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True Size of the Shadow Banking System Revealed (Spoiler: Humongous) Re:BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA (387 comments)

Try setting up a bank yourself! It is extremely closely regulated and monitored; just not in our interests.

1 year,3 days

MI5 Hiring Industrial Espionage IT Support Staff MI5 is Domestic (38 comments)

Apart from the reading fail of the submitter/editor. MI5 is the domestic agency; they spy on us, not on foreign businesses.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Store Data In Hard Copy? Encryption (329 comments)

The are encryption systems that you can do mentally. To stand up to a full attack by the NSA they may get a bit laborious (tbh, simply memorising the data is probably easier), but if you simply want to make it unprofitable to crack you can probably use

about a year ago

NASA Mulling Joint Lunar Missions With Commercial Enterprises Re:Uh, JPL (59 comments)

We will be trading one deep gravity well for two.

Fairly basic engineering that the shouldn't be a single point of failure for all known life in the universe.

about a year ago

In Praise of Hackerspaces Re: Aren't these just workshops? (68 comments)

So because you can afford a well equipped shop and already know how to use the tools other people shouldn't try and find ways to share the costs and help each other lean the skills?

about a year ago

World's First Tizen Tablet high end? (74 comments)

They are very average specs for a branded Android tablet.

Still good to have more choice though.

about a year ago

Solar-Powered Boat Carries 8.5 Tons of Lithium-Ion Batteries Green? (164 comments)

Quite a few boats have circled the globe with much greener propulsion.

about a year ago

Google Respins Its Hiring Process For World Class Employees Odd (305 comments)

If GPAs are not an indicator but Google thought they where then their sample should show a negative correlation. i.e. people who were hired with low GPAs against the policy must have had something going for them?

about a year ago

Google Aims To Cull Child Porn By Algorithm, Not Human Review Re:I hope they really mean child (306 comments)

As usually by the time it made it to the Slashdot headline it was completely miss-reported. They are working on a DB to share hashes of known images. This only prevents them having to review the image on each new URL, someone still has to have seen the image and added it to the DB (to be honest they had better be conforming these flags at least sometimes so that's two people etc.etc.)

about a year ago

Apple Updates MacBooks and Mac Pro Desktop With Haswell, "Unified Thermal Core" Links (464 comments)

If we are going to have a slashvert, lets at least link to the product page.

about a year ago

Google To Buy Waze For $1.3 Billion Apple (153 comments)

I can only see this as a move to head off Apple (but why Apple didn't by them a year ago ...)

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do When Another Dev Steals Your Work and Adds Their Name? Reference (480 comments)

It is much more valuable (and more common at least in the UK) to include references. Simple letters from your past clients/employees covering what you did for them and how happy they were.

Without some ideal of the the goals, budget, time-scales, support, and in IT critically when the work was completed it is impossible to judge its quality.

about a year ago

Intelligence Director Claims NSA Surveillance Reports Inaccurate Confilicted (262 comments)

Google/Facebook/Microsoft boast that they track your browsing, read your communication, and sell that data to advertisers. Why would you expect them refuse to share the data with a legitimate government? I am not even sure if I would even want them to refuse.

Your security and your privacy are your responsibility. Strong encryption and onion routing gave a technical solution long ago; we just need society to decide if it values privacy.

about a year ago

Sony Touts 25 Hour Battery Life For Haswell-Equipped Vaio Pro Re:Too stupid to weed out marketing spam /.? (154 comments)

It is not per-cell (at that weight it would be a much more notable breakthrough if it was).
So assuming the screen, backlight, memory, and SSD use no power at all. Then you can use 15% of your CPU/GPU for 14 hours - yay marketing!
In fact the USB 3 charging port alone would drain the main and external batteries in 9 hours with the laptop in full sleep.

about a year ago

BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix? Re:Too meticulous? (487 comments)

All times mentioned in BBC articles (unless clearly stated) are in British local time, therefore this is the most useful clock for them to display.
Few non-British people are going to want to set there clock by the BBC; however many people read a new story that 'XYZ happened this morning', and it would be very useful to see how long ago that was.

about a year ago

BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix? Re:LMGTFY (487 comments)

Given that the vast majority of computers already display their time on the screen; it is reasonable to assume the only the purpose of an additional clock on the BBC website is to validate its accuracy.
n.b. a large proportion of the population grew up setting their watches to the BBC's pips, it is also natural to consider them an authority on the subject.

about a year ago

Can Microsoft Survive If Windows Doesn't Dominate? Re:Yes they can (497 comments)

If by workplace you mean 'Office' then they certainly will have a stronghold for many years. For the majority of the worlds population who don't work at a desk, desktops (even laptops require sitting down) seem unlikely to remain the best solution.
Gaming has a long history of toppling people with larger majority shares then Microsoft. The best way to think about the Xbox One that it currently has 0% market share, Microsoft have a lot of money and experience to change that, but so do other companies.

about a year ago


top writes  |  more than 7 years ago (660144) writes "Microsoft's business plan is to double the number of Windows users by 2015. What is stopping Linux winning these new users instead and breaking Microsoft's monopoly?

Most of these users will be from markets where Microsoft's current monopoly is easier to overcome, and have a large incentive to keep there money in the local economy rather then flowing out to a US firm. The growing tend for copyright protectionism is making even pirate copies of Windows less attractive.

Surely Linux evangelists could do more could here then fighting on Microsoft's home ground."

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