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Comment: Re: Who's using Firefox anyway ? (Score 4, Insightful) 397

by slaker (#48422491) Attached to: Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

I use Firefox in preference to Chrome because of the superior and more permissive add on ecosystem, fine grained JavaScript controls, better tools for privacy protection and better (yes, really) memory management for my browsing habits.
Just the fact that I can have hassle free ad blocking on Android makes it worthy of consideration.

Comment: Re:For the rest of us (Score 4, Funny) 299

by alienmole (#48287573) Attached to: It's Time To Revive Hypercard

THAT SEEMS LIKE A GOOD IDEA. I'M VERY HAPPY WITH MY NEW CAPS LOCK KEY. OH WAIT, DID YOU MEAN A SHIFT KEY?

the one problem with using my new caps lock key is that the slashdot filter complains that it's like yelling and refuses to post my comment. maybe these sentences will mollify it. haha it worked.

Comment: Re:Will be watching from Connecticut (Score 3, Informative) 36

by alienmole (#48241503) Attached to: How To View the Antares Launch
Looking at the map, it seems like the direction to look from Connecticut will be south/southeast (but mostly south). It first has to rise above the Earth's curvature far enough to be visible from CT, and by that time it's already quite far out to sea to the east. Looks like a similar situation in NJ - it's not going to appear to the southwest.

Comment: Let's solve basic connectivity first (Score 5, Insightful) 291

by slaker (#48209555) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

I live 40 miles southeast of Chicago. My community has access to high speed internet, but going much farther south or east, the options for faster-than-dialup services evaporate. Huge parts of the US aren't even served by 3G cell service or DSL lines, let alone cable internet. Let's solve that problem. It's far more important in the big picture than getting enough bandwidth to stream a dozen 4k streams for some theoretical 5% of the USA that has been gifted with fiber-based connectivity.

Comment: Re:all (Score 2) 108

by slaker (#48192249) Attached to: Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

The Note 2 and Note 3 are, based on my observation, good for a couple days without charging. Like the iphone 6+, this probably has more to do with the form factor than anything else.

I can get about a day and a half out of my S4, but I'm an atypical user since I don't use any messaging aside from E-mail (SMS is stupid and I hope it dies soon).

It's somewhat silly to try to define "using a smartphone as a smartphone" since that's really the ultimate movable goalpost. I use mine primarily to read things on the web while I'm away from a bigger computer and I listen to locally-stored music. I don't really launch other apps, maintain social connections, play games, make calls or look at pornography while on the toilet, all of which might be part of someone else's definition of justifiable smartphone-ing.

Comment: Re:Windows XP (Score 1) 554

by slaker (#48049137) Attached to: Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

NX support was actually added between Windows 8 and 8.1, but you're right that there have been minor adjustments to hardware requirements over time. Since NX has to be supported by both CPU and motherboard, it's actually quite a hole. A lot of my company's Core2 systems wouldn't be compatible with Windows 8 or 10 because the standard motherboard is an older one.

Comment: Re:Story title needs a warning! (Score 4, Interesting) 274

by slaker (#48048363) Attached to: Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

The way I understand the rules in the US, the definition of child pornography is actually highly expansive and can include photos of lascivious intent in spite of the presence or absence of clothing. The iconic Coppertone Girl ad of the dog pulling at the little girl's bikini might be enough to cause a problem in some jurisdictions, and every once in a while we'll get stories about parents getting legal fallout for having pictures of their infants being bathed or something.

Comment: Re:not supposed to be on the web! (Score 4, Interesting) 329

by alienmole (#48018455) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found
Yeah, this is what bothers me about this whole thing. People are acting like this is a terrible security hole outside of anyone's control, but if you're running an environment which allows for remote execution of anything via bash, I feel like Agent Smith said it best: "your men are already dead." That hasn't been a plausible architecture for public-facing applications for at least a decade. I remember working hard to get away from CGI-style approaches in the late '90s - back then, it was more for performance than security, but the security was an added bonus that became more apparent later.

Comment: Re:Remeron (Score 1) 138

by slaker (#47962521) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

I gained 180lbs. in two years while I was on Zoloft and Paxil. I wasn't a small person to begin with. I was doing things like eating two large take-out pizzas a day when I could afford to do it. The sick thing was that I was under care of a psychiatrist, a psychologist and my primary care physician, and none of them thought my weight gain was an issue worth addressing.

I got debilitating headaches, spent a good chunk of my 20s with absolutely zero sex drive, only slept about four hours a night and had trouble stringing together a coherent sentence. For all of that, the meds never actually made me feel any better. I just took them because my doctors told me they were helping.

Eventually, I did get fed up and just stopped treatment. I had a few months of even worse headaches, but at least for me it's easier to just deal with depression and anxiety than all the problems that came along with the meds.

10.0 times 0.1 is hardly ever 1.0.

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