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Comment: Not trying indeed (Score 2) 92

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49147661) Attached to: Fighting Scams Targeting the Elderly With Old-School Tech

Ok, let's deal with abouy 80% of the dollars scammed out of retirees the past 30 years.

"What are you doing?"

"I'm putting a child block on all your home shopping channels, grampa."

These things specialize in convincing the lonely elderly the hosts are their friends, with peals of joy and friendship when purchases are made. Look! She likes me!

Spend thousands a week, blow thru $20,000 of savings in a month.

To quote a wise opinion on the subject from several years ago, "Kill yourselves."

"That's not very funny!"

"I'm not trying to be funny. Kill yourselves."

Comment: Re:Ah, Damnit... (Score 1) 492

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49137143) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

Ya, but who says phones want ugly, flat icons either?

Computer icon progression through the years:

1. Crappy line drawings done by a programmer at his desk.
2. Fancy, artsy drawings by a pro
3. 3D rendered pictures
4. 3D rendered animations

And now...

5. Back to simple line drawings some progammer did at his desk in 10 minutes. Download folder icon?


Comment: Re: Screw your laws (Score 4, Insightful) 192

Are you really that naive? Give for free, get a "good" name, be made legal, "paper".

With companies like Uber capitalism has really hit rock bottom. No products, no innovation, just a parasitic entity, forcibly trying to become a middle-man in all transactions.

What kind of Bizarro Superman world do you live in? What's happening in Seoul is the exact opposite of capitalism in a free market.

The government is chasing out the new competition at the behest of the sclerotic old, and is actually handing their business model over to connected cronies.


Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10 492

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-sir-I-don't-like-it dept.
jones_supa writes A lot of people got upset about the flat looks of Modern UI presented in Windows 8. Recent builds of Windows 10 Technical Preview have now started replacing the shell icons, and to some people they are just too much to bear. Basically, Microsoft opted to change the icons in search of a fresh and modern look, but there are plenty of people out there who claim that all these new icons are actually very ugly and the company would better stick to the previous design. To find out what people think about these icons, Softpedia asked its readers to tell their opinion and the messages received in the last couple of days pretty much speak for themselves. There are only few testers who think that these icons look good, but the majority wants Microsoft to change them before the final version of the operating system comes out.

Comment: Re:post-US Constituiton (Score 4, Insightful) 55

Compared to all the other bs out there, it was fine. The error was in not extending these fundamental rights to everyone, not in the basic concepts of those rights themselves, which still exceed those around the world. Witness European nations outlawing blasphemy and other free speech issues that would be laughed out of court here.

I'll take this over any other concept of government, thanks.

Comment: Re:Why not open source wolfram alpha? (Score 1) 210

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49076529) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Stephen Wolfram a Question

Well, a blackbox proof is useful -- a doubter can submit something that generates an error.

If I were him, I'd strike a deal with Google.for all the formulae they've come across.

For that matter, there are other math engines, and probably an alternate development one in-house, and you can test them against each other with random inputs until you find a discrepancy.

I've done that myself with algorithms several times -- the "real" one against another, less-efficient and different one.

They debug each other. It's my experience code inspection is a useful but inferior tool to this approach (for non-malicious discrepancies.)

Avoid strange women and temporary variables.