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Comment Re:Concientious objector (Score 1) 381

While your current company may not be able to force you, the situation changes if you are laid off.
The next company you apply to could choose not to hire you because of your objection.

I choose not to use a cell phone at all, because of various reasons, the most important being that radiation kills brain cells. I find that some prospective employers don't want to hire me because of my objection, even though the work entails sitting at the same desk all the time.

Comment Re:News for nerds? (Score 1, Offtopic) 1109

Yes. This site is part commercial and part community-driven. Discussion about the content has a place on a community-driven site.

And yes, I also answered the last Slashdot survey about what they wanted their readers to read about on Slashdot. They asked me. They want the input. That was a month or two ago, I'm sorry if you missed it.

Comment News for nerds? (Score 0, Offtopic) 1109

I don't mean to be disrespectful to the victims of the bombings in Boston, or to those students in Cambridge, Mass. USA. who are terrified right now, but ...

Does this story really have a place on Slashdot?
You can read more about it on practically every major news site, and it is live on all news-oriented TV channels all over the world. It does not need to be on the tech sites too.

If you already are anxious, you don't need to be bombarded with more news that make you even more terrified. You need a place to relax, to help you concentrate on other matters.

Comment I'd rather have multiple authentication realms (Score 5, Interesting) 81

The biggest thing I have against single-sign-on is that I need different levels of security for different sites, and I want to keep the sites compartmentalised from each other.
For instance, I want high security for my email account and access it only from computers/devices that I have control over.
However, I have private playlists on Youtube that I may want to show to a friend, on a third guy's (two degrees of separation) computer. I don't want to have to be afraid of logging into Youtube on that machine because that computer would also get access to my email.

When I am on my trusted home computer, having different accounts for different things can get cumbersome with those sites that force single-sign-on on you!
Yes, while I could use the Incognito mode in Chromium to separate my logins -- it does only separate [i]two[/i] sites, and I would have to login each time I need a new window in incognito mode.
It would be much more convenient if I could have different "realms" or "personas", where I could browse each site in its own realm.

Comment Re:Tall screens, essentially square (Score 1) 591

Yes, most movie players hide their controls in full screen mode.
Some full-screen movie players are weird in that they use some special video surface overlay for hardware accelerated video decoding -- which they will not draw any controls over.
This means that every time the controls pop up, the player scales the video down to make room for the controls, and vice versa: after a couple of seconds of no mouse movement when the player hides the control, the video is scaled up again to full screen. I find this very very annoying.

Comment Re:It's sad (Score 2) 120

I agree. Look and feel patents should not have be granted in the first place.

I am sure that there are many more pieces of software that did the same thing, just not on a "phone".
Long before 2005, there were software installers that required you to scroll a license agreement to the bottom before it unlocked the button that allowed you to proceed with the install.
What kind of widget control do you use to scroll a document with? A type of slider of course.

Comment Not idiocy, fact! (Score 1) 90

You wanted to see an epidemiological study for humans that shows a link between cell phone radiation and cancer.

Here you go:

Hardell L, Carlberg M, Hansson Mild K.
Pooled analysis of case-control studies on malignant brain tumours and the use of mobile and cordless phones including living and deceased subjects.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21331446

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