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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

gwstuff On iPhone... (294 comments)

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

5 hours 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 two weeks ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

gwstuff War zones, 3rd world, disaster struck regions... (418 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 a month ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

gwstuff Stephen Elop... (282 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.

about a month ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

gwstuff Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 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."

about a month ago
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Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

gwstuff The nail has been hit on the head (171 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 month and a half 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 month and a half 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 month and a half 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 months ago

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Apple Loses Motion against Lodsys

gwstuff gwstuff writes  |  about a year 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  |  1 year,15 days

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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