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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Rob_Bryerton Re:20 years too late (208 comments)

Came to post the exact same thing...

5 hours ago

CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

Rob_Bryerton Re:You can't steal information (196 comments)

Hi. I see by your reply that, even though you're not really new here (judging by your UID), you're not really sure how things work.

Slashdot earns money through advertising. More page views = more ads shown = more ad clicks = more money earned.

In order to drive the page views, Slashdot "editors" troll their readership in order to stimulate discussion through upsetting people, driving them to respond to stories they otherwise would pass up. They do this in several ways, including, but not limited to:

Intentional misspellings and poor grammar in the summaries.
Intentional inflammatory use of terminology (like this summary, which got you to reply (and I replied to the meta-troll))
Injection of political or religious themes or topics (a classic; never gets old, works every time)
And so on...

Now, with this information in hand, you can read the summaries and pick out the trolling technique used in about, oh, 90% of the stories/summaries posted.

5 hours ago

Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

Rob_Bryerton Re:The bigger the lie (109 comments)

Woohoo! Anybody need me to light their torch? Pitchforks are over there, to your right...

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

Rob_Bryerton Re:90% is still a good rule (168 comments)

These guys have got better things to do than squeeze a few extra months out of an array that's on a 3 or 4 year lease or support contract.

If you're doing your sizing projections correctly (very tricky, I'll give you that), space is not an issue, but time is. If you lease, then you need a replacement installed before the lease is up; the leasing company wants their hardware back. There is no stretching it out. If you purchase, you are bound by the length of your support contract, as nobody sane is going to run an enterprise array without a current support contract.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

Rob_Bryerton Re:We have more but we USE more. (168 comments)

not so much when talking about a SAN of SSDs

You mean an array of SSDs.

Just as you wouldn't call a PC on a local network a "LAN", you don't refer to an array on a storage network as a SAN. The SAN is the network.

Sorry, but this really bugs me...

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

Rob_Bryerton Re:Bigger question (168 comments)


2 days ago

CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

Rob_Bryerton Cue the TLA jokes... (195 comments)

There's an NSA joke in there somewhere...

about three weeks ago

Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

Rob_Bryerton Re:When they a) unlawfully b) abuse c) monopoly d) (427 comments)

Do you also wonder about the difference between what Hans Rieser did and what Miley Cyrus did at the MTV awards?

I didn't know Hans was at the MTV awards; what did he do there?

about three weeks ago

Nixie Wearable Drone Camera Flies Off Your Wrist

Rob_Bryerton Re:Only good on calm days (63 comments)

Because it is 18" on a side and weighs nearly 2 pounds.

about a month ago

Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Rob_Bryerton Opt out of the credit scam (907 comments)

Just opt out from the credit system; it only exists to keep people on the hook, enriching others on the backs of the poor and ignorant.

Get rid, and stay rid of all debt. Destroy the credit cards; you don't need them and they will only screw you over. Use cash or debit, even checks, for all transactions. Start a habit of saving. After a year or two, you can buy a car using YOUR MONEY and be done with it. Live within your means; stop buying useless crap.

Opt out; they need you, but you DO NOT NEED THEM.

about a month ago

Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Rob_Bryerton Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

This is true; if they wanted the lens flush with the case, they could've used a bigger battery as well. Win-win. These phones are too thin as it is; my S3 is so damn thin that, without a case, it is difficult to hold onto.

Marketing over function.

about a month ago

Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Rob_Bryerton A better idea... (352 comments)

Microsoft is killing off the "Windows Phone" name in favor of Windows.

I think this version would be more appealing:

Microsoft is killing off the "Windows Phone" name in favor of Phone.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Rob_Bryerton Free branding advice for MSFT: (352 comments)

Free branding advice for MSFT; a variation on the classic formula:

1. Think of a brand name.
2. Does it contain the word "Windows"? If so, throw it away and go to step 1.
3. Does it contain the word "Microsoft"? If so, throw it away and go to step 1.
4. ???
5. Profit

about a month and a half ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Rob_Bryerton It no longer matters. (727 comments)

Total non-issue; the majority of computing consumers have moved on; they're using phones and tablets. Corporate users will use what they're given.

The days of paying hundreds of dollars for an operating system and compiler are (thankfully) gone. The OS is irrelevant anyways; you go to where the applications are; anything else is just silly...

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

Rob_Bryerton Get a life? (208 comments)

Ignore them and get on with life?

about 3 months ago

FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

Rob_Bryerton Publicity Stunt (199 comments)

Am I the only one who noticed the timing of this announcement by Amazon coincided with the christmas shopping season; this was nothing more than a quite successful bid for free publicity.

Not only are "drone" package deliveries technically unfeasable, they are not financially viable by any stretch of the imagination. Maybe...maybe in several decades.

about 4 months ago

TechCrunch and Others On the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Rob_Bryerton 3 to 5 versions until usable (136 comments)

In typical MicroSoft fashion, it'll take several releases to actually make something usable; this is the 3rd rev and it's almost there. Of course in the end, they'll have 'invented' the laptop :)

about 5 months ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Rob_Bryerton Yeah, let's put the hacks in charge (800 comments)

Programmers, long known for their "quality" wares, will be charged with these decisions? Oh boy...

Well, one thing is certain: there will certainly be crashes involved...

about 6 months ago


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