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Comment: I thought he was the "smart" Bush (Score 1) 255

by rnturn (#49026733) Attached to: Jeb Bush Publishes Thousands of Citizens' Email Addresses

First he hires a communications director with a history of sending out ugly tweets (that are, apparently, being deleted in an attempt to keep Bush's potential campaign from imploding before it even begins). Then he publishes constituents' email addresses. Doesn't seem all that smart to me.

Comment: Re:Idiots... (Score 1) 422

by rnturn (#48994351) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?

You ever been to the zoo or an aquarium? How many people turn off the flash when taking a picture of something through glass?

I do.

You're certainly in the minority. Most of those people probably haven't figured out where that big white blob in the photos came from. Speaking of flash... how many people come home after the Super Bowl -- or some other giant arena event -- and are disappointed with the photos they took while they were there saying "But I used the flash..." We're talking about flash guide number folks and there's no way anyone sitting in the upper deck has a flash capable of illuminating the playing field and getting that one of a kind snapshot of Beyonce. Just one of those things that people don't know any more since everything has been automated and reduced down to merely pushing a button.

Comment: Re:Image quality isn't everything (Score 1) 422

by rnturn (#48994089) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?

It's still tons easier to control camera shake with a small point-n-shoot than it'll ever be with a smartphone. Maybe it's just years worth of muscle memory that allow me to shoot shake free with a point-n-shoot. I've never been able to get a smartphone camera to get a really sharp photo unless the subject is in bright sunlight.

Comment: Re:What happened? (Score 2) 422

by rnturn (#48993901) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?

The low-light performance is the killer feature for me and DSLR. I'd never give that up. The low-light photos that I've taken with my smartphone look like someone push processed Tri-X to about 3200ASA. (And in color it looks even worse.) Plus the camera in the phone takes forever to focus. My phone's camera is my camera of last resort. Only used when I have nothing else available.

Comment: Now if only companies that are hiring ... (Score 1) 55

by rnturn (#48988997) Attached to: Using Machine Learning To Find a Better Job

... would employ this software in their HR departments to better match prospective employees who've sent their resumes into the company to job openings that would actually be appropriate. I can't remember how many times I've received an email from a company that has my resume on file about a job that would be a "great match" only to read on and discover that the Venn diagram of the position's "gotta have" requirements, previous experiences, and technologies and those listed on my resume don't intersect. At all. I'm sure those companies eventually find someone to fill those roles but they'd find their ideal candidate a lot faster if they were doing a better job with their keyword searches. (Serious... is it really that difficult to set up an ATS?) Maybe MIT's work will help solve this problem for those companies. Or HR departments could stop trying to insulate the hiring managers from the hiring process so that boneheaded notices like the ones I received aren't being sent out. And making the company look completely clueless.

Comment: Nice of Corporate Media to... (Score 1) 351

by rnturn (#48900149) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

... provide an excuse for their buddies in the chemical, pesticide, and GMO industries that allows them to ridicule the American consumer as a bunch of no-nothings. "See... these rubes^Wpeople don't even know what they're talking about so why should we have to label food that contains man-modified genetic material or household chemicals that contain chemicals that nobody's been able to prove with 100% certainty cause cancer?"

Perhaps the paper was trying to indict the educational system but, more likely, that's not how this poll's result are going to be used.

Comment: Re:Thumb (Score 1, Offtopic) 431

by rnturn (#48895521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

I've been using a Kensington Expert Mouse trackball for years and left-click with my thumb, right-click with my pinky, and manipulate the large track ball with the other three fingers. I got it after my index finger started to develop signs of arthritis after having used a regular mouse for so many years. (Anyone remember the Logitech 3-button bus mouse and the Point text editor? (Yeah that long.) I want to find another one of those trackballs.

Comment: Re:What, you can't remap mouse buttons on the G600 (Score 1) 431

by rnturn (#48895437) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?
Why wouldn't xmodmap work for the OP? It's not portable but, if you're the type that carries their personal mouse around with them, the configuration commands could easily be stashed on a USB drive and loaded onto any (UNIX/Linux) computer you're going to attach your mouse to.

Comment: Other than the obligatory security theatre... (Score 3, Insightful) 110

by rnturn (#48895369) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

... just what would the fighter escort hope to accomplish? Are we really ready to order fighter pilots to shoot down airliners over a phoned-in threat? I guess all it'll take now to spook passengers and completely disrupt air travel in the U.S. is a few bozos with bunch of pre-paid or stolen cellphones.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 2) 823

by rnturn (#48878067) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

``We even instruct children to 'stop, look, and listen'.''

So the govt. puts out PSAs that urge people to `stop, look, and look again' when crossing the street. It's a good practice, anyway. Cyclists don't make much noise -- most of the noise made by a car is from the tires and the road surface and a bike's skinny tires make the cyclist much more stealthy -- and a bike/pedestrian collision can be nearly as deadly as one involving cars. Of course, the govt. could always mandate that cyclists clamp something to the fork that is used to hold baseball cards in the spokes. (As a kid, I actually preferred using plastic-coated playing cards as they were louder than baseball cards.) I actually expect something like that to be making its way through local legislatures instead of teaching pedestrians to be more alert when crossing the street.

"Who alone has reason to *lie himself out* of actuality? He who *suffers* from it." -- Friedrich Nietzsche