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Comment Late-Breaking News from the Council: WTF G'RANEE? (Score 2) 244

>K'Breel was deposed and executed after his repeated failures in repelling the Terran aggressor. We don't speak of him. All hail mighty G'Ranee, Supreme Leader for Life!

LATE-BREAKING NEWS FROM THE COUNCIL: VICTORY! The Council of Elders has confirmed the blueworlders' resumption of aggression upon our noble red sands. K'Breel, Speaker for the Council of Elders, addressed the planet thusly: OKAY. Okay, so I'm K'Breel (even though anyone on Slashdot can assume the mantle merely by declaring themselves Speaker for the Council), and I'm late, but I'm merely chronologically late, not as in the Late Second Adjunctant to the Council Formerly Known As G'Ranee.

But domestic politics is beneath us tonight -- just take a glance at the blue world beneath us for a look at how bad that can get -- and let us focus on what's important: over the past sol or so, our Planetary Defense Force has been so good at pre-emptively distracting the blueworlders with tasks like landing comets, grabbing their prospective mates by their genitals, low-planetary orbit missions, and just general tribal infighting that we haven't had to shoot down any robotic invaders in quite some time. But when the opportunity presents itself, we take advantage of it, and so, we did. Hence the trivial elimination of yet another putative invader from elsewhere. We'd do it every day, except that the blueworlders lack the gelsacular fortitude to send us more targets. Now as to gelsacular fortitude, on to Second Adjunctant G'Ranee...

When a junior reporter pointed out that the destroyed invader was merely a technology demonstrator built on the cheap to see if a landing was possible, and that the blueworlders' actual payload was safely in orbit, K'Breel had the reporter's gelsacs launched into orbit alongside those of G'Ranee for a closer look.

Comment Multiple accounts? (Score 1) 205

Why would you forward rather than just pick up the email for multiple accounts in the same mail client? This seems to be incredibly trivial to set up in any modern mail client, with an "integrated inbox" view if you want it or distinct accounts if you don't.

If you've received mails on secondary accounts that you want to keep, you can even file them in a folder on the primary account, thanks to the wonders of IMAP.

Comment python or (i guess) javascript first (Score 1) 370

Do you think Apple could encourage young programmers more by also shipping their Macs with BASIC?


I think coders should start with something like Python (and I *guess* Javascript but I wouldn't advise it) then move down to C, then progress from there depending on their interest.

Most coders know only one method of learning to code: excruciating brute force trial and error

There's no *rational* reason for learning to code to be annoying at all, but we do this to ourselves because it reinforces difficulties we overcame in the past.

One example, this Star Wars Javascript tutorial:

It's perfect...also there are a few great "getting started with programming Python/Javascript" books by No Starch Press I would recommend.

Comment technical person shouldn't be surprised (Score 1) 103

built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information

So basically they wrote a function to search for certain words. A text search.

This is not news, we've known for awhile now that the Feds can search our email.

The fact that they wrote "a custom software program" is not some new revelation. It's always software that searches.

While we're on this topic, let's remember that in Snowden's info was released in 2006:

The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.
The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime.

Comment Let's not (Score 4, Insightful) 410

What if all of Slashdot refused to ask this guy any serious questions?

I think we should refuse...he priced-gouged lifesaving medicines...he's not some fun trickster he's a villain pure and simple.

I think what he did should be criminal.

Let's ask him things like, "When do you think you'll finally go to jail?"

or, "Have you been examined by a mental health professional for narcissistic personality disorder?"

Comment Re:We don't need slimmer phones (Score 1) 446

It's a bullshit marketing excuse for removing a 25 cent part, then selling you something to replace it to make another $5 in profit. Same with the water resistant BS - it's no harder to make a waterproof 3.5 jack than it is to make a waterproof USB one.

yes, this is it exactly, you nailed it...don't heed anyone telling you otherwise

this is *exactly* what is happening

and no, we don't need slimmer phones, no one is clamoring for it

Comment it is a data port that also does audio (Score 1) 446

40 year old analog technology


it is a *data port* that is *also* a ridiculously backwards compatible audio port

look at Square credit card readers and dozens of other port, one devices, which works on all smartphones (and tablets!)

Apple did this because that's how they pump up their profits...they remove data ports, say "innovation!" and reap millions on's awful but it's not completely unprecidented (Microsoft is worse but that's no comfort)...

Samsung is worse than Apple...they *copied* an anti-user design choice purely because another company did it

Apple designers are stupid for thinking this is a good idea, and Samsung is stupider for copying it mindlessly.

Comment IT'S A DATA PORT (Score 3, Informative) 446

It's not *just* a "headphone jack"

Here's what we're removing: a universally compatible **data port** that is also a backwards compatible audio only port that will connect to devices over 100 years old in some cases.

It works really well and allows device manufacturers like Square to make one smartphone add-on that works with all smartphones.

Comment solid advise (Score 1) 280

Whenever I'm out of my mind enough to look at the world as an outsider, I would advise any aliens to take off and nuke the site from orbit. Though they certainly have some way to just kill off the human species and let evolution try again. Come back in a million years (surely you've managed age) and check if earth intelligence v2.0 is better.

We definitely want to find them first, so we can check if we can conquer, enslave and economically exploit them. If not, to buy us time to improve our military until we can. We didn't claw our way to the top of the food chain for no reason, right?

Comment Re:Wow, spend $3billion? (Score 1) 161

Zuck seems to think that just because he's brilliant with computers (and making money with computers), he's brilliant at other things.

That's not his fault, it's an american culture deficit. In the USA, success equals smart equals good. People read all these "do these 10 things successful people do" without stopping one second to think that there's zero evidence for a causal relation. Or in simpler terms: Yes, maybe twenty successful people do X, but so do thousands or millions of unsuccessful people.

But yes, throwing money at a problem seems to be a typical response these days. Don't even look at what the problem actually is, just throw money at it. It has something religious.

Comment Re:Get out of your city more often (Score 2) 274

Here in Europe, private ownership of cars could go the way of the Dodo bird and many people would welcome it.

The main differences:

One - our cities are older and streets smaller, the insanity that is hundreds of thousands of people each driving in a huge metal box that is mostly empty becomes visible very fast under such conditions. Parking in most European cities is a nightmare.

Two - we actually have working public transport.

I would be more than happy to use self-driving taxis in the city, and keep my car only for long-distance trips where train is not a good choice for some reason (remote village, castle, animal park, whatever in the countryside, etc.)

Maybe americans love their cars so much - but half of them also liked slavery and anyway it was abolished.

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