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Comment Re:American problem is American (Score 1) 435

Then I'll hang it all out to dry.

Now I understand that stateside having clothes hang outside is a sure sign of poverty. While I'm certainly not rich, there is no such stigma here.

In the county where I am in the US there are by-laws that prohibit hanging washing outside*, and from what I understand this is not uncommon.

In addition there are by-laws that prohibit using furniture and items that were intended for inside use, from being used outside your house. I assume this was to stop people putting old couches on their front porch. But a few years ago a local was prosecuted for using an old bath tub as a planter in their backyard. The kicker was that you couldn't see the bath tub from the street.

Home of the free. Yeah, right.

* And at this time of the year you wouldn't want to hang your clothe outside. There is so much pollen flying around that your clothes would be unrecognizable.

That sounds like an awful restriction! May I ask in which state you live?

Comment Poor Reasons (Score 1) 370

1. In some cases, but perceived screen size is relative to your distance from it. A medium-sized TV can sufficiently fill my visual field as long as I'm not sitting clear across the room from it. Maybe not quite the same, but close enough for me. Bonus: My sofa's comfier than most theater chairs - and less sticky - and no tall people ever sit in front of me at home and block a corner of the screen (except the cat sometimes).

2. I don't need a group of people telling me when to laugh, thank you very much. My own emotional acuity is perfectly adequate for my enjoyment. When I do want company for a movie, friends and family make for a much more enjoyable shared experience than the random crowds of strangers at the theater.

3. I honestly can't relate to this issue. If you can't ignore your electronics long enough to watch a two or three hour movie, you may need to disconnect for a while.

4. Also can't relate, although I know there are many people like that. But even in the theater you can close your eyes and plug your ears to avoid the scary (my wife does this). Bonus: Watching at home is less relentless in bad ways; in a theater you can't pause to use the restroom or rewind to catch important missed dialog.

5. Theather-quality home speaker systems can be prohibitively expensive, but you can still get good quality for the price even on a budget. I'm not much of an audiophile, though, and am reasonably content with a $100 2.1 sound bar. YMMV.

6. Previews? Ick. I deliberately arrive a couple minutes late to avoid previews. If you like them so much, watch the ones you want on YouTube, not the limited selection they offer before your movie. I don't like paying to be advertised to.

7. Again, can't really relate. I can see how that would affect some people, but I don't watch a lot on the TV so sitting down to a movie really does feel like a time that's set apart. YMMV.

8. TRUE alone time at home, with your significant other, is also a cherished pastime and WITHOUT all those annoying "other people." Not everyone likes crowds - in fact, some of us *hate* them and go out of our way to avoid them.

9. Why not 32 ounces of diabet... er... cola in the dark that I don't have to pay $10 for? At home I can have full access to all my favorite snacks, on the cheap, no smuggling required.

10. Huh? Do you also brag that you wandered Walmart for 30 minutes trying to decide on a nice pillow to buy, instead of just getting one on Amazon in 5 minutes? Unless it's a premier showing of Star Wars, Star Trek, or some other suitably awesome movie, there are no bragging rights attached to watching a movie in the theater. And even then it's negligible.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Cyber Security Awareness Training for Local Government?

An anonymous reader writes: I was recently appointed as a trustee to a small township in Michigan. We're currently exploring options for Cyber Security and Liability Insurance in case of a data breach, but to my knowledge the township does not currently have a robust cyber security awareness program in place for employees, nor do we receive regular security audits. In my view, the township should be pursuing preventative measures such as training and audits in addition to insurance. Although insurance alone would spare us many repurcussions of a data breach, it won't protect the residents of our township from headaches in dealing with the fallout of their sensitive information being compromised. My day job is in software development and I don't often (or ever) deal with end-user security training, so my research into training options geared toward municipalities has been painstaking and slow. We don't have any part or fulltime IT personnel to take this on, and generally just contract out for computer repairs and network maintenance. Can anyone recommend a training program focusing on cyber security awareness for non-technical folks, particularly ones that might be geared toward small municipalities or small organizations that handle a lot of sensitive data? Although I'm sure the Board will support such a measure, I suspect the township employees will be reluctant to take self-guided training, so programs aimed at groups would be best, especially if it was through a company that provided an on-site instructor for a day (we're located in southern Michigan). And any recommendations for a company to come in and audit our security practices at least once a year? Many of the IT security practices I've witnessed here have been horrifying, and I'm sure many other local governments are in the same boat. Thanks in advance for any input.

