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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

leonbev Bad development, maybe? (498 comments)

Maybe the power grid software in that area was designed by the same person who designed "Close, and never show this again" functionality for the Slashdot Deals notification.

Nah... at least the power grid works at least some of the time. I still get that damn Slashdot Deals message every time I visit the site.

2 days ago
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U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

leonbev Re:Quite the poker player (285 comments)

The joke is on China, really. Obama has no chance in getting any CO2 emission legislation passed with a Republican Congress in charge, while China just went on record saying that they're at least going to attempt to reduce their emissions in the future. That's something that they were never willing to say before.

That China statement will come back to haunt them in future climate change negotiations, while Obama can just blame those "evil obstructionist Republicans" for not meeting his end of the bargain.

about two weeks ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

leonbev Re:These people just didn't know (114 comments)

Do you think that giving the POS terminal the GNOME name was just a piece of viral marketing tactic to begin with?

Think about it.... nobody on Slashdot (or many of the other technology web sites covering this story) would be talking about Groupon's new product if the Gnome team didn't make such a stink about their brand name. Many of the people reading those sites are potential buyers of this product.

Maybe they should call it the "iPOS" next, so all of the Apple news sites will get their chance to talk about the product as well :)

about two weeks ago
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Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

leonbev Re:Answer: No. (232 comments)

I'd imagine that the person who did a "-1 Disagree" on this post has never lost data due to a web service suddenly being shut down or signifigantly changed.

I'll bet that a bunch of the former Megaupload customers out there have learned this lesson the hard way. Google is likely to give you more advanced warning than that, but it's still something to be concerned about.

about three weeks ago
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Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

leonbev Re: Impartial (232 comments)

Yeah, the guy gets paid to write about Microsoft products for a living. Not exactly a guy to go to for an unbiased opinion.

about a month ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

leonbev What a wonderful article (296 comments)

Something tells me that UNIX compatibility had little to do with Mac OS X's growth in popularity. Most end users simply don't really care about the command line. Instead, I'd consider these to be the primary reasons why people started buying a lot more Mac's around 2007:

1) Windows Vista came out around this time, and many people didn't like it. Mac OS X looked like a good alternative in terms of both ease of use and better stability.
2) People were getting sick of seeing their Windows XP systems getting infected with malware, so they switched to the Mac where drive by malware downloads are less of a problem.
3) A lot of people wanted their computer to "just work" like their iPod did. Mac OS X just seemed easier to use to them.

about a month ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

leonbev Re:Wait, what? (305 comments)

This OS update is free for 10.8 and 10.9 users, no?

about a month ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

leonbev Re:Maybe you would and maybe you would not. (111 comments)

You really think so? I bet that Fox News would have a field day if they found out that Mrs. Obama only worked out twice a week considering how hard the administration has been pushing to get mandatory Phys Ed activity requirements in schools.

Likewise, I'm sure that other organizations would love to know how often they eat stuff like Fried Chicken in their private dining quarters as well.

about a month and a half ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

leonbev Re:Developer unhappiness or Marketshare loss? (229 comments)

This story isn't about the iOS version of the App Store, it's about the Mac OS X version.

Either way, it doesn't surprise me much. When I want a Mac version of an App, I just Google the product name and download the .dmg file from the vendor's download site.

The developers probably like it better that way anyway, since they don't have to wait for Apple to review product updates before they are posted AND they aren't giving Apple a 30% cut of any sales if I decide to buy it after the trial is up.

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

leonbev Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

You better roll out another broadband option for your neighborhood before starting your "boycott", as The Cable Company (i.e. Verizon and AT&T) and The Phone Company (Time Warner and Comcast) are usually the only two broadband options available for most people.

I'd love to have a third fiber or wireless network option run by my local municipality, but I doubt that it's going to happen considering that the mayor and city council are probably getting campaign donations from the aforementioned Phone Company and Cable Company.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

leonbev Re:Speakeasy Speed Test (294 comments)

That appears to be run by OOKLA, the same guys who run Speedtest.net.

