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Comment: Basic life skills (Score 1) 733

by desertrat_it (#46741683) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Essential - cooking, baking, bread making.

Brewing is another basic skill that produces a product that can be used for barter.

Farming / growing crops - how else will you get the grain/fruit for cooking?

Hunting - obvious one there. But the other side of that coin is butchering. How many butchers do you know?

Sewing, to repair clothes that won't be replaceable for a while.

I could go on.

Comment: BES was awful (Score 2) 278

by desertrat_it (#44996525) Attached to: How BlackBerry Blew It

the company I worked for in 2001 - 2005 trialled BES on Windows 2000 Server and Exchange $whatever, configured especially for BES.

In that environment, BES blew goats. It constantly locked up, lost email, required reboots of the server, etc etc. The company *ran* back to GROUPWISE as a superior alternative to BES.

Comment: Re:This is disputed (Score 3, Funny) 380

by desertrat_it (#44902643) Attached to: Its Nuclear Plant Closed, Maine Town Is Full of Regret

"Solar is dead. Most of the US doesn't get enough sun to make solar feasible. "

Apparently I have been hallucinating all the sun in the Southern US States. Who knew that coulds could be so bright and shiny? Who knew that cloudiness would make me so sun... sorry, cloud-burned?

Wow. I have been learned good.

Comment: Re:The camera isn't the issue (Score 1) 316

by epo001 (#43893905) Attached to: Chicago Sun Times Swaps iPhone Training For Staff Photographers

> A professional photojournalist with an iPhone would produce better photojournalism than non-experts with a DSLR.

Nope. The iPhone simply isn't up to the task. It doesn't matter how much expertise you throw at it.

It's not just about picture quality, it's about knowing what will make a definitive or compelling image. For low resolution newspaper or web images, the difference between cameraphone and DSLR is more about the quality of the operator than the quality of the camera.


Matt Smith Leaves "Doctor Who" 375

Posted by timothy
from the later-you-won't-know-you-don't-remember-this dept.
First time accepted submitter Dave Knott writes "The BBC has announced that Matt Smith will be leaving 'Doctor Who', after spending the last four seasons in the titular role of The Doctor. Smith will remain for the upcoming 50th anniversary special, where he will star alongside a majority of the other actors who have taken on the character, and will exit following the yearly Christmas episode. No actor has yet been cast as the twelfth incarnation of The Doctor, although there was a teaser involving John Hurt at the end of the most recent season of the show."

Comment: Re:Criticism from a past MODx user (Score 1) 70

by epo001 (#43399071) Attached to: Book Review: MODx Revolution - Building the Web Your Way

I too was an early MODx user, enthusiastic but clueless is the best I can say about the "community" at that time, while MODx developers embodied all that is bad about open source dogmatists, accepting mediocrity and only ever working on stuff they find interesting or cool but neglecting things like documentation, usability and quality and having no care for timescales. And its not even as though they developed it, they just forked etomite and fiddled around a bit. Like children, these amateurs (in the worst sense of the word) strut and pride themselves on their trivial achievements.

I gave up using MODx (before Revolution) because I needed to get things done and it wasn't ever going to improve on a reasonable timescale, unsurprised to hear that nothing has changed. Avoid.

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