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How Facebook Is Influencing Who Will Win the Next Election

bogaboga According to who? (71 comments)

The company insists that it favors no particular ideology and that its efforts are âoeneutral.â The first part is likely true, but the second is not possible.

That second part may still be possible if our learned friends *cough* lawyers *cough* are involved.

about a week ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

bogaboga I agree with the IT workers' take... (459 comments)

they argue that racial bias, along with lingering impressions of what a 'techie' should look like, loom much larger than any pipeline issue.

Having once taught one of the most difficult to understand topics in mathematics, many of my students, after getting comfortable with me, told me they didn't expect me to be their teacher when they forst saw me. On one occasion, at the beginning of school, a this particular class continued with their business instead of acknowledging my presence at the podium, till I called the class to order.

Where I now work, members of the public will gravitate toward an office assistant to help them solve a problem instead of talking to me directly. This assistant then has to advise them to talk to me if anything is to be solved. I am the chief here.

I have gotten so used to this treatment that it doesn't bother me anymore.

about two weeks ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

bogaboga Re:That's what happens (392 comments)

Funny thing is we would have gladly removed all tv services but they would have charged more for the service going Internet only.

Question: Is this legal/lawful? What chance [of success] do I have can if I filed a law suit against this kind of practise?

about a month ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

bogaboga I expect some stupid suggestion... (443 comments)

...that if we can't ask the Russians how to do these things reliably, "we can at least ask the Indians who went to Mars recently."

about a month ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

bogaboga Facebook is really trying... (130 comments)

I say that because I was one of those who thought that after about a decade of existence, its usage would be on the wane. I guess I was wrong. They are really trying to remain relevant.

I salute them for that even though in my small world, Facebook is still of no consequence.

about a month ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

bogaboga Wow, wow...wait a sec! (232 comments)

"Its a terrible company" City Councilor Gary Rosen said. "In my opinion, they should not be welcome in this city. Comcast is a wolf in wolfs clothing; its that bad."

Who would have imagined this? In the world's largest free market economy. Oh wait! Is it, really?

I am waiting for Obama to preach to the world about the so called free market. Why not let it in so that the market decides?

about a month and a half ago
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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

bogaboga Google's forgoten its obligation to shareholders? (134 comments)

Though this move is surely good news to those workers, I hope Google hasn't forgotten its obligation to [its] shareholders.

Can someone please tell me how this move increases shareholder value, which should be Google's top priorities?

about 1 month ago
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Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

bogaboga Good for them. I am not surprised... (107 comments)

Who would want to be bought by Google, only to be "destroyed" like so many promising companies' products have?

I now see that it's [not] always about the money.

about 2 months ago
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Indian Mars Mission Beams Back First Photographs

bogaboga Proud of India... (113 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.

about 2 months ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

bogaboga Aggression in practice, right? (478 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 2 months ago
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Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

bogaboga What a question? (126 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 2 months ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

bogaboga Yes and yes... (264 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 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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