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Comment Re:Overheard at the googleplex (Score 1) 190

In the TLDR world I was pushing my luck, eh?

My wife is going through cancer treatment, has 3 sets of glasses and neuropathy (and so a cane). She is also still testing the limits of how close she can come to her vision of herself before all this happened. She going to be OK. She is allergic to some enzyme in milk (goat milk, ok, cows' head stopped up, face swells. Takes about 2 hours to show. About 2 tablespoons will provoke the reaction). She, our son, her sister and one of her 2 sons have skin conditions (and other reactions) to wheat and we all assume its the gluten. I, on the other hand can eat anything.

Does this provide better evidence?

Comment Re:Overheard at the googleplex (Score 2) 190

I partially get the "funny score 3", if you include the [...].
My wife & I have had it with ink-jet printers when we print so little, so are experimenting with doing what your "Why...?" suggests.

I successfully sent our xmas card list to Office Max which is open until 9pm and is about 1 mile away. Cost us under 2$ (since I walked over there !Exercise!).

Last night my wife wanted to make gluten free oatmeal cookies from an internet recipe. We took the laptop to the kitchen, propped it on the counter. *I* was sure worried about getting it plastered with liquid and powders. My wife had to lean way over to get close enough to read the font. If we made that bigger, then she was scrolling up and down all the time... You get the picture. BUT... we did succeed (this time).

There is the problem of printing our password list. Its hard to trust the data path to printing. We haven't printed it. I can get a dot-matix printer for $200 after all fees. Just to print "sensitive" stuff? (We keep a dup on 2 computers so it won't likely get lost)

Well, also, maybe for emergency printouts? I dunno. So far we no emergencies, so no $200 gone ;^)

We'll see if we can get through 2015 with this "no paper" through our (some adjective) action...(Trying to distance myself from the unwanted junk mail that DOES come to "Current resident". Ugh.

Submission Twitter Capitulates to Governments and Censors Users

An anonymous reader writes: Twitter made a public stance in 2011 to remain a platform for free speech, having helped fuel movements such as the Arab Spring. This past week, however, Twitter is shown to have complied with Russian government demands to block a pro-Ukrainian Twitter feed from reaching Russian citizens, with Turkish government demands that it remove content that the Turkish government wants removed, and with a Pakistani bureaucrat's request that content he considers blasphemous and unethical be censored in Pakistan. Given Twitter's role in the democratic uprisings of the past few years, what do these capitulations bode for future movements? Will other platforms take Twitter's place? Or is the importance to democracy of platforms such as Twitter overblown?

Submission Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident.

pubwvj writes: "Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident."

Wrong. That demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of how evolution works.
Change a bit.
Test code.
Does it run better?
If so then make many copies.
Loop back to beginning.

It's a little more complicated but that is why evolution works. It is not an accident. It is a test bed.

Submission Cinavia defeated->

Hamsterdan writes: Cinavia's anti-piracy technology has been a thorn in the side of many file-sharers, who are unable to pay pirated files on their DVD-players without being interrupted by a warning message. In a breakthrough development, software vendor DVD-Ranger has cracked the protection, including for popular movies downloaded from pirate sites.

Cinavia’s anti-piracy technology relies on a unique type of watermarking that allows it to remain present in pirated movies despite re-recording, transcoding, compression, or other type of transfer.

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Comment Re:TurboTax + Excel + Python + Curses (Score 1) 386

Gnumeric + fill out PDF's via Adobe + print + sign + mail

For many years now I have done our taxes with Gnumeric on my Amiga computer (which have evolved). We do a couple of the worksheets + the forms we are required to file. It gets easier to do every year. It *is* a pain when they insert new rows in the forms!

Once that is done, we use my wife's macAir with Adobe to fill out the IRS PDF files and print those. We sign the 1040 and mail it in.

I tried the online free Tax programs, but they were too much of a straight jacket.

Strictly as an aside, I understand a little better how what is going on with their calculations.

Comment If its in stock, we got it. (Score 1) 903

Any retail store and anybody you work for ALWAYS have quirks. We are going to have to live with that. There are gotcha problems every which way you go (even where you step).

Ask any avid brick & mortar shopper. You want something? You'll have to learn who offers what.

As long as all customers/employees are treated the same when they come through the door you should be happy.

You don't like what they offer? Don't go there. Don't seek employment there. Move to a different place... look there.

Comment Competition (Score 2) 162

Does it have to be all or nothing?

Our software supports the hardware so we don't feel any palpable, fierce competition since we always lag the hardware improvements and those get top billing. Our users are interested in knowing the changes that are meaningful to them.

Since I use our change logs to significantly build our "brochure" touting reasons to upgrade, maybe you all can pare down change logs to the "best of the 1000" to say "20"... a list most can bother to go through.

Never trust an operating system.