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Comment: Re:Heh, slow news day. Here's your answer... (Score 1) 295

by Quirkz (#49283039) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?

I like keeping host and registrar separate. That way if something goes wrong with the host (and I've had lots of bad experiences with hosts, some of which may be due to being poor and looking too cheap during the 90's and 2000's) it's easier to move the domain somewhere else.

Registrar services are generally straightforward and low interaction, while hosting services may require frequent interaction and can really depend on quality technical support. They're different enough in my experience that you don't necessarily need or want the same company doing both.

Comment: Re:Not Surprised (Score 1) 59

by Quirkz (#49282897) Attached to: New Site Mocks Bad Artwork On Ebook Covers

That's true. The author often has little input on the cover design, and "how to get published" guides warn aspiring authors that bringing up cover ideas as part of a novel's pitch is a good way to reduce interest, because it's both stepping on toes as well as getting ahead of yourself. With these ebooks, though, it seems they're in the realm of the self-published so the author has either had to do it themselves or contract it out, possibly to someone else who isn't really an expert.

Comment: Re:EA got too greedy (as usual) (Score 2) 256

by Quirkz (#49279551) Attached to: SimCity's Empire Has Fallen and Skylines Is Picking Up the Pieces

I generally don't mind everything that comes with Steam (it's DRM, but it's got more conveniences than it gets in my way), but their last update to the engine borked something and now several of my games won't launch. I tried the self-help recommendations that didn't fix the issue, then submitted a ticket. 10 days later, they still haven't bothered to respond to me. That's honestly bad enough that I'm starting to reconsider how "safe" their service is.

I haven't tried anything as drastic as reinstalling the whole Steam engine, but the level of support is extremely disappointing.

Comment: Re:William Gibson (Score 1) 104

by Quirkz (#49235911) Attached to: Some of the Greatest Science Fiction Novels Are Fix-Ups

The first two Discworld books are woven stories

Didn't know that, but I can remember thinking the string of adventures was particularly episodic and, well, strung together. I chalked it up to youthfulness and perhaps trying to mimic older style adventure books, but this explains a lot of it.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 392

by Quirkz (#49227419) Attached to: Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's Proprietary Connectors?

Yeah, I was just talking to my brother aboutthis. I went through a couple of the original MacBooks back in the day, when it was the low-end, low-price version compared to the Pro. I was kind of annoyed when we were in the market for another laptop a few years ago and realized the MacBook had been discontinued in favor of the Air, and I now had to choose between "paying more for performance" with the Pro or "paying more for miniaturization" with the Air, when I didn't care about either and preferred to just pay less for a low-end model.

Bringing it back now, it's in a very weird spot. The MacBook is more expensive than the Air. It's *thinner and lighter* than the Air. It's also more expensive than the low-end Pro, and equally priced against the mid-range Pro that's got a lot more stuff. Only the high-end Pro is more expensive. You know you've got a branding problem when your Air isn't the lightest and your Pro isn't the most expensive in the line.

My brother's main argument boiled down to "it's gold."

I can only assume given a few iterations of product this will settle back out to something sensible, but it's as confusing as heck. (Just like last night, when the paint store wanted me to choose between ultra and premium, or when McDonald's small drink was a medium and its large was an extra, and they'd correct you if you tried to order the small.)

Comment: Re:You get used to it. (Score 1) 135

by Quirkz (#49149911) Attached to: Adjusting To a Martian Day More Difficult Than Expected

In college during one spring break I unintentionally went on a 27-hour cycle and rotated through an entire week, 3 hours per day. And that's with actual sunlight still in the sky to theoretically keep me in line. I was pretty happy being up 17 hours and sleeping 10 (or 18/9) without much trouble, other than not always having a way to get something to eat when I was hungry.

An extra 40 minutes sounds relatively minor, especially if the whole world is on the same schedule. I'd say wake 20/sleep 20, or, if it's really that exhausting, just sleep the extra 40.

Comment: Re:One thing for sure (Score 2) 531

by Quirkz (#49141993) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

I think saying Asimov's writing demonstrates the laws are bad is an oversimplification, at best. He used the laws to create and guide interesting logical and philosophical problems that could be worked out through the story. I always saw them as more like rules of a game that had to be followed rather than being presented as ideas that were simply bad.

Comment: Re:Attitude (Score 1) 286

by Quirkz (#49137473) Attached to: An Evidence-Based Approach To Online Dating

Don't want to pester you, but I still haven't seen a way to send you the book. Just let me know.

I think you and I are nearly the same age. The novel's set in Chicago in the late 90's during the dot-com boom and bust, just when I got out of college. The dating scenarios may be appropriate to you now, but the tech world ought to be familiar to you, too.

Comment: Re:Take your space (Score 1) 290

by Quirkz (#49120387) Attached to: How Walking With Smartphones May Have Changed Pedestrian Etiquette

I live in a small touristy town with a lot of visitors and window shoppers. Sidewalk navigation is unpredictable at best. Sudden stops, people veering from one side or the other to look at something, the odd dance where they step forward to look, then backward to take it all in, thus blocking traffic in both directions. We also get a lot of families who apparently think if they're not walking side-by-side they'll get separated and lost or something and refuse to scoot over for oncoming walkers. I'm usually more interested in getting by, and thus skip around the far side of parking meters or into the road itself if there's room, but I've often been tempted to just hold my place and see if they run straight into me.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown