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Comment: Regular bet writ large to make interesting news? (Score 2) 74

by Ocker3 (#47858481) Attached to: $10 Bet Brings Researchers Closer to Industrial Scale Graphene Production
I'm betting that the bet in the story is either a fiction (to get journalists to cover the story) or a regular part of some lab's cultures "That'll Never work!" "Bet you it will!" "How Much" "10 gets you 100, I'll put it in writing" "You're on!" "Ooh, that's interesting..."

Comment: Re:Vendor vs In House (Score 1) 209

by Ocker3 (#47578719) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?
Also, don't just Ask the end users, actually watch them work. Google, MS, Apple, etc., they actually setup labs and watch how people interact with their products. That way you can See if they're having problems with your software, you don't have to rely on the problem being big enough for them to remember and write it down. Some/many users don't want to seem stupid and ask silly questions.

Comment: Re:Wouldn't someone think of the children? (Score 3, Insightful) 294

by Ocker3 (#45817235) Attached to: Parents' Campaign Leads To Wi-Fi Ban In New Zealand School
Having Ethernet cables running all over the place is probably a greater measurable hazard than the WiFi. Tripping over a cable and injuring yourself Is a real danger, most workplaces are required to cover any cables running over the floor with heavy rubber mats or something like that. Or they could put in cable boxes into the floor of the rooms, very expensive, and very limiting to room geometry, which teachers Love to change!

Comment: Re:Slashdot being a prime example of bad (Score 1) 382

by Ocker3 (#45774613) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?
I agree. The user should be allowed control of their experience, autodetect is often broken. Some pages I'm subscribed to on FB love to post links to mobile news sites, possibly because think their followers are mostly mobile. But for someone like me who prefers grunty desktops, I have to keep editing the URL. We need browser-based options to turn auto-detect on and off. Website-based ones would require logins, which wouldn't help your private browsing needs, and then you'd have to set it for Every site!

Much simpler to set it once in your browser.

Comment: Re:So what'll we do with half a trillion dollars? (Score 1) 389

by Ocker3 (#45230981) Attached to: Autonomous Cars Will Save Money and Lives
Exactly, self-driving cars aren't a replacment for taxis, not with the current level of technology. We're not talking Jonny Cabs from Total Recall yet, we're looking at reducing the amount of effort the average commuter needs to get from point A to B. I wonder if self-driving cars would allow better ride-sharing arrangements?

"A child is a person who can't understand why someone would give away a perfectly good kitten." -- Doug Larson