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Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

AmIAnAi 4chan (220 comments)

As I typed my other question, I couldn't help but wonder whether you wished there was more (positive) publicity for the other 4chan boards? For example,the folks on /diy/ are incredibly talented and creative and just once it would be nice to read an article covering the positive side of 4chan.

about a month ago
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Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

AmIAnAi /b/ As a Supervised Clubhouse (220 comments)

Anyone who has visited the /b/ board cannot help but notice the over representation of pathological personalities. Do you feel that the 4chan /b/ board provides these folks with a form of supervised club house? Ok, they may get up to all forms of undesirable behaviour, but at least it is out in the open and there is some form of supervision (from moderators and others monitoring the board).

about a month ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

AmIAnAi Still waiting for Ubik (144 comments)

If I had to pick one PKD story to turn into a film it would be Ubik, there were rumours a few years back, but nothing ever came of it.

about 2 months ago
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ISS-Above Tells You When the International Space Station is Overhead (Video)

AmIAnAi Re:Being nice doesn't make it an ad (59 comments)

The problem here is the number of Kickstarter related stories running at the moment that have little to zero interest for Slashdot readers. This leads to two possible conclusions, poor editorial selection or paid-for stories. Being a long term reader I am sure it is down to the former, but I have to say that there has been an increase in the number of posts with seriously questionable content that I fully understand people thinking there is a financial motive. Maybe if the Slashdot editors started listening to the readers and started editing... no as I say, I've been on here too long now.

about 4 months ago
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For Your Inspection: Source Code For Photoshop 1.0

AmIAnAi Re:Still Down (176 comments)

Some kind soul put up this mirror on GitHub.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Kills a Kickstarter Project - Updated

AmIAnAi Re:Wow (471 comments)

Thanks, now I've got 'Seether' running on endless repeat in my head ;-)

about 2 years ago
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Researcher Reverse-Engineers Pacemaker Transmitter To Deliver Deadly Shocks

AmIAnAi Love the fact that... (216 comments)

Love the fact that my targetted advertising at the top of the page was for defibshop.co.uk - "Need a defibrillator..."

about 2 years ago
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Starbucks Partners With Square

AmIAnAi Re:No cashier needed (145 comments)

But then I wouldn't get to chat to the attractive cashier while they took my order. Seriously though, I can see the advantage if you're getting a coffee to go and can simply go straight to the collection point, but if I'm going to sit down its nice to have someone say hello and smile as you give your order, ask how you are and comment on the weather.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 9 Released, JavaScript Performance Greatly Improved

AmIAnAi Re:Just because of speed? (330 comments)

It's not the rapid release cycle by itself that bothers me - if everything continued working I wouldn't care if there was a weekly update. As I said in my post it's the loss of usability that concerns me most - plugins not working, memory problems and the ever changing layout for no obvious benefit. Although I've only used Chrome intermittently since its first public betas it's UI feels far more stable and consistent than FF. And yes FF is becoming more Chrome-like, but not in a good way.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 9 Released, JavaScript Performance Greatly Improved

AmIAnAi Re:Just because of speed? (330 comments)

So true. I switched to Chrome at the weekend for exactly this reason. I can't remember when JS or render speed were an issue for me, but useability just keeps going down with FF.

Let's stop with the posts anouncing the latest release and wake me up when the Firefox devs are listening to their users once more.

more than 2 years ago
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High Resolution Global Topographic Map of Moon

AmIAnAi New alien bases in 3.. 2.. 1.. (68 comments)

Can't wait for the next round of alien moon bases to hit the tubes.

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla To Remove User-Facing Firefox Version Numbers

AmIAnAi Re:This isn't a Mozilla problem... (683 comments)

The problem is with Mozilla, and every other open source developer who thinks their way is best and to hell with the users and add-on developers. An established user base requires stability and consistency, not this months idea of what a web browser should look like. Sure, let users customize and tweak if they want to, but leave the underlying experience the same.

The Slashdot crowd may be vocal and anti the new Firefox, but the Mozilla developers need to sit up and take note. The vast majority of their current user base don't care enough to complain - they just switched to Chrome or IE. A significant number of friends and family who I converted to Firefox over the years have switched to Chrome in the past six months.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Firefox 6 Released Ahead of Schedule

AmIAnAi Re:Comments on the browser itself? (415 comments)

Maybe I missed the big whooshing sound as your comment went over my head, but I suspect there wasn't one. If "everyone bitched" then the developers got it wrong. This isn't some obscure utility that is put out by a tiny dev team, this is a workhorse tool and people expect to be able to update and continue working as before - nothing broken, nothing missing and certainly no requirement to go reading through documentation to get back to where they were 5 minutes earlier. If the Firefox dev team were saying 'here's something we wrote for ourselves, use it if you like' then sure, they're free to make whatever changes they like, but when they start evangelising and actively courting users for their product they need to stop listening to their egos and listen to the end users.

more than 3 years ago
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E. Coli Can Be Used To Clean Up Nuclear Waste

AmIAnAi Re:I for one... (102 comments)

My first thought was along these lines too. Will the Uranium promote mutation into more deadly forms? I hope the Uranium (and E-coli) recovery is going to be tightly controlled

about 5 years ago
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The Coming Problems For Rolling Out 3D TV

AmIAnAi Re:console wars (232 comments)

Everyone may have a HDTV set, but how many are watching HD content. Most people are still happy with standard definition DVDs and TV and bought the set to get a large, slim screen - the HD part was just an extra.

about 5 years ago
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Microsoft Discloses Windows 7 Pricing

AmIAnAi Re:The answer is... (821 comments)

That's because they haven't recovered the development costs for Vista, so you also have to pay for that if you purchase of Windows 7.

more than 5 years ago
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Phony Wikipedia Entry Used By Worldwide Press

AmIAnAi Re:Perfect example of why wikipedia is not so bad (391 comments)

... demonstrates that wikipedia is pretty good at self-correcting itself !

