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What Microsoft Must Do To Save Its Mobile Business

olddotter MS has a Mobile operation? (250 comments)

Really? That might explain those lame windows '95 looking phones with the same price as the iPhone I see in the AT&T store.

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Decency Group Says "$#*!" Is Indecent

olddotter Qbert? (821 comments)

Sorry. Maybe I'm getting old, but what is Qbert slang for? I know the game, BTW.

more than 4 years ago
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Emergency Dispatcher Fired For Facebook Drug Joke

olddotter Wise up Folks (631 comments)

Don't post to FB or Twitter anything you don't want your boss, mother, or next interviewer to read.

more than 4 years ago
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Seagate Launches Hybrid SSD Hard Drive

olddotter Re:Prices here: (224 comments)

Thanks for your details. I have wanted an SSD, but I can't justify the price for a "hobby" machine. This seems like it will make a great compromise, and 4GB cache will probably go further with OS X than Windows 7.

more than 4 years ago
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Physicists Do What Einstein Thought Impossible

olddotter Bad Experiment or Bad Reporting (193 comments)

If you "hold it" doesn't that effect the out come of the experiment? Is this a bad test or just bad reporting?

more than 4 years ago
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Stem Cell Patent Halts Hospital's Collection

olddotter Re:Prior art? (223 comments)

Write your congress creature to push on patent reform, or more funding for the patent office to check for prior art.

more than 4 years ago
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Seagate Launches Hybrid SSD Hard Drive

olddotter Prices here: (224 comments)

I read through the article to see the prices:
"The initial three drives in the Seagate Momentus XT line-up will retail for $156 (500GB), $132 (320GB), and 250GB ($113). Those prices equate to roughly $0.31 to $0.45 per gigabyte, which puts these drive within striking distance of a standard HD in terms of price and much less expensive than any SSD."

This looks interesting enough for me to look into the compatibility with my MacBook Pro. Anyone with a MacBook Pro had sizing problems when replacing the hard drive? I imagine the size tolerance to be tiny in the modern MacBooks.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Stops Ads For "Cougar" Sites

olddotter Raising money for big cats (319 comments)

So if I start a non-profit caring for big cats (there really is one near me) I can't advertise for donations on Google? What is the Microsoft ad contract like?

more than 4 years ago
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Mobile 'Remote Wipe' Thwarts Secret Service

olddotter Who cares? (383 comments)

Really, your telling me there are plans for the Death Star on the phone and you can't get them any other way if it gets wiped?

Call history will be with the phone company, get a warrant. So you loose self incriminating video they took of themselves committing the crime, probably to post on youtube later...

more than 4 years ago
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Why Computer Science Students Cheat

olddotter In the real world (694 comments)

How much of that would be frowned upon in the real world? If you can find an example on a web site, your manager isn't going to care if you lift it. As long as it doesn't cause a IP lawsuit. In fact, for probably 20 years since the introduction of object oriented design, the industry has preached "code reuse."

more than 4 years ago
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Wikipedia Explains Today's Global Outage

olddotter Hate (153 comments)

Hate it when my DNA doesn't resolve.

Sorry I know its just a type-o, but its funny to me.

more than 4 years ago
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New Chip Offers Virtual Windows Desktops, On TVs

olddotter I'd rather watch C-PAN (99 comments)

read the subject line

more than 4 years ago
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The Death of the US-Mexico Virtual Fence

olddotter If they had called it SkyNet (467 comments)

If they had just called it SkyNet (or even SyFyNet) we could all rest easier.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Attracting More Visitors Than Google.com

olddotter The new AOL (173 comments)

So some people spend time in Facebook like members of the TheGuild spend time in WoW. That generates lots of page views and traffic. On the other hand I visit facebook about twice a month and use google countless times a day.

more than 4 years ago
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Blazing Fast Password Recovery With New ATI Cards

olddotter Password Recover is the new Hacking? (215 comments)

What is with the spin talk here in the title? Basically this just says I need to use better passwords. Speak truths....

more than 4 years ago
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Multitasking In For iPhone 4.0?

olddotter Re:Nokia N900 vs. iPhone 3Gs (345 comments)

Except that the iPhone does run Apple apps in the back ground. The OS has a number of things running to be able to receive a call, keep it touch with the tower, update the battery icon, the signal bars, etc.

