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Comment Inflation at the speed of Moore's Law (Score 1) 491

The FAQ seems slashdotted, but if the currency is based on CPU time, inflation would not only be high (how many years between doubling of CPU capacity?) but also rather erratic. Every time Sony released a new 'super computer caliber' gaming station inflation would shoot up as the price of CPU time just went down.

Comment Re:What's more evil? (Score 1) 419

You don't have the right to ignore laws you don't agree with.


Only in a literal sense. You don't "have the right" to ignore a law - that's just by definition of a law. He was talking about what's evil, not what's lawful. In fact, without even taking a stance on whether this particular law is evil or not, I think we could safely say that following an evil law may in itself be evil.

Some will say these copyright laws harm our cultural wellbeing. With or without a 'right' to do so, I can see how some would say the morally correct action is civil disobedience.

Comment Re:Dr. Zen's answer (Score 1) 951

In my experience that's far too long. Here's the message as seen by the user:

...permissions and integrity of your filesystem.

[More information] [Retry] [Ignore Error]

The customer would then assume the software has destroyed their filesystem. They'd call and leave a screaming voicemail starting something like 'Someone needs to call me RIGHT NOW.'

Messages need to be ten words or less to have a fighting chance. And I'm talking about simple words. Even then, people will still call in. We recently had a customer call in wondering what to do about this error in our shipping software: "you have to specify a weight greater than 0 pounds."

Here's how to make error messages work: make them simple and actionable for the sake of the literate. For the rest, charge per incident for support and hire a lot of cheap labour.

Comment Re:Nooo ! (Score 1) 440

While your typical /.er might be on a 1-3 year upgrade cycle, a lot of people (ie older parents/grandparents) buy a Mac because it's "easier" and are more inclined to be on a 5-10 year cycle.

Great, then it'll take them 5 years to upgrade Firefox and notice something is wrong. Hey, that's just around the time they're upgrading their computer anyhow!

Comment Re:Are nerds not aware (Score 1) 844

The whole thing needs a complete redesign. I think doing something to get rid of the whole HTML thing would be a giant improvement; just display things straight into a window from application code

Right. HTML is a great language for documents, horrible for applications. The solution you are looking for is called Cappuccino and it throws out HTML and CSS in favour of a regular Objective-C Cocoa like paradigm where you just draw in a window or place UI widgets using layout managers.

Trying to write a web application in HTML is like painting with a tennis ball for a brush. It's the wrong tool for the job and you'll spend half the time bending the various components to your will.

Submission + - Why the heck are people still using POP3? ( 2

Siker writes: Email Service Guide asked "Why the heck are people still using POP3 [...instead of IMAP]?" Remarkably the answer does not seem to be "because they don't know any better" because at Email Discussions an intense debate erupted over the topic. In this day of large storage server accounts and multiple access devices for email accounts, is there a reason other than habit for POP3?

Submission + - "Naked" scanner not to be used for under-18s.

An anonymous reader writes: A scanner that could nakedify[TM] people at Manchester airport, UK, is no longer being used for under 18s.
The unfortunately-named Rapiscan may violate laws protecting children. Meanwhile, Al-Qaeda has been busy recruiting children, apparently having read Bruce Schneirs' crypto-grams on security theatre and how to defeat it.

Submission + - How much did your undergrad degree cost?

MSesow writes: *$0-19,999
*I don't have one, you insensitive clod!
*I don't use American dollars!
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Submission + - AmigaOS-clone "MorphOS" available for Mac mini ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday, the MorphOS Team released MorphOS for Mac mini. It's the first time that this interesting, but obscure AmigaOS clone OS is available for a hardware which is easy to obtain and doesn't cost a fortune. The OS can be freely downloaded and just run from the Live-CD (insert into your Mac mini, reboot while keeping the 'C' key pressed). It's amazingly fast and boots basically in 5 seconds.

They write: "The MorphOS development team is proud to announce the public release of MorphOS 2.4, the first ever public version to install on Mac mini G4 machines. In addition to the extended hardware support, existing users will benefit from various bug fixes and a few new features. For an overview of the included changes, please read our release notes.

We strongly urge owners of Mac mini G4 computers to carefully read our installation and troubleshoot guides before they attempt to install MorphOS for the first time. Existing users can upgrade via the familiar procedure but are encouraged to read the guides as well. MorphOS 2.4 is available for download in our files section."

Submission + - Best videogame for a 9 hour flight? 1

gad_zuki! writes: Tomorrow I'll be taking a 9 hour flight and would love to spend it gaming, but I would like to maximize my gaming time. I have a macbook (2.1ghz/8400) with OSX and Win7 with one spare battery. I'll run the screen as dim as possible and keep the sound low. Im thinking of taking a bunch of MAME roms or a classic game like Command and Conquer. Any suggestions? Dwarf Fortress perhaps? I will be flying coach in a 777, so there will be no outlet for me to charge.

Submission + - Email on Death Row - Again ( 1

mvip writes: It's time to prematurely mourn the death of email again: the Wall Street Journal article Why Email No Longer Rules is making the rounds online. Fast Company provided a fast response highlighting the technical shortcomings of trying to replace email with Facebook and Twitter (where do the attachments go?). Email Service Guide points out that Facebook and Twitter are ineffective for one-of communications. But with Google Wave around the corner, is the end near for email this time around?

Submission + - Swedens first IPRED ruling overturned (

the_arrow writes: Acording to an article in Swedens The Local the first case under the European union antipiracy directive IPRED has been overturned in the court of appeal. The ISP ePhone was told by a lower court to connection information for a private ftp-site to five book publishing companies, but that ruling have now been overturned.

Submission + - Malaysia Slows Divorce Rate With Free Honeymoons

samzenpus writes: Officials in Malaysia are trying to slow down the divorce rate by offering feuding couples a three-day honeymoon package to help bring that spark back into their marriages. After all, what could more romantic than three days of talking about your faults over a lovely fruit plate, and three drunken nights at the hotel bar watching the love of your life flirt with some random guy on a business trip? Terengganu Welfare Community Development and Women Affairs committee chairman, Ashaari Idris says, 'We can understand newlyweds having problems understanding one another, where a slight skirmish could lead to a separation but it is unacceptable for those married more than two decades to file for divorce.'

Submission + - Is Valve a dangerous monopoly? ( 2

Absolut187 writes: Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford says Steam's domination is "dangerous," and exploits small developers. "Steam helps us as customers, but it's also a money grab, and Valve is exploiting a lot of people in a way that's not totally fair." "Valve is taking a larger share than it should for the service it's providing. It's exploiting a lot of small guys." "There's so much conflict of interest there that it's horrid." "Steam isn't the answer." Is he right? And if so, what is the answer?

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