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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

moogla They don't have a lock on that market anymore (328 comments)

Even the Beats knock-off STREET ANC cans from SMS have the noise cancelation that is reviewed as being as good as the QC line, while being cheaper, and having a different mix of connectivity options and styling choices.

Bose has got to start differentiating themselves or innovate instead of leaning on brand inertia.

about 3 months ago

Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

moogla Timer units -- Cron as a separate concern (469 comments)

Cron has specific semantics about batch scheduling of tasks or periodic, non-overlapping tasks. It runs them in a particular execution context, and I like knowing that it logs it an very identifiable way (both through the audit log and cron logs). Syntax of a cron job file is very low on the totem pole of things I care about when it comes to batch or periodic tasks. This is not a trivial task, as you say, and it deserves a closed system, especially if it must be targeted by cross-platform products needing such a facility.

about 4 months ago

WV Senator Calls For Ban On All Unregulated Cryptocurrencies

moogla Re:Well, we're at the fighting stage I guess (240 comments)

It's pretty much only useful as a short term medium of exchange.

Exactly. And it has certain design criteria that make this a really interesting prospect. Unfortunately not enough people are interested in using it for this purpose, probably because they don't know enough about it, or don't trust it.

For example, I think it has potential for a "free" way to do high volume B2B settlement among international entities... but I never hear anyone talk about this.

about a year ago

CowboyNeal Locked In Basement For Opposing Slashdot Beta

moogla You're getting me randy (23 comments)

will all those sexual undertones and historic internet puns.

about a year ago

IBM Looking To Sell Its Semiconductor Business

moogla Re:What's left? (195 comments)

IBM's consulting services and design expertise on the big iron side is where all the money is. All the money in that they are the highest margin portions of the business and they get to set prices (very little meaningful competition, lots of opportunity for lockin)

I'd love to explain it by way of analogy, but I don't want to stretch the concept of the fuck beta too thin, and car analogies are so last decade. Let's just say IBM wants to advise you on how you can escape from slashdot beta into their loving arms.

about a year ago

Russia Bans Bitcoin

moogla Re: I love the new Beta! (207 comments)

On my desktop you can only fit about half as much content, and it has definitely negatively impacted usability. Also it's missing some key infrastructure changes that should have been top priority that were ignored for making it just seem more modern.

These are very good reasons to be angry about it.

Also, you are a cur.

about a year ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

moogla Your mom's vagina is dusty. Nyoro~n :3 (2219 comments)

Actually I'm sure your mom is a very nice lady but jesus christ that's the understatement of the year.

But a new _look_ is just that. It doesn't fix any problems and just introduces new ones.

Also: your mom wears poorly fitted shoes.

about a year ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

moogla gb2reddit, casual (2219 comments)


about a year ago

iWatch Prototypes Could Be Ready, Apple Hires Fitness Physiologists For Tests

moogla I like the more intellectually difficult route (100 comments)

Which is in the spirit of many Amazon reviews, where the comment is sort of on topic but then goes on to discuss how it might be an analogy for (or direct cause of) Slashdot's beta site sucking. Some of the posts I've seen in this vein were absolute gems.

about a year ago

Corvette Stingray from Captain America: The Winter Soldier bows in Chicago

moogla No one gives a shit (1 comments)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a terrible show, and the Corvette is a dog of a car.

Also fuck beta. You forgot to mention fucking slashdot's beta in your summary, you out-of-touch jerk!

about a year ago

iWatch Prototypes Could Be Ready, Apple Hires Fitness Physiologists For Tests

moogla Yeah GP keep on topic! (100 comments)

We have very pressing matters at hand that happened this week, not last week.

about a year ago

Slashdot Beta Woes

moogla Thank you for your thoughful analysis (16 comments)

This was really well done.

You ventured a little too far into the "I'm talking my ball and going home" territory but I found it otherwise clear and concise.

about a year ago

Amazon's Double-Helix Acquisition Hints At Gaming Console

moogla Oh, so that explains it. (116 comments)

I was wondering why they were trying so hard to make this site an unusable mess.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Was Your Favorite Web Comic of 2012?

moogla Your opinion is bad and you should feel bad. (321 comments)

Fred is a terrible comic artist and hasn't grown _at all_ in the 10+ years he's been puttering around with that waste of a comic. It also takes him entirely too long to do a single page and have the audacity to not even bother to ink it.

In that period of time Penny Arcade has changed it's graphical style immensely, having evolved a very distinct, vibrant, and clean look, while meeting deadlines, and even being in color!

Example: http://image.gamespotcdn.net/gamespot/images/box/0/0/6/943006_95411_front.jpg

Another example of a comic with a distinct style that has evolved and is wonderful to look at is Octopus Pie, see:

So... die in a fire, weeaboo.

more than 2 years ago

Marijuana Prosecution Not a High Priority, Says Obama

moogla Re:This changes nothing. . . (449 comments)

Agreed! And the way alcohol lowers inhibitions, makes individuals anti-social, destroys families, and allows one to forget their problems (instead of confront them), I don't think there's a bar recipe for success in The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks either. I don't know why we ever repealed prohibition!

more than 2 years ago

Samba 4.0 Released: the First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server

moogla Re:Microsoft helped (343 comments)

I'd like to think that the whole Active Directory ecosystem is moving in a positive direction because of efforts like these. I have no problem with the LDAP + Kerberos + DNS + "Forests" and standardized structures model that Microsoft has championed; it is a very successful, flexible, and apparently extensible model and technology stack.

more than 2 years ago

JPL Employee's Firing Wasn't Due To Intelligent Design Advocacy, Says Judge

moogla And what God he believed in certainly wasn't YHWH (477 comments)

Let's just say that what Einstein called God (the God of Spinoza) was not really what anyone trying to justify their own religious beliefs would want to use to support an argument from authority.

