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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

zephvark News you read two days ago somewhere else (363 comments)

...slashdot is having a real hard time posting either "news for nerds" or "news that is news". Go ahead and bring the beta online, guys, I'm ready to quit this dusty old place, it's become irrelevant.

5 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

zephvark Re:No Need (471 comments)

No. Slashdot hasn't been a tech site for years. These days, it's mostly irrelevant rewarmed posts that everyone saw somewhere else two days ago.

about two weeks ago
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Architecture That Changes Shape In Response To Heat

zephvark More solar exposure? (34 comments)

So, help me out here. The roof gets hot, so it expands, thereby exposing much more surface to the sunlight. How is this considered a good thing?

about two weeks ago
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Why Google Is Pushing For a Web Free of SHA-1

zephvark Re:I don't care. (108 comments)

That's why I always use ROT-13 twice. It completely eliminates the risk of that form of decryption.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

zephvark Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

Nah, I spent more than my share of money on CRTs back in the day, but those days are long gone. A 24" display is still a very wide beast. A 30" sounds like a lot of fun but, then where are my speakers going to fit?

about two weeks ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

zephvark Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

Yeh, 1920x1200 is chump change. I spent over $2,000 for my 1920x1600 monitor a decade or so back but, it eventually blew a capacitor, and at current display prices I was willing to accept a drop in resolution. It's nice to see that display quality is moving forward again, rather than backwards, although 24" is enough of a desk-eating behemoth that I'm doubtful about increasing the size.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

zephvark Re:Null Terminated Strings (729 comments)

Nonsense. C is a more elegant weapon for a more civilized age. It's a shame that mass-produced coders have to rely on blasters.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

zephvark Re:Misleading wording. This is not autoplay. (131 comments)

It does not do this on any Facebook page I've seen. I don't know what your browser or Facebook settings might be, of course.

about two weeks ago
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Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

zephvark Let me guess. Shiitake mushrooms. (97 comments)

Surely it would be more effective to recycle coffee grounds for the purpose. They're already fairly sterile and must be available in huge quantities. Or has Starbucks already found a secondary market?

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

zephvark Misleading wording. This is not autoplay. (131 comments)

What the article is referring to as "autoplay" is actually preloading. The video is not playing on its own, it's just being cached in case you want to click on it. This could certainly be a problem for people on limited data plans. It is not nearly the same kind of awfulness as genuine autoplay, where the video starts up without asking permission.

about three weeks ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

zephvark Re:I never thought I'd be one of these posters (129 comments)

I'd gladly sit on the phone

You're doing it wrong.

See, this is the kind of problem that makes it difficult for tech support to help you.

about three weeks ago
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E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

zephvark The argument for libraries: who wants them? (116 comments)

>how about the U.K. where miserly pols are closing libraries even though the Guardian says "a third of UK children do not own a single book and three-quarters claim never to read outside school"?

So, the argument here is that at least 75% of the children never use libraries, so libraries should be kept open? Interesting but, I'm afraid you've lost me there.

I don't really see reading books on a phone. The text is too small. On a tablet, sure, that works, and I've been very happy to dump all my shelves and shelves of books for a simple single slab of electronics.

about three weeks ago
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Robot Dramas: Autonomous Machines In the Limelight On Stage and In Society

zephvark robots and other intelligent machines (31 comments)

Do I have to be the one to note that we don't have any intelligent machines? None of them have any more of a mind than a toaster. I don't think there's an AI out there that can even approximate the intelligence of a cockroach.

This is just random nerd click-bait although, at least it's nominally "news for nerds" for a change.

about three weeks ago
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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

zephvark Doom by boredom (170 comments)

It's the same thing that's taken down games like World of Warcraft. They kept making it easier and easier, hoping to gain more players. After a while, the game is just too simple and repetitive to interest anyone. The whole thing just collapses.

Yeah, WoW is technically still around, but the players have been dropping out so badly that they have to consolidate realms now, instead of bringing out new ones. Even so, it's alarmingly vacant.

about three weeks ago
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MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

zephvark Running heavy on ads lately (88 comments)

Slashdot's been running awfully heavy on marketing promotional material, lately, with things that aren't even available yet. This one doesn't even have a price? I thought I checked the "ads disabled" checkbox.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Social Networks Have Negative Effect On Individual Welfare

zephvark We are all Italians now? (76 comments)

This was a study on Italians. It also smells suspiciously like the old "games cause violence", "comics cause moral decay", "music causes moral decay" sorts of studies. Social networks are modern, so they're suspicious, and probably evil, right?

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

zephvark Re:Apparently the trolls are out here, too (1262 comments)

Contrary to the typical libertarian viewpoint not all opinions matter or are worth considering.

This word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

about three weeks ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

zephvark Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (316 comments)

The advantage of tape has always been it's nigh-indestructibility.

Always? They might be better now but, I've seen massive amounts of data turned to useless piles of crud by tapes getting tangled in the drive. Given that they were generally used for critical backups and only pulled out of storage when you needed them, that was not a good failure mode. Given how slow they were, your previous backup was somewhat out-of-date, and you'd also be needing to replace the tape drive that had all of your precious data wrapped around inside it.

about a month ago

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