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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

bogaboga Re:Nothing really new (100 comments)

What's the big deal?

Hundreds of millions of potential customers will have this technology on Apple's [single] platform. Keyword: "Single."

Now don't talk of Android because we know it's all fragmented.

Blackberry? Well, this is of no consequence.

Microsoft? It still doesn't matter.

Who else? Got your answer: Anyone cares about this? I doubt.

Mobile payment exists since the late 1990s.

Yes, but Apple's gonna finally do it "right."

6 hours ago
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UPS: We've Been Hacked

bogaboga And this is a surprise? (62 comments)

I am not surprised at all. Windows XP support ended long ago but still extensively used in the US government?

But guess what; we still take ourselves as the epitome of what/how technology should look like.

about two weeks ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

bogaboga No wonder Americans are in trouble, financially (142 comments)

Meanwhile, interest charges add up on the money borrowed to finance construction. A single day of delay in Georgia could cost $2 million, according to an analysis by utility regulators.

This help explain why a good 35% of adult Americans' debt is in collections.

But then, we go ahead and brag about how good a standard of living we enjoy as compared to those other world citizens, conveniently refusing to mention that most of that standard of living is financed by borrowed cash!

about two weeks ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

bogaboga Then they preach to the world about capitalism (306 comments)

While the precise rules vary from state to state, one explanation is the same: opposition from utilities grown nervous by the rapid encroachment of solar firms on their business.

What troubles me is the fact that even while all this is going on, the US government preaches to the world about capitalism and free enterprise. What hypocrisy!

One definition of free enterprise that the US government conveniently chooses to ignore:

Business governed by the laws of supply and demand, not restrained by government interference, regulation or subsidy, also called free market.

about three weeks ago
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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

bogaboga Re:Peanuts (137 comments)

I will have to agree with you, 100%. To make matters even worse, when one compares [recent] Asian/African immigrant kids who enroll in the school system, kids who usually experience high-tech for the very first time in school; these kids perform way better than any of our own "technology exposed" pupils!

They learn to handle this tech pretty fast too. This has left me with one conclusion: The old fashioned blackboard and a degree of discipline plus drive are what our kids need. Not fancy gadgets whose purchase makes corporations financially richer while giving those who donate free advertising.

about three weeks ago
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Google Sells Maine Barge For Scrap

bogaboga Why is this news? Seriously? (79 comments)

May some more informed Slashdoter advise me on why exactly, Google's selling of a bunch of shipping containers is news worth Slashdot's attention?

I will be most grateful.

about a month ago
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The Great Taxi Upheaval

bogaboga Predictability?...Well... (218 comments)

That system may be a pain to deal with, but in its defense, it provided predictability and security.

Well, I agree about that predictability in the fact that in New York, black patrons would hardly be able to [successfully] hail a taxi after 8 PM. I am sure our black friends are happy about the change in the taxi business that's well underway.

about a month ago
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NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload

bogaboga Why do we do these things? (109 comments)

I am not saying there's no advantage to space exploration, but I simply wonder why we continue to do these things yet we have a very big [budget] deficit. Why?

Apart from knowledge of how space works, what has the ordinary American gained from the billions spent on the space program? Can anyone point me to any tangible or intangible goods resulting from space exploration?

about a month ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

bogaboga Gestapo like? I am afraid to admit...[Yes] (217 comments)

My own PNRs include not just every mailing address, e-mail, and phone number I've ever used; some of them also contain: The IP address that I used to buy the ticket, my credit card number (in full), the language I used, and notes on my phone calls to airlines, even for something as minor as a seat change.

Someone tell me there's a difference on this issue...Just this issue please.

about a month and a half ago
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Committee Formed To Scrutinize Australia's Web Censorship Law

bogaboga Can we please emphasize another angle? (24 comments)

Let's not forget that activities like these are happening in the West. If on the other hand, they were happening elsewhere, you'd hear hypocritical governments including Australia's, "standing up" for this very "basic right."

I am waiting for The USA's official response...Oh wait...they've done exactly that in the past.

about a month and a half ago
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Lyft's New York Launch Halted By Restraining Order

bogaboga Why are the number of cabs [artificially] limited? (92 comments)

If the USA is the bastion of freedom, capitalism and independence, why are cab licenses limited by city bureaucrats? Why not let everyone who qualifies swim in the taxicab business leaving those who cannot stand the waters perish? I just don't get it!

about 1 month ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

bogaboga There's something Germany can do right away... (219 comments)

The Obama administration and that of George W. Bush both resisted such entreaties, in part because many U.S. intelligence officials believe that there are too many areas where German and U.S. security interests diverge."

How about getting rid of that United States base in Germany? A move like this would be in the right direction.

Did I mention that Slashdot should at least try getting world leaders' name spellings correct? Anyone also sees this unfortunate Merkl spelling in the introductory piece>?

about 2 months ago
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FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

bogaboga Re:20 years old? That doesn't solve my problem... (133 comments)

One User-agent switcher worked on one site! Thanks a lot but on another one, the message I get is this:

To access this site your Internet Explorer parser must be MSXML 3.0 or greater. Please use Internet Explorer version 6.0 (and higher) or download the correct parser version in order to properly view the web pages located within. Current parser is not MSXML 3.0 or greater.

