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IRS: Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

Garabito I don't believe in imaginary property (273 comments)

"I don't believe in imaginary property" was a popular anti-IP catchphrase here on Slashdot. It seems like it could apply here too.

about 4 months ago
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How Engineers and Scientists Cluster In the U.S.

Garabito Obligatory Paul Graham reference (79 comments)

Paul Graham wrote an essay about trying to replicate Sillicon Valley elsewhere.

http://www.paulgraham.com/siliconvalley.html

For Graham, it's mainly about two things: nerds (that create tech startups) and rich people (that invest in said startups):

"I think you only need two kinds of people to create a technology hub: rich people and nerds. They're the limiting reagents in the reaction that produces startups, because they're the only ones present when startups get started. Everyone else will move.

Observation bears this out: within the US, towns have become startup hubs if and only if they have both rich people and nerds. Few startups happen in Miami, for example, because although it's full of rich people, it has few nerds. It's not the kind of place nerds like.

Whereas Pittsburgh has the opposite problem: plenty of nerds, but no rich people. The top US Computer Science departments are said to be MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, and Carnegie-Mellon. MIT yielded Route 128. Stanford and Berkeley yielded Silicon Valley. But Carnegie-Mellon? The record skips at that point. Lower down the list, the University of Washington yielded a high-tech community in Seattle, and the University of Texas at Austin yielded one in Austin. But what happened in Pittsburgh? And in Ithaca, home of Cornell, which is also high on the list?"

about a year ago
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Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns

Garabito Wait, I'm lost (572 comments)

Sorry, you lost me here with this vacuum cleaner analogy thing. Could somebody explain it to me with one of the good old car analogies that we know and understand?

about a year ago
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Steve Jobs Dead At 56

Garabito Re:WTF, this story on homepage, really? (1613 comments)

this is the cannonical form:

Sad news ... Stephen King, dead at 54 I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Dead At 56

Garabito Re:He was not 'found' dead! (1613 comments)

I noticed and I don't find it funny at all. And I have been around long enough to recognize the lame and tired meme.

Many Slashdot users looked up to Steve Jobs and came (and more still coming) here to pay a little respect, and to comment about it with fellow nerds and tech-oriented people. I think it's disrespectful to them to present the story that way.

And honestrly, I can't even tell if Soulskill posted this submission on purpose, or if he/she was succesfully trolled, which says a lot about this post-CmdrTaco Slashdot.

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Dead At 56

Garabito Re:WTF, this story on homepage, really? (1613 comments)

Yes, that's what I meant. You came here to pay respect, so I'd expect a respectful headline, not the old and lame 'found dead at his apartment' troll meme. If it's some kind of nerd humor, then I don't get it.

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Dead At 56

Garabito WTF, this story on homepage, really? (1613 comments)

Steve Jobs' death, a big deal news event, something that will make lots of users coming here, and this old and lame troll meme is on homepage? Really? Come on, Soulskill, do you even care about this site?

more than 2 years ago
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RIM Changes Stance On PlayBook's Android Support

Garabito In other words... (112 comments)

Only a Message Dialog Box saying 'Hello World' will be suported

more than 2 years ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

Garabito Thank you, Taco (1521 comments)

While I know that you (or anyone else for that matter) won't read this post, because it will be buried between the rest of goodbye and thank you posts, I just had to write it.

Since I found this site, it has been a big part of my life.

I've spent hundreds of hours (many of them from work, I confess) browsing comments from fellow geeks at its discussions. I've learned and read better commentary and analysis here about the tech industry than listening to or reading so-called experts and gurus. Here I have acquired a lot of insight about Linux and the Free / Open Source Movement; and also about many dissimilar topics, many of them not related to tech.

But the most important thing I think, is to have found a place to hang out with other geeks like me. People that think like me and have similar world views and values. A place where I don't feel like an alien because everybody else in The Real World(tm) is so different from me.

So, from the bottom of my heart: Thank you, thank you, thank you; for having created such an awesome place. Not only did you create an amazing news aggregation site with comments. You created the best community ever.

So long, and thanks for the fish!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ebook Reader for Scientific Papers?

Garabito Kindle DX (254 comments)

I use a Kindle DX for that purpose. My experience has been positive so far: It will handle almost any paper I throw at it, no conversion required, most are readable in full page in vertical mode ( some papers will have complex diagrams that will make you zoom & pan to be seen). Although most two-column papers are readable in full page in portrait, many times I turn it to landscape mode to have a better view of the column, and pan trough the document to the bottom of the page.

As other posters have pointed, the DX is kind of slow rendering pages, so if you need to go back and forth frequently while reading or reviewing a paper, you will find it annoyingly slow. For me, it has been fine.

