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Comment: Re:Why I wired Ethernet in most rooms (and no WiFi (Score 1) 275

by fyngyrz (#47955245) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

2- Safety concerns: with baby and/or young children I felt I would rather not add RF generator inside my home. I know we are immersed in RF from everywhere, making some a few meters away is another level. I didn't want to add that. Just in case.

Ham radio operators -- of which I am one -- spend their lives immersed in more RF at various frequencies from kHz to GHz than you can possibly compare to unless you work at a broadcast radio or television station. And hams are one of the oldest demographics in the USA. So many 80 and 90 year olds, it's really kind of amusing. RF is not your enemy at wifi router and cellphone levels. Not even close.

I've been pretty much bathed in RF for the last forty years. I'm very healthy other than a few allergies I've had since I was a kid. Of course, I'm active, too -- but if RF at these levels was a problem, I'd *have* a problem by now.

Comment: Re:It should be (Score 1) 364

by mysidia (#47955235) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Then comes people with missing one arm/hand bashing that idea. Making that configurable to be used with one hand kind of defeats the purpose, no?

If someone with just one hand/arm gets convicted of texting while driving holding the phone with ZERO hands available to put on the wheel, then that is so much more dangerous and unsafe, that they should just be forced to undergo the standard punishment; or give up driving or having a cellphone altogether.

Comment: Re:Apple REULEZ! (Score 0, Flamebait) 188

by PopeRatzo (#47954583) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

I am a computer tech. I repair tech all day long. I know one or two things about technology in general.

This is what's known as the, "Do you know who I am?" argument, and it's always a big winner.

If somebody tells you they "know one or two things about technology", you better BTFU because there are so precious few of these Masters of All Technologies that their pronouncements are as precious and rare as rubies.

So you Apple H8'ers out there better just sit down and shut up and learn something from Marlin Schwanke. Who is a computer tech.

Comment: Re:Simplification, n. (Score 1) 109

by westlake (#47953791) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Simplification (UI design): the act of removing or transforming discoverable, one-step, procedures in opaque, 3-step-after-reconfiguration procedures. See Gnome, Windows, OSX.

In other words, a tiny fraction shy of 100% of the desktop market.

The only sensible conclusion to be drawn from this is that almost no one strays more that a half step away from the system defaults.

Comment: Re:If this works, then Microsoft is doomed. (Score 1) 88

by PopeRatzo (#47952973) Attached to: Android Apps Now Unofficially Able To Run On Any Major Desktop OS

Now comes the mobile phone, as people tend to upload pictures of their glorious bodies

The dick pic is the killer app of mobile phones.

I've always said this. I'm trying to remember the first time I held a mobile phone with a camera in it, but I'm pretty sure the first thing I did was reach for my zipper.

Comment: Re:That's all I needed to hear (Score 1) 91

by ultranova (#47952817) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

The cloud is not trustworthy, it was shown to not be many times over and no sane enterprise will allow the cloud to take over local desktops/servers.

Unless it's cheaper. Then as long as nothing happens, managers get bonuses for the savings their decisions have earned the company, and if something does, it's an unforeseeable event that was the fault of some evil haxor.

Comment: Re:ICANN sell to the highest bidder (Score 1) 64

by ultranova (#47952745) Attached to: Amazon Purchases<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.buy TLD For $4.6 Million

TLDs have certain requirements associated with them, unless Amazon magically also has some super special secret deal that Google hasn't told the world about after losing ... then Amazon won't be able to monopolize or otherwise use the TLD to an unfair advantage.

And yet that's exactly what Amazon will do. Even if they run their registry business as a separate department, the conflict of interests is always there. It's exactly like an ISP who also provides content has an incentive to make connections to Netflix suck.

Perhaps it would be best to simply forbid companies from expanding to arbitrary new segments?

Comment: Re:CRTC needs to be reined in (Score 1) 307

by vux984 (#47952545) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Killing a non-competitive industry

What's non-competitive about it? You think other tax jurisdictions aren't playing the same game?

But in the long-term, a more competitive and stronger industry will emerge.

Or it will nestle somewhere else where it can squeeze the local government for some concessions. I'd rather the jobs be in Canada than elsewhere. The candian content regulations provide some unique leverage over the industry. The tax breaks are the carrot... and the canadian content regulations (that they qualify under if its produced significantly within canada) is the stick.

Just as the US and Canada should never have rescued the auto-makers when they imploded

I agree they handled it pretty poorly, but letting it collapse would have been stupid too. The country would not be better if all those jobs, and supply chains, and the service industries supported by that industry had all collapsed like a string of dominoes. Sure the market would have corrected itself and sorted itself out after a 'great depression', but millions of people still have to eat in the meantime. That's a huge drain on the economy, and an incubator for crime and even real civil unrest. Far better to prop up the industry up with bridge financing then to put them all on various welfare programs.

They handled it poorly though. Those who were responsible for manufacturing the crisis should have been reduced to poverty.

Comment: Re:Business (Score 2) 246

by mrchaotica (#47951645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

JSON is a pretty significant force behind modern Web design. Without it, the Web would still be a pretty static place.

Nah, we'd just be putting actual XML in our XMLHTTPRequests instead. (All JSON does is represent the same data as the XML would, in a less verbose format.) We'd still have all the Asynchronous Javascript And XML.

Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score 1) 434

by ShieldW0lf (#47950555) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

So you're jealous and insecure that they're doing a better job than you. Got it.

Yeah, I've moved past the point where people like you can shame me into flip flopping. I don't want you around me, and I don't value your approval.

It doesn't really matter why I hold this position, or how you want to label it. What matters is, I refuse to support companies that woo women away from traditional family life, and I refuse to be sneaky about it in the name of political correctness.

Comment: Re:Various methods exist... (Score 4, Funny) 246

by vux984 (#47950449) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

but don't try anything too clever. Otherwise some cop will get a gut feeling or a hunch and the minute he's officially taken off the case you're toast.

You know it. And from watching things like Bones and CSI:Miami I know that not only do they investigate every case like its the only thing they have to do with their time, but that money is also generally no object. And if you are really unlucky, the laws of physics will turn out to be fairly flexible to.

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