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Comment: Re:Projector? Recommendations (Score 1) 720

by nullchar (#48489489) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

I thought the same thing years ago: I didn't want the screen staring at me all day when I'd only watch it for small periods of time.

Unfortunately, only "older" TV furniture had retractable doors to cover it, not much was available for large flat screens.

Some ideas:

  • Buy/make some nice (red) movie theater style curtains to cover the screen when not in use
  • Get a large canvas print of your favorite art and install that on the retractable pull-down screen
  • Go all out and build a motorized system to raise/lower the TV into/out of the attic/basement

Comment: Re:Google Analytics (Score 1) 167

by nullchar (#48215231) Attached to: Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

I don't see how anyone can believe this:

Ello uses an anonymized version of Google Analytics to gather and aggregate general information about user behavior. Google may use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the site, compiling reports on site activity for us and providing other services relating to site activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. To the best of our knowledge, the information gathered by Google on Ello’s behalf is collected in such a way that neither Ello, nor Google, can easily trace saved information back to any individual user.

Comment: Re:FreeBSD (Score 2) 303

by nullchar (#48105759) Attached to: What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

Gentoo seemed to figure out init script dependency.

I'm open to changing init scripts, but do we have to change everything else too? Like binary logging and needing an interface to access those logs instead of just tailing/grepping them. (Though I think systemd does support duplicate logging to certain syslogs.)

Comment: Re:Women in the drivers seat`? (Score 1) 482

by nullchar (#48050633) Attached to: Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

Interesting idea...

All pictures are hidden by default. Men and women browse each others profiles. When both sides "like" the other profile, they both get to see pictures.

This may quickly devolve into men "liking" every female profile, but it still forces the woman to be interested in profile content before seeing a photo.

Comment: Women crave Feedback (Score 3, Interesting) 579

by nullchar (#47781993) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

There are no "likes" for Wikipedia edits, unlike Pinterest or Facebook posts.

Women are social creatures and require a feedback loop to keep contributing. Perhaps if we applied gamification to Wikipedia we might get a more balanced participation as the participants would receive some feedback (positive acknowledgements, achievements, whatever) to keep them motivated to contribute.

Comment: Same tech, but as a normal heatsink (Score 2) 171

by nullchar (#47567835) Attached to: Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

I would rather have a normal heatsink (in popular form factors) for CPU and GPU out of this material. You would still want airflow through your case, or even on top of the heatsink, but RPMs of those fans would hopefully be much lower, making much less noise.

Silent is a noble goal, but I would be happy to use standard cases and components being very quiet.

Comment: Re:I made the switch (Score 2) 143

If you show them a few good ones they will want more, but I wouldn't start to rewrite all the legacy code.

This. Submitter should build a few small projects that give a different end result than the current code base. If you're just swapping R for SAS but delivering the exact same output, no management will care. The sample projects either needs to report the data in different ways, or visualize the data, or even as this parent suggested, simply provide a copy of the output as a spreadsheet.

Innovation will come by thinking about the problem differently and exploring different ways to ask questions to gain insight into your business. If you're just crunching the same numbers, don't bother. For the submitter personally, it's great to learn R and Python, but don't expect an organization shift unless it provides something unique.

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