top New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long
The Browse Basin is within Australia's 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone. The cynic in me wonders if Australia signed away a nominal lease on the region while assuming there would be income from the port facilities & import/export taxes. Now instead of pumping the stuff onto shore Shell can load directly onto ocean-going ships. I for one hope the Australian contracts are water-tight (pun intended).
top French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber
The market has dictated that this is in fact the level of price and service that the majority of people do want. There is a product that meets your needs however - the luxury taxi or private chauffeur service.
top Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again
I'd say this change was more to support the Google TV ecosystem (where plugging in external drives to a media player is a common use case) and the benefit on mobile was incidental.
top Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay
I LOVE having all my transactions on one credit card (CC) statement.
I LOVE getting $400 a year in reward points for funneling everything through the CC.
I LOVE incurring zero interest because it gets paid in full every month.
I LOVE the fact that I can contest/reverse bogus transactions through the CC provider.
I LOVE that the CC providers have spent decades getting really good at security.
I will not be supporting any retailer that wants to directly access my bank account.
top Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"
"Leon? Now that you're retiring, could you help drum up some job security for the rest of us? Say for the next 30 years?"
top Ask Slashdot: Multimedia-Based Wiki For Learning and Business Procedures?
I maintain my company's knowledge systems. Multimedia videos have several problems:
- They are not accessible to the hard of hearing or the vision-impaired.You may be breaking the law unless you invest the effort to caption every single video.
- They are hard to search. Unless you create transcripts/captions or extensively meta-tag the videos it's really hard to find specific content.
- They are not easy to update. Generally you have to reshoot and re-edit the entire video.
- They take a lot of time and effort. Generally you can produce a text-based delivery that covers more knowledge in better detail in the same time it takes you to make a video.
I've seen several efforts to "video all the things". All have failed. Corporate videos are good for one thing - delivering "talking head" messages from management. After six months you can quietly drop them from your intranet and nobody notices.
top Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?
Even Atlassian, makers of the popular commercial JIRA bugtracker, maintain two layers of visibility. You can report and view bugs created by other users, but the decision-making process of Atlassian staff is kept hidden with private comments and private issues, to the point where is very hard to get an answer on whether a particular issue is actively being worked on or not.
As the maintainer of my company's bugtracker I can understand this position. It's all too easy for a developer to inadvertently reveal private intellectual property in a changelog, and I don't want to spend all my time monitoring and sanitising the public's view. It's easier to give the customers a separate space to natter away in.
top Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only
The Paypass/Paywave terminals here do work with essentially any chipped credit card you have. But even after three years of operation Google Wallet still can't be installed on Australian phones and while some banks are running closed trials to have phone-based NFC work with these same terminals, there is no app yet that I know of that is available to the general public here. So while I agree that Apple are making a mistake, they aren't necessarily all that far behind in the phone payments race.
top Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones
GUNS! This is America, you know.
top Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode
It's all about the syndication. Friends had 236 episodes. Seinfeld had 180 episodes. BBT is already up to 159 and only needs another season or two to become an attractive "drop-in" replacement for TV stations worldwide that are already screening one (or both) of the older series every weeknight of the year.
The quality of syndicated shows isn't crucial as long as they are palatable easy viewing during dinner to lure in eyeballs for the prized evening timeslots.
top Australia Repeals Carbon Tax
As a political moderate, I'm not thrilled that we rolled back the carbon tax. But we did vote this government in legitimately and I can understand some of the economic and financial motivations behind the repeal. I would like to see us try again with a different strategy (eg. emissions trading scheme). But I have to say that some of the far-left ranting, slander and vitriol I've seen flung about the internet is really putting me off these arguments. I think a little less exaggeration and hyperbole would serve you well.
top UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"
If the ruling is not followed we will be giving the Japanese tourists specially selected koalas to cuddle.
top FFmpeg's VP9 Decoder Faster Than Google's
This trusty rule of thumb still applies, even here. One codec may be faster, but the other may be good (fewer artifacts) and cheap (fewer cpu cycles).
top Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing
I'm thinking Intel are hoping to push a superior version of the Eye-fi card and hijack the entire photography market.
Stick it in your camera and it functions like a standard SD card, but it can do anything else you want, rotate your oldest photos off to your PC/NAS/phone, proxy the card in realtime to a 2TB hdd in your backpack, run a webserver, etc. Fully hackable, upgradable, customisable, and instantly compatible with a billion existing devices.
top CMU AI Learning Common Sense By Watching the Internet
Processing reddit meme 634,278 of 89,234,163,665...
Common Sense quotient increased by: -0.02%
Processing reddit meme 634,279 of 89,234,163,665...
Common Sense quotient increased by: -0.03%
top Ask Slashdot: Easy, Open Source Desktop-Sharing Software?
Only used it once or twice, but it was really easy to use.
top Australian Intelligence HQ Blueprints Hacked
Boss: Have you organised that world-class penetration testing of our new system yet?
Dazza: Yes, I'll need to expense $150,000 for the consultants though.
Boss: No worries.
Dazza: *clickety click ftp mss.cn files sent* Great. It should be done very soon.
about a year and a half ago
top Mars One Has 78,000 Applicants
Let's assume the shortest possible distance, 3,347 km by crow from San Diego, CA to Jacksonville, FL.
Let them all lie down (1.7m average height) - after all this will take a while.
And then throw in 40cm between them for comfort.
You could still fit in 1.5 million people and change, or about the population of Idaho.
about a year and a half ago
top Startup Offers Pay-Per-Page E-Books
- super-wow graphic on front page to suck you in
- 6 page thank you note by author
- 11 page table of contents, double spaced
- 17 page prologue describing the conception of the e-book
- overly normalized content, stuffed with references to other chapters
- no index, forcing you to flip through all the pages
I don't know about you, but I don't like the sound of these e-books.
top Can Any Smartphone Platform Overcome the Android/iOS Duopoly?
It's a well-worn path.
USA/Russia - War (Good vs Cheap), Detente (Nuclear brinkmanship, Cold war), Disrupt (new economies), Decline (high cost of supporting existing infrastructure/policies)
RIM/Nokia - War (Good vs Cheap), Detente (stuck to their product lines), Disrupt (Touch replaced T9 / Qwerty), Decline (high cost of losing customers & late entry to new markets)
Apple/Google - War (Good vs Cheap), now settling into a comfortable Detente. They're not stupid. They both know there will be a Disruption. It won't come from Microsoft and Blackberry making "me too" phones.
Apple will try and do it themselves, with loads of secret R&D. Google are trying to do it with loads of public R&D (driverless cars, Glass, Nexus Q, Ingress).
But it's inevitable. One day, some other company will blindside them and Disrupt them utterly.
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