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Snapchat Will Introduce Ads, Attempt To Keep Them Other Than Creepy

gwstuff It's not a bug, it's a feature!! (131 comments)

To do targeted advertising, you have to collect data about people, say by processing the messages that have accumulated in their mailboxes over time. In this case though, SnapChat *CANT* do that - by definition - messages aren't supposed to lie around, they vanish when they are read. So the inability to deliver targeted ads is a fundamental shortcoming of the service.

It's amazing how they're trying to market it like they're doing this out of the goodness of their hearts. That's just... creepy.

about two weeks ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

gwstuff Interference (127 comments)

Since the makers of the series have access to this model (their PR department probably scans slashdot) and maybe they don't want to seem particularly predictable, a model of this type has extremely low odds of being accurate and popular simultaneously.

about a month ago
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China Eager To Send Its Own Mission To Mars In the Wake of Mangalyaan

gwstuff This is stupid... (84 comments)

We should all pool our efforts together and build on each other's success, rather than treating space exploration in the same way as world cup soccer.

about a month ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

gwstuff Re:The traditional response (277 comments)

Interesting that my post was downvoted :-)

about a month ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

gwstuff Re:The traditional response (277 comments)

Yes, by playing to Apple's tune, they get invited to Apple's special events, get test devices, get insider information before everyone else, and sometimes even get their articles featured on Apple's website and in their presentations... all of this contributes to the overarching metric of a journalist's performance - pageviews.

You rightly pointed out that Android reviewers have similar tie ups with Android manufacturers, so it's not the Apple bias that is to be lamented. It is only cited often because of the amount of Apple news in the press. What is to be lamented is how the 'free press' can be rounded up like a lot of sheep.

about a month ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

gwstuff Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

Exactly. That's the thought I started watching the iWatch presentation with. But it was addressed by the ability to monitor your pulse, and to calculate the calories you consume. This kicks all existing heart rate monitors out of the picture, as they usually require you to wear a strap or belt around your chest, which is hugely inconvenient, and certainly not something you do all the time.

In short, I think the health platform combined with 3rd party apps will make this product (and probably comparable Android smartwatches) a success.

about 2 months ago
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Should Docker Move To a Non-Profit Foundation?

gwstuff Re:Non profit, bah, design by committee, ... (47 comments)

s,high profit non profits,high profile non profits ...although the mistyped version has some amusement and juice to it...

about 2 months ago
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Should Docker Move To a Non-Profit Foundation?

gwstuff Non profit, bah, design by committee, ... (47 comments)

One of the reasons that OpenStack is such a mess is because it is a conglomeration of 1000 vested interests pulling it in a 1000 different directions. The same goes for numerous high profit non profits out there. The good thing about Docker Inc. running Docker is that it is a small team with a vision and one that knows what it wants.

There's also the thing that 'non profits' that are established at an early stage to run a project aren't really non profits, because they are funded and consequently influenced by for profit companies. This leads to the *worst* case of design by committee possible. Remember that when the Linux Foundation took over Linux, Linux was a mature project with well defined governance and structure.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

gwstuff One gem of a notes app (167 comments)

I've been using this note taking app on my iPhone since 2009. It's just like having a little pad in your pocket that you can scribble into. I use it more than any other app.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

gwstuff On iPhone... (382 comments)

Here's a listing of some of the most popular multiplayer games on iPhone. I've enjoyed playing all of these in groups.

about 2 months ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

gwstuff Here's a dumb question... (267 comments)

Why would the market not correct the inflated value of alt currencies, eventually? Aren't heavy fluctuation and scams a feature of immature markets? And doesn't outside interface inhibit correction?

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

gwstuff War zones, 3rd world, disaster struck regions... (419 comments)

Ask someone, anyone, who has been to a region in which people fight to survive, and has to the smallest extent, even by simply talking to those people, shared their experiences. Unfailingly, the person will tell you that the experience changed his or her perspective, and that since then he is better, larger, more generous.

If you starve for a few days for the lack of food, a spoonful of plain, white, unsalted rice will taste better than the richest gourmet meal. My memory of the bowl of rice I had after 4 days of hunger is a calming, delicious memory. It was not the relief of having got food - but my whole body rejoicing from the taste of the soft, wholesome, starchy taste filling up in my mouth - a taste that I had not recognized until then.

We in the west are shielded from the harsh realities of life, little do we know that we are not exempt of them, we only ignore them, until one day it becomes impossible to do so. But if you have to face such realities then the perverse suffering caused by banalities - Internet connection going down, personal relationship problems simply dither away into insignificance.

