Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak
Saying things have reach X Peak (or Peak X) has reached it's peak.
Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park
I agree the commercials suck. Also, having to watch the same commercials over and over again make me want to NOT buy that product because of the extreme annoyance that is now associated with the product. HOWEVER, between Hulu Plus, Netflix, and an OTA antenna I can satisfy all my TV needs without paying for the greater evil, Comcast or DirecTV. So whereas I hate the commercial breaks (and fortunately, some shows have none) I like the small step in cord-cutting that Hulu Plus provides me.
Also, even though there are a lot of commercials, there are still fewer commercials while watching Hulu Plus than there are watching it on cable.
Police Probing Theft of Millions of Pounds of Maple Syrup From Strategic Reserve
I can only hope the strategic reserves of Kraft Dinner are safe!
Ask Slashdot: Old Dogs vs. New Technology?
First off, I'm now 37 and I've been in IT for over 15 years. I can also say that I had similar feelings when I was 16 and first starting with PCs. For instance, I stuck with old MFM/RLL drives for awhile because I knew that technology but didn't know IDE, which was already a few years old. I later started learning to move with technology and have continued to do so.
I presently work at the Federal government and have had similar frustrations. It really has little to do with age and more to do with mentality. People get stuck in their old ways and are reluctant to change. My boss was that way in the beginning but, fortunately, he had an open enough mind where when I started slowly introducing newer technologies, like virtualization, he came to accept them. He also saw the wisdom in standardizing such things as backups and operating systems so that we weren't having to juggle 5-6 different platforms to get stuff done.
That said, standards and procedures exist for a reason. Someone like the OP is likely to be a lot more reckless when it comes to poking around and changing things. Just because something is newer doesn't necessarily mean it will fit the environment and/or application. Also, there are numerous other factors to consider such as vendor support, upgrade paths, downtime, etc. In a typical environment you will see not see newer technologies (outside of maybe a lab environment) until they've been tried and tested in the industry.
MIT Media Lab Rolls Out Folding Car
Some aunts are tall, some aunts are not tall. That is a matter that surely an aunt may be allowed to decide for herself.
AT&T Officially Ends Plans To Acquire T-Mobile USA
I know a lot of people who's contracts were up and jumped ship on the news that AT&T was going to buy them. I don't know the percentage but every T-Mobile subscriber I know all moved to other carriers when they heard the initial announcement.
Legal Threat Demands Techdirt Shut Down
What about Ben Affleck in the "How to eat with your butt" episode?
The Star Wars Kid Is Back
Finally, someone worthy of carrying on the torch of totally confusing the jury!
Chinese Reactions To Google Leaving China
Wouldn't that be more something like this?
This is how we do it, when we do it
Like we just wanna tear the club up
We do it like there ain't nothin' to it
The way we do it, now everybody put your fuckin' hands up!
18 Foot Multitouch Wall and New Multitouch Tech Hit the Streets
I like to sit back on the couch with my 92" screen across the room. I'm not going to get up every time I want to do something on my TV, that's what remotes are for.
18 Android Phones, In 3 Flavors, By Year's End
Or maybe, since "karate" means open hand, he didn't want to rule with his l33t fighting moves.
Researcher's Death Hampers TCP Flaw Fix
That was my first thought reading the summary. I mean come on:
The Ides of March
Colleague "Robert E Lee"
Low bandwidth attack that can take down large servers?
I suppose we should all beware the Ides of March. Et tu, Bruce Schneier, et tu?
Project Aims For 5x Increase In Python Performance
While you're at it, what is the capitol of Assyria?
BeOS Successor Haiku Keeps the Faith
From which we have to choose from
Why do we need this?
Seriously, why hasn't BeOS (and OS/2 for that matter) just disappeared. As if the numerous Linux and BSD distros didn't make the market confusing enough.
I'm constantly reminded of the scene in Caesar's Palace in Monty Python The Life of Brian. You know, where Brian tries to separate the People's Front of Judea and the Campaign to Free Galilee. When he says they need to unite against the common enemy they all shout "The Judean People's Front!" Then Brian has to say "No, no...the Romans!"
That is what these OS wars are about. We need to unite against Microsoft, the dominant power. We already have several OS alternatives out there, Mac, Linux, BSD. Why throw another in the mix which will never be supported mainstream?
Apple's Life After Steve Jobs
I am no fan of Apple as a company, but I do appreciate what they've done. The same thing holds true for Microsoft and Bill Gates. Apple was doing well because of Steve Jobs, then went into a decline when he left. Because of his return Apple enjoys the popularity and success it holds today.
Bill Gates has left Microsoft (sort of) and Microsoft is rapidly declining. Hewlett and Packard left HP and look where that company is now. These were all visionaries and good businessmen. You can't just replace someone like that. ESPECIALLY not with a financial person (CFO, etc.) Finance people know one thing, numbers.
In order for a company like that to continue it's momentum it needs an Engineer (software, hardware or otherwise) with charisma and good business sense. That is unlikely to happen as these people generally create their own companies and become the next Apple or Microsoft.
Amazon S3 Adds Option To Make Data Accessors Pay
With advertising revenues dropping we could see this as a new trend for accessing content. Of course, many sites are popular because they are free so this would likely reduce traffic. I could see how this would be useful for a site like Fark, though, who already has a paying crowd.
Of course, the big users I can see are porn sites.
Time Warner Recommends Internet For Some Shows
Maybe this will bring up the good old a la carte debate again. I, personally, resent having to pay $50+ a month when my entire family watches about 10 cable channels total. I looked into 4DTV a couple years ago but it didn't seem viable (limited DVR capabilities, lack of HD, still have to point to multiple satellites, etc.)
Do other Slashdotters have an a la carte TV solution that doesn't entail torrents, watching on the web/computer or illegal downloads?
Oregon Governor Proposes Vehicle Mileage Tax
I don't think GPS is the way to go. If they were to use accelerometers it would provide the same information with the following advantages:
Would not be dependant on a GPS signal
Greatly minimizes the privacy issue
As an Oregon resident, privacy is the biggest concern for me. Also, how long until they decide to start using this to trap speeders? With accelerometers it virtually eliminates the privacy issue because they would never know where you are, just how fast you were going.
Study Says Cosmic Rays Do Not Explain Global Warming
Sorry, but this bugged me. Less is a mass noun, the tag should read "onefewerexcuse" or, even more appropriately, "oneexcusefewer."
Now back to your regularly scheduled postings
Best Introduction To Programming For Bright 11-14-Year-Olds?
It is partially in jest, but LOGO was created to teach kids how to program. Real world wise, though, I would say C or PHP. They are both currently used, relatively easy to learn and require no cost to get started.
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