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Wozniak's Predictions For 2013: the Data Center, Mobility and Beyond

QuincyDurant Re:Breaking News (70 comments)

If Wozniak's new job has turned his mind to data centers, that should surprise no one. But it's fatuous to think that he's acting as some sort of corporate flack.

about 2 years ago
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Project Orca: How an IT Disaster Destroyed Republicans' Get-Out-The-Vote Effort

QuincyDurant Re:IT? Hello? Anyone know anything about IT? (578 comments)

Thanks. That's sounds about right. It does seem odd, however, that with almost unlimited campaign funds Romney could not have automated the "perfect list" strategy that Lincoln described in 1840:

Make a perfect list of the voters and ascertain with certainty for
whom they will vote... Keep a constant watch on the doubtful voters and have
them talked to by those in whom they have the most confidence... On Election
Day see that every Whig is brought to the polls.

about 2 years ago
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Project Orca: How an IT Disaster Destroyed Republicans' Get-Out-The-Vote Effort

QuincyDurant IT? Hello? Anyone know anything about IT? (578 comments)

In my first campaign, we selected voter households for GOTV by hand-sorting punch-cards and then having the computer guy make a tape and run out labels and precinct lists with shared (actually bootleg) time on a bank mainframe and a line printer.

So, all due respect, I know more about campaigns and elections after 38 of them than most slashdot posters. I also know that some of you hate the GOP and some of you return the sentiment with interest.

But I know next to nothing about network computing except as a consumer. Any chance of redirecting this conversation from what I know about to what you know about?

What was the deal with Romney's data processing? Were those management problems created by marketing/management guys like me, or were they technical fuckups by the IT guys? And what lessons can future campaign managers learn?
.

about 2 years ago
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Romney Campaign Accidentally Launches Transition Web Site

QuincyDurant Rove did it (185 comments)

After Romney carried Ohio.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Delays Simpler and Cleaner iTunes 'to Get It Right'

QuincyDurant Tim Cook doesn't like to apologize (252 comments)

...but he's had to do so twice in the past six months: first, for ill-advised changes in Apple's retail stores, and second, for the premature release of Maps.

Both executives whose decisions resulted in these apologies are gone.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

QuincyDurant Be nice (823 comments)

You know what it feels like to be with someone who is kind and understanding. Oh, yes you do.

Do that. How tough could it be?

about 2 years ago
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A Day in Your Life, Fifteen Years From Now

QuincyDurant Re:But... (687 comments)

Besides, what could possibly go wrong?

about 2 years ago
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Steve Ballmer: We're a Devices and Services Company

QuincyDurant The end is nowhere near near. (295 comments)

Companies change. The development of the Macintosh was funded by the Apple II/AppleWorks cash cow. IBM, once the largest hardware company, used money from its PC business to help change into a services company. And then there's Kodak...never mind.

about 2 years ago
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How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025

QuincyDurant Re:Autonomous Cars (717 comments)

God, you're right. The same Silicon Valley yahoos who drive like fools are going to *design* these cars.

I can already hear those dual quads drink.

about 2 years ago
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How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025

QuincyDurant Re:Autonomous Cars (717 comments)

The best thing about autonomous cars is that robots don't cut each other off, flip the bird, and do road rage. I drive a Corvette just so I can get away fast from the crazy drivers.

about 2 years ago
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A Honda Civic With no Gas Tank (Video)

QuincyDurant Hobbies (331 comments)

The Apple I and II were designed strictly on a hobby, for-fun basis, not to be a product for a company. They were meant to bring down to the club and put on the table during the random access period and demonstrate: Look at this, it uses very few chips. It's got a video screen. You can type stuff on it.

Stephen Wozniak on the Homebrew Computer Club
http://www.atariarchives.org/deli/homebrew_and_how_the_apple.php

about 2 years ago
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How Noah Kagan Got Fired From Facebook and Lost $100 Million

QuincyDurant Selling himself short (236 comments)

"There is a sort of man who pays no attention to his good actions, but is tormented by his bad ones. This is the type that most often writes about himself. He leaves out his redeeming qualities and so appears only weak, unprincipled and vicious."

W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up

about 2 years ago
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Iran Behind Cyber Attacks On U.S. Banks

QuincyDurant When WAS 1953? (306 comments)

Oh, yeah. Sixty years ago.

about 2 years ago
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The Passing of the Personal Computer Era

QuincyDurant Re:More smartphones than pc's ? (329 comments)

Right. I haven't bought a refrigerator in a while either, but it's not because I don't like refrigeration.

about 2 years ago
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Mathematician Predicts Wave of Violence In 2020

QuincyDurant Thinks he sees patterns in history (397 comments)

"Thinks he sees"? Doesn't that strongly suggest that we're dealing with a lunatic here?

more than 2 years ago
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EA Sues Zynga For Copying Sims Game

QuincyDurant Words with friends... (197 comments)

...is fun. But how the hell is it legal? Can you really take a game like Scrabble or Monopoly and give it a new name? And what is it about social networks that makes them ooze slime?

more than 2 years ago
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Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

QuincyDurant Re:really?? (1134 comments)

If I type "Lniux" into the google search box, I get the results I wanted, not the ones I asked for.
But if I type "Mkdri" into the Linux command line, I get what I didn't want.

That's the difference.

more than 2 years ago

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Facebook Scraping Aids Dirty Tricks

QuincyDurant QuincyDurant writes  |  more than 3 years ago

QuincyDurant (943157) writes "Hoping to win a lucrative agreement with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, three data security contractors for federal defense and intelligence agencies developed a proposal to monitor and manipulate the chamber's left-leaning critics, according to recently released e-mail correspondence. Employees of the firms compiled short dossiers on a few activists that included photographs, references to their families and charts of their relationships with other liberal and labor leaders. A key player was a guy named Aaron Burr, whose Facebook-scraping attempts to reveal the identities of Anonymous were described last week by Ars Technica. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/how-one-security-firm-tracked-anonymousand-paid-a-heavy-price.ars During the last election, The U.S. Chamber drew fire from Democrats because of its $75 million war-chest, 93% went to support Republicans or denigrate their opponents. http://www.publicintegrity.org/blog/entry/2203/ The Chamber denies knowledge of the dirty tricks used to try to get its business for Burr et al."
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Apple Stores Most Profitable on Planet

QuincyDurant QuincyDurant writes  |  more than 4 years ago

QuincyDurant (943157) writes "Ten years after many retail experts predicted doom, Apple is opening 40-50 new stores, including two in Shanghai. The company says its stores earn about as much as a Macy's Department store, but use 1/30th of the floor space. Looking backward, the aforesaid experts saw the failure of Gateway stores; looking forward, they saw the opposite of the future."
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