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Comment: Re:If you love Windows, you'll love Surface (Score 1) 146

by Missing.Matter (#46832867) Attached to: iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

If you're really in love with Windows, then buy a Surface.

Maybe you missed this part of his post? "Personally, I bought the Surface 2 (not pro) last Christmas"

For everyone else there's the iPad, the only device that actually holds its value over time.

If by "holds its value" you mean "can be sold to suckers for a high price" then yeah, I agree with you. I sold my first generation iPad two and a half years after I bought it for $300. I only paid $500 for it.

But the reason I sold it in the first place is because it was a piece of shit. Absolutely did not hold its "value" for me as a computing device. After successive updates it became increasingly slower, core apps like safari and Youtube crashed all the time, third party apps like Netflix and MLB At Bat crashed all the time, games were completely unplayable. My wife has an iPad 2 and she would make fun of my iPad 1. But now hers is suffering the same fate as mine, just around the same point in its lifecycle.

Comment: Re: (Score 1) 298

by Missing.Matter (#46825917) Attached to: Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage
From the transcript, here is the argument the cable companies are giving that distinguishes the two. From pages 16-17:

But the reason there's a fundamental difference between the RS DVR at issue in CableVision and what Aereo provides is, as Justice Alito alluded to, the fact that there's a license in the CableVision context to get the initial performance to the public. And so then I think appropriately the focus in the CableVision context becomes just the playback feature and just the timeshifting that's enabled by that. And in that context, if you focus only on that, then the RS DVR looks a lot like a locker service where you have to come in with the content before you can get content out and you only get back the same content. And here is what really I think Aereo is like. Aereo is like if CableVision, having won in the Second Circuit, decides: Whew, we won, so guess what? Going forward, we're going to dispense with all these licenses, and we are just going to try to tell people we are just an RS DVR, that's all we are, and never mind that we don't have any licensed ability to get the broadcast in the first instance, and we're going to provide it to individual users, and it's all going to be because they push buttons and not because we push buttons. If that were the hypothetical, I don't know how that wouldn't be the clearest violation of the 1976 Act.

Comment: Re:Graphic design geniuses too (Score 1) 348

by Missing.Matter (#46816513) Attached to: Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced
Actually, they went out of their way to make the website look so bad and added a snarky, unprofessional comment about "web hipsters" to play that fact up. If they had spent less time on the site it would have actually looked better. This is completely disregarding the fact that making a decent looking site takes maybe half an hour. The website they created completely *distracts* from the project.

Instead we have yet another open source project run by myopic developers. You know, people who want to develop, and only want to develop. Ancillary things like project maintenance, management, and fund raising are those not fun, boring things that developers don't want to do.... and which got OpenSSL into trouble in the first place.

Comment: Re:Graphic design geniuses too (Score 4, Insightful) 348

by Missing.Matter (#46814235) Attached to: Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced
Typefaces by their nature are designed to convey a specific emotions. It's the whole reason we don't simply convey written information in one fixed typeface; some are more appropriate than others given the situation.

Comic Sans in particular is designed to imitate comic book lettering. It's not particularly professional. In the wake of the OpenSSL bug, many people were questioning open source in general, saying (not rightfully, but saying nonetheless) that the Heartbleed bug was caused by a bunch of amateur volunteers. i.e. open source is not developed by professionals. Comic Sans doesn't exactly inspire confidence for people who now view the open source development model as dubious.

Comment: Definitely didn't starve during gradschool (Score 1) 389

by Missing.Matter (#46796437) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?
I recently graduated from gradschool in computer engineering. I had a $30k per year stipend on top of my tuition remission (18 credits per year totaling $25k ). Lived in a 1200 sq. ft. 2 bed/2 bath apartment for 5 years. If you're starving during grad school you're probably in the humanities or doing it wrong.

Comment: Re:Personally (Score 2) 641

by Missing.Matter (#46693775) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Windows 8 is even more expensive to buy a worthwhile edition of.

Windows 8 Pro costs less in fact (£110), and if you can live without Hyper-V or Bitlocker (which you obviously are living in XP world) you can go with normal Windows 8 for (£72.99). This is all besides the point that calling ~£100 for an OS that will last ~10 years "horrific" is a pretty gross exaggeration.

Comment: Re:Not about greatness (Score 2) 641

by Missing.Matter (#46693599) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP
Sounds more like your fuckup. Windows 7 was released ~4.5 years ago, and you didn't see it on the horizon? Not only that, Windows Vista was on SP2 in 2009 and the issues which earned its reputation were largely fixed. The biggest problems with Vista were poor performance on low-spec machines and over-zealous UAC. New hardware with enough RAM fixed issue 1, and UAC was appropriately adjusted with SP1. When Windows 7 was released, many pointed out that the differences between Vista and 7 were mostly cosmetic, which is true to a point.

So to me it seems like you weren't paying attention and were allowing your own biases to feed your decision, which is why you're stuck on XP today. Sounds like you're going to make the same mistake again, because Windows 8 is empirically better than Windows 7 in terms of performance, stability, resource usage, and security. 100% of the complaints relate to UI, and I don't know if you've seen the news but the start menu is returning for you. Try to stay on top of things so this doesn't happen to you again!

Comment: Re:I'm not entirely sure how it merited a patent i (Score 1) 408

by Missing.Matter (#46693197) Attached to: Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?
Even all three elements isn't enough to convict.You can prove all three, but a good jury also needs evidence the accused actually did it. I.e. You can have means motive and opportunity and still not be the actual criminal. That's not to say people don't get convicted for as much, but logically you need more.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 226

by Missing.Matter (#46688523) Attached to: Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?
The way it works is as a student, you sign up for an account, and then you have to verify your student status. Students can do this with a "dated student ID, current progress report, current dated class schedule, or acceptance letter to the school of higher education". You send that info to MS and then they activate your account. Basically the same way the Amazon Prime student discount works.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 226

by Missing.Matter (#46687349) Attached to: Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?
First, your school doesn't need to be "part" of the program. Any student in an accredited program can gain access to the basic dreamspark. This includes tools like full visual studio. If the school is part of the program, they additionally gain access to software, like full Windows licenses for free.

Second, most of the software on dreamspark is available outside if the program for free. The main draw of dreamspark is full visual studio licenses. If you want the Kinect SDK or ms robotics studio for instance, there is no need to sign up for dreamspark. I'm assuming a kid in primary school learning the basics doesn't really need enterprise-class developer tools. They might try for instance small basic, which is provided by MS outside of dreamspark. By the time they actually *need* VS, they'll be eligible for the program.

Comment: Re:Knowing that programming is a thing (Score 1) 226

by Missing.Matter (#46686301) Attached to: Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

If a user sees that a programming app is already installed, he or she may try it one day while bored for poops and giggles.

Or he/she may open it, be instantly confused, and then close it immediately.

Otherwise, the user will have to know in advance that he wants to "do programming".

I don't think this is a huge barrier. There are so many ways kids can stumble upon what programming is, to say nothing about the various efforts to intentionally expose them to such concepts.

Comment: Re:Microsoft does not want kids coding... (Score 1) 226

by Missing.Matter (#46684845) Attached to: Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?
9/10 times, these days when a student wants to discover something they consult the internet first. Slashdotter's ignorance of the above software is more willful than anything else. It's quite obvious the dtjohnson was happier to go on a rant about his perception of Microsoft rather than actually investigate the validity of his assumptions.

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson