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Comment: Re:Just buy Facebook (Score 1) 141

by jez9999 (#49164267) Attached to: Google+ Divided Into Photos and Streams, With New Boss

I used GTalk on the desktop for a long time, unfortunately they canned it and Hangouts doesn't really work for me as Google still can't get its shit together with multiple accounts

Yeah, and what's with the fact that the Hangouts app just closes all the time? Every time I leave it running in the background for a few hours, I come back to the PC and Chrome has silently shut down, along with the Hangouts app. Gtalk would just stay in the goddamn system tray.

Comment: Re:White balance and contrast in camera. (Score 1) 410

by jez9999 (#49163101) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

I'd actually think it was the other way around - I'm less blue colorblind which is why I always see blue, regardless of surrounding context. You've got slight blue colorblindness which is why context causes you to interpret the blue as a different color.

This is probably the best explanation I've seen. I *cannot* see the dress as anything but white and gold, no matter what lighting conditions, etc. I'm not totally colourblind to blue, and when I grab some of the "white" pixels in GIMP and blow them up they look light blue; but in context they look white (maybe a "dull" white).

My mum, however, usually sees it as blue and black. She often sees things as dark blue that I would call "grey". So maybe my eyes just have fewer blue cones.

Comment: Re:White balance and contrast in camera. (Score 1) 410

by jez9999 (#49163073) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

I see it as white and gold, every time. I just about get how the dark blue could change to light blue, and my brain perceives it as white given the dark contrast with the stripes. What I don't get is how black can turn to brown or gold or something. Surely lighter black should just be grey.

Comment: Rockstar, meh (Score 3, Informative) 145

by Alioth (#49120611) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

I feel that any developer who calls themselves a "rockstar developer" is probably suffering a severe case of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

All the really competent developers I've ever known have had anything but "rockstar" like qualities. They generally don't boast, they are generally frugal, they are generally the exact opposite of a rockstar.

Comment: Re:That's because (Score 1) 201

by Alioth (#49086365) Attached to: After 30 Years of the Free Software Foundation, Where Do We Stand?

And this is why such services actually exist. For example, in the nearest town (pop. ~30,000) there are two shops that will do repairs on things like iPhones/Android phones (the usual stuff - repairing broken screens, replacing dead batteries, removing the SIM lock from any locked phones, replacing home buttons that have stopped working and the usual other wear-and-tear failures that smartphones suffer over time).

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 1) 449

by Alioth (#49086045) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

I lived in the US for a few years. We all knew it was the richest country in the world (and much richer than the country I'm from) but I was astonished by how common obvious poverty was. I thought our inner cities were bad, but I'd never seen things like trailer parks and some of the small towns in the south that look like they belong in the third world.

Comment: Re:Got one of those cards (Score 1) 449

by jez9999 (#49085983) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

Chase Visa Freedom sent me one of those chipped credit cards a month after I thought about asking for it for upcoming trip to Europe on vacation.

In the UK at least, I doubt that card will be accepted. Chip and PIN payment is the only thing accepted (in person) these days - chip and signature has long been phased out. I'd be interested as to what happens if you try to use that card.

The reason computer chips are so small is computers don't eat much.