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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

wagr I had similar experiences, needed stronger lenses (464 comments)

When I got a pair of progressive lenses, I encountered similar problems. I explained the issues to my optometrist and he used some extra lenses to work with me to pick out the parts of the lenses that I found difficult or impossible to use. The short answer was that the corrective in the lower and outer portions of the lenses was (were?) not as strong as it should have been, which narrowed the in-focus field, and led to the "tennis match" reading style. With the lenses replaced, I can read across a page without swinging my head. It still doesn't cover dual monitors, but that is due to the glasses not being wide enough. Note: I keep one large monitor directly in front of me and a smaller second off to the side.

about a month ago

Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

wagr Money speaks (150 comments)

These days, money speaks louder than words, in any language, even C++.

about a month and a half ago

Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

wagr Not an independent machine ranking of the work (55 comments)

This not a machine picking out what authors are worthy of digitizing, it is a computer scanning wikipedia and a few other sites. In other words, it is meta: ranking what regular humans have already ranked by their words and effort to describe. The merit of the critics/reviewers is questionable.

Deciding what is worth digitizing based on the merit of the work itself is not part of this article. For now, I'll stick with librarians deciding what to focus on.

about 2 months ago

DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

wagr Add milk (228 comments)

So that I don't have to explain to each new hire the difference between real milk (cow or goat) and that non-dairy creamer stuff the office has.

Next, add alcohol.

about 5 months ago

Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

wagr Who is still printing? (64 comments)

How about a robot that prints, delivers your printed pages, then goes out and plants a tree to compensate for them.
To make sure those pesky humans get enough exercise, the robot can also deliver a watering can and instruct the human to water the tree.

about 5 months ago

Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

wagr Bloomberg says the rich have different morals (262 comments)

I'm not sure I trust Bloomberg on what is acceptable behavior for folks with a lot of money flowing around.

about 6 months ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

wagr Referencing nothing (701 comments)

In my sphere, it is usually something like, "[Explicative] finally" or "took the [explicative][-head] long enough."

about 6 months ago

What day of the week is your most productive?

wagr Re-productive (91 comments)

I started to answer what day I am most reproductive, but realized this is /. and such a question wouldn't appear here.

about 10 months ago

Two Ubuntu Phones Coming In 2014, Aiming For Top 50 iOS/Android Apps

wagr Missing letter: k (141 comments)

Aiming for top 50k apps. Anything less than supporting all the apps I use simply diminishes the value. I don't need to switch to a less valuable device.
The type of people who value less closed systems are also those, as a group, with a wide range of needs. If I value my privacy and am willing to use less popular devices, why would I then be willing to use the most popular apps?

What I believe the ecosystem needs more than another device are apps that provide features available in the popular ones, but with the least possible amount of information gathering or sharing.

about a year ago

Book Review: Survival of the Nicest

wagr Re:altruism (176 comments)

If we stack them with the rest of the family, they won't complain. After all, they're meek. And nice.

There are a lot who don't even inherit that. A few ashes, maybe a lantern to float down the river.

about a year ago

Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):

wagr Re:Edible: honmei choco (197 comments)

Yes. Receiving chocolate from someone you don't expect and there is no real obligation (friend, supervisor, ...) involved, or the gift is significantly more than other folks receive (larger or handcrafted vs. store bought), then that's likely what it means.

about a year ago

I've done my current job in X time zones ...

wagr Re:I lost count, but that's okay (167 comments)

:: chuckle :: Impressed I was able to get out of the basement? It's not that hard once you learn to turn to doorknob. Well, we started in Istanbul before it was called Istanbul. Then we moved to London. Eventually we settled in [redacted]. We used pita before we could get the right kind of flour for what we now call pizza dough. And you could order any toppings you wanted as long as you only wanted olives.

Actually no, not pizza. Customizing software for order/processing - businesses like t-shirt printing, box building (including pizza boxes), rental management. Outside of three time zones in the USA, the rest were southern or western Pacific. Lots of little stuff like coding for tax rules and resizing forms to make invoices with kanji readable.

about a year ago

I've done my current job in X time zones ...

wagr I lost count, but that's okay (167 comments)

I'm guessing 5 or 6. I've had fun dealing with things while out of country. When I'm half-way around the world, I take a bit of satisfaction from answering vendor emails while they're asleep.

about a year ago

My productivity peaks between...

wagr 6am to 10am (309 comments)

I wake up at 4am; I get up to full steam about 6-6:30 and start to fade around 10am. Then, when going out with friends, there is another burst of activity 6pm - 8pm. This second wind is not necessarily productive in terms of tasks finished, but it is a lot more productive in fun terms: alcohol consumed, dice rolled, etc.

about a year ago

I use spinning-drive storage media ...

wagr Paper (232 comments)

I don't want to bother converting tonnage to GB to be exact, but I'm sure it is more than paper and film.

about a year ago

Are You a Geek or a Nerd?

wagr Otaku (267 comments)

Neither, though I do qualify, barely, as an otaku.

about a year and a half ago

If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

wagr When someone is talking to you (417 comments)

More generally, when a person is present and attempting to communicate with you. An exception can be made for when said person is harming you or texting you. Or if said person is your parent - minors are legally allowed (obligated?) to ignore their parents if they let you have a texting device.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

wagr It's just a wearable device (322 comments)

Calling it a watch would be misleading. Smartphones today could be called an iWatch as they mimic those watches we kept in a pocket (maybe on a chain or strap) and pulled them out when we wanted to know the time. Just that now we expect it to do more than tell time.

I imagine something a wider (along the forearm) than the old wristwatches we loved 20 years ago to give a reasonable* size screen. The rest works a lot like a smartphone.

*reasonable:less of an adjustment than we made to a smartphone screen after attaching larger and larger screens to our desktop computers.

about 2 years ago



Talkers appear as leaders

wagr wagr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wagr writes "Jeffrey Kluger writes in Time (http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1878358,00.html) about research that Cameron Anderson and Gavin Kilduff did on perceptions on leadership. The results are surprising to at least some:

"When Anderson and Kilduff checked the participants' work, however, a lot of pretenders were exposed. Repeatedly, the ones who emerged as leaders and were rated the highest in competence were not the ones who offered the greatest number of correct answers. Nor were they the ones whose SAT scores suggested they'd even be able to. What they did do was offer the most answers — period.""

Solar Wind Blowing Lightly

wagr wagr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wagr (1070120) writes "Phil Berardelli, for ScienceNOW Daily News, writes:

Scientists monitoring a joint European Space Agency (ESA)-NASA solar probe in the waning months of its 18-year mission have collected a fortuitous but startling set of data. The solar wind--a steady stream of charged particles flowing outward from the sun in all directions at about 1.5 million kilometers per hour--is currently blowing at the lowest intensity ever recorded.


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