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Comment: Re:Mental decline in "Barb"/Tom = evident (Score 1) 37

by Reziac (#47933657) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

LOL! I don't think any amount of sex changing would turn some of these ...folks... into "real men" :D

You were Tom? [goes off, roots around] Well, you do sound different now... more relaxed. -- Long ago I had a TG friend whom I knew before, during, and after, and there was a personality transition.... to be expected, I think, under changing hormonal conditions. Ordinary biology. She had a sort of emotional crisis shortly after and I told her stop worrying, you're just going through puberty again. The light bulb went on and she was like "oh! then that's fine!"

But I'm glad you found yourself, that's what counts.

Not bothering to look at the alleged study, but I wonder if a combination of high estrogen and low cholesterol is the root of the issue; turns out high cholesterol in the elderly is protective against dementia.

Comment: Re:High reliability? (Score 1) 91

by Pseudonym (#47933497) Attached to: New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

Incidentally, QNX has an interesting design in this respect, in that it maps the the source buffer (a page at a time, IIRC) into the address space of the receiving process, and does the copy directly. Or it might map the destination buffer into the address space of the sending process; not sure about that. This allows messages to be arbitrary-length.

Comment: System updates over dialup are painful/impossible (Score 4, Informative) 224

by swillden (#47933023) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Though even an out-of-date Linux distro is going to be safer against malware than Windows, keep in mind that it's almost impossible to keep one of the major distros updated with security patches via dialup. I tried that with my father in law's computer for a couple of years, setting up a cron job to dial up automatically late at night, every night, and chip away at the downloads. It fell further and further behind.

Other than the fact that I don't know if any of them even support dialup, a Chromebook seems ideal for this application. Updates are smaller and less frequent, and ChromeOS is strongly hardened as compared to a standard distro, so it's less worrisome if they miss some. Chrome Remote Desktop would enable you to take control of the machine when needed (that actually works on any platform) and while it's painful at dialup speeds I have used it successfully.

Comment: All that matters on the phone too (Score 1) 80

by SuperKendall (#47931577) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

Photography on a cell phone does not equate to photography with a digital camera -- knowing what f-stop is, or shutter speed, or focal length, or a LOT of the other of the fine-grain minutiae

1) the technical aspects are not really photography - they are details of a tool. They are not composition nor lighting nor mood nor concept.

2) The iPhone with iOS8, and version of Android for a while I think let you control all of those aspects in advanced camera apps (well focal length you had to add adaptor lenses, but lots of people do use those).

Comment: Whoosh (Score 2) 80

by SuperKendall (#47931457) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

Flickr already missed the boat on being the social media image sharping app of choice.

They are not the social media sharing app of choice.

They ARE the primary choice for sharing images from people who are photographers, and also happen to primarily use smartphones. Yes, even over sites like 500px... Flickr has far more volume.

Comment: Re:define (Score 1) 290

by swillden (#47931151) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

What a content-free quote. You can easily find a dozen quotes from Google -- including in their privacy policy, which is legally binding -- which show they don't share any individual user data at all. If you can find a way to prove they're lying, you can get both the SEC and the FTC to take legal action against them.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 2) 324

by swillden (#47931049) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Also, Brakes and Tires are functionally identical between a BMW and a Tesla, and, on the Model S

Sort of. The tires, yes. The brakes are functionally identical, but should wear much more slowly on the Model S thanks to regenerative braking. How much less depends on driving style, obviously.

Comment: Re:Fear of changing code.... (Score 1) 214

by swillden (#47930845) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

I have also seen/heard of circumstances where "doing the minimum to keep the thing working" is allowed but actually improving the code is not because improving the code counts as "new work" and comes from a different budget than maintenance. Seems stupid but that's how some shops operate.

"The minimum to keep the thing working" nearly always implies improving the code. All developers need to realize this and stop this silly false dichotomy between "maintenance" and "refactoring".

IMO, developers know there isn't a difference but management does not.

Does management review the diffs?

Comment: Re:The end for me (Score 1) 887

by evilviper (#47930673) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

...scratch that. SoylentNews turns out to be just as bad as /. in this regard. They posted this same damn story, too, and the head of the site has stated they don't want to be a tech site at all.

Instead, my last hope rests with pipedot, which is much more like an old-fashioned /. with a focus on sci/tech instead of flamebait crap. Hell, the sci/tech stories even get more comments on pipedot than they do on SoylentNews, which says a lot about the community.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 814

by TheCarp (#47930607) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

> Their policies cripple their own society while competing societies flourish, until they
> eventually consign themselves to irrelevance.

No I think you even there give them too much credit. The bigger problem for them is....only the most hard core actually like seeing beheadings. Vanishingly few people anywhere actually really support attacking civilian targets.

Most people are willing to overlook civilians targeted by the side they see themselves allied with, but its very hard for anyone to do that when those are the only targets or the most salient ones.

Their strategy alienates them from the society they want to control. It may get them fear, and fear might help them get and maintain some amount of control but, they will alienate themselves from the population they would want to hide amongst.

I mean seriously, when Al Queda feels its a good PR move to distance themselves from you and call you barbaric, you really are not winning points with anyone.

Comment: What is really happening here? (Score 1) 814

by Bruce Perens (#47930483) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
We are in a War on Faith, because Faith justifies anything and ISIS takes it to extremes. But in the end they are just a bigger version of Christian-dominated school boards that mess with the teaching of Evolution, or Mormon sponsors of anti-gay-marriage measures, or my Hebrew school teacher, an adult who slapped me as a 12-year-old for some unremembered offense against his faith.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 814

by Bruce Perens (#47930331) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Hm. The covenant of Noah is about two paragraphs before this part (King James Version) which is used for various justifications of slavery and discrimination against all sorts of people because they are said to bear the Curse of Ham. If folks wanted to use the Bible to justify anything ISIS says is justified by God's words in the Koran, they could easily do so.

18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?