top App Detects Neo-Nazis Using Their Music
...and now I am a pansexual vampire.
Music: it's as bad a Hitler.
top USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document
I know, right? This "broken arrow" story isn't particularly new. I suppose the FOIA docs provide more terror-inducing details, but it is not a secret that a B-52 broke up over NC and drop two big nukes that failed to detonate.
top Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed
I have seen Apple tank without Jobs before. It looks like they are doing it again.
Jobs was a superior product guy and a despot with unchecked power.
There is simply no one at Apple to take his place.
So it may take 5-10 years for Apple to diminish to irrelevance again.
Larry is right: we have already seen this movie before.
top Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One
Technical point: Microsoft isn't run by Bill Gates anymore. This is Ballmer's fault.
top Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees
We lose so much MONEY on payroll that we should FIRED whoever came up with that idea.
What's wrong with paying in company scrip or gift certificates?
It is certainly true that non-bank check cashing is a blight on poor communities. Debt cards that in-practice have the same fee structure do not help the situation.
In the case of something like McD's, they should simply issue cash. Yes, the corporation loses out on "playing the float," but that's just found money anyway.
top Sergey Brin Says Using a Smartphone Is 'Emasculating'
When I first got into computer for REALZ in the 90s, I let them consume me. I think that is a natural first reaction to the power of technology.
But after a while, I realized I needed a better balance in my life and learned a secret: you can choose NOT to look at the computer. Or email. Or IRC. Or IM. Or Facebook. Or slashdot (sorry).
When I hear experters fret over the dehumanizing affects of technology, I laugh. Some people just don't have enough patience. The rebalance will come to the majority soon enough. In the 50s-80s, the technology monster was TV. Before that, it was radio. Now it is smartphones. Soon it may be smart glasses or smart wrist watches.
However, being an alarmist sells papers.
about a year and a half ago
top Illinois Politician Wants a Kill Switch For Anonymous Speech Online
"No person shall be considered for any public office who cannot sign up for a free web mail account and send an email by his or her self."
That should reduce the political idiocy by a third, I hope.
top 71 Percent of U.S. See Humans On Mars By 2033
I am a big proponent of NASA. I would like to see the budget increased. I would do it with cuts in the military and corporate subsidies (particular to oil companies).
Then next time a stupid survey asks "would you like to increase spending" I really wish there were a follow-up question "what would you give up to see this happen."
Heck, I give 110% at my job and SO SHOULD THE BUDGET!
about a year and a half ago
top Slashdot Turns 15, What Are You Doing Later?
Wow. 109. You should eBay that sucker.
top Man Pays For Cross-Country Trip Using Bacon As Currency
We need to progressive reforms to save us from this Gilded Age of Bacon Barons!
top Bill Moggridge, GRiD Compass Designer, Dies
You can see Bill in the documentary film Objectified, which is about industrial design. Really, it's a must see for folks who read this site.
top Are 12-16 Hour Workdays Productive?
I quit a job with a manager who didn't think that "work-life balance" was valid.
Even in the face of a terrible economy. Engineering requires a functioning brain.
Perhaps the world would be a better place if more people took time off.
top Twitter Restricts Client Developers
Twitter is working to make their developer ecosystem not smaller but more selective.
top Happy Birthday, Debian!
1993 is currently 19 years ago.
Goodnight from Old Guy News Tonight!
top Creating a School Computer Lab With Ubuntu For $0
I despise articles like this.
Can you get hardware and software for free? Yes. You need to do a lot of hustling though to get the components, assemble the network and keep it running. Additional, electricity and internet access are never free. Someone has to maintain the network, install software and answer user questions.
You can't whip a linux network on a bunch of teachers and expected it to be useful. I can't even do that with IT professionals.
top Facebook Loses Users, Satisfaction Higher at Google+
I use both FB and G+. FB is useful to friends and family. G+ is superior as a hobby news stream. G+ has a more focused, less cluttered UI.
And hangouts? FOR THE WIN.
I appreciate that this just one nerd's opinion. YMMV.
top New Analyst Report Calls Agile a Scam, Says It's An Easy Out For Lazy Devs
Agile is not a product. It is a mindset. Each team needs to workout what that means for them. I have been in teams for two companies that used Agile methods heavily and it has worked out very well for business units (predictable deliveries), developers (predictable work hours) and customers (higher quality releases).
I am positive Agile is not a silver bullet for every project. Software engineering is still a hard problem to generalize.
top Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?
Man, how does The Onion continue to deliver such great comedy after all these years?
"...specifically, whether [the command line has] outlived its usefulness in this era of the GUI"
Great stuff! I am still laughing.
top Pentagon Contractors Openly Post Job Listings For Offensive Hackers
I don't need to explain why training terrorists might not be the best idea for our long term interest, right?
top Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?
I have been using these for over 10 years:
These have fantastic fidelity, are lightweight and all around groovy.
Every other headphone I've used under $100 has some level of fail (yes, I am looking at you apple
earbuds) that makes me feel like I have just burned money.
top /. Achievement: Comment modded down as flamebait
Wow. Only on slashdot does a harmless comment on the weakness of the ARM CPU get modded as flamebait. I don't think I've had that honor before. I hadn't realized there were so many RISC bigots here.
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