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Comment: Re:i knew it was Bennett (Score 4, Insightful) 157

by turp182 (#48823037) Attached to: Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

I tried submitting a long form submission about dealing with Bennet's crap. It started changing colors pretty fast but then disappeared. Here's what it said:


I am sorry this is as long as a Bennett post, I strive to be both clear and concise (with one anecdote).

First, I have to assume Bennett is paid by Dice to write inane postings, and then automatically moved to the front page. I commented on his last submission yesterday: , and he even responded asking to be fed (the hidden comment, he likes cheese). He wants the attention.

He appears to basically be an attention whore. I don’t use whore in a derogatory way (for him maybe), but he seems to be on every street corner on Slashdot. In the past I’ve used a Vegas concierge to procure untoward services from a woman for a bachelor party and it was unassuming and not in your face (except in the room of course, thank goodness it didn’t descend into Very Bad Things).

Further, he’s done some respectable things, per his Wikipedia page, regarding First Amendment rights. But all of that is obviously in the past given his propensity to post to Slashdot (and get to the front page a lot, what’s up with that?). It feels like Slashdot is his day job.

I mean him no harm, I just wish that Slashdot was no longer his blog.

He is a scourge upon us, lowering the bar, I fear we may have to have James Cameron dive in his submersible to raise the bar again (South Park reference, great episode).

So how can we deal with this menace? Here are some recommended guidelines.

First, I would recommend many “first post” and “can I subscribe to your newsletter” responses to any Bennett front page article (maybe even “How would a Beowulf Cluster of Bennet handle this”). Do not comment on the submission, just unrelated posts. Post tons of them; thousands if possible (let’s break posting records people!). Let them have the page views, but show how much we care.

As well, when viewing Firehose, check the submitter, and try not to promote his postings.

I will point out that his Wikipedia page actually draws out his success posting to Slashdot:
Quote: Haselton is a frequent contributor to Slashdot, where he posts long-form essays rather than short text summaries of current events, a distinction from other contributors that frequently creates controversy.

Anyway, I would never suggest such things, but I would mention that his Wikipedia entry could be updated, maybe to add that his posts are universally loathed on Slashdot.

There seem to be forces at hand that are actively diminishing the quality of Slashdot. Can we do a “beta” smack down on an obviously corporate promoted Bennett? I think we can, and it can be fun!!!!

And big-ups to dnebing for creating a petition against his postings, awesome:"

Comment: Re:Free? (Score 1) 703

by turp182 (#48775901) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

Regardless of the potential of extra time in school after community college, I think you actually nailed another issue which reinforces the community college approach.

You said: assuming you knew what you wanted to major in (which a lot of kids do not)

There is a ton of truth in this, at 18 many people do not have a particular direction in mind (other than partying).

So, why not test the waters in community college in an attempt to find that direction?

Changing your mind about your major can be very expensive (and time consuming in years) in the university world.

Comment: Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (Score 1) 437

by turp182 (#48764391) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Yeah, it pissed me off actually (because it was so nice). I was developing an alarm clock for Android at the time (I included "snooze decay", which would decrease the configurable snooze period by a minute per snooze - but Timely already has it..).

I was working on quite a few features I would still like to see such as:
1. As large as possible time displayed when an alarm is going off with high contrast (a lot of people don't have perfect vision, why do all alarm apps have the time displayed small and with little contrast). Think bright green time on black background.
1.a. The entire screen was the snooze button, just touch it to snooze, no sliding or finding a button required. After pressing a dismiss button would come up (and if ignored for 10 seconds this would go away, snoozing the alarm).
2. Flashing options. Screen: bright green on black, flash to black on white, repeat. Also flash the led. This makes the phone much easier to find.
3. Wake Me Up! feature: If the alarm goes off for a configurable period of time, switch to a tone that is much more annoying.
4. I added a "Maximum Snooze Time" in minutes, after which snooze would no longer work and the alarm would continue until it was dismissed.
5. Voice commands - I had it working so I could say "snooze" to the phone and it would do that (and follow up with "dismiss" to stop it).
6. Finally, with so many options, I added a Test button to the alarm configuration screen so you could see what the phone would do when the alarm went off...
7. Finally, part 2, I had three "basic" alarm profiles in case the user didn't want to go too deep into the settings.

I've always had a weird obsession with alarm clocks. Anyway, venting about what could have been...

Comment: Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (Score 1) 437

by turp182 (#48763573) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

A notification is a notification (they are all basically handled the same way). I just disable apps from sending notifications as needed (I want the lock screen notifications to match the notification bar). I wish I could swipe away the voicemail reminder though, I actually wish I didn't have voicemail...

Rovio (angry birds) had some apps that failed under ART, I know from experience, but they are fixed now.

Comment: Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (Score 1) 437

by turp182 (#48763559) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Get Timely (for alarms, timers, and stopwatch), which Google purchased (I'm surprised it wasn't integrated into Lollipop).

Fantastically beautiful and with some awesome features. An example: All alarms fade in, but, when the phone is moved, the alarm quiets considerably so it is not blaring in my face when I go to hit the snooze button.

Integrates perfectly so I can use OK Google to set alarms and timers (when cooking).

Comment: Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (Score 2) 437

by turp182 (#48763543) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

I appreciate the notifications on the lock screen (I can delete email from the lock screen, I like that). Battery life seems a bit better.

While available previously via a manual option (in Kitkat, that's what my phone started with), the ART Ahead-Of-Time compilation does improve application performance, but it also means the OS update took about 2 hours to complete as it had to optimize everything app on the phone.

On the negative, Hangouts doesn't make it clear when an incoming message was sent to multiple parties. This was a problem before, and is probably due to SMS messaging standards (total guess, I've never investigated).

Otherwise it seems pretty seamless, my Nexus 5 (purchased independent of carrier, I use T-Mobile) picked it up automatically. Interestingly, my wife's phone (same model, carrier, and account) has not.

Comment: Re:intolerance, and intolerance of intolerance (Score 1) 1350

by turp182 (#48755841) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

I agree with everything you are saying, but you exposed the fact that you have a Shift key on you keyboard when you capitalized "ONLY" near the end.

At least you use the Enter key appropriately (avoiding the wall of words that classic literature can suffer from), and, when needed punctuation, such as commas, colons, and periods. I did notice the lack of any period at the end of a paragraph, but the line breaks were enough of a cue for me to handle the transitions.

Anyway, just giving you shit, your points are very valid and appreciated. It just took a little extra effort to read (lowercase "i" for example).

Comment: The names remind me of Monty Python (Score 1) 65

by turp182 (#48753273) Attached to: Wireless Charging Standards Groups Agree To Merge

Off topic, but I believe comical enough given the name similarities of the organizations...

From Life of Brian:

Brian: Excuse me. Are you the Judean People's Front?

Reg: Fuck off! 'Judean People's Front'. We're the People's Front of Judea! 'Judean People's Front'.

Francis: Wankers.

"The pyramid is opening!" "Which one?" "The one with the ever-widening hole in it!" -- The Firesign Theatre