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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

mvar Audience? (2219 comments)

Fuck off we're not your "audience", the users contribute to this site a thousand times more meaningful and interesting stuff than the hidden ads and the rest of the shit you're posting from time to time. And when everyone and their dog says this new beta site sucks, it's time to back off and apologize, not post some shitty "we hear you" message. Really change that arrogant attitude

about 2 months ago
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Why the Latest FISA Release By Google Et Al. Means Squat

mvar Re:Classic Slashdot (131 comments)

I bet they've hired permanently some web designer and in order to justify his salary, they force down our throats a yearly redesign. I needed lots of time to adapt to the current one, but this new beta is the most shitty, generic, uninteresting layout I've seen in a long while on the web, and that includes generic, template based corporate sites. I don't know though if it's the layout or the continuous shitty stories and misleading summaries-titles that make it to the front page, that'll make me eventually abandon ./. Slashdot has become the synonymous for yellow journalism in the tech field. Send your emails to feedback@slashdot.org and let your voice be heard, they won't bother reading this comment section (i doubt they'll bother read the emails too..)

about 2 months ago
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Why the Latest FISA Release By Google Et Al. Means Squat

mvar Re:Classic Slashdot (131 comments)

Oh yes

about 2 months ago
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23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds

mvar Re:Big deal. (449 comments)

Oh those Slashdot titles never cease to amaze me. He got his ass whipped for good that multibillionaire now, didn't he? I'm pretty sure after losing that match Gates was very depressed during the whole flight in his multimillion dollar jet, while heading for this multimillion dollar mansion -_-

about 3 months ago
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Encrypted Messaging Startup Wickr Offers $100K Bug Bounty

mvar Define serious (39 comments)

That's a nice publicity stunt though

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

mvar Re:Name? (388 comments)

This. As for misdirected email, i had a similar problem a couple of years back when someone decided to use my email (no real name) for his facebook account. As it seems email confirmation is optional and the guy made a full profile, added friends etc xD

about 3 months ago
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New Oculus Rift Prototype Features Head Tracking, Reduced Motion Blur, HD AMOLED Display

mvar Can't wait (156 comments)

I really hope this doesn't turn out to be what the 3D trend has become for movies. Contrary to other past attempts for VR headsets, now there's both the hardware and the knowledge available to build something revolutionary that actually *works*. Plus JC is on-board so expectations are very high.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

mvar Re:My head just exploded. (383 comments)

First this Tips for your new laptop and then this.
I have a feeling that there's more shitty noob advice to come on this site from now on..Holy crap indeed

about 3 months ago
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A Year With Google Glass

mvar Re:It will work out fine (292 comments)

This. Plus the device is an atrocity. Did the author of the article think he'd wear such a stupid looking thing and pass unnoticed? Now if (or when) they manage to implement this technology on normal eye glasses, it will be a different story overall

about 3 months ago
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Enlightenment DR 0.18: Improved Compositing, Wayland Support

mvar Re:Why compositing? (62 comments)

on the contrary i think that enlightenment is supposed to be an eye-candy WM not a light weight one

about 4 months ago
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Enlightenment DR 0.18: Improved Compositing, Wayland Support

mvar Re:lol (62 comments)

I tried enlightenment when 0.17 came out and stuck with it since then. Had a few random crashes in the past but never thought to go back to xfce etc. The only headache is fixing some missing application icons but after a point I stopped bothering

about 4 months ago
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You're Only As Hirable As Your Google+ Circles

mvar Re:Nepotism (195 comments)

The worst performers in most companies are those that are friends of the executives.

FTFY

about 5 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

mvar Please no (1191 comments)

Can't we just go back to the 2000ish design? Really, please? The current design took me something like 6 months to get used to. I bet most slashdot readers don't care for any fancy looking shit, this isn't arstechnica or digg.

about 6 months ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

mvar Not in every country (443 comments)

And certainly not for free. In most countries these series are being broadcast through channels that require a monthly or yearly subscription (i.e. satellite). Also lots of people download the episodes for their library..So, nothing new in this article

about 8 months ago
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Obama on Surveillance: "We Can and Must Be More Transparent"

mvar Oh look a website (537 comments)

a new website for citizens to learn about transparency in intelligence agencies

A website is the absolute best way to give the illusion to your "citizens" that they're in control of something..like with that "We the people" site. Oh yes, people seem to like websites...let them click on "like" or "dislike" buttongs all day long from the comfort of their living rooms and feel they actually participate in the government and you have some happy voters

about 8 months ago
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Apple Isn't the Next Microsoft (and That's a Good Thing)

mvar Breaking into new categories (269 comments)

Apple seems to recognize everything that seemed to elude Microsoft's corporate thinking six years ago: namely, that even the most successful companies need to keep breaking into new categories, and keep innovating