I don't trust Speedtest.net's results, either, as they seem to ALWAYS run at the maximum speed for the connection even when my Internet connection on sites like Youtube or Netflix is slow. I think that there is some shady content prioritization going on there.

about a month and a half ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

leonbev Doesn't sound all that practical, really (651 comments)

True, but you're not going to find those Bushmasters for sale in Connecticut where new AR-15's have already been outlawed.

about 2 months ago
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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

leonbev We're 3D printing the wrong stuff for mainstream! (302 comments)

I think that the problem is that most people are using 3D printers now are engineers making prototype parts for machinery, which doesn't interest the mainstream.

Now, if you post a bunch of 3D printer template files for sex toys... now you'll get the mainstream's attention!

Wow... I almost see the great unwashed masses heading to Target now for "That there plastic dildo maker" Janet told me about :)

about 7 months ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

leonbev Re:I'd watch that for a dollar (465 comments)

Personally, I think that the show would be a good idea if they found the right host and sponsors for it.

Instead, they try to turn a game programming show into "Hell's Kitchen" and failed miserably.

Someone should do a Kickstarter for another attempt of this show. I'll bet it would get funded.

about 8 months ago
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With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

leonbev Re:Just windows XP? (426 comments)

You are assuming that most people still using XP at this point actually know how to burn a DVD from an .ISO image or make a bootable USB thumb drive to install Ubuntu themselves. That's kind of a dangerous thing to assume.

about a year ago
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What Marketers Think They Know About You and What They Really Do

leonbev Re:Not Much On Me, Not Totally Wrong (277 comments)

Yeah... the information they had on me was profoundly wrong.

They said that I was a single factory worker/tradesman making $25K to $50K a year, with an odd interest in cosmetics. Weird.

The information that they had on my car and house was accurate, though. They must get that info from my credit report.

I updated the info to (accurately) show that I was a married technical worker with a household income of $125K a year. That should make sure that I start getting better junk mail in the future :)

about a year ago
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Devs Flay Microsoft For Withholding Windows 8.1 RTM

leonbev Re:so pony up, Microsoft want agile extreme only (413 comments)

It sounds like Microsoft wants a three to six month jump on their competition for Windows 8.1 "Modern UI" apps.

Seems stupid to me, considering that most users aren't really buying into "Modern UI" anyway. I would want people filling their app store with as many launch day titles as possible to build legitimacy to the platform.

about a year ago
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Break Microsoft Up

leonbev Re:Terrible idea (355 comments)

Yeah... how do these people plan on breaking up Microsoft, anyway? The only really profitable divisions are the Office division and Windows division... everything else is barely making a profit (Like the XBox division) or are losing money by the boatload (The tablet division, the phone division, Bing, etc.)

Unless you paired some of the unprofitable divisions with the profitable ones, things like Bing and the Surface would die immediately. While I'm sure that many Slashdot fans would cheer about that, it's probably not the best outcome for Microsoft.

about a year ago
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Using Kickstarter Data To Predict Ubuntu Edge's Success

leonbev Re:tl;dr - their answer is NO (113 comments)

By predicting that the Kickstarter is going to come up short of their goal, these armchair analysts have likely (and amusingly) impacted their own projections. Now that more people think that the project is going to fail, even fewer people will bother to invest in it. Depending on how many people read the article on Slashdot, it might cost Canonical another $500,000 to a million in contributions.

about a year ago
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Early Surface Sales Pitiful

leonbev I'm still waiting for the liquidation sale (251 comments)

It's only a matter of time before Microsoft unloads all of these unsold Surface RT tablets for next to nothing, just like HP and Blackberry did with their failed tablet designs.

Anyone want to take a guess when the remaining Surface RT's will start showing up on liquidation sites like Woot for around $149? I'm thinking that they might make great door-busters for a Black Friday sale... you can finally get that person who's been drooling over your iPad a tablet of their own. Just don't be surprised if they hate you for being a cheap skate.

about a year ago

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