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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

znanue Re:Join the slashdot farewell: (526 comments)

Or, like me, lost access to their first id. (I no longer have access to the original email account and I had forgotten the password)

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

znanue Re:Please Explain... (2219 comments)

User agent sniffing allows you to create a site for mobile phones and tables. I don't think slashdot should become a "responsive site". If they want to spend some time making a mobile site that looks nice on phones and tablets (provided there is a cookie you can use to always see the full site or it respects the fact that you're submitting a desktop user agent string) then ultimately I'm fine with that.

You haven't answered the spirit of my question. The fastest growing platform may very well be global, but this is slashdot, where people come to contribute and foster community, they tend to be nerds like programmers, engineers, and scientists who don't usually do their work on mobile devices, and where typing long things is de jure... I'm going to guess mobile matters substantially less to the average slashdot person and the desktop version that you comment on matters a whole heckuvalot.

And again, we can have our cake and eat it, too. Keep this version of the site, redirect mobile agent strings to "m.slashdot.org" while not making it a piece of shit like beta is....

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Beta Woes

znanue Bravo (16 comments)

I so often disagree with your posts, yet how fitting that I am so touched by this post, so in agreement, when the community is threatened. I applaud you, sir.

about 6 months ago
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NYPD Is Beta-Testing Google Glass

znanue NYPD Community (158 comments)

I think one of the things I really like about the NYPD is that they don't call us New Yorkers their "audience". On the side of the cars they have the words "Community Professionalism Respect".

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

znanue Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (2219 comments)

The classic design in 2014? Not too bad. The classic design in 2018? Probably not going to cut it.

I believe this is absolutely wrong. Why do you think this? Because you can't show it to generic citizen and get them to go "oooh"? When your community pretty much thinks that the two worst things the site is doing are bad quality writeups and changing the UX, it makes me think what you really want is different community.

Whose expectations are higher? Can you write persuasively that the latest UX research matters on a "news for nerds" site? We want to talk about it UX research, but there is a fundamental reason we want the striped down look with a focus on comment features. What few needed tweaks would make slashdot suck in 2018 if they were *never* done? What will this design not cut in 2018?

You know the first thing I think when I see beta? I crave the high contrast of the real slashdot with its obvious separation of elements clearly delineated for rapid visual processing. Then I look at the comments section, and everything just bleeds together like some sort of horrible endless sea of white. Look at classic, a clearly defined title bar with a nice subbar. It FEELS better. Like classic is the improvement on "beta".

Also, notice how the "contribute" links are always well distanced from the comments on classic and not on beta? They complete the "Framed" look that allows you to so rapidly assimilate information in classic and make it clear what the user is supposed to do next. Also, those heavy underlines really scream "I'm a functional thing to do". What is wrong with underlines that has been uncovered in the latest UX research?

Classic has full use of horizontal space, and there's a sidebar which tells me about *me* so I can follow threads I've been talking in right off the bat. UX should be about getting the people the links they want to see, right?

In every way but possibly in the "pleasing people who love gradients, drop shadows, and low contrasts that blind old people" department, classic is more readable, usable, functional, and "feel good". You are futzing with a popular brand, and I can only assume that is because you do not valuable the people for whom this is an everyday part of their lives.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

znanue Please Explain... (2219 comments)

Why we need a new site? We're nerds, we're okay with shit looking like this forever, because it is about content and not presentation.

about 6 months ago
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How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

znanue Re:So, cue up.. (462 comments)

One place where techies earn a lot less than $100k / year is the UK. Not a country you'd associate with little money...

Well, there are numerous problems with this comparison. You want to measure real wage, not the money wage. The real wage/money wage ratio for Britain is probably obviously higher than that for the US worker. Consider, a British pound trades for 1.65 US Dollars right now. After that, you factor in taxes (everyone loves to do that, right?) .

And, then you factor in things like standard of living. Everyone loves to point out the increased gas costs and rent, but not underline the fact that more people don't own a car, or even feel like they need to, because of public transportation. Like, I live in NYC because I hate driving, so it's a "feature" to me. YMMV. Google employees, for instance, save money because of amenities like the Google busses we're hearing so much about. Then you have to factor in the social services that are provided for each country. It is a lot cheaper to be pregnant in Britain. Yes, because the taxes are higher, but if you factor in taxes, you have to factor in what you're getting for them.

I haven't done the work, but I'd be interested in the results.

about 7 months ago
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How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

znanue Re:So, cue up.. (462 comments)

Noooooooo no no no no. In a free market i.e. one without regulation, collusion certainly CAN and DOES happen. However, by the nature of collusion - where each participant has incentives to screw over the other participants, or non-participants can take advantage of the collusion - it is an unstable, temporary arrangement, and will fall apart sooner rather than later. In this example, say that the employees of the colluding companies are making $100k/year whereas they are really worth $120k/year. Non-colluding companies can now easily poach these employees by offering them, say, $110k/year. The more companies do this the more the wages are brought to their proper level.

I feel like the first two chapters of http://www.scribd.com/doc/1139... do a really good job of showing you to be wrong.

about 7 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

znanue GPL/BSD (1098 comments)

I'll bite. I do think that RMS has a point about the open source compiler of record being under the GPL, as well as the operating system and other essential build tools and core platform elements. Many people will rightly point out, yet again, that GPL is a pretty aggressive license for most userland software, but when it comes to the platform itself, this aggression seems to be quite desirable. Also, these value statements seem temporally bound to the moment. Maybe in the future we will live in a set of legal and intellectual circumstances where RMS has basically won and that maybe a good thing.

