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Google+ Photos To Be Separated From Google+

enter to exit Google Has Other Services Less Used (114 comments)

Considering Google killed off Orkut at the end of last month, and still haven't killed blogspot/blogger i suspect Google+ will hang around for a while longer.

It's a lot more integrated into their other services than Orkut and blogger ever were as well.

I suspect Google+ will morph into a "Value added" social backend for some of their products, youtube, hangouts, gmail all have Google+ hooks. They are starting to use Google+ to rank your searches, I see my friends posts in my search results often now. They could use this to add personalization to Google Now.

In a couple of years Google+ may be closer to Discus's "embed everyone" model than Facebook's silo. They might end up using Google+ to integrate the data across their products, which were (and still are) siloed until recently and just remove the Google+ homepage.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

enter to exit Firewalls and Condoms (348 comments)

The case for not having a firewall is a lot like the case for unprotected sex:

> The horror stories only happen do dumb people who should have known better (I'm different).
> I know exactly what's coming in and out of my systems
> It adds an extra layer of complexity i don't want to deal with.
> She's taken contraceptive measures anyway.
> It'll probably be fine.

about three weeks ago

Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

enter to exit Hidden Cost and Bias. (296 comments)

Whenever i hear of local councils (or any bureaucracy) claim that project X has saved $Y i am cautious. They have every incentive to fudge the numbers, and no one has an incentive to debunk them except MS (who no one will believe). I have no reason to doubt their claims, but a third-party audit would be nice.

I have heard of a few municipalities doing this now, perhaps some sort of coalition to exchange knowledge and coordinate development funding is warranted?

I usually have LibreOffice installed on my computers alongside MS Office. I find LibreOffice sluggish and not as responsive or as easy to use as MSO (although this might be a familiarity thing). I am one of those people who like the ribbon. Sometimes formatting doesn't come out properly as well. There is also the question of productivity.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

enter to exit Intel NUC (183 comments)

The OP doesn't need Solaris (He currently has a Linux Dev box) or an ARM system. He needs a low powered machine that can compile to ARM (and other things).

I would look into an Intel NUC.

about a month and a half ago

China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

enter to exit Floating Slave Ships (274 comments)

Just build floating factories, sail to international waters and and breed slaves. Fuck paying people, what a waste!

It will save all this wage currency speculation and the burden on having to move once the host country has dried up. Hell, the elites could even live on an adjoined isand-ship and use the slaves for pleasure and work.

The biggest problem would be Energy, a floating nuclear reactor? Something to harness the power of the sea? Perhaps a sympathetic country will relinquish a portion of its offshore oil in exchange for the services a lawless island could provide? Maybe just breed more slaves to push the turbines?

about 2 months ago

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released

enter to exit RHEL is everywhere.. (231 comments)

I don't think I've ever seen a large company use anything but RHEL..

Most smaller/mid-range orgs use CentOS or Debian/Ubuntu, maybe more Debian.
Those people comparing it to Arch Linux are cheerleaders/hobbyists.

about 2 months ago

Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

enter to exit Lincoln's Sexuality (325 comments)

Apparently the humanities wasn't always so broken. There was a time, before the mythical 60s that a few of our politicians and influencers would have an understanding of the Arts. Having a degree that tried to make you "well rounded" might have been a bonus in some non-technical fields.

Now that culture has deemed that _everybody_ must have a degree, the humanites has become what people who shouldn't have a tertiary education study. It's been dumbed down just to get these people through the course and by the cult of postmodernmism.

On top of that, it's become overly politcal and aggressively liberal - you can only dissect Lincoln's sexuality (btw, the only acceptable anwser is that he was gay) so many times without the whole thing becoming a meaningless farce.

As a result we're governed by technocrats - people with a lot of niche knowledge, but little broad knowledge.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

enter to exit Start8 (516 comments)

I'm only half joking when i say MS should buy Start8 and offer it as a free download.

about 3 months ago

Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

enter to exit Re:I've Seen This Movie Before. (403 comments)

I don't want to stop you from running free software, the FSF wants to stop me from non-free software. This is the fundamental difference. I don't impose my views on you, they want to impose their views on everyone. Their views are fundamentally extremist, mine are not.

Their ideas of a total ban on non-free software would infringe on my views. My way allows for you to run a free-software system while allowing me to run non-free software. They don't want to give me the option of running non-free software. They would rather i have nothing that use proprietary software

You are like the insane anti-abortionists who wants to ban the practice. I am the one who wants to make individuals to have a choice. I don't impose my views on you and would like you not to infringe on my right to do what i like. It's very simple.

about 3 months ago

Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

enter to exit Re:I've Seen This Movie Before. (403 comments)

The FSF wants to stop me from running non-free software. They can't stop me, but they would like to. They would like it to be impossible to run non-free software. That's the whole point of the FSF. It's why they have a list of kosher distributions, Debian doesn't make the list because it allows for the installation of non-free repositories. They would like to choose for users what is morally acceptable to install.

My stance on software is less restrictive than the FSF, I want to run whatever i want regardless of license. The FSF wants me to run only free software. They by definition have the more restrictive view.

Anyway, arguing with a FSF zealot is like arguing with a religious extremist, they think they are the only ones with a valid view and that everyone is corrupt and blind for not seeing "the truth". You seem to be a sort of FSF apologetic.

about 3 months ago

Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

enter to exit I've Seen This Movie Before. (403 comments)

Here we go again. The usual FOSS battle between impossible idealism and pragmatism.

If Firefox wants to allow for a plugin that enables DRM, what of it? The users can make their own choice. They're not including it in the browser.

