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Comment Re:Rotten Tomatoes is getting self-important (Score 1) 395

As for Rotten Tomatos I find that their average rarely coincides with my tastes anyway, I've realized that when using Vudu and noticing that I've enjoyed a lot of movies that had a poor Tomatoes score yet a rather good Vudu user score (the interface shows both scores when looking at the movie info.)

I've found that Criticker ( ) is a lot closer to my ratings, because they adjust the ratings I see based on how I rated similar movies.

It's gotten fantastically close after I rated ~20 movies there.

Comment Re:Finally, I can switch to Gnome! (Score 1) 118

The stupid thing is, you could easily make a secondary UI for tablet users and even protocols for a UI switch for when a tablet becomes a desktop (ie: docking).

But, no. UIs are not built by engineers anymore. We've got to hire touchy-feely liberal arts guys that have no idea what good UI design means to make these decisions.

For instance, I like the close/minimize/maximize buttons on the top left of the window. Linux Mint Cinnamon allows me to set that without a problem. But Gnome applications don't follow the OS settings. They apparently know better.


Comment What I'm waiting for... (Score 1) 266

Purely autonomous personal vehicles will solve this.

Recline your car seat back all the way and get in at 9 PM and have the car drive you all night long.

No TSA hassles. No rumblings about paying extra for a carry on bag, a snack that should cost $1 instead costing $5, or being kicked by the guy behind you getting out of his seat because he has a small bladder.

Driverless cars won't be the end of domestic airlines, but they will have to adapt to keep customers.

Comment Re:Industrial accident (Score 1) 407

That's it. That's all this lawsuit is about, faulty failsafes on industrial equipment that lead to an accident. Probably with merit.

But sure, call it "rogue robots" and "killing"...

They lost me when they said 'colleague'. I don't have any robot colleagues. I do have a toaster I use at work, and a microwave. But we're not colleagues (and I don't think either the toaster or microwave considers me a colleague, either).

Comment Re:False assumption (Score 4, Insightful) 202

And that's the point of the argument.

If breaking the encryption was easy, they could just decrypt everything they get off of the wire and not have to insert back doors into software and target into a suspect's OS.

But since encryption is (financially/time/computationally) expensive, it's cheaper to exploit flaws in software.

Comment Security levels (Score 2) 498

The problem isn't password rules. The problem is the idea of security levels.

For a site like /. or, just about any password should be allowable. This is a password you will likely use on lots of different sites. Also, the password should never expire. Account should be locked if a thousand bad passwords in a row are tried. The password reset should go to your email, and you should not have the ability to change your email address (but you can add a secondary email address) for a month after a password change. That way if someone breaks into your account you can get back in afterwards.

For your home computer, it should also allow any password. Passwords should never expire. The account should never be locked but you have the option of added security (ie: encrypted home directory).

For work, a more complex password that changes every six months to a year.

For your banking, a complex password that changes every year or two. Account lockout if 10 tries in a row fail.

For your email account, two factor authentication all the time and a password that needs to be changed every 3-6 months (since your email is used as a lockout to all the other possible accounts).

Comment Not as intended. (Score 1) 184

The games can run on newer LCD screens, but they may not look as the developers intended.

I have an arcade cabinet with an LCD screen. I'm quite happy with how it looks, intentions be damned. I had the option to get one with a similar number of games (mine has ~140 classic games) but with a CRT display.

The LCD screen is much bigger, and while the game graphics are in the same resolution, the out-of-game graphics resolution is much nicer and the software makes use of it. Also, when looking at CRTs now, I don't get nostalgia any more. They just seem old.

Comment Re:I wonder how Pale Moon would fare.... (Score 1) 160

If any application is taking 30 seconds to load up, you've got issues. Heck, LibreOffice loads up a complex spreadsheet for me in less than 5 seconds.

Maybe you're using an old hard drive that needs serious defragmenting? Or your configuration files for the app are totally borked?

I get messed up configuration files slowing down my Banshee startup. I just blow away the config directory and it's good again for a few months.


Li-Ion Battery Inventor Creates Breakthrough Solid-State Battery, Holds 3X Charge ( 306

A research team led by John Goodenough at the Cockrell School of Engineering (Yes, this is a legitimate story) has created a new fast charging solid-state battery. Decades ago, American physicist John Goodenough co-invented the lithium-ion battery, which is now omnipresent in today's technology. The team has published a research paper in the journal Energy and Environmental Science. Fossbytes reports: The design limitations of lithium batteries containing liquid electrolytes don't allow them to charge quickly. If done forcefully, it would lead to the formation of metal whiskers (dendrites). Eventually, a short circuit would happen, or the battery would explode. However, that's not the problem with the solid-state batteries. The researchers have used a solid glass electrolyte in place of the liquid one. The glass electrolyte allows the researchers to use the alkali metal anode (negative side) which increases the charge density of the battery and prevents the formation of dendrites. Also, the glass electrolyte enables a battery to operate in extreme temperatures of -20-degree celsius. You can read more via The University of Texas at Austin.

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