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Google Faces Up To $5 Billion Fine From Competition Commission of India

korgitser Re:I still can't figure out what they did (89 comments)

This mission statement translates into 'take from the rich, give to the poor'. Dunno whether to actually believe them, but the statement is guaranteed at least 50% true :)

about 8 months ago

Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars

korgitser Re:Years ago, I was involved in an edit war. (219 comments)

Well the academia is no different. The same petty politics, the same self-serving nipple rubbing. People are the same everywhere. The only difference is that academia is more p2p - If your real work is outgunned, you can hopefully find another journal or university, get a second opinion. This makes a hell of a difference - because wikipedia seems to be a central authority, you outsource much of your critical thinking and then find yourseld pissed when people happen. In academia, because of the explicit p2p nature you are forced to do your own thinking and therefore learn to deal with it to the point that it becomes programmatic and you are not able to pause to see it to be the same thing anymore.
Also you should not underestimate the system of meta(data) you build in your mind to navigate the the academia. This meta is linked to the best and only true value system you can imagine (your's), is built on the most complete and competent data available to you (your experience) and is therefore the best you can imagine (this meta is _you_, afterall!). So you build your image of academia in the image of yourself, and then notice that academia navigates well, is predictably reliable and gets the job done. Just like you! Expect it to happen in any field though, once you invest enough brainhours.

about 10 months ago

Scientists Says Jellyfish Are Taking Over the Oceans

korgitser Re:Never expect (274 comments)

How 'bout some bay area blues?

If I can smell saltwater in the air, I'm expecting some explosion of deadlines.


about a year ago

Republican Proposal Puts 'National Interest' Requirement On US Science Agency

korgitser Re:Before you scream about it... (382 comments)

Can anyone think of some basic research going on right now that wouldn't fit in one of those six categories?

Climate change - reserch on this has fought the banhammer since Dubya.
Effects of fracking - the new kid in town.
Considering the status quo in the US of A, I'm pretty sure this proposal is all about clearing the road to kick the can down on.

about a year ago

Even the Author of the Patriot Act Is Trying To Stop the NSA

korgitser Re:I have a easier answer... (322 comments)

You seem to have trouble parsing political language.

Temporary means permanent. Once you remeber this, you will be amazed how often you hear this word.

For some further fun, notice how many of their plans and speeches become crystal clear once you interpret 'terrorist' the way they do: 'a person'.

Do I even need to remind anyone that freedom = slavery?

about a year ago

Finland's Algorithm-Driven Public Bus

korgitser Good news, everyone! (123 comments)

They must have solved the travelling salesman problem.

1 year,10 days

Facebook and Cisco Offer Check-In Service For Free Wifi

korgitser Re:Tethering surcharge (67 comments)

What do you mean, paying for tethering?

1 year,22 days

Death of the Car Salesman? BMW Makes AI App To Sell Electric Cars

korgitser Lolwut (168 comments)

without the hassle of having to pick up the phone

How exactly am I supposed to use the app without picking up the phone?

about a year ago

New for 2013: An In-Depth Analysis of Kubrick's 2001: a Space Odyssey

korgitser Re:'medium is the..." (164 comments)

"The transmission method used shapes the meaning of the content"

Even more than that, the medium defines the content to the point that there is no difference between them. You can easily see it on american TV - it's a very distinct form of crap, and you can easily see that nothing but more and worse of this crap can ever be hoped to be broadcast on this american TV.

