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Comment Testing (Score 1) 180

Autism helps testing:

1. You don't mind repeating your testing
2. You read the specifications and the code, you miss no tittle, not jot, you dot the letter i, each and every one; it's a side effect of autism
3. You don't read emotion from the developers at all and read their code and specifications without it. This is tremendously valuable because you don't make any assumptions about their code (as an a "aspy" I'm always asking developers is THAT what you really meant). As an aspy we know damn well most NTs don't actually mean exactly what they say - so we either apply it and show that the literal application is BUNK or we ask for clarification.
4. If testing is our 'obsession' then we'll do it well, you won't stop us. Aspys are known for doing specific jobs tremendously well and testing is just another example of a specific job.

The other thing, though, that will probably upset developers is that the good developers are generally SO autistic it's not funny. When one realises one is autistic it helps to communicate with other autistic people. The best thing is -- you can fairly well say what you damn well mean and it won't upset them...

DSL

Comment Re:LibreOffice on OS X Lion (Score 1) 242

OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice look about as non-native on Windows too.

Unfortunately when I need an office application the native formats most send to me or want are some version of MS Word. Consequently, to entice me away from Word itself would take some doing and if the application doesn't comply to OS X's look and feel I will turf it.

When I use MS Word heavily I am in full screen Windows 7. The only things that show I'm on an Apple are the Apple logos, the physical format and the keyboard. I find the MS user interface more frustrating than OS X but I can use it and these days it's consistently mediocre.

But I refuse to use a crap interface on OS X unless there is a compelling reason to do so, e.g. the SIP software I use, its interface is CRAP but it's the only one that will work for the most part.

DSL

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Lost Online Games From the Pre-Web Era 186

harrymcc writes "Long before the Web came along, people were playing online games — on BBSes, on services such as Prodigy and CompuServe, and elsewhere. Gaming historian Benj Edwards has rounded up a dozen RPGs, MUDs, and other fascinating curiosities from the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s — and the cool part is: they're all playable on the Web today." What old games were good enough for you to watch them scroll by on your 300 baud modem?
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Deodorant Sought to Save New Zealand's Native Birds 102

New Zealand researchers have received a NZ$600,000 grant to develop a deodorant for native birds whose strong odors make them easy targets for introduced predators. Since the birds evolved without any mammal predators they emit a very strong odor compared to birds in other parts of the world. Canterbury University researcher Jim Briskie says kiwis smell like mushrooms or ammonia, while kakapo parrots have a hint of "musty violin case."

Comment What? Collect Data to Fight FUD? (Score 1) 48

Those cables are for sending that pr0n to me, high speed from the USA, land of the free - not for proving anything scientific; besides I can lookup 'climate change' on Google or Bing or even Slashdot and hey presto - all the pros and cons are already there including lots of data (which paradoxically I could download but that would use more electricity which would probably come from a coal fired or gas fired electricity station nearby)?

Who do these scientists think they are, telling me that their scientific experiments and data collecting might tell the truth with careful analysis; I believe what I read on the Internet!

Submission + - Is Slashdotting Slashdot Possible? 1

lloy0076 writes: On the understanding that 'to be slashdotted' means 'to have an article posted on Slashdot and then your infrastructure crashes/slows to a halt for more than 1/2 an hour in one contiguous block because readers or followers of Slashdot are visiting that article', I wonder if it's at all possible to Slashdot Slashdot? Or is this somehow recursive...surely the fact that, well, Slashdot crashed and wasn't available would mean the tech team could get the site back up and running again long enough (say 5 mins, for argument's sake) to reset the magical, timer.

Thus, is it at all possible to Slashdot Slashdot and under what conditions? Are my conditions the 'right' conditions? It seems that Slashdotting Slashdot could be tricky as the more you crash Slashdot, the less readers reading it to crash it and the more likely it's going to appear again and break that magical continuous outage that happens when one's infrastructure has been Slashdotted?

It seems that this could devolve into one of those mathematical equations (optimisation theory maybe)!

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