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Comment: RIP English (Score 1) 50

by AbRASiON (#46797129) Attached to: For $20, Build a VR Headset For Your Smartphone

As someone only 36, it frightens me just how bad the worlds grasp of English has become over the past 15 years, it's woeful.

For $20, Build a VR headset WITH / USING your smartphone for goodness sakes.
If you're building it for your smartphone, presumably the bloody smartphone gets to wear the headset.

I'm sure you call /could care less/ though.

Comment: All joking aside (Score 2) 797

I'm sure I speak for a few slashdotters when I say, I copped it at school too.

The few times teachers got involved, I was apparently doing the wrong thing, not the person picking on me. As far as I'm concerned, if there's one thing I could change about my childhood - it would be the balls to stand up for myself and at least settle on a point in the pecking order. The few times I did stand up for myself, while incredibly scary for me - worked out in the end. The people involved generally left me alone after that.

This is instinctual bullshit, bullies themselves are often more messed up than the people they intimidate, normally stuff from parents, older brothers or god knows what, bad homes, drugs, alcohol, abuse - etc. None the less playground bullying and intimidation is simply alpha dominance rubbish but it's also part of life and nature. The last person who is going to help properly with this is a teacher unfortunately.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 217

by AbRASiON (#46550315) Attached to: Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

Perhaps so in regards to the PPI of the display, however the 4G / LTE features discussed in the summary are quite impressive, a proper worldphone.

Also, sooner or later, we'll reach a point where the PPI doesn't need to increase, I'd hazard a guess that 450+ PPI is going to be completely exceptional. I doubt you're going to see them focusing on going much higher than what this one has attained.

Comment: Re:Stability & performance Features (Score 2) 142

by AbRASiON (#46520587) Attached to: Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

I don't like the UI for chrome, some of the decisions Google have made are quite gross, they really are becoming Apple with their "our way or the highway" approach.
No question chrome is fast, won't deny that for a second - but I just prefer FF - I can customise it to my needs.

(Disable tabs on top, add "tabs menu" addon, use tab mix plus - with very specific open / close / foreground and background ruleset) - stuff like that.

Comment: Stability & performance Features (Score 4, Interesting) 142

by AbRASiON (#46519943) Attached to: Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

I've had a love / hate relationship with Firefox for many years - but for about the past 18 months it's been mostly stable.
I'm an extremely heavy browser, ranging from 20 to 150 tabs open at a time.
This latest build (27.0.1) has been utter shite for stability, so I sure hope that was a priority for them. It would be nice if a single tab crashed it would just take out that tab. If that means more processes or memory, so be it. Also please copy chrome ASAP with the little microphone representing the noisy tab.

Comment: Re:Wasting their time. (Score 1) 250

by AbRASiON (#46451585) Attached to: Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

So 2 DS blu rays then?
Corporate / business internet links are also an option. I used to dial in to the local newspaper and upload them a 2 or 3mb PDF file over 14.4 modem at my first job.
I have no idea where you are, I'm going to assume you've got at least 12 hours until the deadline, quite a few business links could easily handle 70gb in 12 hours.

Also, only 60$ for a HDD which can be sent back and forth between the client? Seems feasible to me.

Comment: Wasting their time. (Score 1) 250

by AbRASiON (#46449929) Attached to: Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

Double sided? Only 150gb at the moment, at best 500gb?
Nope and nope, it's not going to catch on, you can buy a portable 1TB HDD now for $65

If they can do single sided, 1TB, at least 50MB/s and blank discs under $15 a pop? You've got some small potential to maybe oust DVD / BR - otherwise, forget it. It's unlikely to catch on even then though.

Comment: Finally we're recognised. (Score 1) 268

by AbRASiON (#46425241) Attached to: It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

Actually to be fair, I probably don't quite fit the criteria. I don't entirely dislike music but I genuinely don't particularly care much about it. I would never, ever listen to music alone. Example relaxing to a book and music (or ghasp, just music alone) simply not an option.
I've never been to a concert.

