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Apple Reportedly Considering Huge Investment In Twitter

value_added Re:How about they improve the Finder instead? (90 comments)

And they could add some preference options for people who come from normal computing backgrounds -i.e., ones where the Home and End keys actually move to the beginning and end of the current line.

My computing background has taught me that Home and End keys are represented by CTRL-A and CTRL-E, respectively. When I bought my first Mac, I was pleased to discover that what I learned was still valid and Just Worked as promised. ;-)

Granted, what you say about some of Finder's behaviour is valid, and similarly valid (but often less annoying) for replacement file managers like Path Finder, but I reckon few really care or notice. And of those that do, they probably have trivial needs. File management is important to me so instead of maintaining A Really Big List of why Finder, Path Finder et al suck, I opted for the CMS route, dropping to a terminal as needed and relying on a mix of AppleScript + Bash for routine chores.

If it helps. Option + Up Arrow can take you to Home where Home is the top of a list.

more than 2 years ago

Comcast Launches Superfast Internet To Fight FiOS

value_added Re:And it sucks for some of us... (209 comments)

Some of us do not live in markets that Verizon serves. And Verizon is not rolling out any new fiber (I could be wrong).

Someone is paying attention.

From a randomly selected source

[Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 12/08/2011] And even though [Verizon Chief Executive Lowell McAdam] insisted that Verizon will rigorously promote its FiOS video and Internet service in areas that compete with cable, the company said it doesn't have plans to expand the expensive fiber network beyond what's already been announced and scheduled for buildout over the next couple years.

about 2 years ago

City Council Ordered To Stop CCTV In Taxi Cabs

value_added Re:Believe it or not... (101 comments)

Southampton Council is a Unitary Authority; they sit at district level, which is one up from the lowest level, which is Parish Councils.

Ah, but you've neglected to include what's most pertinent. District level councils report directly to the Ministry of Information, yes? That means if you're a cabbie, or a passenger, you'll end up dealing with the folks at Information Retrieval.

about 2 years ago

Analyzing Tweets To Identify Psychopaths

value_added Re:Mitt Romney @MittRomney (266 comments)

I especially note your use of rsquo, ldquo, and rdquo, and the absence of lsquo.

I don't keep up. Is that Portuguese or Esperanto?

more than 2 years ago

Man Tries To Live an Open Source Life For a Year

value_added Re:food? (332 comments)

Selective breeding = tinkering with parameters and settings.
GM = changing part of the program binary.

Fair enough. Now explain grafting.

more than 2 years ago

Another Death in the Cloud As Apple Kills Off iWork

value_added Re:What? (134 comments)

Shiny side in or out?

more than 2 years ago

Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

value_added Re:Silly.... (1134 comments)

Considering one of the focus areas of recent MS endeavours is to provide a richer baked-in shell (powershell), OSX has the same CLI credentials as the rest of the *nix world, it's silly at this point to say CLI is dead or dying

Actually, OS X is a step ahead of both (broadly speaking) in that you can script the GUI as well.

Yes, AppleScript is clumsy, uncessarily verbose (worse than PowerShell), etc, and while it's true that some third-party programs aren't as "scriptable" as advertised, AppleScript is there when you need it and powerful enough to handle whatever you need to do.

My own approach is to use AppleScript sparingly (typically as a wrapper for bog standard shell scripts) and use osacompile(1) to make an "app" out of the result. For everything else, I maintain a library of shell functions that make use of osascript(1). Combined with things like OS X's impressive ability to define system-wide or application-specific hotkeys, the unified clipboard, the text-based default(1) system, customisable desktop/toolbars, scripting of any sort in OS X is the Cat's Meow.

And then, of course, there's iTerm. A pleasure to use, with more features than most users will ever need.

more than 2 years ago

Texas GOP Educational Platform Opposes Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

value_added Re:Breathless summary by the clueless (734 comments)

I've just finished reading the book in its entirety and highly recommend others interested in the subject read it also.

My thanks for pointing it out.

more than 2 years ago

Posner Dismisses Apple/Motorola Case, With Prejudice

value_added Re:Patent portfolio not so great, aktsually... (146 comments)

Apple's foray into legal brigandage

Well done, sir!

For the kids following along at home, here's the etymology according Wikipedia :

The brigand is supposed to derive his name from the Old French brigan, which is a form of the Italian brigante, an irregular or partisan soldier. There can be no doubt as to the origin of the word bandit, which has the same meaning. In Italy, which is not unjustly considered the home of the most accomplished European brigands, a bandito was a man declared outlaw by proclamation, or bando, [3][4] called in Scotland "a decree of horning" because it was delivered by a blast of a horn at the town cross.

The brigand, therefore, is the outlaw who conducts warfare after the manner of an irregular or partisan soldier by skirmishes and surprises, who makes the war support itself by plunder, by extorting blackmail, by capturing prisoners and holding them to ransom, who enforces his demands by violence, and kills the prisoners who cannot pay.

more than 2 years ago

Hungarian Sequencing Company Vets DNA For 'Gypsy Or Jew' Genes

value_added Re:In case you were wondering (467 comments)

Do they really celebrate Running of the Jew in Antarctica?

[Sorry, someone had to slip a Borat joke]

more than 2 years ago

Canada No Pirate Nation: Global Leader In Music Download Sales

value_added Re:I could be wrong... (179 comments)

It's been more than a few years since I've been back, so I'll assume that what you say about Canadian content is still valid. And while I agree with your comment, I'll add that there is nothing you or anyone else can do to give me the years I endured listening to Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray and Rush on the radio.

