Re: I won't shop at a small site
I've had too many friends with funds either frozen for months or outright taken by Paypal to ever trust them.
You're damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
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> I'm pretty sure most of the people I know are racist, but they're pretty sure that they're not
I was raised by horribly racist relatives in a podunk shithole in the Deep South. They thought "Roots" was a comedy, and Kunta Kinte was too uppity and needed to be beaten again. That was the point I realized something was wrong and started trying to get out of there. I think I was 14. My grandfather used the "n-word" at least 3 times a day. My grandmother swore "well, I'll be John Brown!" and JB was a famous abolitionist.
I'm probably pretty racist but I try not to be.
Stop charging $5 for the flight and $25 for each checked bag. Charge what it used to cost back in the early '80s, $800+ a flight minimum for that 50 mile jolly. Four digits for anything further.
Insist that people adhere to business attire... no more flipflops, shortshorts, and minimal bra top.
Flights will quickly drop to only what's really necessary.
Airlines will be able to serve decent food and provide comfortable accommodations and good service again.
Yet Another Shitty PDF Viewer (http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/59275/U.S.-Gold-Another-Successful-Year-1986/)
Can we stop trying to reinvent the PDF viewer? Everyone has their own installed already, and it's a pain in the ass to spend 5 minutes trying to find the tiny download icon, if it's even there.
I'm sure the museum's time is much better served elsewhere.
Geographically dispersed teams suck balls. (edit: probably after it reaches about 2 dozen people - for really small groups it's fine)
You have to keep in mind which timezone someone is in, people miss important emails/slacks/IRCs/WTFs, and people end up forming cliques in each area, where the Switzerland group knows what's going on but doesn't realize the England/India/US groups haven't been fully informed.
No idea. There was a McDonald's and a Del Taco in Orlando (Florida) that didn't serve motorcycles in the drive-thru. That's ok, we just got 50-odd bikers together and filled the parking lot for a couple hours, and miraculously they changed their policy. We sent one guy in at a time to get a sandwich so we weren't loitering, we were just waiting to get food.
I've also seen places refuse to serve people on bicycles.
However, in Pennsylvania the Amish will not drive cars, so their horse-drawn buggies are seen (and accepted) everywhere. It's part of their religion, so if you refused horses, you'd have a civil-rights discrimination lawyer on your doorstep in a heartbeat. They live for that stuff.
"safe" browsing sends the URL of everything you even think of browsing, to the mothership (Mozilla/Microsoft/Google) so it has a bigger benefit to them than you.
I've gone through about:config and updated the Mozilla URLs in a similar fashion, by munging the end of the hostname.
The easiest way to limit social interaction at Ron's Rooburgers is to use their self-ordering terminals.
They're the only US joint (before the 'rona) to offer such things in working order.
You walk up, tap in your order, pay for it, and sit down. In about 10 minutes, someone brings your food.
Almost no social interaction, thus making the less than stellar food worthwhile for someone that's tired of asking "extra onions please" 4 times and still getting it wrong at other establishments. I'm looking at you, Burger King and Wendy's.
It's not called Internet Of Twats for nothing.
My refrigerator was 36 years old when I replaced it, and I did that only because all the door shelves were gone. In 1982 the PC had just been introduced. I think the only protocol that's survived that long is TCP/IP itself and the early stuff like FTP & Telnet. HTTP wasn't around for another 7 years.
So they go on and on about how conventional CPUs should be improved to handle vector calculation... then run their code in an instant on a GPU, which is DESIGNED for massive parallel vector calculation.
This is like saying "you don't need a floating point unit, the CPU should do that" or "you don't need a GPU, the CPU should do that"
I think they should get out of their ivory tower.
Google sucks... but Apple is worse, so I put up with Android.
I'm rather forced to use their DNS, as my ISP does ad injection.
I've had friends get fucked by "you're not using your real name, so we disabled your account" shit from Google, so with a name like "Gene Cash" I stopped using Gmail.
I didn't have a minute to launch, and I have a rather elderly i7-3770
It does have to download a lot of things to start, like gradle and other helper tools, so your internet connection has a big influence.
My big issue is the amount of shit that I have to download when I open a project I haven't worked on in a couple weeks. Google updates ALL of the tools/libraries like once a week, apparently, so it has to sit there with about a dozen "downloading..." one after another. So "update hell" is definitely a thing.
Amazon does have the choice, but not putting the rules/guidelines out there of what's verboten and what's not, is wrong.
If you want people to play by the rules, you need to publish the rules.
And who elected Amazon to be my parent, to decide what I can and can't read?
Edit: stuff does get rejected by publishers all the time because it's crap, but at least you get a letter saying they don't think it's high enough quality to print, not just a generic "rejected" stamp. If Amazon can't put out that much effort, they deserve a beating. It's part of their job.
Hahaha, Firefox 77?! I'm still on 43 because they dropped ALSA sound support, fine-grain cookie control, and a whole bunch of other useful shit.
I once met a Mozilla "developer" - I said "oh really? which features are you working on removing from Firefox now?"
For some reason, he stopped talking to me. Darn.
I just wanted to write a udev script that ran when my camera was plugged into USB, copy the images off it with progress in a window, and exit when the camera was unplugged.
That didn't seem possible with systemd. Trying to correlate the unplug event to the script running the progress window was something it actively fought.
> Books have been rare, specialist, or out-of-print since forever
Which is pure bullshit, especially in this age of electronic materials.
It trains me to steal.
If I can't get a book because it's out of print, then I'm certainly going to grab what I can get before it does go out of print.
This is why (for example) I have a PDF of John Clarke's "Ignition!". I notice they've FINALLY reprinted it after 30 years. Sorry, too late.
Same with Isaac Asimov's books. Dude wrote over 500 books. How many are still available to buy? Almost none... a handful of his most popular stuff, if you're lucky to find it.
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