In my opinion, to read scientific papers, the Kindle DX is the device to have if an e-ink display is a must. As others have said, an iPad or Android tablet will make easer and faster to navigate trough the paper, and you will be able to read them in full color (every now and then, depending on your field, you will encounter images or diagrams that require a color display). but the active display won't be as gentle to your eyes as an e-ink reader. So, I think it depends on what is more important to you: the e-ink display or the ability to navigate faster trough the paper.

more than 2 years ago
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Nortel Patents Go To Apple, Microsoft, Sony and Others

Garabito Sony makes Android products (121 comments)

Sony makes Android-based Xperia Smartphones. They would not attack Android, nor let the other members of the consortium doing it, it's against its interest.

about 3 years ago
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Think I'm Not American? Pass the Hamburgers.

Garabito Re:Cultural Identification in Food (362 comments)

From your comment and username I'm guessing you are a red-headed woman of Costa Rican origins. Am I right?

more than 3 years ago
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Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads

Garabito Oh Great! (450 comments)

I'll have to buy the White Album again!

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Garabito And still... (2254 comments)

doesn't work on my cell phone.

more than 3 years ago

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The Rise and Fall of Australia's $44 Billion Broadband Project

Garabito Garabito writes  |  about 8 months ago

Garabito (720521) writes ""In April 2009, Australia’s then prime minister, Kevin Rudd, dropped a bombshell on the press and the global technology community: His social democrat Labor administration was going to deliver broadband Internet to every single resident of Australia. It was an audacious goal, not least of all because Australia is one of the most sparsely populated countries on Earth.
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So now, after three years of planning and construction, during which workers connected some 210 000 premises (out of an anticipated 13.2 million), Australia’s visionary and trailblazing initiative is at a crossroads. The new government plans to deploy fiber only to the premises of new housing developments. For the remaining homes and businesses—about 71 percent—it will bring fiber only as far as curbside cabinets, called nodes. Existing copper-wire pairs will cover the so-called last mile to individual buildings.""

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Gov't Contractor Uses Copyright, Fear Of Hackers To Get Restraining Order Agains

Garabito Garabito writes  |  about 9 months ago

Garabito (720521) writes "A recent copyright infringement (+ "threat to national security") lawsuit filed by a government contractor against its former employee highlights two terms the government frequently fears: open source and hacking.

Andreas Schou brought this restraining order granted by an Idaho judge to many people's attention. It's an ultra-rare "no notice" restraining order that resulted from a wholly ex parte process involving only the plaintiff, government contractor Battelle Energy Alliance. The restraining order allowed Battelle to seize its former employee's computer, as well as prevent him from releasing the allegedly copied software as open source.

  What this looks like is a government contractor hoping to shut down a competitor by deploying two "chilling" favorites: copyright infringement and "threats to national security." It also hurts itself by falling for government FUD — "open source is dangerous" and "hackers are bad" — both of which contributed to the general level of failure contained in its complaint."

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Outlawed by Amazon DRM

Garabito Garabito writes  |  about 2 years ago

Garabito (720521) writes "Imagine one day you grab your Kindle and find out that it has been wiped. You contact Amazon's customer service to find that your account has been permanently disabled and all your digital purchases are now gone. And they won't even tell you why exactly, nor give you a chance to dispute their decision. This may seem like a dystopia, but it has already happened: Martin Bekkelund tells in his blog about this situation happening to a friend: "Amazon just closed her account and wiped her Kindle. Without notice. Without explanation. This is DRM at it’s worst.""
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RMS on Jobs: "I'm not glad he's dead, but I'm glad

Garabito Garabito writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Garabito (720521) writes "Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, has posted on his personal site: "As Chicago Mayor Harold Washington said of the corrupt former Mayor Daley, 'I'm not glad he's dead, but I'm glad he's gone.' Nobody deserves to have to die — not Jobs, not Mr. Bill, not even people guilty of bigger evils than theirs. But we all deserve the end of Jobs' malign influence on people's computing." His statement has spurred reaction from the community; some even asking to the Free Software movement to find a new voice."
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Boeing halts 787 test flights after cabin smoke

Garabito Garabito writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Garabito (720521) writes "Boeing halted test flights of its long-delayed 787 Dreamliner on Wednesday, a day after smoke in the main cabin forced an emergency landing in Texas. Boeing Co halted test flights of its long-delayed 787 Dreamliner on Wednesday, a day after smoke in the main cabin forced an emergency landing in Texas.
The aircraft, carrying 42 crew and test technicians on a test flight from Yuma, Arizona, remained in Laredo on Wednesday while Boeing planned to evaluate data from the aircraft at its facilities in Seattle."

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Nicaragua Raids Costa Rica, Blames Google Maps

Garabito Garabito writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Garabito (720521) writes "An error on Google Maps has caused an international conflict in Central America.

