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Meet the Voice Behind Siri

xerxesVII Re:Wow (114 comments)

You know, as my eyes rolled at the appearance of another gasbag entry from Sir Haselton the Long-Winded this morning, I knew that I should be thankful. That in the past there were more annoying personalities in the past. I just couldn't remember any of them.

Thank you, A.C. Thank you for reminding me of that clown.

about a year ago
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Korean 'Armadillo' Electric Car Folds Up, Parks, Controlled By Your Smartphone

xerxesVII Re:Looks like one more thing that could break. (124 comments)

Perhaps as an end user there would be little benefit, but if the Zipcar franchise had a downtown holding pen, I'm sure they'd appreciate the ability to store almost twice as many cars on the same space.

about a year ago
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Internet.org: Altruistic, Or the Ultimate In Cynicism?

xerxesVII Why can't it be both? (174 comments)

"So is this effort really charitable, or a cynical attempt to break into new markets?"

Are the Salvation Army's thrift stores really charitable, or a cynical attempt to fund proselytizing of their particular version of Christianity?

about a year ago
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IAB Urges People To Stop "Mozilla From Hijacking the Internet"

xerxesVII Re:fud (499 comments)

no awareness of reality or real business.

Fuck your "business". I remember a different web. I remember a web that actually HAD content. It might not have been as polished. It might not have been as social. But there was untold original content. I remember a web where if someone put up a list of things, they just put up a list. On one page. They didn't string it out over several pages for ad impressions. I remember being curious about something simple, querying %searchengine%, and being able to glean the answer from the results. I didn't have to click through for the benefit of someone's metrics. Your "business" has enabled nothing great that I have ever seen. Your "business" makes the web uglier, noisier, and less helpful. Your "business" introduces lame presentation formats and (thanks to insecure hosting) opens my less knowledgeable friends and family to malware infections that they probably wouldn't encounter on their own.

You say your business pays for the web? Guess what. If the entire advertising industry were to dry up tonight, there would still be people putting things on the web tomorrow. Next week. Next month. Next year. Because people want to express themselves. The bar might be set a little higher. Content producers might have to pony up a bit to be heard. But content will still be produced.

If every bit of O.C. disappeared overnight, how long do you think people would stay online looking at your ads?

Business.

about a year ago
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IAB Urges People To Stop "Mozilla From Hijacking the Internet"

xerxesVII Re: fud (499 comments)

Less content?

I feel like there was MUCH more content on the web 10 years ago. Now everything is crosslinked or reposted.

Less content. If ad blocking can stop the existence of link aggregators like oddee and their ilk the practice will have done the web a great service.

about a year ago
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Why Automakers Should Stop the Infotainment Arms Race

xerxesVII Re:AppRadio (317 comments)

The only real down-side is that the FM radio side sucks. If you mainly listen to playlists on your phone though it isn't a big issue.

Oh, that's not an issue restricted to Pioneers. FM radio sucks regardless of the manufacturer.

about a year ago
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Surfcast Sues Microsoft Over Tile Patent

xerxesVII Re:Tile All? (255 comments)

...you have to hack RegEdit...

Did you "learn computers" by watching Hackers?

about 2 years ago
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Apple Reportedly Planning Streaming Music Service

xerxesVII I hope it uses the Genius Mix algorithms. (95 comments)

That way even when I'm not at home I can have The Pixies thrown in with every kind of music that exists.

I swear it feels like that damned thing says, "Oh, you like having a sound in your ear? Have some Pixies!"

more than 2 years ago
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West Nile Virus Outbreak Puts Dallas In State of Emergency

xerxesVII Re:huh? (167 comments)

Come to the Old East in the coming weeks, whargoul. I'd guess 4 out of 5 yards with signs in them will be repping D, going by previous elections.

more than 2 years ago
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New State-Sponsored Malware "Gauss" Making the Rounds

xerxesVII Re:New State-Sponsored WINDOWS Malware. (106 comments)

Well according the helpful lads at 4chan, that folder is usually just filled with malware. They recommend deleting that folder. Seems like a pretty good idea.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?

xerxesVII Re:It's called "Get A Grip!" (1127 comments)

Maybe because Jeff Dunham isn't worth quoting?

I mean, I wouldn't cry if I overheard someone repeating that garbage, but I certainly wouldn't mind if I never heard about the puppet man ever again.

more than 2 years ago
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The Rise of the Junkweb and Why It's So Awesome

xerxesVII Re:It's ugly (181 comments)

I get the spirit of what you're saying, but there is a deeper truth here.

They don't have the same sensibility as us, so we're disinclined to like the things that they generate and/or circulate.

Subjectively speaking, anything that we like cannot help but suck once they get their hands on it.

more than 2 years ago
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Nobel Laureate Wiped From Pakistan's Textbooks As Heretic

xerxesVII There is only one reasonable solution. (445 comments)

The U.S. should invade Pakistan and never leave until they get their textbooks right.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Bad Jobs (or No Jobs) Happen To Good Workers

xerxesVII Re:O RLY? (1201 comments)

Per your example-
Outsourced programmer: $500/month ($125/week)
Domestic programmer: $3000/month ($750/week)

6x difference

Then you mention $2000/week for domestic code and say you'd want it to be 10x better than the outsourced, which comes out to either 6x or 16x the pay. One way you're expecting more than you're paying for, the other way you're paying more than you already believe you ought to be paying.

I think you need to get your maths right before you place any more demands.

more than 2 years ago
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New Music Boss, Worse Than Old Music Boss

xerxesVII Re:Fairly well known issue (567 comments)

Physicist. Psh!

Nice try, Bootsy Collins!

more than 2 years ago

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