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Comment Skins (Score 2) 763

I'd like a slashdot skin that looks like, say, eclipse, so I can read at work in way that isn't 100% obvious from the complete opposite side of the room (no privacy in this office).

=D

Comment Re:Paging Darth Vader (Score 1) 951

as a means of coping with excel I tend to record shitloads of macros, which do the changing ribbons and clicking boxes for me. I recommend it. (though excel is often not smart enough to deal with minimally changing the input data to the macros and they just don't work, but recording a new macro on occasion is still better than death by 1000 clicks every. single. time.)

Comment Re:Paging Darth Vader (Score 1) 951

The bottom line of all of this is that the entire set of tabs could be replaced by a single bar containing full-size icons, and that doing so would improve discoverability, would make it easier to learn the interface, and would reduce the number of clicks for most common tasks (because you wouldn't need to change to a different tab). If you think you need to elevate that many "commonly used" controls to the user's attention, you're doing it wrong.

but then it would look like OS X...

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 514

printers with wifi (or 3G)... yes! ;D sometimes you just can't beat dead tree, and I'd like to be able to print from phone or ipad more easily

but I get where you're going :p

hand held wifi printers for travel etc would be good, but I guess thats not going to give you corporate-service-plan type monies

Comment Re:as lon as (Score 1) 116

Well, one would hope that for situations when such proof of receipt is required, similar conditions (such as going in in person) would still apply, even if the original summons/documentation was sent electronically. That said, I think a friend of mine received a court summons in regular mail while overseas. Can't remember the details though. If that doesnt require registered mail, what does?

I agree normal mail has no proof of receipt, but the onus is still on you to check for it and to make ammends when you don't receive the mail. It's a lot more effort than being able to check mail from anywhere anytime.

Yes, with electronic message delivery the ability to check if someone actually received the communication can be designed in, but I don't see how that's a bad thing, unless you regularly use the excuse that you were on holiday to pay bills late?? Instant receipt doesn't necessarily mean that you have the ability to respond to whatever the government requires of you immediately (eg if you are on holiday) but at least you would be aware of it prior to not appearing in court or whatever (ok getting drastic with examples here but you get the point).

I like the idea because I hate snail mail and the point I was trying to make in my original reply is that it is no more secure or reliable, and the onus is still on the individual to check the mailbox, and electronic delivery doesn't really change that.

Segwaying... the only issue I have with the idea is that it lends itself to the requirement for a unique government ID for everyone.

Comment Re:as lon as (Score 2) 116

The onus is already on you to have to check your mail regularly, and checking something electronically is a lot easier.

The government sending snail mail does not usually help you - if you change address (up to *you* to change your address in 10000 different places), go on holiday (up to you to have someone physically check for you), get your mail stolen (up to you to pay for a PO box). I've never received registered mail from the government (a good thing I guess) but I've had plenty of notices (eg failure to vote while overseas) and important documents (drivers license) sent out in the regular mail. In fact my DL was sent to my old postal address because they didn't check the back of the form where you make your postal address change.

Comment wish I had 3G on my laptop (Score 1) 395

after having 3G on my iPad for a couple months now, all I can say is I wish I could pop a 3G SIM card into my laptop!

I don't use my laptop away from home *that* much, but when I do it'd be neat (and with pre-paid data SIMs you have flexibility of payment options, so it'd be about $10/month as for the iPad (or could share the SIM with the iPad)).

I could tether to my phone (always with me) but the 3G on my phone sucks (different carrier).

Comment Re:Nothing new (Score 1) 152

"Anything that gets people to raise the awareness of what they post on sites like Facebook. I'm just waiting for the day one of my family members publicly posts their address or phone number without thinking."

And that's different to your address and phone number (including mobiles if you choose) appearing in the phone book that everyone has a copy of IN THEIR HOUSE (or available on the internet)?

I don't disagree with keeping all such info separate, but it's not really difficult for someone who wants to find out about you doing so.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 2, Funny) 561

My soon-to-be wife can't get started in the morning without caffeine; she has a dependency on it. That being said, if we suddenly found ourselves low on money, she isn't going to sell our DVD player just so she can go to Starbucks.

I would! mmmm coffeee

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