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Comment: Wrong device (Score 2, Interesting) 544

by ddt (#47551677) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?
Moving parts cost more to manufacture and test, and they fail faster, but y'all are missing the point. Your mistake was letting your phone become a text input device. Even with a mechanical keyboard, it's still an incredibly inferior experience to thumb out your words like a hunt-and-peck typist as your phone flails about trying to auto-correct your spelling. Type on your computer. Talk on your phone.

Comment: Re:I haven't seen anyone ask the question... (Score 1) 509

by ddt (#47461283) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
The problem with this question is that if honest, most people would answer, "Eat delicious food, play awesome games, and hang out with my friends." The best career advice out there seems decidedly geared towards the people who have the very good fortune of loving to do the things that actually pay the bills. That isn't common, despite what the motivational storybooks say, and if she had such a predilection, I suspect Dear Old Dad wouldn't be coming to slashdot for career advice.

Comment: Re:Misuse of FOIA (Score 5, Insightful) 231

by ddt (#47443947) Attached to: NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Second off, this story (and the multitude of Greenwald/Snowden cult of personality reposters) is missing the most important thing in the NSA's response, the last sentence:

“For your information, there are no emails indicating that Mr. Snowden contacted agency officials to raise concerns about NSA programs.”

You'd have a great point if there were any reason we could trust the NSA. They could be lying outright, or they could be doing it the DC way, which is telling the truth in a misleading way, by overlooking the fact that he approached them in person about it instead of in written form, which I certainly would have, as I'd be nervous as shit about writing an email like that.

He's no patriot, he's just a cowardly little shit.

He gave up his girlfriend and cushy job, he exposed clear evidence of violation of international treaties and the US Constitution by the world's dominant superpower, and then he endured being stuck in the Moscow Airport (there isn't enough Prozac in the world to make this OK) and is now stuck in Russia, which I assure you, is a severe downgrade from Hawaii. There's nothing cowardly about all that.

Comment: Re:Sure don't! (Score 4, Insightful) 381

by ddt (#47439593) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?
By servicing, I don't mean it was broken. I mean charging, paying a monthly premium for bandwidth, enduring dropped calls and poor reception, checking it like some kind of animal expecting a treat or an addict hoping to find a leftover hit in his pocket, getting phantom vibrations on my leg when it wasn't ringing, missing vibrations when it was, and then finally, noticing that I was getting angry when people called me out of the blue without scheduling an appointment. That wasn't my first relationship to phones. Before the internet, when the phone rang, I'd run to answer it and be excited to hear who it might be. It was communication from the outside world! They changed. I fell out of love.

Comment: vi forever (Score 1) 359

I use vi for everything, currently c#, shader code, and my work log. If this fucking Internet thing weren't all about these God damned pictures and videos and programs it wants me download to my stupid fucking bloated browser, and I could instead glean the knowledge of the internet in nicely formatted text and download and view all the rest of that bloat at my leisure, I'd be a lot happier with that. I'd like vi to be my input window for this post. I find this whole affair uncomfortably removed from the command line.

Comment: Morality and permanence (Score 2) 308

by ddt (#47298503) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC
I want to applaud you for making an impressive effort to fight this problem, but at the same time, you're combating the purchase of elections by purchasing elections. This seems morally dubious. I understand the goal is to have one last round of evil and then patch up the laws that allow these things, but what's to prevent lawmakers from undoing these changes later?

The use of money is all the advantage there is to having money. -- B. Franklin