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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

Submission + - Selfie of Stroke Symptoms Finally Gets Woman Correct Diagnosis

theshowmecanuck writes: Canada's CBC TV reports that a woman suffering from a transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke) was diagnosed by the attending emergency room physician as suffering from stress, given tips on how to manage it and sent home. As she left the hospital she again began suffering the same symptoms in her car. Thinking quick she pulled out her smart phone and started taking a video selfie of herself to show the doctors the classic symptoms of a stroke. She was originally stricken at home and remembering the symptoms of a stroke from a public service announcement, went to the hospital when the symptoms subsided. After the second episode, her quick thinking and video convinced the doctors they were wrong and she was right, and they sent her for the proper diagnostic testing and treatment they should have given in first place. The article has a link to the video she took, but here it is in case, and I know it is unlikely on Slashdot, you don't want to read it.

Comment Re:Send it back.... (Score 1) 221

If you think that's steep you'll be floored if you look at cellphone packages here. Many of the cellphone companies here charge $50/GB (yes, fifty) for overage... they list it as "$5 per 100 megabytes." I know I'm comparing apples and oranges, but this is the sort of crap we seem to get stuck with here.

Submission + - Sexually Transmitted Virus Sterilizes Insects While Encouraging Mating (nationalgeographic.com)

cold fjord writes: National Geographic reports, "Why would a sterile male cricket mate with an infertile female? On the surface, this behaviour makes no sense: sex takes energy and effort, and there’s nothing in it for either of these partners. Neither one can foster the next generation. Shelley Adamo from Dalhousie University has the answer. Her team have shown that one particular insect virus can sterilise crickets, but also change their behaviour so they continue to mate with each other. By doing so, they pass the virus on to uninfected hosts. This virus is the latest example of parasitic mind control ... Scientists have now documented hundreds of such manipulators." — TED2014 Video

Submission + - Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Patent Troll 1

tor528 writes: Patent troll Personal Audio has sued top podcasters including Adam Carolla and HowStuffWorks, claiming that they own the patent for delivery of episodic content over the Internet. Adam Carolla is fighting back and has started a Fund Anything campaign to cover legal fees. From the Fund Anything campaign page: "If Adam Carolla loses this battle, then every other Podcast will be quickly shut down. Why? Because Patent Trolls like Personal Audio would use a victory over Carolla as leverage to extort money from every other Podcast.. As you probably know, Podcasts are inherently small, owner-operated businesses that do not have the financial resources to fight off this type of an assault. Therefore, Podcasts as we know them today would cease to exist."

James Logan of Personal Audio answered Slashdotters' questions in June 2013.
Links to the patent in question can be found on Personal Audio's website.
The EFF filed a challenge against Personal Audio's podcasting patent in October 2013.

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