Reasons You're Not Getting Interviews; Plus Some Crazy Real Resume Mistakes
It's been fun, it really has. Over the years as a lurker, as AC and then eventually as a lowly 6-digiter I have seen tons of insight, reasoned debate and out-and-out flame wars. There's been +5 Funny and -1 Troll and everything in between. And despite all of the bitching, there really was quite a bit of news for nerds and stuff that mattered.
Up until the last couple of months, when it all seems to have gone down the pan at warp factor nine. On this wonderful internet of ours things come and things go. Now is clearly the time for the venerable /. to go and I will help it on its way, albeit with a heavy heart.
So long, slashdot!
Ubuntu Smartphone Shipping In October
'You can share Windows apps to the phone desktop,' said Mr. Shuttleworth
He said that? What did he actually mean to say, do you suppose? Hopefully something which even vaguely makes sense.
The New Series of Doctor Who: Fleeing From Format?
I see (for all its good points) that the revival edition suffers from its episodic format. We have discrete 45-minute programmes (occasionally 2-parters) within a series which often has a loose story arc. Great for the MTV generation, perhaps, but for those of us who were brought up on classic DW, a bit of a let-down.
Back in the day we had each series consisting of (usually) six stories spread over sets of 4 episodes many of which ended on a cliff-hanger. This was great drama, well and tightly scripted. The special effects may seem crude in hindsight but they were cutting-edge then and kitcsh now. Most importantly there was a story and key to this was the Doctor who was on the side of the moral good. The zenith of the whole canon was surely the Key to Time series which gave a classic quest storyline over the arc with 6 quintessential plots for each part of the key and a reveal of superb quality. I doubt we'll ever see its like again, but I dearly hope the beeb will prove me wrong.
In essence, a return to a medium-length plot within a series-long story would be best, but I fear those in control won't countenance it.
Valve's Steam License Causes Linux Packaging Concerns
OK, here's the news:
1. Nobody really uses SUSE anymore. Even Slackware beats the pants off it for usability. Give SUSE the heave-ho and you're halfway to paradise. *
2. Java is 100% unnecessary for most of the productive tasks for which you will use a computer. Just bin it. If anything you think you want to run requires java, bin that too and just use a non-java equivalent. Java is very useful for mobile phones and old-style web apps, but nothing on the desktop since 2004.
3. This is the choir here. Nobody in this audience really cares whether 2012 is the year of the Linux desktop or not. The linux desktop is great: we know that and we use it. Whether everybody else uses it or not is largely irrelevant to us.
4. GNOME 3 sucks - this is widely established. The good news is that you run Linux, so you have your choice of XFCE, LXDE, Enlightenment, AfterStep, Ratpoison, Fluxbox, etc. Just run whichever window manager you want.
5. If your MUA won't export to mbox and/or maildir, why are you using it? Question 1 for any data-critical apps is always "How do I get my data out of it?". If an app cannot answer that, don't use it.
*OK, that one may be slightly contentious, but TBH, I've never (and I mean in since kernel 1.0) heard any convincing argument regarding why anyone should run SUSE over another distro. Counter-arguments happily invited.
Papa John's Sued For Unwanted Pizza-Related Texts
Rectangular squares? I suppose you need to differentiate them from all those elliptical squares we see nowadays.
Navigating the Vast Ocean of Open Source
To drive traffic to SlashBi, of course.
Saudi Arabia Calls For Global Internet Censorship Body
... oh, wait.
UK 'Virtual ID Card' Scheme Set For Launch
In real life, you can choose to show your ID card to someone to prove who you are, but there is no way to do something like this over the Internet.
Easy - there is a one-time enrollment whereby the government signs your PGP key having proven your identity by one of the other robust means already in operation. That sig can always be verified by anyone who needs to. Job done.
Iran's News Agency Picks Up Onion Story
"Clay's Conclusion: Creativity is great, but plagiarism is faster."
Beer Is Cheaper In the US Than Anywhere Else In the World
Not since 2008.. See, just because you type in capitals, it does not make your assertion true.
How Microsoft Is Wooing College Kids To Write Apps For Windows 8
Like you, the NeXTs introduced me to OOP and OOD. It was a whole new way of coding and allowed me to produce finished and polished apps in record time back then. The resultant code may only have run on NeXTs but that wasn't really the point at the time. I've not used a dev system since which had the ease of use or rapid development cycle.
These days the code I write is generally more portable, more efficient and the source is more maintainable. But it takes a lot longer to produce (even with all the frameworks and IDEs and what have you). Therein lies the rub. Apple, Microsoft and everyone else who wants to tempt the next generation of developers into their walled gardens will need to do at least as good a job as SJ did at NeXT to grab them and keep them. I doubt it will happen and in the grand scheme of things that's probably a good result for all of us.
Cash-Poor Sharp Mortgages Display Factories
Or DEC. Or Silicon Graphics.
Actually, it's starting to look like quality of products is always inversely proportional to quality of directors/management. If that isn't somebody's first law of economics, I'm claiming it.
Jimmy Wales Threatens To Obstruct UK Government Snooping
So it will become evident to everyone that the censorware serves no useful purpose and will be binned. Double bonus.
The UK's New Minister For Magic
It speaks volumes for how utterly shit the other lot are that this bunch are the better option.
Nobody actually wants a homeopath in charge of the NHS, but if the alternative means giving Ed Balls another five years of driving the economy into a brick wall we'll take our chances with Hunt. It will be very illuminating to see which path he opts for should he or a member of his family fall seriously ill.
UK Authorities Threaten To Storm Ecuadorian Embassy To Arrest Julian Assange
Putin comes to UK for some unrelated diplomatic visit.
Fait accomplit - he was here during the Olympics.
Ask Slashdot: How To Run a Small Business With Open Source Software?
Or try the less cathedral-like approach of LedgerSMB which was forked from SQL-Ledger a few years ago. We moved then and haven't looked back.
Why We Love Firefox, and Why We Hate It
5) Security.... Why can't I temporarily accept an a self-signed ssl cert? Why do I have to go through multiple steps to "permanently allow this acception"? Compare this to Chrome's red warning screen with a single click for "I understand the risks".
Er, you can. You see that tickbox which says "Permanently allow this exception"? You are perfectly free to untick it, at which point the exception becomes temporary. Very useful when visiting sites signed by dodgy CAs (yes, I'm looking at you, Comodo).
I do agree that this process could be made swifter, or at least optionally so for users who know what they are doing.
UK Government To Offer Free TV Filters For 4G Interference
Certainly they are not free, but the taxpayers might not actually be paying for these since HMG sold (licensed) the 4G space to the telecoms firms in the first place. The idealist in me thinks that the filters would be paid for out of those funds.
Apple Hacker Charlie Miller To Demo Dangers of Near-Field Communications
Essentially with NFC you have this card/phone in your pocket which all day long is saying to every other device it meets, "Hey, are you an EPoS terminal? I'd really like to pay for something, now!". It is not clear to me why the dangers of this need to be demonstrated, least of all to delegates at BlackHat.
Firm Threatens To Sue Consumer Websites For Harrassment
The shop is private property, so it could always be a condition of entry.
IANAL, but I suspect that the terms apply to the "offer to treat" or whatever it is called - that's when the contract is made. Payment is simply settling. Hopefully a legal eagle will be able to correct me on this.
Wot no interview?
Whatever happened to this interview? It's been almost six months since the questions should have been passed on, and if we wait much longer for a reply, they'll be out of date. Why no update?