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Comment Re:I have a serious question ... (Score 1) 418

I grew up around the F-15 and know a few pilots. In a twisting and turning dog-fights, the russian planes are generally superior to the F-15/F-16. However, the NATO tactic was to have AWACs declare and fire off 6 AMRAAM's at 6 different targets and then run away before the Russian planes knew you were there.

Comment Here's an idea! (Score 1, Interesting) 175

What they should really do is up the dollar amount by a small margin every time someone finds a bug and is rewarded - maybe on a logarithmic curve?

The idea being that once more and more bugs are discovered, the number of bugs left to discover will diminish, and people will have less incentive to find bugs, even though major flaws may still exist in some form. So the one person who finds the whopper of a bug five years from now could get $100,000...

Comment Re:I can see you're great with non-tech (Score 3, Interesting) 756

As with the iPod touch/iPhone if you are accessing Facebook and want to look up a contact, you have to quit safari and start the address book app, then to go back you have to start up safari again and wait for it to load facebook AGAIN.

1) Safari stays active in the background.

2) Use the Facebook app.

[I]t amazes me that Apple has dumbed down people's expectations of what computers are to such a degree that almost everyone on slashdot celebrates their crappiness instead of condemning it.

It amazes me that Windows and Linux have dumbed down peoples' expectations of what user interaction is to such a degree that most everyone on Slashdot celebrates shitty UI instead of condemning it.

Comment Re:xinerama and xrandr (Score 1) 460

It's not a distro question, it's a WM question.

Your solution boils down to "use a different window manager", which might be fine, or might not. I may try XMonad at some point, but I'm sure you're aware that switching window managers requires leaving one's comfort zone for an extended period of time, which of course reduces productivity...

The OP only seems silly to you because you already knew of a solution; clearly, other people think they know the solution but really don't (by claiming xinerama+xrandr solves it), and others were not aware of anything like that.

I've googled this subject on more than one occasion, and found nothing useful, just people's blog posts complaining that they can't figure it out either. Clearly, asking slashdot is a viable solution, as evidenced by your own post.

For an OS designed around having multiple workspaces (even on GUI-less systems, we've got multiple virtual terminals), you'd think they'd design this right into every window manager.

Comment Ain't what it used to be (Score 1) 396

I'm just old enough to remember the Watergate hearings (early teens at the time, just starting to pay attention to politics). I remember the wall-to-wall coverage of them - the hush that fell on the hearing room when Alexander Butterfield told the Ervin commission that he had set up tape recorders to go on automatically in the Oval Office so that every word of Nixon's every discussion was recorded.

So, if that was the coverage of the hearings on a small burglary and wiretapping case, why is nobody watching the vastly more important hearings about a government systematically distorting intelligence to mislead the country into war, demanding Tom Ridge elevate terror alerts when elections were upcoming, giving the OK to warrantless wiretapping, imprisoning Americans without trial, and torturing prisoners?

Oh, yeah. There weren't any hearings.

"News" today, "Leaks" in particular, are just formal and informal press releases, respectively. And the "journalists" do stenography of those releases to maintain their precious "access". The most "Access"-heavy insider of all is former Watergate hero Bob Woodward, who writes hagiographies of pols when they are in power and mild criticism of them when they are falling out of it anyway and the criticism no longer matters.

I'll read anybody who purveys checkable facts that the powerful didn't want them to know.

Comment Why not count per-ad-minute? (Score 1) 178

If they insist on it only mattering how much advertising you watch then shouldn't they be rating it as show per advertisement minute? It would even allow the studios to do interesting analysis like, is it worth it to have a 30-minute show that's only got 3 minutes of ads rather than the standard 8 since it increases viewership to unforeseen heights? (Not likely, actually, but still an interesting question.) Also, shouldn't they care about per ad-minute per ad as well? I mean, I figure there's some reinforcement value to watching the same advertisement twice but the same commercial three times in a row (it has happened when I still watched normal broadcast TV) when I've seen it 20 times that week probably doesn't help that much. Also, shouldn't the execs care that advertising on Hulu can be far more directed? For example, if I actually rate that I really liked the trailer for Movie X and actually go watch Movie X after seeing the trailer on Hulu it'd be cool if Hulu gave me more trailers for movies like Movie X (Netflix-style like here). And if I'm repeatedly marking down Product Y since it's a food in a category I don't eat can I please get not only no more adverts for Product Y but also no more product Y-2? I mean, we give them the perfect medium for directing advertising directly at as to maximize its effect and they just sneer at it. When will they learn?

Comment about time (Score 1) 151

That acronym still needs work (NCRAIDT?), but it's nice to see the Education Department taking responsibility for, you know, doing their job. There has been significant grumbling among some scientists that we've essentially been forced to include pre-university educational plans in our NSF research grants.

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