top On the end of USPS 1st Class Saturday delivery:
Most if not all bulk mail is recyclable. If nothing else, companies who send that stuff out are adding to my municipality's revenues through its recycling program.
The more you know...
about a year and a half ago
top 27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting
Why should a discussion about one matter (mental health) exclude discussion about another matter (gun violence/access/control) or vice versa? Police detectives don't go looking for motive and call it a day nor do they locate a murder weapon and stamp a file folder "case closed."
Mental health and easy access to guns are all on the table as far as I'm concerned.
top VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years
No where near as bad as optical SPDIF cables. Whoever designed those should be poisoned, shot four times, stabbed, beaten, rolled up in carpet, and thrown into a freezing river.
top Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?
It's the only way to be sure.
top Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?
I figured this might be coming. Between Windows 8 trying to become a cell phone UI and Apple's brilliant idea to place an eject key on its keyboards instead of a forward delete key, it won't be long before a PC is completely gimped and useless to anyone that produces anything. Apple hit it big with its touch screen UI. So big that they're going to impale themselves on it.
top Foxconn International Removed From Hang Seng Index
And Brazilian labor is already
pushing back. Interesting to see how this plays out over time and which culture ultimately wins out. If only the Chinese had a Great Artist they could dispatch to culture bomb Rio De Janiero.
top MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad
There's already a concept for this: the cloud. Folks already have a range of devices that scale as you describe. It's just that they all need access to the data and content universally. While the hardware is having it's day right now, it's the access to relevant zeroes and ones that makes any of it worth a hoot.
top US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax
Raising taxes from historically low, unsustainable levels? Preposterous!
top The Saturn Fly-By
Same for me. The vimeo link worked. Using Chrome 10.0.648.133 on Mac OS X 10.6.6.
top Ballmer Turns To Geeks For Salvation
Yes, conglomerates are going out of style lately. Investors have good reason, because the sum of the parts would be worth more instead of languishing under the same roof. You've got MSFT split out similarly to how I see them. Some of the businesses (desktop and business) are mature cash cows with good cash flows and should have rich dividends. Others (consumer products and internet) should be freed from the conservative yoke and strive for accelerated growth. All would get a boost from an announcement that Ballmer was stepping down to "spend more time with his family."
$41 billion in cash and short term investments and no material debt. Love 'em or hate 'em, they have considerable resources to make gains for consumers and investors alike.
top Ballmer Turns To Geeks For Salvation
Wish I had mod points. As concise an assessment of Ballmer's M.O. as has ever been written.
top ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America
I has it.
top Former HP CEO Selected As Oracle Co-President
Looks like if you are well connected you can get away with anything and land up plum jobs.
Or, you know, just run for the U.S. Senate.
top Why Computer Science Students Cheat
The freshman and especially sophomore level courses I took were far and away the most difficult. They also caused me to pursue a minor in C.S. as opposed to majoring.
This includes curriculum requirements where grading on the curve meant scoring 40 on a test was an A. Yes, I'm staring at you sophomore physics. After my sophomore year, I didn't know up from down.
Challenging coursework should still be engaging and stoke a young mind. Unfortunately, mine was more of the demoralizing kind.
top New MacBook Pros Launched
1. Buy equivalently spec'd PC.
2. Put savings into investment instrument of choice. 3. When the time comes to upgrade, repeat. 4. Profit!
top Comcast Disables VCR Scheduling In New Guide
Sure sentence somewhere there. But not able +.
Seriously, put the mobile down, and keep your hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road when you're driving.
top After Discovery's Launch, What's Left For the Shuttle?
Any discount for local pickup?
top Game Devs Only Use PhysX For the Money, Says AMD
top Funeral Being Held Today For IE6
Major web development projects with IE6 have ended. In the Battle of the Internet, Mozilla Firefox and our Webkit competitors have prevailed. And now our team is engaged in programming and redesigning that site.
top Directed Energy Weapon Downs Mosquitos
Name for a metal band or an emerging trend in entomology? Let's go to our roundtable...
Fastball hasn't submitted any stories.
They've taken over. In meta moderation, it appears to me that no matter how much thought someone puts into a post, there's always someone there to stand opposed. Do they respond with their thoughts? No, they mod others down. How do these people get mod points? I dunno, but it is evident to me that they do. Repeatedly.
Slashdot and other web forums are suffering for me, because of people like this. They share the same affliction: they cannot add to a debate or discussion without subtracting from someone else.
I say, "No thanks." Time for me to take a break from
/. I just don't understand why people see fit to mod down at all unless the post is highly offensive or completely offtopic.