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Comment Re:Time to switch (Score 1) 138

You're a troll, but you're correct about LibreOffice.

Libre/Star/Open Office all suck ass for anything remotely complex.
MS Office isn't going away. We've only been able to transition a small group of our users to Google Docs / etc. because their use is extremely limited and we in fact wanted to limit them more.

Comment Peer Review is a Joke (Score 1) 114

Peer review is a joke. Journals barely glance at shit the reviewers all engage in favoritism and favor trading.

Fuck peer review. How about peer escrow?

Submit your paper, a full and complete set of instructions for replicating the experiment, and the complete and raw data you collected during your experiment.
The journal reads it and gives if it passes a basic bullshit test, puts the experiment into a queue.

Then the journal pulls different experiments from the queue and presents them to you (only the experiment, not the data or paper). You have to replicate an experiment before your paper can be published. (Different weights can be added for cost and time, and things can be categorized so you don't get biologists doing physics.)

Once you replicate an experiment and submit the complete and raw data, the journal compares both data sets and determines whether or not to publish the original paper associated with the experiment you reviewed. Likewise, once someone replicates your experiment your paper may be published. (Depending on the type of experiment, they can require more than one replication, have different levels of review and different tolerances for discrepancy.)

If a paper is published, everything is published. The paper, the experiment description, and all data from the original submitter and all the replicators.

If you're not doing repeatable experimentation, you're not doing science, so fuck off. If your data contains sensitive info, such as HIPAA, anonymize it. It's not hard, though people claim it's hard when they want to prevent you from seeing their bogus data.

Comment Re:I thought women made better CEOs (Score 4, Insightful) 39

When you put a woman in as your CEO because they're a woman, you're going to have a bad time.
The same goes for race, religion, sexual identity, whatever. Of course, this also includes straight, white, Christian males, though I suspect I've already offended certain people past the point of no return.

How about you hire the best person for the job?

How many Meg Whitmans, Elizabeth Holmeses, and Marissa Mayers are we going to see trotted out to kill companies for the sake of diversity?
The worst part is that we see all the awful female executives getting pats on the back, accolades, etc., but the ones that are competent like Carly Fiorina (compare her to her successor) or even great (Lisa Su) get almost no fucking recognition.

Remember when HP mattered? And Yahoo?

Comment Re:Don't they test their products before shipping? (Score 1) 30

Why test? The last version was mostly fine. If something's wrong with this version we'll hem and haw, issue a placebo patch in 2 months that will trick half of the people. Half of the people who aren't fooled will get used to it or stop bitching. For the remaining people who complain, we'll just trot out the occasional lie about how we're still working on it. Then it's time for the next version, and maybe we'll fix it there, maybe we won't. Either way, we'll claim that it's been fixed and that the new version is the best ever. People will buy it.

Comment Re:No more "BetaNews" submissions, please! (Score 2) 67

Slashdot editors, can you please stop putting these "BetaNews" submissions on the front page?

These submissions are by far some of the worst ones that end up on the front page.

"BetaNews" is linked to from a submission almost every day! Hell, it was linked to twice on March 31, and from three submissions on March 25!

If want wanted to read "BetaNews" articles, which we don't, we would go directly to that site instead of coming to Slashdot!

Please stop putting mediocre content from "BetaNews" on the Slashdot front page, especially when it appears to be the authors of the articles who are submitting them here!

Please, no more "BetaNews" at Slashdot!

I agree, but you missed the opportunity to call out "Reader BrianFagioli".

Comment Re:Back in the 1990's, you only needed 4GB... (Score 1) 89

My phone as 6GB Ram. It rarely uses more than 4, occasionally 5. But phones are funny, they prelaunch apps you use, until most of the RAM is used. Because it is less battery bringing app to the foreground, than launching it from storage. I suspect that if you had more RAM, your RAM usage would go up.

Comment Re:Simple rule for all (Score 2) 215

Soda pop is poison. You don't need a study to prove that. There are only four safe drinks in this world. Water, milk, orange juice, and beer. Wait, there are only five safe drinks in this world. Water, milk, orange juice, wine and beer.

You forgot butter. There's nothing like a nice hot mug of butter to start your day.

Comment Re:Oops (Score 1) 215

...you cannot "fat shame" people,

You can. My mother does it to me all the time.

However she doesn't do it to anyone else, and no one else does it to me (to my face).

See how it works?

Have you eaten yet? Sit down and eat. Eat more. What do you mean you're not hungry? Eat! Eat!

Comment Re:Oops (Score 2) 215

But lots of people do live in California, including a lot of Asians, a lot of obese people, and a lot of people who follow shitty Hollywood-style "cleanse" fads.

He referred to slim people with his generalization.
You referred to Asians with yours.

His was less inaccurate.

Comment Trash (Score 1) 89

1. Quad-core (Celeron or better) processor.

Of which generation? I guess it doesn't matter, because Celeron is ass regardless.

2. 4GB of RAM.

I was on 16 GB minimum 6 years ago! I understand that plebs don't need that much, but come the fuck on. If this is a "cloud" OS then it's going to involve shitty web apps gobbling up tons of RAM in a bloated browser. How could you not specify 8 GB as a minimum? It's hardly any more expensive in terms of BoM.

3. 32GB of storage (64GB for 64-bit).

Two fails here. First, why is there a 32-bit variant? If this is a locked-down "cloud" terminal, seize the opportunity to move forward. Who the fuck makes 32-bit-only hardware that will be connected to a "cloud" device such as this? Secondly, most of the 32 gigs will be eaten by Windows itself. Even on 64 gigs, Windows will slowly eat away more and more of it.

I guess the 6-month cadence of updates is their plan to fix that, as each big update on Windows 10 (and whatever the fuck they end up calling this) is a complete reinstall. They nuke your old windows directory X days later, thus curbing the cancerous growth that is WinSxS (or whatever it's called in 10) and other such shit.

64 gigs would be serviceable for people who truly live "in the cloud", but I expect people who expect to have local copies of photos, music, or shitty apps/games from the store will quickly hit the wall on the 64 GB models. I presume many of these things would have a microSDXC slot for increased capacity, of course that's' not ideal.

4. A battery larger than 40 WHr.

This is shit, but it lines up with a lot of the other shit on the market, so I can't say it's unexpected.

5. Fast eMMC or solid state drive (SSD) for storage technology.

Define fast. There are plenty of crappy SSDs. Why not just require a certain (random) read/write speed? My guess is that many of these things will have soldered-on storage chips, so fuck you if you want to upgrade or when the performance starts to degrade over time.

6. Pen and touch (optional).

You mean as an added cost. I hate the 2-in-1 concept. Just be a laptop or toy, don't try to be both. A stylus can be useful, but I doubt any of the devices sold under this shit will use a good one / good digitizer.

The report adds that Microsoft wants these laptops to offer over 10-hour of battery life, and the "cold boot" should not take longer than 20 seconds.

Well, then maybe the 40 WHr requirement should be stepped up. And what is a "cold boot" for this "cloud" OS? Is it the fake cold boot / hybrid shutdown shit? Is it the fake cold boot where UEFI skips a ton of shit and if something ever borks up you have to let it fail to boot X times in a row or force shut it down during boot to trigger a true full boot?

I just don't see what the point of these devices is. For MS, they want people locked into their ecosystem. For users? These things are the modern net top. Remember that fad? They'll suck compared to regular laptops and be too expensive compared to budget laptops. Compared to tablets, no one will pick it over the Google / Apple prisons. Hell, people would prefer a Kindle Fire over this thing.

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