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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

zephvark Re:If you can learn to put a beer down while drivi (180 comments)

Or we could cut off their hands! That would work, right? ...mandatory sentences, my ass. Haven't we had enough of "zero tolerance" rules already? They're much worse than the problems they purport to solve.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

zephvark Re:WHAT? (720 comments)

Not computer scientists or programmers. They wouldn't have the faintest clue how to produce regulated 120 VAC @ 60Hz.

Bub, I was taught computer science back when punched cards were barely out of fashion. I can build you a computer out of sticks and water or spheres. Granted, it wouldn't be playing HalfLife3, but it might have a few conceivable uses. Meantime, perhaps the carpenter could use a hand.

3 days ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

zephvark no apps, books! (230 comments)

I haven't paid for any apps but, I've probably spent over $50 this year for books.

4 days ago
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Engineering the $325,000 Burger

zephvark Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (353 comments)

What's not to like is, it's grown outside an animal. Even with live animals, there is a tremendous variation in meat quality, both in the ways it appeals to you and in the nutritional value, depending on a great many factors. How did they live and what did they eat? I am somewhat skeptical that these miniscule chunks of flesh, brought up in isolation on some sort of artificial broth, are likely to entirely reproduce the flavor, texture, or nutritional value of the real thing. Maybe some decade real soon now. Maybe.

about a year ago
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Compared to its non-Super version, I most prefer ...

zephvark Re:Bowl (288 comments)

Well, see, that's where you made your mistake. You're not intended to watch a bowl. You're supposed to smoke it.

about a year ago
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New Console Always-Online Requirements and You

zephvark Re:Don't assume consumers will care. (435 comments)

The time people will really start caring is in ten years time when the activiation servers are switched off and they can't play their games anymore.

Optimist. Microsoft "PlaysForSure" lasted for all of four years.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Planks Would You Want In a Platform of a Political Party?

zephvark Re:Planks? (694 comments)

I remember when politicians were built from mohangay

I'm pretty sure a lot of the republicans are still built from mohangay, although I haven't been keeping up with these newfangled slang terms. Who was this Mohan, anyway? /goes off to google... err... we still say "google", right?

about a year ago
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House Panel Backs 'Internet Freedom' Legislation

zephvark Re:The House? (87 comments)

In the end, both Republicans and Democrats can't help being themselves - politicians. What we need are statesmen and they're always in short supply.

The definition of "statesman" is "a dead politician". While I don't think those are in short supply, I am rarely disappointed when their numbers increase.

about a year ago
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Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

zephvark Re:Conversion (595 comments)

Technically, currency is paper money. In that bitcoin isn't made of paper, it's... not currency. In a wider sense, the word "currency" is often used loosely, to refer to anything that can be exchanged for other goods. In that respect, bitcoin is no less "currency" than a paper dollar. How many of us actually use paper bills any more, anyway? Do you not have a debit or credit card?

1 year,1 day
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Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

zephvark The PC is dead... again... (1010 comments)

And this is the year of the Linux desktop! Yay! /cough... Seems like we've heard this news before. Every year for the last 20 or so, no? Hey, phones are fine for quick, casual fiddling around. Linux would be rockstar if they only got the display drivers down pat, but I don't lay out hundreds of dollars for a shiny graphics card just to see its performance turn to mud. Fine, Windows 8 sucks, we knew that already, let's see if Windows 9 actually gets back on track.

1 year,5 days
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Vudu Resets User Passwords After Burglary

zephvark Proactive proactivity (42 comments)

Ganesan does not appear to have actually said "proactive" twice, or even once. "New submitter Chewbacon" is apparently a marketing droid.

1 year,5 days
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MIT's Charm School For Geeks Turns 20

zephvark Re:You would think this is parody (217 comments)

She asked, "I'll bet you are and engineering major, am I right?"

Not so much a matter of your structured essays as your lack of ability to write in English, I suspect. Perhaps she had a crush on you.

about a year ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

zephvark Re:Seems perfectly reasonable (1591 comments)

Apparently, you've never heard of Constitutional amendments, there, Thogg.

about a year ago
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Hello, I'm a Mac. And I'm a $248 Win8 PC.

zephvark Re: I can assure you... (642 comments)

Bad moderator. Look, you can barely get a virus or trojan without willingly inviting one in. It's theoretically possible, yes, but I've been up and running online since 1980 or so, and I only almost picked up one virus from a CompuServe mail before I knew any better. It was a cruddy Microsoft Word macro. Probably still got it zipped up here, somewhere, but the code didn't interest me. Anyway, this is not flamebait, this is information.

Let's put it in topical perspective, all right? I know y'all want things measured in Libraries of Congress, cars, or football fields. Not today. Today, let's talk vampires. Can't get into your house unless you invite them in. Vampires, viruses, same deal, pretty much. And have some garlic, it's good for what ails you.

about a year ago
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Hello, I'm a Mac. And I'm a $248 Win8 PC.

zephvark Re: I can assure you... (642 comments)

> You cannot run Windows without antivirus/antimalware now

News to me. Have you been surfing deviant porn sites again? You pretty much have to be a moron to need AV code on your machine. I recommend it for my step-mom, of course, the old darling is barely qualified to run a toaster. It's just lucky that she can't fit her head into one. But for most of us, AV software is more dangerous than getting a virus. You can be pretty sure you won't get a virus. You can be fairly sure the AV software will slow down your machine drastically, and occasionally decide to delete the operating system.

about a year ago
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A Honda Civic With no Gas Tank (Video)

zephvark Re:not good (331 comments)

and who even wants to convert an ugly civic

Well, I'll grant you that there are snazzier options, but where are you going to get the 1.21 Gigawatts to power a DeLorean?

about a year and a half ago
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If I had a time machine, I would first visit...

zephvark Re:Blueshift (658 comments)

Larry Niven, one of the Gil Hamilton "Long Arm of the Law" stories. Far from his best work.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Incentives For IT Workers?

zephvark Too much turnover? (468 comments)

>Management is being more proactive...

Ok, you're a marketing person. I'll forgive you. But never say proactive again.

>We already have cake day, corporate massage day

Your company obviously has too much turnover and you're trying desperately to reduce it. The problem is not going to be that you don't have enough cake days. The problem is going to be that it apparently sucks to work at your company. Cut down on the number of mandatory meetings, make sure everybody has a decent computer, get the damned boss to stop subverting the code check-in system, and... your programmers don't actually need to wear suits, do they? Stop that.

about a year and a half ago

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