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Comment: Idiocy (Score 1) 386

by klek (#49727843) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

"Pens and paper have no place in the modern classroom, according to Lia De Cicco Remu,"

Poppycock. One expresses themselves differently via pen, pencil, paint brush, computer keyboard, thumb-type, mechanical typewriter, or electronic dictation... each are notably distinct. Remove any one and you limit the modes of expression available. At our collective, expressive peril.

Comment: Windows, just Windows (Score 1) 199

by klek (#49650785) Attached to: Future Holds Large Updates Instead of Stand-Alone Windows Releases

What's in a name?
So a lot of great comments here, I too do not look forward to a forced-march subscription model that's being floated here. I can't imagine what that means for our enterprise, quarterly patches for servers are already a day of pain. Now we'll get constant rolling updates of servers AND workstations? Great.

But the name: Oh Microsoft, why do you have to make the naming *WORSE*? It's not like the path was convoluted enough...
(Windows 3.1, 95, NT, 2000, XP, 7, 8.1, 10)
But now the new version is simply called "Windows", making it considerably more difficult for techies to discuss which version they are running.

Now when someone asks "What systems are you running?" it will require /more/ exchanges to discern that you are just running the "Windows" version of Windows. "Windows 'Windows'" perhaps. ... WinSquared.

It's not like they could have chosen "Windows Infinity", or "Windows Silver", or "Windows Rolling Update", or "Window Terminal", or "Windows FuckYou We Own Your Ass Now", or "Windows Sprawl", or "Windows Sauron" or something *specific* with which we could actually refer to it. They have to call it the one sole word that is common to ALL Windows releases since 1993... thereby forcing techies to have a longer conversation about which fucking version they are talking about. No more shorthand ("W2008"), now always ever more will you have to have a a multi-lined conversation as you try to discern /exactly/ which version you are running.

Thanks Microsoft. You autistic jerks.

Comment: Suspicious, indeed... (Score 1) 394

by klek (#49393567) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?

I technically have an FB account... under a pseudonym but I don't use it nor 'friend' other people, and demure when they ask if they can 'friend' me, same with Twitter. And no LinkedIn at all. I've never once been asked for any of that for any job interview despite the fact that I have virtually no obvious findable online presence, and I live in Seattle, techno-Central-North these days.

I can understand a certain level of 'transparency', or personal promotion uses for LinkedIn professionally, and there are uses for social media personally, specifically event invites (or the 'knife' argument above). Twitter is useful for news updates. But there are plenty of us who stay anonymous or don't have accounts with nyms linked to our real names, and we are doing just fine.

Job wants to know info? Read my resume/CV, call my references.
New potential friend shocked I'm not on FB? They are probably too lame a human being to really engage with anyway. Ask them if they've ever been outside the USA (have YOU ever been outside the USA?), or know how to build a fire, or speak another language.

City life done made y'all soft...

One would be interested to know more details about the original poster... who IS this person, anyway? Cui bono?

Comment: Funding the police motive (Score 1) 760

It would bias the police's interests in funding their department with fines, as they often do in the US, towards stopping and arresting RICH people for one, since they would be paying the greater numerical fines. It might give the rich a bit of a taste of equality, for once... naturally, they will resist implementation of 'day-fines'.

All the more reason to implement them immediately.

Comment: The Nine Billion Names of God (Score 1) 531

by klek (#49140741) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

Then he added, in an afterthought: “Wonder if the computer’s finished its run. It was due about now.”
Chuck didn’t reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just see Chuck’s face, a white oval turned toward the sky.
“Look,” whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There is always a last time for everything.)
Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.

Comment: *Your* Stories, *Your* Memories.... (Score 3, Insightful) 698

by klek (#49132645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Terminally Ill - What Wisdom Should I Pass On To My Geek Daughter?

After my siblings and I lost our mom prematurely, the thing that we have struggled with the most is missing all the stories she had in her head... about our early years, of course, but also about different stages of things in our lives - sequences of events, or tales of lesser-known relatives. Happy memories of us that she had & liked to recall... Silly stores that made *her* laugh... that warmed *her* heart... We will never be able to get those now that she's passed over. We've been able to reconstruct some details between us, but HER stories - anything she never wrote down - are gone forever now.

I humbly suggest to not be a "Dad" and "tell" her stuff, but instead share the stuff that makes you happy & joyful to have known her & cared for her while you did.

And,.. you have my condolences, you are in a difficult situation. All the best to you and yours..

Comment: Because with ultimate power... (Score 1) 406

by klek (#49121237) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

...comes ultimate responsibility. And these guys have done /nothing/ if not prove themselves ultimately responsible.

That said, this is all just PR bluster. They've already backdoored all harddrives by infecting the firmware, compromised Cisco and backdoored all switches, they probably have operatives inside MS who've placed impossible-to-find backdoors in all versions of their OS's, they've stolen millions of SIM card K{i} keys, and their monitoring kit can hoover up any data for later processing that has the mildest whiff of interesting to it--automatically.

They "say" they *want* to sniff all encrypted coms... because they already are. Probably.

Who knows, maybe not, but when secretive agencies make a lot of PR noise, you can be certain it's a distraction.

Comment: Re:good bye to US datacenters (Score 1) 406

by klek (#49121171) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

Well, they could keylog your computer and just lift the password.
Or, i don't know, steal the crypto key to the SIM card in your phone or something, and then keylog your phone.
Or simply, take a hammer to your fingers until you gave them all your passphrases. But you're probably not that valuable or interesting to them to do this one.

Comment: Flic, button project might work (Score 1) 327

by klek (#49034421) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Panic Button a Very Young Child Can Use

I dropped some money towards the Flic indigogo awhile back, which is a simple "one click" remote button that is tethered to a smartphone, and you program it to do anything you want... send an email, call a friend, take a photo, etc. etc.

The single function and customizability may be what you are looking for.

Comment: The United States of Google (Score 1) 238

by klek (#48859205) Attached to: Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

Of course. They have all the data and statistics. And they have the comprehensive reach to give insurance to everyone, *for a much lower cost*. We'd be fools not to take it, because it's so cheap, and covers *everything*. Cars, houses, rentals, electronics, babies, jobs, farms... anything you have or need.
This will kill the Insurance Industry(TM) as we know it, and replace it will GoogleSure, in which you are automatically enrolled once you turn 16. Enrolled for life.

Inevitably, this imperious mission creep will eventually invade politics: first taking over all lobbying, then the politicians, then finally the entire government itself. We will become citizens of the GoogleStat. Politics, lawmaking, poverty, homelessness, immigration, budgets, subsidies, etc. all will be done in the most efficient manner possible; the entire economy will be 'tightened up' thanks to Google's efficient algorithms. And we won't even need to vote on anything anymore, because our Benevolent Father Google will already know what we choose, where we drive, how we live, and what we want. The Holy Algorithms will simply select the best laws for us, and the DriverlessGoogleCopBots will enforce them, just like Judge Dredd: Judge, Jury & Enforcement rolled into one... One Massive Algorithm to Rule Us All. And it will finally be perfect.

The person who can smile when something goes wrong has thought of someone to blame it on.