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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

namgge Who knew? (198 comments)

As service-user I've always had the impression that the NHS database was a large Excel workbook and a load of VB macros written by interns.

about two weeks ago

TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

namgge Unimpressed (251 comments)

The author is overselling himself. You haven't scammed a scammer until you've got them to send a bag man from Nigeria to a remote Scottish Island to collect your investment in cash.

about three weeks ago

Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

namgge Normalization (276 comments)

There are, of course, roughly ten times as many women over 18 as there are males in the range15-18.

about a month ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

namgge Re:Oh, the timing... (727 comments)

And a techie's definition of 'working', i.e. drinking coffee and reading slashdot is still the same too.

about a month ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

namgge Olden ears... (502 comments)

By the time I could afford a high-end card, age had dulled my hearing to the point that I couldn't tell the difference.... :-(

about 2 months ago

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

namgge Re:From The Front Lines... (166 comments)

it is widely known that most humans have an attention span of between 10 to 20 minutes

It may be widely believed, but it's not true for people studying a topic that interests them. In this case their attention span is limited by hunger and/or bladder-capacity.

The oft-quoted 10 minute attention span is applicable to paying attention to material that doesn't interest the subject.

about 4 months ago

Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

namgge Next step.... (327 comments)

... they bribe the state to criminalize the use of url's and make it compulsory to access websites only via a licenced search engine.

about 5 months ago

GNU Mailman 3 Enters Beta

namgge Re:Requires Javascript. (57 comments)

It seems to work fine with JavaScript disabled. In fact, in my opinion it's better that way because it doesn't have the animated cr*p that the JavaScript-kiddies think is so kewl but is really rather pointless and distracting.

about 5 months ago

DOJ Complains About Getting a Warrant To Search Mobile Phones

namgge Re:We're here to "help" you! (178 comments)

Surely the most likely outcome of your domestic security arrangements that you get shot by your wife?

about 5 months ago

Making Graphene Work For Real-World Devices

namgge Re:Why not just... (18 comments)

Another advantage that silicon has is that its oxide is also easily formed and controlled in process and is an excellent electrical insulator.

about 5 months ago

You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

namgge Good luck (201 comments)

Good luck with this Apple, but in my experience the bug reports and feedback you'll get from Joe Public will be next to worthless. Don't waste your time on them; concentrate on what paid-up developers are telling you about your betas and fix the issues they identify first, please.

about 5 months ago

How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

namgge Hmm, I wonder... (50 comments)

Why would you bother to pay back millions of dollars when you could just disappear into the digital ether?

I'm just guessing, but I'd have thought that ripping off certain users of Silk Road could be extremely bad for your health.

about 5 months ago

Fire Risk From Panasonic Batteries In Sony Vaio Laptops

namgge Re:User error? (36 comments)

A foreseeable user error, of the type you describe should not result in equipment catching fire.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

namgge Do the right test (452 comments)

Instead I want to set up one test machine for users to try it and ask THEM if they like it.

I guarantee that in this form, the result of the test will be that THEY won't like it. People fear the new and unknown and need positive incentives to change.

So, offer THEM the choice of one person, to be drawn at random from a hat, being fired to pay for e cost of new PCs vs switching to Linux and everyone keeping their jobs. Then you'll find they like Linux lots.

Also, keep in mind that 'supporting' users takes much more time than you might naively guess. Make sure that your efforts to 'support Linux' don't turn you into the unproductive member of the office.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?

namgge And the answer is... (114 comments)

a command line.

about 6 months ago

Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

namgge Parents will do stupid things (387 comments)

There is only one way to keep something secret; don't tell anyone. And anyone includes your teenage daughter.

about 7 months ago

Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

namgge Competitive Pressure (408 comments)

This behaviour by LogMeIn makes me suspect that they have got wind of a serious competitor for their service. If so, they will want to get subscriptions off as many potential customers as possible without giving them time to search for alternatives.

The other possibility is that LogMeIn have a cash flow issue and need a some more money to stay in business.

Either way, I'm out.

about 8 months ago

MIT Begins Offering For-Pay MOOC In Big Data

namgge Before and after (51 comments)

So roughly speaking they're moving from a 'free' model with an enrolment of say 300,000 a pass rate of 0.1%, and cost of $100K to a fee-paying model that will have an enrolment 300 a pass rate 100% and a profit of $1M.

about 8 months ago


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