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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

nametaken Re:Why? (2219 comments)

So the new design isn't busy enough, it's too easy to read, shouldn't have pictures, and minimizing the trollish bits that keep people away annoys you. Thanks for the input!

about 8 months ago
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Time Reporter "Can't Wait" To Justify Drone Strike On Julian Assange

nametaken Re:Try claiming "Death to the Great Satan". (490 comments)

That doesn't shock anyone. They just don't want to hear it, because it makes it harder to dismiss everyone that disagrees with them.

about a year ago
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Transportation Designs For a Future That Never Came

nametaken Re:But but but but (120 comments)

The real joke of it all is that we have, or had, and few of the vehicles listed. They just didn't look exactly like the artists rendition on the cover of PopSci.

about a year ago
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Bloomberg To HS Grads: Be a Plumber

nametaken Re:Not actually a bad idea. (368 comments)

Amen.

My dad was a plumber for 30 years. That just happened to be after getting his masters. Most of the programmers and tech drones I've known couldn't hold a candle to him.

Somewhere along the line we decided that any programmer, IT guy, etc. are somehow smarter than anyone else. We're generally not. Learning to Google a solution to a problem is no more brilliant than anyone else working out how to do their profession.

about a year and a half ago
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N. Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition"

nametaken Re:The best part of the article is at the bottom (555 comments)

If only Obama were the actual socialist that a certain media company says he is, you might actually hate him less. But he's not: the bastard is corruptly selling his DoJ to the highest bidder in a way that would horrify Marx and Engels. If only GWB were the conservative he ran as, you would hate him less, but at least your cold uncaring government would be cheap. But he wasn't: somehow the dimwit managed to commit to more spending of public funds than LBJ and FDR combined, funnelling it into contractors' pockets at everyone's expense.

Shit man, I'm totally going to steal this paragraph from you, intact. That was a great way to illustrate what a lot of us have been saying for a long time... politics is bullshit.

Nicely done. Really.

about a year and a half ago
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Congress Wants Federal Government To Sell 1755-1780 MHz Spectrum Band

nametaken Re:even better (88 comments)

However, the Pentagon and other federal agencies are already using those airwaves for everything from flying drones and surveillance to satellites and air combat training.

All the more reason to hand it over to civilian mobile phone use.

You think they'd just stop flying drones, call off air combat training, and neglect to send up replacement satellite hardware?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

nametaken Re:What a relief. (614 comments)

Say, can you write a proposal for how this will save oodles of money upgrading IE8 on 10000 machines to IE10, even tho it will brake the internal apps of about 15 different departments? Maybe you can also write 15 separate proposals for them to renew their contracts with the people who originally wrote the apps, and proposals for the cases where the original dev is long gone and we'll need to do a full replacement.

So the excuse is, "But maintaining an important app involves work."? What someone really ought to write is a termination notice.

Anyone that has a large businesses' critical applications tied to decade+ old technology has grossly underperformed in their position. And if they inherited that mess, it was their first priority to clean up after former, horribly inept individual, with the explicit goal of dealing with the elephant in the room. If they still don't have a plan to extricate the business from a miserable position, where it's their job to do so, they're simply not doing their job.

From a tech perspective, the idea of having anything tied to IE8 is a little ridiculous, as anything written at the time should've been spec'd for cross-browser support, or at worst, require minor rendering bugfixes. Everyone knew better by then.

Anyone still asleep at their desk while a company relies on IE6 should be terminated as soon as possible, no questions asked, and preferably never employed in tech again. That's an absurd situation, for which there's no imaginable excuse.

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe's Creative Cloud Illustrates How the Cloud Costs You More

nametaken Re:I don't want (403 comments)

Yeah none of this really has anything to do with cloud services. It's just a shift to a subscription model.

The cloud part was obviously thrown in as a marketing thing to make it more palatable (which is sad), and aside from the throw-away storage, has nothing to do with any of this.

about a year and a half ago
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HiveBio is Working to Become Seattle's First Community Biology Lab (Video)

nametaken Re:What will happen first? (23 comments)

As is pointed out in the summary, this is not the first of these. And as far as I know none of the ones we've heard about have been shut down for stupid reasons.

Let's keep the doom and gloom under our hats for now, and just wish them luck.

about a year and a half ago
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Lenovo To Drop Iomega Brand On Joint EMC Products

nametaken Re:Today I learned Iomega (58 comments)

I didn't know Lenovo owned them. This reminds me a bit of the Cisco+Linksys pairing. Putting a respectable name on a budget line of products doesn't seem to help, it just makes you less sure of anything with the respectable name.

about a year and a half ago
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EPA Report That Lowers Methane-Leak Estimates Further Divides Fracking Camps

nametaken Re:Whew! I'm so relieved (127 comments)

Yeah, this seems like a simple enough problem to solve. Well, simple for new installations.

That video, which is the first I've ever seen on this, mentions that the location is about 1,000 ft (300m) away, but it looks like the distance needs to be greater than that.

about a year and a half ago
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Sandia Labs Researcher Develops Fertilizer Without the Explosive Potential

nametaken Re: Useless .... (180 comments)

I see, so that was a change in price for illicit goods, and the safer alternative in Afghanistan is a good replacement? I don't know much about farming, but it sounds like an "everyone wins" scenario, to me. Well... everyone but the bad guys.

about a year and a half ago
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EPA Report That Lowers Methane-Leak Estimates Further Divides Fracking Camps

nametaken Re:Industry says don't worry (127 comments)

So, no, it's not just an industry report behind this. It might be *gasp* actual science.

Fracking is a bullshit political issue now, not a technology issue. Nobody is interested in real information anymore... only rhetoric.

about a year and a half ago
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Sandia Labs Researcher Develops Fertilizer Without the Explosive Potential

nametaken Re: Useless .... (180 comments)

Curious. Doesn't the price per bag for fertilizer going from $4 to $100 make it prohibitively expensive for it's normal use as fertilizer?

