Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area
This is on the heels of the City Council in Lexington, KY voting recently to oppose the Comcast/Time Warner merger.
Story on Ars: http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/10/kentucky-city-threatens-to-block-comcasttime-warner-cable-merger/
Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?
Perhaps there is a way to find ideas for this on the interwebs?
Ah yes! https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=information+technology+conference
Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?
Is stupidity common? Yes. Yes it is.
In my experience, the stupid people tend to get fired eventually. But the mess they leave behind can be tremendous.
Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?
My point is not that you should never automate things. Rather, when you automate things, you should make sure your managers know (1) that you were smart enough to improve processes and are therefore valuable to future projects and (2) that the things you automate could one day break (process changes, etc.).
At very least, the poster should be able to articulate a better reason for automation than "I wanted to sleep in".
Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?
By proving that your job can be largely automated, you are eroding the reasons to keep you employed.
Sure, we all know it's a bad idea to set things on autopilot because eventually something will break badly. But do your managers know that?
Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China
Limiting the supply will just push up the black market price. Oculus just gave a boon to the first-mover scalpers.
Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion
The markup in Beats puts iHome to shame.
Beats takes analog audio hardware that hasn't changed since the 70s, sprinkles fairy design dust on it, and sells it for big money. What better model for Apple's transistor & software business?
FCC Chairman Will Reportedly Revise Broadband Proposal
The design of TCP is such that the way you throttle a connection is to drop packets. Therefore, isn't throttling just a measured block?
Ask Team Trying To Return 36-Year-Old Spacecraft From Space About Their Project
Other than the sentimentality, what are the real benefit of bringing ISEE-3 home? If the benefit is the data, what is the evidence that the "data that ISEE-3 could generate would have real value"? If the benefit is educational, which institutions have committed to taking part?
Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found
...US tech firms blame Snowden for failing confidence in the safety of using US tech companies: The 'Snowden Effect' Is Crushing US Tech Firms In China
Pot, meet Kettle.
Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket
Bullshit. This wasn't a business decision about improving service. This was extortion. Comcast got all the upside (gained revenue from Netflix, plus reduced peering traffic) and Netflix almost broke even (loses payments to Comcast, saves on hosting costs elsewhere).
Customers pay Comcast to be connected to the internet at a given speed. They deserve to get the speed they pay for, regardless of where the traffic comes from.
Justice Department Slaps IBM Over H-1B Hiring Practices
What we need is IT unions IN OTHER COUNTRIES.
It would raise prices abroad, and narrow the disparity in standard of living (thereby eroding one of the main reasons H1B applicants want to come to the US).
The last time I used a dial-up modem was...
Satellite brings broadband everywhere.
Big Jump For Tablet Storage: Seagate Intros 5mm Hard Disk For Tablets
History teaches that hard drive manufacturers are rarely concerned with reliability.
Losing the War Data For Iraq and Afghanistan
I hear those guys have a copy of everything.
Google Replaces AT&T At Starbucks
Google demonstrates ability to rapidly expand their carrier services nationwide through partnering with established carriers. Passersby injured from falling bricks shat from oligolpolistic ISPs atop their high horses.
Majority of Americans Say NSA Phone Tracking Is OK To Fight Terrorism
The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted June 6-9, 2013, among a national sample of 1,004 adults 18 years of age or older living in the continental United States (501 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 503 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 247 who had no landline telephone).
Is it really reasonable to survey the public's opinion of telephone spying via telephone?
PayPal Denies Teen Reward For Finding Bug
If Paypal won't pay the kid for bugs in its system, I bet someone else will.
Rise of the Online Code Schools
I think the fact that so many good programmers are self-taught highlights how coding is a poor fit for the pen-and-paper of traditional academia.
If these online schools get talented coders past HR - and save mileage and minutes in the process - how is this not a good thing?
Think Tank's Website Rejects Browser Do-Not-Track Requests
It's ironic that Ghostery identifies 6 trackers on this very Slashdot page.
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