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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

popo Re:That's not what happened at all (219 comments)

Well... aside from the vitriol..

We do know the following:

1) She actually did fire all of the senior management and replace them with puppets.
2) She did hire legions of publicists to promote Marissa.
3) She did spend quite a bit on acquisitions which were questionable.
4) It's not working out so well for Yahoo.

So I'm not sure what citations you're looking for. It's not exactly hearsay.

yesterday
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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

popo Announcing the Yune. (219 comments)

Yes, Yahoo! has officially announced their music playing device called the "Yune".

It's going to come in 7 different shades of purple, and offer an interface based on Yahoo!'s homepage design -- squeezing over 270 links onto the device's homescreen.

Yahoo's CEO, Marissa Mayer apparently designed the Yune at home herself over the weekend using purple Play-Doh, and it will be officially unveiled by her in an upcoming Vogue photoshoot -- where she will be personally modeling the device along with this year's spring collection.

Most of the underlying technology for the Yune was purchased from now-defunct Palm, Inc. in a purchase rumored to be north of $720 Billion -- approved entirely by Mayer. Mayer has refused to comment on the purchase price, but promised that the investment would yield positive results sometime after her salary review with the board of directors.

The Yune will be in stores by next Christmas and as a special promotional offer to increase sales, the Yune is expected to come bundled with an iPhone.

yesterday
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"Lax" Crossdomain Policy Puts Yahoo Mail At Risk

popo Re:Silly me (49 comments)

Nearly dead? You're talking about the most popular multimedia platform in the world. Yes, Flash sucks. I'll be the first to agree. And as much as anyone, I'd like to see HTML5 kick ass. But it's still lacking in several departments which prevent it from being widely adopted by online game developers. (Good clock / framerate control, a stellar IDE and code protection not being the least of them).

I've used several HTML5 IDE's and they blow. Coding is still fraught with browser issues and quirks. Speed is iffy at best for many important libraries. 3D transforms for example ... Don't get me started.

Relatively few developers are writing hit games in HTML5 yet. (Please note the term "relatively") Not that writing great HTML5 games can't be done. It absolutely can be done. (Save yourself the effort of cherry-picking the latest demo of what HTML5 can do. I know. I've written a few). But "potential" is not the issue. Kingdom Rush, for example is written in Flash. Not HTML5. The devs at Ironhide aren't clueless. They chose Flash for a reason, Kongregate also has Unity games and HTML5 games -- but what percent are those? Why? Because they're all dumb? No. It's because AS3 is standard across platforms, extensible and blazing fast.

HTML5 fans are absolutely on the right track (I count myself as an HTML5 fan), but IMHO most are wholly delusional about how close they are to victory, and about just how "dead" Flash really is. Slashdotters and other people "in the know" know that Flash's days are numbered. But out there in Internet-land, *hundreds of millions* of users use Flash every day. That doesn't count as "dead" by any definition. And the Flash development community is still growing,

about a week ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

popo "Expected" to release methane (329 comments)

One must note that environmental science is best at observation, and typically poor at prognostication.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

popo Re:All for poisioning the well (285 comments)

Hahaha. Mod parent up! That was a solid comeback.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Banned In Delhi After Taxi Driver Accused of Rape

popo Re:Sadly,... (180 comments)

Having spent many years living in Asia, I can tell you confidently how to solve *much* of the rape problem in India: Legalize and institutionalize prostitution.

Unlike every nation in Asia, India has a tiny sex-trade per capita. Smaller even than in the United States. Couple poverty with truly intense social mores, highly limited pre-marital sex and a defacto caste system (despite the propaganda) and you have a recipe for pent up male sexuality. The standard modern response mechanism is to demonize said sexuality and hope to preach morality and respect to a seething mass of adolescent male anger and hormones. To say this policy of condemnation has failed is an understatement. When policy fails, pursuing more of it is insane.

Prostitution is a rational free-market solution which carries many additional economic benefits besides reduced sexual violence.

Now cue scores of sexist, white-knight "do-gooders" who will say things like "sex-work endangers women" and other sexist statements that treat women like children. (If you're going to insist, show me the stats please, and then cross reference against miners, fishermen, industrial labor, law enforcement and the military).

Male sexuality is male sexuality. And in societies where it is deprived to hundreds of millions of men (for decades) until said men prove themselves worthy of marriage is an exercise in social disaster.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

popo Re:Yeesh (584 comments)

The women in the world chess league don't feel "safe" around male players. Those muscle-bound grandmasters are so prone to roid-rage and aggression these days that women need a "safe space" where they can play chess in a separate but equal arena with no patriarchy -- and one where women are guaranteed to win. ...Also, losing in chess may constitute rape in some states, so it's important to separate them.

