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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

bogaboga Here's what troubles me about Apple and the media (266 comments)

When it comes to Apple, the media trumps it as 'the most innovative" tech company. No body adds the fact that the "innovation" is built on the backs of others.

5 days ago

In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

bogaboga Re:Journalists usually have a hidden agenda... (156 comments)

And there's your difference. Kosovo carved *itself* out of Yugoslavia. *Russia* carved the Crimea out of Ukraine.

No! You lie! The Crimean people [democratically] voted to join Russia.
Want a link? Here you go.

about three weeks ago

In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

bogaboga Journalists usually have a hidden agenda... (156 comments)

...for evidence of this, just look at how the recent Crimea issue has been handled.

No one raised a finger when Kosovo was carving itself out of Yugoslavia. No body is asking the tough questions. No body from the big media houses sees the USA's double standards...

about three weeks ago

AMD Develops New Linux Open-Source Driver Model

bogaboga Does AMD still matter? (142 comments)

Ever since I read this article, I have been taking a closer look at AMD. What I find is that this is a company in trouble. When I visit computer shops, I do not see anything equivelent to AMD Inside!

Question is: Does AMD still matter?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

bogaboga It's not difficult to prove at all (379 comments)

There are certainly older programmers who can produce much better software at faster rates than their younger counterparts, but it is difficult to prove and requires the employer to take a greater risk in hiring you.

It isn't difficult at all. At my company, an "older programmer" solved a bug in code written by a younger fella by introducing a function that we all never knew about. This fella refactored code, cleaned up the mess we had in our AIX/DB2 system and saved my company lots of cash by single handedly writing code that verified that our data migration to PostgreSQL from the mentioned DB2 system was worthwhile.

Specifically, he wrote code that printed cheques the way we wanted (Numbers to words), in about 1/4 of the lines of code we had. All this by employing functions we never knew existed. Nothing can beat knowledge/experience. Nothing!

about a month ago

U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

bogaboga The USA isn't synonymous with efficiency (279 comments)

a move likely to please international critics but alarm some business leaders and others who rely on smooth functioning of the Web.

So, because something isn't US led, it becomes inefficient? Give me a break...Or are you kidding me?

about a month ago

Google Poised To Settle EU Anti-Trust Probe

bogaboga What will Marissa Meyer think of this? (55 comments)

I wonder what that Yahoo boss thinks of Google, now that she's out of there.

One thing I can guarantee: This [settlement] won't be enough for Microsoft and its ilk.

about 3 months ago

Examining the User-Reported Issues With Upgrading From GCC 4.7 To 4.8

bogaboga Flawed logic? (148 comments)

Does this mean 4.8 is flawed, or that you shouldn't use it? 'Not at all,' he concluded. 'You can certainly use 4.8,' provided you keep in mind the occasional bug in the system."

It reminds me of the [in]famous Windows 9x BSOD whenever I wanted to print some particular Word document. If I wanted it to print without throwing the BSOD, all I had to do was to remove the leading space at the begining of the header. The same document prints fine in Windows XP.

With this kind of logic, it just doesn't make sense!

about 3 months ago

Target Credit Card Data Was Sent To a Server In Russia

bogaboga It could have been worse... (137 comments)

If the attackers had left a script behind to effectively re-partition or even reformat the compromised servers' hard-drives.

But what troubles me the most is the common American citizen's perception that we (as Americans), lie at the epitome of technology that works; after all, we have the "biggest and greatest" technology companies, right?

about 3 months ago

Silicon Valley Workers May Pursue Salary-Fixing Lawsuit

bogaboga Do they have hard proof evidence...? (130 comments)

...Or do they simply have circumstantial evidence? For, if the companies got into a pact via a "gentleman's agreement" - an agreement not written down on paper and not recorded in speech anywhere, potential employees will have a tough time proving their case.

Disclaimer: I support Google, Apple and their ilk.

about 3 months ago

James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech

bogaboga That James Gosling fella is of no consequence... (223 comments)

While I applaud James for his contribution to Java, I am afraid he's of no consequence to its direction now.

It would have been better if he proposed some kind of direction Oracle should have taken with Java.

about 3 months ago

Daily Pot Use Tied To Age of First Psychotic Episode

bogaboga Worthless and inconclusive research, I'm afraid... (382 comments)

And this is because this research doesn't answer the following question:

Can we be sure that even though psychosis manifested itself earlier in the subject population, it (psychosis), still maifested itself later in this particular group?

In otherwords, can we be sure that pot use in this specific group didn't delay psychosis even though on average, psychosis came earlier as compared to the other group?

I know of folks who use pot daily. They are now in their late 90s. One could argue that pot is responsible for their delayed psychosis if at all, no?

about 3 months ago

Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

bogaboga Not true! (384 comments)

Sites like YouTube and the Huffington Post are leading the charge, requiring users to log in via Google+ and Facebook respectively in order to establish a real-world identity.

I still maintain my fake but according to facebook and Google+, "true identities" of myself. And guess what; it was very easy to get it set up.

about 4 months ago

Apple Fined In Taiwan For iPhone Price Fixing

bogaboga "Nice", you say? (74 comments)

If I were Apple, it would be business as usual as the fine can be recouped in just 20 minutes of worldwide operations. In fact, I'd be laughing all the way to the bank as I'd simply ask our field offices to add a few cents to the cost of devices.

This is surely some joke or useless gimmick.

about 4 months ago

Snowden Gives Alternative Christmas Message On Channel 4

bogaboga Now if the shoe was on the other foot... (224 comments)

Just think about it for a sec...

If an Iranian or Russian version of Snowden had defected to the [mighty] USA, we would be trumpeting our "superior" system and way-of-life as compared to "those other nations."

We would be saying we're glad to be living here where ther's the "rule of law" yada yada yada...

But because he was one of us, our government is instead labeling him as a traitor. Sadly, a good number of Americans don't see the hipocrisy!!

about 4 months ago

Run Netflix On OpenSUSE

bogaboga What a contradictory, fallacious statement!! (128 comments)

One of the reasons could be that Netflix still uses Microsoft's Silverlight which is not supported on Linux. (emphasis mine)

You would think this alone is the reason, but wait...there's more: -

However Linux users have managed to get it to work on their distros.

So, the same Linux that isn't supported can have Netflix run after all!!

Now openSUSE users can also run Netflix using Pipelight."

Ohh my mistake! This is Slashdot, right?

about 4 months ago

Obamacare and Middle-Wheel-Wheelbarrows

bogaboga Why not call it its actual name? (199 comments)

"The Obamacare sign-up site was a classic example of managers saying 'not invented here' and doing everything wrong, as described in Poul-Henning Kamp's Center Wheel for Success, at ACM Queue."

I mean, you folks at Slashdot should have called it the Affordable Care Act website then reminded us that it's also known as Obamacare. But to call it what it isn't in the first sentence of introduction is [very] unfortunate!

Disclaimer: I am neiter Democrat nor Republican.

about 4 months ago

Verizon and AT&T Join the 'Transparency Report' Club

bogaboga They can release the info if they really want (37 comments)

However, telecom and tech firms are still barred from releasing data on national security requests from the FBI and U.S. intelligence services."

How about "leaking it" Snowden style via some "contractor?" Heck, if it hapned to the NSA, it can surely happen to some big corporation. No?

about 4 months ago



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

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  about 9 months ago

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?"

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?"

Link to Original Source

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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