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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

Nick say what? (235 comments)

What a waste of time.

about 6 months ago

Ubuntu's Mir Gets Delayed Again

Nick Experimental (241 comments)

"Mir is already packaged as an experimental option, along with an experimental Unity 8 desktop session." Good God. The Ubuntu desktop always has been and always will be an experimental mess. I can't ever remember being more scared to reboot my workstation after a kernel update with the likely possibility of having restore my video driver and settings. My old 386 with 4 (!) mb ram, running twm has less issues.

about 7 months ago

How Snapchat Could March Startups Right Off the Cliff, Lemming-Style

Nick Friendster (143 comments)

Google tried to buy Friendster for $30 Million in 2003 and it was turned down. We all know what happened to Friendster not even 2 years later. At the end of the day you need to just use your better judgement and evaluate where you think the company is heading in the future. Although I fail to see how accepting a one billion offer on a company is a failure.

about a year ago

Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review

Nick Re:CFPB (519 comments)

With all due respect I find this comment completely baseless. Consider the fact that Elizabeth Warren was responsible for its foundation. Before I comment further, I must ask; is this a troll or are we not talking about the same thing?

about a year ago

Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review

Nick CFPB (519 comments)

She needs to go to right away and report this. It'll come off her credit reports ~30 days or so later. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was setup for exactly this kind of thing.

about a year ago

Clam That Was Killed Determining Its Age Was Over 100 Years Older Than Estimated

Nick Re:Wow, this _is_ kind of a shame (366 comments)

I was intrigued by your .sig but the URL in it is returning 404.

about a year ago

Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice

Nick Re:Actually, that's an OEM problem. (178 comments)

Yes it's an android fuckup, for letting OEM's being able to do it in the first place.. the motorolla xoom was the honeycomb developer device, so it was the 'nexus' device in that time, and that's the one that I have and is having the problem..

By your logic it would be a Google fuckup for letting OEMs have full control of what they do with Android which has no technical bearing on merits of Android in itself. BTW, big props to Google for going in the other direction of Apple by letting OEMs do this - I seem to remember this worked out pretty well for MSFT.

about a year ago

If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

Nick BSD is dying (577 comments)

It is now official - Netcraft has confirmed: *BSD is dying Yet another crippling bombshell hit the beleaguered *BSD community when recently IDC confirmed that *BSD accounts for less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of the latest Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as further exemplified by failing dead last in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

1 year,11 days

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Nick ars? (1191 comments)

Congratulations, you've achieved your goal of looking like Ars Technica. Can we go back to the design it was back in the 90s again?

1 year,20 days

GNU Hurd 0.5, GNU Mach 1.4, GNU MIG 1.4 Released

Nick Re:unix desktop (206 comments)

not sure why this got modded down. Has anyone ever tried to setting up three monitors? I recently converted my workstation from Windows which worked quite well for gaming and multi-monitor support. On-board nvidia gpu had one monitor and the amd/ati pci card connected the other two. Can't do that under X. So now I'll have to buy another PCI card. But wait, commercial drivers are buggy and Xscreensaver is a mess, I can't use text virtual consoles, but I use open source drivers which fixes that, steam wont run. Running Ubuntu? Having the fear of god every time a system update or reboot is not ideal, but about half the time something bad will happen. BSD? nothing is written for it. I've been running X in some form on some machine since the early 90s on a 386. For a while, the unix desktop was the way to go, but for years Windows or OS X is vastly superior in a desktop environment - you know, actual drivers exist. Thank god for virtualbox at least.

1 year,23 days

GNU Hurd 0.5, GNU Mach 1.4, GNU MIG 1.4 Released

Nick unix desktop (206 comments)

The *nix desktop is still a p.o.s. since i've been around here.

1 year,24 days

BlackBerry Will Sell Itself For $4.7 Billion

Nick What took you so long? (149 comments)

I wonder how long they really were shopping it around.

1 year,28 days

The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

Nick 28.8 (410 comments)

Not since the 28.8 days when it was still relatively new. The place I was living at the top was one of the first community broadband implementations.. fiber wasn't even laid yet, just existing analog cable network. And it was freakin' awesome.

about a year ago

Gabe Newell Talks Linux As the Future of Games at LinuxCon NA

Nick Re:Guess that's why Valve is so behind Linux (369 comments)

Right, and Natalie Portman is never going to target a guy with a SlashID in the high 7 didgits.

I can confirm the above is true.

about a year ago

SSD Failure Temporarily Halts Linux 3.12 Kernel Work

Nick No RAID? No backup? (552 comments)

Was he too busy treating people horribly to audit his DR procedures?

about a year ago

Dispatch From the Future: Uber To Purchase 2,500 Driverless Cars From Google

Nick Re:Go for it (282 comments)

You do realize that commercial jet airliners are for the most part flown via a software program, right? The pilots have manual overrides which I'm sure a self driving car in the future would as well - and I realized roads/expressways are much more congested than at 30,000+ ft but the point is that we have a metallic tube with wings, flying around the globe that is mostly computerized these days, and the most dangerous thing about that is getting inside a human controlled car to drive to get to said plane.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Should a Non-Profit Look For In a Web Host?

Nick optimizations (100 comments)

If you have a lot of static content, eg, css/js/gpf/gif/swf/png/bmp, etc and do not have access to CDN, at least put an nginx proxy in front of it that loads it all, and forwards the rest off the content to apache (or better yet, just migrate completely to nginx if possible). Does your app have any caching at all? Would memcached be beneficial? Running a stack trace on all http/php processes should give you an insight as to what is going on. Sometimes it;s lacks of resources, sometimes it's something as simple as a buffer needing to be increased somewhere.

about a year ago

eComStation 2.2 Beta, the Legacy of OS/2 Lives On

Nick Re:OS/2 was XP A decade earlier (94 comments)

I miss downloading "fixpack" disks onto floppies and inserting them one at a time... not really :P

about a year and a half ago



Ask Slashdot: How many 1-4 digit UID users are left?

Nick Nick writes  |  about 3 months ago

Nick (109) writes "Many years ago I went to a gas station to buy a pack of smokes. I got back home, refreshed Netscape running on some treacherous X11 build most likely, and noticed Slashdot was registering users. I signed up and got a three digit UID.

I never really paid too much attention, and over the years I still read but rarely post. I enjoy seeing a two or three digit UID post, but those are few and far between.

My question is this: how many ultra-low UID members are out there and reading this today?"

Japanese Machine Converts Plastic To Oil

Nick Nick writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nick writes "Rather than burning the plastic using flame, which generates CO2, the machine uses a temperature-controlled electric heater to convert plastic into crude gas, which can then be used to power gas-based household appliances like stoves, boilers and generators or, if refined, can even be pumped into a car or motorcycle. Small yet highly efficient, the machine produces nearly one liter of oil – gasoline, diesel or kerosine – from every kilogram of plastic, requiring only 1 kilowatt of electricity for the conversion.

A five minute YouTube demonstrates the process"

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