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Driver Study: People Want Fewer Embedded Apps, Just Essentials That Work Easily

clinko What I want (148 comments)

"The car stereo I wanted 10 years ago"
"The car stereo I want today":

http://i.imgur.com/NGcUN.jpg

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

clinko Restate the objectives (308 comments)

Don't tear into the guy before you. Just say, "I'm sure this was built with an initial objective in mind. And it served the purpose well. The firm is doing well and expanding. I would like to know the best approach to make this product grow with it."

Then, ask the firm to define the objectives/requirements again now that you've found a *few* issues.

1.) Do you want the project to be re-built for _stability_?
2.) Do you want me to improve the _time to market_?
3.) Would you like me to leave it as is?, but be aware that extra QA will be needed.

Good Luck!

about 6 months ago
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Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online

clinko Link to GIF (207 comments)

The gif is pretty amazing, credit.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

clinko Google Voice (497 comments)

I had success by porting my landline to Google Voice Account, which has global spam filtering.

First, get an AT&T GoPhone ($20). Then port to Google Voice ($20), choosing AT&T as the option.
You are asked for a transfer id that you will need to call AT&T for... It is NOT on the phone, and not available without calling AT&T's support #.

I don't know your story, but this also makes you more flexible to either drop your current landline, or move to a cheaper provider (likely).

Either way, Google Voice does wonders at spam filtering, but some still make it through. Best of luck!

about 8 months ago
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Google Halts Sales of HP's USB-Charging Chromebook 11 Over Overheating

clinko 3 Sentences (57 comments)

This blog spam quotes The Verge's Report from a Blog post from Google which is summaried in this post on slashdot...

How much info is summarized from google? 3 sentences:

1) Google and HP are pausing sales of the HP Chromebook 11 after receiving a small number of user reports that some chargers included with the device have been damaged due to overheating during use.
2) We are working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to identify the appropriate corrective action, and will provide additional information and instructions as soon as we can.
3) In the meantime, customers who have purchased an HP Chromebook 11 should not use the original charger provided with the product.

about 8 months ago
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The iPhone 5S Hasn't Been Officially Announced, Already Has Line

clinko Publicity Stunt, Please ignore. (181 comments)

This is a publicity stunt by a company that sells macs or something. I'm not looking up what they do.

Summary:
1) 4 guys get printed shirts with company logos and lines up crazy early.
2) Vice / Gizmodo / engadget / Slashdot talks about them, with pictures of them in their shirts. Make sure you're still there for the NBC crew shows up!
3) Profit!

about a year ago
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Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2: Now With New Kickstand!

clinko Finish this sentence to find their target market. (294 comments)

I want a _Surface_Tablet_ because ________.

Examples, leaving iPad's out:
I want _a_Tivo_ because _I_don't_like_my_Cable_DVR_.

I want a _Honda_ because _I_trust_the_brand_based_on_past_experience_.

My point is that the Surface doesn't fit anything for me.

Based on Microsoft's own site http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/surface-with-windows-8-pro/
Microsoft believes our answers are :

I want a _Surface_Tablet_ because _I_Need_Office_on_a_tablet_.

I want a _Surface_Table_ because _I_need_a_neat_keyboard_on_a_tablet_.

I want a _Surface_Table_ because _I_need_USB_Port_.

I'm not the target market, but I don't know who is?

about a year ago
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Parent Questions Mandatory High School Chemistry

clinko Bad, misleading summary... (866 comments)

The summary here is saying the exact opposite of the article. He's saying the kid shouldn't be forced into Chemistry if he can survey OTHER science classes... Sounds pretty reasonable to me.

From the summary:
"... argues that his sons shouldn't be forced to take ANY science class."

From the article:
"Maybe kids can survey several science classes over the course of a year or two, and explore various options"

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Run a Small Business With Open Source Software?

clinko Think Ahead (195 comments)

Advice on Restaurant Ownership... It's going to be tough, long, and either the wife or friends won't be a wife or friend by the end.

Consider the future, you or someone will bow out. Accountants and/or Lawyers will be involved and they don't know GnuAnything. They know QuickBooks.

You may sell your restaurant as a group, the buyer will likely want to see the accounts in QuickBooks.

You may be successful! congrats! you can now hire an accountant, they'll want QuickBooks.

In short, pool the wife & friend's money, pay the minor entry-fee for QuickBooks and save yourself the time (which you'll need the most now).

Good luck!

about 2 years ago
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Google Scrambles To Restore Google Talk From Outage

clinko It's coming! (85 comments)

"Dad, you were yelling numbers in your sleep again!"

"Son, let me tell you of the Rant snowball of 2012. It started with google talk. The complaining spilled over to twitter. After twitter went down, we all knew it was coming. Facebook, blogs, it kept going downhill. People logged into services they forgot existed to complain, MSN, YAHOO messenger! It was madness.

I only survived by ranting to a spam bot on ICQ, a time before names, '458253 can you hear me! 458253 It's all down! 458253 I highly doubt you're a Nigerian prince!!!!'"

