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Comment: Seriously? (Score 1) 867

by k3vlar (#44376663) Attached to: Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan

"The idea that somebody is going to walk down to their mailbox in Buffalo, New York, in the winter snow to get their mail is just crazy."

Seriously? Are people that god damn lazy?

In the town where I grew up, we had mailbox clusters for neighborhoods. Not just apartments and townhouse communities, but actual separate-houses-fences-and-yards areas. Oh, and get this, in the winter, we deal with an average of 14ft of snow annually. That doesn't stop anyone from walking or driving often as much as 1/2 a mile to the nearest mailbox cluster. It doesn't stop the elderly either, who sometimes rely on family, friends, and/or neighbors, but more often use it as an excuse to leave the house, even in blizzard white-out conditions.

Seriously. Walking to your curb isn't a huge deal. Better if it gets your fat, lazy ass off the couch, and may even help you be more fit and able to walk to the curb when you're older.

Comment: Re:Entangled Photons? (Score 1) 209

by k3vlar (#43413951) Attached to: European Researchers Propose Quantum Network Between Earth and ISS
What happens to the Anomalous Materials they need for their experiments? Do they have the means for Residue Processing, or do they just seal all the waste in a Blast Pit? As far as pollutants go, We've Got Hostiles leaking into our atmosphere, oceans and rivers. So before you get On A Rail, and Power Up your Lambda Core, you need to consider the environmental Interloper.

Comment: There's only one company on that list... (Score 4, Insightful) 133

by k3vlar (#43236607) Attached to: Post "Good Google," Who Will Defend the Open Web?

There's only one company on that list that seems qualified to me, and that would be Mozilla.

My reasoning (and this is based on my opinion, so mod how you will):

  • - Yahoo is slowly dying, having failed to gain a real foothold in the era of cloud computing
  • - IBM and Red Hat have enterprise customers they will put before "openness"
  • - Microsoft, despite it's attempts, still doesn't really understand (from a corporate perspective) what "openness" is, or how to use it
  • - The Wikimedia Foundation definitely doesn't have the clout

Mozilla has long championed open standards, and although they once toppled the "invincible" Microsoft, whether they still hold that kind of power remains to be seen...

Comment: You know what I'd like to see? (Score 5, Insightful) 736

by k3vlar (#42879969) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?
You know what I'd like to see more than a working progress bar? A "Cancel" button that actually stops the f*%! process! .
I don't want to finish the sub-process I'm currently doing (which has probably stalled)... just FREAKING STOP.

If you (programmer) want to close connections, or save the changes to the disk, do it in the background. Making me sit there for another 10 minutes while you're "cancelling..." is not helpful. I will force close your program. Failing that I will hard-reset the computer. Seriously.

Comment: Re:Where are the hybrids??? (Score 3, Informative) 269

by k3vlar (#42792669) Attached to: Hard Drive Revenue About To Take a Double-Digit Dip
Apple doesn't have 3tb hybrid drives... theirs is a software solution. They include a 128gb off-the-shelf(-ish) SSD, and a 3TB platter-based hard drive. Their volume manager software "intelligently" shuffles data around, to optimize access speeds. Not sure how effective it is, but it sure sounds appealing in their advertising material.

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