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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

gwstuff Stephen Elop... (252 comments)

...seems to be a great reason not to work for MS. He and Microsoft took one of the finest companies in the world, turned it inside out, and devoured it like a panic-stricken predator conscious that the end of the path it was on was in sight. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the acquisition of Nokia only bought time. When you rip open the goose that lays the golden eggs, it stops working.

yesterday
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

gwstuff Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (241 comments)

While your point is valid, unfortunately, it is not amenable to the capitalist way of thinking in which value is determined by demand and supply, rather than based on the social good brought about. So unless teachers refuse to pay at current wage rates en mass, the system isn't going to give them raises.

If so, then the only way to make that happen is to appeal to the better judgement of CEOs and entertainers and ask them to write a check every year to the institution that helped them get where they are.

Fortunately, it's going to be easy because CEOs an entertainers are modest, reasonable people who will admit the role teachers and schools played in their success, rather than taking a conceited stand like "I'm a self-made man/woman."

yesterday
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Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

gwstuff The nail has been hit on the head (170 comments)

A very fine article reflecting on what indie developers such as myself have been feeling in recent times. This was my favorite excerpt:

"If you attend an iOS/Mac dev meetup and hang around long enough, you’ll start to hear the whispers and the nervous laughter. There are people making merry in the midst of plenty, but each of them occasionally steps away to the edge of the room, straining to listen over the music, trying to hear the barbarians at the gates. There’s something wrong with the world, Neo."

Exactly.

"I really hope that I’m wrong about this, and that we haven’t entered the Second Sundering of indie software, the likes of which we haven’t seen since “shareware” was the word on everyone’s lips. I really do hope I’m mistaken."

Yep.

about a week ago
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Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing

gwstuff Re:Um, here's a glaring fact (123 comments)

Totally... BS. You're using a counterexample that is a complete outlier in every way. It's like saying dropping out of college is a good thing, look at Bill Gates, Steve Jobs...

Academic publishing would be a much fairer process of reviews would be truly double blind, and if there were a severe penalty for breaking the rules. In the absence of that, people win Nobel prizes and will continue to do so. But that's because those people are outliers, not because the system is sane.

about a week ago
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Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing

gwstuff Um, here's a glaring fact (123 comments)

99% of review committees for conferences and editorial boards on journals are made up of that 1% of elite scientists. So the guys who decide which papers get published and which get crumpled and tossed into the bin are from the one who, by the way, do most of the publishing.

Having been in research for 15+ years, everyone knows that it's one big collusion of people promoting each other and excluding the rest. *Everyone* knows this. If a researcher pretends not to understand this or dismisses it then he's bullshitting you. Yes. It is depressing. Oh, and while I was actively publishing I was in the 1%...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

gwstuff No such thing as a 5/10 programmer (466 comments)

In my experience, there's no such thing as a 5/10 programmer. If a person has good fundamentals (decent math and analytical thinking), the right attitude, and the desire to learn and improve, then while he might find himself at the 5 mark temporarily, he will eventually get to the high mark. Without the right attitude, he'll be stuck at 2 and generally do more damage than good.

about 2 months ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

gwstuff Re:Snowden in good ol' Russia (396 comments)

The text editor ate up my annotation of the above post:

[Sarcasm]This video shows that he's making use of the channels of free speech there.[/Sarcasm]

...apparently it inferred that
< sarcasm > was an HTML tag.

about 3 months ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

gwstuff Snowden in good ol' Russia (396 comments)

There's something amusing about Snowden fleeing from the US and ending up in Russia, of all the places. This video shows that he's making use of the channels of free speech there.

Even more amusing was the beginning of Putin's response "You've worked for a spy agency [NSA]. I previously worked for a spy agency [KGB]. We understand each other - we can have a professional dialog." There could have been a suppressed snicker there... and he might as well have followed by saying "you know how the real world operates. so let's not be naive here..."

More seriously:
1) Would it be bad, from Snowden's standapoint, to come back to the US after all the publicity he's got. The possibility that he might get locked up silently and they key thrown away seems remote, given the vast amount of public support he has. And if he was committed to bringing about positive change, then one would see that returning and standing trial would further that mission.
2) Would it be bad, from the US government's standpoint for him to come back? For now he and the can of problems he opened seem conveniently stashed away in Russia. So if he came back, what then?

about 3 months ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

gwstuff Psychological trick (167 comments)

"I worked day and night on my taxes. Now that they're done I'm going to give myself the gift of Google Glasses. I deserve it."

about 3 months ago
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New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas

gwstuff Re:I don't think this is going to fly... (269 comments)

Why wouldn't you fly with pilots you know, who are presumably qualified and licensed?

about 3 months ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

gwstuff Stock price too high? (151 comments)

Facebook could have bought them instead of buying WhatsApp and Ocular, and spending just a little bit more.

about 3 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

gwstuff Inaccurate summary (641 comments)

First the idea of "Suspending" a kernel developer is inane. Kernel developers don't work for Linus. Anyone can fork the kernel and work on his own version of it. Furthermore, Kay can write code that other people audit, modify and submit further.

Secondly, it's not an 'indefinite, unconditional ban' as suggested by the summary. Here's the specific line from Linus' email:

Greg - just for your information, I will *not* be merging any code
from Kay into the kernel until this constant pattern is fixed.

