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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Reeses Re:ET Phone home (312 comments)

Apple's default WiFi network behavior is to find an open WiFi access point to jump on, then one the "trusted" default WiFi networks (one you've connected to already, or one the AT&T or Starbucks networks), and if it can't find that, it tried to connect to the one with the strongest signal and bring up the login page for username/pass challenges. Since most consumer routers have that standardized, it knows where to look. That's probably the traffic you're seeing.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

Reeses Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

When an app is running, you can't see the OS. And depending on the apps UI/graphic design, there may be no indication which OS it's running on.

Simple mistakes for most people.

about a month and a half ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

Reeses Re:Who would characterize Gates as a hero? (335 comments)

Nobody. Absolutely NOBODY.

Anyone whose career depended on CP/M or any of the what we now consider non-standard hardware.

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Reeses Re:Please Explain... (2219 comments)

Because the presentation isn't working as platforms and standards evolve.

I wasn't kidding about the site CSS template not working on a mobile phone. Try it.

Which means the site needs a code overhaul.

Which if you're going to go in and make the changes required to make it work on the fastest growing computer platform in the world (mobile devices), it means it's time to drag out the redesign boots. Because there are other issues you're bound to uncover as you go forward.

about 8 months ago
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The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory

Reeses Re:Begun they have... (234 comments)

That was a Babylon 5 reference.

Shame you didn't get it.

And in context, in was meant as a warning, not as a literal threat.

I've been here since 1997. Turn in your geek card.

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Reeses Include the community in the redesign. (2219 comments)

Ok, you need to redesign the site.

We get it.

Anyone who has tried to read the comment threads on an iPhone gets it. Slashdot didn't make the transition to the separation of content and display well, limiting your flexibility when it comes to adapting to the plethora of new devices popping up. Among other things which I'm sure include "monetizing" the site more.

So, you need to redesign the site. Got it.

So, you created "Beta", whether because of an edict from the new corporate masters or whether it's an internally driven project, it was immediately obvious whoever did Beta ( on mobile especially) didn't even do a basic "This is how people use the site" survey. Or if they did, they did a really shitty job. Maybe they read the comments and thought those were the truth. Anyway.

So, here's a thought:

What if you did the redesign in an open/community driven manner?

Set up a persistent discussion (make it a tab, "Changes are a coming to Slashdot", weigh in with a comment) and explain what changes you want to make, and why. Let the community hash it out. Maybe let us vote on a feature, and allow us to test it out on some dummy (or real) stories to see how it works. Allow us to view different stories under the new look and layout. Maybe with a button that changes the CSS a la CSS Zengarden (simplest reference site) or that redirects us to the same story at beta1.slashdot.org, beta2.slashdot.org, etc if it requires serious architectural changes that can't be done with just a reskin. Or something similar.

Also, set up a persistent discussion board where you guys explain the issues you're trying to fix and why(!) and see what the community has to say. You have one of the largest dens of geeks of varying skill and knowledge levels on this site and it's quite possible they may have an actual solution for you, or a simpler one, or a better one. I know the guys who run slashdot are super-geeks, but you can't know everything (root != god, sorry). But the community has an incredible amount of combined knowledge. Use it. And read the comments at level 1 or 2, since the way the slashdot moderation system works, a lot of valid commentary will get pushed down over the most artful use of an obligatory xkcd Natalie Portman reference.

Then, instead of committing to wholesale bulk changing the site (come on, you have to know better. Who's forcing that on you? New management? Tell them what's up.), make incremental changes. Maybe to one set of features of a subsystem, or an entire section or something. If that section of the site is "Difficult" to fix because it's interwoven with other parts of the site, then spend the time to unravel it. You're going to have to anyway.

But regardless, instead of making bulk changes and driving away the people that allow this site to make enough money for it to change corporate hands a few times, include the community. Maybe we'll have feature suggestions you didn't even know about. Maybe we'll have a solution to what you thought were inexplicable problems that are easily solved because you're just aware the solution exists. Maybe you're agonizing over a feature no one uses.

But try including the community. And it's a community, not an "Audience". Nor are we users. We're a community. Of people. Online. If you need to spin it for the new corporate overlords, we are the biggest "stakeholder" in the redesign. Frame the problem that way on the whiteboards and in the meetings with the IT people.

The beta and redesign comments have spilled into way too many comment threads. Because you guys are clearly managing it poorly. Or someone from corporate is managing it poorly. You've got once change to do this right. Because if you drive the community away, like the former inhabitants of Chernobyl and mySpace, they're not coming back.

Maybe it takes a little longer than it should. Unless you've got some corporate budget target to meet, that's ok with most of us. If it takes a year, or two. Who cares if it results in a truly better slashdot? Put Classic into maintenance mode. Most people will understand. And turn beta into something the community had a hand in.

I'm fairly certain the community isn't actually resistant to change (regardless of what the comments say), we're resistant to shitty change.

So make it not shitty.

By including us.

See what happens.

The worst that can happen is it'll get modded -1 Flamebait. :)

about 8 months ago
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Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

Reeses Re:"...as we migrate our audience..." (232 comments)

In my redirects to the beta (on mobile) it was immediately (and I mean immediately) obvious that whoever designed the beta had no fucking clue how people used the site and turned it into some sort of engadget clone.

I don't know how whoever designed it thought that all I wanted to read were headlines on my phone. It was embarrassing. And disappointing.

