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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

sideslash RMS must be very proud of the Linux Emacs editor (152 comments)

RMS must be very proud of the progress the Linux Emacs editor has made over the years. And though he would try to deny it, I'm sure credits like this give him warm, fuzzy feelings. Thanks for Linux Emacs, RMS! ;p

2 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

sideslash Re:Funny but Microsoft is the most open ecosystem. (171 comments)

Funny but true, at least in terms of proprietary software. The observation even applies to Windows itself, since I can run it everywhere I want, including in a virtual machine on OS X, whereas Apple won't let people run OS X in a VM. Of course, I do anyway because I insist on building my own PCs. Currently I'm running Mavericks on VMware Workstation in a Win 8.1 host, but I get nervous every time I apply an update.

2 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

sideslash Re:"All aspects of sibling rivalry banished"? Nope (303 comments)

And yet, everyone that I've talked to in the hardware business still doesn't believe a touchscreen laptop adds any value. They exist specifically because of marketing hype and touch hysteria.

And yet, everyone that I've talked to in the hardware business still doesn't believe a touchscreen laptop adds any value. They exist specifically because of marketing hype and touch hysteria.

You're right, Apple would never do anything driven by marketing hype or touch hysteria.

On a serious note, I love my capacitive touch laptop (running Windows 8.1). As a developer I don't use the touch screen that much except for testing my cross platform, multi-touch enabled apps, but when I do use it "as an end user", it is nice as an extra option. Mostly I find myself gripping the side and casually scrolling a web page with my thumb, or pinching to zoom into a web page, etc.

Now let's get to the easy stuff that is obviously wrong with your post -- nobody said anything about restricting this to laptops. My kids love to use the 24" Windows 8.1 desktop with a screen that tilts, or more accurately reclines backward and down for a more natural angle. Microsoft is (justly) eating Apple's lunch in that particular space until they finish burying Steve Jobs and get around to introducing something. iPads are nice, but they aren't a 24" touch screen.

5 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

sideslash "All aspects of sibling rivalry banished"? Nope. (303 comments)

iOS has touch screens. Windows has touch screens. ChromeOS has touch screens. <alluring whisper>Come ooooonnnn, Tim, you know you want toooooo!</alluring whisper>

5 days ago
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Eggcyte is Making a Pocket-Sized Personal Web Server (Video)

sideslash What? (94 comments)

How does this address leakage of private media on the internet? Sure, you can "turn it off" to disable public access, but you can do that on DropBox too.

The typical pattern, whether DropBox or "Eggcyte" is something like the following:

(1) You post private stuff on the cloud
(2) somebody else accesses it, whether it's intentionally or unintentionally shared
(3) bad actors download the media and publish it on other outlets such as 4chan
(4) you panic and disable the original share, although of course it is now too late.
(5) Sad stories about you are published on news sites, along with stern and moralizing finger wagging.

about a week ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

sideslash Read the 69 comments (304 comments)

I guess not anymore. (Sorry.)

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

sideslash Re:Profoundly offensive (622 comments)

I disagree. I think Bennett is trying to speak words of empowerment to women (vaguely = "feminism"), but the ironic thing is that he's denigrating other women at the same time. And denigrating them in a particularly offensive way, by caricaturing religious, modest dressing females as "morons".

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

sideslash Profoundly offensive (622 comments)

At the end of his wall of wordiness, Bennett writes:

A woman never knows when she might meet a guy out in public that she's attracted to, and if they hit it off, it helps to have an outfit that says, "I'm a real woman, not a moron who thinks that if I engage in pre-marital kissing then Jesus will set me on fire with a blowtorch."

My wife chooses to dress modestly in public, as do lots of women in my circles, both religious and non-religious. To me, none of their outfits communicate that they are "morons".

