Microsoft Announces Windows 8.1 With Bing To Sell Cheaper Devices
I have a Nokia Win 8 phone, and I can't install any alternative browser to IE or change the default search engine. Should I be entitled to a refund?
Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?
I'm putting in a vote for the LaserJet 1000 as well. HP really knew how to make virtually maintenance free printers.
Facebook To Pay City $200K-a-Year For a Neighborhood Cop
"FaceCop! Nobody move or there will be.... trouble"
Privacy Lawsuits Over NSA Spying Force Retention of Metadata
.. to lobby more 'infrastructure' grants from the government. All that data doesn't keep itself on-line.
This Isn't the First Time Microsoft's Been Accused of Bing Censorship
How is it that Microsoft has the technical know how to sanitize chinese searches, yet not sanitize the english ones of blatant porn?
PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES
This is what happens when Microsoft tries to turn its OS into a thing for smart phones: the industry replaces it with a working OS for smartphones.
Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?
For a moment I thought you might be one of my previous bosses. :)
The system described by OP is very similar to my last position.... except we had about 300 users across APAC in various factories. ERP integrated into everything, including robotics on the assembly lines.
Two Engineers and 1 outsourced ERP consultant got the job done. When Engineering wasn't fixing routine problems, it was contributing software - either manufacturing, ERP or middleware.
You company management is probably correct. Too much staff in the wrong places. Need a receptionist? Get an SD application.
Stephen Elop Would Pull a Nokia On Microsoft
I would have thought (as a non-owner) that the X-BOX represents one of MS' victories in the consumer space. I wonder sometimes if MS hadn't just made their phone UI more like X-BOX they would have had a highly successful product.
And X-BOX represents an excellent PR opportunity through-out MS' range of products. It introduces consumers to a working, easy to use computer system that builds confidence in their product line and makes them relevant in every living room. I don't understand why companies keep hiring the same bad decision makers.
Amazon Gets Blow-Back Over Plan To Sell Kindles At Small Bookshops
As someone who needs to read a lot for their job, I find the definition of a book does not necessarily imply a square block made out of slivers of paper. In fact, any of the things like that that I have obtained in recent memory suffer due to lack of portability - I don't have enough additional carrying capacity to keep a book geographically close to myself for times when I want to read it.
If only there was a way for book stores to sell digital versions of the text with the item.... just like they did 12 years ago when I last had to buy an assload of textbooks.
To be fair, I don't own a Kindle. Why would I? I have notebook computers and smart phones and tablets, projectors and text-to-speech applications. Hell, even graphic calculators. I mean, you would HAVE to be blind to actually consider crappy-ass Kindles a realistic threat to your business in the wake of the countless other alternatives to read electronically.
Your Digital Life Will Only Get More Crowded... If You Let It
So I guess you could call it the Media Whore Factor (MWF), or, the breadth and depth of data exposed to during a sitting rather than the quantity of media consumed.
So, someone skimming Reddit would have a far greater MWF than, say, someone watching Fox NEWS. This might be another way of indicating the relative worthlessness of conventional media that tend to drive viewers through a set of topics of subjectively varying interest.
I still call BS on this, however. I suspect there is a saturation limit on attention and information density, which this study doesn't seem to take into account. As someone else pointed out, extrapolation gone mad.
What Apple Does and Doesn't Know About You
Hell, just to make my damn phone work I need an iTunes subscription. That ties my phone to my credit card. Then they start spamming me with music suggesting software. They provide software so that police can remotely suck all the data off it. They release back doors so that even if my company remotely bricks it, I can restore my last backup and keep running.
I think its fair to say, Apple's business model very much relies on them being able to collect user data, or to connect users to ways they can share data.
If what they say is true, the iPhone would be an open platform that let me install what I wanted, rather than existing in this walled Apple Only Garden
Ask Slashdot: Tools For Managing Multiple Serial Console Servers?
HEY! HEY! We want flexible tools, not a bunch of malware! Consider hosting your own FTP?
GIMP, Citing Ad Policies, Moves to FTP Rather Than SourceForge Downloads
Ever since SourceForge started their "8 bonus pieces of malware with every legitimate open source software download" offer, my computer has run like shit. I welcome our new FTP overlords!
Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece
... when Starship Troopers came out, I find it reassuring that 'American critics' are finally able to comprehend the humor of this film. Its only taken 16 years for them to get the joke, but better late than never, right?
And is it any wonder that the public's view of professional critics is so poor? Should 15 year old boys be put in charge of this, clearly very challenging job? Is there something slightly 'special' about American critic's sense of humor that prevents them from seeing such an obviously tongue-in-cheek parody of extreme imperialism?
Apple Issues First Transparency Report
What is Apple attempting to achieve by releasing a non-transparent transparency report? Its hardly 'full disclosure', possibly to the point of false marketing, in accordance with Investopedia's definition of the topic: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/t/transparency.asp
Myst Was Supposed To Change the Face of Gaming. What Is Its Legacy?
Myst was, at least to many of my friends, Return to Zork's slightly retarded cousin. The presentation was very similar, yet somewhat more isolated due to a lack of other characters in the world. Elements like Zork's sound recording puzzle were brilliant, and aside from a brutally challenging second last puzzle (if you had dropped any items throughout the game, it could not be beaten) the level of challenge would not be seen again until Access released it's Tex Murphy series with Under a Killing Moon in 1994. For a time adventure style games lulled, but with the rise of companies like Telltale the format is being somewhat revived. 2014 will see a new Tex Murphy instalment
It was not just the unique puzzles that made RTZ a brilliant title, but the inclusion of FMV in a way that rewarded the player but didn't sacrifice to much content at the expense of their inclusion. FMV, at the time, was quite popular, but was often an 'all or nothing' affair. On top of this, video codecs were in their infancy, meaning a minute of data ate up a considerable chunk of a disc. So for RTZ to offer hours upon hours of gameplay in addition to FMV, all on a single disc, was simply remarkable.
So what was Myst's legacy? Beats me. It did nothing that hadn't been done already.
Letter to "Extended Family" Assures That NSA Will "Weather This Storm"
The land of the watched, and home of the scared.
Auction Houses To Be Removed From Diablo III
So, I don't get it. Does that mean everyone in Diablo 3 gets their gear reset? 2 years seems like an amazing amount of time for a game to be released yet still clearly be in Beta.
Does PC get any other updates, like evade rolls, or larger portraits of toons? Sounds like Blizzard is attempting to completely gimp their PC version now to raise sales on console offerings.
I know I'll be celebrating.
How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business
not to mention scammy business practices. I once paid $35 at Sanity for a Nine Inch Nails single that only came with one of the two disks. They litterally sent out a two CD case with a note on the empty side telling you how to buy the second disk of the pack. Also, you had to buy the single to determine that you only got half of the tracks listed on the back.
To be fair, during a visit, Trent Reznor discovered that his album was being sold at $30 instead of his RRP of $20 and released his next few albums for free. I think Radio Head and a few others followed suit, and I think you will find THAT had one of the most profound changes on the music industry. When the big bands that didn't necessarily need money started to become hostile to the recording industry. What they started has simply become the norm, and radio stations have picked up on this and now often have segments for non-contracted artists.
Ask Slashdot: Attracting Developers To Abandonware?
Whats wrong with eComStation? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EComStation
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