In other words he might start accepting patches from him if he changed his style of operating.

about 4 months ago
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Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

gwstuff Watch out Google! (108 comments)

Facebook is coming after your ass with fashionable headsets to make your nerdy looking glasses look even nerdier. What's more.. they're DEPLOYING BTRFS!!! Be afraid.

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

gwstuff Re:2 billion vrs 19 billion vrs 1 billion (535 comments)

I thought of the same thing when I saw the 2 billion figure. We know that these deals involve pay offs mainly in stock. I wonder then what the valuation is - is it current stock value, or is it projected value at the time that the stock will have fully vested i.e. 5 years down the line. I bet it's the latter - and the big billion dollar figures are a publicity stunt that ensures that everyone comes to know of the purchase event.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

gwstuff Re:GitHub Source (224 comments)

"Someone" :-)

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

gwstuff Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

If it's their 'road' then Netflix is a bright, shiny city in the distance. It (and others like it) ARE THE REASON that people are on the road in the first place. Asking them to pay is like charging a city to pay for road usage just because it is a source of traffic. It is inevitable for companies that thrive at one time to decline and give way to others at another. For the system to continue to function, small, new destinations (startups, duh) that are detours from the main road need to be given a fair chance to succeed in an environment in which they can compete with the big players.

Without this process of constant replenishment, when the bright cities become old, dilapidated and defunct, people no longer have the reason to use the road. Everyone loses, except for selfish executive ass-holes who screwed everyone, all but knowing what was going to happen and sailed away with the money on their yachts laughing.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

gwstuff Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

Exactly. But now could you phrase this in a way that blames someone, rubbishes something someone else says, and most importantly appeals to the vested interests of someone influential. Then you might have chance of being heard.

about 4 months ago
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In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

gwstuff Looking for a marketplace... (156 comments)

It seems that the missing link between blogging and conventional journalism could be a marketplace that enables bloggers to publish content in the mainstream media. Major media sites commonly link to blogs, and some bloggers do op-eds from time to time, but this cross-pollination seems to be the exception, not the rule. A Google Play-like marketplace in which bloggers sell their written pieces (or make them available for free), and from which news service purchases such pieces would eliminate the distinction between 'freelance journalist' and 'blogger.'

On an unrelated note, the article (outside of the title) doesn't waste much time comparing blogging and conventional journalism.

about 4 months ago
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They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

gwstuff Re:Don't store unencrypted email online (206 comments)

Using an unknown encoding scheme is obfuscation, not encryption. So you're suggesting using obfuscation as a cheap substitute for encryption. That might be fine in some situations but 1) It really is very, very easy to crack - you don't need human intervention - there are tools that let you compute polynomial mappings between two data sets. 2) You can encrypt the data using a powerful algorithm using off the shelf free tools, so why not just go one baby step further and do it so that even in the unlikely case that one day the stakes to get to your data are high, there's no way to get it.

about 3 months ago
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They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

gwstuff Re:Don't store unencrypted email online (206 comments)

All good points. Just a quick note about (1): you can encrypt all your email by using a passthrough email address in a domain that you trust. So me@myname.com received all your email, encrypts it and forwards it to gmail or wherever.

about 3 months ago

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Apple Loses Motion against Lodsys

gwstuff gwstuff writes  |  about 10 months ago

gwstuff (2067112) writes "In 2011, iOS developers everywhere breathed a sigh of relief when Apple sued Lodsys in response to the company's patent lawsuits against individual developers. Now seemingly well in time for Halloween, a Texas court has rejected Apple's motion presumably re-exposing devs to the front lines of the legal battle. Is it time for devs to suck it up and resign to the ugly one, or is there still hope that Martha Stewart will succeed where Apple failed and save the day? As a developer myself I find it bizarre and sad that a company can use the legal system to enforce patents that it itself does not use in any of its own products."
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Dotless domain names prohibited, ICANN tells Google

gwstuff gwstuff writes  |  about a year ago

gwstuff (2067112) writes "Last year, Google had filed applications for about 100 top level domains. These included .app, .cloud and .lol, but perhaps most prominently .search, which they had requested to operate as a "dotless" domain. Today, ICANN gave their verdict on the idea that would make this URL valid : NO. Here is the formal announcement from earlier today, and a related Slashdot story from last year.

So that's that. But it may still be granted the rights for remaining 100. Is prime .COM real estate going to become a thing of the past?"
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MIT researchers use Wifi to see through walls

gwstuff gwstuff writes  |  about a year ago

gwstuff (2067112) writes "In this year's ACM SIGCOMM conference two MIT researchers present a paper describing WiVi, a wireless technology that uses WiFi signals to detect and observe human movement through walls. From the paper, "In contrast to previous systems, which are targeted for the military, Wi-Vi enables small cheap see-through-wall devices that operate in the ISM band, rendering them feasible to the general public. Wi-Vi also establishes a communication channel between itself and a human behind a wall, allowing him/her to communicate directly with Wi-Vi without carrying any transmitting device." Other highlights from the conference include a slew of papers on Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Larry Peterson's keynote acceptance of the SIGCOMM lifetime award, whose previous awardees include Bob Kahn, Jon Postel, and Van Jacobson."

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