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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How Do You Explain "Don't Improve My Software Syndrome" or DIMSS? 7

dryriver writes: I am someone who likes to post improvement suggestions for different software tools I use on the internet. If I see a function in a software that doesn't work well for me or could work better for everyone else, I immediately post suggestions as to how that function could be improved and made to work better for everybody. A striking phenomenon I have come across in posting such suggestions is the sheer number of "why would you want that at all" or "nobody needs that" or "the software is fine as it is" type responses from software users. What is particularly puzzling is that its not the developers of the software rejecting the suggestions — its users of the software that often react sourly to improvement suggestions that could, if implemented well, benefit a lot of people using the software in question. I have observed this happening online for years even for really good software feature/function improvement ideas that actually wound up being implemented. My question is — what causes this behavior of software users on the internet? Why would a software user see a suggestion that would very likely benefit many other users of the software and object loudly to that suggestion, or even pretend that "the suggestion is a bad one"?

Submission + - Norwegian Oil Fund Asked to Consdier if Facebook is Unetical 2

polemistes writes: During the last few weeks there has been an uproar (this is in English) in Norwegian media about Facebook censorship. It started with writer Tom Egeland posting the iconic 1972 photo of Kim Phuc, running from a napalm bomb. Facebook decided that the nudity in the photo could be offensive, so they deleted it. When Egeland posted to criticise the censorship, the whole post was deleted. A major internet news site wrote about it, and the editor shared his article on Facebook, and was blocked for 24 hours. Now the Norwegian Press Association has asked the ethics committee of the Norwegain Oil Fund, who has invested about $1.6 billion in Facebook, to consider whether Facebook is acting unethically. If they are found to do so, the fund will have to withdraw their investments, because its strict ethical code. As a side-note:The google-translated article also censors the photo.

Comment Re:This almost makes me want to move to Canada... (Score 2) 141

There's no such thing as unlimited media streaming, and prices are usually $30/gigabyte at best for prepaid.
See for yourself. Here are comanies that offer full nation-wide coverage (not just small urban areas). Make sure you check the prices for additional data.

Telus, Bell, Rogers, Virgin, Koodo.

Submission + - Is Windows 10 Still A Step Back? 6

BrendaEM writes: Many people are pleased with Windows 10, but to dig though the user interface is to see one that seem like it was never finished. In the simplified dumbed-down menus, there is not enough functionality for a user to maintain their computer. Clicking on "advanced" give you access to Windows 7-style menus, going deeper, you see menus that haven't been updated since Windows 2000.

Many people are still having hardware problems such as dealing with a crippled Bluetooth file transfer which can no longer automatically receive files, thereby making the user invoke every single transfer. Many others are having charging problems with Android phones.

Even Windows 7 needlessly made it difficult to use more than two power schemes, which many people who work their computer hard may want to use. Windows 7 made the computer management event logs terribly slow to sort on even a modern computer. Windows 7 also made it next to impossible to format a large FAT32 drive.

With poor privacy practices, a disrespect for the user as far as upgrades, recent unfair browser marking practices, a lack of UI vision, will another company ever dare make a competing commercial operating system for PC compatibles?

Comment Re: Quit it already! (Score 1) 470

I fall squarely into your example of having to stretch my paycheck to the next payday. I like the fact that there are farmer's markets and that people are preserving these varieties, but I can't afford any of that stuff. There are only a couple of GMO characteristics mentionned in the summary (yellow rice and low-acrylamide potatoes), but I have yet to see any of these "improved and better for you" varieties in stores, anywhere. All I ever see are things like engineered tomatoes created, not for nutrition or taste, only for their ability to withstand mechanized harvesting.
That's nice for farmers I guess, but it results in bland, flavourless tomatoes that have the texture of a softball. Perhaps if nutritionally improved GMO foods were available GMOs would gain consumer acceptance. In order for GMOs to be accepted they have to be better than their alternatives. Instead we hear about putting fish genes into strawberries to better withstand frost, instead of actually growing them in better environments.

Comment Re: I hate bad journalism like this... (Score 1) 404

The term you're looking for is "Bunker Fuel (#6)", also referred to as Bunker-C, and it's very nasty stuff. It'd be difficult to find a fuel that's any worse in impurities and toxic byproducts. It needs to be preheated to 220 – 260 F (104 – 127 C) in order to liquify enough to be used.

Comment Re:youmail (Score 1) 237

> I also didn't know that you could have a phone without caller ID

Unless you use a VOIP line or a burner (pay-as-you-go) cell phone caller ID is always an extra for both landlines and cellphones. For cellphones it's often bundled with voicemail or some other feature so you'll usually end up getting it ... but, yes, it's very possible to get a smartphone with no caller ID or voicemail.

Submission + - New Zealand ISP's anti-geoblocking service makes waves (computerworld.com.au) 1

angry tapir writes: New Zealanders and Australians are often blocked from using cheap streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu and instead at the mercy of local content monopolies for popular shows such as Game of Thrones. However a New Zealand ISP Slingshot has caused a stir by making a previously opt-in service called 'Global Mode' a default for its customers. The new service means that people in NZ don't need to bother with VPNs or setting up proxies if they want to sign up to Netflix — they can just visit the site. The service has also caused a stir in Australia where the high price for digital goods, such as movies from the iTunes store, is a constant source of irritation for consumers

Submission + - Facebookâ(TM)s Unethical Experiment (slate.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Facebookâ(TM)s methodology raises serious ethical questions. The team may have bent research standards too far, possibly overstepping criteria enshrined in federal law and human rights declarations. âoeIf you are exposing people to something that causes changes in psychological status, thatâ(TM)s experimentation,â says James Grimmelmann, a professor of technology and the law at the University of Maryland. âoeThis is the kind of thing that would require informed consent.â

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