NPR on this side of the border isn't half bad. There's college stations just about everywhere that stream fairly good music (KCRW in Los Angeles, as one example), in addition to news and commentary, etc.. I stopped listening to music when the Pixies broke up, so I really don't care one way or the other.

Now, if all those Anne Murray songs would leave my head ... and Celine Dion would stop yelling ...

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Building A Server Rack Into a New Home?

value_added Re:"moderate. nothing fancy." (402 comments)

I cannot find an actual server (with redundant power supplies, hotswap drive bays, monitoring hardware) that has a lot of drive bays, but less than 4 CPUs, because the $CPU ones are extremely expensive and I don't need 4 CPUs anyway. The only affordable ones have 4-6 bays max.

I bought this 4U system. If memory serves me right (too lazy to check), it accomodates two power supplies. I opted for just one. The chassis, I think, is this Supermicro chassis. It has 8 hot swap drive bays (plus 2 peripheral).

Is that what you're looking for?

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Clone Sheep With 'Good' Fat

value_added Re:Genetically Modified Hogs next? (233 comments)

Worth pointing out that the same applies to vegetables and fruits. Winter tomatoes grown in the sandy soils of Florida can't really be compared nutritionally to what someone can get out of their own garden.

Ultimately, it's all about the "ingredients". That's long been considered a truism for chefs in the kitchen as it is for someone involved in raising animals. That this is routinely overlooked, glossed over or otherwise dismissed in the pursuit of economic interests and efficiencies is both funny and tragic. Funny in the sense of "What the hell did you expect?", and tragic in the sense of engaging in (and wasting time and effort with) tortured discussions of good/bad ideas and practices which, ultimately, are workaround to workarounds.

more than 2 years ago

Apple and Samsung Agree To Settlement Talks

value_added Re:Design versus patents (97 comments)

In our society, non-functional frizz, whether it is the shape of a corner or the wail of a "singer", is given a very high value because the country is run by arts graduates rather than scientists and engineers.

So ... it's the art school graduates, is it?

You think they're conspiring with the members of the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg Group to achieve world dominance, or do they just want to take over the White House and re-decorate it?

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Coming Attractions

value_added NNTP (410 comments)

Yeah, there's probably still some mention of it in the FAQ, but seriously, how plausible is it that a few Slashdot readers opting to use their favourite news client to read what's on these pages represents a serious loss of advertising revenue?

Slashdot's gotten "prettier" over the years, but no amount of Web 2.0 is going to offer features (commonplace 20 years ago) that encourage and facilitate proper discussions.

As it is now, I'm inclined to view the words on my screen like grafitti on a bathroom wall. Some of it may be worth reading, but trying to make real sense of it often isn't worth the trouble.

more than 2 years ago

Belgian Rightsholders Group Wants To Charge Libraries For Reading Books To Kids

value_added Re:Most Appropriate Response (244 comments)

Seems the moderators are asleep today. For those following along at home, the quote

Let's not call them anything, let's just ignore them.

is from a similarly underrated (but apropos and very funny) Monty Python skit.

more than 2 years ago

Ford Tests DIY Firmware Updates

value_added Re:And of course no downgrades possible... (164 comments)

In that case, you'd be better off with the Microsoft model. Providing, of course, you follow the time-honed tradition of postponing things until the release of the first service pack. Will it still fit on a USB stick, I wonder.

Snarky comments aside, it would be interesting to see whether other manufacturers adopt anything similar for their products. If they don't, well, I don't have to get annoyed until 2:00 a.m some time this November.

more than 2 years ago

Cloud To Create 14 Million Jobs? Not So Much

value_added Re:Sounds good (264 comments)

Dear Lord. What pedantry?

Words have meaning. The expression "small and mid-sized business" as you intend to mean it are NOT the "small and medium sized business" as defined by the SBA. The SBA gets to set the definition not me, you, or anyone else, except perhaps for the purpose casual discussion between two people who a priori agree on the meanings of the words they use.

I'll help you out here. The point you're trying to make is that the type of businesses without dedicated IT personnel (ranging in size from SOHO up to possibly the lower end of small businesses), will get by with fewer IT personnel. No argument there.

The point the article was making, however similar, concerned itself with business typically much larger than what you're thinking of. Those business are referred to "small businesses" by the SBA, economists, and interested third-parties. And they do not include SOHO operations.

more than 2 years ago

Cloud To Create 14 Million Jobs? Not So Much

value_added Re:Sounds good (264 comments)

Small & mid-size. You know, the types of businesses that don't have dedicated IT departments, or who have ...

If you're using "no dedicated IT department" as a criteria for defining what constitutes a "small business", then I'm afraid your definition is next to useless.

You can check out this link to help you better understand things.

For those following along at home: the term "small business" has a more defined meaning that what's used colloquially, especially when used (disingenuously) by politicians, pundits and, on occasion, unemployed plumbers, attemping to stoke populist rage.

more than 2 years ago

Why Didn't the Internet Take Off In 1983?

value_added Re:People continue to underestimate the Internet (469 comments)

Hell, telex of the 1940s was still five times faster then your claim of half a second.

Too lazy too look it up, but I'd wager that telex in the 1970s was probably faster. More importantly, business of all sorts relied on telex communications well into 1980s which, coincidentally, is the same time frame of this discussion.


more than 2 years ago


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