So I wonder he isn't right about it being sad that LLVM is not under copyleft.

about 7 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

znanue Re:Double bind (1431 comments)

Hmm, so you're saying that if we're going to have legal handguns, then we should let retired cops have concealed handguns because given the first variable, total safety for everyone else improves? Even if that is so, the problem is that he didn't cite a study and used the phrase "study after study" in a polemic issue with highly charged emotions. For that, he was up moderated. To my lights, this degrades the quality of the discussion on Slashdot, and I wanted to point that out.

about 7 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

znanue Re:Double bind (1431 comments)

Ahh, I like so much that you qualified your views as speculation. But, that said, your speculations are interesting to me. I find myself agreeing that it is highly plausible that economic disparity , more specifically a very low "real wage" for many people seeking employment, absolutely are factors in overall gun violence, as well as cultural oppression, etc.

about 7 months ago
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Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, and What Qt Does Better

znanue Re:GTK is trash (282 comments)

One would argue that many people think they can code better projects and do (Say, an unknown Finnish student in 1992). There is a ton of duplication in the software space, but that might not be a bad thing. I think it is so easy to forget that we're building things that may last centuries, millenia. Individual information problems may morph under hardware changes, but a lot of these things we're figuring out could go the distance. I hope the open source movement never loses that audacity, even if it a times it is blind, arrogant, and wrong.

about 7 months ago
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Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, and What Qt Does Better

znanue Re:GTK is trash (282 comments)

That was because the FSF was spreading FUD about Trolltech. Trolltech was free software friendly and was never going to make Qt non-free.

Licenses matter, especially for businesses. You have to know that this piece of software you want to build things around, to rely on, isn't going to be taken from you. And, you shouldn't have to be a "judge of character" for a business in order to have that security. FUD is a heavy characterization that seems to devalue the perspective of those who do feel they need to operate under license security.

about 7 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

znanue Re:Math, do it. (1043 comments)

Ancillary effects of poor health are economic losses due to less reliability of getting work, working, etc. Bad health fuels poverty. Poverty eats at labor markets which drive up costs of goods for everyone. What is interesting is that the cost of projected health care increase alone is sufficient to get close to being equal to the money saved. Want to start projecting the costs of extra prisons, lawyers, cops, and judges to deal with the extra crime? How about we bring in some ethics: we're quibbling over 5 billion which represents 0.03% of our GDP for the purposes of starving some more poor people. Frankly, I'd take the less crime, even if I were completely heartless.

about 7 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

znanue Re:Math, do it. (1043 comments)

BTW, love reading your posts in general!

It seems to me that we have plenty of money and food and could easily create a policy situation that would feed and clothe most Americans reasonably well. I think even housing could be "reasonable" or at least much improved. But, for the political will.... How dare we suggest that the upper middle class or the upper upper upper classes didn't completely earn everything?

Also, it isn't a zero sum game. Doubling the minimum wage and fixing it to inflation may be an economic engine that improves everyone's lives. I think you probably agree, but I wouldn't cede points to the idea that we couldn't do it.

I do love your epic, hilarious rebuttals of people's bullshit motivations arguments!

about 7 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

znanue Re:Double bind (1431 comments)

Except that study after study shows that in places where there are more concealed carry permits are places where there are fewer murders (as well as just less violent crime in general, especially in public settings). In broad terms, retired cops carrying in public is a net benefit. Regardless of how this particular altercation turned out.

Citation needed. I feel like this statement requires more than just the phrase "study after study".

From Wikipedia

Martin Killias, in a 1993 study covering 21 countries, found that there were significant correlations between gun ownership and gun-related suicide and homicide rates.

Here is the link to the study, if you would like to question its methodology. http://www.unicri.eu/documentation_centre/publications/series/understanding/19_GUN_OWNERSHIP.pdf

I saw a pamphlet once that asserted that first world countries with tough gun laws had just as much violent crimes as the US does, but what they forgot to mention was that much less of the violence was committed with a gun and there was less gun-related murder. There are also statistical regressions that show that murders per capita drop when guns are tightly controlled.

These countries also score as highly as the US on the Index of Economic Freedom and higher on other freedom indices like personal freedom. So, do countries really need to be afraid of their citizens' guns? Guns do not seem to be a keystone to a modern free democracy.

You can find countries that score low on all indices and yet have really strong gun laws, but my point is that guns do not seem to be necessary for scaring the government. I doubt very much that guns scare our government all that much. I think Aaron Swartz scared the hell out of our government with a laptop computer. Maybe we should have a laptop amendment.

Gun laws and the discussions of them require more nuance and appreciation of methodology than we are generally capable of in day to day discourse, because there is emotional investment and, consequently, bias, even in academic circles in the US.

about 7 months ago
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Dell Joins Steam Machine Initiative With Alienware System

znanue Re:2014: YEAR OF LINUX ON THE DESKTOP (110 comments)

If a tree falls in the woods and no one knows what kernel it's running, does it make a sound?

Since there are cross-cutting concerns between the platforms, the answer is yes. People know that this runs Linux, more people will spend time developing for Linux, some of those developments might have a positive impact on the desktop or people maybe more likely to install it as their desktop.

about 7 months ago

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