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Comment Re:"Did you even test this??!!!" (Score 1) 523

Most useful functionality we ever added to one application 20 years ago: when it displayed a MessageBox to the user, it logged the exact text, along with the error code, and offered to email the error report to the support desk.

And the support desk was given a comprehensive manual with instructions on how to guide the user through what they were trying to do.

A friend of mine wrote that function, and I have reused it many times.

Comment Re:FBI hack should not be made public (Score 1) 346

"Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils." -- General John Stark
"Give me liberty, or give me death!" -- Patrick Henry
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves" -- Abraham Lincoln
"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter" -- George Washington

Comment Re:Encrypting the Link is only part of the story (Score 1) 57

If the ISP or email provider host the domain that your email is at, is it really that much of a problem?

Actually, it is. The NSA tapped Google's communication lines with the help of Big Mother Bell (AT&T), and the NSA and anyone they decided to let see the data could read everyone's emails.
http://www.theguardian.com/wor...

Due process should matter to everyone.

Warrant? We don't need no stinking Warrant!

Comment Re:Rubbish (Score 2) 100

>> I'm not opposed to text ads, banners, and animated GIFs provided they're not deceptive and clearly identify as ads.

Add "and do not interfere with viewing the content." That covers popups. floatovers, and tons of other intrusive things.

>> The journalism has declined.

One thing you didn't point out; fact checking and verification of sources has fallen off so much as to render most content worthless.

Even major outlets, such as the New York Times, have become incredibly sloppy, publishing a great deal of blatantly garbage content, that five minutes of checking sources and facts would catch.

Comment Re:Not for sale in the state of California. (Score 1) 251

Actually, Apple might do this. Anyone in California who wants an Apple iPhone can go over the state line and pick one up, or have a friend or family member in another state pick it up and send it.
After gangs starts running truckloads of illegal Apple iPhones into California (easy enough to do), and California regulators are taking flack for all this inconvenience and extra cost, they'd most likely back down.
Especially in California, where it's easy for the citizens put a bill on the ballot to repeal this law.

Comment Re:Unison (Score 1) 748

As others have pointed out:
- Deer jumping into traffic: this is exacerbated by poor highway design and maintenance, that limits the view of the diver, so that he has no chance of seeing the deer until it is directly in his path.
- Other drivers: I cannot tell you how many times I have seen a poor driver change lanes directly into another vehicle, or lane changing in front of another car in such a way as to impact the left front quarter panel and drive the law-abiding driver into the guardrail or off the road.
- My first car was in an accident when my father borrowed it; a woman was speeding and talking on the phone, swerved to pass a car stopped at a stop light, and ran a red light to plow into the side of my car. 2 good points: there were witnesses, so her lies to the police did not hold up, and the car was an Olds Delta 88, and damage was minimal. He car was totaled.
Driving defensively only goes do far in keeping you safe.

Comment Future of Books and eBooks (Score 1) 134

>> Serials are returning, authors are able to more directly keep in contact with readers

On reason for the uptick in serials is the lack of delay with e-books. I can read an already published serial, see how the first book is, then at 10PM, when I finish the first, immediately download the next in the series, starting to read it right away. Compare that to waiting for the bookstore to be open, finding it or placing an order, then waiting for them to receive it and picking it up from them. Two minutes versus one day versus a few weeks.

Sometimes a hardcopy is better; certainly it is easier to use alongside a keyboard when writing something; but as noted, the ability to have my whole library in the palm of my hand is a huge point in e-book's favor.

And the list of available works keeps growing, both in e-book formats like MOBI and EPUB, and also audio books as well. I think that pressure to compete will carry over to hardcopy as well, fording publishers to adapt to printing on-demand copies.

As far as keeping in contact with the author, it is generally easier if the author is e-book savvy. For a lot of earlier authors, email and other communication went to the publisher or assistant or secretary, and the authors didn't/couldn't respond quickly. Now, many of them do and can. E-books won't kill hardcopy; but it will prune the low-hangers that should be pruned, and clear the way for an improved publishing process in time, getting rid of some geographic restrictions on publishing and distribution, and improving the quality of editing and galley review.

Comment Re:Privacy (Score 1) 279

That's you, and I suspect most Slashdot readers. But for a lot of non-technical users, it *is* their login to everything account.

Facebook pushed the single sign on through Facebook some time ago, and it's worked.

Tons of people use it.

Comment Re:He might be right on the point of law here... (Score 1) 305

Some outsourcing company said it could only fill it's consultant ranks by hiring Indians. Since it knew the paperwork really well (and doing paperwork really well is an Indian core competency), it got them.

I've found there is another problem, fictitious skills/experience on resumes.

I can't tell you how many times I have seen companies list language and tool experience Years longer than the language or tool has been in existence. All the local resumes are rejected because they don't have the skills, and the bogus ones for overseas candidates accepted at face value.

"yes, I've been developing iPhone apps for 27 years..."

Then they come to work and need basic training from the existing staff.

Fortunately, not a big problem at my current employer.

Comment Would not use public transpo (Score 1) 654

As noted by another poster, one drawback is operating on the transport schedule, not mine. Where I live, missing a connection can mean a 45 minute wait.
Additionally, even in a best-case scenario, commuting to work for me would be 2 and a half hours and 4 connections each way, with a walk of a few miles (often in rain, sleet, hail, snow) at the work end; and the same walk to get to a connection for transport home.
If I need a side trip (groceries, pharmacy, etc, etc), I can add another half hour or so on top of the shopping time. And carry 6 or more large, heavy bags on a packed bus, and a long walk from the bus stop.
Worst-case scenario is between 4 hours (one way) and no transpo at all in some areas due to weather, accidents, etc.
People who push public transpo in the US tend to live in cities with lots of public transportation options.
Most people in the US don't fall into this category.

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