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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

The_Revelation hate to be that guy, but (391 comments)

Anyone got a working mirror?

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

The_Revelation Re:LOPSA/LISA Code of Ethics (246 comments)

I'd say David is fairly spot on. The only additional thing I recommend is when arranging to do work on any computer is to ensure the users know to close any sensitive documents and save all their work to relieve any responsibility in this area.

about 6 months ago

Microsoft Announces Windows 8.1 With Bing To Sell Cheaper Devices

The_Revelation Whats changed? (124 comments)

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?

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

The_Revelation Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (702 comments)

I'm putting in a vote for the LaserJet 1000 as well. HP really knew how to make virtually maintenance free printers.

about 9 months ago

Facebook To Pay City $200K-a-Year For a Neighborhood Cop

The_Revelation The future is now (235 comments)

"FaceCop! Nobody move or there will be.... trouble"

about a year ago

Privacy Lawsuits Over NSA Spying Force Retention of Metadata

The_Revelation Sounds like an excuse... (59 comments)

.. to lobby more 'infrastructure' grants from the government. All that data doesn't keep itself on-line.

about a year ago

This Isn't the First Time Microsoft's Been Accused of Bing Censorship

The_Revelation wait a minute.... (56 comments)

How is it that Microsoft has the technical know how to sanitize chinese searches, yet not sanitize the english ones of blatant porn?

about a year ago

PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

The_Revelation Re:So this is the way it ends (564 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

The_Revelation Re:I was in a similar role (383 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Stephen Elop Would Pull a Nokia On Microsoft

The_Revelation Microsoft's relationship with XBOX confuses me (292 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Amazon Gets Blow-Back Over Plan To Sell Kindles At Small Bookshops

The_Revelation Ye Olde Bookseller in the 21st Century! (176 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Your Digital Life Will Only Get More Crowded... If You Let It

The_Revelation Re:bulls!@$ (53 comments)

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.

about a year ago

What Apple Does and Doesn't Know About You

The_Revelation That doesn't make sense in the context of Apple (214 comments)

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

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Tools For Managing Multiple Serial Console Servers?

The_Revelation Re:How about SourceForge? (104 comments)

HEY! HEY! We want flexible tools, not a bunch of malware! Consider hosting your own FTP?

about a year ago

GIMP, Citing Ad Policies, Moves to FTP Rather Than SourceForge Downloads

The_Revelation Re:Good (336 comments)

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!

about a year ago

Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

The_Revelation As someone who was a 15 year old boy... (726 comments)

... 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?

about a year ago

Myst Was Supposed To Change the Face of Gaming. What Is Its Legacy?

The_Revelation I think you've got your games a bit mixed up (374 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Auction Houses To Be Removed From Diablo III

The_Revelation Sound move. (219 comments)

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.

about a year ago



The end of Slashdot?

The_Revelation The_Revelation writes  |  more than 2 years ago

The_Revelation writes "Hi everyone! As a Slashdot user for over what seems like 10 years, I'd like to start by admitting how much I love this place! Unfortunately, over time we have witnessed the disintegration of our once loved news resource. The first time I ever had to contact Slashdot was about 2 years ago when everything went through this Digg V4 style browsing change, which did not work with Chrome. I sent a nice letter to CmdrTaco, and he replied with something to the affect of 'try Internet Explorer, not my problem'. That was okay tho, cos I still love this site, even if I choose not to endorse MS products the way he did for the sake of site compatibility. But I think we all know the familiar ring of the bell when you try to send some basic site feedback and the address is "mailto:feedback at this domain". Unless the Internet has changed in the past 10 years, that doesn't look like a valid email address, and for a site that proclaims to be 'news for nerds', that would never fly unless there were simply no interest taken in the site. Goodnight sweet prince."
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