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Comment Wishing You A Fond Farewell (Score 1) 1521

So long, Rob, and thanks for all the time and energy you've spent creating this wonderful community. There are only a few sites on the web that I read religiously, and Slashdot will always hold a special place among the nearest and dearest. For me, Slashdot is a little like a common room in a dorm, or the living room where good friends can get together to discuss the topics that mean the most to them; a true geek salon of ideas and dreams. Its a rare thing you have created here, and you should be proud of your accomplishment. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Best of luck to you and Kathleen and the boys, and I here's to hoping we'll never stop hearing from you on this thing we call the Internet.

Comment Re:Sounds like speed holes (Score 1) 570

Your mind doesn't care about the laws of physics. It only cares about how it perceives them. While a splash screen will always increase the load time of any application, the user will perceive the application as being more responsive and faster to start than without the splash-feedback. To your imperfect, biological sensors and reasoning, that is all that matters.

Comment Re:Linux? (Score 1) 266

The iPad is proving that people are willing to buy a limited device that doesn't run Windows and has set functionality. While on paper, I would personally prefer something like Android with an app store and additional functionality, I think there is a niche for a dedicated device.

How many of us have friends and family members who basically live out of their browser, and don't really use any other apps? How many of these friends and family members complain about updates, security, anti-virus, spyware, etc?

The niche market for this dedicated device might just be the majority of individual users.

Comment Re:cheating the laws (Score 1) 223

Who the fuck said multiplayer only? Mass Effect 2 did this for single player. Charge $20 if you want the full single player campaign. (Pirates get it all free). They even put a sleazy used-game salesman on the Citadel who laughs about how the developers don't get a cent of his sales. But those files weren't on the disk, they were an additional 1GB (!) you had to download separately. They could have been on the disk, since they were available at launch. But they weren't. There were some single-player "DLC" packs that came free, recently, that were revealed to be on the disk already, when somebody noticed that this huge "DLC" pack was only a couple of KB. I don't remember the game, though.

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 2, Interesting) 94

I'm still holding out for 1-way glass/mirrors that actually WORK AS EXPECTED.

An ex-gf's father, who is an architect, told me about this super-modern house in the town where he studied that was clad with one-way mirrors. However, after dark, the inside lights would turn them quite see-through. Favourite hang-out for students was by the bedroom wall, no x-ray glasses needed.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 513

The flaw with your argument is that there is a much smaller pool of road construction workers to draw from than from the general population, which all of your other statistics represent. I don't know how many road construction workers there are, but I can guarantee it's significantly smaller than 300 million. If we make the assumption that there are 1 million road construction workers, which seems overly generous, the likelyhood of being struck by a car and dying while doing road construction work is roughly equivalent to the likelyhood of being murdered.

A quick look at the bureau of labor statistics here suggests that in 2008, in the US, there were approximately 83,000 road, bridge, and highway construction workers. Extrapolated to a risk for the general US population, you would expect to lose about 220,000 people to being struck by a car in a workzone, about 5.5 times as likely as dying in a car accident in general, and an order of magnitude more likely than being murdered.

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 1) 177

"Now factor in that it's almost exclusively among people who have contracts with carriers that don't offer iPhones."

Or to put it another way, in the US only AT&T offers iPhones. How did an iPhone limitation become a feature?

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