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Chevron Gives Residents Near Fracking Explosion Free Pizza

barista Re:Explosion-free pizza! (2 comments)

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought this.

about 7 months ago

Alternatives to Slashdot post beta?

barista Re:El Reg (8 comments)

umm... The Register

Need to get my glasses checked... and remember to preview before submitting.

about 8 months ago

Alternatives to Slashdot post beta?

barista El Reg (8 comments)

I probably visit The Register more often than Slashdot nowadays.

about 8 months ago

CowboyNeal Locked In Basement For Opposing Slashdot Beta

barista Re:AltSlashdot is coming (23 comments)

Doing a new site like the Slashdot we remember would be great. However, I think if you have Slashdot in the name, you'll be asking for legal trouble. Slashdot is a trademark, and my guess is Dice has lawyers who would send cease-and-desist letters and/or file a trademark infringement suit.

It's a good idea, but you should call it something else. There are probably enough things that imply Slashdot to those in the know, but don't infringe the trademark (e.g. CowboyNeal Fan Club, OMGPonies, etc.)

I might be willing to help with editing submissions.

about 8 months ago

How much of your media do you store locally?

barista Re:Exactly (187 comments)

if anything goes wrong with the connection, like the remote end has problems, the backup never happens and you are at the mercy of the cloud provider to fix it.

So either they fix it, or you fire them.

Suppose a clueless construction worker digs severs the network cables a block away from your house/business. A lot of things can go wrong with a network connection that aren't the fault of the cloud provider. Unless you live next door to a datacenter, bandwidth and network reliability are things to consider.

about 9 months ago

Leak: Almost a Third of Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatches Are Being Returned

barista Re:Maybe (365 comments)

The question is will it be valuable like an Apple I, or just a curiosity like a PalmPilot or a CueCat? Selling an original Apple I will pay for a lot of retirement. Selling a CueCat won't.

about a year ago

NSA is Collecting Lots of Spam.

barista Spamanography (1 comments)

IMHO, spam, as a form of steganography, would be an ideal place to hide a secret message because most people would dismiss it as spam.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

barista Re:Linux Mint anyone? (631 comments)

Todays laptops are very genererous in width, but not so generous in height, so wasting height with a taskbar doesn't make sense if it can live on the side.

Except it's more useful to me if it's at the bottom. If it takes up too much space, make it resizable, like the Dock in OS X.

1 year,6 days

Comments About Comments

barista Re:The more moderated, the less honest (276 comments)

How is moderation by site-users more honest than moderation by site-operators? You get biases either way.

Slashdot's system only lets users mod a comment one point at a time, they can't mod a comment higher than 5, they can't use all their mod point on one comment, they can't mod their own comments, and enough people are given mod points at any one time that the biases should reflect those of the users.

You can also read the FAQ.

1 year,8 days

John McAfee Triggers the Ultimate False Positive

barista Re:Free Press (47 comments)

Looking at most free press outlets these days, it seems like raving lunatics are a growing industry. So he'll probably be given a TV show, or something.

1 year,21 days

Survey: Most IT Staff Don't Communicate Security Risks

barista Spoon fed (227 comments)

I send out security risk info to our employees every so often, but not all the time.

Send them out too often, and you risk being ignored. Send them out infrequently, and people say they weren't warned. Once a month seems to do the trick where I work. Management actually encourages this since it keeps people aware without becoming annoying.

1 year,25 days

PDP-11 Still Working In Nuclear Plants - For 37 More Years

barista DEC (336 comments)

Nice to see the Digital logo get used again. While the PDP predates my experiences, several family members worked for DEC during the 80s. I assume Ken Olsen is laughing in his grave at HP's boardroom misfortunes of the past several years.

about a year ago

Researchers Discover Another Layer To the Cornea

barista Re:Wow.. but.. (74 comments)

It might be useful in developing new procedures or improving current ones, but it will take time. The new information isn't going to change anything drastically in the short term.

about a year ago

Ask Personal Audio's James Logan About Patents, Playlists, and Podcasts

barista Using your patents? (99 comments)

Aside from litigation, how is your company using the patents in question?

One definition of a patent troll is someone who uses patents solely for licensing and litigation.

about a year ago

Time Warner Cable Patents Method For Disabling Fast-Forward Function On DVRs

barista Re:That's not what 'digital' is for... (298 comments)

My mother and an uncle did, so that's close enough I guess. I still prefer the original blue digital logo, FWIW.

more than 2 years ago

Apple and Samsung Agree To Settlement Talks

barista The dead (97 comments)

Return of the King aside, the dead usually don't put up much of a fight.

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

barista Copyright (2254 comments)

I like how it is now © 201 (look at the bottom right corner of the page). Maybe it's some sort of fancy-schmancy UNIX time variant.

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Should...

barista Re:Can I pick two options? (469 comments)

I think drama has more to do with the media than the government. News media give plenty attention to Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, royal weddings, etc. As long as an attention whore speaks clearly and is willing to argue some point in front of a camera, it doesn't matter if it's Julian Assange, Sarah Palin, or anyone else. The government doesn't enter into it.

Money is driven by ratings. Ratings are driven by drama.

more than 3 years ago


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