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Indian Mars Mission Beams Back First Photographs

bogaboga Proud of India... (112 comments)

...and let the USA know that there's another country that can do technologically advanced stuff at much less cost and fanfare.

To the Indian government though, I suggest the next project be here on planet earth:

That is, to make public toilets as easily available as every other space power.

4 days ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

bogaboga Aggression in practice, right? (474 comments)

Can someone convince me that in the absence of a specific invitation by the legitimate Syrian government, which is the case this time, this [US] action cannot be defined as aggression?

about a week ago
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Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

bogaboga What a question? (121 comments)

Is owning a share of, say, Apple, conceptually the same as owning a share of Alibaba?

How can this be the case? In a few instances: -

If one is looking for return on investment, then it's probably the same.

If on the other hand, one is looking for an avenue to influence company direction, owning shares in Alibaba and startng this effort is almost a guaranteed exercise in frustration, for Alibaba is a company with capitalist "genes" which have a tinge of socialist, heavy-handed characteristics.

I should add that this isn't bad at all.

about two weeks ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

bogaboga Yes and yes... (261 comments)

The answer may lie in the fact that the 16GB iPhone is, and has been, by far the best selling model.

Therein lies the answer. It's always about the money. Period.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

bogaboga What? It's only a matter of time... (504 comments)

"So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8."

Let Apple relax for it's a matter of time. As any software developer knows, software will [always] have bugs. Apple's software is no different.

about two weeks ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

bogaboga Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (155 comments)

... if Ford or Toyota had franchised dealerships- they would have to get rid of them first in order to sell direct.

Why then is it that there are no manufacturers who sell directly to customers? Or, put it another way, why do all manufactures have dealerships?

about two weeks ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

bogaboga Sounds "third-world" like... (124 comments)

...she had pressured staffers to hire the live-in boyfriend of an immediate family member over other, better-qualified applicants. When he finished 75th out of 76 applicants in the final round of screening, Cohn "intervened and created an additional position specifically for the applicant...

Can someone now say this is any different compared to what happens in those "third-world" countries? Seriously!!

Now I believe the mantra, "It's who you know..."..."not how much you know or anything else..."

about two weeks ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

bogaboga Re:I can explain the failure[s] (182 comments)

I agree the effort could be improved, but you can't call it poor.

Let's agree that "poor" or otherwise, is subjective.

Now, let me say that I am a product of an educational system that many in the west despised when I came over. Guess what! I beat all of my classmates in their own mother tongue (English) and mathematics. In fact, I used to call it "chicken feed."

I still do some teaching now, but in all my classes, students from Asian and African education systems beat my native born Americans. This has been the case ALL the time.

One grammatical error I always hear goes as follows: "I would have went there..." Another one, "I have already ate..." I am no expert but this doesn't sound right. Or does it?

In my fiance's Journalism Class, three quarters of the students failed the English qualifying test administered in their own mother tongue! Reason: Poor English. Half the other quarter were from poor countries. I must say they changed courses later on as word spread that employment opportunities weren't that great.

about two weeks ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

bogaboga I can explain the failure[s] (182 comments)

Well I have a theory. I has help up in all circumstances I have observed over the few decades I have spent as a tax paying citizen.

When things are free, expected outcomes, which would generally benefit subject populations never materialize..."

I have a few examples:

1: Collapse of the Canadian cod fishery industry

2: The extreme stress experienced by the so called "socialist" medical care system wherever it can be found. Result will be failure inevitably.

3: The obvious poor quality elementary and post elementary pupils western countries produce compared to kids from the Asian subcontinent where monies paid by hard-working parents, or even students themselves.

4: Hunger in some so called underdeveloped countries where starvation is obvious in the midst of lush green vegetation.

about two weeks ago
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Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

bogaboga Re:Bribe / Donation same thing. (110 comments)

Then we blame the so called "third world" when they "learn" this kind of behavior from us. Remember, we always have the "moral high ground."

about two weeks ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

bogaboga Re:Google should win this if they went to court... (290 comments)

Communication is two way. Monologue is one way.

No! Communication *can* be two or one way. It is two way in this case.

...you'll receive an automatic reply informing you that Google will not respond to or even read your message, due to the large number of emails received at that address...

Right?

about two weeks ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

bogaboga Google should win this if they went to court... (290 comments)

...based on a German law saying that companies must provide a means for customers to communicate with them.

Google can argue that they've met the requirements of the law by providing a means for customers to communicate. No where in the law does it require Google to respond.

Since Germany is a democracy, they should change the law to achieve what the state really wants from entities like Google.

about two weeks ago
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Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

bogaboga Why not all apps at once? (133 comments)

Google launched "App Runtime for Chrome (Beta)" which allows Android apps to run on Chrome OS without the need for porting. At the moment, only Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words, and Vine are available on the platform with the rest of the Play Store's offerings to come later.

I wonder why all apps aren't available at once. I understand this App Runtime for Chrome akin to the Java RunTime, which when installed, would have all Java applications available. What am I [mis]understanding?

about three weeks ago
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China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

bogaboga Yeah, right! (100 comments)

China insists that its space program is for peaceful purposes...

...with military characteristics...[or at least relevance].

about three weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

bogaboga Re:Can we have a [credible] MS Access equivalent? (185 comments)

Look, I am not saying that MS Access is all that great. All I am saying is that it does its job well; if an appropriate job is thrown at it. I will give you an example: My current project is to develop something that simply matches what vial type to use for a specific test plus costs involved depending on urgency/volume/customer type etc. There are thousands of metrics to be tested and some of them share vials. Basically, it is just a front end to read data off a union query.

Guess what: All logic was programmed on the form. From what entries to accept, what format of data e.g. SSN and zip codes, what options/buttons to enable/disable and when, error messages to throw at the user, billing and all sorts of conversions (read Celcius or Fahrenheit and figures to words). It's all beautiful in Access.

I will admit that one has to compact the DB from time to time for optimal operation, but this is something that can be automated.

People like you ignore a very important market, a market that you could later introduce what you think works better! Imagine such an approach.

In some of my work, I have created functions where I simply supply variable entries like customer names etc. At the end of it all, I would have a DB schema. One that I'd simply modify to meet my needs.

Open Source doesn't have anything close! Sad!!

about three weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

bogaboga Can we have a [credible] MS Access equivalent? (185 comments)

Whereas I appreciate the beauty of OpenSource, I am yet to find a compelling MS Access equivalent in the Linux world. Yes, I know about Kexi, MariaDB, OpenOffice Base and the like.

But let's face it: There's nothing in the Linux world that can compare to MS Access. Nothing! I am not just trolling. I have developed hundreds small scale MS Access implementations for many clients.

VB, even with its quirks, does well. I would like a front-end, in which business logic can be programmed. Logic placed right there on the form...Logic and parameters that can be passed to the DB engine. Nothing friendly exists in Lunix, or should I say, "I haven't found one yet." Am I wrong?

about three weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

bogaboga Re:Nothing really new (187 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."

about a month 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 a month ago

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

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  about a year 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?"
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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 4 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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