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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

cjjjer Re:Only for the first year (567 comments)

I also predict a massive PR push by various Linux groups starting about 300 days in.

Linux on the Desktop in 201?....

Keep the dream alive man...

4 days ago

Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

cjjjer Reasons to open source IE? (165 comments)

So people can patch IE 6,7 & 8 so they can keep it updated in Windows XP. Screw that shit...

4 days ago

Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

cjjjer I wonder if they also considered stress (348 comments)

One of the issues with studies like this are they very specific and don't look at the associated environment(s). What I mean is most people who sit all day in a job can be pretty bored/stressed/hate their job kind of people. And since stress is also a contributor to some or all of the diseases ailments they mentioned who is to say that by sitting and working in a boring/stressful job isn't more of the factor than just sitting.

5 days ago

Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

cjjjer Re:One mile? (778 comments)

I lived in northern Canada and walked about 2km to school each day (the school was on the other side of town) from when I was 8 and up. While there was only ever one confirmed pedo in town I had to walk through a forest trail to get there. Going north and south on the trail got you to each part of the town, east and west and you could find yourself lost pretty quickly. The dangers you ask, the occasional bear/wolf/moose sighting in the area.

about two weeks ago

Shooting At Canadian Parliament

cjjjer Re:Dear Canada.... (529 comments)

No by getting the Muslim community involved and start turning in these idiots, the war on extremists is never going to be won unless the community that they belong to steps up.

about 3 months ago

Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

cjjjer Re:Yawn (72 comments)

and the day and the hour

about 3 months ago

Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

cjjjer Re:Wow (134 comments)

A contractor like Snowden? Putting aside if he did the right thing or not he stole from an organization end of story, which is the one problem I have with what he did.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

cjjjer Re:Just Kill Microsoft Already (365 comments)

Why not kill Google, Apple, HP and all other tech companies because you know they also have a hand in the H-1B cookie jar too and are probably doing the same thing as MS for the same reasons.

about 4 months ago

Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

cjjjer Another take on the matter... (359 comments)

The 30 patients taken and the contaminated materials are now in some field being killed and or and burned. It's not unthinkable that people in the government or just scared individuals will "purge" the area of all infected individuals. I would suspect this more than anything since the areas are prone to religious superstition. They could see this as punishment and the only way to fix the solution is cleansing of the infected.

about 5 months ago

Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

cjjjer Time for some GPS technology (46 comments)

I am no scientist but since we want to send more rovers to Mars as well possibly have people there; setting up a network of GPS satellites might be the real next step.

about 6 months ago

A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

cjjjer Something does not see correct here... (33 comments)

9+ hours of playtime on standard batteries and 1 hour on rechargables.

Coin-sized batteries are that poor when it comes to recharging? What's the point then?

about 6 months ago

California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cjjjer Re:The walken-comma (172 comments)

You would think that Tesla would build the plant in Detroit, not only is land cheap and most likely loads of incentives but it would be a direct slap in the face to the big three automakers.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

cjjjer Trades... (509 comments)


* A trillion dollars in student loans.

* Record high unemployment.

* Three million good jobs that no one seems to want.

The goal of Profoundly Disconnected® is to challenge the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success. The Skills Gap is here, and if we don't close it, it'll swallow us all. Which is a long way of saying, we could use your help...


about 6 months ago

Making an Autonomous Car On a Budget

cjjjer Can you hear it? (61 comments)

The sounds of US lawyers smacking their lips with anticipation upon the first accident with a self-driving car and a human.

about 6 months ago

Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

cjjjer Actually it's good news since... (107 comments)

The seal population has been running unchecked for decades now. I just hope that people don't go all anti-shark when more people are mistaken for seals and get attacked. Sorry but you are swimming in their habitat, expect you might get confused for food.

about 7 months ago

Greenland Is Getting Darker

cjjjer Re: ...if impurity levels grow with time. (174 comments)

Scientists have generally attributed that darkening to larger, slightly less white snow grains caused by warmer temperatures.

Actually I cannot believe that scientists are that stupid. Maybe they should visit here in Winnipeg Canada where we see this every year from the tonnes of sand they put on our streets in the winter. As warmer temps rise the snow banks go from white piles to brown/grey mud piles and as more snow melts the darker it gets and the faster it melts.

No wonder people doubt climate change when scientists say things like this.

The only thing that can reduce it is if the melt water floats/washes the impurities way.

Actual in 90% of the time this is not the case, we get rain in the spring with the piles of mud and all it does is causes the snow pack to compress more (unless the snow pack is already compressed).

about 8 months ago

Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

cjjjer Re:Never use the wifi at an airport (135 comments)

You realize that there are private companies that collect *way* more information about you than the NSA does and they sell it to whomever wants to buy it.

Oh wait I forgot this is /.

Sorry move along...

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

cjjjer Coding in a closet at a fashion company (310 comments)

This was over 15 years ago now but the company didn't have any place to put me so it ended up being an unused closet with no air conditioning (but heat) a small desk/chair and a LAN cable. It also happened to be beside the fitting room where they test wear prototype garments. Suffice to say they eventually forgot that I was working in there a couple of times and I had a pretty good view of a couple of models changing clothes, no nudity (just down to underwear). Because I was around the company so much I guess they figured that I was an employee or something and not a contractor so the models would always shrug it off and never complain.

about 8 months ago



Is Slashdot's news aggregate model viable anymore?

cjjjer cjjjer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cjjjer writes "In this day and age of people updating their status on Twitter, FaceBook, [insert latest social network site here] and how quickly news is gathered and available to us within minutes of it happening I find the /. news aggregate model rather outdated. I am finding more often than not I am reading news/articles on some other sites RSS feed sometimes days before it shows up on the front page of /.. For example this article I already read about here two days ago.

So my question is if it wasn't for the colorful and often hilarious commentary would you even bother with /. as a way to get up to the date "News For Nerds"?"

Seagate's Hard Drive Woes Continue

cjjjer cjjjer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cjjjer writes "Back in January /. reported about Seagate's Hard Drive Fiasco and how it was a possible PR nightmare. Well things are getting worse, the community forum on Seagate's site has been a battle field of war cry's from flashing issues to problems with drives dropping out of RAID configurations after being flashed with "fixed" firmware. Of course there is the possibility of a class action suit being brought up against Seagate."

The Red Ring of Death = New 3 Year Warranty

cjjjer cjjjer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cjjjer writes "In an open letter from Peter Moore today Microsoft is extending the terms of its Xbox 360 warranty to three years for certain general hardware failures which are indicated by three flashing red lights on the console. This will apply to new and existing customers and we will retroactively pay back the out-of-warranty repair costs paid by customers for console problems indicated by the three flashing red lights."

cjjjer cjjjer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

cjjjer writes "Looks like Google and friends are getting proactive about cleaning up the Internet experience for it's users. Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Oxford Internet Institute, Google, Lenovo, and Sun Microsystems have teamed up to form StopBadware.org. StopBadware.org is a "Neighborhood Watch" campaign committed to fighting badware by providing reliable, objective information about downloadable applications so that consumers can make informed choices when they download programs to their computers (so the site says). The idea is not much different than MS's anti-phishing filter. Stop the user from going to the web site that has been reported with malware, inform the user what the problem is and why they should not continue. This is an example of what you may encounter from clicking on a search result."


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