I listen to about 10 to 20 hours a year, generally I use it to assist cleaning the house (although podcasts are replacing it there) I also sometimes have music running when I'm grocery shopping or on public transport, simply to block out other humans.

I can't stand getting into someones car and they insist on driving somewhere with music running when we could be having a decent conversation instead. I've taken a week off work before to chill out at home on the internet and effectively been in silence for 7 days. Silence is golden.

I also have EXTREME difficulty picking up lyrics, I just can't hear lyrics properly. I don't know how people know what people are singing without lyric websites. (Yes, my hearing is fine, infact it's very good, still hear high frequencies at 36)

Comment: Re:Yay Social Media Advertising Bubble!! (Score 1) 257

by AbRASiON (#46301721) Attached to: WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

I'm all for taking the piss out of excessively overvalued social media companies and general internet frenzy over stupid shit but WhatsApp (which I don't even use) is far more than just a social media tool - it's an SMS / phone / chat replacement. SMS is far far bigger than something which can be classed as part of a social media bubble.

Comment: Flat, colourless, shadeless design (Score 1) 2219

by AbRASiON (#46183319) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

It's gross.

It's horrible.

It's for dumb end users more focused on the look of something than the functionality (ie: not us)

I am so sick of applications and websites focusing on flat, shadeless, bullshit design.
They seem to use literally 3 colours only - white background, black text / lines and ONE shade of colour used sparingly. Most pages entirely white.
I'm extremely sick of pages and applications removing most 'dividing lines' too. The post I'm writing right now is in a box to the left of this box is another nice line which is separating the reply form to the list of topics on the right.

Here's a prime example of design I fucking detest.
Now a lot of people hail the Cyanogenmod / Google stock stuff as 'clean and wonderful'
Bullshit, look at those icons at the bottom, no labels, no lines dividing them to define the size of each button, all cramped in one spot and RIGHT BELOW and directly touching THE HANG UP BUTTON - extremely easy to accidentally end the call but noooo that's 'clean'
Gotta love those icons, I can probably guess what the function of each one is but if they were labelled I'd know for sure, no ambiguity. Yes it's easier for translation purposes, that's not my problem though, sorry! - I just know - at a glance, with the text, I will identify the icons faster, every time.

Here's another example of shit design.
Now I got used to those office tabs in the end, with 2010, it's not too bad to be honest but look at this up the top, the "active" tab is the home tab, you'll note the text is a different colour and there's a line defining the outline of the highlighted tab - but that's it? Seriously? Why can't there be more colour behind the word home or grey out the other tabs text like INSERT , PAGE LAYOUT etc?

Those are 2 examples of the flat, colourless, white, ghastly design which "looks clean" because right now "clean" is in. Use some colours, use some dividing lines. Is shading a bad thing? Apparently - ok then use solid colours, use lighter ones, but for fucks sake this mishmash of just white with no lines, gross. Lines are good, boxes are good.

FWIW: Some of the slashdot beta is making good use of dividing lines but there's a lot of words which could be bold or a slightly larger font or placed differently. Everything looking the god damned fucking same makes things more difficult to read.
Look at source code in a good coding tool, it's not PRETTY but it's very easy to identify things with colour and spacing.
I generally detest the flat designs of sites and applications of late, please don't apply that shit to oldschool places which don't need it.

Comment: Re:Slashdot Beta: just say no (Score 2) 457

by AbRASiON (#46166481) Attached to: Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

I haven't been forced to it yet but I checked it out a couple of times and it was horrendous.
Considering I just got told this:

"MOVINâ(TM) ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more."

I'm guessing classic is getting the ass eventually?
So, where should I go for the right kind of news since I won't be continuing here, any suggestions? - I particularly like the older posters here with some incredible tales of technology, systems and workplaces from eras long since lost.
Replies suggesting reddit will be rightfully ignored.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis