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!



Security Vendors Self-Censor Target Breach Details

hmmm Re:Your data is in everyone else's hands (115 comments)

Absolutely true. Companies these days are like 9th century coastal villages in Europe. Snakeoil vendors are selling magic potions and amulets to the village inhabitants promising to ward off evil. These villages may have some security people. These security people might be diligent and hard working, but when a horde of vikings appear on the horizon there is little or nothing they can do.

We need to withdraw to fortified castles and towns. Centralise our security resources and, instead of making holes all over the corporate networks, ensure that there is only one way in and out. Monitor everything going in and out of the corporate network through a single chokepoint. If you want to set up your business outside the fortified walls, you take your chances. It won't stop all attackers, but it will stop most.

There simply isn't enough good security people, and those that are out there are scattered working with multiple companies - the attackers have all the advantages at the moment and it is only getting worse.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Will Squeeze Datacenters On Price of Windows Server

hmmm Tied in to Office 365 (274 comments)

They should have waited till they had more of their customer base tied into Office 365, and then raised prices. As it is, many companies I know are wavering between going with an all Microsoft future (along with 365), or going with a mixed Linux/MS environment. This will make that decision easier.

about a year ago

Should We Be Afraid of Google Glass?

hmmm Re:Public Privacy?! (307 comments)

You can walk around today with a video camera in your hand pointing at people. There's nothing stopping you. Try it and let us know how you get on.

about a year and a half ago

Google BigQuery Is Now Even Bigger

hmmm Lost faith in Google (38 comments)

You'd be some idiot to build a business on the back of a service that might disappear. At least with the IaaS providers you have some hope of being able to recover should the service provider decide they no longer want to support their service, because you can shift your application to new infrastructure. If you're tied into the Google world-view, you're only a short blogpost away from seeing your business threatened.

about a year and a half ago

Google Reader Being Retired

hmmm Re:Best in class (386 comments)

This. This is the biggest thing for me. It's not like this was a niche product, Google had built _the_ best RSS reader and it in turn had become the core infrastructure for many products and services. I use Reader on the web, I use it on my Mac, I use it on my phone. I'm not naive, but I guess I expected that only super-niche products would ever be shut down by Google. I'm disgusted, this will make me much more wary of using any Internet service in the future, particularly one from Google.

about a year and a half ago

Mark Shuttleworth Addresses Ubuntu Privacy Issues

hmmm Short term versus long term impact (279 comments)

Ubuntu might write off people who oppose this change as a small minority of geeks, and the vast majority of people won't care.

Which is true in the short term. Unfortunately as history has proved repeatedly, the "vast majority of people" go to a geek for advice. That might be a family member, a trusted friend or some geek writing something online. They might not understand what the issue is, but over time they will hear the geek background noise about what Ubuntu is doing. In the Medium to Long term, Ubuntu is in trouble if they continue down this track.

about a year and a half ago

Windows Phone 8 Officially Unveiled

hmmm Re:Won't work on current phones? (414 comments)

MS have just completely screwed over Nokia. Very few people are going to buy a new Nokia now until WP8 appears, so Nokia have no business for the next 6 months. I'm not sure they can survive that long with no income.

more than 2 years ago

Windows RT Will Cost OEMs Over Twice As Much as Windows 7

hmmm Re:What is Microsoft thinking? (310 comments)

I agree. They appear to be betting the company on Windows 8 in an attempt to capture the market for touch enabled devices, and are willing to risk alienating millions of their customers as a consequence. Why they wouldn't follow through on that strategy by all but giving away the RT licenses is beyond me. Windows 8 makes it clear that they are not willing to settle on becoming merely niche players in this market, whereas high pricing on licenses seems to indicate the reverse.

Perhaps we have two parts of the company engaging in competing strategies, in which case responsibility for the mess would fall very squarely on Ballmer and senior management who should be setting the overall company strategy.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

hmmm Re:Found happiness elsewhere (818 comments)

You can’t completely break something for a long time and expect people to jump right back when you fix it. I, like many others, had to go elsewhere when kde3 became impractical to keep running and kde4 was completely broken.

+1 this. I'm sick of distributions which I've gotten used to and liked who suddenly throw themselves (and my productivity) off a GUI cliff. I don't care if you're putting in place the building blocks for some super duper new GUI, I use my computers to get things done and don't like having a "WTF?" moment when I upgrade.

I used and really liked KDE for a long time, and along came 4.x . Suddenly I was left with a half working GUI, and was told that "well you shouldn't have upgraded should you?" and "it'll get better when we fix all the bugs". This is my problem now is it?

MS are about to run into the same issue with Windows 8. Taking a well known and, maybe not loved but tolerated, GUI paradigm of a desktop and discarding it. It's going to cause chaos and resentment amongst their user community, many of whom will look at alternatives.

