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Comment Re:I guess I'm the only one who likes Thunderbird? (Score 1) 128

Admittedly Windows-only, but I've personally become a *huge* fan of eM Client. Super fast, incredibly stable, works flawlessly with both IMAP and Exchange, nice interface, fast searches, simple data imports, extremely small system footprint (even smaller than Thunderbird), and if the free version doesn't cut it, $50 is a very reasonable asking price for the commercial/supported version.

Now, where Thunderbird still wins out is cross-platform compatibility, NNTP support, and its open source, so I'm not saying that it's a drop-in replacement for Thunderbird. I will say, however, that it's a near drop-in replacement for Outlook.

And no, I'm not affiliated with them, but I didn't think anything would save me from my Outlook addiction.

Comment Re:No 2d6? (Score 2) 113

But the greatsword has a crit range of 19-20 in 3rd Edition and Pathfinder, while the greataxe has only a 20. Also, the greatsword's damage averages a 7, while that d12 average 6.5. The correct weapon is a greatsword.

In 5th Edition, the crit ranges are equalized, but so is crit damage. The average advantage to greatswords remain, but the great weapon fighting style re-roll mechanic gives a distinct advantage to weapons with more dice, especially on a crit. Advantage: greatsword.

Comment Re:...would smell as shitty as any browser (Score 1) 100

I find Privacy Badger to be almost as effective as NoScript, but completely automated for putting on other people's computers. I just show them how to turn it off and then tell them if the site's not working and it's a big name site that you trust, then you can turn it off.

It's worked pretty well.

Comment Re:Whacky Version Names (Score 1) 100

Well, let's see. They used to have simple version numbers (Photoshop 5, Premiere 6.1, etc.). This got them into a bit of trouble because, for example, the upgrade from Premiere 6.1 to Premiere 6.5 was a paid upgrade, but since it wasn't a major change in the actual back end code, that was a bit messy. Additionally, Adobe wanted to focus more on the program bundles rather than the individual applications, and thus the "Creative Suite" moniker was born. Incidentally, this also helped deal with the psychological "high version numbers" issue (anyone want WinZip version 20?).
Now, Adobe is betting the farm on everyone being okay with renting their software. Resultantly, they're trumpeting "All teh Updates!!!111", which they're hoping will make version numbers irrelevant - it's just "the most recent build we've rolled out the door". This ends up being a bit of a challenge because they also like doing Apple style keynotes, where they show all the CC subscribers how it's now possible to start editing videos on one's iPad and then continue on the editing bay. So, they thus distinguish the new feature sets that get introduced at the keynotes by the year of release of those features.
Finally, Adobe's core applications aren't going anywhere - Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects - none of them are going anywhere. In trying to make Adobe products more accessible to folks who don't have formal training in graphic/media design, things like Muse come into play...and since they're new products that don't have the long history, it makes sense to pick a name and branding that aligns with current trends. I'm sure that given the option, Adobe would rather have a list of edge case applications like Muse than to end up becoming known as a company like Oracle that continues to exist because support contracts. Adobe's also starting to see a handful of up-and-coming applications start to gain a certain amount of popularity. I don't care how much people like seeing the Photoshop splash screen, when Affinity Photo has 95% of the sophisticated functions of Photoshop, a similar UI, reads PSDs, and costs $50 one time, Adobe is going to take notice.

Besides, software naming has seldom followed a true convention.

Comment Re:As a parent... (Score 1) 61

You're making the mistake of thinking like a slashdotter,where you're absolutely right in your assessment. Allow me to paint a better picture of the average person whose data is actually involved.

1.) Registration with fake information? That's "sensible skepticism", a holdover from the earlier days of the internet. In the 90's, 1234 fake street, 123 maple street, and 12345 main street were quite crowded buildings. Since vanity and exhibitionism has become the norm on the internet, it's quite common to actually write out "Kyle Castillo, 672 Spruce Place, Schenectady, NY 18421". No one questions a request for an address anymore.
2.) E-mail addresses have become a bit more of an identity than they used to be. Google 'voyager529', and you'll see a whole lot of information about me...and 'voyager' isn't even really my name. Moreover, since "" was deemed an 'unprofessional' e-mail address to have, '' became much more common. Thus, having an e-mail address that's actually tied to you is more identifiable now than it was in the past.
3.) You and I know that 'a picture of your kid' isn't all that much, but to those who are of the persuasion that the "zoom and enhance" magic on CSI is actually realistic, it's a hop, skip, and a jump to "they can remove clothes, and change positions, and...". Anyone who has actually used Photoshop knows that this is bollocks, but again, we're dealing with parents who buy toys for their children that include video chat and don't read the privacy policy where those things are stored.
4.) A child's chat log may not be noteworthy in itself, but remember that it's pretty simple to trick a child into something. If a particular child is targeted, and a person has enough information deemed important by the child to convince that child to follow them, it's possible to make a rather ugly mess because the child isn't likely to figure out that everything that is known by the stranger are things from the chat logs.

Why am *I* worked up? Because this seems like, possibly, the one hack where people might actually wake up and pay a bit of attention. For once, "Think of the children" works in our favor. For once, the levels of fear that *should* have been present elsewhere are worth considering. Under false pretenses and as a result of a generation who gets their computer jargon from primetime TV? Yeah, I'll admit that...but it's not like the majority of people beyond Slashdot have cared otherwise.

Comment Re:Gorbachev's off the cuff comment I heard live (Score 2) 210

I think all the players knew that, by the early 80's, the Cold War would never be fought with guns (except by proxy), but rather by the manipulation of spheres of influence and politics. In chess, you never actually take the king; rather you maneuver the opponent into an untenable position. To some degree, you might call the Cold War one of the most civilized contests in human history, and certainly one of the most cerebral.

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