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Comment Re:Slashdot refuses to respond to abuse... apk (Score 1) 332

Thing is, I'm positive there were multiple copycats, and with the content Kristopeit usually wrote it was trivial to duplicate. In a sense it made the whole Kristopeit troll even more epic because not only would he (or it?) be writing troll posts but copycats too and it just spiraled into madness.

With APK it's almost impossible for a normal, rational individual to accurately duplicate the unique style of a genuine APK rant. That long copy pasta that's been making the rounds is a pretty good approximation though.

Comment Re:Tile All? (Score 1) 255

Ugh. This, a thousand times this! Nothing worse than having multiple screens and the gall to want to look at two spreadsheets side by side. But no, Excel is a stupid MDI app -- which BTW ranks high in the stupidest ideas EVER -- so SUFFER!! Even worse, once you "hack" it, if you deign to have macros in your PERSONAL.XLS file, it'll bother you endlessly about overwriting it until you get fed up and make it read-only. Stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid

Comment Re:Power steering isn't a safety feature. (Score 1) 658

How many people can really compete with an ABS. I wouldn't expect it to be many (1% would be my guess).

It's probably less than that, at least once you remove all the deluded "I'm the bestest drivers evar!!11!" folks. A lot of the anti-ABS arguments seem to rely on "sufficiently skilled drivers" which is utterly ridiculous.

Wish I had a link to that study which showed how people tend to overestimate their skill at various tasks even to the point of denying their utter incompetence.

Comment Re:Power steering isn't a safety feature. (Score 1) 658

this can be true, but you seem to be assuming that drivers are trained and have skills .

Not only that, but he's also assuming that even well trained drivers always have optimal response times, other variables aren't coming in to play, etc.

Without ABS you need to be able to judge the exact amount of pressure to stop the car

Which is exactly why ABS is useful, because only the most arrogant of "good drivers" really thinks they can do this correctly, all of the time.

This kind of stuff is why I chuckle at the "well I'm an good driver," partly because everyone seems to think that, and partly because their petty arrogance makes them eschew safety features just because "I'm so damn good." Added safety features (even if they have certain trade offs) are always a good thing, deluded jackasses not-withstanding.

Comment Re:Power steering isn't a safety feature. (Score 1) 658

Only those who think that getting to work 20 seconds sooner is important. If you are following at 60 MPH with 1 car length, you are an accident waiting to happen.

While this may be true, it doesn't really discredit the GP's point. Just because I, as the worlds best and most safest driver, do my best to keep as many car lengths as possible between me and the car in front, it doesn't mean all the other jackasses who are trying to get to work 20 seconds sooner aren't going to start doing things that impact my safety which are beyond my control!

Just the act of driving means you're an accident waiting to happen. No matter how defensively you drive you cannot predict, nor stop, other drivers from doing unsafe things, and sooner or later someone else's unsafe behavior is going to impact you. That's not to say that there isn't any point in defensive driving habits, but trying to pretend that anyone who gets in an accident wasn't driving properly is foolish.

Comment Re:Most important (Score 1) 409

This is the same Dart that compiles down to JavaScript, yes? If anything they've invested so heavily into Dart because it rounds off some of those nasty little corners and edge cases folk are always bitching about W.R.T. JavaScript. So Google could re-write Gmail entirely in Dart and it would end up being compiled into JavaScript, taking it's fair place amongst the rest of "web 2.0." Does that make Google a "non-JavaScript shop"? Possibly, but in the end it's JavaScript, all the way down.

The lay of the land at this time is JavaScript as the WWW/HTML scripting language, no matter how you want to dress it up. Is is perfect? Nope. Are there initiatives out there to work around the perceived issues with the language? Yep. So until the Python Gods smile upon web browsers everywhere and release us from our JavaScript bondage, we'll just keep working around the problems laid upon us by our forebears. As for JavaScript... it ain't going anywhere fast.

Desktops (Apple)

MacBook Pro Fragrance Created 114

First time accepted submitter GreenPages writes "There's a new signature scent for Apple fans — 'the scent of an Apple product being opened for the very first time.' Created for an art exhibition, the special fragrance is not for sale. From the article: 'The scent created with Air Aroma for Greatest Hits encompasses the smell of the plastic wrap covering the box, the printed ink on the cardboard, the smell of paper and plastic components within the box and, of course, the aluminum laptop which has come straight from the factory in China.'"

Comment Re:Well. this will be a first... (Score 1) 409

.... The citizens of a country should have sovereign reign over the government, not the other way around.

Yep, but unfortunately that cute little idea they had in the Enlightenment? How's that working out again? Oh, you mean power is doing what it always has done and always will? I'm always hearing the word sheeple bandied about and it seems to me that people (or some majority thereof) have always been, and always will be apathetic and ignorant of the shit power does. The only reason that all those high flown Enlightenment ideas seemed to work so much better in the past is because like any corpse (this one being stillborn) it takes time to decay (power being the maggots that aid in said decay). All our grandiose ideas about liberty and sovereign citizens are practically dirt by now, and thus the status quo of unrestrained power is just about restored.

Not saying I like it, just calling it like I see it.

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