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Two Lost Doctor Who Episodes Found

Sleepy Re:collecting (150 comments)

What the frell? No Farscape??

more than 2 years ago

Virginia May Help People Pay For Space Burials

Sleepy Anyone else? (145 comments)

I misread the headline as:
Viagra May Help People Pay For Space Burials

more than 2 years ago

Upcoming Changes To 'Ask Slashdot'

Sleepy Re:Does this mean the Apple turfers will be labele (230 comments)

In checking your other posts, I realize when you said "Apple turfers" you may have meant "anti Apple turfers", not "Apple astroturfers".
If that's the case, sorry I let you have both barrels because you mispoke or I misunderstood.

Still, group labeling of accounts is pretty offensive. You can block any user.
  I guess I don't participate in /. conversations as much as I did in the nineties, so I've only had to block on a few occasions.

more than 2 years ago

Upcoming Changes To 'Ask Slashdot'

Sleepy Re:Does this mean the Apple turfers will be labele (230 comments)

"Labeling" users? How offensive. How do you propose doing that, by affixing "armbands" to their usernames? Maybe you are the one who needs to wear a stigmatic identifier.

I'm -pretty sure- Apple's roaring success depends naught on maintaining an army of "turfers". However there seems to be no end of anti-Apple posters like yourself, suggesting they exist. I see the value of pre-emptively accusing your opponent of your OWN sins, however all documented instances of "astroturfing" have been attributed to Microsoft or their agents.

I'm not an Apple fanboy. Been running Linux at home since 1994. But at least Apple advanced desktop computing, while Microsoft held it back AND helped change the Internet into this incredibly insecure thing, by virtue of a PERMANENT army of zombie computers. Old MacOS was never as cavalier about security as Windows still is, and Apple's record on security is pretty damn good with OS X. I can still gripe about the window dressing on the Mac desktop, but the underpinnings of OSX are a solid standard UNIX kernel... the modern Apple OS foundation is solid, unlike Microsoft's.

more than 2 years ago

Upcoming Changes To 'Ask Slashdot'

Sleepy Re:StackOverflow competior? (230 comments)

Are you saying Oracle (for example) is going to have some expert answer common Java questions in a slashvertisement/tech support type thing?

This -does- have the feel of something which came out of a 'monetize' brainstorming session. The description reads just as badly... it sounds like Soulskill is reading off of marketing's talking-points.

So HOW exactly does this benefit Slashdot users? Or is there one at all?
  HOW are sponsor representatives represented in discussion? Are their comments automatic +5, and totally immune to moderation?
This doesn't need explanation, apparently. :-/

I've been on for about 14 years, and seen it survive the threat from Digg (and the the Digg self-destruct). But my interest is declining. The original stories are less insightful, more incidence of stories linking to overtly 'controversial' blog posts elsewhere designed to troll web clicks. Years ago I switched from viewing this website, to monitoring the RSS feed, and less and less often do I find reason to stick around when I click one of the feed items.

My biggest complaint of all is there is no benefit or advantage to the older accounts. I gave up submitting stories because even if I were one of the first (just a guess), there are semi-professional story submitters who get the credit. No wait, that's not my worst grievance... Slashdot has a checkbox for "Do not display ads", given for past participation on the site... but the checkbox doesn't work.

Maybe the worst annoyance is when I visit my ~user page, it tells me there's a new post on Will Wheaton's Slashdot journal.. which was deleted like 10 years ago, and because of that deletion I can't unsubscribe from it (it's a silent error, but probably failed SQL stupidity... and my support emails to slashdot go unanswered).

I think Slashdot recognizes that their future's probably in nurturing "communities" where the users interact more with each other (like Slashdot USED to be). GOOD call. But that space is served by Ning. If Slashdot's owners think the answer is "commercially sponsored questions and posts"... really? lulz. For me the answer is, different websites for different genres of information. That's way easier to follow, and you can somewhat get to know people.

more than 2 years ago

Using a Tablet As Your Primary Computer

Sleepy Re:...Good for you? (627 comments)

I'm sorry, this isn't a story. This is a blog entry, and a short one at that.

