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Steve Jobs Patent On iPhone Declared Invalid

mcguyver Re:What wrong has Steve done to you? (247 comments)

Yea, what a douche. Blue boxes were created to explore phone networks. Selling them for the sole purpose of putting money in your own pocket makes you a douche.

more than 2 years ago

Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

mcguyver not everyone can be good at it (767 comments)

Anyone can become a programmer but not everyone is good at it. This is like all things in life. Take the project manager for /. forums for example...whoever was the project manager for the forums put in features to make the forums difficult to use (as proof I give you /.'s declining traffic stats http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/slashdot.org).

more than 2 years ago

CPUs Do Affect Gaming Performance, After All

mcguyver civ4? (220 comments)

Tell this to someone who plays civilization...or SoF.

more than 2 years ago

Belief In Hell Predicts a Country's Crime Rates Better Than Other Factors

mcguyver religion as a police force (471 comments)

Indeed some people believe religion was created as a way to police crime.

In part of the study I read on NPR, kids were put in a room and told to take a test. Half of the kids were told there was a ghost in the room. Those that thought they were being watched were less likely to cheat.

more than 2 years ago

Online Pharmacy Pioneer Arrested In Florida

mcguyver Re:Nothing better to do (208 comments)

Most of these online pharm orders are for non-medical reasons. The most popular, phentermine, is used to make speed. Other popular meds, viagra, cailis, didrex, are used recreationally. Knowing this, it's hard to sympathize with the online pharmacy industry.

source: I used to sell $10k in online pharm meds per day

more than 2 years ago

The Space Command Team Answers Your Questions

mcguyver Ed Wood? (32 comments)

Independent sci-fi immediately creates a mental image of Ed Wood making saucers out of paper plates...

more than 2 years ago

The 30 Best Features of Windows

mcguyver slashdot is pushing windows, w t f (470 comments)

Holy shit has slashdot fallen. Never in my wildest nightmares did I think /. would have an article on the best features of an upcoming windows release. What a fucking joke...

more than 2 years ago

HBGary Federal Hacked By Anonymous

mcguyver Re:Sigh (377 comments)

HBGary Federal CEO: How can we catch anonymous?
HBGary Federal 1: How about we ask employees to use the same password everywhere, let them attack us and catch them in the act?
HBGary Federal CEO: Great idea, what should we use as bait?
HBGary Federal 1: How about all our emails including your social security number?
HBGary Federal CEO: Perfect, make it happen.

Surely the meeting went down just like that.

more than 3 years ago

Rupert Murdoch Claims To Own the 'Sky' In 'Skype'

mcguyver Misleading title, Rupert is probably not involved. (186 comments)

This seems like sensationalists journalism by /. because at no point does it say Rupert Murdoch is involved in this more so than the janitor of the company. I love /. (thanks for the free $40K from the va linux ipo) but appreciate facts over someones opinion. If anything, BSkyB should be kicking itself for picking such a ridiculous name. Seems like the dispute is over the ticker symbol here by a company that Rupert owns...is that really newsworthy front page material?

more than 4 years ago

How Did Wikileaks Do It?

mcguyver why is a political piece on /.? (973 comments)

Awesome, a political piece on /. and I thought this would be about _how_ the video was decrypted.

The line dividing /. from the rest of the new aggregate sites is becoming less clear and I'm finding /. less relevant.

more than 4 years ago

The Apple Two

mcguyver Re:Apple has made Microsoft look "open". (643 comments)

He's right and the article explains it better. Apple encourages consumerism more so than Microsoft. 15 years ago that didn't seem possible. You can pick your poison. As a consumer I'm going with Apple, as a moderate hobbyist I'm going with Microsoft and as a real hobbyist I'm going with neither.

What part of the argument you're on depends on your purpose. FWIW, Apple makes me vomit.

more than 4 years ago

Next iPhone — Front-Facing Camera, A4 Processor

mcguyver The title should mention this is a rumor (327 comments)

Note to sensationalist Slashdot mods. This is a rumor, that's significant info, note that in the title. Please say that /. hasn't degraded to the point of disguising apple rumors as legit stories on the homepage. Feel free to mod this down but some long time /. readers have got to be thinking the same thing.

more than 4 years ago

How MySpace Generates Enough Load To Test Itself

mcguyver while the article is biased, most of it is true (65 comments)

The article was written by an employee of the company that sold their testing software/services to MySpace. Of course they're going to have glowing reviews about their testing tools. With that said the author is right. Capacity testing in production is needed for high availability sites. Verifying your real time monitoring tools is also important.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft VP Suggests 'Net Tax To Clean Computers

mcguyver needed public service? (577 comments)

I like this idea. I have non-techy friends, their laptops are riddles with viruses and anti-virus software. To top it off, anti virus software providers are part of the problem. Their free trial popus are almost worse than a virus. So, the need exists. Any /. isn't going to have this problem but the rest of the world having this problem makes it everyone's problem. Using public funds to keep the net virus free is a good approach. Some services you can't commercialize. If each person had the right to decide to not pay for the DMV, public education or the military then those services wouldn't exist. Keeping the net free does fall into this category. Everyone wants it but no one wants to pay for it...forget where I read this drivel...but its interesting to see why or why not services are privatized.

more than 4 years ago

Google Android — a Universe of Incompatible Devices

mcguyver Android needs time to mature (636 comments)

I have an iPhone so my opinions are speculation. It seems to me that an Android phone is like using desktop linux 10-15 years ago. It was clumsy, with enough effort it could do everything needed and the product wasn't ready for all consumers. I wouldn't recommend linux to my grandmother a decade ago just like I wouldn't recommend and Android phone to her today. Over time the Andriod phones will (hopefully) be more fully featured & easier to use than the iPhone.

more than 4 years ago

CES Vendors Kicked Out of Hotels For Showcasing Wares in Room

mcguyver Re:They agreed to the terms at check-in (285 comments)

>So this entire thread is in the category of Whining. Agreed. Hotels offer meeting rooms for rent for the purpose of conducting business. Because so many people were evicted I'm guessing there were too many people wandering the hallways, stirring up complaints from non-CES guests.

about 5 years ago

Why Every Office Needs an Outsider

mcguyver the book Sway talks about this (81 comments)

The book Sway has an interesting article on this subject. In it, comparisons are drawn from the supreme court, flight crews on airplanes and the character Cameron in the movie Ferris Buelers Day Off. In all situations youâ(TM)ll find a âblockerâ(TM) or someone in the group that makes up an excuse to why something canâ(TM)t be done. The fact that someone has a dissenting opinion is insignificant. Whatâ(TM)s important is that _someone_ have a dissenting opinion. This causes the decision maker to reflect on their choice. I guess in retrospect itâ(TM)s all pretty obvious but itâ(TM)s interesting to see real world examples back up the ideaâ¦

more than 5 years ago

The Greatest Defunct Websites and Dotcom Disasters

mcguyver List of sites from the link (192 comments)

The list:
JenniCam (1996-2004; precursor to Justin.tv)
Boo.com (1998-2000; precursor to: Next.co.uk, et al)
Heat.net (1997-2000; precursor to Xbox Live, PSN)
Nupedia (2000-2003; precursor to Wikipedia)
Webvan (1999-2001, precursor to Tesco.com, et al)
Beenz (1998-2001)
Pets.com (1998-2000; precursor to: PetPlanet, et al)
AudioGalaxy (circa 1998-2002; precursor to: BitTorrent and torrent sites)
Stage6 (2006-2008; precursor to: Veoh.com)
Historical search engines

more than 6 years ago


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