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Comment: Re:Defeats the purpose (Score 1) 232

by Algae_94 (#47722467) Attached to: Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Why should the person sending those info/requests be forced to say "oh I can't send those now, John is away and his email gets deleted. Let me mark it down on my calendar to send all this when he is back. Hopefully I remember all the details that are fresh in my mind now too".

Why? Because it's corporate policy in this situation. Whether you like it or not, that's what they are doing.

What you are failing to grasp is that you don't have to either email the person that is out or remember everything for when they get back. You email it to a different person that is in the office and is the alternate point of contact. If there's no alternate point of contact, you'd be in a bit of trouble if this was more than a vacation and the person just left the job or died.

Deleting e-mail sent to you because you are on vacation or otherwise unavailable is the height of arrogance.

Getting upset because a person won't get the email you want to send them sounds more arrogant to me.

Comment: Re:Already had this with the Lenovo Miix... (Score 1) 215

by Algae_94 (#47708799) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Amazons remaining stock is not exactly the entirety of the market. Not to mention the fact that their stock gets replenished on occasion, so 6 more is not necessarily all that Amazon will sell.

There are a number of other 8" tabs from Dell, Asus, Lenovo, etc. All around the $200 price point (but most of them are 32bit Win 8 with 2GB RAM).

Comment: Re:2GB of RAM? (Score 1) 215

by Algae_94 (#47708619) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Yes, it is enough. It is the listed minimum requirement for 64bit Win 8. 32bit has 1GB RAM the minimum requirement. There are plenty of tablets and other small notebooks with 2GB of RAM and Win 8. Go check out some video reviews if you want to know how they run.

Will you be Working on immense CAD or Photoshop files with this? No, but you can have plenty of browser windows open at once with a few other applications running.

Comment: Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (Score 1) 304

I've had many computers. TRS-80 (No Problems) DOS 4 to 8 (No Problems) Linux (No Problems). Now we get to Windows. Win95, Win98, Win98SE, WinXP Pro, Win7, Win8 all on different hardware and legal. All of them freeze up, BSOD's, hardware/driver problems, generally a peace of $hit. Friends and family report the same problems. Anyone that says that they don't have problems with windows must be working for M$. When you get tired of paying for malware, try Linux.

Well, then I expect my check any day now. I've had problems with XP, but everything I've used with 7 or 8 have not had any BSODs, or other major problems. I skipped Vista so I can't say where that compared.

That's not to say everything is perfect with Windows, but these regular and common freeze ups and BSODs do not occur for me anymore.

Comment: Re:Defeats the purpose (Score 1) 232

by Algae_94 (#47697949) Attached to: Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

My world should not stop because you chose to get off.

But it already did stop if you are waiting for a response when the person returns.

Basically what you are doing is common in smaller companies or smaller departments where there is not a lot of (or any) redundancy among employees. In the case of Daimler AG, I'm sure that many of the people that are out of office have a fully qualified alternate contact to deal with while they are out. The entire idea of this is that the person was out on a vacation or other personal time. Whatever happens at work during that time is not a concern of theirs. Email can certainly be used differently and some people would really want to have those emails you send. Daimler AG has decided they don't want their employees to have to deal with them.

Comment: Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (Score 1) 419

by Algae_94 (#47681067) Attached to: Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Compare a cheap US apartment to a similarly priced flat in London or Tokyo and you will understand more about how good we have it.

This isn't exactly a fair comparison depending on where you live in the US. Compare that London or Tokyo apartment to New York City or San Francisco. I think you're really talking about the cost difference between urban and rural housing.

Comment: Re:We Are All Under Suspicion Now (Score 4, Interesting) 232

by Algae_94 (#47667507) Attached to: Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

The government already owns the database of passport photos. It's theirs. Every person who has a photo in there gave it to the government. In this case the FBI did a cross reference between 2 databases owned by the government. They did not force or coerce any private entity or individual to divulge private information to them. They weren't using any sort of real time or recent time surveillance. I don't see how you can make any rational suggestion to stop this situation short of abolishing passport photos and the subsequent database of them.

You may not like it. You may think this is another step on the slippery slope, but what specific part of this do you recommend be changed?

Should the government not be allowed to look at their own data? Do you think government agencies should not be able to share data? Do you think passports should not require photos? If you can come up with a way to stop this you can work on changing things. Otherwise, you're just whining about things.

Comment: Re:and the real bad news is... (Score 1) 255

by Algae_94 (#47627377) Attached to: TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

Since 'the incident' the police is knocking on doors of young couples living in the Fukushima area and in the fall out zones north east of it, telling the couples: " you know, you should consider to have no children" (Or move away to the far south or Hokkaido)

Last I heard, it wasn't a big problem to get the Japanese to have no children. They have one of the lowest birth rates on Earth.

Comment: Re:So.. what? (Score 1) 255

by Algae_94 (#47627333) Attached to: TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

Nuclear is dying? Is that why dozens of new reactors are under construction worldwide and many existing power plants have been upgraded to produce more power?

http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/current-and-future-generation/plans-for-new-reactors-worldwide/

It may not be the glamorous renewable energy source, or even the go to source of base power generation, but it still has a solid role in worldwide energy production.

Comment: Re:Hold on a second.. (Score 0) 126

by Algae_94 (#47618305) Attached to: Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group

Oh I absolutely agree on the importance of several passwords. I really don't like these centralized authentication systems or password keepers. It may be the height of paranoia, but if I'm going to the trouble of making up all these multiple strong passwords, why would I then put them all in one location? That's one system to compromise to get the keys to all my accounts.

Really the issue is the inability to remember multiple passwords for the average person (or the inability to want to remember them). I like the idea of using a custom, human operable hash function to generate passwords. Take this site as an example, the input would be slashdot (the domain), you take that as the seed and apply some sort of algorithm/hashing function in your head to create the password. It needs to be complex enough to not just be "add '123' to the end", but simple enough to do while sitting at a keyboard. If you can still recognize the domain in the output it's a failure. The beauty of it is that you never need to remember your passwords, just the algorithm. If you want to log in to a site, you look at the domain and apply your hashing algo to 'remember' your password. If you want to change the passwords, change your algorithm. This is of course far beyond the level of the average user, but it avoids putting all your keys in one box.

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