I think it would be beneficial to society as a whole if every education included such encounters which teach people that life cannot be compared to the boom and splat of video games.

about 2 months ago
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Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

gwstuff Re:Nadella is part of the problem. (151 comments)

This post would have been much more informative if you had included the questions they asked you, how you characterized the dysfunction in how MS identified its top performers. It sounds like you have a good story to tell...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

gwstuff The mind is a dangerous thing (246 comments)

Just for fun, answer this question and quickly move on to reading the rest of my post. Explanation at the end.

"HOW MANY animals of EACH KIND did Moses take on the Ark?"

The mind is a dangerous thing when presented with incomplete information -- it just extrapolates it, sometimes even substituting the incomplete original version with the extrapolated raw version. You might *think* you saw something noteworthy, but it was only your mind showing you a rabbit on the moon.

This is one of the chief values of privacy - to be able to keep information that was meant for your perspective, and is not ready to show to the outside world, to yourself.

So I would say ask yourself this question: Is there any ambiguity in your mind about your anticipation of the needless loss of life or property based on what you have seen. If there is, then the benefit of doubt goes to the person you spied on. Consider what you saw as an aberration... mangled data that cannot be trusted.

As for that question - Did you answer two? It was Noah, not Moses who gathered animals on an Ark.

about 3 months ago
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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

gwstuff Re:Consumers (111 comments)

Nah, it's his breath.

about 3 months ago
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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

gwstuff Um... good for whom in the US? (111 comments)

Do you mean the US shareholders of T-Mobile? The CEOs? The Execs?

You couldn't possibly mean good for the US consumer... or did you? It's a bit awkward this. You must excuse me, you see we in the US have never really had any experience with that sort of thing - a company doing something that's good for the consumer... wow, I wonder how that feels like. Is that like when a Comcast sales rep signs you up for a promotion that actually costs you money in the long run, but gives you a refund when you spend hours on the phone, in effect being all nice and not ripping you off?

about 3 months ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

gwstuff Re:Weakest Russia ever (582 comments)

Nice, keep stoking those fires of hate... If everyone did that, this conflict along with the rest around the world would abruptly come to an end. On a less sarcastic note, this is probably true since there would be nobody left to fight.

about 3 months ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

gwstuff Re:Weakest Russia ever (582 comments)

Yes, also, the "BRICS" countries - Brazil, China and South Africa (Russia being the 'S'), which occupy 5 places in the top 10 GDPs spot, and two in the top 10 armed nations spots are not participating in the sanctions. In fact, BRICS cooperation has been growing - they recently established their own "IMF" equivalent.

about 3 months ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

gwstuff Re:Revisionist history. (282 comments)

Right... and to be honest, Elop was the nail in a coffin that Nokia seemed to have already been slipping into. They lost faith when Android and iPhone happened. They should have jumped into the Android market and kicked Samsung's ass - something they had been doing for about 2 decades - and aimed to become the market leaders again by 2020 - a spot reserved for whichever handset maker rules Android at that time.

When I worked for Nokia in 2002 (I interned there - best time of my life, best company ever to work for, best people to work with) - the seeds of doubt had already started setting in. There was a strong feeling in the company - especially in Nokia Networks that the company was good at making hardware but not software, and software would define the future. And so Nokia had to get its act together. This was not true - the software was OK. But in particular, people seemed to be intimidated by Microsoft, which according to them was all but poised to take over the future.

Around that time there was also a slew of foreign hires in the upper echelons - it was like the company was trying to reinvent itself even though it was really as good as any company could ever get. People cared about each other, they cared about building their best stuff - because they genuinely cared about the company and couldn't bear to see the Nokia brand stamped on anything less than perfect.

Yes, I have rose-tinted glasses, and lament what happened - but you would find this thinking in a lot of people who worked in Nokia in that era. It's partially because I feel like it was more than a company - there was a solidarity among people you don't see a lot in the world nowadays.

And that depresses me even more about people such as Stephen Elop. People like that - and others who got in and unhinged the company are like Wall Street scavengers who couldn't care less about anything human, creativity, the quest to find excellence - if they had to shred people's lives and spirits to mint a few extra coins they would do it without a hint of compunction.

about 3 months ago

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AnandTech founder's "retirement" is a job at Apple Inc.

gwstuff gwstuff writes  |  about 2 months ago

gwstuff (2067112) writes "Anand Lal Shimpi, the legendary hardware reviewer who founded and led AnandTech recently announced that he would retire from the tech writing business. On the heels of the announcement comes the news that he has joined Apple Inc. Unsurprisingly, the details of his new role in the company are unknown, with a typical "confirm, but won't provide details" statement from Apple."
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Apple Loses Motion against Lodsys

gwstuff gwstuff writes  |  1 year,26 days

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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