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Comment: Re:I stopped using Chrome (Score 4, Interesting) 260

by Lee_Dailey (#45359805) Attached to: Google To Block Local Chrome Extensions On Windows Starting In January

howdy y'all,

the google folks are aware of the upcoming "australis" abomination and are not worried about firefox at all. [*sigh ...*]

the firefox devs are crippling the addon system, crippling the customization system, removing the addon bar/status bar, blocking putting icons anywhere other than on the navigation toolbar, and generally ripping out the things that make firefox so completely customizable.

all this in the name of "simplicity" and "making customization more accessible to more users".

actually, it's being done in the name of stripping out things they don't like to maintain while still adding all that developer tools stuff that otta be in an extension.

i suspect that i will switch to seamonkey when australis comes out on firefox.

take care,

Comment: far too much wasted space - poor handling of text (Score 1) 1191

by Lee_Dailey (#45008281) Attached to: Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

howdy y'all,

problems ...
- far too much wasted space
the right-hand 3/5ths of the screen is taken up by non-story stuff.
- even more wasted space
i'm seeing a 2 cm wide border area on both the right and the left sides. why waste that space?
- poor handing of text zoom
i have poor vision and the site STILL goes wonky when the text zoom is set to anything higher than 100%. i usually browse at 120% or even 140%.
- front page summaries are not shown
that is also quite annoying in that i can't tell when someone has been ego-masturbating with the title. usually, the summary gives a hint about the quality of the title ... and thus the article.

take care,

Comment: what RAM bloat? (Score 1) 152

by Lee_Dailey (#44882307) Attached to: Firefox 24 Arrives: WebRTC Support and NFC Sharing On Android

howdy y'all,

i'm running ff23.0.1 and it's using 1/4 gig right now. i've been online for several hours, visited /., 9gag, reddit, mozillazine, bbc, etc. ... and still never more than an occasional blip up to a 1/2 gig. this is also a pretty tweaked profile with 50 [yes, really! [*grin*]] extensions.

folks who are seeing huge chunks of ram being used by firefox "while not doing anything" are seeing a _very_ different experience from mine. i always think of doing tech support ... "no! i didn't install anything new!" ... when i read things like those posts.

take care,

+ - Physicists Discover Geometry Underlying Particle Physics->

Submitted by Lee_Dailey
Lee_Dailey (622542) writes "Physicists have discovered a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality.

“This is completely new and very much simpler than anything that has been done before,” said Andrew Hodges, a mathematical physicist at Oxford University who has been following the work."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Already Been Invented: Fired Ceramic Tablets (Score 1) 277

by Lee_Dailey (#44185017) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Permanent Preservation of Human Knowledge?

howdy MozeeToby,

your post reminded me of this story ...
Footfall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footfall

the Fithp got their uplift from engraved stone objects [Thuktunthp] that had a bunch of tech info and a general path for it's use.

take care,

Comment: Re:Wisdom of the paranoid ages (Score 3, Informative) 193

by Lee_Dailey (#43762465) Attached to: UK Consumers Reporting Contactless Payment Errors

howdy y'all,

is tin foil available any more? i looked the other day and only found aluminum foil. i have an old roll of tin foil stashed in the back of one of my closets that i got from my mom when i 1st went to college. i aint seen any _tin_ foil in decades ...

take care,

Comment: article title written by apparent moron ... (Score 0, Flamebait) 329

by Lee_Dailey (#43693785) Attached to: The Days of Cheap, Subsidized Phones May Be Numbered

howdy y'all,

so, when did the article title writer ever look over a contract? or set up a budget? or compare the actual costs of an item from multiple sources?

as others have pointed out subsidized DOES NOT necessarily equal cheap. it frequently equals really expensive when you include all of the costs.

what a dingleberry ... [*sigh ...*]

take care,

Comment: 1st thot = harriman from RAHs tMWStM (Score 1) 215

by Lee_Dailey (#43308601) Attached to: The Man Who Sold Shares of Himself

howdy y'all,

the 1st thot i had on reading the title was the RAH story "the man who sold the moon". this ...
The Man Who Sold the Moon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Sold_the_Moon
Harriman intends to be on the ship, but the majority owners of the venture object to his presence on the flight; he is too valuable to the company to risk in space. The rocket leaves without Harriman, who "looks as Moses must have looked, when he gazed out over the promised land."

always makes me sad when i re-read that story. at least in "requiem" the old, soon-to-die harriman finally got to the moon.

the way other characterss interfered with the harrimans life dream of going to the moon is fairly similar to what this guy seems to have run into. not quite to the same degree, perhaps ... [*grin*]

take care,

Comment: Re:Break Their Legs and Put Them in the Everglades (Score 1) 235

by Lee_Dailey (#42997393) Attached to: 'This Is Your Second and Final Notice' Robocallers Revealed

howdy y'all,

this is my fave way that telemarketers are dealt with. well, it's science fiction, but the idea is _delightful_! [*grin*] take a look at the 3rd paragraph here ...
Sluggy Freelance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sluggy_Freelance#Other_guest_strips_and_crossovers
"Also, the first two novels of Ringo's distant-future Council Wars series have appearances by an irascible, treacherous, switchblade-toting, telemarketer-hating AI in a rabbit-shaped body—created by a long-dead fan of an unnamed 20th-century webcomic."

yes, kill them all. slowly if possible. with lots of screams, recorded and published on the internet for all to enjoy.

take care,

Comment: R. X. Cringely's take on this (Score 1) 192

by Lee_Dailey (#39874279) Attached to: IBM Offers Retirement With Job Guarantee Through 2013

howdy y'all,

take a look at this set of articles by the original Cringely.
- Not your father's IBM (I, Cringely - Cringely on technology)

it's a very well thot out condemnation of ibm and it's planned 75% north america emloyee count reduction. definitely bean counters doing their usual "forest for the trees" gutting of a company.

take care,

Comment: Re:Fantastic (Score 1) 43

by Lee_Dailey (#39874179) Attached to: GNU Media Goblin 0.3.0 Released

howdy mcgrew (92797),

actually, i always loved the name TWAIN. it's such a delightfully snarky acronym. as it was explained in the docs for the 1st scanner i ever set up it stands for ...
Technology Without An Interesting Name

i don't see the "stupid" here that you see. aint it nice that folks are so different? [*grin*]

take care,

Comment: Re:Need some kind of disincentive in the water. (Score 2) 112

by Lee_Dailey (#39462439) Attached to: Militarizing Your Backyard With Python and AI

howdy y'all,

in addition to the chemicals mentioned above, _really_ cheap perfume works quite well. i use it to chase the danged feather rats [aka - pigeons] away from my bedroom window. my neighbor uses it to zap dogs and cats when he finds them mucking around with his plants. doesn't take much usually 4 units of water to one of el cheapo perfume. those pump action swimming pool guns work nicely.

take care,

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.