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Comment: Re:What's scary is (Score 3, Informative) 177

You should give PaleMoon a try. Firefox without all the GUI madness of the last few years.

Also, I noticed this quote from the Firefox Hello page:
"Recently, we introduced Firefox Hello, the first global communications system built directly into a browser to help make things easier."

Have they never heard of Virtual Places? It was a browser with built-in chat rooms for each web page. Every web page you visited put you in a chat with everyone else on that page. There were avatars you moved around on the page, and "gestures" and, whatever. This was 1994 or so...

Comment: Re:Download from the source (Score 4, Informative) 324

by BenFenner (#48803427) Attached to: How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads
I wanted to be the solution to all of my app downloading/installing problems, but it turned out not being the solution to any of them. The idea is great, but one simple test showed the issue with this service. They try to make insalling an application a one-click affair, and they do this assuming the software you are installing does not install bloatware of it's own. So take Foxit PDF Viewer for example. This was a great, secure alternative to Adobe PDF Reader which many of us used happily for a while. But, as with most software like this, is started getting loaded down with bloat. Specifically, it tries to get you to install certain browser toolbars, or other such madness. This is the true installer from Foxit's website.

So, Ninite takes this installer, and makes sure nothing else has been added to it. However, they have no concept of the genuine installer forcing bloatware on you. It seems they are just checking for 3rd party bloat. So, with the genuine installer you have the option to uncheck this bloatware and not install it. This is not true with Ninite's one-click installer which accepts all of the defaults.

For me, this made ninite a non-starter, and I do as most of us do, and go to the app provider's site to download.

It's a shame.

+ - Seattle Police Consider Actually Trying to Solve Property Crimes

Submitted by vortex2.71
vortex2.71 (802986) writes "In a story you might expect to see in the Onion, the Seattle Police Department is reviewing it policy on property crime to determine whether they should actually try to solve some crimes. This follows a column by Danny Westneat detailing a nonexistent police response to multiple 911 calls after he tracked down his wife's stolen cell phone and watched the thieves taunt him by waving it in front of their car windows. Not only did the police refuse to show up in favor of filing an online police report, but the 911 operator advised Mr. Westneat to “Pull over immediately. You’re going to get yourselves shot.”"

+ - Gigabit Internet Connections Make Property Values Rise

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "When families go to buy a new home, they're most often looking for a couple things: Good schools, a safe neighborhood, maybe something that's near public transportation. And, increasingly and undeniably, access to gigabit internet service. A study by RVA LLC Market Research and Consulting found that fiber optic internet adds roughly $5,250 to the value of a $300,000 home.
"It's getting to the point where, if my neighboring community has a gig and we're still doing satellite, the property value in that town is going to go up," Deb Socia, director of Next Century Cities, a coalition of cities trying to provide gigabit internet speeds to their citizens, said. "You're going to lose people and you're going to lose revenue without it. I'm hearing it from folks in different chambers of commerce, in real estate, in politics.""

+ - States Ditching Electronic Voting Machines, Some Issues Occurring->

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord (826450) writes "The Hill reports, "States have abandoned electronic voting machines in droves, ensuring that most voters will be casting their ballots by hand on Election Day. With many electronic voting machines more than a decade old, and states lacking the funding to repair or replace them, officials have opted to return to the pencil-and-paper voting that the new technology was supposed to replace. Nearly 70 percent of voters will be casting ballots by hand on Tuesday, according to Pamela Smith, president of election watchdog Verified Voting. "Paper, even though it sounds kind of old school, it actually has properties that serve the elections really well," Smith said. It’s an outcome few would have predicted after the 2000 election, when the battle over “hanging chads” in the Florida recount spurred a massive, $3 billion federal investment in electronic voting machines." — There are also reports of various issues, including "calibration issues" which have resulted in votes to the wrong candidate."
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Comment: This is a really dismal judgement! (Score -1, Flamebait) 457

by BenFenner (#47676957) Attached to: Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases
This judgement is really dismal. I'd like to see what the handful of scholars have to say when studying users interaction with the shitty Slashdot Beta site. They could study the user's extreme boredom as this user waits for the shitty Beta site's page and all its shitty JavaScript and CSS crap to initially load. Then they could capture the trillionth of a second when the person notices that it's the shitty Beta site rather than the Classic site, and the person's anger starts to grow. The photos would progressively show the anger turning into madness, and then finally utter and complete disappointment and despair once the shitty Beta site has finally loaded. The photos could also capture the formation and flow of the very first of many teardrops to cascade down this poor victim's cheeks as the user struggles in vain to read the stories' small text with poor contrast. These trillions upon trillions of frames of total anguish could be examined in excruciating detail, so the awful nature of the Slashdot Beta site could be truly comprehended.

Comment: Re:Things that go fast (Score 2) 94

by BenFenner (#47674773) Attached to: World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second
After thinking about this for a beat, I went from "great idea" to "how in the hell would that work?" pretty quickly.

I have admittedly not read the article, but if the camera captures photos, are there photons flying around in particle colliders just flying around bouncing off sub-atomic particles all over the place, enough to get a video of it all happening? I get the feeling photons don't interact with the particles much if at all, which is why now they can only see where they end up (trapped or puncture a gold film?) and guess their path with math...

To be a kind of moral Unix, he touched the hem of Nature's shift. -- Shelley