×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

geminidomino Re:Is Oligarchy the proper term? (803 comments)

When a small group (say, .001%) controls the vast majority of wealth, the two are not mutually exclusive.

3 days ago
top

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

geminidomino Re:Not arrested (803 comments)

Bollocks. He quit to get himself out of the public eye before he was arrested, and our scumbags do the same thing all the time. My own district "representative" just quit after being busted for coke.

I don't care what country you're in: if they were capable of feeling "shame," they wouldn't be in politics.

3 days ago
top

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

geminidomino Re:Are you kidding (803 comments)

"Who takes cloth for green leader is green leader..."

Hey, at least it'll be less bent than the current system.

3 days ago
top

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

geminidomino Re:Are you kidding (803 comments)

You have it backwards. The republic is what we (supposedly) had before being all but completely subverted. The problem with direct democracy, which doesn't have any of this "unrepresentative representative" nonsense, is that it scales very, very badly.

3 days ago
top

Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

geminidomino Re:Modded down? (286 comments)

Not all "support specialists" are "Bob" in the callcenter talking to lusers about downloading the internet. Even medium-sized companies often have an internal support department. From some I've seen firsthand, $28 is doing pretty well, but not so well as to be in "pipe dream" territory.

5 days ago
top

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

geminidomino Re:I'm disapointed in people (689 comments)

Those laptops are likely going to be something like 50% of laptops sold by 2015 or so.

Having actually used touchscreen laptops (as opposed to tablets), I question that assertion. They've been saying that since touchscreens entered the consumer market, and it always comes down to the same problem: ape-arm. Even more, now that tablets exist to fill the "touchscreen media consumption" niche, touchscreen laptops don't even have a real use case anymore.

5 days ago
top

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

geminidomino Re:I'm disapointed in people (689 comments)

but the foundation is still solvent and the OPW program is very successful and will continue to be

That remains to be seen. And even if they're solvent, the budgetary crisis will at least cut down on the damage they can do for awhile.

5 days ago
top

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

geminidomino Re:I'm disapointed in people (689 comments)

. I don't think there is much play in the x86 space but on the right hardware Gnome 3 will be far far better than stuff like XFCE.

You can keep saying that, but you acknowledged yourself that they lost the battle for the "right hardware," but they haven't cut their losses and gone back to a position that makes sense. Instead, they've stuck their fingers in their ears and screamed "lalalala" while people continue to make excuses for them, and just keep compounding their mistake.

5 days ago
top

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

geminidomino Re:I'm disapointed in people (689 comments)

Then that just underlines thier incompetence even more clearly, since approximately 0% of the "growing phone/tablet market" has any interest in any linux that's not twisted into Android, and they released a "usable" (and I use that word very charitably) desktop installation before any tablet release.

about a week ago
top

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

geminidomino Re:I'm disapointed in people (689 comments)

For a product that still hasn't found much marketshare, go where the growth is made sense.

Except that desktop machines are the wrong place to put touch-friendly interfaces, and GNOME is a desktop machine project. They're entirely different use cases, and what they're doing is precisely backwards.

Except the story was poorly written. They aren't having a donation problem they are having a cash flow problem because their women's programming initiatives are too successful.

Who cares? I'm just glad they're failing (that's what schadenfreude is).

about a week ago
top

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

geminidomino Re:I'm disapointed in people (689 comments)

Ultimately we need a good quality touch enabled desktop / tablet OS for Unix far more than we needed a slightly improved keyboard and mouse experience

"Touch-enabled interface is more important than keyboard/mouse for a desktop?" You're one of those UX bullshit artists, aren't you?

That's the kind of thinking that's got me soaking in the schadenfreude from this story.

about a week ago
top

Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

geminidomino Re:Depends... (76 comments)

That's the big difference. The big corporate sites who would have been negatively impacted by SOPA (Google, e.g.) carried those protests. The fact that blocking the law turned out better for actual people was really just a happy accident.

about a week ago
top

Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

geminidomino Re:I dropped Dropbox (76 comments)

. If you are simply storing and sharing files with a select few then Google drive gives you 15 GB which is a huge amount of storage in comparison

Unfortunately, a big part of the objection to Rice is the fear of DB becoming even more hostile to the concept of user privacy. Extra space aside, google isn't a particularly viable alternative.

about a week ago
top

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

geminidomino That's an awful lot of certainty... (856 comments)

It strikes me that 500 years, practically the blink of an eye, might not be quite sufficient to determine trends on geological scales...

about a week ago
top

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

geminidomino Re:more pseudo science (856 comments)

Wacky global warming deniers are not skeptics, they are credulous fools.