It may be good at self-correcting, but most people don't re-visit the site to check if a particular fact is still true - or have the desire to check recent edits or follow editorial discussions on the article. If you cannot guarantee the validity of the material at any instant you visit the site, then it is essentialy worthless. That said, nothing can be 100% right, but you need to have confidence that what you are reading is, in all probability, correct. Otherwise you may as well save time and google the answer elsewhere.

more than 5 years ago
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IT Cutbacks For 2012 London Olympics

AmIAnAi Re:Sick of trying to report a problem (190 comments)

Looks like someone is bidding for top billing in the next round of Slashdot's Disagree Mail.

more than 5 years ago

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Global Software Development Over Unreliable Networ

AmIAnAi AmIAnAi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AmIAnAi (975049) writes "We have two software teams on different continents developing separate products from a common code base. Currently each team has a their own copy of the source code and use CVS for change tracking. These repositories are infrequently synchronised by exchanging copies of the source.

We would like to use a common source repository but network latency and low bandwidth through the VPN makes it impractical to share a CVS repository.

What solutions have others devised for distributed development over unreliable networks. Paying for a premium connection with reduced latency is not an option and the source is owned by a third party, so security is paramount."
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Will Wright Predicts the Future with AI

AmIAnAi AmIAnAi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AmIAnAi (975049) writes "In a short interview over at Popular Mechanics, Will Wright makes some predictions about the future of AI and the possible implications for Computer Games. While he does not believe computers will ever achieve human levels of intelligence, he predicts they will begin to model and predict human behavior so that games can adapt the story and setting to the players preferences.

"Computers will recognize the story the player is trying to play out, and up the ante. It will be more like the Truman Show. The computer is in the background, adjusting the environment.""
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Slashdot Poll: Idle is...

AmIAnAi AmIAnAi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AmIAnAi (975049) writes "We've seen the objections and tags, so it's time to settle this with a poll:

Slashdot Idle is:

My favourite section
Not for the front page
Pants
Cowboy Neal?"
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Snail-speed email

AmIAnAi AmIAnAi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AmIAnAi (975049) writes "Real Snail Mail is an art project using live, RFID equipped snails to transfer email messages between the 'Snail Server' and recipient.

The moment you click 'send' your message will travel at the speed of light to our snail server where it will await collection by a snail agent. [Y]our message will be carried around until the snail chances by the drop off point. Hardware located at this point collects the message from the snail and forwards it to its final destination.
However the service is not currently running at full inefficiency.

For testing purposes some messages may be forwarded sooner than expected. Sorry we can not guarantee unreliability of service at this time. We hope to have RealSnailMail working less predictably as soon as possible.
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Could You Have Worked for Edison?

AmIAnAi AmIAnAi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AmIAnAi (975049) writes "In the 1920s, anyone wanting to work as a manager for Thomas A. Edison, Incorporated was required to take a general knowledge test. This test, consisting of 150 questions, was written and personally marked by Edison.

The National Park Service has a article detailing the history of The Edison Mental Fitness Test, including a chance to take a multiple-choice version of the full test or a 30 question sampler.

Most applicants apparently received an 'XYZ' grade, equivalent to today's 'F'. Only 6 percent were "Class A". Edison is quoted as saying:

Men who have gone to college I find to be amazingly ignorant. They don't seem to know anything.
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SCO Goes Private with $100 Million Backing

AmIAnAi AmIAnAi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AmIAnAi (975049) writes "Just when you thought it was all over, the SCO story takes a new twist.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that SCO have received $100 million financing from Stephen Norris Capital Partners to take tehm out of Chapter 11 and go private.

The move gives Stephen Norris, whose namesake founder was a co-founder of private equity giant The Carlyle Group, a controlling interest in SCO, which now has a platform to continue its court battle with Novell Inc. over royalties from the Unix server operating system, SCO's main business.
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SCO Layoff 25% of Workforce

AmIAnAi AmIAnAi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AmIAnAi (975049) writes "The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting major layoffs at SCO with 30 of the 115 employees being "right sized". SCO are reported to have told investors: "Our limited cash reserves may not be sufficient to fund continuing losses from operations and the expense of the SCO litigation,""
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Poll Suggestion

AmIAnAi AmIAnAi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AmIAnAi (975049) writes "How much time did you donate to free software development in the last year?

None
1 — 10 hours
10 — 100 hours
More than 100 hours
I'm Cowboy Neal's code monkey."
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Poll suggestion: do you read on-line EULA's

AmIAnAi AmIAnAi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AmIAnAi (975049) writes "When you encounter an on-line EULA or terms-of-use, do you:
1 Read every line, check every detail
2 Read until I get bored, then click ACCEPT
3 Scan read key passages, then click ACCEPT
4 Never read them. Always click ACCEPT
5 cowboyneal.org doesn't have a EULA,"
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AmIAnAi AmIAnAi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AmIAnAi (975049) writes "The BBC is currently running an interesting story looking at the different design and production roles within a typical game studio.

From the article:

"The BBC News website meets the team from Climax who developed the game Ghost Rider for PlayStation 2 (PS2), PlayStation Portable (PSP) and Game Boy Advance.""

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