I'm sorry, you lack cynicism: what this submission IS is a troll for ad revenue. It's almost a troll... kind of like every John Dvorak article since 1990 (but without the legitimacy he had built up prior to that time).

I thought I had it good when we ditched our "desktop" computers 6 years ago and went with just laptops in the home. Now it's an iPad 1 and 2. When I am developing for Drupal, I use my iPad and laptop (Ubuntu, with Komodo IDE). When I take notes or read OReilly/Safari Books, it's the iPad. When I take notes or set appointments, it's the iPad and Google apps. When I play games, I use either the iPad or the PS3. When I watch movies, it's NetFlix on the iPad or PS3. I suppose for some the droid tablets are the same (although they all seem rather sluggish to me, and have inconsistent UIs.. but maybe I'm just jealous).

more than 2 years ago

World of Commodore 2011 December 3rd In Toronto

Sleepy Re:**** COMMODORE 64 BASIC V2 **** (142 comments)

I was going to post the same exact thing. It's not a syntax error, but the mistake still flew over everyone else's head.

more than 2 years ago

California Going Ahead With Bullet Train

Sleepy Re:Time (709 comments)

Pretty sure the land WAS occupied. The railbuilders had bounties on both natives and buffalo.

more than 2 years ago

Baker Has to Make 102,000 Cupcakes For Grouponers

Sleepy Re:There's a reason you spend $39 on a dozen cupca (611 comments)

There's that, and the fact that the Walmart cupcakes were made using Chinese flour, in a Mexican bakery, and then shipped 2000 miles by a non-union trucker who was only permitted 6 hours rest before resuming his driving shift.

PS - the meat you get at a local butchery is also way better quality than Wal-mart's.

more than 2 years ago

B&N Pummels Microsoft Patent Claims With Prior Art

Sleepy Re:Why did everyone else pay? (332 comments)

Most companies will pay tens or hundreds of thousands to license a patent, over the howls of their engineers if need be. A lawyer fight will easily cost more.

Companies stand up to patent bullying when it is life or death for their products.. getting someone's phone "banned" from the EU or the US tends to increase the stakes. Even then, they don't care about the patent's validity, just getting the patent holder to back down. Seeking to overturn the patent is merely a threat... offer a better price on the patent and no corporation will refuse it and keep fighting to overturn the patent. So, you're completely wrong.

more than 2 years ago

Is American Innovation Losing Its Shine?

Sleepy Re:And patents, of course (625 comments)

Yes and no. Patents are a problem -- you can NOT launch a small technology firm and make anything useful without violating patents. This is a barrier to US businesses and Europe, but not China as they will simply ignore patents (for their domestic market).

I'd say America lost because Wall Street *wanted* America to lose. Maybe not explicitly, but as a result of all those outsourcing tax credits Wall Street wanted.
Talk to a US based electronics manufacturer... all of them had NO CHOICE but to move their R&D to China, because that's where all the manufacturing is.
Often times, the latest and greatest micro chip thingy will be documented by a Data Sheet which is written in Chinese. Eventually it will be translated to English, but the part might be depricated by then if it is a short lived market item.

Linksys, D-Link, Buffalo etc. all of these router manufacturers have almost NO knowledge what is in "their" products. They simply say "I'll take one of those" from the ODM and slap their web GUI on the firmware.

Apple is the last remaining US manufacturer who -designs- in the US. They pay a high price in terms of cost of operating. And even then, all their manufacturing is outsourced, and they don't really R&D any of the low level stuff.

Back to my original point... even if you reformed patents, and even un-did the Bush era outsourcing credit, NONE of those R&D jobs would come back. You'd have to convince China and Japan to subsidize their businesses to move operations back to the USA. No other country is dumb enough to kill their manufacturing, deliberately.

  But hey, Wall Street knows what it's doing... killing US manufacturing kills unions, and higher unemployment means workers will accept forced overtime and less safe working conditions. It's all pretty basic stuff, really.

more than 2 years ago

Zynga To Employees: Surrender Pre-IPO Shares Or You're Fired

Sleepy Re:Mafia (554 comments)

Actually, yes, Zynga has "alleged" connections to Russian organized crime (who, to their credit, recognize that corporate games are more profitable than street ones, and less likely to result in actual jail time).

