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Comment: Re:First Thinkpad (Score 1) 218 218

Lighter and thinner is NOT fashion over function. It is function in itself. Lighter, thinner also means goes more places, and is more practical to use in many scenarios.

This isn't about identical twins, or marketing. What it is about what people have been wanting for many years. Also very few phones bend, but most phones are thin and light.

Lighter and thinner have their place when it comes to selling Navy SEALs tactical hardware in titanium instead of steel. In those situations, you're not having to compromise the strength and reliability of the hardware.

They do not have as much of a place when it comes to something as fragile as a laptop, especially when us humans got rather used to companies like IBM making a serious fucking piece of hardware that was damn near unbreakable.

It didn't get that reputation because it looked like the thin-ass shit we have today that can break by looking at it wrong. And in our disposable society, we sure as hell can't count on vendors to give a shit anymore about hardware longevity. Their answer every time is to sell you more hardware.

Comment: Re:First Thinkpad (Score 1) 218 218

"Forget the warranty issue, defending those fashion choices says it all." -geekmux

Being able to fit into skinny jeans isn't so much a "fashion choice" as it a triumph over the stereotypical IT lifestyle of Doritos and Dew. Enjoy your cinder block Quasimoto.

I cycle and do yoga multiple times a week, so I'm afraid I fall way short of your assumptions.

And at least Quasimoto is understood and even somewhat explainable in IT given the job. Me being able to see your ballsack from 20 yards away isn't and never will be. Enjoy sterility.

Comment: Re:First Thinkpad (Score 1) 218 218

"It's also rather impractical to slide your brand new cell phone in your pocket only to watch it bend." -geekmux

Better than becoming a hunchback from lugging around a Thinkbrick. I'll let my phone's warranty deal with the cost of being able to wear skinny jeans.

Forget the warranty issue, defending those fashion choices says it all.

Comment: Re:First Thinkpad (Score 4, Insightful) 218 218

That's exactly the reason I would hesitate with this throwback thinkpad, and haven't owned one in almost 2 decades. I just don't have the time nor desire to carry around a cinder block with me everywhere I go anymore. Back then it was cute because people would notice I'm a geek who could afford nice tech. Today a ThinkBrick is just too impractical.

It's also rather impractical to slide your brand new cell phone in your pocket only to watch it bend.

Presumably this is the result of two identical twins who entered the marketing arena about five years ago. One of them stood in a corner and started screaming "LIGHTER! LIGHTER!" while the other one ran to another corner and started screaming "THINNER! THINNER!". They haven't fucking shut up since.

Of course common sense tried to talk them off the ledge, but got trampled by the consumer mob of idiots who now put fashion over function every time, hence the reason Lenovo execs are drooling over something as superficial as a blue enter key.

16 cores and the latest 3D memory you say? Yeah, fuck all that, I'm just here for the rubberized paint.

Comment: Re:Just doing their job. (Score 1) 136 136

The job of the NSA is to spy and if they don't spy on everything spyable they aren't doing their job. Can't even figure out why this would worthy of a ./ headline.

Maybe it is. But I'm pretty sure if the USA found out that the French had our Presidents office/phone bugged, we'd (the USA) would have a shit about it.

We would have a shit about it? Well I hope we wouldn't be totally shocked over it. That would be rather ignorant.

I'll refer back to the parents comments regarding the NSAs main job. It's kind of the main job of every other agency too.

Comment: "Caught" would imply... (Score 5, Insightful) 35 35

...a crime was committed, or at minimum that we're going to actually do something to them.

Of course, we all know nothing will come of this, or at best a slap-on-the-wrist fine, which they've probably already calculated as a standard business expense.

Might as well just stop putting stories out like this until consumers are actually willing to act upon it. I'm willing to be there isn't enough consumer give-a-shit left in the world to tackle even this single issue, let alone tackle the mass arrogance that corporations pull off today at the expense of the customer.

What does it matter if you label someone as "caught" if the reaction is nothing.

Comment: Re:No support for dynamic address assignment?!? (Score 2, Insightful) 287 287

Obviously at this point it isn't a bug, its a "feature." The only question is why did Google decide to push this negative feature?

I remember first hearing about IPv6 around 1997.

Here we are almost 20 years later still sucking on the IPv4 teat. I'd say Google might as well take their fucking time on this "feature".

It's not like anyone is in a damn hurry, regardless of what's running dry.

Comment: Re:not another one. FUCK! (Score 2) 71 71

The issue is that Flash's functionality hasn't changed in years, but it needs a security update every other week. You'd think that Adobe could've have sorted that all out by now. If this is the quality of a simple playback plug-in, what conclusion can be drawn about the quality of the rest of their software.

Adobe Acrobat Reader v5 was about 15MB in total size after installation.

Adobe Acrobat Reader v11 is over 400MB in total size after installation.

I really don't think there's any question as to the quality of their shitty bloatware.

In fact, one could argue the main functionality that Adobe has brought to the desktop and browser in the last 10 years is plenty of attack vectors.

And all this bloatware bundling bullshit won't go away until we start holding vendors accountable for the vulnerabilities they create.

Comment: Re:not another one. FUCK! (Score 1) 71 71

Fuck. Another goddamn Adobe update? Fuck Adobe updates.

Are you new to Adobe, Windows, or just computers in general?

Dunno how the hell you're gonna survive the future when your fucking toilet is gonna need a weekly update to avoid those shitty vulns.

Yeah, yeah, yeah...I know it's just a smart toilet. It was in the EULA. Right there on page 743. You should learn to read those things.

Comment: This is why free is anything but. (Score 1) 272 272

Hopefully this kind of shit will make people think twice about relying solely on free services to advertise or run a business.

Bottom line is you control a hell of a lot less of that hosted environment than you think.

Don't be a cheap ass. Buy your own domain. Then you might at least have a fighting chance (ala

Comment: Facebook ignorance. (Score 2, Insightful) 290 290

"...forums like Facebook serve as the modern-day equivalent of the public square for a lot of communities."

Is there a way to identify these communities? Just trying to avoid areas of mass stupidity where Facebook somehow supplanted actual news outlets.

Those who feel Facebook is in the position of being a modern day times square have obviously never heard of a troll before.


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