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Comment: Re:The genie is out of the bottle (Score 1) 183

I've used Uber a lot recently as it's just arrived here. The cars are either the same or better than taxis, the drivers tend to be friendlier, and they don't have loud music at all. My several anecdotes trump your one :)

In seriousness, that is what the rating system is for, to give passengers an avenue to pressure drivers to not be dirty, creepy, and annoying.

Comment: Re:Seems fine to me (Score 1) 209

by Eythian (#48872871) Attached to: Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

Yeah, I use it a lot too. Plenty of communities with interesting discussions going on. I don't get the "I had a bad day, sympathise with me" posts that I got sick of on facebook. Also, a lot of friends of mine use it, posting photos of what they've been doing on their travels, etc.

Comment: Re:Not gonna happen. (Score 1) 165

by Eythian (#48870931) Attached to: Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

Bah. The argument was that there are security flaws that will be used as attacks if the code is on view of the public. It's the classic (meaningless) anti-open source argument. If the code was good then it wouldn't matter if it is viewed or not.

It's not a real argument, but I bet that opening it would expose many vulnerabilities. The code has never seen the outside world before, it's not hardened from experience like other engines.

This said, it's probably the most tested by exploit writers, so maybe it cancels out.

Comment: Re:Once upon a time (Score 2) 163

by Eythian (#48862471) Attached to: Your Entire PC In a Mouse

The batteries typically last for 6+ months at a time.

For the other two points, if you can't use a mouse, you have bigger problems than wired or wireless.

The main pro is that there is no cable to catch on the other crap that's on my desk. Also, I use the mouse left-handed, but usually games are set up with a right-handed configuration by default, so I just pick up the mouse and move it for those cases, without having to sort out a cable.

In a pinch, they double as a wireless presentation clicker too.

Comment: Re:Linux support? (Score 1) 226

by Eythian (#48853821) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

AIUI, the Monument Valley stats are incredibly badly done. For example, me buying it, installing it on my phone, tablet, upgrading my phone and installing it there, and so on would count as one purchase and multiple installs, and so a large inaccurate piracy rate.

I am aware that the Linux market is small, but it does have steadily accelerating support from vendors.

Personally, I won't buy it if it doesn't run on Linux (or android depending on the game), as it would be a waste of money. But I'm a fairly small demographic in that respect.

Comment: Re:Requirement to have compromised device (Score 1) 55

by Eythian (#48853147) Attached to: Researchers Use Siri To Steal Data From iPhones

It has happened, there used to be a site called (something like) jailbreakme that would escape the safari sandbox and jailbreak your iphone. In this case, you had to press a button to confirm, but I think that was simply politeness. I'd bet there were malicious uses of it in the wild too.

Comment: Betteridge's law (Score 0) 317

by ModernGeek (#48552633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?


Also, you seem to have squandered all of your time at the current company you're at by not engaging in continual professional development to better yourself while working. You've been milking the job you've been working at without taking a real interest in the work you're doing, and without thinking of ways to better yourself or your company; and it appears that you have gotten what you deserved.

Leave Information Systems and change your career, everyone will be better off for it, including you. Go back to watching football, hanging out with your friends, and eating wings on Tuesday nights; the rest of us are working.

God made the integers; all else is the work of Man. -- Kronecker