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Microsoft May Acquire Nook Tablet Business From Barnes and Noble

Perp Atuitie Re:you're assuming... (157 comments)

As I recall, B&N just opened the Nook to the whole Android store, so that issue appears over.

about a year ago

Microsoft May Acquire Nook Tablet Business From Barnes and Noble

Perp Atuitie Re:Anyone want to buy mine? (157 comments)

17 percent stake doesn't give them significant control. Now they can let their shit fly unimpeded. Big difference. Only silver lining is that the remaining stock might sell out for next to nothing, and the Nook is easily modded to run pure Android, IIRC.

about a year ago

Microsoft May Acquire Nook Tablet Business From Barnes and Noble

Perp Atuitie Re:WTF? (157 comments)

Yup. Same ol' sleazy "business model" they've used from the very beginning. And they say China has no tech imagination. Anyway, so long, Nook, it's been good to know you. Probly won't like you anymore once the price goes up 300 or 400 percent and you get an ugly new MS scare-mask face.

about a year ago

German Copyright Bill Would Let Publishers Charge Search Engines For Excerpts

Perp Atuitie Another way to fight (114 comments)

would be for Google to block search results, and mention in news pages, for any publisher objecting to reasonable quotes. If they don't want publicity, they should be accommodated.

about a year and a half ago

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 Review

Perp Atuitie Re:Got it (136 comments)

And you can't install Linux or some other OS, I understand. Correct? If so the thing makes no sense at all. You can get a full featured netbook with actual apps and the browser of your choice. What's the CB got to make up for that?

about 3 years ago

Libyan Rebels Weaponize Power Wheels Toys

Perp Atuitie Re:Creative, but predictable. (310 comments)

Think what they could do with real remote-controlled toys. Some cargoplanes full of RC snakes or, well, tanks. Way more bang for the buck than what they're getting now.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Ask For Equity In a Startup?

Perp Atuitie The equity is a red herring. (349 comments)

If you're as essential as you think, raise your rates -- you're the seller, after all. If they seem ready to consider going with a price hike, offer to take it in the form of equity (because you believe in the company's future and want to be part of it, blablabla. Asking for options in lieu of a rate hike or straight equity would be an easier sell, as it gives them a stronger hold on you and gives you more motivation to work at the top of your game. But the real question is, are you getting paid less than you deserve, and are you willing to demand more. The form of the increase is secondary.

more than 3 years ago

No Pirate Bay for Comcast Customers

Perp Atuitie This is the best demonstration possible (230 comments)

of the conflicts of interest that will become entrenched with the Comcast/NBC merger, if it's allowed to happen. Comcast is obviously incapable now of separating its responsibilities as an information carrier from its interests as a content marketer. Comcast's "anti-piracy" sabotage makes it clear as day that allowing it to add one of the country's largest content providers to its mix will be a disaster for freedom in information in America. The FCC, Congress, and the DOJ need to head this one off at the pass.

more than 3 years ago

Asteroids Flyby — 2010 RF12 & 2010 RX30

Perp Atuitie No Bruce Willis? Shucks. (118 comments)

Could we at least have one of the Bridges?

more than 3 years ago

Narcissists, Insecure People Flock To Facebook

Perp Atuitie I did a study (280 comments)

that shows people who eat candy like sugar. Ain't breakthrough insights great?

more than 3 years ago

Made-For-Torrents Sci-Fi Drama "Pioneer One" Debuts

Perp Atuitie It could be the center of television's future (321 comments)

IF hardware develops to enable this kind of choice. With all the hype about convergence, we're still nowhere near the point where Joe Couch Potato can point the remote in the living room, pull up a program menu of network, cable, and Net-based shows and play/record whatever he wants transparently. And without having to set up a separate "media center" and figure out all the connections, config, and access. It's not really a tech problem, it's about power struggles between cable and telco, content creators, search companies, DRM trogs, and corporate dimness. The so-called libertarians will howl, but the plain fact is that we need national standards aimed at finally bringing the communications age to the folks who don't want to know any more about what their "TV" is doing than they know about how the cable or satellite picture gets to their house.

more than 4 years ago

Porn Sites More Infected Than Thought

Perp Atuitie It's a ripe environment for scammers (170 comments)

not only because of the sloppy tech, but because of the clientele. Lots of money flowing from folks trying to lose their real identities and who are less likely than most to try and seek investigations if they get scammed. Doesn't get better than this.

more than 4 years ago

Hands-On With Dell's Streak Android Device

Perp Atuitie What is the obsession with fingerprints? (167 comments)

Damn -- it's first concern in half the mobile-hardware reviews these days. Do these people actually turn the phone on or just hang it around their necks as jewelry? Wipe the scary prints off on your overpriced shirt awready.

more than 4 years ago

Malfunction Costs Couple $11 Million Slot Machine Jackpot

Perp Atuitie Re:Winnings (479 comments)

Oh well then -- that makes it all OK, as long as they said it wasn't their fault if they welsh on their bet. There was no malfunction until the Casino said there was after the fact. These guys are crooks. Period. Colorado should start a criminal fraud investigation and shut them and the certifier down. But it's Colorado. I do thank them for the tip, though. Next IRS return I'll put on a disclaimer that the entire transaction is void if I screw up the arithmetic. Think that'll work?

more than 4 years ago

How To Grow a Head

Perp Atuitie At long last.... (355 comments)

having your head up your ass is not just a dream anymore.

more than 4 years ago

Bill Gates May Build Small Nuclear Reactor

Perp Atuitie Re:Oh man (347 comments)

I sure gives "Blue Screen of Death" a whole new dimension.

more than 4 years ago

PA School Defends Web-Cam Spying As Security Measure, Denies Misuse

Perp Atuitie There's only one reply to them: (364 comments)

Why would you need to turn on the spy software unless you were told the machine was stolen? They're using it to preemptively find out if the student looks like s/he might steal it? The thing is obviously a trojan horse, and it's obviously time for a special emergency school board election.

more than 4 years ago

Which Linux For Non-Techie Windows Users?

Perp Atuitie Re:Another often overlooked candidate (766 comments)

One of the best choices, and definitely worth a close look. Great control center, small but helpful community, "just works" approach to software. I've installed it for 3 total computerphobes and have been almost disappointed by the lack of "support" calls once the initial settling in was over. PCLOS is maybe a couple weeks away from its new release with KDE4.4, which will require a rare reinstall, so if you can wait for that, all the better. There are also community versions with LXDE and other lightweight desktop alternatives if you want it even simpler. It's not built on Debian, though. It uses RPMs with an apt/synaptic interface. The one possible disadvantage is that the repos have "only" around 12,000 apps available. Since the distro is designed as an integrated whole, installing outside packages is discouraged, which could be an advantage for the folks the OP describes -- everything they're remotely likely to want is there and they don't have to worry about incompatibilities, dependencies, and all the rest.

more than 4 years ago


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