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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Dragonslicer Re:what is this even talking about? (104 comments)

Haha. I hope someone comes along and gives you a +1 for this. I'd share one of mine if I could.

4 hours ago

An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Dragonslicer Re:Pitfall! (104 comments)

I'd rather have an open-source Pitfall 2.

11 hours ago

An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Dragonslicer Re:what is this even talking about? (104 comments)

By contrast, if you wanted to resurrect, say, WinCE?

Have you ever considered a career pitching horror movies to Hollywood studios?

11 hours ago

Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Dragonslicer Re:Thank you apple! (294 comments)

...and it is amazing how hard it is for some people to understand the difference between losing market share in a saturated market and your market share growing slower than a still expanding market. In percentages your market share may be declining even though your sales are still growing.

Uh, the definition of "market share" is the percentage of the whole, no matter the size of the market. If the percentage is going down, then by definition they are losing market share, even if raw sales numbers are increasing.

Whether the most important number is market share, raw sales number, amount of profit, or something else, that depends on who you ask.

13 hours ago

Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

Dragonslicer Re:Yes, pipelined utilities, like the logs (348 comments)

I already have a program to read all logs, more or less.

So what program do you use, and what's wrong with it that it doesn't quite let you read all of the logs?


WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Dragonslicer Re:Obama administration (196 comments)

Boeing has more union employees. Democrats are always in the pocket of BigLabor. Boeing is going to get favorable treatment from a administration led by a Democrat.

Seems like you could have put in more effort, but I'll give an extra point for the nice use of capital casing on "BigLabor".


2 days ago

AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Dragonslicer Re:You mean... (236 comments)

ISPs should provide a pipe with a fixed bandwidth the user pays for.

If that's what you want, most ISPs will gladly sell you guaranteed bandwidth. It just might cost a bit more than $50/month for 10 Mbps.

2 days ago

Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Dragonslicer Re:Here in Massachusetts (151 comments)

Massachusetts was the home of the Pilgrims, that group that got kicked out of England for being too religious. As liberal as most of the northeastern US, and especially Massachusetts, is, there are still a few of these unusual laws floating around.

3 days ago

Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Dragonslicer Re:I've been on data roaming since last Monday... (608 comments)

Well first off this wouldn't download except on wife. But that's a stupid expectation.

Heh. Hehe. Heh. Heh.

3 days ago

Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Dragonslicer Re:First world problems. (608 comments)

... compare a bag of crap with the latest album from U2

I am not number 2!

3 days ago

Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Dragonslicer Re:What about other devices? (418 comments)

I argue that the iPhone and iPad really should not be called a "computer" (unless you also want to call your microwave oven, TV set, A/V receiver, DSLR, DVD/BD Player, VCR, etc. a "computer")

Some of those are computers. Most new televisions and Blu-Ray players run Linux.

about a week ago

U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

Dragonslicer Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

Both the Libertarian Party and Green Party have promised to put a stop to the spying.

Didn't a bunch of Republicans and Democrats make that same promise? What kind of results have we gotten from that?

about a week ago

Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Dragonslicer Re:Obviously. (291 comments)

LIfe expectancy at birth doesn't really apply to many slashdotters - not many of us are under one year of age.

Boy was I fooled.

about a week ago

Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Dragonslicer Re:COBOL (385 comments)

Reminds me of a good joke:

In 2010, a COBOL programmer developed a rare fatal disease for which there was no known cure. The programmer was cryogenically frozen, to be revived when a cure had been found.

In the year 9999, the programmer is revived. When he wakes up, he asks the doctors what year it is, and when they tell him, he asks if they finally found a cure for his disease. They answered, "We're sorry, but no, we still haven't found a cure. But it's almost the year 10,000, you see, and you know COBOL..."

about two weeks ago

Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

Dragonslicer Re:It's not 99 cents (134 comments)

Even if the monthly fee is the same as the fee for a service-only contract (in which case the USA phone market is even more screwed up than I thought)

You haven't been following mobile phone stories on Slashdot much, have you? For years, you paid the same price for monthly service whether you got a subsidized phone from the carrier, had completed the two-year contract, or didn't get a phone from the carrier at all and brought your own. T-Mobile changed that about 5 years ago, when they started offering a plan that was $20/month cheaper if you didn't have a contract and subsidized phone. Now that T-Mobile is advertising this more, the other carriers are just starting to implement similar plans.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Dragonslicer Re:Actionscript Scoping (729 comments)

I ran into one really bizarre bug in ActionScript several years ago. I can't remember all the details exactly, but I think that if you try to redeclare a variable as a different type in the same function, the redeclaration is ignored and the type stays the same.

Integer a;
... bunch of code ...
String b;
b = "foo";

That code would give an error about assigning a string to an integer variable. Of all possible ways to handle redeclaring a variable, ActionScript picked the worst.

about two weeks ago

Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

Dragonslicer Re:I'll be honest (253 comments)

They probably just look at the number of comments on his rants without reading what the comments are about, coming to the conclusion that he's very popular.

about two weeks ago

Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

Dragonslicer Re:Very sorry to hear this (253 comments)

This is perhaps one of the most whinging pathetic things I've heard in a while.

This can only be true if "a while" is "since his last pointless rant got posted to Slashdot".

about two weeks ago

Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

Dragonslicer Re:Agree 100% (253 comments)

This article is foolish

Well, yeah. Most of us could have told you that as soon as we saw who wrote it.

about two weeks ago



Dragonslicer Dragonslicer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dragonslicer writes "Felony charges have been filed against Patricia Dunn and four others connected with the corporate spying scandal. From a NY Times article:

Hewlett-Packard's former chairwoman was among five people charged Wednesday with illegally gathering phone records of board members, journalists and others in an effort to find the source of news leaks... The charges stem from the use of pretexting, a form of deception, to obtain private calling records from phone company employees.

Looks like we all got our wish that someone would be held accountable."


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