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Comment: Stop supporting the NSA with FAKE terms (Score 0) 66

by jackb_guppy (#46441777) Attached to: Metadata and the Intrusive State

METADATA has a meaning. It defines the column characteristics and use help text associated. Think as "standing" on a row, in a column, what is the definition of that spot.

DATA defines the other items on that same "row".

Someone started to talk about a picture, that date, time and location of that picture is the METADATA. It is not, is the DATA on the same row storing the blob called picture. NSA is using this same misinformation to minimize the from number, to number, start time and duration of the call.

Comment: BETA is as broken as this META system and Account (Score 1) 2219

by jackb_guppy (#46191343) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

BETA cannot display a meaningful page... Canot figure out how much whitespace is needed for text. Just like the ACCOUNT information, half the test is missing.
BETA cannot let you post, just a META will not allow me to post. It keeps trying to refresh and has Jscript that I have cancel to get the page to work.

Do not break original.


Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds! 2219

Posted by timothy
from the there-would-be-this-picture-of-a-cat dept.
We've had only a few major redesigns since 1997; we think it's time for another. But we really do take to heart the comments you've made about the look and functionality of the beta site that houses Slashdot's future look. So let's all slow down. Right now, we're directing 25 percent of non-logged-in users to the beta; it's a significant number, but it's the best way for us to test drive this new design, to have you show us what pieces need to be fixed, and how. If you want to move back to Classic Slashdot, that path is available: from the Slashdot Beta page, you just need to select the "Slashdot Classic" link from the footer (or this link). We're committed to keep you informed of the plans as changes are implemented; we can't promise that every user will like every change, but we don't want anything to come as a surprise. Most importantly, we want you to know that Classic Slashdot isn't going away until we're confident that the new site is ready. And — okay, we've got it — it's not ready. We have work to do on four big areas: feature parity (especially for commenting); the overall UI, especially in terms of information density and headline scanning; plain old bugs; and, lastly, the need for a better framework for communicating about the How and the Why of this process. Some of you have suggested we're not listening; on the contrary, some of us are 'listening' pretty much full-time. We're keeping you informed of this process, because we're a community and we want to take everyone with us. But, yes, we're trying something new. Why? We want to take our current content and all the stuff that matters to this community and deliver it on a site that still speaks to the interests and habits of our current audience, but that is, at the same time, more accessible and shareable by a wider audience. We want to give our current audience the space where they are comfortable. And we want a platform where we can experiment with different views of both comments and stories. It's not an either/or. It's going to be both. If we haven't communicated that well enough, consider this post a first step to fixing that. And in the meantime, we're not sorry to have received a flood of feedback, most of it specific, constructive and substantive. Please keep it coming. We will be adding more specific info here in the days to come.

Comment: Google Mobile is bad, too. (Score 1) 382

by jackb_guppy (#45771997) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

I can barely use Google's Mobile. Why?
1) They have turned off the ability to reverse pinch to make the text bigger.
2) They are using White Background with Gray Letters.

Really guys, does anyone test their software in enviroment that is not a designed "normal" mode.

The internet with it's structure allowed for the user to adjust character size to make it readable... Now, you turn it off! Some great help or equallizer!

Comment: Get little machine (Score 2) 246

by jackb_guppy (#45449659) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark

This weekend I found IPFIRE (Linux firewall/router follwoing IPCOP like design). Installed a UML295 LTE internet usb dongle with the on-board ethernet, up and running 10Mb/s (Both Up and Down) backup for my internet connections. Can also use it as base for mobile router in the car for the kids. Not bad for the low cost investment.

Comment: A common language (Score 3, Insightful) 211

by jackb_guppy (#44751771) Attached to: Writing Documentation: Teach, Don't Tell

The article misses something critial - the use of common language.

The biggests example of this is HIS use of "user". A "user" for all my time in this business is the person sitting in front of the computer using the software to preform a business funtion... not programming a business function.

This leads to second issue a developer is person that uses an embedded function written by another developer - generally with a higher skill or at least akill peaked before the new developerl. That developer is trying to come up to speed about cause and effect of using a given piece of code and trusting the original developer actual did his job right.

How can you trust a person that says what documentation is to be, that cannot teach it following his own rules? The first rule of any teaching is placing terms that you are going to be using, to teach the others what you mean. You see this legal documents to prevent confussion of common terms being used in a more defined or limited manor.

Comment: I cuut the cable 5yrs ago (Score 0) 97

by jackb_guppy (#44595743) Attached to: IPTV Providers To Pay Same Regulatory Fees As Cable Companies

I do not see how FCC thinks they will collect on those fees. I been watching shows for years off the net and all has been free. So 5% of $0 is $0.

Maybe they are trying to collect on ad clicks? I don't click them so again $0.

Lastly most of the sites I watch is outside the US. So they are like what? $0

To be far though, I did have Netflix, but my wife canceled that subscription after buying ChromeCast and finding out no 3mo free NetFlix becuase she bought it 30 minutes to late. Also Goolge did not document that well, seemed "bait and switch".

We actually have only 2 TVs: 32" on wife;s desk she uses as montior and 23" in bedroom w/ annena to watch late night after kids go to sleep. But then again 8 compters with screens, who needs TV.

Comment: Re:Why isn't this tagged with the censorship logo? (Score 1) 403

by jackb_guppy (#44595551) Attached to: Yahoo Deletes Journalist's Pre-Paid Legacy Site After Suicide

Need to right the release of rights page, read his last line.

Release of Rights

I, Martin Manley, being the creator and owner of all information on the site "", neither hold nor retain any claim or copyright on any part of this web-site. I do not grant these rights to any individual person or entity either in life or upon death. Rather I release all rights to this work - making it public domain. Anyone can do with it whatever they wish.

Martin Allen Manley

August 15, 2013.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke