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Comment Re:Reaction to recall: (Score 1) 202

Someone should *REALLY* call child protection service over this one. If the (grand-)parents are *THAT* stupid, chances are high that the kid is exposed to other risks due to the irresponsibility and stupidity of close family.

A lot of people don't watch or read the news -- and I don't blame them, as it's 99% hyped up garbage.

I can easily imagine a lot of affected Note 7 owners -- approximately 2.5 million of them -- weren't exposed to the recall message for some reason.

Sitting in such harsh judgment is pretty immature.

Comment Re:As an EE and amateur aircraft manufacturer (Score 1) 202

As an EE I would also try to point my finger at some firmware guys, at some semiconductor guys and some chemical engineers. There's a lot involved in these sorts of batteries in consumer devices, plenty of blame to share.

Samsung/Samsung SDI have already admitted it's a manufacturing defect.

Comment Re:Laughable (Score 1) 76

IRC had this 30 years ago.

I'm not sure if you're comparing IRC to Slack, or comparing IRC to Slack for Business. I'll assume you're comparing IRC to Slack.

As a very (very) long time IRC user, and before IRC was even invented, a multi-user BBS (with chat) user, I think I "know" online chat fairly well.

Slack offers some killer features IRC just plain lacks, like persistent chat (you can sign off for a few days, sign back in, and see all the messages you missed).

It also has "just works", and beautiful, web, iOS, and Android clients, and lots of really great features like uploading files to a channel that people can download anytime (even if they upload them while you're off-line).

Slack also supports images and plenty of other goodies IRC lacks.

IRC has tons of features, but most of those features aren't as important as the things Slack brings to the table, when it comes to wants and needs of most users. That's why Slack is so successful.

Comment Re:Where is Slack video? (Score 1, Insightful) 76

Slack is already pretty established and so I would think Microsoft would have a hard time here...

Microsoft won't have a hard time here.

Skype Teams will be part of Skype for Business, and Skype for Business is part of Office 365, and many/most companies buy their employees O365 subscriptions. Thus, Skype Teams will be "free". Companies will choose the "free" option because they're too stupid to realize that sometimes paying for something saves them money in the long run.

Microsoft is just leveraging their Office monopoly to crush a competitor. You know, business as usual.

It's unfortunate, because Slack is really nice, and Skype is a pile of crap.

Comment Re:Law of unintended consequences, also frosty (Score 0) 470

...and why is this an idea NOW. I mean, Zika's been out for a (kind of) long time in various parts of the world, and no one ever really thought about wiping them out totally. Hell, malaria and AIDS have been out for years, completely trashing a large number of people every year. But once zika hit the US, it's "KILL ALL OF'M!!!" Typical American way of thinking and it's never ended well.

Yeah! Fucking Americans! They should fix everything in the WHOLE WORLD! Too bad if they're already operating at a loss every year and $20 trillion in debt! A little more debt won't hurt!

Also, yeah! I took a poll, and every single American--EVERY SINGLE ONE!--is in favor of mosquito genocide due to Zika finally showing up in the U.S.! Fucking Americans! So stupid! So predictable! Ha Ha Ha!

By the way... you're an asshat.

Comment Re:Better Programs (Score 1) 630

Cheap and accessible? $80/month just for the cable is not cheap. That's a week's food for a family.

$80 per week is not nearly enough money for food for a four person family in the United States:

$80 / 7 days = $11.43 per day.

$11.43 / 4 people = $2.86 per person per day.

$2.86 / 3 meals = $0.95 per person per meal per day.

Sorry, but you can't eat for under a dollar per meal in the U.S. without starving to death.

I would say $3 per person per meal per day is reasonable, which works out to over $250 per week and over $1,000 per month. Yes, you could eat more cheaply if you only ate rice, beans, vitamins, and water; I'm just trying to be reasonable here.

Comment Re:Slashdot has popup ads with data:text/html;base (Score 2) 204

Third time this week. I'm reading through slashdot comments on my mobile and get a popup ad with a "data:text/html;base64" url. Here's a couple screen grabs:

first photo shows the URL. second photo shows that chrome thinks the page is still on slashdot's website. The ad pops up and fills the screen on it's own, without me clicking on anything (so it's on some sort of setTimeout or something). It won't let me use the back button either. This crap is very invasive. Slashdot should not be showing these sort of ads

Not only this, but fucking auto fucking refresh is still fucking annoying us, and if you click Older >> at the bottom of the page, it takes you to the older articles but very frequently puts you at the bottom of the page (wtf?), and the big ads at the top take so long to load that the comments I'm reading are often jumping around as the ad finally loads and adjusts the page height, etc. Ugh.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Comment Re:The end justifies the means (Score 0) 306

It's probably not that meaningful, anyway. Somewhere around 20-40% of the info in these documents will turn out to be wrong or misleading in some critical way. Mostly, it'll just be a case of "name files", with info about different people with the same (or similar) names entered in the wrong place. People will learn pretty quickly to deny anything they don't like. Of course, others will believe whatever they want about you, especially if it was in some "secret" document. But they too will learn that the info about them is also full of errors. More importantly, your friends and relatives will learn the same thing.

I've yet to see any official document about me (including medical records) that didn't have some bizarre thing with unknown origin. The people who keep the records just respond with a grin and a comment starting with "Yeah ....".

Actually, my favorite example, which my wife loves telling other people, is one of those "not even wrong" things that a nurse wrote down after a routine exam, saying that I was 5'13" tall and weighted 135 pounds. I am in fact about six feet one inch, but 135 pounds would make me one of the scrawniest six-footers on the planet. She'd used one of those old-fashioned scales with sliding weights, and had forgotten that she'd slid over a third 50-pound weight. But I've since then seen several personal histories that include that 135-pound weight back then. Once such things get into the database, they're almost impossible to correct. This is especially true of medical records. This can be really annoying to those that've had a "false positive" diagnosis somewhere along the line. But such things are pretty good at teaching you how much you can trust the "official" data about other people.

(I sometimes wonder if official records in other "advanced" countries are as screwed up as they are here in the US. I'd guess that they probably are.)


people do have their names :)

Not really; according to the US Census Bureau, there are about 1800 Americans with my (first+last) name. And probably a whole bunch of them have the same middle name, which is also one of the top 10 men's names in the US. My parents didn't have much imagination when it came to baby names.

OTOH, my wife continues to use her birth name for most purposes (which is fine by me). She likes the fact that, as far as she can determine, she's the only living human with that name. (And it's not even some unpronounceable "foreign" sounding name. She also likes to point out to people that her name is a syntactically correct English sentence. She has even found archived newspaper images that have her name at the top of a story. ;-)

But anyway, most of us don't "have" our names in any meaningful sense. We're just one of many who are using the name for a few decades, until we drop out of the crowd that are using it.

In college, I had a friend who was a member of the Bill Smith Club, whose only membership criterion is that you be named (or married to someone named) Bill Smith (or William Smythe or Wilhelm Schmidt or anything else that maps onto the name).

Comment Re: interstellar mission (Score 1) 347

I doubt you millennials will get us to Mars let alone out of the solar system. Science is hard and you are soft.

Actually, the same could be said about every generation/cohort. Most of the population are usually the anti-thinking sort who contribute nothing much to our knowledge. The advances have always come from a tiny minority who are typically not much respected by their cohorts. There's a tiny minority of "millennials" who are involved in making the advances that most of us won't live to appreciate. They're not hard to find if you hang out with the right crowds, but most people (including the /. crowd) would never bother with that.

Comment Re:Current Version is GIMP 2.8.18 (Score 3, Informative) 117

For me, the major shortcoming is adjustment layers. In Photoshop, you can apply a non-destructive layer/filter over your image to modify parameters such as brightness, contrast, colour levels, etc. You can then directly edit your image "below" this filter, e.g. cropping it. You can then modify the adjustment layer later.

In GIMP, once you modify brightness or contrast, that's it. You can't come back and remove/change these setting later. This has been a requested feature for at least 14 years.

I wanted to quote this, not just for agreement, but to point out that ... yes.. this is a seriously large issue for professional work. I'm not sure that the 'why' of its importance is widely understood around here either so I just wanted to add some detail to it.

I think that the common mindset might be that once you've made a change, you're done, there's very little journey for you after that. That's true in many cases, such as simple photo editing etc. The value in having what amounts to variables in your stack of layers may not seem high enough to warrant Adobe's price.

When you consider that professional work being done means there's an economic advantage to getting done faster, then the idea of being able to create non-destructive templates in Photoshop means $$$ becomes a little clearer. Some time I invest in creating image 1 could mean I spend half the time creating image 2. It also means that if an image is kicked back to me for revision I can really quickly make that adjustment as opposed to re-tracing a number of steps. Again, time is money.

If I were asked to come up with a programming metaphor I'd give you this really shitty one: Imagine people urging you to switch to a clone of Python that doesn't let you create your own modules. Many of them don't need or want to create their own modules, but for plenty of people who have dug deep into it they feel they'd need them from day one, suffering greatly from the lack of that feature.

I've mentioned before that GIMP may be free, but that it wouldn't actually save me money over Photoshop, this is precisely why.

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