Thanks!

about 2 months ago
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FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

bogaboga 20 years old? That doesn't solve my problem... (133 comments)

Look, that OS might be that old but this doesn't solve my problem. I need something to help me "fool" systems that throw messages like this: -

You must be using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or better in order to use Iatric Pay View.

To make matters worse, my computing platform of choice is now Google's Chromebook. I am sure there's a geeky slashdotter who can help, right?

about 2 months ago
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US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

bogaboga Are they safe there? (108 comments)

I mean, Wikipedia is editable by anyone.

This makes its content prone to manipulation as some folks may choose to intentionally mask the truth...

Or conflate ideas...

Or confuse facts...

Or obnubilate issues...

Or bedevil matters...

Or stupify knowledge...

Or mix-up the obvious...

Should I go on?

about 2 months ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

bogaboga Wait for tha Apple zealots... (198 comments)

...they'll say something to the effect:

"I don't care, Retina Display is better."

about 2 months ago
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Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

bogaboga What a name! (128 comments)

First reactions are generally positive. Theo de Raadt comments, "Choice is good!!."

The name "BoringSSL."

I am finding extreme difficulty in liking this name choice. What was Google thinking? Am I alone?

about 2 months ago
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The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

bogaboga Best system in the world!! (263 comments)

I understand the sentiment but at the same time, won't be surprised if the judges, like most Americans I've met, believe the USA has the best of everything mankind can think of.

about 2 months ago
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A Different Kind of Linux Smartphone: Samsung To Sell Tizen-Based Model Z

bogaboga I cooled off on Samsung... (105 comments)

I used to like Samsung and its Android phone products. In fact, I owned the galaxy series S, S2 and S3. I skipped the S4 and really didn't see the point of the S5. These phones in my opinion, were just overpriced! I am now looking at getting the One Plus One.

about 3 months ago

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Here's why PBS, the most trusted American public institution, won't do Android

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  1 year,29 days

bogaboga (793279) writes "You might be wondering why this American institution PBS, doesn't have a compelling Android footprint. I was wondering too; until they provided the answer. I have read their missive and I am left wondering whether they didin't find support for various screen sizes on Android developer website. Are their concerns legit? What company has developed Android applications that are a beauty to work with on various screen sizes? How can we debunk this stereotype about Android?"
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Wikipedia's "Please Donate" requests irk m

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bogaboga (793279) writes "Wikipedia's regular requests for donations are stirring up controversy in some quarters. From a former employee to ordinary users.

Ars technica has a writeup on this issue. In standing up for the status-quo, Jimmy Wales, the founder, puts up some defense saying in part "...Wikimedia Foundation has a relatively small staff (23 members) and all its content is free. Donations help the organization cover the increasing cost of bandwidth and help improve the site's software..." In the same piece, it's reported that Wikipedia's own volunteer administrators and editors have had a strong negative reaction to the donation banners since they do all the work for free already, and wonder what is up with its increasing budget.

Question is: What's your take on all this? How can Wikipedia survive?"

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Microsoft's pay-as-you-go computing business model

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bogaboga (793279) writes "CNET reports that a U.S. patent application number 20080319910, published on Christmas Day, by Microsoft details the software giant's vision of a situation where a "standard model" of PC is given away or heavily subsidized by someone in the supply chain.

The end user then pays to use the computer, with charges based on both the length of usage time and the performance levels utilized, along with a "one-time charge."

Microsoft notes in the application, that the end user could end up paying more for the computer, compared with the one-off cost entailed in the existing PC business model, but argues the user would benefit by having a PC with an extended "useful life."

Here is my take: I wonder what EULA would come with this, but can certainly say that I will not bite because I always leave my PCs on and I am not a fan of ongoing scheduled payments to companies."

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A first look at Internet Explorer RC1

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bogaboga (793279) writes "TG Daily reports that Microsoft quietly released the first update to its IE8 beta 2 to its closest partners last week. This new version only scores a dismal 12/100 on the Acid 3 test, though the score improves significantly if one leaves the [browser] window open for at least a minute. It is marked as "Release Candidate 1". What do Slashdotters think about this release?"
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Will a Solid State Drive notebook as a server do?

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bogaboga (793279) writes "I am intimately involved in setting up a Debian based email system in a remote area where we'll be using solar energy to power our computers. When I took on the position of System Administrator, the blue print had been for a traditional Debian based "white box" as a server. With the advantages of flash based Solid State Drives (SSDs), I am inclined to replace the white box server with this type of notebook. I have read over the internet that these notebooks are more versatile and have between 25% to 30% better performance over hard drive based systems in various tests. Needless to say, if adopted, we will save on space, power, and have the advantage of a less noisy environment. I have also seen a video that appears to support these claims.

I'd like to know from slashdotters whether anyone has worked with such a system and whether it would be able to handle the workload involving receiving about 450 emails and sending about 200 on a daily basis. It will be doing some basic file storage as a samba server too. I have not yet selected which notebook to use and would very much appreciate some advice on this issue as well."

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