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You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

drdanny_orig Qui Bono? (437 comments)

The big winners will be the people who sell crack codes on the black market for just under MSRP. Because automakers' coders are no smarter than any other industries' engineers.

about a year ago

San Jose State Suspends Collaboration With Udacity

drdanny_orig Not even a little surprising to me. (116 comments)

40 years ago or so, I taught those same remedial classes to freshmen students at a large Midwestern land-grant 4-year university. The only reason my pass rate was higher than 44% was because I felt sorry for the kids. I was then, and am now still considered a good instructor. Most of those students had no business being in college in the first place, and I could tell that few if any would finish regardless of how I graded them. Remember, these are students who were unable to pass the basic requirements coming out of high school. Not representative of the population as a whole. I suspect the "online-edness" of these classes has very little to do with it.

about a year ago

How To Talk Like a CIO

drdanny_orig Never??? (161 comments)

Actually, I always try to be first to break out the jargon. I find it makes the C*O's eyes glaze over, and the meeting is cut short. That's a win for me.

about a year and a half ago

Can Dell and HP Keep Pace With An Asia-Centric PC World?

drdanny_orig Re:Easily fixed (218 comments)

Where oh where are my mod points when I really need them?

about 2 years ago

How Photoshopped Is That Picture?

drdanny_orig reliably? (226 comments)

I wonder.... will it be fooled if images are converted to/from lossy formats a few times.....

about 3 years ago

VMware, a Falling Giant?

drdanny_orig Not soon (417 comments)

Management may think they're going to make the switch, but when it comes to actually doing it, it'll prove to cost more in terms of effort than they'll save on licensing. There's a hell of a lot more to VMWare than just the virtualization of servers, and it doesn't take a propeller-head to effectively use the tools. Can the same be said of the alternatives?

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft: One In 14 Downloads Is Malicious

drdanny_orig Statistics (290 comments)

Warning: 4 out of 5 statements of "fact" from Microsoft are completely made up.

more than 3 years ago

Duke Nukem Forever Gets Delayed - Again

drdanny_orig Delayed? (222 comments)

Well is anyone _really_ surprised at this? If I were publishing this, I'd announce a delay even if it was on-schedule, just for the added publicity.

more than 3 years ago

Chrome OS Doesn't Trust Apps Or Users

drdanny_orig Vacuously true (410 comments)

That can be said of nearly every invention since fire: no users, no problems.

about 4 years ago

Indian Military Organization To Develop Its Own OS

drdanny_orig Re:Oh For Chrissakes (466 comments)

I find it amusing that some people think that a nation's defense research organisation, which helps build ICBMs, supersonic aircraft, tactical software and so on, needs advice from someone who reading slashdot on how to write an operating system.

Eh? It's their history in such areas that convinced me they could screw up Water Soup with a recipe from Alton Brown.

more than 4 years ago

When On the Moon and Mars, Move Underground

drdanny_orig Collapsed?!?!? (294 comments)

If all we find are collapsed ones, what makes them think the uncollapsed ones are safe?

more than 4 years ago

What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

drdanny_orig Why free? (896 comments)

I should think "friends/relatives who run Windows" would be exactly the type to appreciate the convenience of a low-impact reliable AV package, which means they may have to pay a few bucks. It's fine to play FOS yourself or with trivial office or audio stuff, and I do it myself. But I still give ESET a few shekels/year for each windows PC in my house. It just makes sense to me.

more than 4 years ago

Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?

drdanny_orig So where've you been? (1197 comments)

Did you just wake up from a 2 century nap or something? It's _always_ been a bitch getting health insurance without the help of an employer, and it's _always_ been the insurers' primary goal to make money by not paying your claims. Pardon my sarcasm, but you might want to subscribe to Newsweek or read a non-Slashtot blog now and again.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Droid Tethering Comes At a Hefty Price

drdanny_orig Re:On the one hand... (555 comments)

On the other hand, how can they call any capped thing "unlimited"? How would they not end up in court for some kind of false advertising or breach of contract?

Because you're not prevented from using more than 5GB, you just have to pay more for the privilege.

more than 5 years ago

The Kindle Killer Arrives

drdanny_orig Re:Will it be DRM inside? (542 comments)

Limiting your ability to "loan" books out to only 14 days sounds like DRM to me. As long as e-content has limitations not present in real books, there's no compelling reason for me to switch.

more than 5 years ago


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