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Comment: Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (Score 1) 126

When I started college, the Internet was pretty much just college to college, and there was no web yet.. that was a few years away. Files? You searched FTP space with Archie. Or glued stuff together with a Netnews/Usenet client.

As far as chat goes, our first chats were on our mainframe, a program called tell, You could message folks, and evel leave messages (though the "answering machine" was lossy, you couldn't assume delivery). In theory tell could work to other Universities over a network called BITNET which existed just a bit pre-TCP/IP Internet. In practice, neither I nor anyone I knew had any contacts at other BITNET UNIs. Then everyone got on IRC. It was a bit odd to see all these non-technical people stare at a computer all day over IRC. I had friends that literally sat next to each other for hours, not turning around to talk to the person 2 feet away from them, but talking on IRC.

I have a soft spot for ICQ. My first contact with the woman now my wife was over ICQ random chat. No romance at first; both of us were dating people at the time. We just BSed for a bit. But once we met face to face, we started dating pretty fast after that.

Comment: I hope you can turn this off (Score 1) 88

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47791463) Attached to: Mozilla To Support Public Key Pinning In Firefox 32

We've had some source code theft recently at my job, so we have an SSL MITM proxy that generates a work SSL cert for everything. At first I hated it, but it is a work comp, and they provide a dirty LAN, so just bring your device if you want to browse your mail.

But, this would break Google searches for me. I wouldn't be able to look at any Google site, no Google searches, no wikipedia, no stackoverflow on my work comp with this. Make this a hard to find, no normal person would be able to find it, only geeks can flip the switch, config to turn this off please.

Comment: Re:Stability improvements? (Score 1) 113

Though I'm sure there are other reasons (maybe better 64 bit tools?) you self answer a bit. Your Point #2 means Chrome crashes early and obviously, making any pointer bugs quicker to be squashed. This means the bugs get fixed fast, fewer make it to Release builds, and you should crash less.

Another reason may be heap size. Even if you don't fill free memory, you can fragment it. Picture what you can put in one 5 gallon bucket, vs what you can put in 5 x 1 gallon buckets. Much less flexible. So if 32 but chrome gets tight on memory becuase of web pages seen and closes, seen and closed and memory fragmented, it may just give up and crash/exit.

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 810

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47756645) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Recent? Emacs always felt to me of a huge cluster of code rather than the small tool thing. Just a huge jumble of code.

To be honest, I'm not sure what that means in the argument. Emacs is almost as old as UNIX, older than Linux. Does that mean you shouldn't run it on a UNIX system? I don't, but to each their own. But to pretend that systemd is the beginning of a run down a hill to ruin is kind of odd. There have been big monolithic code blobs dropped on Linux for years. X, the various GUI desktop managers spring to mind.

Comment: Re:I'd pay it but... (Score 1) 610

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47723137) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Or movies.

In the few times where I want to go to a movie at the theaters for the huge screen and better sound, paying $25 for 2 people to sit and watch, I get bombarded by: local restaurant ads, TV ads (if i wanted to watch TV, I wouldn't be in the theater), movie ads, Coke ads, etc. At least the trailers for movies are somewhat entertaining.

It will always be "yeah, i get money by directly charging for content, but I can get more by directly charging for content AND showing ads".

Greed? Dunno, it's capitalism. It's kind of baked in the system. If you were selling a bike, and you were selling it for 50, and someone offered you 100 for it, would you back off and say "no, it's 50". Would you leave money on the table? Or would you rationalize it as an extra 50 that you could do something cool with. If you had kids, would you give that 50 back. If you had a company that you had to pay salaries for your 15 developers, would you turn ad money down? These aren't so easy decisions.

Well, one is easy. Fuck Comcast. They truly are greedy. And they don't pay employees well, so you can't even tell yourself, "yeah, I'm being gouged by a corporation, but at least their employees are eating well". No, they aren't.

Comment: Re:Please stop and think (Score 1) 359

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47697269) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

I was reading this, and the first thing that popped in my head wasn't the Ebola outbreak, but the Syphilis Experiments here in the US. That and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, in which her cells were taken from her and experimented with, without consent or notice, much less compensation. If you've read the book, her kids are still wary of hospitals because of the lies and stonewalling from them. Other than the last line (actually the first phrase only of the last line) of the first paragraph would not work in the US.

Comment: Re:Wont matter (Score 1) 158

Sounds like a bunch of bullshit to justify expenditures on cool new technology which will be quickly mothballed after its found to be useless or ruled by the courts to not be justification for extra scrutiny.

The scary thing is, that's my best case scenario. Worst case? It's used for witch hunts. We have warrantless spying now, do you think they'll put this down once it's pushed back by a court? Maybe it won't be used in court, but just enough to justify "extra scrutiny" of someone, put them on a watchlist they can't get off of.

Comment: Re:Old news (Score 1) 66

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47663113) Attached to: Scientists Who Smuggle Radioactive Materials

Jokes aside, it's kind of interesting to see how much our views of Radiation have changed.

1985? no, but 1965? The first thing that popped to mind were old Uranium toy kits.

I remember a podcast where they used to use a fluoroscope (live X-Ray basically) to size your shoes - see bone structure in real time. A family friend has bad feet because they used a huge dose of radiation to kill his athlete's foot.

Comment: RoundRects for everyone! (Score 1) 220

For those that jibe at the Steve Jobs design aesthetic, so we have a non-Apple company shouting "look at us, we have a metal slab that's a RoundRect too!" Not sure if this makes it more or less silly.

Hmm, a MetalBody RoundRect with 4.7" screen - released right before the iPhone 6 release party.... What are the odds?

(RoundRect was what the Rounded-corner Rectangle was called in old Apple developer docs, either when drawing a button, or using that shape directly in QuickDraw).

Comment: Jordan wasn't all that bad... (Score 4, Interesting) 146

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47633301) Attached to: The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

Please watch the great 30 For 30 episode Jordan Rides the Bus . Even I, as a Chicagoan that grew up in the Jordan era, was surprised at how good Jordan got at baseball. It seems at the end he had quite a few game winning hits. It seemed there was no guarantee he'd be called up to the majors in 95, but any question of that was nixed with the baseball strike that year. I don't think a lot of people knew how much he improved. Even his main man Spike Lee made jokes about Jordan - with a commercial about his struggles with "the wicked double-A curveball..."

Hell, watch most 30 For 30. The 16th Man is as good as most movies out now.

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