So how is MS not doing this? Surface, win8, win RT, XBone..sure they "failed" (I doubt if this will be the case for the xbone though) but one can't say they didn't try to "break into new categories" or "innovate". The big difference is that apple has countless fanbois so they're less likely to go down so early :P

about 8 months ago
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New York Times Sells Boston Globe At 93% Loss

mvar The Big Picture (178 comments)

their site is home to the Big Picture, a blog with photographs from around the world regarding various events, celebrations etc..it gets updated with a new entry every couple of days, totally worth the time if you have an interest in photography

about 8 months ago
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Rethinking the Wetsuit

mvar Have they tested it? (153 comments)

And how did they calculate their failure rate? ie "8 out of 10 divers managed to swim unharmed through a pack of sharks..."

about 9 months ago
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YouTube Removes Video of Reactions To Being Videoed

mvar Black mirror (229 comments)

On the subject of surveillance and Google Glass, the British tv-series Black Mirror had a pretty neat episode (s01e03) titled "The Entire History of You", here's a brief description from wikipedia: Set in an alternative reality where most people have a 'grain' implanted behind their ear which records everything they do, see or hear. This allows memories to be played back either in front of the person's eyes or on a screen, a process known as a 're-do'. Very interesting concept

about 10 months ago
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Greek Government Abruptly Shuts Down State Broadcaster

mvar Re:Whisky Tango Foxtrot? (230 comments)

nobody said state-owned media are any better

about 10 months ago

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Frog photobombs NASA rocket launch

mvar mvar writes  |  about 7 months ago

mvar (1386987) writes "A frog photobombed the launch of NASA's LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) on Sept.6. NASA confirmed that this is not a photoshop frame and that the frog was probably located in the nearby pool used for the high-volume water deluge system that activates during launches to protect the pad from damage and for noise suppression."
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Hacker Releases 1.7TB Treasure Trove

mvar mvar writes  |  about 10 months ago

mvar (1386987) writes "According to kotaku, a hacker named SuperDaeE who breached multiple gaming companies (Valve, Sony, MS to name a few) has released a 1.7TB treasure trove file for download. The file which contains source code for older titles plus development kits for the PS4 and Xbox One consoles, is encrypted and SuperDaeE claims that it is his insurance in case gets arrested. Good luck with that."
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World's oldest hamburger looks the same after 14 years

mvar mvar writes  |  about a year ago

mvar (1386987) writes "A Utah resident bought a hamburger from McDonald's in 1999 and kept for 2 months, in order to demonstrate to his friends that fast food decays slowly. But he eventually forgot about the burger, only to find it 14 years later. The verdict? It seems fast food never really dies since, with the exception of the pickles that were long gone, the burger looks like it was just served."
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Disney announces "one Star Wars movie per year" plan

mvar mvar writes  |  about a year ago

mvar (1386987) writes "Various sources report that a few days ago at CinemaCon Disney announced their plan to release, following the 2015 JJ Abraams Episode VII, a new star wars movie every 1 (one, uno, une) year. Yeap, get your stomachs ready because that's a lot of Jar Jar Binks."
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Ziff-Davis shuts down Gamespy

mvar mvar writes  |  about a year ago

mvar (1386987) writes "Thursday 21 was the last day of operation for famous PC gaming site Gamespy.com. The parent company, ZIff Davis, which owns the IGN network announced that they'll be closing down Gamespy along with sites 1UP and UGO. Gamespy has been running since 1999, offering a multiplayer match-making service for various games. Although the site's content has been dropping in quality and quantity since 2008 with a lot of columns (like planetFargo, top 10 etc) taking the axe, during the last 12 months the game reviews and related articles seemed to stray away from the path of praising every and all mainstream titles, and became more objective and independent than ever."
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Python trademark at risk in Europe

mvar mvar writes  |  about a year ago

mvar (1386987) writes "It seems that a company in the UK is trying to trademark the "Python" term for all-things-computing and the PSF (Python Software Foundation) is asking for help. According to the PSF, they contacted the company in order to settle the matter but "They blew us off and responded by filing the community trademark application claiming the exclusive right to use "Python" for software, servers, and web services — everywhere in Europe. ". They now seek help from the community in several ways: By sending a letter to the EU council if you happen to work on a company that uses the Python programming language, by providing EU-published material regarding the Python language (articles etc) and/or financially supporting the PSF in the upcoming legal battle."
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Meteorite crashes in Russia

mvar mvar writes  |  about a year ago

mvar (1386987) writes "Details are sparse now, but apparently several meteorites crashed into Russia earlier today, setting off giant explosions and forcing nearby schools and office buildings to be evacuated. The meteorites, or whatever they were, reportedly landed in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia, where witness said the explosions shattered the window of nearby buildings. The regional Emergency Ministry said the flashes and explosions were caused by a meteorite shower, but locals think it might be the result of a jet crash or a missile. There's even a cool video from a passing driver's dashcam."
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Cisco opens up EIGRP

mvar mvar writes  |  about a year ago

mvar (1386987) writes "Cisco uploaded a video on Youtube according to which they're willing to open up the EIGRP Protocol so that 3rd party vendors can use it too. Although this is considered by most a nice move, there's a catch: Advanced features such as stub areas are not going to be released plus the proposed RFC retains control of the protocol to cisco."
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First video to hit 1 billion views in Youtube

