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Comment: Re:Fixing the wrong problem (Score 1) 216

by BringsApples (#48189595) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man
You're totally correct (in terms of normal context), but totally wrong (in the context of what burning man is). Burning man is about living in a temporary space where normality doesn't have to be in the context at all. Think in terms of 'people peddling ice' vs 'having a place where you have to get ice'. They each create a specific experience, but one is more in tune with what how Nature provides.

Also let us not forget that the author of this article went once, and during a time when there was only one line for ice (judging by his writings, he didn't have a good time, missed the whole point of it, and will never go again). Normally there are at least three ice lines. The ice line should be a place that gets fit into the schedule. Otherwise the whole "burning man" experience (the experience that you should both loath and enjoy) is set into the same context that our daily lives are stuck in. Then, why go do something like burning man?

Disclaimer: I've never been to burning man.

Comment: Re:in the *dessert* ???? (Score 1) 216

by BringsApples (#48189405) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Seriously; are there people in this world that are getting PAID to administrate and edit Slashdot? If so, please sign me up for this sweet gig. If not; then I can understand this kind of sloppiness as it's just a hobby.

No. If we all get a job at slashdot, who'll be the silly idiots that read/comment on the crap that we'll post? If you want slashdot to stop posting shit stories, then stop reading slashdot. If no one reads slashdot... well you know.

Not that there aren't already like 50% bots here now. Ever wonder why the CAPTCHA is usually along the same lines as what you're posting? Maybe the bots are editing the site by now, who knows.

Comment: Re:Funny but Microsoft is the most open ecosystem. (Score 1) 153

by Hamsterdan (#48186049) Attached to: Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Tell that to HP. My laserjet 1012 doesn't have any drivers for 7, yet it works if I force it as a 3055.

Manufacturers should be required by law to provide drivers for at least 5-10 years. All the perfectly good and working hardware that gets recycled or trashed is mind boggling...

Comment: How on earth? (Score 1) 72

by gman003 (#48185681) Attached to: IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

How on earth do they find "pay someone a billion and a half to take this business" to be cheaper than just shutting the entire thing down? Even if the division is losing more money than that, I think you could do better by just firing everyone and burning any physical assets to the ground. The only way I think it could be otherwise is if it costs more than $1.5 billion just to shut down the division. Unless IBM is running a nuclear reactor somewhere and I just never heard of it, that just doesn't seem plausible.

Comment: Re:Eh (Score 1) 184

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48185043) Attached to: The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut
At this point, I'd be tempted to make any would-be astronaut pass the 'n months in standby and hard vacuum before the signal from mission control wakes you up' test, because Our Robot Overlords have gotten considerably better; but it'd be no worse, and possibly better, than the John Glenn launch a few years back.

Comment: Re:ET Phone home (Score 1) 289

by timeOday (#48183757) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data
It could just be some random app on the phone.

If Apple itself wanted to upload data more stealthily, there is absolutely nothing to stop them - just wait until the next time you initiate a connection with, such as a software update. Devices are so connected now, with no real internal partitioning of data, it is all purely on the honor system (except the ToS generally say they can and will do whatever they want anyways!)

Is a person who blows up banks an econoclast?