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Comment: We will have an accurate progress bar when ... (Score 3, Insightful) 736

by Phantasmagoria (#42879931) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?

... when we solve the halting problem. I'm not entirely joking. The main problem with progress bars is that, quite often, it is not possible to accurately estimate how much time is needed to complete a problem (i.e. for the program to halt).

Comment: Bon Voyage (Score 1) 1521

by Phantasmagoria (#37232022) Attached to: Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

I discovered your site through my roommate back in '97 a little after I joined university. It's been my default page, locked tab, checking-if-internet-is-working site ever since. I now frequent many other blogs, news sites, social networks, etc. But I always come back to Slashdot every day. I'm mostly a lurker but for some reason or the other, signed up early (probably because at that time one could sign up for everything without worry).

I hadn't realized it's been 14 years. Bon Voyage CmdrTaco, good luck in your new endeavors.

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Poole To Zuckerberg: You’re Doing It Wrong 371

Posted by CmdrTaco
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An anonymous reader writes "At South by Southwest Interactive 2011 in Austin, Texas this week, 4chan founder Christopher Poole (also known as 'moot') took the stage to talk about various online issues. One of these was how important anonymity is on the Internet and how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg doesn't get it."

Comment: Re:Portal 2! (Score 2, Informative) 110

by Phantasmagoria (#33299252) Attached to: <em>Portal 2</em> Gets Release Date

By turning off the sound and music, you ruined part of the experience. A lot of what people appreciated about the game WAS the story. The way it starts out as a simple puzzle game, but then as you play you realize that there actually is a story, especially with the hidden rooms that you find. If you just rush through a game without looking around or appreciating the full experience, you'll get a distilled, boring, output, as you did.

Comment: If you didn't get "non-pharma drug provider" ... (Score 1) 637

Here's a hint: "non-pharma" = "recreational" :-D

In my case, what I would definitely NOT let lapse is my utilities service. Gotta have water and electricity. Either that, or house payments / rent. If you have a home, you can live, and go elsewhere for everything else.

Refreshed by a brief blackout, I got to my feet and went next door. -- Martin Amis, _Money_

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