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Comment: Re:This is offensive (Score 1) 89

by J-1000 (#47522539) Attached to: Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

In summary: I don't necessarily think it is offensive to say that bugs are coded by developers, because they are. However, it is offensive to say that they are responsible for the bugs without taking into account the broader context in which they are working (and indeed, saying they are responsible for the bugs still doesn't necessarily mean that they are in some way wrong or deficient for entering a bug. People - even brilliant people - can and do make mistakes, and that is why review processes do (or should) exist.

Yes, that's a good way to put it. I wonder if they considered attaching biometric probes to managers to find out when they are most likely to come up with stupid ideas? :)

Comment: Re:Well duh (Score 1) 477

by J-1000 (#46925813) Attached to: Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

You hit the nail on the head, but you missed a few things. On most dedicated Blu-ray players the load times are hideous, as are the menu response times. And that's on top of all the unskippable preview nonsense. And there's seemingly no standard way to control playback features, so you're at the whims of whatever overblown, backwards menu system the producer came up with. It's the same problems DVDs had, amplified. And finally, if you so much as fart in the general direction of a Blu-ray disc it will develop a skip. That can't be good for collectors.

One of the few handy features Blu-ray brings to the table is the ability to resume playback, which only seems to work on occasion.

Comment: Re:Milk that cow! (Score 1) 202

by J-1000 (#46816649) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

I wonder now if we aren't gradually trading one bad situation for another. With each service getting more and more exclusive content, I hope we don't end up needing ten different $15 subscriptions just to see the shows we want.

Don't get me wrong, it would still beat the pants off cable. You could always subscribe for a month, binge watch your show, then cancel until they release something else you're interested in.

Comment: Re:they do not "let" netflix (Score 1) 490

by J-1000 (#46587969) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?
Correct, the studios can't stop DVD rentals. But they can stop this "virtual DVD" proposition brought up in the article. Why would the studios allow something that makes DVD rentals cheaper and more convenient, when their true desire is for them to DIE DIE DIE? The only possible way to make it happen would be if the cost savings went directly to the studios. But even then, it's supporting a model (rental) that they fundamentally dislike.

Comment: Re:so what does it do? (Score 2) 103

by J-1000 (#46519833) Attached to: Google Unveils Android Wear

I don't even wear a dumb watch, so this is probably not for me, but...

  • - It could display incoming text messages
  • - It could allow you to mute your phone without taking it out, unlocking it, etc. (handy for meetings)
  • - It could allow quick access to Google Now voice commands
  • - It's probably great for GPS navigation while on foot or on a bike
  • - It could play/pause/skip music tracks
  • - It could initiate speakerphone and/or Bluetooth calls

These are all just assumptions. I have no idea what features this thing really has. All would be pretty handy though.

Comment: Re:Fly over the middle of the US sometime (Score 1) 334

by J-1000 (#46503239) Attached to: Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"
There is a lot more room than most people think, but technology can't stop math. If people stop dying, you run out of room, unless you prevent births. And technology could also drastically increase the birth rate, making things worse. Granted we are talking about a problem that is eons away, but once we get around to eliminating death we better be well on our way to populating other planets.

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 273

by J-1000 (#46111901) Attached to: UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

I don't know about 10 years ago specifically, and I don't use the entire Office suite, but I really like the current versions of Outlook and Excel. Outlook's view customization is nice, the searching is instantaneous, and the formatting is so quick and works so well that Outlook has become my repository for half-baked ideas and notes. (OneNote is my repository for more permanent notes.) If I need to remember something, or if I need a place to save a screenshot along with some text, I just open a new email, paste and type a bit, then close it. I can search for it instantly later on if and when I need it.

I love Excel's "Format as Table" command for quickly formatting, sorting, and filtering chunks of data that don't take up the entire sheet.

I use these features all the time.

While I can't sit here and do a quantitative analysis about why Office is superior to the open source options, I can say that I really, really like the stuff I'm currently using. I even like the ribbon!

Comment: Re:Cheap architecture + short cuts = DOOM (Score 1) 250

by J-1000 (#45944911) Attached to: Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack
For many businesses, there needs to be a way to queue transactions in cases where the credit processor is unavailable. Otherwise a simple internet outage will shut down your business. Are there readers that can do this? If not, the black box setup isn't going to work well in a lot of cases.

"Life, loathe it or ignore it, you can't like it." -- Marvin the paranoid android