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Comment: Chase happiness, not money (Score 1) 685

by jddj (#49129091) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Terminally Ill - What Wisdom Should I Pass On To My Geek Daughter?

Find a way to do the work that you love most, not necessarily the work that pays you most. If you're good, and the work's important, the money will follow.

A close second would be: treasure your time. You can buy almost anything else, but not a second more.

Another close second: Love yourself first. That's the way to healthy relationships with others. (That's not to say "be a selfish narcissist", but instead to understand that you have to be whole and strong if you're not to fall into relationships where you're not an equal partner).

A third: Invest while you're young. (See the one about not being able to buy the time back above).

Comment: Re: Mod Parent Up (Score 0) 71

by jddj (#49121429) Attached to: UK Scientists Claim 1Tbps Data Speed Via Experimental 5G Technology

Well, if I understand GB Ethernet (with which I've wired my home, to ease passing MPEG-2 OTA TV streams around), it moves from one twisted pair to four, at the 100Mbit clock rate, and so approximates 1Gbps, though doesn't quite equal it.

So not a like-for-like comparison. While the summary doesn't say much, the other provided explanation (multiple spatial paths) seems something like GB EN, in that there are multiple channels in which the information is transmitted.

Hard for me to see how you cram a Terabit down a 100MHz single channel, but perhaps that's not what's being attempted.

Comment: Re: Please not PDF. A picture's not good either. (Score 1) 263

Somebody likely typed the menu.

Strikes me that a quick web form to copy I paste the text is a lot less elaborate than maintaining a webcam for the purpose. But that's just me.

Good usability pros don't "ride off into the sunset" before testing to make sure the solution works well for all stakeholders, including those who must maintain the content without help.

Comment: Please not PDF. A picture's not good either. (Score 4, Insightful) 263

Restaurant sites are what usability pros show onscreen when they want to get a belly laugh from the audience.

The reason is that restaurants are focused on looks before usability. This leads them to use pictures of text, PDFs, and the hated Flash.

Those technologies range from poor to complete fail when it comes to searchability, mobile adaptability, accessibility, and ability to select and copy/paste text.

Please, use HTML text instead. It's not hard to format it beautifully with CSS, and you'll be helping patrons find you, paste the address into their contacts or GPS, share favorite stuff with friends, and get a dollar out of their hands and into yours.

Comment: Look at lightup.io (Score 1) 175

by jddj (#48942703) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Engage 5th-8th Graders In Computing?

Circuits that stick together with magnets, interesting sensors, Arduino-compatible controller, web-browser-integrated programing environment, sample projects and code sharing.

The hello world starts with blinking the lights on the controller board. Get the bigger kit (the "Tesla", I think).

Comment: Re:Urban legend? (Score 2) 313

Can't comment on exactly _this_ plan for doomsday, but my Dad was a highly-placed official in the Post Office Department/Postal Service during the 60s-80s, and there was a CoG (Continuity of Government) plan, at least for leadership.

Don't ask me who they thought was going to deliver the mail.

Dad was supposed to abandon the family and head for a specific place in the mountains 90 or so miles west of the city. (There was plenty DC traffic in the '60s, but it wasn't anything like it is today - and the exurbs weren't crowded with townhomes, Costcos and Ferrari dealers).

Dad had his instructions, and while he was a good soldier, I seem to recall he told me he couldn't have left us. Knowing the man, I think that's right.

Besides, the plan was destined for obsolescence once MIRVs and multiple H-Bomb city-busters were developed. There's just no way to survive something like that and have remaining anything like the civilization we enjoy.

Comment: Re:Any actual examples? (Score 1) 598

by jddj (#48739801) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

Broken DAAP music server playing - can no longer play music with iTunes from my streaming server (since like iTunes 10).

The rest of iTunes - plenty more comments detail this.

Usability: removal of the scroll arrows from the UI. If you're not on a multitouch pad, or a wheely mouse, hey, just get used to it. F.U. Apple.

Intentional removal of their OWN Fax Modem (yes, a software issue, as the Fax Modem dongle did its processing on the Mac CPU). Only found out about this item I only kept around to receive rare faxes when I suddenly needed to receive a fax. Doesn't work, and doesn't say why: upgrading the OS was enough to break it forever. Would've been nice to hear that BEFORE I upgraded.

Apple Mail: steaming pile of turd. I've had Apple Mail mistakenly associate emails with an account identity, then when I delete that identity, all the mail goes away with it. Have had Apple Mail silently mangle emails for months before I found out. Wish there were some other option other than this featureless pile of feces, but there's really not anything that's both better and less buggy. Eudora was, but it's been out of maintenance for maybe a decade.

Breakage of their legacy software: In the last month I've been moving a huge pile of offline CD and DVD stuff back to magnetic storage (since it's cheap now), and am amazed that so many presentation/multimedia/game/video titles will never run again, because Apple has dropped their Classic and Rosetta emulators. Stuff of a similar vintage could probably be at least opened on Windows (if not actually run well).

AppleLink>eWorld>iTools>.mac>mobile me>iCloud: Apple has shown a complete inability to focus on maintaining online services. They announce an infrastructure, allow users to build something significant on it, then shut it off without a thought. #epicfail. I wouldn't trust Apple with any of my data online.

There's plenty more wrong. The list goes on...

Computer Science is merely the post-Turing decline in formal systems theory.