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Comment Re:The most significant loss (Score 1) 395

As someone who used to have to pay for messaging fees, I've found that shorthand was very useful in keeping the cost down as what would usually take 4 text messages under normal grammar and spelling rules could be easily cut down to 1 or 2. It was also a pain in the ass to type out full words on a phone's keypad (8 44 2 8 0 777 33 1 555 555 999 0 7777 88 222 555 33 3). Now that unlimited text messaging plans and full qwerty keyboards are nearly ubiquitous, I don't bother with shorthand anymore as it even grated on my nerves when I did it out of necessity. Now it just shows lack of care and laziness to continue.

I guess my emphasis on the examples was mainly on shorthand but we can't ignore the staggering amount on people, adults, that spell incorrectly at least 6 out of 10 words. No statistics or anything on my part, just experience within the professional and personal spectrum.

Comment Re:I'm not the target audience apparently (Score 1) 105

No fancy hardware for me, just a laptop and an external, bigger, monitor I watch from afar. I have a 2.1 Gigaware "sound system" (or the integrated soundbar on the monitor when I want something "quieter") and don't watch that many movies or shows, so that's why I instantly recognized I'm not the target audience.

Submission + - US 'Kidnapped' Hacker who is Son of Russian Member of Parliament (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: Over the weekend the US arrested 30-year-old Russian hacker Roman Valerevich Seleznev charging him with numerous counts of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft for stealing hundreds of thousand of credit card details during 2009 to 2011. On Tuesday it was revealed that Seleznev is the son of Russian member of parliament Valery Seleznev who said he had not been able to speak to his son but added: "This is a monstrous lie and a provocative act."

Comment This is actually beneficial (Score 1) 388

In a time when kids are born with dozens of conditions, our numbers multiply at a staggering rate worldwide, and that scenario where we must ration our resources VERY carefully (like we should have done since the beginning) is not THAT ridiculously far away, this is actually positive in my eyes.

Do we really need to procreate in such a hurry? I'm not the biggest fan of sodas out there, but if they're gonna help reduce the output of the baby-factory generation out there, I'm all for even buying other people a soda or two.

Comment Re:even better question: (Score 2) 213

I don't know of any individuals using cloud based services

the fuck?. Gmail, Google Apps / Docs, Dropbox, BaseCamp, Flickr, Spotify, Netflix. Most individuals I know do almost everything they use a computer for "in the cloud". The corporations are the ones that seem to be holding on to legacy standalone apps.

None of those things are really relevant to the business world. You don't share DVDRips or ISOs over a network for your buddies at work, you don't have any need to watch movies or upload 100 pictures from that Canon of yours at a workplace, the only semi-useful thing in there are Google Docs (don't count Gmail since any e-mail is just as efficient in sending and receiving e-mails) but then again, most corporations already have volume licenses so that's not even that big a hassle.

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