115 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007
I'm sure most kids will be just fine in spite of all the new technology but...
I never had kids so I do wonder how they are coping with so many distractions.
When I was 13, TV was the only "tech" I had access to.
My parents maintained a schedule for viewing, there were only 5 channels with very mild content.
I ended up reading for entertainment.
Message for Mozilla users acessing OkCupid?
From the BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26868536
Mozilla users acessing OkCupid....
"Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience.
"Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid."
If this is true...?
What do you think of Brendan now?
Why not by default? I rely on NoScript.
It is good for thwarting attacks like this and even better... it gives me some control over the annoying video and audio files found in many web pages.
The focus of attention.
Religious beliefs, political affiliations and disputes will always draw someones attention.
It is disturbing to hear of the ease with which an interested party can collect, use or expose my details
McAfee in Canada?
Ontario? Hanging with Rob Ford?
What other possible outcome
Is anybody really surprised?
I doubt it, I think we all know what to expect when we're using modern conveniences like cell phones and the internet.
Such easy targets and people will always abuse access in the quest to know what other are "up to".
Today I'm not too worried about what they're collecting about me on a day to day basis for "security".
I'm not planning anything that needs to be kept secret.
But... I am terrified by the idea of massive data collection and retention over long periods.
I expect multiple cases of misuse to be exposed in our future.
Children with gadgets
At university gadgets are universally frowned upon.
I don't know why meetings should be different.
Although I know that people like to bluff and play act in meetings a lot.
Isn't it fun to say "Excuse me, I must take this call..."?
I suppose it adds a temporary boost to one's sense of self and importance.
Kind of like this post too... uhhh
personal and portable
I belong to that generation who considered a cassette collection essential.
Much of my teenage activity revolved around portable music systems.
It was the first technology to provide access to "my" music at any time or location.
Sometimes I am still a little overwhelmed by the idea of converting events into objects.
Won't miss SBS
I'd be interested in using Linux to fill in.
Anyone know of a Linux mail server that can play well with Outlook?
One small company I know of migrated from SBS to a domain server and Office 365.
I'm not a big fan of Office 365 but it is working for the most part.
And I won't miss SBS.
It seemed like there were continual problems.
To be fair, I didn't have to any faith in the person who originally installed and maintained SBS.
Once he moved on, it seemed to stabilize a bit.
As for Sharepoint, it is one of those things that sounds great but seems like it is hardly ever utilized.
Users I know seem to prefer a simple directory structure they can remember and browse using Windows Explorer
"If you aren't doing anything wrong.....now"
What about people who can be connected with questionable activities. Or they become the target of an investigation...... someday in the future?
Heaven help us then. The government has mountains of historical data on file right now.
I'm pretty sure I don't have anything to hide but.... I wouldn't want someone rummaging around in my history.
I'd rather have the original version of The Legend of Zelda in 2D
I'd still rather have the original version of The Legend of Zelda - in 2D
I have lost interest in most recent games, especially those from the big production houses.
I've really only enjoyed some of the recent indie games.
Where is the new Windows for business desktops?
Where is a new Windows for business?
I don't have any use for a smartphone interface.
Instead of "touch", "tiles" and "social media", I want access to more real estate, multiple screens, RDP and VMs.
The current state of Windows keeps me de-motivated.
I've been ready to upgrade all my old hardware for well over a year but...
I want to know I'll have the same systems that client businesses will be using.
Which is XP, Win7, Windows and Linux servers.
Nobody I know wants to be on the bleeding edge of this one.
- Except for a very few enthusiastic IT geeks I know who have been "experimenting" with W8.
And... I use noscript - so must "temporarily allow" to even take the survey
Another reason I'm a big fan of NoScript for Firefox.
All I know from the story is that someone in the UK stole a guys laptop.
The laptop eventually, ends up in use by people in Iran.
Aren't these many comments a bit premature with so little information?
What is the worst that could happen?
Lets assume a third party can identify the location of a persons parked vehicle and then publish it.
So what did we expect?
Education has become a big business in the US and it generates a flood of degrees every spring. The percentage of good jobs will always be low.
I have fond memories of Compuserve. The communities were organized and useful. When the internet took over I hated its chaos. Google came along, added some sanity and I've been devoted.
Facebook? I've wondered who really uses it....
I'm all for giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it....... for a limited time.
Gnome 3, Wndows 8, Office 2010
What do Gnome 3, Wndows 8 and MS Office 2010 all have in common?
The developers seem to be off on odd paths and losing their established users.
Maybe it's just a long gamble for the ownership of the coming generations.
Forget the start menu
>in a couple of years we will look back and wonder why there was so
I still haven't gotten over the "ribbon" in Office.
Video calling is simply not something I need
I'm usually reasonably dressed and at work when involved in a conference call.
Still, I'm not interested in being seen or seeing the person(s) involved.
Even when I'm in a room of people speaking, I may not be looking directly at any one person for long.
I wonder what visual information could be used instead of talking heads.
I've been using a Dlink DNS-343 for a few years.
I can access the files from remote locations if necessary but I'm on my local network 99% of the time.
I've thought about cloud storage but... I just hate subscriptions.
Give us a reasonable alternative
My wife and I pay a small fortune for access to all the cable media.
The money is a factor but, convenience is too.
Companies aren't delivering content "when I want it, where I want it".
If people were provided a reasonable alternative to Pirate Bay it might not be missed.
If only the ribbon would make it's way into Visual Studio.
I think that would generate some real passion.
They were very smart
Kids trying to be clever.
If they were that smart....
Cable vs DSL
In 2000, I was one of the first to sign up for DSL in my city.
It was easy to run my own servers.