The changes have helped, but the mobile experience still doesn't completely "get it". But it's getting better.

about 8 months ago
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Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

Reeses Re:"...as we migrate our audience..." (232 comments)

Why not do this in an open/community driven manner?

Set up a persistent discussion (make it a tab, "Changes are a coming to Slashdot", weigh in with a comment) and explain what changes you want to make, and why. Let the community hash it out. Maybe let us vote on a feature, and allow us to test it out on some dummy (or real) test stories to see how it works.

Or, instead of committing to wholesale, all at once change, change subsystems and let the community test them. See if slashdot can be slashdotted. And move forward.

You know, like actual professional software developers do. Not like Microsoft does.

about 8 months ago
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Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

Reeses Re:so what about all my old devices? (254 comments)

There's a huge difference between a surge protector and a power strip, which many people unfortunately believe offers the same functionality.

about 9 months ago
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Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data

Reeses Re:Hah (195 comments)

Which is what most direct marketers do. Images in marketing emails are not embedded, they're links to remote images ( tag FTW!). Most images have a hashed part of its URL that is your "unique" identifier in their logs.

What the cache will likely do is pre-emptively grab the images, triggering higher hit rates on the marketer's servers, leading them to believe more people are reading their emails, meaning more spam.

about 10 months ago
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SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs About 5%

Reeses Ancient data. (512 comments)

All this discussion on this and no one has commented that TFA is from 2011??

This article isn't reliable information. It's from when SSDs were relatively new and definitely doesn't apply to the in-the-field results people are seeing in 2013.

about a year ago
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How I Got Fired From the Job I Invented

Reeses Re:who are intelectual property laws protecting ag (252 comments)

He is required to register a trademark. Not a copyright.

But, if he relies on the at-large copyright, it's not as strong as if he actually registers through the Copyright Office.

about a year ago
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Will PCIe Flash Become Common In Laptops, Desktops?

Reeses Re:Will it be a repeat? (372 comments)

Apple was visionary because they got USB to work as promised/designed.

Back then, it was about 50/50 whether you could hot-plug a USB device into a Windows machine and have it not crash. Famously demonstrated by Bill Gates at a trade show. There's video. Look it up.

The Mac was also the first computer to allow you to plug in the maximum number of USB devices (128) without crashing. It took Windows a while to get there too.

about a year ago
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The Strange History of Apple and FlatWorld

Reeses Re:Ummm... (89 comments)

A timestamp and a few IP addresses can fix that.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With a Fear of Technological Change?

Reeses Here's a nickel, kid. (429 comments)

Go get yourself a real computer.

about a year and a half ago
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Make Your Own Invisibility Cloak With a 3D Printer

Reeses Re:This is a hunk of plastic... (80 comments)

It can also be integrated into unmanned drones, to have radar-invisible unmanned drones. Convenient for popping over a border real quick and taking a look around without alerting local air forces.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: I Just Need... Marketing?

Reeses As a marketer.... (212 comments)

Finally I can post without getting arrows in my chest!

As a marketer, and given the tiny little bit of info you've given, you can probably afford one person on staff, or an agency part time in your local city.

Just be aware, and this is the part that sucks, you need to make sure you have:

a) A clear idea of the consumer's problem you're trying to solve.

b) A great solution for that solves it.

Failure to have either one of those will lead to you chasing a bad product into irrelevance. And it's really expensive.

How do you make sure they're accountable, well, that'll be defined by what you and the marketing person agree is your metric for success. Is it sales? Target market penetration? Site Traffic? Word of Mouth/google trends? All of these goals will be treated differently through the eyes of the marketing person, and you need to make sure which one you want. There are strengths and weaknesses to all of them.

If you're concerned about bringing in non-performers, then do NOT enter in a "partnership" with them. Hire them outright. That way you can fire them if they don't meet the agreed upon metrics. Trust me, there are many, many charlatans out there who will gladly take your money and give you next to nothing in return. Conversely, one failed campaign is not an indicator of non-performance. It may take a few stabs to figure out what it takes to make people want to buy your product, but consistent underperformance is the sign of bad marketing. Or a bad product.

You cannot discount the idea that you may have a bad product. And nothing, and I mean nothing, will kill a bad product faster than great marketing. Once you get people's interest, you had better have a product that lives up to the marketing promise or word of mouth will sink you faster than the Titanic. Seriously, take a page out of Apple's marketing book: Underpromise, overdeliver. You don't have to overdeliver by much, but over deliver.

There's a lot more, but that should be enough to get you started.

about a year and a half ago

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The Internet IS for porn.

Reeses Reeses writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Reeses (5069) writes "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in possession of a fast internet connection must be in want of some porn.

While it’s difficult domain to penetrate — hard numbers are few and far between — we know for a fact that porn sites are some of the most trafficked parts of the internet. According to Google’s DoubleClick Ad Planner, which tracks users across the web with a cookie, dozens of adult destinations populate the top 500 websites. Xvideos, the largest porn site on the web with 4.4 billion page views per month, is three times the size of CNN or ESPN, and twice the size of Reddit. LiveJasmin isn’t much smaller. YouPorn, Tube8, and Pornhub — they’re all vast, vast sites that dwarf almost everything except the Googles and Facebooks of the internet."

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Yahoo cans CEO then puts itself up for sale

Reeses Reeses writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Reeses (5069) writes "Fare thee well, Yahoo:

In addition to firing CEO Carol Bartz, Yahoo's board has now put the company up for sale.
The person who briefed the Wall Street Journal on the Bartz firing also told the paper that "Yahoo is open to selling itself to the right bidder.""

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