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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

temcat Re:Sigh (605 comments)

Does this study (or any other study you know) consider the bias that opinion of the society may cause in such cases? When the society thinks (whether correctly or not) that X is very bad, and a person subjected to X realizes it (and may well share this opinion), I think that this by itself can cause severe psychological harm in some people.

6 hours ago
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Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

temcat Re:Resolution (316 comments)

The Yoga is rather heavy.

about 3 months ago
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Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

temcat Re:Resolution (316 comments)

Thanks for the tip about laptopscreen.com!

about 3 months ago
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Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

temcat Re:Resolution (316 comments)

Do you mean that the modern Windows (post-Vista, since this is what I have) can truly scale desktop apps, not just kinda-sorta scale the fonts with inconsistent results between apps using different APIs?

about 3 months ago
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Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

temcat Re:ARM is the new Intel (110 comments)

What's the battery life for you?

about 4 months ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

temcat Re:There isn't enough rubles in Moscow (313 comments)

There may be no ultimate solution to these problems. But, as I said already, there are lots of people here today who could be alive or not suffer as horribly as they do now. As long as we do have taxes, it's unethical to spend taxpayer money on moon flights and Olympics instead of this.

about 4 months ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

temcat Re:There isn't enough rubles in Moscow (313 comments)

There are things that must be given a higher priority, given that extinction remains very much an improbable event, despite your evidence. Public health, roads, you name it. Heck, every day lots of people here die an extremely painful death from cancer because they cannot afford proper treatment. It's unethical to spend public money on travels to the Moon and other fancy toys like Olympics as long as these problems have not been solved.

about 4 months ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

temcat Re:There isn't enough rubles in Moscow (313 comments)

The American people, and especially the American politicians, lack the will.

As a Russian, that's probably good for you. I'd prefer my government not to spend awful lots of money on pointless mega-projects.

about 4 months ago
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More On the "Cuban Twitter" Scam

temcat Re:Snowden's leaks has gone off the rails (90 comments)

I like how you're bitter about Maidan. But I have to agree with the wording you chose. It may or may not be the former or the latter, that's for sure.

about 4 months ago
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More On the "Cuban Twitter" Scam

temcat Re:Sneaky. (90 comments)

Should the native government's propaganda be labeled that way, too?

about 4 months ago
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More On the "Cuban Twitter" Scam

temcat Re:Three interesting things (90 comments)

Which also raises the question whether blocking social media is an act of censorship or an attempt to neutralize foreign involvement in internal affairs.

It can well be both. And foreign involvement in the so called internal affairs can be a good thing, too. No, you are not free to oppress your own citizens. And no, the USA is not always in the right. But neither are the governments of the countries you listed.

about 4 months ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

temcat Re:They'll be printing money next! (400 comments)

Don't worry, the government will get involved much earlier. Since the shoes that you've 3D printed can be argued to be more valuable than the raw material, they'll just tax the difference.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

temcat Re:Libreoffice? (184 comments)

There is Softmaker Office for Android (commercial) which is said to be good. I personally use their Windows/Linux versions, and compatibility and interface-wise, they're the best.

about 5 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Why Do Vendors Stop Selling Old Vers

temcat temcat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

temcat writes "Latest does not necessarily mean greatest, and the world of software is no exception to that. I am sure everybody on Slashdot can cite their favorite example of how the previous version of X was better than the new one. But why do vendors usually stop selling old versions of their software as soon as the latest version comes out? At least they could provide downgrade rights — in any case, they cannot lose on the total revenue. I can imagine three problems here:

- Some implied obligation to support the product. Does such a thing really exist in most places? Surely a vendor can refuse to support old versions in the EULA?

- Increased overhead due to having more SKUs. Is the cost increase that significant, especially for big corporations with wide product portfolios?

- New version release is implemented as a project; if this version does not sell, the project will not pay off, and management heads will roll. I see where the managerial interest lies, but what about shareholders? By not discouraging this tactic, they deprive themselves of vital market feedback about the quality of the new product.

What did I miss? Share your insights."

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