Spinoza's central claims were that 1) there was no immortal Soul or afterlife 2) God is abstract, impersonal, and unknowable 3) God is Nature (capital N). This is the exact opposite of the personal god of any current modern Abrahamic religion would like people to believe.

What Einstein was effectively saying when he believed God wasn't playing dice with the universe was that he didn't buy into weak or modified anthropic principle to explain random vacuum fluctations eventually leading to -> big bang leading to-> our observed universe with singing dancing meat. He thought it was more deliberate, but that isn't remotely the same thing as intelligent design either. He (nor Spinoza) didn't necessarily believe that humans were special or the "goal" of Nature. Spinoza didn't even believe in free will although he believed that men _believed_ they had free will and that the distinction is important.

That was how humble they were, as far as that went. They were too humble to think we are special, nor can we make strong assertions about things that they felt are unknowable.

Spinoza and Einstein chose to call this idea God out of lack of a better term to describe the ultimate insignificance of us to it (Nature).

more than 2 years ago

Black Sheep Blackberry Blackballed By Business

moogla This, a hundred times this!!! (349 comments)

I would get an android phone in a heartbeat but google in its infinite wisdom requires carriers and handset makers to include a camera to officially call it an Anrdoid device. They need to rethink this. You could suck up half of the extent BB market with a simple policy change.

more than 2 years ago

Kaspersky To Build Secure OS For SCADA Systems

moogla Re:QNX... (165 comments)

QNX has had some security issues in the past, weaknesses built-in access control mechanisms and legacy capabilities that I think are dangerous to the uninformed, maybe giving you enough rope to hang yourself.
But he certainly seems to be reinventing the wheel; if security is paramount I'd recommend GHS Integrity RTOS. If you need something more well-known, it's certainly possible to develop secure firmware with VxWorks as a base.

The real security comes from a sound design on top of the COTS product(s), and a workable way to integrate that with external C&C, which is the responsibility of the group designing the whole package, and it can only be enhanced, not enforced, by the developer of the RTOS and other components.

If Kaspersky builds something that, as he claims, cannot be used insecurely, he may also develop something no one would want to use.

more than 2 years ago



Dice Holdings has written off Slashdot Media at the close of 2013

moogla moogla writes  |  about a year ago

moogla (118134) writes "Apparently Dice.com could not make Slashdot work they way they wanted to; with a murky plan to tap into the Slashdot-reader community to somehow drive attention or insight into other Dice Holdings properities, they've burned through

$7.2 million of intangible assets and $6.3 million of goodwill related to Slashdot Media

and have only started to realize some improvement on related sites. With ad revenue declining and not expected to pick up (read: everyone who uses Slashdot uses adblocking softwarwe), it appears that the Slashdot stewardship experiment by Dice Holdings has been a financial failure. Since the site has been redesigned in a user-hostile fashion with a very generic styling, this reader surmises Dice Holdings is looking to transform or transfer the brand into a generic Web 3.0 technology property. The name may be more valuable than the user community (since we drive no revenue nor particularly use Dice.com's services)."
Link to Original Source



George is insane.

moogla moogla writes  |  more than 11 years ago


This guy is that nutbug, aka George, that sits behind and to the right of me in SP-365 (Solaris 8 internals)

Also, kadb is fucked up. It can save your ass from a runaway realtime process. Gotta start playing with the linux equivalent (todo).


The premise is obvious but...

moogla moogla writes  |  more than 11 years ago

1) Techies tend to hate marketroids. They think the product should stand on its own. They hate spin.

2) Products don't make it without effective marketing. No one will know about it. You have to at least know how to reach the proper forum to declare your release.

Therefore, a successful marketing team is critical to the success of some tech enterprise. What defines a good marketing team?

People who can find an angle on what you have an leverage it into an interesting, new or popular niche. Go beyond what the design team had planned for, or pull out the most critical aspect.

You mean you can do THAT with it???!

They should not be the ones dictating what the project needs to do so that they can market it; thats the wrong way around. They need to figure out why whatever you have is more than what it was intended to do. The product could sell itself on programmer's intent, provided the market isn't too saturated with solutions.

In that case, a marketing team who can find that unique, wonderful thing about your solution is CRITICAL so you don't look like another fish in the sea.

It shouldn't be about gimmicks, making promises you can't keep, or making you look good. Or pulling a Bose on people and lying to their faces or manipulating distributors.

Good marketing people will tell you something you didn't already know; something that is entirely correct!

Keep that in mind when you venture off to write the next killer app or something.

So marketing majors, businessmen, tell me why I'm wrong... after all this is just a rambling thought here.


New Slashdot Poll Idea

moogla moogla writes  |  more than 12 years ago

The new moderation category should be:

  • -1: Incorrect
  • -1: Astroturfing
  • -1: Speaking out of the Ass
  • +0: Devil's Advocate (yes, that's a 0)
  • +1: Concise
  • +1: Example Code
  • +2: Artful Integration of CowboyNeal

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