Even though 3rd party apps can't run in the back ground, the iPhone is running several tasks all the time. Its just those task were all written by apple.

I haven't seen the N900, so I can't speak to the speed difference.

more than 4 years ago
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Multitasking In For iPhone 4.0?

olddotter Re:Would be Great (345 comments)

Its hard to tell an app is crap until you use it. "Can't judge a book by its cover." Its much more true that you can't judge software by what marketing told you.

I would have to carefully evaluate each app one at a time never loading or running more than 1 per day, to be able to figure out which one was written by an idiot.

more than 4 years ago
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Multitasking In For iPhone 4.0?

olddotter Re:SMS on a land line? (345 comments)

SMS costs a fortune in the US. I had it disabled.

more than 4 years ago
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Multitasking In For iPhone 4.0?

olddotter Would be Great (345 comments)

But if they do allow multitasking, I hope Apple becomes MORE restrictive on what they let on the App store. I don't want crap apps sucking my battery down.

As a developer concerned with power usage I would like more access to tell the OS things like how often I need a GPS location update. You can tell the API to update your app when you have moved x distance, but that implies the OS is watching movement constantly and only updates you every so often. I'd also like to shut down such resources when on a screen that doesn't need them, if I can quickly bring them back up.

more than 4 years ago
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Who is your favorite fictional doctor?

olddotter All of the Above! (860 comments)

Really I can't choose, they are all so compelling, at least in various incarnations.

more than 5 years ago

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Bullying Suicide

olddotter olddotter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

olddotter (638430) writes "I just wonder if the press will ever make the connection between this and school shootings. Each is a violent reaction to dire emotional stress from class-mates. One turned inward, and one turned outward before turning inward. Its just two sides of the same coin."
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Cellphone em-waves may protect you from Alzheimers

olddotter olddotter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

olddotter (638430) writes "This Reuters article on Yahoo suggests that CellPhone radiation may protect the brain from Alzheimer's disease.

'At the end of that time, they found cellphone exposure erased a build-up of beta amyloid, a protein that serves as a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

The Alzheimer's mice showed improvement and had reversal of their brain pathology, he said.'"

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Snakes on a Plane

olddotter olddotter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

olddotter writes "In an example of Life imitating Art, Qantas airlines experienced Snakes on a Plane.

Four baby pythons escaped from a container aboard a passenger plane in Australia, leading to a search that forced the cancellation of two flights, the airline said Thursday.
Twelve non-venemous Stimson pythons were being transported Tuesday on a flight from Alice Springs to Melbourne in the plane's cargo area in a bag inside a plastic foam box with air holes.

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Can any one confirm or dispute these numbers?

olddotter olddotter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

olddotter writes "

In 2007, TW made $3,730 Million, on high speed data alone, and then had to turn around and spend $164 Million to support the cost of the network. 2007 total profit on high speed data: $3.566 Billion. ...
  So... tell me TW, how is flat rate (unmetered) service no longer financially viable if you're making more profit now than ever before, as your cost to provide service continues to decline?

Very interesting rant, are the numbers correct?"
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NASA to announce Module Name on Colbert show

olddotter olddotter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

olddotter writes "From NASA's Facebook page:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astronautics NASA to Announce New Space Station Module Name — NASA's newest module for the International Space Station will get a new name on April 14. The agency plans to make the announcement with the help of Expedition 14 and 15 astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." The program will air at 11:30 p.m. EDT. The name, which will not be publicly released until the program airs.
Fri 7:57pm

Any guesses as to what it might be? :-)"
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Good article on NIN vs. Music Industry

olddotter olddotter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

olddotter writes "Wired has a great article on NIN iPhone app, but it goes into Trent's view of the future of music from the performers point of view.

It's something he never could have done before, even on an indie label. "Anyone who's an executive at a record label does not understand what the internet is, how it works, how people use it, how fans and consumers interact — no idea," he declares. "I'm surprised they know how to use e-mail. They have built a business around selling plastic discs, and nobody wants plastic discs any more." ...

"I've said it before and I'll say it again: I don't think music should be free," Reznor says. "But the climate is such that it's impossible for me to change that, because the record labels have established a sense of mistrust. So everything we've tried to do has been from the point of view of, 'What would I want if I were a fan? How would I want to be treated?' Now let's work back from that. Let's find a way for that to make sense and monetize it."

