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Comment: Actually visited your search engine (Score 1) 200

by stephanruby (#49501597) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

When I open your search engine, I want the focus of my cursor to default your search form.

After I found out that you didn't even have this, which requires no more than one single attribute in html, I didn't have the confidence to go to any further. Usability testing is cheap. The idea that you would forgo any kind of basic usability testing, before asking for feedback from Slashdot users, tells me you don't have the experience, nor the real desire, to make a decent halfway usable search engine.

Comment: Re:It's about the PR, not the Hacking (Score 1) 261

by stephanruby (#49495305) Attached to: FBI Accuses Researcher of Hacking Plane, Seizes Equipment

This guy's angle is all about milking the PR now. He's hit the short term jackpot and will be the featured speaker at "aviation security" conferences and I hope he makes some money.

I understand the publicity angle, but it will be difficult for him to be the featured speaker at many conferences if he ever gets on the no-fly list.

Comment: Re:Pearson (Score 1) 320

by stephanruby (#49488525) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

The contract was $768 / iPAD (I assume this includes warranty) + $200 / content & software license for 3 years.

The firewall-like software (the one that the school district is complaining about because it was bypassed by students) seems to be sold through Apple (here is the pricing sheet, but it's a pdf). Also, Pearson is a formal ConnectED educational partner of Apple (I'm not sure if that means Apple gets a cut of that contract, but I would think it does).

On an unrelated note: I actually don't know how Sphero actually made that list of Educational Partners. I suppose that by Apple's definition, any toy that can connect to iOS automatically makes it worthy enough to be considered educational.

Comment: Re:Grats, Google, you've violated Cdn Constitution (Score 1) 197

by stephanruby (#49475011) Attached to: Chrome 42 Launches With Push Notifications

And all the Canadians in the US will be suing you. There's an International Data Treaty the US and Canada signed that says they still have their rights.

What parts of explicitly subscribing to notifications from a particular web app on the chrome store violate Canadian rights?

When has user "free will" been revoked in Canada?

Comment: Re:After all the problems with popups... (Score 1) 197

by stephanruby (#49474893) Attached to: Chrome 42 Launches With Push Notifications

So after all the problems with malware-ridden popups and other unwanted crap Google gives us this?

I doubt it will be a simple popup, most likely it will go through some kind of notification manager and the notification will appear in a very restricted type of user interface (like they did on Android).

And yes, the push notifications on Android were abused initially (especially by advertisers), until Google made an update to its notification manager (and also back-ported it).

That update allowed the user to long press on a notification, immediately see who sent the notification, and from that screen allowed the user to uninstall the responsible app (or disable all future notifications permanently from that particular app without uninstalling the app and without letting the app developer know that you disabled all those future notifications).

Comment: Re:So, more free advertising (Score 3, Interesting) 61

by stephanruby (#49473327) Attached to: IT Consultant Talks About 'Negotiating for Nerds' (Video)

Despite noise from a few yammerheads about Matt getting 'free advertising' on Slashdot, which is unlikely since the vast majority of Slashdot users are more likely to compete with him than to hire him

As a Yammerhead myself (whatever that means, by the way thanks a lot Dice for calling me names)

I'm more upset at you guys for turning Slashdot into a Slashvertisement for Dice.

Before the purchase from Dice Holdings, Slashdot wasn't really a place for recruitment advice or recruitment news. I know that as owners of Slashdot, you can do whatever you want with the editorial content, but just know that you've been steadily losing most of your readers here.

Comment: Re:Anyone else want bigger batteries... (Score 1) 39

by stephanruby (#49461297) Attached to: LG's Leather-Clad G4 Revealed In Leaked Images

The only Android handset I've really been interested in is the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, the battery life being a major reason.

You won't need a case for that one, that phone is basically indestructible. But that phone is actually too thin and too rectangular. It looks cool, but it definitely doesn't feel good when you're holding it.

It's basically the complete opposite of LG phones. While LG phones seem to focus on how good they feel in your hands, which is actually pretty awesome, they're super fragile and they definitely need a case for sure (which completely defeats the sensory experience they were going for).

Comment: Re:Negotiation (Score 2) 892

We come up with an offer that we think is fair.

The truth is that everyone negotiates, even women.

Need a relocation package to minimize the risk you're taking? Now a woman or a man can't even ask for one because the CEO has tunnel vision and doesn't want hear your needs. Need special hours, either much earlier or much later, to avoid being stuck in traffic for one hour and a half on the 101 (instead of breezing by in 42 minutes)? Now you're out of luck, because the CEO is demanding that HR sticks their fingers in their ears and says "Take it or leave it! This is a fair offer. Take it or leave it! This is a fair offer. Take it or leave it! This is a fair offer." ad infinitum.

Not that I expect the people lower in the ranks to actually listen to their CEO. Management from on high, whether it being lead by a man or led by a woman, usually has a poor understanding of what's really happening in the trenches. And a good HR person (despite the cynical thoughts of many of you), who really wants to hire someone, will give the illusion of listening to management's commands while still trying to be reasonable at the same time.

