.

More here, in the comments.

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

schnablebg Re:Outrage of the week (1671 comments)

Ron Paul was in favor of bringing our troops home and closing foreign bases.

Perot was also info in favor of closing foreign bases back in 1992.

This would save a lot of money.

more than 4 years ago



schnablebg schnablebg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

schnablebg (678930) writes "The Wall Street Journal has compiled rankings of the companies with the best reputation in 2006. Microsoft topped the list, up from number 7 in 2005. Slashdot favorite Sony checked in at number 8."


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