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Comment: Re:autoplay sucks anyway (Score 1) 108

by EmperorArthur (#47848255) Attached to: Facebook's Auto-Play Videos Chew Up Expensive Data Plans

If slashdot ever decided to pull this shit

Doesn't it? I don't have flash installed so it doesn't happen to me, but I seem to remember it beginning to occur recently if I visited slashdot with chrome

Is it the ads? For all that site operators hate Ad blockers they forget to look at the bandwidth and compute resources their own advertisements take up. Especially flash ads.

Of course, even if most sites did fix that issue, all it takes is one obnoxious site that's needed for something to convince a person to install an Ad blocker. Then there's the user tracking aspect....

Comment: Re:There is actually one problem with opensource (Score 1) 185

by EmperorArthur (#47838607) Attached to: Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

I've prototyped a few boards with KiCad and didn't even know about it. I'm going to spend some time trying to find it now. Honestly, it's great software, but even after memorizing some of the shortcuts I feel like Eagle is faster and easier to use. Plus the inconsistent naming with footprints being called modules, and other small UI usability issues are annoying. I guess it's a familiarity issue, but once again a commercial company has become something of a hobbyist standard. I'm still using KiCad though...

Comment: Re:There is actually one problem with opensource (Score 2) 185

by EmperorArthur (#47837363) Attached to: Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

If I were in charge of something like the city of Munich I would put out a memo that says, "If you talk to a large software vendor then your continued employment is unlikely."

Wow, I would never want to work for you. I mean I love Linux and open source. Heck, don't even have Windows installed on any of my PCs, but to say no proprietary thing ever.... There are really neat things and software packages out there. Sure they cost a fortune, but the Open Source versions are crap in comparison. Then you have to deal with industry standards / common training. This is where Microsoft has traditionally won, but their ribbon interface and Windows 8 threw those advantages out the window.

Here's a few examples. Cad software. There are FOSS versions available, but proprietary versions, like Eagle, are significantly easier to use. Another example is DMX lighting controller software. The Hog 3 PC software sucks and costs a fortune, but it's commonly used and the FOSS versions are unusable for large on the fly modification.

A common retort is to just hire a person to code what is needed. Here's the thing, I can't. First, because I need the software now not two years from now. Second, because in many organizations the equipment budget is handled separately from the labor budget. Good luck trying to shuffle that money around.

With all that said, I'm glad Munich has stayed the course. There's no way this rollout could have been easy, but they did it!

Comment: Re:Many languages and... (Score 1) 727

Anyhow, if you prefer to not religiously bracket your if/else conditions, the behavior of semicolons in your language can cause problems.

Some people hate this because brackets "clutter" the code, but Apple's goto fail bug was caused by a developer accidentally duplicating a line, and not bracketing the if() statement.

Comment: Re:Welcome to Australia, Ferengi. (Score 1) 139

by EmperorArthur (#47786163) Attached to: Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

overall, very few products I've encountered are that shabbily made (in fact the only one I can think of was a portable DVD player made by a company which went bankrupt anyway a few months later, so I would've been out the warranty even if I'd bought it in the EU).

Haven't bought a Toshiba have you? They have a 3 month warranty, they DMCA repair guides, you can't get parts to fix them yourself, and repairs start at over $200 then go up. When there shit breaks within 6 to 9 months it doesn't make me a happy customer.

Comment: Re:They can already cut off your service (Score 1) 299

You don't need a kill switch built in to the phone. You just cut the service off at the carrier.
The capability already exists.

Denial of Service has happened in the past. I believe BART did this to try and deal with protesters. The thing is that cell phones still connect to towers even if the SIM card is removed, and you're excluding the phones that don't even have SIM cards. As has been previously mentioned we're going to start seeing stories about "undesirables" phones being wiped.

Comment: Re:Is there an counter to this? (Score 1) 251

by EmperorArthur (#47709251) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked

Does anyone have a script a customer can stick to when dealing with Comcast?

The Comcast call center script, with points values, was leaked a while ago. If you want to annoy the other person then you can just read off what number and the section heading as they go through it.

Just don't forget to record the call, otherwise they'll do things like charge you for something that they said was free.

Comment: Re:McDonallds should sue ... (Score 3, Insightful) 251

by EmperorArthur (#47709181) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked

Isn't it in McD's training manual to upsell as well. Not that I love Comcast or McDonalds, but if this isn't standard operating procedure, then you aren't doing your shareholders right.

This is more like telling the person in McDonalds that your burger is nothing but two piece of bread and them saying, "Sorry this isn't close to what you ordered, but do you want fries with it?"

Comcast can only get away with these scummy tactics because most of us don't have a choice. It's Comcast or no TV. More relevant to Slashdot, it's Comcast or dialup. Just think, if they buy Time Warner then almost everyone will enjoy the suffering.

Comment: Re:Follow the money (Score 1) 393

by EmperorArthur (#47660957) Attached to: 3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

Speaking as someone who's lived in Huntsville, AL, do you really think all those people joined NASA just because it's a job? Sure some of the contractors may think that way, but plenty of people I know who work on that stuff in Huntsville are cheering SpaceX on. We want cheap Human spaceflight, and we want it now dammit.

An important thing to remember is that people who are affected by something like this are smart. In many cases they actually are "rocket scientists." The politicians are listening to the corporations, NOT their constituents.

Comment: Re:EIGHT weeks??? Nukes need to be more modular. (Score 1) 120

by EmperorArthur (#47651493) Attached to: Gas Cooled Reactors Shut Down In UK

These reactors are relatively new, "commissioned in 1983", but that's still over twenty years old. The main goals of reactor design are safety and efficiency. With that in mind I'm sure they've done quite a bit of design work on making these things more maintenance friendly. Especially since the shutdowns are precautionary after they found a problem at the first one. They're searching for something that may not even exist.

1 + 1 = 3, for large values of 1.