This is known, but I just had to point it out as so many replies didn't get your jest.

more than 2 years ago

Kindle Fire Will Be Hotter Than iPad This Holiday

Sleepy Re:In other news..... (258 comments)

>How did that turn out?

Maybe ABI they make their money not off accurate predictions, but page hits from controversial predictions. Or maybe zacharye makes the referral cash (90 published submissions? I remember back when this site was a blog, and quality posts came from interesting folks who weren't SEO peddlers.

more than 2 years ago

Steve Jobs' Missing License Plate

Sleepy Re:Sounds like a Slashdotter (579 comments)

Straw argument you made there.

If the government DENIES big companies the ability to abuse taxpayer funded courts, that is NOT raining big government on the companies. Quite the opposite.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: DD-WRT Upgrade To 802.11n?

Sleepy Re:Tomato (196 comments)

Because dd-wrt wanted to take the project closed. Not necessarily closed source, but effectively so with some deliberate barriers to discourage folks getting into the code and making their own customizations. This drove away both users and potential contributers. Big surprise, that.

Everyone has gone over to open-wrt because it is... well, open.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: DD-WRT Upgrade To 802.11n?

Sleepy Re:OpenWRT + Buffalo Router (196 comments)

Plus dd-wrt is a bit "closed". They seem to deliberately go out of their way to make it difficult even for experienced developers to package up their own custom firmware. (If I don't qualify that, someone will reply with a red herring case why newbies shouldn't hack router firmware... and in such an extreme example, I agree).

Supposedly open source projects shouldn't go out of their way to keep people from modifying the source. This hurts not just the users, but it drives away potential new contributers. Which is why of course we have open-wrt. You'd have to pay me to use dd-wrt.

more than 2 years ago

Build the 2006 Prototype $25 PC

Sleepy Re:Needs more Ram (120 comments)

>I'd rather it have 2 network ports.

You can add USB hubs and switches if need be, OR you can choose an already available low-end single-board system which has multiple ports onboard.

This is -supposed- to be minimalist, low-energy tiny-footprint platform. And adding more hardware changes what it is. I like the fact that it's basically the cost of an Arduino, but can do so much more.


more than 2 years ago

OS X Notifier App Growl Goes Closed Source

Sleepy Re:Haha (270 comments)

So pretty much you're saying you aren't very productive with a computer, and also: it's the user's fault if the OS is exploited. Gotcha. ... and I laugh at any Windows user who calls any other OS a "walled garden". Sour grapes from someone stuck inside a prison, I think.

more than 2 years ago

Microtouch: 8-bit Open Source Media Device

Sleepy Re:How do these images fit in 2.5k RAM? (115 comments)

As perpenso said, these things don't use RAM for data.

These Atmel processors come with (besides the "CPU") RAM, flash RAM, and EPROM storage. External SD storage and more RAM, Flash etc are available if you add it yourself to the board.

So anyways, your script/sketch is saved to flash, which loads up in RAM (just like a regular script or program).
If you code things correctly, your bitmaps, your font definitions, are all in flash memory and so almost no RAM is used by that resource.

Some folks don't care, and the resource is embedded into the script (which means the resource lives in RAM). This is fine as long as you have enough memory and you weren't expecting other folks to run your sketch on smaller processors.

For end user data like an ebook on SD card, that gets loaded straight from the SD card and tossed onto the screen. The system is not trying to load the whole thing before display (which would blow out memory). Instead you scan and display things line by line... like you would do in an old-school shell script when your shell/console had very little memory (even on a server).

more than 2 years ago

OpenOffice Is Dying (And IBM Won't Help)

Sleepy Re:So? (298 comments)

Sun wanted control of these open source technologies NOT because they are kind sponsors, but so they could sow confusion in an attempt to kill these projects.
Sun acts in bad faith, much like SCO did.

Sun -kicked out- the OpenOffice developers. Also MySQL developers. These are facts. Why would you make such a misinformed comment, other than to be deliberately obtuse? To troll?

more than 2 years ago


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