A Nicaraguan military commander, relying on Google Maps, moved troops into an area near San Juan Lake along the border between his country and Costa Rica. The troops are accused of setting up camp there, taking down a Costa Rican flag and raising the Nicaraguan flag, doing work to clean up a nearby river, and dumping the sediment in Costa Rican territory."

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Apple Engineer Told Jobs About iPhone Antenna

Garabito Garabito writes  |  about 4 years ago

Garabito (720521) writes "An anonymous source inside Apple told Bloomberg that Ruben Caballero, a senior engineer and antenna expert, informed Apple’s management the device’s design may hurt reception. A carrier partner also raised concerns about the antenna before the device’s June 24 release, according to another person familiar with the situation.

Steve Dowling, a spokesman for Apple, declined to comment. Apple plans to hold a press conference tomorrow about the device. Dowling declined to elaborate on what will be discussed. A separate person familiar with the matter said Apple doesn’t plan to announce a recall of the phone."

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Microsoft’s Creative Destruction

Garabito Garabito writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Garabito (720521) writes "Dick Brass, former vice-president at Microsoft, published an op-ed in The New York TImes , where he states that 'Microsoft has become a clumsy, uncompetitive innovator' and how 'it has lost share in Web browsers, high-end laptops and smartphones.'

He attributes this situation to the lack of a true system for innovation at Microsoft. Some former employees argue that Microsoft has a system to thwart innovation. He tells how promising and innovative technologies like ClearType and the original TabletPC concept become crippled and sabotaged internally, by groups and divisions that feel threated by them.

Brass states that internal competition at Microsoft has created a dysfunctional corporate culture and questions whether the company has much of a future if it doesn't regain its creative spark."

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Mozilla exec urges users ditch Google for Bing

Garabito Garabito writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Garabito (720521) writes "Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's director of community development, saw Google CEO Eric Schmidt's recent comments about privacy and quickly posted his thoughts on his blog. His solution is a link to the Bing add-on for Firefox."
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25 Microchips That Shook the World

Garabito Garabito writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Garabito (720521) writes "IEEE Spectrum made a list of 'some of the most innovative, intriguing, and inspiring integrated circuits'. The list includes the Signetics 555 timer, the Fairchild 741 operational amplifier, and the MOS 6502, which, according to the article, powers Bender, the alcoholic, chain-smoking, morally reprehensible robot in Futurama.

As this list is very subjective, there's a complementary article, where famous technologists, like Gordon Moore and Vint Cerf pick their favorite chip."
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Spider Missing after trip to space station

Garabito Garabito writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Garabito (720521) writes "A spider that had been sent to the International Space Station for a school science program was lost. The arachnid was sent in order to know if spiders can survive and makes webs in space, but now only one spider can be seen in the container. NASA isn't sure where the spider could have gone.

I for one, welcome our new arachnid overlords."

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Software update shuts down nuclear power plant

Garabito Garabito writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Garabito writes "Hatch Nuclear Power Plant near Baxley, Georgia, was forced into a 48 hours emergency shutdown when a computer on the plant's corporate network was rebooted after an engineer installed a software update.

The computer was used to monitor process data from the primary control systems network, and the software update was designed to synchronize data on both systems. When the computer rebooted, it reset the data on the control system, causing the system to (erroneusly) interpret that the water reservoirs used for cooling the nuclear fuel rods were empty, so the plant's automated safety devices triggered an emergency shutdown.

Personally, I don't think letting devices on a critical process control network to accept data values from the corporate network to be a good idea."
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Ars Technica reviews Leopard

Garabito Garabito writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Garabito (720521) writes "Ars Technica's John Siracusa wrote a in deep review of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, both its internals and eye-candy. The new UI theme is consistent and well received, Finder has improved a lot (but still, it has not been fixed). The reviewer has a negative opinion about the semi-transparent menu bar, the new folder icons, and the new dock; but praises Time-Machine, Spaces and Leopard's internals in general.

Despise his usability issues with the UI, Siracusa's opinion about Leopard is positive. In his own words:

What's emerged is quite a strange beast: beautiful on the inside and, well, a bit unlovely on the outside.
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Garabito Garabito writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Garabito writes "Notebook manufacturers had a meeting to discuss a new standard for Li-ion laptop batteries, according to Ars Technica. The new standard could be ready as soon as the second quarter of 2007 and may be the end of proprietary battery designs that will only fit one brand or model of machine; making the process of replacing one's notebook battery way less expensive.

The new standard would also include safety specifications to prevent further issues like overheating batteries that caused the recent recalls.

Among the attendants to the meeting were Dell, Toshiba and Lenovo. Missing from it was Apple. Sony was not invited."

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