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Are Amazon Vine Reviews of Technical Books a Joke?

NighthawkFoo Re:Amazon needs their head read. (126 comments)

Because that's not how Amazon works. Just because someone had a bad experience with a particular seller doesn't mean that you'll even get it from the same merchant. You're supposed to review the product. If you want to review the seller, then you do so after you finish the transaction with them. Amazon doesn't make this clear enough, in my opinion,

about a year and a half ago
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Perspectives On the Latest IBM Layoffs

NighthawkFoo Re:Worked at IBM (135 comments)

That's when you tell them that your contracting rate is $300/hour, with a four-hour minimum.

about a year and a half ago
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IBM In Talks To Sell x86 Server Business To Lenovo

NighthawkFoo Re:A question for you (202 comments)

When outages cost you millions of dollars per minute, you're willing to spend the money on having a well-tested walled garden. This isn't appropriate for every business case, but there are definitely those who need that level of reliability.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

NighthawkFoo Re:And a turbo button! (1010 comments)

Acually, the turbo button was for slowing down the computer. You left it in turbo mode all the time, unless you needed to run some poorly-written software that required the lower clock speed.

about a year and a half ago
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Growing Consensus: The Higgs Boson Exists

NighthawkFoo Proofreading, anyone? (254 comments)

The name of the particle is the Higgs Boson. The article title is incorrectly using the possessive form.

about 2 years ago
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Change the ThinkPad and It Will Die

NighthawkFoo Re:These CEOs need to learn about Agile... (347 comments)

The Trackpoint in the middle of your keyboard is a wonderful thing. Give it a shot - you just might fall in love with it.

Source: I've used 4 Thinkpads over the last 8 years.

about 2 years ago
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The Copyright Battle Over Custom-Built Batmobiles

NighthawkFoo Re:As an art student... (194 comments)

fueleconomy.gov says you're exaggerating. The original EPA sticker for the 1989 240SX was for 26MPG highway with the manual transmission. The automatic was 25MPG. 30MPG might be doable if you drive very carefull.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Typing Advice For a Guinness World Record Attempt?

NighthawkFoo Re:Hello? Editors? (307 comments)

This is the most appropriate "Redundant" moderated post I've ever seen.

about 2 years ago
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30 Days Is Too Long: Animated Rant About Windows 8

NighthawkFoo Re:Not again... (1110 comments)

It's especially fun trying to hit it from a laggy VNC connection.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Draw the Line On GPL V2 Derived Works and Fees?

NighthawkFoo Re:Pay the $3.99 (371 comments)

Wow...that guy was trolling ArsTechnica a decade ago. Interesting to see that s/he is still up to their old tricks.

about 2 years ago
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$1 Billion Mission To Reach the Earth's Mantle

NighthawkFoo Re:Billiion? (267 comments)

You just need to read it in a Dr. Evil voice.

more than 2 years ago
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Are SSD Accelerators Any Good?

NighthawkFoo Re:bcache (331 comments)

Because then you'll waste writes on /tmp and /var.

more than 2 years ago
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Introducing SlashBI

NighthawkFoo Re:My comment was deleted! (339 comments)

Yeah...it showed up a day or so after I posted it. Very strange - the db claimed that the comment UID was invalid for a while. Perhaps it was a transient problem. Sorry for being so acerbic, but I've felt the heavy hand of /. admins before. I made the mistake of replying to the "post of doom" many years ago, and I was banned from moderating (by Michael) for a looong time.

more than 2 years ago
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Introducing SlashBI

NighthawkFoo My comment was deleted! (339 comments)

Wow...I'm not really sure what to say. I created a comment yesterday, and the message ID for it is no longer found. It didn't portray this new section in a positive light, so perhaps the powers that be removed it? If that's the case, slashdot has gotten a LOT worse than I previously imagined.

more than 2 years ago
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Introducing SlashBI

NighthawkFoo Please stop (339 comments)

This is crap. I mean that seriously - I've been here for over a decade, and this is the first time I'm actually concerned for the future of the site. Not in the way that it will "run out of funding and close", but in a way that all the readers who make /. what it is will vanish.

Please stop what you're doing.

more than 2 years ago
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Slashdot Coming Attractions

NighthawkFoo Re:I still can't log in (410 comments)

I had to change my long-standing nickname to log back in. I've had an account here since 2001 or so.

more than 2 years ago
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Slashdot Coming Attractions

NighthawkFoo Source code (410 comments)

Do you still provide the source code that runs the site? I remember that slashcode.com would track your changes in the past. Is this still true? I see that the last post there was in 2009.

more than 2 years ago

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