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Windows 7 Touchscreen Details Emerging

uhlume Re:Microsoft launches furniture that crashes (152 comments)

Yeah, that table was brilliant. Microsoft launches furniture that crashes.

I thought Steve Ballmer did that back in 2005.

more than 5 years ago
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Universal Remote's Days Are Numbered

uhlume Suuuure they are. (429 comments)

Until my PDA/smartphone sports an IR emitter, or all of my entertainment equipment (including legacy items I have no need or desire to replace) supports Bluetooth natively or can be cheaply retrofitted, my Harmony 880 is quite safe, thanks. Even then, I'd have a hard time giving up dedicated, touch-distinguishable hard buttons for functions like play/pause and volume control.

more than 5 years ago
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Audio Watermarks Could Pinpoint Film Pirates By Seat

uhlume Re:Useless Information (336 comments)

Yes, you're quite correct -- the confusing jumble that is Slashdot's threaded presentation led me to believe the AC comment I responded to was replying to this post, rather than this one.

more than 5 years ago
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Audio Watermarks Could Pinpoint Film Pirates By Seat

uhlume Re:Useless Information (336 comments)

These are presumably to catch telecine rips (digitized directly from the film reel — i.e., by theater staff with access to the film), not cam/telesync rips.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Brings 36 New Features To Windows 7

uhlume Re:So.. (509 comments)

And yet I don't hear anybody complaining loudly they had to buy a Blu-ray player and an HDTV with HDMI to play Blu-ray discs. Same draconian DRM, same barriers; artificial and otherwise. The difference seems to be that you'd be hard-pressed to find a modern HDTV that doesn't have HDMI inputs — but the same should be true of HDCP-compatible monitors by the time Windows 7 hits shelves, if it isn't already. (When I bought my newest monitor a couple of months ago, most of the models I looked at were HDCP-compatible, and many had HDMI-in.)

Disappointed that you're locked out of using your existing physically-capable equipment? Do you also complain that you can't attach a Blu-ray player to the S-Video port on your old big-screen TV?

more than 5 years ago
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Is Flash Really On 99% of Net Devices?

uhlume Google already has the numbers... (383 comments)

...Thanks to Google Analytics. One of the many pieces of useful information GA tracks by default is site visitors' Flash capabilities (down to the minor version number). If you don't think Google is already tracking those numbers in aggregate form across all the sites they service with GA, you probably don't quite grasp the business Google is in.

Anecdotally, Adobe's 99% claim is broadly supported by the Google Analytics stats on the mid-sized corporate web site I maintain: of ~35,000 unique visitors this month, a little under 97% reported some version of Flash installed (and of that number, a total of 11 reported an open source Flash player).

more than 5 years ago
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Repairing / Establishing Online Reputation?

uhlume Re:Short answer (564 comments)

I've seen it called "the dole" — presumably from the verb "to dole", as in "doling out" support to those less fortunate. I've never seen it capitalized as a proper noun, however.

more than 5 years ago
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Repairing / Establishing Online Reputation?

uhlume Re:Short answer (564 comments)

A lousy job may be preferable to no job & living like a parasite (living off the Dole).

...Bob? Elizabeth?

more than 5 years ago
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IT Job Market Is Tanking, But Not For Everyone

uhlume Experimental (dis)proof: (371 comments)

I'm a Democrat, Apple is overrated, and you're a fucking tool with a persecution complex.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama To Launch Website For Tracking Tax Expenditures

uhlume Re:Destined to the "ungratifying"? (358 comments)

What makes you so certain the mods were European, fuckhead? Plenty of non-European nationalities are capable of recognizing flamebait.

more than 5 years ago
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Avoiding Wasted Time With Prince of Persia

uhlume Re:If you can't fail, why bother playing? (507 comments)

I'm sure I could find a kinder way to phrase this if I cared to try, but don't be fucking retarded.

Saving my game right before I plunge into a room full of enemies with limited cover and even more limited ammo doesn't prevent me from dying once, twice, a hundred times before I develop a winning strategy. It doesn't mean that I win just for showing up. It does mean I get to focus my effort on overcoming the challenge at hand, rather than being forced to replay some arbitrary chunk of the game over and over again just to get to the bit that overwhelmed me. (Why should the penalty for failure be endless tedium? That sounds too much like real life to qualify as entertainment.)

more than 5 years ago
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A Cheat Sheet To All the Browser Betas

uhlume Re:Whom is the better? (188 comments)

Parent is very nearly correct: the Acid test series purposely test CSS edge cases in order to catch rendering bugs. The CSS they use to do so looks very little like any CSS you would be likely to find in a production web site. That doesn't invalidate Acid, but it should be recognized that the tests are essentially synthetic, and any results should be evaluated with that understanding.

more than 5 years ago
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Should Taxpayers Back Cars Only the Rich Can Afford?

uhlume Re:Fascism vs. Socialism: false dichotomy (752 comments)

Bullshit. The German Workers' Party renamed themselves the National Socialist German Workers' Party to capitalize on the popularity of socialism in Weimar Germany. They were never remotely "left-wing". Their primary political opponents prior to taking power in 1933 were the Social Democratic Party of Germany, the most popular left-wing party in pre-war Germany.

more than 5 years ago
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Web Browser Programming Blurring the Lines of MVC

uhlume Re:Security issues. (303 comments)

Only if (assuming we're still in the MVC paradigm) your Controller logic is incredibly simple — or you implement it client-side, and use your web service merely to implement a data store (a terrible idea from a security/data integrity perspective).

more than 5 years ago
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Annual Video Game Report Card Is Positive, For Once

uhlume Re:Wrong idea (75 comments)

YHBT; YHL. HAND.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama's Mobile Phone Records Compromised, Shared

uhlume What a novel idea. (278 comments)

It's called the Presidential Records Act.

(Ah, but what's this? An Executive Order from President George W. Bush? I wonder what that's about...)

more than 4 years ago
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Google Is Taking Spoken Questions

uhlume Interestingly enough... (94 comments)

Interestingly enough, I've been able to do this in Live Search on my Windows Mobile 6.1 phone for months, now, and it works surprisingly well for Microsoft software. Glad Google and iPhone are finally joining the party.

more than 5 years ago

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Scientists and Theorists Respond to Chris Anderson

uhlume uhlume writes  |  more than 6 years ago

uhlume writes "Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson's recent polemical essay, 'The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete,' sparked impassioned (and occasionally bemused) response from Slashdot readers when it landed here on Slashdot last week. Many dismissed Anderson's polemic as little more than a journalistic stunt, a manufactured controversy to attract attention to himself and the magazine. Even so, the questions his essay raises are, if divisively stated, arguably worth addressing on their own merits.

In this week's edition of Edge magazine, Edge brings together several notable scientists and science writers from among The Reality Club — George Dyson, Kevin Kelly, Stewart Brand, Danny Hillis, Sean Carroll, Jaron Lanier and Joseph Traub — to weigh in with their own responses to Anderson's essay. As usual, the results are thought-provoking, and well worth reading."

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