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Comment: Re:Give me battery or give me death (Score 2) 85 85

I own a LaVie Z (it's actually made by NEC who have been selling it for years, but only in Japan) and the battery life is pretty good. Overall it's a very nice machine. Fast, good keyboard, good touch pad, two USB ports and a separate charging port, nice screen... About the only thing that isn't good is the sound from the speakers, but that's always going to be the case in such a small device.

I got it fit travelling, because I suffer from arthritis so carrying a bulky laptop isn't something I want to do. In the end I decided I wanted a larger screen and upgraded to the 15" X model. Both models are upgradable too. Mine was an early model that I upgraded to 802.11ac and a larger SSD with OPALv2 support.

Comment: Re:Unfair (Score 1) 232 232

So I guess in the interests of fairness you would suggesting lobotomizing everyone to bring them down to your level of stupidity?

The way to make things better is to improve them for everyone. It's kind of insane to be jealous of people who need more healthcare than you... Maybe you could hack a finger off or eat some industrial waste or something. Or, you know, try to see that helping the less fortunate is probably a good thing overall, and be glad you don't need it.

Comment: Re:Sometimes being fair requires ignoring differen (Score 1) 232 232

I may well end up not being able to work until normal retirement age due to various health issues, none of them caused by lifestyle (genetic auto-immune problems). So I've given this some though, but obviously I'm biased.

I want to work and earn for as long as I can, of course. Maybe there will even be a cure one day, although currently medical science doesn't even understand the problem. Of course, I might end up with a small pension and early retirement, and then be reliant on benefits. I hope I won't, but can't rule it out.

There are too many variables. If there is a cure one day, it might be really expensive. More expensive than I can afford perhaps, but it might be in society's interests to give it to me anyway. I find some people blame me for my condition, even though it isn't my fault, but I do kind of understand them. To them I look normal, no obvious signs of illness. They can't understand why I don't, for example, exercise more. They don't know what its like to live with this stuff, or understand why I have to be "lazy" in order to keep functioning. If I seem reluctant, they think it's just me not making an effort to look after myself, but that isn't the case. So I worry that in future there may be even less sympathy than there is now.

The human body is pretty unreliable, it seems. I don't know anyone who reached 35 without at least one major problem. It's expensive to fix too. We need to stop blaming people and figure out how to make things better for everyone, without feeling jealous that some are getting more help than others.

Comment: Re:My Plans for Firefox (Score 1) 164 164

The reality is that Firefox shouldn't be trying to go anywhere. It's a fucking web browser. If I want more bullshit in my browser...

I should have mentioned that their market share was falling too. Chrome was rising fast, and even IE didn't suck too badly by V10. So they knew that they needed to change to maintain their position, but didn't know how.

Of course market share isn't necessarily such a good metric. If the number of browser users is growing but the number of Firefox users remains static their share will drop, for example. As much as some geeks dislike it, people really seem to love Chrome. Perhaps Mozilla's mistake was in not catering to their core user base, and instead trying to be popular with causal users by copying the market leader.

Comment: Re:I remember... (Score 1) 164 164

When a tab crashes in my Chrome browser the rest are fine. Just that one tab can be restarted. It's very handy when plugins crash, for example.

64 bit support brings security enhancements. 64 bit apps can make use of various new CPU features to protect their memory and detect exploits.

Google doesn't care much about memory use I think, as far as they are concerned the browser is the OS and the tabs are apps.

Comment: Re:Your biggest screw up (Score 1) 437 437

As to fat shaming not being protected speech... it is in the US. It firmly falls under First Amendment protections.

If the KKK's racism is protected speech then fat shaming is nothing.

It stops being protected speech when it becomes harassment. Saying that fat people should be ashamed is protected. Posting pictures of specific fat people and things designed to hurt and shame them personally is not.

