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Fewer Grants For Young Researchers Causing Brain Drain In Academia

middlemen I know the solution... (153 comments)

Make all the young researchers play football.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

middlemen Dumb question - simple solution (361 comments)

For NYT it is very easy.

You can clear your history after you hit their paywall block or you can just view in Privacy mode and then close the tab once you're hitting the paywall.

Then open a new tab and try again and it will work.

NYT does tracking using cookies and what should you do with cookies ? Eat them!

about a year ago

Google Nabs Bing Maps Architect

middlemen Musical Chairs (94 comments)

I am waiting for the headline that Ballmer has decided to move to Google !!!!

about a year ago

Twitter Will Track Your Browsing To Sell Ads

middlemen How does one prevent this ? (120 comments)

I have a genuine question. Assuming one uses Twitter from the phone, how does one prevent the Twitter app on the phone to scan the browsing history ? If they cannot scan my browsing history they cannot give me ads.

On another note, if there are companies who can scan tweets (such as stocktwits) to give you sentiment analysis, why cant Twitter do the same ? Have they realized that they just have a bunch of web developers who know only Javascript and can't do text processing using it ?

about a year ago

EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem

middlemen The Graduate is the reason (470 comments)

Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.

Benjamin: Yes, sir.

Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?

Benjamin: Yes, I am.

Mr. McGuire: Plastics.

Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?

about a year ago

Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian

middlemen Re: Stop Pumping up OIL!!! (495 comments)

Cows rarely ever fart. It's their belching that is the problem. I think most posters here have never been around cattle.

Why fart and waste it when you can burp and taste it !

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

middlemen Use TCP instead of UDP (361 comments)

The only communications I know as a programmer is TCP and UDP :) Use TCP if you want a response from your manager otherwise he might be dropping his UDP packets.

about a year ago

Edward Snowden is ...

middlemen Re:Hero (601 comments)

He wanted to end up in Iceland, I believe.

Iceland is a snow den

about a year and a half ago

Perspectives On the Latest IBM Layoffs

middlemen Death of HP, Dell and IBM inevitable (135 comments)

The death of large firms like HP, Dell and IBM is inevitable. Whether the process of dying involves offshoring their services and/or manufacturing of their main hardware products, the cause is simply mismanagement from the top and lack of innovation on a large scale. IBM innovates in things like the Watson computer but that is a small division which if separated out from the main services division might prosper better on its own. Blaming employees in other countries who work for IBM for the reason for IBM's downfall is just bigoted nonsense and shows a closeted approach to looking at the real causes which is shitty management.

about a year and a half ago

Scientists Tout New Way To Debug Surgical Bots

middlemen ruin their day ? (68 comments)

This is typical "doctor" talk. They are worried about ruining their day or malpractice suits. How about for a change think about not ruining a patient's life with your negligence !

about 2 years ago

Book Review: Super Scratch Programming Adventure!

middlemen BASIC (74 comments)

What is wrong with learning using BASIC ? It worked for all those folks (including me) who learned how to program in the 90s. It was not difficult and was fun in its own way.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

middlemen Re:Volume and newest titles vs boutique (547 comments)

Actually, depending on how much floor space your friend has he can open a coffee shop first. Then add a Red Box or similar DVD rental kiosks. Maybe add other types of kiosks too thus forcing people to come in. With the volume of folks coming in your coffee shop can make some good money Another thing that can be added is kids stuff like book reading, movie watching sessions and the likes. Reinvention is necessary to keep up with the times.

more than 2 years ago

Researchers Find 'Mind-Control' Gaming Headsets Can Leak Users' Secrets

middlemen Re:I'd never thought of that before (107 comments)

Anybody working with classified info won't be allowed anywhere near these things.

But they also have lives... they might have cool toys at home like these headsets for playing video games...

shouldn't we be looking at ways to really build secure software around these devices rather than prevent people from using them...

it is a defeatist attitude where software folks instead of fixing their software say don't use it...

more than 2 years ago

Twitter Restricts Client Developers

middlemen Re:Why not make several applications? (96 comments)

Make a new version for every 100,000 users you hit.
They are different aps if you change the color and/or some trivial functionality.

Finally a logical reasoning why Microsoft has multiple versions of Windows!

more than 2 years ago

Judge to Oracle: A High Schooler Could Write rangeCheck

middlemen Colossal waste... (478 comments)

What a colossal waste of money !

Oracle and Google waste money on lawyers on such silly functions instead of spending the money on building more useful technology.

We as users are the only losers in this non-sensical fight.

more than 2 years ago

HP Rethinking Wisdom of Spinning Off PC Division

middlemen Re:My thoughts (239 comments)

Have you tried Brother's printers. They work pretty well, are reasonably priced and have Linux drivers that work. I have been using their Laser printer for the past 3 years now and it has never disappointed me.

more than 3 years ago



Proprietary vs Open Source & Social Efficien

middlemen middlemen writes  |  more than 7 years ago

middlemen writes "The rising popularity of the open-source software movement has prompted many governments around the world to enact policies promoting open-source software systems at the expense of proprietary systems. Oftentimes, these policies seem to stem from a presumption (shared by some economists) that open software platforms are inherently more efficient than their proprietary counterparts. But is that so? This paper[PDF] at Harvard Business Week provides a simple model of two-sided platforms that clearly shows how this common intuition breaks down in two-sided markets."
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