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Comment Re-writing History? (Score 1) 138

Does anyone else remember Obama _insisting_ he get to keep his BlackBerry when he took office, and him winning a lengthy battle with the secret service which ended with BlackBerry making a custom hardening for them? He said he refused to ever be separated from the BB.

Now yes, BlackBerry is pretty much dead in the handset space, but if his phone has been disabled from running most publicly available apps... well BlackBerry always had superior email, typing, and productivity management capabilities, and the reason people stopped buying BB was exactly because they couldn't get the latest or hottest apps... so... aside from not looking cool, it seem his best move would have been to stay with a BlackBerry (which has, or a least had) thousands of US employees working on making phones back when you people were still buying them.

Comment PSA (Score 1) 512

We don't have to put up with far too obtrusive advertising. Please never link to websites that autoplay sound (or video with sound) as you scroll through an article. At least not without a warning beside the link.

There are many situations where you want to read an article on your smartphone, but don't want everyone in the room to hear from loud ad. And you shouldn't have to remember to go change media volume before clicking on what you thought was an "article", not a video.

Not to mention all the false revenue generated by clicking the video to bring up a pause button button ending up counting a click through to the advertiser before deleting that tab...

Comment Re:That's a funny new definition of "entitlement" (Score 1) 438

and if they choose not to make it available to you, that's their right

So, if a movie theatre owner says "we choose not to sell tickets to black people", that's fine and dandy?

Taking race out of it, this kind of behaviour is defined as "Social bullying" at my kids' school, and my daughter has been victim to it for years. You don't get to go around broadcasting how awesome everything is and then pointing to a smaller group of people saying "even if you want to pay the admission, you can't come to our party". The rest of us have decided "That's not cool".

So if you wanted to buy tickets to the local rock concert, but they won't sell them to you even though there are empty seats, and then you find a tall hill nearby from which you can view it anyway, not taking anything away from anyone else, what's morally wrong with that?

Also keep in mind we are tired of paying 30-50% more on most everything - even the EXACT SAME PRODUCTS, just shipped a few km further north, including big ticket items like cars and appliances. And this is even without the exchange rate - the price difference continued back when we were 1:1 with the USD just a couple years ago.

Comment Re: company serves customers (Score 1) 263

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has been unable with this trend.

I can think of two reasons for it:

I'm an engineer, prefer dense/useful information more than the average person, who may respond more to pleasant look/feel first. Others on Slashdot are likely more similar to me than to the average user.

Also, maybe the problem is that Google Maps is free. If they had to compete for my money, they would have probably lost it when they forced me off the legacy version a year or two ago. But if they add a feature which makes it worse, but directs 5% more Web traffic to a photo printing service, or serves more ads or something, unfortunately they should choose profit over a better product... and I'm getting what I paid for.

Comment Re:Sit/stand *feels* better (Score 1) 134

Health effects, whatever. I feel better when I can change positions every now and then. Sitting all day leaves me feeling tired and my back gets sore (yes, I've tried lots of different chairs). With a sit/stand desk I change positions every hour or two, switching between standing, sitting on a moderately-ergonomic desk chair and sitting on an exercise ball. The latter is actually fairly hard work to sustain for a long time, but I think my core has gotten stronger for doing it. Standing eventually makes my feet hurt. No one position is ideal, but changing it up seems to work great.

My experience is identical, although I have rarely used the exercise ball. I had serious back problems a few years ago, and still find it gets very stiff and close to dangerous territory if sitting for more than 1/2 hour or so - but it's so nice not to be pulled away from work that I'm focused on when the back tells me "you have to move now". Just push a couple buttons, now I'm standing and still comfortably typing and looking at my screen.

I needed a doctor's note to get the standing desk, because from luck of the draw, my group wasn't in the majority area that already had them, but it was great for my SHORT-TERM (every day) well being and health and productivity. I don't NEED a long term study to see the benefits.

(side note, I've since been laid off, but haven't had any more back spasms since moving to the standing desk, and I remember how much better I felt, daily, at work). Trying to save money, but thinking about getting one at home.

Comment Re:That's stupid (Score 1) 417

There is a huge problem. If there is no healthy place for the fish to exist there is no place for them to come back from. One river being polluted can be cured when other waterways exist to restock the river once cleaned up. But what is happening is a holocaust of near 100% efficiency. Before 1492 we had unimaginable fish stocks in the N. Atlantic. Now we have far less than 1% of what we had back then.

+1

Comment Why focus on the length of time? (Score 1) 664

It doesn't take anywhere near 22 seconds to take a high quality image of someone's daughter in a bathing suit.

I'm no fan of guns, but keep your expensive flying camera toys away from private property, or accept what might happen!

Just because it's kinda cool that everyone CAN control the position of their camera in 3-space now, doesn't mean that they should.

Comment Re:The Microsoft key!!!! I've never used it...ever (Score 1) 698

By "context menu key", do you mean right-click? I'm assuming the mention of Right-click is either a mistake, or skewed by an inordinate amount of Mac users with their single button philosophy. I don't see how you are doing anything productively (with a mouse) if you aren't using right-click. If you aren't using a mouse at all, like for command line work or vi/vim, that's fine.

Comment Re:Caps Lock used to power a huge lever. (Score 1) 698

Yeah, I remember the pain of shift lock on my Commodore 64. I wished for the concept of caps lock instead. Of course in those days I was a child, not a developer, and had almost no use for underscore - it was much more likely that I wanted dash. But the number argument wins out above all.

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