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Comment: Contradictory news (Score 2) 230

by thsths (#46609137) Attached to: Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

The story in the news was particularly "funny".

It starts with "and then the slope collapsed without any warning".

Later it stated that "scientists warned of the risk in a report 15 years ago".

So how is that "without any warning"?

And I hate it when they say "scientists". They don't say "celebrities", "politicians", "football players" - no, they use names. But scientists always remain nameless. Scientists are not amorphous magicians, they are people like you and me.

Comment: Re:Industrial Equipment (Score 1) 423

by thsths (#46605469) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

And that is exactly the reason for not upgrading: it is not possible. Upgrading means throwing away a perfectly fine machine, and that is just not on.

Of course this is a culture clash. A Windows 98 computer can be attacked by a virus, and turned into a virus / spam distribution machine or worse.

To get a car analogy: that is pretty much a were-car. In an engineering world that would just not be imaginable, because physical safety is actually taken seriously. But for some reasons computer scientists keep telling us that "software has bugs, get used to it".

Cars just have bugs, sometimes they will try to run you over, get used to it. Yeah, right.

Comment: Re:No problem (Score 1) 423

by thsths (#46600499) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

> Just don't run as an administrator!
> Also don't run IE or OE.
> Don't use Flash, Adobe Reader or Java.

Well, in that case you could just switch to Linux? IE6 is one of the main reasons why XP is still so popular. Many old web applications were targetting IE5.5 or earlier, and IE6 is the last version with a good compatibility mode.

The only other important reason is hardware. If it is just the PC, the scales have tipped now: a new basic PC is cheaper than another year of support for XP.

But there is also specialist hardware, from ATMs to raster electron microscopes, that need XP for the hardware interface. These are the use cases were locking down XP may actually be an option.

Comment: Re: approximately the resolution of an adult eye @ (Score 1) 217

by thsths (#46553583) Attached to: Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

That is my experience, too. The step from 230dpi to 300dpi is clearly visible. The step to 350dpi is marginal if visible at all. So 300dpi is my limit. More may still be nice, but it is hardly worth it.

Now I am just waiting for a decent monitor with 300dpi. Even 4k does not reach that.

Comment: Re:Google Voice is following the trend of USA only (Score 1) 166

by thsths (#46491221) Attached to: Goodbye, Google Voice

I second that. Initially Skype did not have a telephone bridge, but now you can call worldwide (from and to) for decent prices - even free for freephone numbers. Google Voice on the other hand is getting more and more difficult to use, and the new hangout is another huge step back (trying to find an SMS is quite a challenge). I wish Google would sometimes focus on the customer experience...

Comment: Re:Firrrst post the noo (Score 1) 286

by thsths (#46376675) Attached to: Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

That's not what the EU actually said. The answer was that Scotland has to join the queue and go through the regular process. It cannot jump the queue because it already was a member state due to being part of the UK. (And that is really a technicality, but maybe it is also intentionally: they have to prove themselves first.)

Comment: Re:more than books (Score 3, Insightful) 231

by thsths (#46051081) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?

Indeed. Look at a good university library: team working spaces, PC terminals, on demand printing, quiet reading areas, cafes, PC clinics... the books are still there, but they are usually in the basement.

In a school this may not all be possible. But books are no longer the key of a library, and it needs to offer more variety.

Comment: Re:The workers are upset (Score 1) 841

by thsths (#45639937) Attached to: Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

Well, there seems to be one party that always starts a war when they are lost for what to do (and it works, they get reelected!), while the other party is desperately trying to pull out of those wars without leaving a failed state or total anarchy behind. So yes, use your brain and vote, man! There is a choice.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir