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Comment: Re:Some People (Score 1) 728

by PlazMan (#34470100) Attached to: A Nude Awakening — the TSA and Privacy

You have already been proven wrong multiple times. The passengers of United 93 had just scraps of information about what was likely going to happen to them, yet they chose to try to take back the plane from the hijackers. In both the "shoe bomber" and "underwear bomber" cases, passengers were instrumental in taking out the threat. Most people know now that the most likely outcome of a terrorist taking control of a plane is that they are all going to die, so they will do whatever it takes to prevent that once the threat is identified.

Sure, there are going to be plenty of sheeple who are going to be paralyzed with fear and wet their pants instead of taking action. Those are probably the same ones who thought that having their genitals groped and scanned was going to keep them safe.

Comment: Forgot one option (Score 2, Funny) 201

by PlazMan (#34041586) Attached to: Information Rage Coming Soon To an Office Near You

Ohhhh... BullSHIT. Total Bullshit.

Anybody working in IT knows that when we say we don't have enough time, most often we fucking mean it.

The problem is not how we use time, the problem is the goddamn Scotty Effect. Clueless project managers and executives just look at us and assume:

1) We are lying.
2) We are padding our time estimates to look good.
3) It's easier than what we are saying it is
4) IT are a bunch of whiny overpaid bitches and why have we not outsourced this to India yet?

5) We spend much of our day reading Slashdot.

Classic Games (Games)

Interactive Text Adventures Come To the Kindle 84

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-are-likely-to-eat-some-glue dept.
dotarray writes with news that Amazon's Kindle will now play text-based adventure games, such as Zork. From the article: "... And it makes a ridiculous amount of sense: text is gorgeous and easily-readable on the e-ink screens, the lack of color isn’t a problem, and – let’s face it – the sort of people who are likely to buy an e-reader are exactly the sort of people who are likely to love vintage games. ... The developers have also integrated a save-game feature so you can pick up where you left off, using Amazon’s Whispernet feature – and promise that they are looking to put more modern Z-machine games into the system, too. (Squee!) Unfortunately, it’s not perfect. The Zork family of games are notoriously frustrating (even when you’re not eaten by a Grue), and the Kindle’s text entry system doesn’t help with that, especially when entering numbers. A full keyboard would make things more fluid, but – really – if you want that, why not just play on your PC?"
Software

Ubuntu Replaces F-Spot With Shotwell 361

Posted by timothy
from the such-pretty-pictures dept.
climenole writes "Finally! The much discussed F-Spot vs. Shotwell battle is over. The new default image organizer app for Ubuntu Maverick 10.10 is going to be Shotwell. This is a much-needed change; F-Spot was simply not enough. Most of the times when I tried F-Spot, it just keeps crashing on me. Shotwell on the other hand feels a lot more solid and is better integrated with the GNOME desktop. Shotwell is also completely devoid of Mono."

Comment: Re:Power? (Score 1) 199

by PlazMan (#30720348) Attached to: New Color E-Reader Tech To Challenge E-Ink Dominance

So maybe someone who owns a Kindle or a Nook can answer me something that has bugged me for a while: Why on earth do these things appear to have screensavers? By changing the image when the machine is idle, doesn't a screensaver actually drain the battery where normally there would be no drain at all? Does an e-ink screen really need to be "saved" (i.e. will it burn out/burn in)?

As far as I can tell from my Kindle, there is no need to "save the screen". It is simply providing a visual indication that it has entered a mode where button presses will be ignored - which is nice since a few inadvertent clicks can cause you to lose your place in whatever you are reading. The power consumed to throw up an image when it goes into this state is pretty negligible, and I believe it offsets that by going into a lower power mode for the wireless connection while in this state. The only way to get out of this state is to activate a slider switch, so there's little to no risk of accidentally flipping pages due to it getting jostled around in a backpack.

That said, I really with it had the ability to increase the time-out or disable the screen saver entirely since I use my Kindle for displaying approach plates while flying and it is really aggravating when I'm in the middle of an approach and it decides to show me a picture of Jane Austen instead of the route that I'm flying.

Comment: Re:They slso sold un-certified gear - and got bust (Score 1) 68

by PlazMan (#26764293) Attached to: The First Federally Certified Voting System

And realistically, wouldn't a paper ballot and a pencil be the first federally certified voting system?

Not really. There was no federal certification program until the EAC and no uniform standards. The states are basically free to make up their own rules. Delaware might decide to require everybody to vote using red crayons and the feds don't have any say.

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