mvar mvar writes  |  about a year ago

mvar (1386987) writes "Artist PSY's videoclip "Gangam style" has reached (at last) the 1 billion views mark on Youtube. Well it seemed more like a time race and i bet half of the views came from the Koreans and PSY-fans, but nonetheless this is quite impressive"
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MS allows pirates to activate unlicensed installations of Windows 8

mvar mvar writes  |  about a year ago

mvar (1386987) writes "According to a NW article, users can activate their pirated copy of Windows 8 by simply installing a free Windows 8 Media Center upgrade. This method, as described in a Reddit post allows users to upgrade to a fully licensed and permanently activated Windows 8 version. I guess that's another way to increase the percentage that W8 has in the market."
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Second Beta of Linux DTrace Arrives

mvar mvar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvar (1386987) writes "From the H:
Oracle has released a second beta version of "DTrace for Oracle Linux". The Linux port of the tracing software that was originally developed for Solaris now implements a provider for SDT (Statically Defined Tracing), providing in-kernel static probes; the developers say that they have also fixed a number of bugs.
This version of DTrace (Dynamic Tracing Facility) requires the Linux 2.6.39-based version 2 of Oracle's "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel", which is due to be part of Oracle Linux 6 and is currently still in its beta phase."
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Google Converts Old Paper Mill to Data Center

mvar mvar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvar (1386987) writes "In February of 2009, Google paid about $52 million for an abandoned paper mill in Hamina, Finland, after deciding that the 56-year-old building was the ideal place to build one of the massive computing facilities that serve up its myriad online services. Part of the appeal was that the Hamina mill included an underground tunnel once used to pull water from the Gulf of Finland. Originally, that frigid Baltic water cooled a steam generation plant at the mill, but Google saw it as a way to cool its servers. As Kava (head of operations) explains, the sea water is just part of the setup. On the data center floor, the servers give off hot air. This air is transferred to water-based cooling systems sitting next to the servers. And Google then cools the water from these systems by mixing it with the sea water streaming from the Baltic. When the process is finished, the cold Baltic water is no longer cold. But before returning it to the sea, Google cools it back down — with more cold sea water pulled from the Baltic. “When we discharge back to the Gulf, it’s at a temperature that’s similar to the inlet temperature,” Kava says. “That minimizes any chance of environmental disturbance.”"
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EU Law To Force Facebook and Others Delete Data on

mvar mvar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvar (1386987) writes "On Wednesday (yesterday), the European Union will propose tough new privacy legislation, which will give internet users the right to demand that companies like Facebook, Google and LinkedIn provide them with details of any data they hold on them, and then delete it if requested. “People must be able to easily take their data to another provider, or have it deleted if they no longer want it to be used,” John Phelan, a spokesman for the European Consumers’ Association, said it was essential that the new directive was applied to American companies operating in Europe, something which has not always been the case with the 1995 law."
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Apple Postpones Sale of iPhone 4S in China

mvar mvar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvar (1386987) writes "Frustrated customers threw eggs at Apple's flagship Beijing store after its opening for the Chinese launch of the iPhone 4S was cancelled due to concerns over the size of the crowd. Apple reacted to the scuffle by postponing iPhone 4S sales in its mainland China stores to protect the safety of customers and employees."
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French Fast Food Chain Offers Star Wars Burger

mvar mvar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvar (1386987) writes "French fast food chain Quick is commemorating the coming premiere of "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D" by launching a line of "Star Wars"-themed burgers, including a black-bunned Darth Vader burger. According to the Daily Mail, the burgers will only be available until March 1. The limited-edition burgers come in three flavors: Dark Burger, Jedi Burger and Dark Vador. (No JarJar Burger i guess)"
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Russian Space Agency Chief Suspects Sabotage

mvar mvar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvar (1386987) writes "Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin stopped short of accusing any specific country of disabling Russian satellites, but in an interview in the daily Izvestia he said some Russian craft had suffered "unexplained" malfunctions while flying over another side of the globe beyond the reach of his nation's tracking facilities.
"I wouldn't like to accuse anyone, but today there exists powerful means to influence spacecraft, and their use can't be excluded," he said.
James Oberg, a NASA veteran who has written books on the Russian space program and now works as a space consultant, said Popovkin's comments were a sad example of the Russian cultural instinct to 'blame foreigners.'"
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Firefox for Enterprises Officially Announced

mvar mvar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvar (1386987) writes "After a meeting held last Monday regarding Mozilla Firefox ESR (Enterprise Support Release), the new version was announced yesterday in a post on Mozilla's official blog: "We are pleased to announce that the proposal for an Extended Support Release (ESR) of Firefox is now a plan of action. The ESR version of Firefox is for use by enterprises, public institutions, universities and other organizations that centrally manage their Firefox deployments. Releases of the ESR will occur once a year, providing these organizations with a version of Firefox that receives security updates but does not make changes to the Web or Firefox Add-ons platform.""

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