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Comment Re:Using SHA-1 in this day and age is just lazy (Score 1) 178

Appeal to authority may be a logical fallacy but it's not applicable in this case since the logical fallacy relies on the authority not actually being an expert in the field under discussion.

Trust me I'm a English major*

*An appeal to authority because:
a) I'm not an English major
b) If I was right now I'm just thegarbz and you have no ability to check my credentials on being an expert on the topic.

Comment Re:Using SHA-1 in this day and age is just lazy (Score 1) 178

Wow. I would appeal to authority to correct you but I will instead simply provide you with a link where you can read for yourself why you have this COMPLETELY BACKWARDS.

And in case you don't feel the need to click the link:
Appeal to authority is a logical fallacy when the person is NOT an expert in the field.

Comment Re:They did it to themselves (Score 1) 202

The repair vendors often also take the path of least resistance. Cracked Samsung Galaxy S5 mini, Samsung wanted $200 for the repair (they would have replaced the display assembly). Cornershop store wanted $140 (they would have replaced the display assembly).

I bought replacement equipment for $10. Those $10 got me:
1 Replacement glass for display assembly
4 plastic picks
2 prying tools
1 metal razor
3 cleaning cloths
1 Philips screwdriver
1 suction cap to hold glass
1 tube of glue solvent
1 replacement double sided tape to hold the assembly in place cut to match factory original
1 tube of UV sensitive glue
1 UV torch
3 batteries for UV torch
1 glass cleaning wipe

Like WTF!. It did take me a few hours to do but $10, and I now have a bunch of tools to use on other stuff too.

Comment Re:Sad loss of a co-worker (Score 3, Informative) 858

immigrant were taking local jobs

As an immigrant working in a foreign country I also have been the target of such a comment once. What people don't realise is that jobs aren't a fixed unit in a multi-national company. I didn't take a local job, I bought a new job into the country. I was offered employment and then given the choice of where to work. Like many others at my company they are moved around the world for various engineering assignments in a way to develop employees and expand their knowledge.

As far as I can tell out of the 20% (my estimate) of non nationals that work at my current office, not a single one took a "local" job despite being on a local contract.

Now that's just one example, but hopefully it's an example that shows that all to often people take a very simple and very narrow minded view to a very complex process.

Comment Re:You don't own common sense (Score 5, Insightful) 858

in a particular culture

Highlighted a key part for you. Australia even before the gun ban didn't have a culture of openly carrying guns in the street. We didn't have a trigger happy culture. We didn't get into an argument and shoot people. The gun buyback and ban was never intended to have anything remotely to do with the murder rate. It solved one problem and one problem only: Mass killings.

America on the other hand, ... well two of my colleagues from our Texas office got into a heated discussion on an engineering problem and ended up pulling guns on each other. The situation was de-escalated though. In the kind of culture where you reach for your piece instead of just punching a man in the face like they deserve, a gun ban may have a very different outcome.

We don't know because as you so rightly pointed out we only have data from particular cultures, very different ones to the "omg the mentally unstable need a right to bear arms too" culture.

Comment Re:he should learn how to pack his stuff (Score 1) 138

he should have bought some packing peanuts or those plastic air things that amazon and every other professional shipper uses to brace their packages

hahahah OMG that was a laugh, and that bit about being laughed out of court for something that pretty much everyone does, truly hilarious.

Those plastic air things that "professionals" use I find more in cheap Chinese ebay packages than anything from professionals.

Comment Re:Too little at any time (Score 1) 138

One hour of code between grades 4-12.

So, a fourth grader can learn to move the turtle to make a shape.

Or, a twelfth grader can learn how to make html, head, body, and a few divs.

Surely, this will save us from our dire STEM shortage.

As opposed to zero hours of code which will do nothing other than keep people even more ignorant of what it is to bend a computer to one's will?

Why does every solution have to be all or nothing on Slashdot?

Comment Re:They're worse for anything except up-close view (Score 4, Insightful) 168

Curved monitors do make sense for the desktop PC, where you're sitting very close to the screen.

But does it really? What benefit do curved monitors give? I was told "the whole the screen is more evenly at the same distance from your eyes". But what I heard was "the screen is laid out in an unexpected and distorted way that screws with your brain".

Seriously look at the history of curved images. They were all designed to completely trick the brain into creating an immerse environment. How does that help when you for example need to create a drawing, edit a word document, or god forbid try and correct lens distortion effects in a photograph?

I could see it maybe making sense for games, but even then I'd probably suggest making a jump straight to a headset.

Comment Re:Wow I've just had a crazy Idea!! (Score 1) 88

Guess what? with a removeable battery phone you can still do all you said, and you have extra options too.

Except for the engineering problems behind making a phone battery removable.

Thanks but no thanks. I put great value on:
- Smaller device (or larger battery for a given device size)
- Water proofing not being dependent on a tiny little rubber seal in the battery compartment
- Phone not exploding into 3 parts when dropped.
- Not carrying around an incendiary device with exposed "touch these together to start fire" terminals.

It's not a case of one or the other. If it were they never would have abolished them in the first place.

Comment Re:Wow I've just had a crazy Idea!! (Score 1) 88

So you picked up on half of what I said and complained. Maybe you should work on your attention span.

The ability to ubiquitously charge is one of convenience. You don't sit down to charge. You charge when you sit down. If you need a battery on the go then use a charging bank. They are far far larger than any after market battery so you don't need to carry around multiple of them, can come built into phone cases, can be charged while you're using the phone so you don't need another charger, and if you're stuck on the go you can buy them at any junk store to give you a quick boost (unlike say ... a phone battery).

But sure do things the "better" way. I for one will not be factoring a removable battery into ANY of my phone buying decisions.

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