Comment Re:At some point (Score 1) 261

America isn't THAT big, and most people are never more than an hour or two from a state line unless they're in the middle of TX or something.

Although most people in Michigan do find themselves within just an hour or two of Ohio and Indiana, there are populous areas in Northern Lower Michgian and the UP that are anywhere from 4 to 6 hours from the nearest state line, and many wealthy people who might like to own a Tesla have homes up there. Michigan is entirely peninsulas (except for the islands, of course), and that has a funny way of physically isolating you from other states - maybe not as much as in huge states like Texas, but still.

Now if they could go pick up their shiny new Tesla in Canada, that would be something else....

Comment Re:more guns needed (Score 1) 1134

A practical question for your brother - If he's approaching a scene where there is a gun battle between the hypothetical competent law-abiding citizen and the active shooter bad guy, how does he know which is which?

Well, he has two options then:

1) Let the firefight play out until he knows which party is the original aggressor (ie, the Bad Guy). If one party is victorious in the firefight but then continues to shoot non-combatants, then he knows who the Bad Guys are. However, if the victorious party stops shooting after the firefight, the police order them to the ground and sort out the situation, determining eventually that they're the Good Guys.

2) Shoot everyone with a gun. This is bad news for the legally armed person, but is a known and accepted risk among concealed carriers (source: I am one, and I know many who are; we understand we could be mistaken for bad guys in this kind of situation, and accept that risk if we choose to engage the Bad Guy).

Either situation is a happier outcome for the innocent noncombatants than just hunkering down and dying en masse until the police arrive.

Now, collateral damage is always more of a risk with more combatants, especially with concealed carriers who don't keep up on their tactical training. However, I suspect that the overall damage is still lower than just letting the killer keep shooting at defenseless people, especially since most people tend to either run or take cover when gun fire starts, meaning there won't be too many people in the line of fire for very long except in very crowded places, and so the overall casualties will still be lower.

Comment Re:Thanks, Microsoft (Score 4, Informative) 374

Mint is an Ubuntu fork. And it is wonderful.

+1 to this. I actually switched my wife to Mint with Cinnamon from Mac OS. All the drivers worked without any tweaking. My wife's not technical at all, but had zero issues using the system and finds it very intuitive. She particularly likes the blend of clean aesthetics and great functionality - she's an artist, so I take her approval of the aesthetics quite seriously.

Submission + - Slashdot creates beta site users express theirs dislike (slashdot.org) 4

who_stole_my_kidneys writes: Slashdot started redirecting users in February to its newly revamped webpage and received a huge backlash from users. The majority of comments dislike the new site while some do offer solutions to make it better. The question is will Slashdot force the unwanted change on its users that clearly do not want change?

Submission + - Once Slashdot beta has been foisted upon me, what site should I use instead? 2

somenickname writes: As a long time Slashdot reader, I'm wondering what website to transition to once the beta goes live. The new beta interface seems very well suited to tablets/phones but, it ignores the fact that the user base is, as one would expect, nerds sitting in front of very large LCD monitors and wasting their employers time. It's entirely possible that the browser ID information gathered by the site has indicated that they get far more hits on mobile devices where the new interface is reasonable but, I feel that no one has analyzed the browser ID (and screen resolution) against comments modded +5. I think you will find that most +5 comments are coming from devices (real fucking computers) that the new interface does not support well. Without an interface that invites the kind of users that post +5 comments, Slashdot is just a ho-hum news aggregation site that allows comments. So, my question is, once the beta is the default, where should Slashdot users go to?

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