There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of skepticism from the other side of the AGW "debate", for that matter.

So I guess there's no science to be had here, just political dick-waving.

about a week ago
top

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

geminidomino Re:I don't think he means that literally/absolutel (578 comments)

I find the implication that coal miners are somehow too dumb to learn anything else mildly offensive.

Where, exactly, was that implied, outside of a few AC d-bags that you're not posting a reply to? The point is that Zuck's a dipshit, and his Patrick Starr "problem solving"("Take all the miners, and teach them to code") is imbecilic.

about a week ago
top

Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

geminidomino Re:Kissinger as "War Criminal" (193 comments)

You believe one ambiguous clause about Kissinger is the hint that clarifies that Colbert's position on Snowden is sarcastic, that is, the opposite of what Colbert actually is saying.

Well, that, and having an even passing familiarity with his work for the past 8 years...

about a week ago
top

Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

geminidomino Re:There are right-of-center comedians (193 comments)

Nah, Dennis miller is a conservative former comedian. Back when he was still doing comedy, it was pretty centrist, with the social aspect leaning a bit to the left.

After 9/11 made him shit his pants, he started being conservative, and stopped being a comedian, opting to move his "big words and obscure references" style into punditry, where it works about as well as you might expect.

about two weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

geminidomino Re:Should be objective, not biased... (451 comments)

Ever heard of the Sunk Cost fallacy?

The one that's not actually any sort of "fallacy" and certainly has no bearing on replacing hardware that still serves its purpose?

Even if you're right about the software, it makes more sense to wait until one of those "must have" packages goes 64-bit only in "a year or two", since the new hardware will be more current than doing it now for the sake of, as a poster above put it so well, "ooh, shiny!"

about two weeks ago

Submissions

top

New Zealand Schools find less structure improve childrens' behavior

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  about 3 months ago

geminidomino (614729) writes "A research project involving eight schools in Dunedin and Auckland report that loosening rules on the playground may lead to fewer incidents of bullying, vandalism, and injury. One principal opines ""The kids were motivated, busy and engaged. In my experience, the time children get into trouble is when they are not busy, motivated and engaged. It's during that time they bully other kids, graffiti or wreck things around the school."

As one might expect, the article states that there was a lot of resistance to the project, and I'm kind of surprised they got as many administrators to sign on as they did. The story may be premature, as the article states that "the results of the study will be collated this year," but it may be interesting to see how the numbers shake out."
top

Google Blocks Privacy Scraper "Scroogle"

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geminidomino (614729) writes "According to a message from Daniel Brandt that appears when attempting to use the scraper at http://scroogle.org/ "Scroogle has been blocked" by google. According to the message, the simplified interface that the scraper has used for several years has been replaced with a redirect to an ad for IE8 and a link to the google toolbar (seen here). Mr. Brandt goes on to say that he has contacted Google to find out if this is a policy decision or if there is another interface that may be use, and is awaiting their response, although I must admit that his tone does not sound optimistic."
Link to Original Source

Journals

top

Apple Geeks? Help me out!

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Given the flakiness that is dvdauthor, I'm playing with the idea of getting a Mac Mini for dvdauthoring.

This is strictly a hobby, so I'm really not looking to spend $500 on software on top of the cost of the compute r (though this would be a good excuse to finally get myself a Mac!)

So what I mainly want to know is: how advanced is the DVD Authoring software bundled with the Mac Mini?

Can it:
Create Detailed menus, with clips, etc? (dvdauthor can do this)
Apply subtitles to the stream during authoring, from .srt format? (dvdauthor can't do this)
Work directly with file formats other than raw mpeg2 video and ac3 audio (built in demuxer)? (dvdauthor can't)

I want more than the simple "click and drag" style level of control.

Is it doable, or am I hoping for too much?
Thanks for any help.

top

Something I wrote up.

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Don't really give a rats ass whether anyone likes it...

Immortal Banner

When you were born, you stood for all that was good.
Courage, Freedom, Respect, and Honor.
Always were you regarded above all others,
for this was your birthright, your place.

Legions of warriors fell in your name
And met their gods with great pride
In life your likeness graced their chests
And embraced their bodies when they died.

In the mists of two centuries gone past
The glory that is yours has faded
Yet, striving against oblivion, you march on
As the minds of your children forget you.

Your face now serves the cause of evil,
Etched in the surface of tyrannical stone
Though you still fight, you are disgraced
Through no misdeeds of your own.

Do not weep for the past
Nor lament the sins of your children
For some remember who you are
dreaming and striving for your return.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...