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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

sysrammer Re:It's not the barbie doll's fault (342 comments)

Interesting article. It mentions something like "boys like balls and girls like dolls", and I hypothesize that boys like geometric shapes.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

sysrammer Re:Silly design decision (425 comments)

1 Make thin, fragile thing thinner.
2 Make it even easier to put it where high-tech, fragile things shouldn't go.
3 Marketing blitz.
4 Youthful customers with few responsibilities snap it up.
5 Fragile item is indeed placed in an untenable position.
6 Fragile thing is broken, necessitating a replacement purchase.
7 Profit.

about a month ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

sysrammer Re:Just Apple? (207 comments)

The vast majority of smashed screens I've seen are people of questionable intelligence like teenage girls who see a phone as a fashion accessory, stuff the phone in their back pocket and are somehow surprised when the screen is cracked.

...and get Daddy to buy them a new one. It's all good, they needed an upgrade anyways. You can't be cool if you can't plug your headphones in from the bottom.

about a month ago
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KDevelop 4.7.0 Released

sysrammer Re:And KDevelope is what exactly? (48 comments)

Though, I would agree with the sentiment higher up, that editors really should be including a brief summary on many of these things, even though I knew what the project is, myself.

I tend to agree, sometimes all it needs is a one-liner. But, ffs, in this case it is "KDevelop" for KDE. It should be obvious.

Update: re-reading my line above, I realized that yes, I too, can be blind to domain specific lingo. I get called on it occasionally at work. I describe a process in precise, exact terms, look up, and everyone is staring blankly at me. The trick is to dumb it down without being condescending*.

sr

* Dammit, did it again.

about a month ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

sysrammer Re:So did Orwell (166 comments)

Your a/c post is even weaker. He stated that he was talking "about Executive power in general", and "not one that falls along party lines". This stuff has been going on for over 100 years. As a general internet post, yeah, he's not going to list every instance of executive presumption every time he needs to make a point. Obama/Bush is good enough to illustrate the examples of a hundred years of policy and practice.

about a month ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

sysrammer Re:So did Orwell (166 comments)

"...the larger criticism should be about how our schools are failing at teaching reading comprehension."

Nowadays one only needs to be able to comprehend short, dis-jointed sentences of 140 chars or less. Probably the best use of those 140 chars is a link to xkcd to illustrate a technical or nerdy point. A link to Charlie Brown to illustrate Life Issues. Etc.

Unfortunately, we no longer teach art, either.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

sysrammer Re:CostCO (130 comments)

In Soviet Russia, video tapes record y...

Sorry. It's late. I've been working too hard. And I have a pain in the diodes all down the left side of my body.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

sysrammer Re:Most important: (130 comments)

I'm sure it's a long-time habit with you, but novices need to remember that VHS tapes are magnetic, so it helps to align the source player with the Earth's longitudinal field lines.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

sysrammer Re:Tried this (130 comments)

yeah, you don't really want to mess with old off-the-tv movies or whatever. OTOH, 3-stooges are fine :) And, of course, like many have mentioned, an old family movie of the kids when they were actually cute, or grandma when she was actually lucid, can be priceless for the family and its descendents.

Today, of course, people video their lunch, etc., so maybe not so much.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

sysrammer Re: The most important thing (130 comments)

The other 1st most important thing: Clean the heads, then test your VHS recorder with a non-important tape.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

sysrammer Re:dv camcorder (130 comments)

" I've never created a slashdot account, even though I've participated in this website since nearly the beginning..."

What? You wasted a chance to trot out your lossless 4 digit userid every alternate All Fools Day?

about a month ago
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DNA Reveals History of Vanished "Paleo-Eskimos"

sysrammer Re:Aboriginal First Nations (57 comments)

Sometimes one is the fucker, and sometimes one is the fuckee.

about a month and a half ago
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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

sysrammer Re:How I know that Russian troops are not in Ukrai (254 comments)

* in not at all stupid

Good catch. Ignoring the "in", as I think that's just a typo, the phrase "not at all stupid" sounds Slavic to me. I can't pinpoint why, exactly. Perhaps it's a subtle pattern I picked up from my teachers long ago.

about a month and a half ago
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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

sysrammer Re:How I know that Russian troops are not in Ukrai (254 comments)

Funny, grandparent did not show me any "telltale signs" at all, and I am pretty sensitive to awkward phraseology one finds in non native speakers. Not that being a non native speaker is in any way naughty or evil.

That's because your native tongue is one of the Slavic languages. For list of telltales, see some of the other replies.

His post is actually well composed, thoughtful, highly cogent (unlike yours), and makes excellent points.

A reply of a partisan for the other side of the argument. Otoh, I don't like it when it starts to devolve into ad hominems, either.

It is parent who strikes me as being very partisan.

And that, of course, is what makes an argument.

Vsevo Khoroshevo,
    Sysrammer

Update: I reviewed your other posts, and the English is generally good. So, I presume 1) You let someone else use your account, 2) possibly because there was a shift change. Perhaps one of your staff of linguist/programmers is a bit weaker or is less experienced, and needs more training.

about a month and a half ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

sysrammer Re:Insert obligatory XKCD here (169 comments)

Imposter alert! There is no stick-guy-in-a-hat pointing at the graph.

about a month and a half ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

sysrammer Re:Why "SJW"? (1134 comments)

I had no idea that the San Jose Water co. behaved like this. I believe I shall start a petition.

about a month and a half ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

sysrammer Re:Who cares. (1134 comments)

I don't know anybody who has any idea who these people are, nor do they give one shit about any of this stuff. They just play games. I don't think these "cultures" and "communities" are nearly as big as people think they are. It's limited to a VERY small set of people commenting and participating in all this high-school drama. Of course, once it's on twitter and the internet in general, everyone thinks its way bigger than it actually is.

News flash -- It's not.

Yep. "high-school drama"...nice turn of phrase.

about a month and a half ago

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sysrammer sysrammer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sysrammer writes "Computerworld has an article on disk drive failures from the 5th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies in San Jose, showing, among other things, "no evidence that Fibre Channel (FC) drives are any more reliable than less expensive but slower performing Serial ATA (SATA) drives", and that "that temperature seems to have little effect on drive reliability" (it looks like they're talking about temps closer to the upper operational limit, not catastrophic a/c failures, etc.). FTA: "About 100,000 disks are covered by this data, some for an entire lifetime of five years. The data include drives with SCSI and FC, as well as SATA interfaces. The mean time to failure (MTTF) of those drives, as specified in their datasheets, ranges from 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 hours, suggesting a nominal annual failure rate of at most 0.88%. We find that in the field, annual disk replacement rates typically exceed 1%, with 2-4% common and up to 13% observed on some systems. This suggests that field replacement is a fairly different process than one might predict based on datasheet MTTF." The authors did not identify particular vendors vs. the drive stats...their goal "is not choosing the best and the worst vendors but to help them to improve drive design and testing". Another note is that the study shows disk replacement rates, not necessarily actual failure. The article is at... http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9012066&source=NLT _AM&nlid=1 ...and the Usenix site is here... http://www.usenix.org/events/fast07/tech/schroeder .html mp"

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