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Comment Yes I'm now a troll (Score 1, Interesting) 531

I think this is it - the last time I bother with Slashdot. Troll posts (like this one) I can bypass, but the constant troll articles are getting out of hand.

Screw it. It's not just the Apple crap, I get it, you hate Apple. It's the ridiculous sensationalism that has crept into all of it. I won't let the door hit me on the way out.


Apple Releases IOS 4.3 Beta To Developers 101

m2pc writes "Apple has just released iOS 4.3 beta to developers. New features include: Developer access to AirPlay API, Four and Five-finger gestures, and the return of the hardware orientation lock for iPad, a feature that upset many when Apple suddenly removed this feature with no software option to re-enable it. Also interesting to note is the lack of mention of the Mobile Hotspot feature rumored to be included in 4.3 for all iOS devices by the Verizon announcement yesterday."

Comment Re:Not a fan, but Jobs is right (Score 1) 827

Interesting - Doesn't that mean the system works?

I mean, an 'expert' paid by Apple fixes the problem, and you don't have to. An 'expert' sorts through the bizarre contortions of software configuration and incompatibilities and he doesn't have to call Microsoft (Press 1, press 4, press 3, type in your number, verify your code, press 2 to not be hung up on) or the dozen other application providers, or skim through Google or ten different forums to find the right answer?

I actually am an Apple fanboi, but I also love my Linux, and even like my Win7 laptop. Each has a terrific purpose. However, I can say that my wife sits at her Win7 laptop and argues with a small photo edit... when she moves to my Mac she just 'does' it.

Comment Re:he's not the brightest... (Score 1) 345

Wait though - so you take your cash, put it in a pvc pipe and cap off both ends... then bury them all over the yard?

Then during the search, the police stumble across what appears to be a dozen PIPE BOMBS buried under a few inches of dirt all around your house.

I think I'd rather they just find the money than bring in the bomb squad and hit you with those charges.

Comment Re:Blood on his hands (Score 1) 489

I have several uncles that served in Vietnam - including a couple that became peace agitators when they came home. All of them hate Jane Fonda for what she did, regardless of their feelings on the war.

We should have never let her back in the country. I'm sure she would have been a big star in communist Vietnam now.

Comment Slashdot QC Fail, but Thanks Anway (Score 2, Informative) 213

Would have been nice if they had spelled the name right. My GOD, KDawson didn't even have to do anything like actually verify or read the site to review, he could have just looked at the two links in the damn summary.

Still, I had heard inklings of something like this somewhere before, but never hunted it down. Thanks for providing it. As someone that came to a mind-boggling late interest in actually learning any real math, I may have found a place to spend some serious time.

Thanks so much to Mr. Khan - a noble and important effort to drag those of us in dark ignorance into some level of glimmer.

Comment Toasters (Score 2, Insightful) 385

Computers are the Toasters of the '00s'. Our users expect them to toast. If they don't toast, they call us.

I spend my day doing many many different computer tasks. I help users, I do some light coding, I work on web pages, email servers, file servers, domain servers, track minor issues with printer drivers or email clients, and whatever else. I can really relate to the article.

The issue is that a computer as an appliance isn't a reality in the everyday world, except to users. They want them to do exactly what they expect them to do, every time, without having a 'burnt part and an uncooked part'. For those of us that spend all day dealing with computers, we come to know that it doesn't work that way. Our problem is that we live in two different realities, and they are not yet compatible.

Of course, once they really do work like a refrigerator or a toaster or a coffee maker, I'll be out of a job. Most days I'm not sure that's a bad thing.

Comment Re:It's not like they didn't tell... (Score 1) 299

I totally agree. I was bitten by this on several servers. The sad part is that in some cases this is NOT really always our choice here.

Sometimes management or customers (in my case) CHOOSE to not allow me to spend the time or money to do more than the minimums. In this current economy, it's become a serious situation.

I really appreciate CLAM and the coders that support and maintain it. It is their prerogative to make the call. I just wish they would have done it differently. If a closed-vendor did this (see the examples in the parent post), there would be geek-riots in the street.

I was lucky - I had been planning this move for awhile, so I had everything happy rather quickly.

Now, on another note - if the maintainers had pushed an announcement of the result of this plan to Slashdot, Digg, etc. maybe there would be less howling. I have to maintain MANY different Open Source products, no matter how hard I try, I can't keep track of each of them through web pages and announce lists.

Comment Opera Marketing Win (Score 4, Insightful) 314

Whether accepted or not, Opera has gained a lot of basically free publicity with this. That's what it is about, and good for them.

I am not absolutely sure that Apple will reject it. If I was Apple though, I would make them change the name to, for example, 'Opera Web Viewer', and not allow it to access https pages at all. Then they get to claim user-security and still let this thing in.

I love Opera and all, but I'm not sure I would use it myself. I'll look at it when it's available, no reason to worry until then.

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