Any medium has certain kind of message(s) it is able to convey. American press on a scale is able to convey american exceptonalism, but unable to convey real critique. Taken as a sum, the message becomes unseparable from the medium - they define and create each other like space/time/matter/energy.

about a year ago

New for 2013: An In-Depth Analysis of Kubrick's 2001: a Space Odyssey

korgitser Re:interesting background (164 comments)

This makes sense. You need both of your brain hemispheres developed to see the forest behind the trees of 2001. Sadly the comments here indicate a strong left-brain dominance, up to the point of arrogance and dismissal towards the unfamiliar.

about a year ago

New for 2013: An In-Depth Analysis of Kubrick's 2001: a Space Odyssey

korgitser Re:Toynbee Idea (164 comments)

Burma shave!

about a year ago

How Joel Spolsky Shot Down a Microsoft Patent In 15 Minutes

korgitser Re:Huh? (175 comments)

Why would these arguably-sociopathic organizations engage in what amounts to mutually-assured destruction for the sake of leveing the playing field?! :p

Because the first one to start doing it might gain a competitive advantage for a few years?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting Hired As a Self-Taught Old Guy?

korgitser Re:Start your own (472 comments)

I'd go another route:
Be willing to work for a little more than the going rate.
Focus, yes, on the smaller companies, but shoot straight for senior/teamlead positions. Your track record should cover you there. Tell them, you want to gain a level in your career and that your age should help you there.

about a year ago

Xfce, LXDE, GNOME3 Desktops Running On Ubuntu Mir Via XMir

korgitser Re:Hello (162 comments)

millenium - a thousand anuses, from latin 'anus'
millennium - a thousand years, from latin 'annus'

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With New Free Time?

korgitser Re:Life (299 comments)

It is common for an it guy to get stuck waiting in the main loop when there is no new input. Beyond ones existing hobbies, i would recommend turning to your wife for recommendations. She is supposed to know you well.
something like
ssh wife "dd if=/dev/urandom bs=1M count=1" > /dev/null
should fill up your own entropy pool quite nicely and refresh your imagination.

about a year ago

Nicaragua Gives Chinese Firm Contract To Build Alternative To Panama Canal

korgitser Re:Competition (323 comments)

Well, it might be time for you to invest in my subprime factories! On a larger scale, you can actually tolerate a steady stream of factories blowing up, as long as enough of them turn a constant rent... And the children there will work for a carrot a day!

about a year ago

NSA Building $860 Million Data Center In Maryland

korgitser Re:Fixing the problem (177 comments)

My best guess:
1) this kind of sht is morally wrong
2) thus, working for this kind of sht is morally wrong
3) thus, anybody who works for this kind of sht is going to hell, for whatever your value of 'hell'.
4) you might say that 'i need the money from this gig', but
5) anybody who works for this kind of sht is feeding their kids but is at the same time fscking over the kids' future bigtime. Your kids will not forgive you for being the AC IRL.

From this, it should easily emerge that everybody should just stop working for this sht. No workers, no NSA. There needs to emerge a culture and a movement to encourage it. Shame the spineless coward who works for the Man! Shun him or tell him what he does is evil and his country hates him for it. Spread the word!
You, everybody, personally, need to work to push this through. By this time and age it should be obvious that the Man is the real terrorist. Your democratic functions have long since ceased to return value, hoping for change in elections will not do. It will require significant effort from each and every american to repeal this next age of slavery.

about a year ago

Lenovo Announces Grand Opening of US Manufacturing Facility

korgitser Re:I have a better idea (153 comments)

[Citation needed]

about a year ago



Google is pulling the plug on Reader.

korgitser korgitser writes  |  about a year and a half ago

korgitser (1809018) writes "I just logged in to Google Reader and was welcomed with rather a surprising news: citing falling popularity, Google is pulling the plug on Reader in three months. I'm sure many a slashdotter are using Reader to manage their daily overdose of newsworthy. What do you think of this? Where should one look for a replacement?
I personally started using it some years ago, when I needed to access my feeds on two different computers — Reader took care of the synchronization problem that immediately followed on desktop apps. I have taken Reader for granted ever since and the EOL took me by complete surprise. Do you think falling popularity (and we are not given concrete numbers) is good enough a reason to pull the plug? Not every service can excpect popularity comparable to that of Google Search, or the big scare that is Facebook. This is especially true for a feed reader, which is a tool for a power user. The regular deprecations Google does usually make sense — this is the other end of throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks. But by pulling stuff that has stuck, might it be that Google is shooting itself in the foot by alienating technical people and diluting the platform effect?"

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