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Slashdot Asks: How To Best Record Remote Video Interviews?

smurfsurf Re:Record it non-realtime (96 comments)

Hell yeah on the audio thing. I am just trying to watch some recorded "webinars". The video quality is quite good, but the audio is really gruesome. Sounds like recorded through a tin can and is hard to understand. I am near headaches just a couple minutes in.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Demos Metro UI For Enterprise Apps

smurfsurf Re:Only way is up (116 comments)

Funny, they thankfully switched from SDI to MDI for Dynamics AX only two years ago.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

smurfsurf Re:EOE (550 comments)

They are allowed to ask about them. They are just not allowed to base any decisions or treatment on them.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death

smurfsurf Re:Makes sense ... (507 comments)

Thank god I snatched up one of these rare MP3 before Sony ran out of stock!

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death

smurfsurf Re:Well, its a business (507 comments)

This has nothing to do with "big company blah blah". It is simply bad taste and people react accordingly. The market is not the ultimate guideline for human behaviour.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death

smurfsurf Re:According to SONY it was a mistake (507 comments)

> because even though it likely was an accident

An accident means that the employee did not intend to raise the prices in the first place. I do not see that.

An employee had the authority and the means to raise the prizes and he decided to do so because he thought that would be a nice way to increase income. Because it was a PR disaster, someone above him reversed the decision. It was a mistake, but it was in no way an accident.

more than 2 years ago
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Laser Scanner May Allow Passengers To Take Bottled Drinks On Planes Again

smurfsurf Re:Idiotic rule (343 comments)

Oh yeah, also contact lens liquids are way too expensive to just throw away.

more than 2 years ago
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Laser Scanner May Allow Passengers To Take Bottled Drinks On Planes Again

smurfsurf Re:Idiotic rule (343 comments)

Yep, learnt about the contact lens stuff as well. But there is always a risk. Some goon might not know the rule and not allow the bottle. You throw it away, fly, arrive at the customer, you have stay at their office for the rest of the day, shops are now closed and you do not have your contact lens cleaning liquid. Therefore I still use small containers, just to minimize my risk.

The whole restriction to 100ml is bogus anyway. The rational being that if you manage to get dangerous stuff on board, if will be a relatively small amount (they do not test any of the liquid after all). Never mind that you could just split the liquid to multiple containers and even have passengers as partners to bring more of it. It truly is security theater.

more than 2 years ago
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DHS Sends Tourists Home Over Twitter Jokes

smurfsurf Re:Zeig Heil (709 comments)

Actually, we do not know if the approval rate is due to the FISA courts just nodding off requests or if it is due to good self-selection of cases. You can argue both sides. What side you lean towards depends on how much you trust these courts to do their job. Without an independent, trusted review, we will never really know.

more than 2 years ago
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Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?

smurfsurf Re:This is dangerous... (845 comments)

These multiple choice tests at schools are quite curious to me as a German. The first time I have seen multiple choice question in a test was at university, and then only in one course by a professor with a huge affinity to the U.S.

When given the "Mario sells 80 pencils a day from his supply of 1,000 pencils." question, pupils here have to write down how they got to the solution, even if they could calculate it in their head. You got only part of the points if you did not provide the process. At later grades, this also allowed for different approaches, and you would get at least some points if you made a mistake in a step and got the wrong solution.

about 3 years ago
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The Story Behind the Demise of the Microsoft Courier Tablet

smurfsurf Re: (200 comments)

OneNote is also superior in free-form note taking and information arranging. Click anywhere on the page and write/draw/annotate. Move your text to any place on the page. Evernote has a line oriented, top-to-bottom documents last time I checked.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Street View Moves Indoors

smurfsurf Re:The catch... (116 comments)

Again? Google Earth, Google Streetview, every time the same doomsday scenarios... Run people, run!!1! Teh terrists are coming!!1!

Thank god that kind thinking was not prevalent in the past or we would not have electricity, cars or aircrafts.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Street View Moves Indoors

smurfsurf Re:umm... (116 comments)

Yes, yes. And we better stop Google Streetview altogether because of possible burglars and Google Earth because of possible terrorists!

more than 3 years ago
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HP Begins Laying Off WebOS Developers, Potentially Firing CEO

smurfsurf Re:Fire that NTAC asap and keep the WebOS team (178 comments)

> How could he have seriously expected the WebOS tablet thing to be successful.

It is a gamble. If it is a success, he gets all the glory and a huge bonus. If it fails, he gets a golden parachute. There is no way to lose for him, no risk, and he does not bet his own money.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Patents Telling Time

smurfsurf Re:You realize what is actually being claimed, rig (267 comments)

So it is like taking a GPS navigation unit that bases arrival time on past traffic patterns (standard feature even on basic units for a few years now), type in the delivery addresses and notify when you are x minutes away according to the readout? Not much of an invention, IMHO.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Patents Telling Time

smurfsurf Re:it's a bit more complicated than it sounds (267 comments)

> No, it clearly didn't since no one in the industry came up with it.

That is not so clear cut. Someone might have thought of it, but did not think of patenting it or thought it was a conceptually trivial extension of existing systems. But did not implement it due to lack of resources.

And GPS navigation systems estimate driving duration based of past traffic data for some time now.

> Not that your statement is an actual test in any shape or form.

  "any fucking idiot in this business can come up with this" is a more colorful way to state the "non-obvious" criterion for patent application.

more than 3 years ago
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Google+?

smurfsurf Re:Kind of surprised. (408 comments)

What is your point? I can have my social circle at work, have beer with them after work, talk about stuff. And I can have a social circle with my sport buddies, meet them weekends, talk about different stuff and interact with them in a totally different way. And I can keep those social circles separate, If I choose so.

There is *nothing* inherently contradicting between "social" and "privacy"!

more than 3 years ago
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Germany Considers Banning Wild Facebook Parties

smurfsurf Re:Party host should be responsible (100 comments)

In that particular case some weeks ago, the girl noticed her mistake, closed the post and cancel her party. People found it "funny" to show up regardless. Her parents had to hire private security for their home, massive police presence to close the street and control the hundreds that came (even from far away).

Some further notes:

1) The police is opposing the "ban it" back-seat politicians, they say it is not feasible.

2) The boulevard press jumped on the bandwagon and accelerated events by persistent reporting (look at that, massive party) even after the cancellation. Afterwards they fueled it some more (already there are new parties on facebook, see here and here, we wonder how big these get). And that is the despicable part to me, not the poor girl that made the mistake and corrected it.

more than 3 years ago
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Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

smurfsurf Re:One very good point and a lot of bitching (241 comments)

That is not the complaint. There is no info if Amazon does compatibility checks at all.

The author himself specified compatibility in a spec file ("Manifest file") in the app package. The Android Market uses that information to automatically not show the app to incompatible devices. Amazon ignores that information and either does not do any testing at all, or does a bad work on it.

more than 3 years ago

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