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Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

technosaurus Re:Slashdot being a prime example of bad (382 comments)

And Radio Shack recommends a separate site for rendering on the remaining Tandy 1000s in operation....(j/k) right whatever,  OK Apple you can sell a bunch of pretty machines but can't make them play nicely with regular resources.... mmmKay

Lesson:
Don't use a bunch of hacky hacks to make sites work better on devices that you know.  Use real world data of width, height and resolution to make it behave on all devices.
Why do web devs have such a problem with things like dpi and icon sizes?  Its not that hard, but does require some trickery since DPI is not an ECMA standard.
Till there _is_ a standard way of getting DPI, Apple needs a button (it has to be a button or something even simpler, because it is for an Apple user) to emulate a standard DPI.

about 4 months ago
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Playstation 4 Vs Xbox One: Which Shares Better?

technosaurus Which one charges you to use external services? (174 comments)

I'm sorry but I will not buy another MS box that wants to charge me for access to services they don't even provide like watching Netflix or Hulu.  I've paid enough MS taxes over the years as one time expenses, buying a computer, android phone, etc... With the PS removal of "Other OS" and the Wii forcefully removing dvd playback at a hardware level, I hope the steam box drives them both under.  Till then steam gets preferred status followed by wii and games that play on an un-updated PS3 followed by games (for my kids) that are only available for kinect.

about 4 months ago
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Google's Dart Becomes ECMA's Dart

technosaurus Re:Not to rain anybody's party, but.... (190 comments)

IDK why they don't just use a static musl-libc (or bionic) toolchain... it could even be included in the source tree.

about 4 months ago
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Google Fiber In Austin Hits a Snag: Incumbent AT&T

technosaurus Don't use public waterways to build your moat. (291 comments)

I am guessing they received a public easement to put up the poles.  Imminent domain could just as easily force them to be returned at cost.  If the had paid landowners for the rights, it would at least be more difficult.
I hope AT&T's moated fortress becomes their Alcatraz.

about 4 months ago
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Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

technosaurus Obvious, and non-patentable (408 comments)

___________________
|  +     #     -  |
| =============== |
|__-_____#_____+__|

+ positive
- negative
# ground
each is interconnected with its match

about 4 months ago
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Google Launches Voice Search Hotword Extension For Chrome

technosaurus already done (54 comments)

#!/bin/sh
# Brad Conroy's public domain speech processing tool (lite version)
computer(){
    case $1 in
        open)shift; which $1 && $@ || text2speech "I can't find that program.";;
        disregard)exit;;
        *)text2speech "I can't handle the $@ command yet.";;
    esac
}

pocketsphinx_continuous $SOMERANDOMOPTIONS |while read ROW COMMAND ARGS; do
case "$ROW$COMMAND" in
    [0-9]*:computer)$COMMAND $ARGS;;
    [0-9]*:dictate)[ "$DICTATE" ] && DICTATE="" || DICTATE=true ;;
    [0-9]*:*)[ "$DICTATE" ] && echo $COMMAND $ARGS >>$HOME/dictations
esac
done

about 5 months ago
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Why Project Flare Might Just End the Console War

technosaurus Engineer: We need to optimize the physics engine. (166 comments)

Management: But you said it was working.
Engineer: It is ... at 3 FPS on a standard PC.
Management: Perfect, we can sell it by the hour until then.
Engineer: You're kidding right?
Management: No, seriously, BTW your new project starts tomorrow.
Engineer: but....

about 5 months ago
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US FDA Moves To Ban Trans Fat

technosaurus Bring back the lard. (520 comments)

Fried foods cooked in lard taste better. The transition to trans fat cooking oil ended my taste for restaurant fried food altogether.

about 5 months ago
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Fuel Cell-Powered Data Centers Could Cut Costs and Carbon

technosaurus They could use ammonia... (108 comments)

They could use a contained ammonia system to both cool and power the place.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absorption_refrigerator/ The refrigerator in my RV can use 3 different heat sources to cool the contents (AC,DC and propane)

Combine it with a multistage turbine generator with a separate natural gas powered stage and you have a working regenerative power system.

For that matter, you don't even _really_ need to use the ammonia, you could just pipe the natural gas directly across the cooling surfaces after it expands (and thus cools) from the gas line... but they aren't already designed for such things, and what works with what you have in place is often more economical.

about 5 months ago
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A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

technosaurus Re:How hard can that possibly be? (663 comments)

And the cup is already labeled "whole", so it must be whole milk. ... So the answer is 2.
Its missing nutritious snack and a glass of water, fruit juice or low-fat milk.
(but I'd take the milk and cookies)

about 6 months ago
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Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

technosaurus NASA's engineering is dictated by laws of physics. (786 comments)

While the software rules are dictated by the laws of Congress.
The rules governing the management of these projects (The FAR) is set up for waterfall style management, but the requirements were closer to an agile timeline and the government project managers live in fear of the court battles that just about any minor change can cause. Many contractors have figured out that if they underbid the project, they can make up for it in changes due to "unforeseen conditions" that in actuality, they have already seen and priced out.

about 6 months ago
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Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

technosaurus Show me the metrics! (394 comments)

How hard can it be to track bug reports and vulnerabilities back to their initial commit to determine whether or not they were corporate-sponsored.

It would be interesting to see what companies provide the highest quality contributions and where un-sponsored individual contributions rank as a group.

about 6 months ago
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90% of Nuclear Regulators Sent Home Due To Shutdown

technosaurus Good, they are bad luck. (358 comments)

Many incidents occur when a regulator (who is not normally present) is "overseeing" something.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Valve's Steam Machines Compete Against the Xbox One and PS4?

technosaurus I'm PS4, I'm WII U, I'm XBox1 and I'm a Steam Box (348 comments)

As a throwback to the Mac vs. PC and Mac/PC/Linux Parodies.
Wii character looks like a person painted on balloons.
Xbox1 character is immedieately obscured by a paywall saying to pay MS for content it doesn't even provide.
Have the rest of the conversation being between PS4 and Steam with both telling Wii to go play.
Then Steam telling all of its features and PS4 responding "I have that too, ... at least for now"
Then have PS4 cop to removing other OS in PS3 and Steam simply responding "Uncool"

about 7 months ago
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Pentagon Spent $5 Billion For Weapons On Day Before Shutdown

technosaurus Its called the "End of Year Dump" (286 comments)

... and I reported it to the waste, fraud and abuse line every year I was in the military even though I knew it wouldn't be taken seriously.

about 7 months ago
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U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

technosaurus Re:Fucking idiots (1532 comments)

There is one profession older than warrior and it _is_ more profitable. In fact prostitution probably has one of the highest returns on investment.

about 7 months ago

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