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Comment: Re:What does it say about you? (Score 1, Troll) 461

by RJFerret (#49683757) Attached to: Does Using an AOL Email Address Suggest You're a Tech Dinosaur?

Maintaining a consistent email address? Good.

Using a service that scans your correspondence to market directly to you? Bad.

People who value their, and my, privacy? Good.

I'd rather communicate with an AOL user than gmail user, and I'm not an overly private individual.

Worse is a company like Google opening up that door encourages other companies to start scanning what was previously considered private.

Comment: Re:Blackberry. (Score 1) 484

by RJFerret (#49552437) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

I'd say the OnePlus One which comes with CyanogenMod already. No extras, no gop, all the good parts of Android without extras, it just works and is less expensive.

Otherwise, any of the phones that have CyanogenMod available for them, but that requires the user download and click an app along with running windows software to install, so easier to just buy the phone that uses it directly.

Comment: Old concept. (Score 1) 394

by RJFerret (#49395199) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?

Wastebook? Isn't that right in with MyFace?

I don't know any using either anymore. Folks have moved on.

People also seem to be interacting more, instead of avoiding each other and lying online.

Life has also gotten simpler again, instead of needing to try to contact someone on Twitter, SMS, email and phone, you can just shoot them a message on Google+ and whichever way they prefer to keep notified is what gets pinged.

Ivory towers are useless, all these things had their shelf life.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 3, Insightful) 157

by RJFerret (#49230857) Attached to: Strange Stars Pulse To the Golden Mean

Actually most systems are chaotic, not like this star, or the other stars also exhibiting this behavior. In fact researchers had been seeking such behavior somewhere, and produced it in a lab just to see it happen at all.

One theory is that it's inherent stability is the result of self selection.

I just skimmed the article as nighttime reading so forgive (and correct) misinterpretations please.

Comment: Re:to pull a weed, start at the root. (Score 1) 223

by RJFerret (#48981879) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Gaining Control of My Mobile Browser?

AdAway is more convenient, but you can also copy your Hosts file from your Windows box to block ads in Android, you do have to convert appropriate LFs for *nix obviously. I have custom items in my Hosts file, so this is what I did.

A side benefit is it functions in all the browsers on my 'droid, Firefox, and any of the others that I never use.

Comment: Re: Because it sucks (Score 3, Informative) 210

by RJFerret (#48872241) Attached to: Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

Heck no, the whole benefit of G+ is the privacy, not spamming people you care about with things they don't, control.

it's great there isn't a ton of useless public content there, there is no noise, all signal. I post multiple times daily, but nobody knows that since only the relevant people can see the message.

It's replaced email, texting, twitter, phoning, become an actul useful communication medium with nothing to complain about.

Comment: Silence (Score 1) 790

by RJFerret (#48787225) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

When planes were grounded for Sept. 11th, I went out hiking in the largest natural area around (to get away from road noise) and heard something I'd never heard my entire life, the closest I'd come was underground caving.

I currently hear the whine of LED lights, hum of fans, the fridge, a plane, road noise, not counting neighbors' direct noises (car doors, thankfully not too many pets, and the like).

Comment: Re: Simplest is best (Score 1) 259

by RJFerret (#48596311) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

This. Structure based on how you tend to look for things. For example, I put trip photos in their own folder as I associate them with a trip. Photos that fit a subject go in an appropriate main folder. I'm an ISTx MBTI type so name things literally which also helps search. Not only do I have pics dating back to the 80s but also was a professional video editor starting with one of the first broadcast quality non-linear editing systems, meaning being able to find a visual by name from scrolling, as no search. So I give everything a descriptive name and iterate based on revisions, a habit from my image editing days. This makes easy to find what you are looking for in specific resolutions or treatments.

Comment: Re:You're Doing It Wrong (Score 1) 567

by RJFerret (#48574407) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Regardless though, unless your monitor is filling your entire field of view those limits are irrelevant.


I guess this reinforces you couldn't see the first point. And yes, the width of my screens is greater than my possible vertical view. No, my monitor can't be too close, I'm old--thanks for that reminder. Also, physically there's a keyboard, touchpad, mouse, edge of desk, between me and any display. In the future, reading glasses could technically permit a closer monitor, but further reduce the vertical range of vision, especially bifocals.

Note, this all presumes you are human, if you are a spider, with some eyes above others rather than side by side, you'd still have a greater horizontal field of view than vertical, although fewer issues with your carapace physically obstructing your view.

Once it hits the fan, the only rational choice is to sweep it up, package it, and sell it as fertilizer.