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Comment Re:Google Police (Score 1) 200

Okay, so you'd do things differently. I just hope you're not the one taking off with somebody's lost phone. I doubt most people could jump through your hoops with an associate lying about where their phone is rather than (what is usually the case) just go by the bar where they left it and pick it up.

Comment Re:Google Police (Score 1) 200

I certainly might. In which case I'd chuck the phone into the bar's lost and found box and leave. I would not take something that had been found at the bar, that I knew was not mine, and that I knew somebody was really trying to get back, with me to my other job and have somebody lie about where I -- and their phone that I had taken with me -- was.

You would?

Comment Re:WoW! (Score 1) 116

Either you are not well educated, or you have an odd gap in your knowledge. If you can name a handful of Hellenistic philosophers, know what Avogadro's number relates to, can calculate the circumference of a half circle, and know why the year 1066 is important, you are reasonably educated for a member of today's society, and certainly should have encountered the long S before, so it is merely a mysterious gap in your background. If not, you are certainly educated enough to communicate via the written word, but you probably shouldn't refer to yourself with the qualifier well educated. If you can do things along the lines of reciting the opening lines of Beowulf in the original Old English, give the real name of Currer Bell and her sisters, and can tell a joke involving two different languages and a comparison of Meiji era zaibatsu to the static nature of Roman praenomina, then you are certainly well educated.

If you look around you and respond simply, "Nobody can do those things", it is a statement on your affiliations, not the level of attainable education. I am not trying to denigrate you in any way, but rather to gently present the possibility that you are overconfident about your level of general knowledge.

Of course these questions are generalized and presume you answer them without doing research. Otherwise you are merely educated in the use of research tools, not actually educated.

Comment Re:Google Police (Score 5, Insightful) 200

Bartender felt "harassed" so didn't stick around work for what he seemed to think would be a confrontational meeting.

Seriously? If it were your normal phone with photos of your family, and the person who found it took off -- with your phone, that you owned, would that be considered reasonable?

Forget everything about it being "unreleased". That is moot as hell. There's no provision of ethics that an object being "really really cool" gives you a different standard when it comes to returning lost property.

Comment Re:It was funny in 1995 (Score 5, Interesting) 313

you imply that FSF actually matters.

With not much enthusiasm, I simply note that two decades ago I couldn't run anywhere near the phenomenal library of free and Free software that I do today. Three decades ago, I was closer to being able to, so there was a very serious period of "you must license your software and only companies can own or alter it". I don't have much enthusiasm because it's a pretty non-notable fact these days. If you're coding something new, you first look for libraries or code that does much of what you need, and then use them for free. That's not surprising to say. Two decades ago, it would be.

So the FSF pretty much won (as did the many many non-FSF coders who contributed). Maybe not in terms of global dominance, but in real terms of "I can use my system and do what I want because I have rights to the software and can alter it at whim". This state of things was not a certain outcome. Now it is simply part of the IT world we take for granted.

Comment Re:Streisand effect? (Score 1) 385

You are absolutely correct. If this were a scientific study, then it would be useless. However, this is an informal discussion, and anecdotes and relating personal stories and positions are part of the point.

Unless... oh, dear Bob... you're not trying to base business decisions on Slashdot discussions, are you?

Comment Re:Simply amazing (Score 1) 90

Yes, but that's an issue of the other hardware... as he points out, the CPUs in the Atari 2600 and the NES (and several 8 bit computers) are all comparable. The reason some of those systems handle sprites well while others struggle has nothing to do with the specific CPU (the actual single chip). It has to do with the other chips that assisted it. The OP said that the problem was with the disparity in the CPU, and he rightfully pointed out that it had more to do with the other hardware, not the CPU.

Comment Re:is any of this needed? (Score 4, Informative) 182

Because monitors aren't VGA anymore. We now have small laptops with 2880x1880 screens built in that are plugged into multiple monitors. If you want to drive that at a snappy response, or if you want to select a primary monitor and switch between them, you should take advantage of the hardware.

Heck, a simple one: I have a laptop with a dead built-in monitor. I use an external monitor, which works fine with X, but the console is on the internal screen.

Comment Daniel Keys Moran (Score 3, Insightful) 1130

The guy invented Cyberpunk as we know it (or at least pioneered it), and nobody credits him for it. He had avatars in the Crystal Wind (his vision of the VR net) and AIs doing battle with and against genetically engineered soldiers and telepaths, all set against a backdrop universe of UN Peacekeepers keeping a fascist regime in place with orbital lasers and a greater background spanning the whole of time. Internet addiction, flying cars that nobody was allowed to drive manually for safety reasons, and near future military equipment that makes sense (with drawbacks and idiot proofing). His universe dates back in magazines to 1983, a year before Neuromancer, but his novels were published a year later.

Plus he's been included in collections like "Star Wars: Tales from Jabba’s Palace" and "Star Wars: Tales of the Bounty Hunters".

And almost nobody has heard of him.

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