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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

Meeni USENIX, SuperComputing (131 comments)

You should try these 2: USENIX and SuperComputing. They are the most enjoyable for a non-academic to attend.

about a month ago
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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

Meeni Re:Um... good for whom in the US? (111 comments)

Yes, but that's exactly what the broadband and GSM US market needs. This is an encroached bunch of crooks with sleezy marketing practices and a captive market. The prices are artificially high, there is little to no competition (except for recent Tmo moves in feb that have resulted in an across the board slash in prices at all operators). The fact that Free is not "so good anymore" because others have matched is exactly what is exciting. I am actually happy with ATT wireless, technically, but not about the price of the service, and the fact that a $75 bill becomes a $100 bill with bogus "tax recovery" BS minilines and overarges for pretty much looking wrong at the phone.

about 1 month ago
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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

Meeni Re:Um... good for whom in the US? (111 comments)

20 euros is inclusive of taxes. France taxes are not super heavy, but still on the upper side, and I'd bet US taxes are lower overall.

When I lived in France I had Free. Excellent service, very disruptive market strategy. I'm very excited with the news. I'd switch in an eyelash.

about a month ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Meeni Re:Wow. Terrble Turn. (752 comments)

Unilateral sanctions are useless if the major trade partner doesn't go along. Russian trade is ridiculously euro-centric. If the US embargo Russia but the europeans do not, this has no effect, a vague blip on the graph.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Meeni Re:Translation: Slash 18K jobs, apply for 18K H-1B (383 comments)

You do not know what you are talking about, and you are wrong. The forms are checked, and very often acceptance is conditional to an increase in salary. The administration do check the numbers and is not shy of bumping the salary requirement to match prevailing wages.

about a month and a half ago
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EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

Meeni Opposite problem (184 comments)

Why would I trust your wifi to start with ? It's name is "freewififorall" and I should hope it is not a honeypot to eavesdrop my credit card number when it is transiting on the wire(less), or scan my open ports if I connect ?

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

Meeni Spin Ph.Ds? (143 comments)

MIT is expert a making these sort of PR stunts were they claim they invented something novel when they replicate some boring old result from 10yr ago. Well, here it is 30yr ago.

about 2 months ago
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Figuring Out the iPad's Place

Meeni Re:It already found its place. (333 comments)

Yeah, and all that waking up takes a whooping 1s, during which I can already start doing something else.

I quite don't see the purpose of getting notifications on a device I am not looking at anyway, but I'll grant you that one. I don't care but maybe it's important to someone.

about 3 months ago
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Washington Files First Consumer Protection Lawsuit Over Kickstarter Fraud

Meeni Re:Which way is the wind blowing today? (47 comments)

What about a case of the government coming at the right time, after the fact so as not to stifle innovation, but before the problem has grown like a monstrous chancre ?

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

Meeni Tying stock values and money valuation (404 comments)

This proposal would make bitcoins a catastrophic currency. When stock market crash, money value crash too, so instant deflation trap, lovely.

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Confirms Deal For Access To Verizon's Network

Meeni Re:Triple dipping? (135 comments)

It's Europe, not Africa.

about 4 months ago
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Former US Test Site Sues Nuclear Nations For Disarmament Failure

Meeni Re:Ukraine (165 comments)

from the inside ?

about 4 months ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

Meeni Re:Snowden never had integrity (396 comments)

Amusingly, the entire Crimean plan is in the Wikileaked documents from 3yrs ago.

about 4 months ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

Meeni Re:Useful Idiot (396 comments)

Watch 5 minutes of Russia Today. Fox News is fair and balanced, in comparison.

about 4 months ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Meeni Re:Medicalizing Normality (558 comments)

I retract that statement. I have no proof to support the claim. Unfortunately Slashdot doens't let one edit.

about 5 months ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Meeni Re:Medicalizing Normality (558 comments)

Homosexuality is not genetic.

Autism is linked to genetic (probably not only, but having relatives diagnosed increases one risk of having affected children).

about 5 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

Meeni Re:ogahdno (303 comments)

They do that anyway, so what.

At this point, we have an effective private monopoly. This merger should not have been allowed (actually wires and service should be split, like it is in Europe).

about 7 months ago
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Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record

Meeni Re:Range anxiety isn't really rational (357 comments)

European union has enforced a norm. So you could expect that this will become somewhat pervasive. Except if USA decides to come up with its own norm as usual.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Researchers Slash Skype Fraud By 68%

Meeni Re:Don't want a legitimate account (114 comments)

You missed the point.

Your credit score being 830 makes you a successful member of society, by definition.

A low credit score is a verdict, you are a looser and a loner, true or not, it doesn't matter, the consequences are the same for you.

about 7 months ago

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