I know it's popular to pay lip service to the FSF but if they had their way we would all be hypocrites. Just posting on /. with all the evil minifed javascript would make us sinners. Of course, the FSF morals don't extend to it having qualms about taking HP, Google and IBM dirty money.

The idea that software needs to free is bullshit, i want to run whatever i want on my system. Don't you? I don't want my morals decided by the FSF.

about 3 months ago

Journalist vs. the Syrian Electronic Army

enter to exit Not Official (43 comments)

Their affiliation with any Syrian government is likely nil.

They seem to be an uncontrollable incoherent, loosely affiliated group without any hierarchy who just use the brand as a PR banner. Like Anonymous or Al-Qaeda.

about 3 months ago

Mozilla Ditches Firefox's New-Tab Monetization Plans

enter to exit Over Management (195 comments)

According to Wikipedia Mozilla Corp has 1000+ employees. That's an amazing amount of people for a web browser. Remember, Firefox is the only thing they do that's gained traction.

That's about 950 too much. What the hell are they all doing over there? It just smells like a huge corruption scandal waiting to explode.

More than anything, it's over-management that's made Mozilla an elephant. It can probably explain FirefoxOS as well.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?

enter to exit Just Experiment. (201 comments)

I've only converted home tapes ;)

Homemade VHS quality is not great to begin with, I used a new (old but in the box) VCR and an EasyCap (a clone i think). It worked fine. There was no noticeable degradation of quality. The mpeg was about 20GB for a two hour tape. The software i used was Virtual VCR

To be honest, i think a lot of these best practices are voodoo (it entirely depends on how and when it was recorded), just to jack up the price. As for not wanting to risk a tape on an old player, just test it out on a junk tape first, if it works 10 times in a row, chances are it'll work the 11th time.

about 4 months ago

Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

enter to exit Firefox Looks Appeaking (327 comments)

Firefox is looking more and more appealing these days. The new Firefox 29 is much more stable than previous versions (and as stable as chrome) and the new UI is nice but needs slight tweaking.

Chrome keeps trying to sign me in to Google services, uses too much memory (as much or more than Firefox), its plugins aren't as established as FF's and they're starting to do strange things to the UI (like implement their own scroll bar).

Each have their pros and cons, Firefox allows you to change network settings specifically for the browser, chrome delegates it to the OS. The way Firefox handles this has recently become very useful to me.

Chrome was much better than Firefox in the early days but things aren't as clear cut now, it's very competitive.

I recommend you let go of your preconceived notions and give Firefox another try. You might find Firefox's set of bugs to be more tolerable than chrome's set of bugs

about 4 months ago

Google Plus Now Minus Chief Vic Gundotra

enter to exit Google+ is a Winner (93 comments)

I suspect Google will eventually use G+ to power Google Now. You could ask your phone for movie recommendations and it will reply with a curated list based on what movies or youtube trailers your G+ friends have seen.

Now that social networks have supplanted personal webpages/blogs and small independent sites are dying from inactivity Google has less and less to crawl. They need G+ to power their mobile search (Google Now) and make their results personal, it might not make money on its own but they can't kill it, it's their long term lifeline - it might completely change over time, but it'll be a gradual evolution not a restart.

Googe+ has a nice communities feature that i like.
People can subscribe to page dedicated to a topic they like and post to the page.

G+ is centered around your interests, not your high-school friends. This data is more valuable to Google.

If you won't post something to G+ with your real name chances are you shouldn't be posting it. It reduces the amount of "keyboard warriors" on the site and increases the value of the data. yes i know there are legitimate reasons for anonymity, but in these situations G+ isn't your best outlet.

The people against Google's single sign in policy are misguided, Google can create a standard sign in form for all their services and make you sign up to each one. Or you can fill out one form and use the services you like. It's the same thing.

about 4 months ago

CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

enter to exit Nice Timing (116 comments)

With our boorish, straight-from-central-casting "conservative" government planning to cut all spending in the upcoming budget, this comes at a perfect time. Traditionally the CSIRO and the ABC are the ones who get f-ed over first - it's an easy cut as no one cares.

The cynical side of me can't help wondering how much of this is a (likely fruitless) attempt to fight against the likely budget cuts.

The way they're touting it, it feels to good to be true.

about 4 months ago

A Conversation with Ubuntu's Jono Bacon (Video)

enter to exit He's Redundant. (53 comments)

A community manager for a company that is discarding it's community. Bacon should polish his resume, he might need it.

The comments (and lack of) aren't surprising, anything out of canonical is just noise. What's more, he's partnered with Bryan Lunduke to create a Linux podcast. A shock-jock broadcaster/writer and unabashed peddler of mediocre (junk, really) software, A man who flirts with open-sourcing his software on-and-off, with the sole purpose of scamming a few more people into giving him money.

about 4 months ago

Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

enter to exit Define Support (650 comments)

You'll need to define what support means.They could provide support by turning your xp install into win7 with a xp boot screen. They won't necessarily provide the kind of support you want

No Linux distro provides decades of support either, you're just upgraded to the latest packages and that might as easily break things in the same way xp to win7 might.

about 4 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

enter to exit Move On.. (245 comments)

I'm all for extending the life of old machines. I know a lot of people are very happy with XP and don't need a new OS or computer, but there are times when it's just easier to move on and other times when it's better to stick with it.

Any competent admin would have started a migration to win7 a long time ago. Short of industrial use (e.g. a computer that controls machinery) there's little incentive to stick with xp. Patches to the OS are going to be of limited value for industrial applications anyway, as a competent setup would isolate the machines to a very secure private network (if any) and have multiple barriers of defense set up.

about 4 months ago


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