Was there a considerable reduction in the number of IED's since the price skyrocketed?

about a year and a half ago
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Cyber Vulnerabilities Found In Navy's Newest Warship

nametaken Re:It's an.... (162 comments)

That is like an official coming out and saying that some new Drone over in Iraq that can be taking control over by yelling your name and location into radio ch-4.

No. We have no reason to think it's anything like that.

The important takeaway is that the Navy is actually checking their shit. The deficiencies in network security were found by Navy pen testers, determined to be "not severe enough to prevent the deployment", the results are classified, and they're working on improving them.

That's how things get done. Test and improve, all the time, because no part of any complex system is, or ever will be, perfect.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are There Any Good Reasons For DRM?

nametaken Re:Lots of good reasons. (684 comments)

No DRM means no income for the artist.

We know this isn't true. Look at the music industry, now look at your post, now look back at the music industry.

Is it dead? No. It's still a multi-billion dollar industry. But I can legally buy any song I want without drm. Hasn't killed them.

about a year and a half ago
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Hollywood Studios Fuming Over Indie Studio Deal With BitTorrent

nametaken Re:Honestly? (187 comments)

Well and, what exactly is wrong with this even if it's true?

fretting that Cinedigm had unwittingly opened a Pandora's box in a bid to get attention for its low-budget release

Isn't that precisely what you're supposed to do for your project? Get attention and as many eyes on the product as possible?

Besides, we're talking about 7m of content here. It's not like they're relying on BitTorrent to sell and distribute a feature film. Though with external mechanisms, that's entirely possible. It's not like we don't have private trackers and such, and guys like Louis CK have demonstrated that a little good faith effort can make non-DRM'd content a financially viable product.

about a year and a half ago
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Btrfs Is Getting There, But Not Quite Ready For Production

nametaken Re:Happy with XFS (268 comments)

This is why we can't have nice things.

about a year and a half ago
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What's Actually Wrong With DRM In HTML5?

nametaken Re:Finally a group that gets it! (447 comments)

We don't need to hobble our technologies to make certain people money.

No. What you're actually advocating is making legal content inaccessible only to the niche you're in, by exclusion, for the sake of ideology.

DRM will exist in most legitimate channels. That's a fact of life for the next 5+ years, yet. The option right now is whether or not you want it to work everywhere.

about a year and a half ago

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North Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition"

nametaken nametaken writes  |  about a year and a half ago

nametaken (610866) writes "From the state that brought you the nation’s first ban on climate science comes another legislative gem: a bill that would prohibit automakers from selling their cars in the state.

The proposal, which the Raleigh News & Observer reports was unanimously approved by the state’s Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, would apply to all car manufacturers, but the intended target is clear. It’s aimed at Tesla, the only U.S. automaker whose business model relies on selling cars directly to consumers, rather than through a network of third-party dealerships.

[The article adds] it’s easy to understand why some car dealers might feel a little threatened: Tesla’s Model S outsold the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8 last quarter without any help from them. If its business model were to catch on, consumers might find that they don’t need the middle-men as much as they thought."

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NASA Scientist Claims Evidence of Alien Life

nametaken nametaken writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nametaken (610866) writes "We are not alone in the universe — and alien life forms may have a lot more in common with life on Earth than we had previously thought.
That's the stunning conclusion one NASA scientist has come to, releasing his groundbreaking revelations in a new study in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology."

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Engineer Designs His Own Heart Valve Implant

nametaken nametaken writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nametaken (610866) writes "In 2000, Tal Golesworthy, a British engineer, was told that he suffers from Marfan syndrome, a disorder of the connective tissue that often causes rupturing of the aorta. The only solution then available was the pairing of a mechanical valve and a highly risky blood thinner. To an engineer like Golesworthy, that just wasn't good enough. So he constructed his own implant that does the job better than the existing solution--and became the first patient to try it."
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Research Firm Says Cord Cutting Is Real

nametaken nametaken writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nametaken (610866) writes "U.S. cable and satellite companies have lost subscribers again for the second straight quarter. The author notes that this has never happened before. A release on the subject by research firm SNL Kagan said, "It is becoming increasingly difficult to dismiss the impact of over-the-top substitution on video subscriber performance, particularly after seeing declines during the period of the year that tends to produce the largest subscriber gains due to seasonal shifts back to television viewing and subscription packages." Or as Kafka puts it, "People are cord-cutting. It’s happening now.""
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Google Pulls a 180 on Net Neutrality

nametaken nametaken writes  |  more than 4 years ago

nametaken (610866) writes ""People get confused about Net neutrality," Schmidt said. "I want to make sure that everybody understands what we mean about it. What we mean is that if you have one data type, like video, you don't discriminate against one person's video in favor of another. It's OK to discriminate across different types...There is general agreement with Verizon and Google on this issue.""
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Verizon to forward RIAA warning letters (but that'

nametaken nametaken writes  |  more than 4 years ago

nametaken (610866) writes "Verizon looks set to forward RIAA copyright infringement notices to its subscribers, but it has actually been forwarding similar notices for years—and it refuses to implement sanctions or start playing "copyright cop.""
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How to Self-Publish... Reasonably

nametaken nametaken writes  |  more than 5 years ago

nametaken (610866) writes "When it comes to DRM my views are much like any other /. reader. However, one of my family members has recently asked me about self-publishing written works (class materials and tests) in an electronic format that protects it from being copied freely. Naturally I don't want to recommend anything draconian, but I have to respect the authors wish to use some kind of protection. What options exist in the way of a reasonable middle-ground between fairness to the user and protection from willy-nilly copying?"

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