Comment: Re:Your biggest screw up (Score 1) 437 437

I'm not really sure what you expect from a commercial company like Reddit. Their concern is not freedom of speech (and let's be honest, fat shaming is just abuse, it's not protected free speech in most legal jurisdictions), it's getting people to use their web site. So for them the calculation is the number of people who will leave if they ban verses the number of people who will leave/not come if they don't.

Reddit has a bad rep. It's a step up from 4chan, but not much. In fact, even 4chan wouldn't tolerate the worst of it, and that had to move on to 8chan where there is no real profit motive. Anyway, Reddit is free not to host that stuff, just like I'm free not to look at it on my computer. That's not censorship, that's just Reddit/me choosing not to provide a platform for it.

People who want to shame fat people wanted a free platform from Reddit. There is no obligation to provide one. It would be like me saying to you that your business must pay for my soapbox and megaphone so I can say things you find offensive and would never support. Just because they tolerated it for a long time doesn't mean there is any right for it to continue.

Comment: Re:Unchanging UIs? Not just for old people (Score 1) 243 243

They are slowly catching up with where computing was about 20 years ago. First you had UI designers, who were responsible for making the shiny rounded buttons and skeudomorphic designs. Started out as some texturing to make windows look like they were made of metal or stone, instead of some abstract flat graphic. Those guys were glorified photoshop monkeys.

Then came UX. Real Programmers (TM) had known for decades that the way to design a good program was to figure out how people would use it. This arcane knowledge was codified into the "user experience", or "how to do common tasks". Unfortunately it was myopic, focused on finding the "best" way to do everything and then forcing everyone to do it that way. Everything has to be flat and simple, because like a child's toy you only need one big green "GO" and one big red "STOP" button and hold on professor you want TWO god damn mouse buttons now?!

Hopefully in another 10 years or so the UX people will have caught up to 1995 and be able to design interfaces that are consistent and flexible. I seem to recall that word processors peaked around then, for example.

Comment: Re:Unchanging UIs? Not just for old people (Score 1) 243 243

Online only disadvantages older people sometimes. The best deals are often online only, e.g. energy providers often give you a discount for signing up online and having paperless billing and online management. Those deals are simply not available to many older people. who could really benefit from them. Worse still the government then starts blaming people for not switching to the cheapest deals rather than properly regulating the industry.

Comment: Re:My Plans for Firefox (Score 5, Insightful) 164 164

I honestly believe at this point, there's a group of people inside mozilla that are just going out of their way to destroy FF, the decisions have been braindead for the last 4 years.

Yeah, but reading your other posts it looks like you believe a lot of crazy shit.

The reality is that Firefox has been struggling figure out where to go next for years now. There have been some improvements to the core tech like the Javascript engine and HTML layout engine, but beyond that it was fairly feature complete long ago. There are some major architectural issues that need sorting (one process per tab, the add-on API, the plug-in API etc.) but those are hard to fix without breaking everything.

So they started to muck about with the GUI. If there's one thing that Slashdotters hate, it's GUI changes. Firefox was kind of a mess though, with two different menu systems (the Firefox button and the system menus), a preferences Window that reminds you of 1998 and IE6, lots of stuff that is only exposed via about:config etc.

Incompetent though the UX people at Mozilla may be, there is no evidence of malice here. Just not knowing what to do with a browser that has a lot of historical baggage in the code base that is blocking some of the real improvements people want to see.

Comment: Re:I remember... (Score 2, Interesting) 164 164

Firefox's plugins are both it's greatest strength and it's greatest weakness. The "API" isn't really an API at all, it's just Javascript running in the browser process where it can hack about with the UI. It's extremely insecure and prone to conflicts, or breakage as the UI changes.

It's hard to say what would be the best option now. Clean up the add-on API to make it more robust, at the expense of requiring add-ons to be rewritten. Keep it as it is and try to do something about the slow decay of abandoned add-ons where the author can no longer be bothered to fix the breakage from the unstable API, and deal with security issues as they come.

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.