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Comment: Love Charter. (Score 1) 90

by AugstWest (#46610061) Attached to: Charter Challenges Comcast/Time Warner Merger

Somehow I've almost always managed to live in one of the small pockets of my state that Charter services, and they're always been awesome. Other than the occasional weeklong power outage or some such natural nonsense, they've been rock solid. I always see all the people constantly bitching about Comcast and thank the heavens that whatever little rural enclave I've ended up in hasn't had them as the cable provider.

Comment: Re:Working and Listening are Mutually Exclusive (Score 2) 262

by AugstWest (#45283641) Attached to: Do You Need Headphones While Working?

Same here. Piano concertos are for days when I really need to work through some big ideas, otherwise it's Chinese Man, Thievery Corp or the like.

I have Pandora/Spotify stations all trained up for either mood. I also have a standing desk, so if I look up at people as they pass they always stop and ask if I'm DJing.

Lesson learned: Don't make eye contact.

Comment: Re:Copyright protection (Score 1) 307

by AugstWest (#42701905) Attached to: Jonathan Coulton Song Used By <em>Glee</em> Without Permission

Yeah, seriously, Sir Mixalot should be PISSED.

Let's get some perspective here, folks -- this is an arrangement of a song that Coulton himself didn't even write.

It's like when Led Zeppelin sued Pearl Jam for releasing a song that they thought sounded too much like Going To California -- when Led Zeppelin had been ripping off American blues artists for decades without paying a penny for it. Robert Plant's always been known for the line "squeeze my lemon 'til the juice runs down my leg," which he stole from Robert Johnson.

Enough with the OUTRAGE. Music belongs to everyone. Once it's out of your mouth, it no longer belongs to you.

+ - Using crowdfunding for medical/health research?

Submitted by AugstWest
AugstWest (79042) writes "It can be difficult to get some things approved or legalized in the the US because of their lack of patentability — Stevia, a natural, non-caloric sweetener comes to mind, as do things like therapeutic MDMA research, cannabis research, etc. In a world of FUD, would it be possible to crowdfund real research that would be trusted by the FDA and their ilk? Is there a way to drive this sort of research through existing laboratories, or would new infrastructure need to be built?"

Comment: Hi, my name is Anecdotal Evidence. (Score 4, Informative) 505

by AugstWest (#41196063) Attached to: The True Challenges of Desktop Linux

I was a Linux user beginning with Redhat 3. I went through Redhat, Mandrake, Fedora, Gentoo and Ubuntu. I've also used Solaris for a daily workstation.

Then I was assigned a Mac at a new job (running Tiger), and have never used anything else for a desktop since. I've had no reason to. I still keep an Ubuntu box in the house, but it's a server.

My name is Anecdotal Evidence, it's true, but whatever. I went Mac, and never looked back.

Comment: 15 years of crap phone operating systems... (Score 0) 1027

by AugstWest (#40327323) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?

...doesn't lead one to even want to try it.

MS has proven for well over a decade that they have no idea how to build a useful portable device. I've tried one of every iteration except this latest, and even owned a few over the years, and had nothing but disdain for the entire experience. My first HP Jornada lasted 3 days before I had my boss return it. I kept my Palm.

I finally gave in and tried again with the Tilt upon a friend's recommendation, and eventually backed over it out of spite.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, three times, four times, you're on your own.

I want nothing to do with it.

Comment: Re:Irony alert! (Score 1) 264

by AugstWest (#40203637) Attached to: DirecTV CEO Scoffs At Competition From Apple TV

Also, DirecTV's DVR is like an exercise in "How Not To Build An Interface."

I quit the DAY that my 2-year contract was up. It wasn't that the programming was bad, or the cost or anything, it was that the interface was a constant source of annoyance. It really is THAT bad.

They don't give a shit what they hand the customer, and even when they add something nice, like DLNA abilities, they wrap them in a UI that makes you want to set fire to the hardware.

It's pretty much the polar opposite of Apple. They *should* be scared.

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]