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+ - Raymond Chen authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen 1

Submitted by rfernand79
rfernand79 (643913) writes "Raymond Chen has posted a rather amusing clarification as to the provenance of the Windows 3.1 Ctrl+alt+Del Screen. The screen was not authored by Steve Ballmer, as reported by various sites. It was authored by Raymond Chen. Amusingly, his original post was misrepresented in amusing ways, in a variety of news outlets.

+1 for the echo chamber."

Comment: Document the requests (Score 2) 221

by eples (#44244111) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Development Requirements Change But Deadlines Do Not?
Keep a written record each time something unreasonable is requested.

After a few months (6?) show the documentation to the manager of whomever is making the requests.

Then crack open a beer and wait for your new middle manager to arrive.

Political or not, software project or not, someone in the management chain isn't doing their fucking job and you should not simply accept that.

Comment: Risk Plan? (Score 1) 273

by eples (#41599107) Attached to: How To Add 5.5 Petabytes and Get Banned From Costco
Yeah, it's a cute story but I wouldn't trust them with my backup data.

These people didn't have a risk plan for their business that included hard drive shortages?

Their product isn't worth $10/mo ? (raising price)

Can you imagine an airline that doesn't factor in changes in fuel prices? Or a farm that doesn't have a plan for drought?

Bone for tuna!

Comment: Re:It's from Microsoft and this is Slashdot... (Score 1) 1027

by eples (#40337613) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?

Agreed. The designer in me goes nuts every time I see text artificially clipped on the right hand edge of the screen. It's just terrible;

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.
I was starting to think I was the only person who thought that was an extremely poor design decision.


Gold Nanoparticles Help Red Blood Cells Deliver Drugs 36

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the nanosharks-with-lasers dept.
New submitter MTorrice writes "Scientists decorated red blood cells with gold nanoparticles so they could trigger the cells to dump their contents with a zap from a laser. The laser pulses heated the particles to produce nanopores in the cells' membranes. The cells contained two fluorescent dyes and both flooded through the pores and out of the cells after the laser pulses. Although the researchers studied the release of dyes, their end goal is to use red blood cells as a vehicle for drug delivery, because the cells are naturally compatible with the immune system and circulate for days in the body. Until now, researchers have found easy ways to load the cells with drugs, but the challenge has been to control the molecules' release."

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Note-Taking Device For Conferences? 300

Posted by samzenpus
from the good-notes dept.
First time accepted submitter Duncan J Murray writes "I will be attending a 3-day science conference soon, consisting mainly of lectures, and was wondering what people thought would be the ultimate hardware/software combo note-taking device, taking into account keyboard quality, endurance, portability, discretion & future ease-of-reference. Is a notepad and pen still king? What about an Ipad? N900? Psion 5mx? A small Thinkpad X-series? And if so which OS? Would you have a GUI? Which text-editor?"

Comment: NYC treats engineers like crap (Score 2) 235

by eples (#38481582) Attached to: East Coast vs. West Coast In the Quest For Young Programming Talent
Maybe it's because you've got a bunch of C+ business majors running the show, continually fucking up simple projects.

And then on top of that, treating your software engineers like 2nd class citizens.

Fuck that noise. I left after 6 years and don't plan to ever go back.

Comment: Because they haven't ADAPTED (Score 1) 271

by eples (#36426786) Attached to: The Internet Is Killing Local News, Says the FCC
How many times have you heard the 11 o'clock news "teaser" for an interesting story they wait until 11:28pm to put on the air?

Usually if you have your laptop, you can go to a news website and, boom, there is the story without waiting 28 minutes through commercials and a dozen local crime reports.

Local news needs to adapt. The "string you along so you keep watching commercials" passive-watching business model is gone for good.

Comment: Re:No more apples (Score 1) 601

by eples (#36393228) Attached to: Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps
I'll play along with your enumeration of Constitutional rights:

The 4th amendment states you cannot be searched without a warrant or probable cause.

The 5th amendment states that you cannot be forced to provide evidence to incriminate yourself.

Stopping people at random and forcing them to take a breathalyzer - without having observed them commit a crime or being informed from someone that they may have committed a crime - violates those two rights above. Clearly.

And then on top of that, at what point do you get to invoke your miranda rights? After you were forced to incriminate yourself or before? After you were forcibly searched or before? After you are taken into custody or before?

Comment: Re:Finally... (Score 1) 410

by eples (#36266780) Attached to: Steve Ballmer's Head On the Block?
Dude. Every tablet I have seen from Microsoft, although a valiant effort, HAS A MOUSE CURSOR where you put your finger.

That demonstrates a complete, total, utter lack of understanding about how people want that form factor to operate.

Truly, if they just hide the fucking cursor and put 30-45 minutes into thinking about an operable main-GUI they could pull it off without much effort.

"You're a creature of the night, Michael. Wait'll Mom hears about this." -- from the movie "The Lost Boys"