Comment: Re:Cheap is cheap. (Score 1) 22

by stephanruby (#49432465) Attached to: LG Will Lend You a Free Phone If You Talk About It On Social Media

Why bother giving free advertisement that, based on Internet standards, last for eternity just to get a 30 day trial? Is the company doing so poorly that they can't sacrifice 4,000 phones? Also, when they take them back, do they repackage them as new? What do they do with the used phones?

The returned devices could just be used as loaners for developer testing and device lab testing.

Or they may just do like Intel and require that you sign a piece of paper saying that you'll destroy the device yourself after the time is up. If the device gets supposedly "destroyed", or even purchased after the fact, then LG Electronics can avoid paying the full retail gift tax rate that some governments may require them to pay.

Comment: Re:Easy grammar (Score 2) 624

no irregular verbs, we could call it, let's say ^'Esperanto.

I would vote for Klingon for boys. Thanks to Star Trek and mainstream television, Klingon already beat Esperanto by a wide margin. Then if we want to capture the teenage girls demographics, we would need to invent a special language for vampires (the good looking vampires and the gay vampires especially).

These two languages don't even need to intersect, it's not like those two demographics will ever talk to each other.

Comment: Re:ACK..PHHT (Score 3, Interesting) 141

by stephanruby (#49426755) Attached to: Why CSI: Cyber Matters

Exactly. I haven't seen this specific show, but every other crime drama on TV seems to portray the cops as being able to go snatch information from just about anything they can get into, through any means, without any discussion of a warrant.

That's correct. Barring one or two exceptions, crime drama on TV also seems to portray cops as wanting to get to the bottom of murders.

When in fact, it's quite the opposite in real life. Cops who get promoted, classify murders, as suicides, or as death by natural cause. That's the most politically expedient solution. That's the cold hard truth of our society. In San Francisco for instance, it took international pressure from the French government to reopen a case where the death of a French man was ruled as suicide despite the fact that he was stabbed repeatedly and that the knife was never found.

Also, I know someone who works as a CSI in Florida. She said to me that CSIs are not criminal investigators, they're more like social workers. They're there to process dead bodies, not to try to inflate the official rate of murders in their jurisdiction. So forget that notion of super detectives, they're not super detectives (as most of us already know of course), but take it even a step further, they're not even allowed to be detectives since the entire bureaucracy is only incentivized to ignore murders (instead of investigating them).

So if these TV shows inspire any young people to get into these professions, those young people are in for a very rude awakening one day.

Comment: Re:Why.... (Score 1) 191

This is exactly right. This what the Bart police did to protesters in 2011.

Obviously, the problem was not that the Bart police shot a protester in the back while he was handcuffed and lying face down (see video at 1:25). It was that too many people filmed the incident with their cell phone cameras and that not all the cell phones could be confiscated in time before the content could be uploaded to the internet.

By shutting down cell networks, you no longer have to worry about people streaming your actions on to the internet and you can just confiscate their device claiming that they contain evidence, and that they're just obstructing justice if they refuse to give their device to you.

Comment: Re:Contact their Members and Complain (Score 1) 157

"The Internet Association represents America’s leading Internet companies and their global community of users." - Their members are companies that would hurt without Net Neutrality.

As the article originally posted points out.

Theran pointed to the role McCarthy played in advancing a key tech-industry priority: patent reform. Under McCarthy's floor leadership, the House passed the Innovation Act 325-91 in December 2013. Tech companies hope that the bill, which is designed to cut back on frivolous lawsuits from so-called "patent trolls," will soon pass the Senate.

Also, these other votes could of his have had an impact on their decision.

It is better to spend less than tax more. (Dec 2005)
Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)

Legislative transparency: post bills on Internet for a week. (Sep 2010)
Voted YES on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government. (Apr 2013)
Voted YES on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
Voted NO on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
Facilitate nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services. (Jan 2007)
Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)
Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine. (Jan 2009)

Invested lottery winnings to start deli business at age 19. (Sep 2010)
Voted YES on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners. (Mar 2013)
Voted NO on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
Voted YES on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
Voted NO on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business. (Jan 2011)
Rated 14% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record. (May 2012)

After all, if you're a CEO, which one is more important to you? net neutrality, or tax loopholes and your overall executive compensation package?

Comment: Re:I guess all the Swiss watchmakers (Score 3, Insightful) 111

by stephanruby (#49412025) Attached to: Swiss Launch of Apple Watch Hit By Patent Issue

The Swiss still make mostly mechanical watches with loads of beautifully machined small moving parts. Those that want that kind of watch probably aren't even considering an electronic watch.

Swiss watches are fashion accessories. The Apple watch is a fashion accessory.

There is an overlap in market there.

Comment: Re:It is Bullshit, IMO (Score 4, Insightful) 91

Back in the day when I was a pupil I had "library addiction" for several years. I spent most of my free time in the library reading books.

If you were reading books, that's completely different.

However, if you had been going to the library to stare at the same page of your year book day after day pining over a classmate you had a crush on, or going to the library only to hide behind a bookshelf staring at your crush while she's studying with her boyfriend, that would be a closer analogue to what people do on the internet nowadays.

"I am, therefore I am." -- Akira