Feminism -- You're Doing it Wrong.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

sideslash Re:Ok, but (578 comments)

Then they won't hire you.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

sideslash The irony is off the charts (578 comments)

The FBI and other TLAs are constantly engaged in illegal downloading of the private information of Americans. How ironic that they're so anxious to recruit only people who have never committed the very types of "crimes" they're being hired to do. What, do they find it cheaper to train beginners than to hire someone already experienced in the job? (I wish this post was purely a joke.)

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

sideslash Re:Maybe citizens saw duplicity? (460 comments)

For every study that suggests (or is construed to suggest even though it clearly doesn't) that climate change isn't occurring there's at least a hundred that says it is.

Ummmm, I think there are zero serious scientific studies that claim that climate change isn't occurring. Most people are aware that the climate has always been changing. You know, ice ages and so forth.

You know what I find hilarious? Just for making this observation, many people will peg me as a "climate change denier".

about three weeks ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

sideslash Don't stop there (410 comments)

How about:

* Mein Kampf
* Protocols of the Elders of Zion
* The Turner Diaries
* Anarchist's Cookbook
* Or one of these fine titles

Make no mistake, I'm not endorsing any of these books. Just pointing out that there's nothing either heroic or difficult about recommending historically banned books that aren't banned anymore, and in fact are widely read in public high schools. However, if a student was caught today reading some of the above books, they might be directed to remedial counselling and in some cases be expelled. Heck, every now and then a kid in the news draws a picture of a gun in school, or eat their slice of bread into the shape of a gun, and is suspended. If you want to highlight today's censorship, that's a much more fruitful area to harp about than a bunch of books that were occasionally banned 50 or 100 years ago.

/rant

about a month ago
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IOCCC 2014 Now In Progress

sideslash IOCCC again? (14 comments)

These IOCCC conferences always come up with more and more global warming alarmism, hurricane warnings, hockey sticks, polar bear extinctions, and the list goes on. Can't they give it a rest? And what about this pause, why don't they talk about that?

Huh? What? Oh. Sorry, carry on.

about a month ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

sideslash Glow in the dark coffee (167 comments)

Let's do it for science.

about a month and a half ago
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MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

sideslash Yawn, already debunked (116 comments)

This whole thing was just a big prank, and there was no crime involved.

Sincerely,
Sundance Vacations

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

sideslash Re:All about the brand (132 comments)

Certainly it would be unfair of me to say that all of my professors had a stilted and artificially narrow grading process. Some of them were very much as you describe and no doubt put a lot of effort into doing it right. Cheers!

about 1 month ago
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Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

sideslash All about the brand (132 comments)

I have dealt with App Store rejections on various projects, and it was quite a culture shock coming from the desktop development world. In many ways it reminded me of college. Giving the right answer is not important per se, but rather just providing the answer you know the professor/grader wants to hear. As a programmer, it rankles me for someone else to dictate major issues of app architecture that touch on quality in a debatable way.

But it's their way or the highway if you want to sell to iOS users. And yes, you do want to sell to iOS users. Android users never spend any money. /slight-exaggeration

about 1 month ago
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Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

sideslash Re:let 4chan have a go (134 comments)

The one guy had a British accent, so I'm pretty sure no dentist in the picture. /justkiddingcantyoulimeystakeajoke

about 2 months ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

sideslash Re:One person's definition of "troll" ... (457 comments)

Even that is problematic. When people debate the most contentious issues, they tend to talk past each other and just repeat their side's talking points -- which are meaningless to the other side, due to lacking a common frame of reference in the debate. Bottom line, it would be way too easy to say that someone you disagree with is "unwilling to debate or defend that opinion" even though the other person thinks they are doing exactly that. It's almost like certain abstract topics themselves are the trolls, and both of the people are along for the ride in such a conversation.

about 2 months ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

sideslash Re:Fucking Obama (457 comments)

I think moderators flagged this post before reading the whole thing -- the troll bits are obviously humor and the second half does express a serious and on-topic opinion.

about 2 months ago

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