Unlimited really meant unlimited too.
I switched to cable briefly and regretted it.
No servers (before signing up I had been told they allowed).
It wasn't nearly as fast as advertised.
Then one day I came home and I was disconnected from the internet.
I discovered unlimited didn't really mean unlimited.
I'll never give another dollar to a cable company if there is any alternative.
I quickly switched back to DSL.
I couldn't get the exact same contract by then.
The company has grown up enough that it is starting to resemble the Cable company.
At least unlimited really is unlimited.
I can use all the bandwidth I pay for.
Whatever happened to the file system as database?
OK, but let's not forget abuses commonly occur too.
>>>"Let's not be so fucking quick to condemn a whole public service"
OK, but let's not forget abuses commonly occur too.
Especially in those "bad" parts of town.
As a teenager, I was put in the hospital one by cop.
He cracked my head pretty good with a nightstick.
I witnessed the beating of a handcuffed person in custody by two "officers".
On the elevator ride up to the second floor holding cells.
The guy couldn't walk by the time he got upstairs.
A few years back i read an article about a lecture given by the current head of DARPA.
I don't remember his name but I do remember...
He questioned whether "A" level programmers shouldn't be the ones working on the code for your vehicles ABS? I believe he suggested it was being done by "C" programmers in that period. I wonder who is doing it now?
I too thank Steve Jobs...
I too thank Steve Jobs... (and never owned an Apple product)
I remember using Director and how I loved it.
Then one day Flash showed up, supposedly for browsers.
"How awful" I believed Flash to be.
I have since watched in horror as one web site after another was penetrated.
Now in the past year I have hope at least.
That some day I might see Flash wiped from sites and devices.
I went back to 3.6, probably permanently
>I went back to 3.6, probably permanently
what the hell
are going to do about it?
No doubt there is some bias but...
Now I wonder if bias can be the result of what people "give a toss about"
In the fall of 1965, my friends and I found a box of discarded playboy magazines. A huge windfall for ten year old boys.
How times have changed.
I can't imagine what 10 year old boys can find today.
Or what it is like for a 10 year old girl browsing the internet.
I don't know what effect the internet and porn is having on youth.
I never had kids but I think I still have to ask myself about this.
I might even concede a few points to concerned parents.
> over population
Maybe it is ignored because it can't be managed.
A lot of people want kids.
Not me, they seem like a nuisance for a lot of other reasons unrelated to "green".
Anyway, I never had any so don't blame me.
I wonder how James Joyce would have used snafu in a sentence....
lowering the skills bar
>by relentlessly lowering the skills bar for application developers and IT administrators.
More from the perspective of a user... not as a developer.
I just want something that is easy to understand, modify and find help when I need it.
I started out using the technically superior unix/unidata.
Once I had developed a few skills, I felt superior too.
Since then, I've dealt with a few other languages and systems.
I'm surprised how little progress has been made & how much they all seem the same.
So, now I like to stick with the established, lowest common denominators.
I REALLY have to be motivated to invest in new tech.
This article has a strange style.
It's title leads me to believe it addresses an area I am genuinely interested in,
I read the whole thing with anticipation.
In the end, all I have is an empty feeling.
Obviously it is an ad for "Get a free report and consultation with an Agile expert"
Even when it is just advertising, I expect something of interest.
Why would I read the report after an article like this?
Only to relieve my curiosity.
Can the report be as empty as the article?
Which is funnier?
Which was funnier,
"Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure",
the title "Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire"
considering Steve Jobs as a recipient?
>that firm they've been totally inept
Ditto... why should I care about them?
returned to Art School
> where every student wanted to become a computer artist - except me
I returned to school in 2006 as a painting major.
I'd guess 80% of art students are studying computer art/animation.
With film and photography digital too.
Lot's of Mac's and not much real media around.
>May not be what he meant
I thought Ashley was a she?
Turn motor on. Turn Motor off.
Sounds like the state logic used in some PLC's.
I'm not sure it's time to sound the alarm yet.... either
Why not spend more time figuring out who needs passwords.
For 90% of what I do I don't want or need a password.
I'd use a common 3 character password if I could, but...
Software and admins increasingly demand longer more complicated passwords AND that I change them regularly.
A big pain in the neck.
I live 3.7 miles from my place of work and it takes me 10 minutes to drive there.
But taking the bus is an hour, with transfers.
What's this have to do with speed bumps and traffic cameras?
I'm not sure, but something is wrong with this picture.
>The difference surely is that Americans call their country "America".
Or do you mean US citizens call themselves Americans?
United States citizen just has too many syllables when compared to American.
BTW, what do people call themselves in the UK?
United Kingdom citizens?
Maybe we need better words...
Will somebody please elaborate on the term "drinking-straw sensor".
I think I understand what is meant by the context, but I've never heard this term before.
Thanks in advance
>Superglue or two-part epoxy
Just wondering if there were any restrictions specified on your use of these.
When does a structure stop being all paper?
I sometimes build up forms using fabrics and papers where they just act as a surface to lay down acrylics or epoxies. I especially like to use Elmers glue to build up forms over wax paper. The paper can be discarded after the glue is finished drying.
I have evolved into the position where I work. Moving from pencils to CAD to IT and finally to business systems. I have been asked about the value of taking up computer related studies. I tell them SQL, C, .Net, etc... are all skills that will help you function in the world. I even think they are almost required now, just like being able to read and write. But those skills are not enough by themselves. Computer skills don't make a career, but they can help.
I wonder how many spots for computer scientists there are ever going to be? Then, how many jobs are there for political scientists? Almost everybody I know is working in a field other than what their degree is in anyway.
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