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Pre RTM Metro UI Leaked

clinko 3.0 v. 3.1(1) (484 comments)

This design is great, but Windows for Workgroups 8.11 is going to be even better!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Syncing Files With Remote Server While On the Road?

clinko Is this an Ad for eye.fi Premium? (239 comments)

You mentioned you have a eye-fi card already. You're describing the eye-fi premium upgrade:

http://www.eye.fi/how-it-works/eyefiview#premium
"Eye-Fi Premium: no limits.
With Eye-Fi Premium, photos & videos sent directly from your camera to your Eye-Fi View are available for as long as you like. Enjoy unlimited storage and the flexibility to access, share and download your media in full resolution anytime. Whether you’re at home on a second computer, on your iPhone on the go or on an iPad on vacation, your photo & video history is always just a few clicks away. Get unlimited access with Eye-Fi Premium for only $4.99/month or $49.99/year. Buy Eye-Fi Premium (Monthly) or save $10 with Eye-Fi Premium (Annual)"

To get the pics on your server, install the eye-fi app, which you already did to use the card, and turn on the computer, it'll then sync.

In summary:

1. Upgrade here: http://www.eye.fi/how-it-works/eyefiview#premium
2. Turn on your computer.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Positions Some of the Toughest Jobs To Fill In US

clinko Study Says... (886 comments)

This is a link from Slashdot, to blog spam, linking to a press releases, which is an advertisement for a company that specialises in supplying solutions to the problem in the press release.

"Study: It's hot outside, you should hydrate." - Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Will Soon Ship On 5% of New PCs

clinko Content? (441 comments)

This is the whole article without side-notes, Braced comments and not in the summary:

- Eight to ten million units shipped last year world-wide.
- Canonical will be opening their first Beijing office this year.
- Last year Ubuntu shipped on 7.5 billion dollars worth of hardware.

more than 2 years ago
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Tivo Gets $215 Million Patent Settlement From AT&T

clinko TiVo business model (93 comments)

After years of tivo ownership i've come to the conclusion that TiVo's future is based on their patents.

So far they've released 2 new model TiVos that are no faster than their model built and designed right around windows 95.

They haven't even looked at the competition to see what works on other DVRS. (they got pnp 2 years ago. The guide still doesn't show if a show is recording)

The kicker: if my TiVo dies, I have a monthly contract with TiVo that I have to cancel. This is when they try to upsell you to their slower "new" model.

The average TiVo owner is tech savy. Savy enough to know that TiVo gave up on their hardware and is concentrating on other means of income (see parent/patent article).

more than 2 years ago
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MS To Build Antivirus Into Win8: Boon Or Monopoly?

clinko Dam(n) (748 comments)

"Dam company to provide leak protection in future dams. Dam contractors angry."

more than 2 years ago

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Microsoft Announces Kinect for Windows

clinko clinko writes  |  more than 2 years ago

clinko writes "Today, Microsoft announced that the new Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be available on February 1st, 2012 in 12 countries, at a suggested retail price of US $249 ($149 for edu). Microsoft has chosen a hardware-only business model for Kinect for Windows, they will not be charging for the SDK or the runtime; these will be available free to developers and end-users respectively."
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'MYTHBUSTERS' Experiment Goes Wrong Cannonball RIP

clinko clinko writes  |  more than 2 years ago

clinko writes "Two California families are lucky to be alive — after a "Mythbusters" experiment went horribly awry yesterday ... sending a cannonball careening through their homes, leaving MASSIVE holes in its wake.

Sgt. JD Nelson from the Alameda County Sheriff's Department tells ABC, hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage were trying to figure out how effective a cannon is at firing non-cannonball objects ... but first, they had to test the cannonball itself.

The cannonball was supposed to land harmlessly in a nearby hill — but something went wrong ... and the ball, traveling at about 1000 ft/s, went over the hill bordering Camp Parks Military Firing Reservation, and into the neighboring town of Dublin, crashing through two separate houses before finally coming to rest ... inside someone's minivan.

The Discovery Channel show has been put on hold after the mishap, pending a full investigation. Luckily, no one was injured."

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Was a giant planet kicked out, Saving Earth?

clinko clinko writes  |  more than 2 years ago

clinko writes "MSNBC Cosmic Log has an interesting story wherein Computer simulations suggest that a giant planet was kicked out of our solar system billions of years ago, saving Earth in the process.

The concept appears in a paper written by David Nesvorny, a researcher at the Southwest Research Institute, and published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. His findings aren't based on the discovery of an actual Planet X, but instead are the result of thousands of simulations re-enacting the dynamical development of our planetary system."

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WordPress 3.1 released, lots of fun

clinko clinko writes  |  more than 3 years ago

clinko writes "The long-awaited fourteenth release of WordPress is now available. WordPress 3.1 Reinhardt is named in honor of the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Version 3.1 is available for download, or you can update from within your dashboard.

This release features a lightning fast redesigned linking workflow which makes it easy to link to your existing posts and pages, an admin bar so youre never more than a click away from your most-used dashboard pages, a streamlined writing interface that hides many of the seldom-used panels by default to create a simpler and less intimidating writing experience for new bloggers (visit Screen Options in the top right to get old panels back), and a refreshed blue admin scheme available for selection under your personal options."

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