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Comment Re:Everybody List What You Think Went Wrong (Score 1) 543 543

Beta was unfinished, everyone knew that, so the grousing that somehow it was "clearly inferior" or would break Slashdot was completely misplaced. Slashdot made it clear from the start that this was being put out for feedback purposes, not because it was feature complete. They said it wasn't feature complete.

Comment Re:My Pet Peeves (recent Windows laptop keyboards) (Score 4, Insightful) 504 504

It's possible to have capslock functionality without giving it its own key. What about Alt-Numlock for that tiny subset of situations where it's necessary?


(Yay I posted an XKCD at last! That means I automatically get +6 Insightful!)

Comment Re:Windows 10 sucks (Score 1) 267 267

I've been sitting here at my freelance gig in front of my PC (a 8600/300 w/64 Megs of RAM) for about 20 minutes now while it attempts to copy a 17 Meg file from one folder on the hard drive to another folder. About 30 minutes. About 10 minutes. About 5 minutes. About 5 hours. About 4 minutes. 11 seconds...


Comment Re:So far so good.... (Score 1) 267 267

I wouldn't worry about negative push back for saying you like a particular release of Windows. Windows 7 was fairly well received around these parts too.

Windows 10, at least going by features, seems to be the first Desktop Windows that's genuinely exciting since Windows 95. While there was a major architectural change with the move to NT for 2000 and XP, it didn't seem to impact the end user experience as much. And 8 was genuinely interesting, but was ultimately a tablet operating system.

So I'm looking forward to using it. And hoping desperately the reliability isn't as bad as it sounds.

Comment Re:Ad Blockers (Score 1) 355 355

Maybe, but that's not going to help here. Despite the headline, the article is about the publisher of the content delaying the loading of the page to screw advertisers, not the advertisers trying to screw the readers.

If the publisher is delaying the page loading process, then it doesn't matter if you have adblock or not, you're going to see delays.

Comment Re:Why do you need this stuff on the internet at l (Score 1) 83 83

If I decide to go out drinking and I'm out late, I can use my phone to tell my furnace to heat up my house before I get home. Normally it goes to 16C after 10pm, which is when I'm normally in bed. This way, when I get home buzzed / wasted, my house is nice and comfy.

Also the Honeywell controllers require fingerpoking to change outside of a subset of their normal range. I can't use remote to change outside of 4.5C to 32C... uh, okay, that's a little more range than I would have expected. Voice limits me to a little less than that, but you'd already be inside and could do a lot more damage by throwing my dining room chairs through 4 windows and the TV.

Comment Re:Well if... (Score 1) 7 7

Vichy vichy ya ya whatever. If you're suggesting the GOP is a puppet party -- a Conservative party, co-opted by moderates -- sorry, no. The GOP is firmly a neo-con party (resisting being co-opted by Conservatives). It had Conservative outbursts, like in the Jack Kemp and Ralph Reed eras, where the establishment went along with what was happening because it meant winning. At the time. But that won't happen again any time in the near future in America's current cultural climate.

The nominee will be someone who's militarily interventionist in foreign policy, who'll keep up and advance the Surveillance State, who's innocuously religious or not at all, and who has no desire to pick fights with the Left in doing anything about the border or Obamacare. Or the national debt. The GOP will not be able to bank the votes of the Trump mini-swell. Really, who is the party's constituency nowadays? One half of the 1 percent?

The Dems have the poor, the criminals, and the deviants. And the dumbass half of the middle class that likes how they feel about themselves thinking that they're part of the opposition to "meanness". The rest of the middle class stays home. I'm about to join them. The GOP appeals to a tiny slice of populace. This country needs a Conservative party, as a kind of hospice, where that philosophy can go while it lives out its dying days here.

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"Star Trek wasn't political." -- William Shatner

Back in the real world, ST is one of the most political TV shows of all time. It embodies multi-culturalism, feminism, passivism, anti-capitalism, and environmentalism, as those just off the top of my head. TFMSNBCA uses the term "progressive", which I would only nitpick at in the capitalization of the first letter.

Comment Re:No surprises there... (Score 1) 575 575

I never really followed politics much when I was younger, but has it always been like this?

You will occasionally find people who get very, very offended when you point out that Democrats and Republicans differ only in name. These people, sadly, really do believe that the next Obama will change things, and then grow all the more bitter when he ends up just like the rest of the worthless fucks in DC.

But yes, it has pretty much always gone like this. Every charismatic young buck looks like the next Prez Rickard, right up until he turns into the next Tricky Dick.

Townshend was wrong. It's seems like you can just keep fooling us over and over again.

Meet the new boss - Same as the old boss.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"