top How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers
While I think that the vast majority of 'cell phone photography' is shite and demonstrates nothing more than the cultural obsession with the idea that we are special, unique, and that other people want to be deluged with our personal experiences, the fine-grain minutiae of technique involving strictly technical methodology is simply a tool, and an out of date one at that. There seems to be just as much of a delusion with photogs about the difference between changing the capturing parameters of an image, and simply post-processing the image to appear the way you want it to, and I suspect that most of the harrumpf'ing comes from people who are upset that you can now do in Photoshop what it used to take thousands and thousands of shots to gain the knowledge to accomplish.
top AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise
The issue is STILL that they want to control ANY aspect of the connection between my terminal and the content provider, based on 'negotiated' rates. They still think they are in charge of something other than a Goddamn fat pipe.
top Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?
It's been fun to watch the reaction to smartwatches over at Hodinkee - 'high-end' watch fans will have a hard time taking ANYTHING that costs less than a grand seriously, and most people who wear a high-end watch certainly aren't doing it for the functionality of the perpetual calendar or the accuracy of the tourbillion movement.
I have my own issues with the iWatch, but while I will call the design clean and modern, I certainly won't call it beautiful.
top Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids
As a Colorado native, I find it easier to just pretend that nothing of importance exists between the Mississippi River and DIA. If you've ever had to take a road trip East of Denver, you know it's true.
top Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut
Why are you not already +5 Insightful (or Funny)???
about a month and a half ago
top Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step
But I have a hard time referring to Rev. Jackson by the titular "US Civil Rights Leader" when in fact, he is most widely known for promoting the civil rights of a specific minority. Also, and again, I don't like where this is going. Hiring should be based on qualification of skill, and NOTHING else. Trying to make up for inequality of upbringing by arbitrating diversity standards is as stupid today as it was 20 years ago.
about a month and a half ago
top IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System
The point at which this guy admitted he maliciously tampered with equipment, he was screwed. He should have argued that he was incompetent...
top FBI Need Potheads To Fight Cybercrime
When Colorado passed the recreational Marijuana law last year, the AG stated that he expected to review employment-discrimination cases by the end of this year. It's going to be interesting when it comes to companies that do business in Colorado and other states, since current doctrine allows companies to have policies dependent on individual state laws, but I don't believe any of then conflict with national policy.
Regardless of your stance on the morality of it, maybe we just start treating one drug (MJ) like another (Alcohol or Tobacco) from a legal perspective? Contrary to Mr. Christie, Denver is a fantastic place to live, and I genuinely believe the recreational industry has improved it even more.
top Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression
Just reinforcing his narcissistic view, justifying it to him. Don't argue, he's a special snowflake, offer to sell him something that'll prove how special he is... And take all of his bloody money.
top Ubuntu Phone Isn't Important Enough To Demand an Open Source Baseband
I was actually curious about this - when I used to play with radio scanners, you could (theoretically) get in lots of trouble if you opened them up and sniffed on frequencies that weren't approved. I would imagine very low level control of the radio within a phone could get you in tons of trouble if you were able to spoof things like the IMEI, but even if it was somehow burned into the silicon, you could still play silly buggers with a very controlled set of rules and standards.
top HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8
Didn't we go through this same nonsense with Windows 7 and XP? Call it buggy software or just a resistance to change, it is effectively guaranteed that in 3ish years the headline will be the same, about a major OEM offering disgruntled low-end consumers the last-gen OS as an option. It does NOT signal the death of Metro, or the supremacy of 7, or even a policy shift at MS - it's a vendor kowtowing to consumer demand.
top How Can Nintendo Recover?
If his premise is that the Wii is more appropriate for his home schooled kids, and he disqualifies FPS games in abstract, its a good chance this is not an appropriate game for his kids.
top How Can Nintendo Recover?