Definitely worth a read by the slashdot community."
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IBM Patent for Automating Offshoring

olddotter olddotter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

olddotter writes "This nugget of information showed up in my e-mail. Apparently IBM has filed a patent on automating the decision making around "Global Sourcing". Patent URL

Thoughts run from "Perhaps if they enforce it job stability will return to the IT sector." to "Does this mean we are replacing management with machines?""

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Wii Support for playing games on SD SDHC cards

olddotter olddotter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

olddotter writes "The Wii nows supports playing games off of SDHC cards. There is a catch, though. "Note that when launching games or channels from an SD card, an equivalent amount of internal Wii memory is required. To clear space from the internal memory, users can transfer games or channels from the Wii Menu to the SD card."

Even with that issue the support is welcome for those that like the Wii platform."

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AMD Beats Intel at Low power processing

olddotter olddotter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

olddotter writes "Apparently AMD is still ahead in some respects. According to this article AMD is winning on providing computation per watt. Article is on Yahoo.

For the calculation intensive workload the Opteron reported 1.0 to 6.3 percent higher throughput. The disk intensive throughput tests ranged from 1.1 percent favoring the Xeon to 5.0 percent favoring the Opteron. The power consumption, however, favored the Opteron in every test with a range of 13.1 to 20.8 percent. When the power readings were normalized by throughput the Opteron advantage ranged from 21.8 to 26.8 percent.

Power usage is becoming a big issue in corporate data centers and then there is the green band wagon."
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H1-B, who needs that. Smart immigrants going home

olddotter olddotter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

olddotter writes "A 24 page paper on a reverse brain drain from the US back to home countries is being covered in multiple locations. The PDF is here, NPR Blog, and on Yahoo news.

Our new paper, "America's Loss Is the World's Gain," finds that the vast majority of these returnees were relatively young. The average age was 30 for Indian returnees, and 33 for Chinese. They were highly educated, with degrees in management, technology, or science. Fifty-one percent of the Chinese held master's degrees and 41% had PhDs. Sixty-six percent of the Indians held a master's and 12.1% had PhDs. They were at very top of the educational distribution for these highly educated immigrant groups — precisely the kind of people who make the greatest contribution to the U.S. economy and to business and job growth.

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Crowd Sourcing to help Patent office

olddotter olddotter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

olddotter writes "Science Daily has a story looking at how social networking can help the Patent Office. Part of this has been covered on Slashdot before.

Peo and colleagues explain how the USPTO initiated a pilot project that uses social networking software to allow groups of volunteer review experts to upload prior art references, participate in discussion forums, rate other user submissions and add research references to pending applications. The aim was to allow the actual patent examiners to focus on reviewing the most relevant prior art associated with any particular submission and so streamline the overall application process.

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Steve Jobs on the cover of The New Yorker

olddotter olddotter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

olddotter writes "This seems to be all over the bloggosphere today. See this Fortune blog for the image.

The cover of the inaugural issue of the New Yorker, published Feb. 17, 1925, featured a dandy peering through a monocle at a butterfly. Eustace Tilley, as the character was called, became the New Yorker's official mascot and has appeared ever since on its anniversary issue.

In 2008, Colombian graphic artist Camilo Ramirez decided that if Tilley were alive today, he would look like Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs, wear a black turtleneck and carry an iPhone.

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Congress Approves Broadband to Nowhere

olddotter olddotter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

olddotter writes "According to the WSJ The US government is about to spend $10 Billion to make little difference in us broadband services.

More fundamentally, nothing in the legislation would address the key reason that the U.S. lags so far behind other countries. This is that there is an effective broadband duopoly in the U.S., with most communities able to choose only between one cable company and one telecom carrier. It's this lack of competition, blessed by national, state and local politicians, that keeps prices up and services down.

Get ready for USDA certified Grade A broadband. :-)"
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Ubuntu not just for the desktop

olddotter olddotter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

olddotter writes "

Ubuntu should not be considered merely the desktop Linux distribution of choice anymore if a new survey conducted by Canonical and open-source analyst firm RedMonk is an indicator.

The majority of nearly 7,000 businesses surveyed that are using Ubuntu Linux said they use it for a range of mission-critical workloads that are typically run on servers, such as proxy/caching, routing, mail security, clustering, virtualization, data backup and databases.

Having options are good."
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