top Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service
Have to go back to using ICQ.
top Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System
I would think most people have little use for an e-mail address that cannot be accessed from work.
top Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You
In the early 2000s, the federal government gave tax breaks to the then-leading communications giants to install an open high-speed data infrastructure throughout the country. The amount of taxes they didn't collect averaged $2,000 per household. Shortly after that, the companies began sales and mergers.
TechDirt.com published an article detailing this scam as recently as 2013.
top U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why
The NES was released the same year driving began to decline. Coincidence?
top Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?
Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged
Michael Crichton - State of Fear
Cody Lundin - 98.6 Degrees The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive
top What the Insurance Industry Thinks About Climate Change
Or it could just be that telling people "...because of climate change," means you can charge more.
top Ask Slashdot: Hands-On Activity For IT Career Fair
Have them open a browser and navigate to Slashdot with just a keyboard. That will vex the average user but is simple enough in reality and they'll leave having learned something useful.
top Federal Judge Says Interns Should Be Paid
This will lead to a lack of internships; a lack of a way to gain experience before you begin marketing yourself as someone with skill in a given field. For many companies, if they have to pay interns, they simply won't create such positions.
about a year and a half ago
top Obama Proposes 'Meaningful Progress' On Climate Change
Every other planet in our galaxy, despite the fact that we only live on one, is currently undergoing a warming cycle...
top UEFI Secure Boot Pre-Bootloader Rewritten To Boot All Linux Versions
If this has legs I'm sure you could work with the EFF to get an action item going for contacting our disconnected elected.
top How Proxied Torrents Could End ISP Subpoenas
This is a post about privacy when using P2P. How you choose to use the technology is up to you.
top Instagram Loses Almost Half Its Daily Users In a Month
That's what killed the app for me. Different friends have different social media accounts. Posting a photo in Instagram covered 3 of my bases. I was hoping they'd add Google+ integration for the few holdouts. Instead, it went Facebook-only at which point...there was no point.
top Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug
Also there's no one developing Linux kernel code that isn't aware of Torvald's style in this respect.
top Steam For Linux Is Now an Open Beta
I'm not sure why we Linux users need Steam. There's only two games: TuxRacer and "Find the Dependencies."
But seriously, I'm really looking forward to what Steam can do for Linux.
top Ad Blocking – a Coming Legal Battleground?
We'll just go back to editing the HOSTS file.
top Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?
Niche is the secret. In Norfolk, VA there's a place called
Naro Expanded Video. I've only been in there once but I was incredibly surprised than in 2005 I could walk in and buy a like-new copy of Mickey's Christmas Carol (albeit on VHS) from 1983. I believe it was finally released on DVD in 2009.
top Apple Pays Only 2% Corporate Tax Outside US
If a country wants to lure more businesses inside its borders, it needs to make it worthwhile for the businesses. Taxes are simply an expense. Like any other part or material, a business is likely to shop around for the best deal. Rather than trying to use the law to penalize businesses for sound business practices, a country should seek to make its tax rates competitive on the global scale.
As a business, it takes work and costs money to reduce your tax burden. Clearly Apple has been quite successful at this but it didn't happen for free. Compliance costs might even make a rate here in the US higher than 2% make sense for them and save them money. Clearly our unreasonable 35% rate is enough to make most large businesses jump through myriad hoops to save money and makes for an inhospitable economic environment for many companies who used to be based here.
We need to find what rate would allow companies like Apple to keep their money here and adopt that rate immediately.
top US Agricultural Economists Say Bacon Shortage Is Hogwash
That's not a shortage - that's just market forces. And the cost of a given product has to rise in order to maintain the profit involved in creating said product. If people can't make money doing it, they won't do it. Then we'd have a shortage.
Bacon bacon bacon! We're making the moves on you! You're bacon!
top Ask Slashdot: How To Clean Up My Work Computer Before I Leave?
If it's Windows, you should be able to boot any Linux distro off a thumb drive and chew up any directories you'd like.
top Texas Scientists Regret Loss of Higgs Boson Quest
With every virtually every federal election lies the possibility for massive changes. The fact that such important research was based solely on the availability of government funds shows exquisitely poor planning.
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