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Comment: Re:Silly design decision (Score 2) 425

by sysrammer (#47922179) Attached to: Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

1 Make thin, fragile thing thinner.
2 Make it even easier to put it where high-tech, fragile things shouldn't go.
3 Marketing blitz.
4 Youthful customers with few responsibilities snap it up.
5 Fragile item is indeed placed in an untenable position.
6 Fragile thing is broken, necessitating a replacement purchase.
7 Profit.

Comment: Re:Just Apple? (Score 1) 207

by sysrammer (#47903917) Attached to: Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

The vast majority of smashed screens I've seen are people of questionable intelligence like teenage girls who see a phone as a fashion accessory, stuff the phone in their back pocket and are somehow surprised when the screen is cracked.

...and get Daddy to buy them a new one. It's all good, they needed an upgrade anyways. You can't be cool if you can't plug your headphones in from the bottom.

Comment: Re:And KDevelope is what exactly? (Score 1) 48

by sysrammer (#47903901) Attached to: KDevelop 4.7.0 Released

Though, I would agree with the sentiment higher up, that editors really should be including a brief summary on many of these things, even though I knew what the project is, myself.

I tend to agree, sometimes all it needs is a one-liner. But, ffs, in this case it is "KDevelop" for KDE. It should be obvious.

Update: re-reading my line above, I realized that yes, I too, can be blind to domain specific lingo. I get called on it occasionally at work. I describe a process in precise, exact terms, look up, and everyone is staring blankly at me. The trick is to dumb it down without being condescending*.


* Dammit, did it again.

Comment: Re:So did Orwell (Score 2) 166

by sysrammer (#47898463) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Your a/c post is even weaker. He stated that he was talking "about Executive power in general", and "not one that falls along party lines". This stuff has been going on for over 100 years. As a general internet post, yeah, he's not going to list every instance of executive presumption every time he needs to make a point. Obama/Bush is good enough to illustrate the examples of a hundred years of policy and practice.

Comment: Re:So did Orwell (Score 1) 166

by sysrammer (#47898423) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

"...the larger criticism should be about how our schools are failing at teaching reading comprehension."

Nowadays one only needs to be able to comprehend short, dis-jointed sentences of 140 chars or less. Probably the best use of those 140 chars is a link to xkcd to illustrate a technical or nerdy point. A link to Charlie Brown to illustrate Life Issues. Etc.

Unfortunately, we no longer teach art, either.

Comment: Re:Tried this (Score 1) 130

by sysrammer (#47869349) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

yeah, you don't really want to mess with old off-the-tv movies or whatever. OTOH, 3-stooges are fine :) And, of course, like many have mentioned, an old family movie of the kids when they were actually cute, or grandma when she was actually lucid, can be priceless for the family and its descendents.

Today, of course, people video their lunch, etc., so maybe not so much.

Comment: Re:How I know that Russian troops are not in Ukrai (Score 1) 254

by sysrammer (#47848667) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

Funny, grandparent did not show me any "telltale signs" at all, and I am pretty sensitive to awkward phraseology one finds in non native speakers. Not that being a non native speaker is in any way naughty or evil.

That's because your native tongue is one of the Slavic languages. For list of telltales, see some of the other replies.

His post is actually well composed, thoughtful, highly cogent (unlike yours), and makes excellent points.

A reply of a partisan for the other side of the argument. Otoh, I don't like it when it starts to devolve into ad hominems, either.

It is parent who strikes me as being very partisan.

And that, of course, is what makes an argument.

Vsevo Khoroshevo,

Update: I reviewed your other posts, and the English is generally good. So, I presume 1) You let someone else use your account, 2) possibly because there was a shift change. Perhaps one of your staff of linguist/programmers is a bit weaker or is less experienced, and needs more training.

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