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Should Colleges Ban Classroom Laptop Use?

twoshortplanks Coping with this is a life skill (804 comments)

This is a pointless debate. The question of if the other person should be using a computer in this particular situation is neither here nor there. In reality, you're going to be faced with this exact problem many times in the workplace (with laptops - often for legitimate reasons - being brought into meetings, seminars and even one-to-one conferences.) It's not going to be in your power to stop this happening.

Learning to cope with this and being productive is therefore an important life skill. Yes, it might suck. Suck a lot. But many things you have to put up with in life do...

more than 3 years ago

Real-Life Gadgets For Real-Life Superheroes

twoshortplanks Re:Oh common.. (391 comments)

Technically it just "borrowing without asking first" (at least under English and Welsh law.) You'd have to show reasonable intent to permanently deprive someone for it to be theft.

more than 3 years ago

Prepare To Be Watched While You Watch a Movie

twoshortplanks Re:That AND the cost. I'll stay at home thanks (433 comments)

I'm curious. If they put up a sign that says they have the right to search your bag, do they actually have that right?

more than 3 years ago

Amazon To Allow Book Lending On the Kindle

twoshortplanks Re:sometimes, you have to ask yourself... (280 comments)

Why would you need to lend someone the first chapter? That's the "sample" chapter, that's normally free anyway....

more than 3 years ago

Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley Dishes On Steve Jobs

twoshortplanks Re:Control (417 comments)

Business-wise I would agree Apple is pretty innovative, but from a geeky technology standpoint they're kind of meh.

I think some of the technologies from apple - for example Grand Central Dispatch, chunks of WebKit, etc, are very cool bits of tech.

more than 3 years ago

Given one free trip to the past in a time machine, I would..

twoshortplanks Re:Go back a few years and... (1270 comments)

Is this the "wish for more wishes" option? With my one free trip on the Time Machine I shall go back in time and give myself the plans to build my own time machine?

more than 3 years ago

Given one free trip to the past in a time machine, I would..

twoshortplanks Re:Can I exchange my ticket ? (1270 comments)

Why not? Just rotate the Feynman diagram by pi

more than 3 years ago

Norwegian Day Traders Convicted For Manipulating Computer Trading System

twoshortplanks Re:It's still market manipulation (299 comments)

you bribe the wrong guy and you get portion of led into your head.

How cyberpunk.

more than 3 years ago

Sorting Algorithms — Boring Until You Add Sound

twoshortplanks Try it with people (118 comments)

It's always more fun to do this with real people (sort by height, for example). The London Perl Mongers tried this as a drinking game: You get enough people down the pub (or, in one this case, outside a bar in portugal during conference season) and apply booze. Then bubble sort them as a group (lots of shouting Stay! Switch!.) Add drinking penalties when people screw up the algorithm. You get the idea.

There's a video on the internet somewhere. Free pint to the first person to find it.

more than 4 years ago

100 Million Facebook Pages Leaked On Torrent Site

twoshortplanks Re:How do you "leak" public information? (163 comments)

I saw that excellent security documentary with Steve Martin about the dangers of being listed in the phone book.

That wasn't Steve Martin, that was Arnold Schwarzenegger. If I remember correctly it wasn't just a pain for Linda Hamilton, but her roommate and date had an even worse time of too.

more than 4 years ago

Chinese Company Seeks US Workers With 125 IQ

twoshortplanks Re:Someone's hiring smartly! (553 comments)

Slashdotters constantly seem to think that a $80K developer in the US is much better the $10K developer in India

I think most slashdotters actually think that that a $80K local developer is much better the $10K developer in place with different time zone outside of the normal management chain and support system.

I personally suspect (though I admit that I have no evidence to back it up) that projects originating in India oprobably are equally good as those originating in the US.

more than 4 years ago

Where I am now, it's ...

twoshortplanks Re:North-hemisphere centric (525 comments)

The english just like to complain about the weather. Well known fact.

(For the record, I'm english)

more than 4 years ago

The worst I've ever been in trouble w/ the law ...

twoshortplanks Re:Incredible (957 comments)

In the UK a parking ticket is not "in trouble with the law". It's not the police that issued it, just the local council. Sure, the police get involved if you don't pay it, but it's not a criminal offence to park in the wrong place. This is why it's called a "Penalty Fine Notice"

more than 4 years ago

Twitter To Establish Information Security Program

twoshortplanks Re:Barred for 20 years? (72 comments)

I have no idea what Jennifer Aniston looks like!

She's got a certain flair.

more than 4 years ago

I usually fly...

twoshortplanks Re:Economy Class (365 comments)

BA will do their best to get you there...

I assume that's in the rare case the BA crew aren't trying to strike?

more than 4 years ago

Sony Refuses To Sanction PS3 "Other OS" Refunds

twoshortplanks Re:I guess... (396 comments)

But, it was Sony that initiated the actions that broke the contract.

It's my understanding that in English and Welsh law in this hypothetical situation I don't have a contract with Sony; They haven't received any consideration from me, and I haven't received anything from them. I do have a hypothetical contact with Amazon however.

To explain this in terms of your car analogy, the accelerator is broken and I have two choices: Go to Bill's Discount Cars and demand compensation from them that the car doesn't work properly on the basis of my contract of sale with them (i.e. go to amazon and complain that my PS3 doesn't play the latest games) or I can get Toyota to fix it and accept that they'll break my radio (install the update from Sony and lose the Linux support.) I can't complain to Toyota about the way they'd fix the car because I've got no contract with them and they're under no obligation to do so (they're doing it to stop Bill getting annoyed with them in turn and to protect their image, but not because they legally have to).

This said the above Anonymous Coward has some very good points about advertising which may give me additional redress and totally debunk my main points. Yey for anonymous cowards!

more than 4 years ago

Sony Refuses To Sanction PS3 "Other OS" Refunds

twoshortplanks Re:I guess... (396 comments)

In the UK at least the consumers have no redress against Sony unless Sony sold them the console, which in most cases it didn't - Amazon (or a high street retailer) did. You'd need to sue the retailer (who then, in turn, could sue sony.) Is this different in the states?

more than 4 years ago

IE Not Faring Well In the EU Ballot

twoshortplanks My money is on Chrome (325 comments)

The summary says:

Most PC users hit the web using Internet Explorer by default, simply because that's what came along with Windows.

But the way most people think is

Most PC users hit google using Internet Explorer by default, simply because that's what came along with Windows.

more than 4 years ago

3D Graphics For Firefox, Webkit

twoshortplanks Re:No love for VRML (198 comments)

Google Earth in your browser

more than 4 years ago


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