If you think the target market for the Wii U is Homeschooling dads trying to use it to keep their kids physically active, I have a few other large revelations coming for you. It's quaint at this point to hear people talking about the effectively moral supremacy of the Wii as opposed to the Evil Playstation and Xbox - tell me more about how one of the experience simulators is inherently worse for child-rearing outside of parental supervision?
top Losing Aaron
While this may generally be a popular liberal justification for Judiciary reform (and I'm not saying we don't need it) I have worked in a number of high-security environments, held multiple positions with banking institutions, I have a passport with no restrictions on it, and by itself (violent, Drug, or sexual offenses obviously carry a different classification,) it does not qualify as a legal denial for protected-housing (which most rental units fall under.) You can be licensed and insured (*but not BONDED* - I can't be a locksmith) and in most states, it doesn't affect your voting rights at all. The biggest downside at this point is that I can't legally possess a firearm, so if I *were* to go trap shooting a couple of times a year at the country club, I *could* get in trouble.
top Congressman Accepts BitCoin For His US Senate Run
This is the guy who thinks that John Cornyn (R-TX) is too liberal and not a True Texan. You know, that John Cornyn who compared Homosexual Marriage to marrying a box turtle, or who voted in favor of notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions, or who mocked Democratic objections to Alito's confirmation and then made (effectively) the same accusations against Sotomayor.
This is the guy who ran a Dodge meme against Cornryn on his Twitter feed last week.
This is the guy who wanted to remove the 'gun-free' zones around schools to keep children 'safer', a month after Sandy Hook.
Actually, the more traction these fringe idiots get, the more fragmented the far right looks. VOTE STOCKMAN 2014!
top A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest
I've been regularly accused of being a MS Shill, and it's unfortunate because it discredits this very argument when I present it. Outside of a personal preference with your OS Workflow for creatives, I have not supported an enterprise environment (or small business, for that matter) that had a justifiable need for Apple workstations in the last 5 years. If you want to use this overpriced designer hardware, be my guest and BYOD. I'll even give you DMZ Internet access.
But if you expect the office to pay for your computer, it's going to have a PC logo on the front, Active Directory in the back, and a fully licensed copy of the industry standard application for your job. It's nauseating how many creatives act like I've dropped a dead fish on their desk when they see a Windows box - the only good news is decent creative is a supply-saturated market now, and most companies just won't put up with that crap.
top What Would a Post-Email World Look Like?
As long as mid level execs feel that email is an instant, unlimited capacity communication channel that saves everything for ever but is still secure and reliable with 24/7 5-9's uptime, email will be around.
I've been waiting to kill email for years, and they won't let me do it.
top Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Monitor Traffic?
I've worked for stupidly rich stupid people before. Generally it's all fun and games billing them for medium-business level IT for their homes for a year or 2, and ordering big-boy Cisco hardware when you aren't really qualified to do much more than patch their cables and set up a wireless network for them.
Eventually (inevitably) they will ask for something retarded. In my case, he was worried that an ex was spying on him. He wanted the full counter-surveillance sweep, even after I priced him out something ridiculous (I was sub 6 figures, but just.) I contracted it out to the professionals, but that was just the start. Once you start to see some of the tinfoil hat levels of distrust most of the 1% have, you will quickly tire of billing them, and you will feel better when you are fired or when you get to hand them off to someone else.
I am much happier 7 years later without the paranoid, entitled, out of touch with reality oligarch having my cell number on speed dial.
top Twitter Leaked Obama's Visit To Afghanistan
The president's specific travel itinerary has been considered a matter of secrecy for years. When the specific route of travel is generally known, bad things can happen (just ask Mr. Kennedy, oh, wait...)
This is not odd at all. The tension in the middle east has been high for the last two thousand years, and does not dictate whether we know when our country's leader is flying or not.
I actually find it reasonably comforting that this managed to stay "secret" for as long as it did.
top Opus Dei To Hunt Down Vatican Whistle-Blowers
Most of the Catholic-church-secret-agent ones are pretty fun to watch...