I greatly respect everyone who contributes to open source, and I know you put your heart and soul into it, but for most of us our computers are not toys that we sit and tinker with endlessly to display snazzy new GUI effects, they are the tools we use to get things done. Once you lose the trust of the user that they can rely on you to provide a stable and easy to use OS you will have an incredibly hard job getting them back.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Solve Mystery of Ireland's Moving Boulders

hmmm Re:Oblig Brian O'Nolan reference (127 comments)

You've never heard of Myles na gCopaleen/Flann O'Brien? Seriously? Ask some of your friends have they heard of him, I guarantee most will.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Solve Mystery of Ireland's Moving Boulders

hmmm Re:Well holy god (127 comments)

In fairness I think even a few bishops administered a sharp belt of the crozier to the dopy religious eejits who were proclaiming it was a miracle.

This happened the last time we had a recession, I'm surprised it hasn't started happening again. We love a good recession us Catholics we do, it's a truly miserable time and all the better for it.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Solve Mystery of Ireland's Moving Boulders

hmmm Well holy god (127 comments)

Next thing "science" will probably try and explain moving statues.

more than 2 years ago

Introducing SlashBI

hmmm Why would I go elsewhere? (339 comments)

Why would I go to another site, when the greatest source I've ever found for an exchange of real world technical opinions on enterprise IT is found right here? I might as well be reading one of the industry magazines if I wanted PR blurb.

more than 2 years ago

Bitcoin Mining Startup Gets $500k In Venture Capital

hmmm More bitcoins than sense (381 comments)

I officially declare Internet Bubble 2 as confirmed!

more than 2 years ago

Planetary Resources Confirms Plan To Mine Asteroids

hmmm Maybe the objective is not what we think? (500 comments)

I'm intrigued to see Diamandis involved, a guy who has dedicated a lot of effort to driving technological progress. It got me thinking that perhaps the objective here is less to actually create this technology themselves but perhaps to force the hand of governments and even some companies with large pockets.

The potential ROI for the first group (or country) who successfully builds a fleet of robotic miners could be..err.. astronomical. I imagine there's a number of smart people in government ministries around the world (China and Japan in particular, perhaps the US) who would not like to see this group get a head start on their nation. It could force these government's hand and force them to invest them in this technology, perhaps it might even spark a new space race.

If you were a billionaire interested in space, and unhappy with the cutbacks in funding of exploration, what better way to force governments to reverse course than by threatening to deprive these governments of the massive profits that may be available?

more than 2 years ago

Google Launches Identity Verification Badge Scheme

hmmm Future uses (241 comments)

If Google implements a verified identity solution, this would potentially allow them to leverage G+ as an authentication option for online business. Your G+ account could become your SSO access to your financial accounts.

about 3 years ago

Nokia and Microsoft Make Smartphone Alliance

hmmm So sad (479 comments)

I loved Nokia, they worked hard to make good quality phones with advanced features. I'd reluctantly switched to iPhone about 3 years ago as Nokia fell behind on the Smartphone race, but I never loved Apple and was ready to make the move when a good competitor arrived. Microsoft are not ready for the new era, they are the Mubaraks of the IT world. Nokia is finished, it might sell a few million phones but will never again excite consumers or enthuse developers - I feel really really sad & sorry for enthusiastic Nokia employees.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia Siemens Sued For Providing Monitoring Equipment To Iran

hmmm Re:I sympathize but I think he'll lose. (275 comments)

Just because a length of rope can be used for strangling someone, that doesn't mean that the rope manufacturer should be held liable. Just because you can break someone's skull with a hammer, that doesn't mean the manufacturer can be held responsible.

However if the RFQ comes in from the "Ministry for hanging and bashing skulls with rocks" you would be well aware of what the potential use will be. But I take your point, and agree with it only as long as the company supplying the equipment has a reasonable expectation that the equipment will be used in a non harmful manner and haven't turned a blind eye to other uses.

If it is proven that certain companies, who only exist because of our Western culture and governance systems, supplied equipment which they knew would be used for the purposes of torturing or killing people by a despotic regime, I hope there can be some sanction.

about 4 years ago

Germany To Grant Privacy At the Workplace

hmmm Re:How Do Europeans Do It? (450 comments)

Businesses in Europe haven't cottoned on to creating a Fox News equivalent, which would accuse politicians of being "liberal muslims!!!" every time they bring in new regulation for business.

about 4 years ago

Spinal-Fluid Test Confirmed To Predict Alzheimer's

hmmm Re:From someone that lost his mother to Alzheimer' (138 comments)

At least it would give you some time to prepare, both yourself and your loved ones. If I found I had Alzheimers, I would want to make sure that I enjoyed the next few years and ensured that my family were taken care of. I'm sure depression would accompany a diagnosis, but for many people the certainty of knowing is ultimately a relief.

more than 4 years ago


hmmm hasn't submitted any stories.


hmmm has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

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>