/ more sarc

about two weeks ago
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Kim Dotcom Faces Jail At Bail Hearing

popo And so misinformed (166 comments)

Well in New Zealand and everywhere else. copyright infringement is a civil offense,

Will somebody please tell the ignoramuses at ZDnet that there's no such thing as a "criminal copyright violation"?

about three weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

popo Re:The lesson (329 comments)

Absolutely correct. The Medallion business was artificial scarcity, protected by insiders.

But on a broader scale the problem is that the world is awash in surplus capacity at every turn. Automation and robotics are compounding that problem at an exponentially increasing rate.

Ultimately we have too much labor and too much capacity to produce -- everywhere. This is a conundrum for economic models which require scarcity. We weren't supposed to have too much food, too much energy or too much labor. Demand was supposed to increase at a constant rate ...but of course we juiced the world with credit and now we've built productive capacity and availability that cannot possibly be met with demand. We are surrounded by business models and prices which are conceptual remnants of earlier eras when capacity was restricted. These models can only ever be preserved through artificial means, because given a natural, free-market dynamic, competition and automation drive prices south.

So it's not just medallions that are priced at unsustainable levels. Its nearly everything that's artificially overpriced. And that includes us.

about three weeks ago
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In UK Study, Girls Best Boys At Making Computer Games

popo Re: What kind of a "study" is this? (312 comments)

> "Just that girls are able to create more complex games"

Actually, that's nice that you added your own personal take-away, but that's not what the study showed. You are turning preference into capacity.

It's also not how the study is described here on Slashdot:

"I'm a UK Study, Girls Best Boys at Making Computer Games"

That is very different from "just" saying anything about complexity.

And why is performance at a particular age relevant anyway? Is this a study of childhood developmental capacity? Because it sure looks like they're stretching to draw references to gender dynamics within the gaming industry.

about three weeks ago
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In UK Study, Girls Best Boys At Making Computer Games

popo What kind of a "study" is this? (312 comments)

"Complex stories"? "Two or more parts or conditional clauses"? Two???

"Trigger their scripts on when a character says something?"

I am a game developer. I have no idea what they are talking about.

More fundamentally: is "complexity" good?

about three weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

popo Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

"I'd never copy code".

"I'd use that exact library".

Those are mighty fine hairs to split.

about a month ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

popo Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

I think you're using very negative words for a very normal part of the coding process.

For example, about 20 minutes ago I needed a function to measure password strength. Could I have written it from scratch? Of course. Did I? Hell, no. That would be a needless waste of time. I used the Interwebs and had a choice of 3 or 4 perfectly good functions within about a minute.

That's how coding works today. And if you're not making use of other people's code you're not doing it right.

about a month ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

popo Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

Just out of curiosity are there any professional programmers out there who don't regularly copy functions from the Internet?

Part of being a contemporary coder is making use of available code. Libraries of functions are "other people's code". Languages are other people's code. Etc. it's all about other people's code.

about a month ago
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Researchers Demonstrate Electrically Activated Micro-Muscles

popo Not particularly useful (19 comments)

The field of artificial muscles already has multiple competing technologies which are superior to this.

For one, the amount of force generated here is problematically low. Secondly, gold? That's going to be a problem for obvious reasons.

The future is in a combination of electroactive polymers and/or electro/thermally-activated shape-memory alloys -- both of which are cheap light and flexible.

about a month ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

popo Re:Destiny ? (183 comments)

The term PC was invented by IBM to describe the original IBM-PC.

Windows PC's are the descendants of the IBM-PC. Macs aren't. Which is why "PC" implies "Windows PC" everywhere and always in the software business unless it is prefixed by "Linux" or "Chrome".

The logic of what "PC" should or shouldn't mean is irrelevant. Language is a system of practice, not logic.

about a month and a half ago
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Start-Up Vsenn Emerges From Stealth With Project Ara Modular Phone Competitor

popo Something we don't really need (30 comments)

The entire argument in favor of modular phones is highly questionable IMHO. I see little evidence that this will represent a cost savings for consumers, that modular phones offer any serious advantages -- or that this is even something consumers want. It is also highly likely that modular phones will be larger, as modularity implies a component system that is by-definition less space-efficient than factory assembled.

about a month and a half ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

popo Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

We're in 100% agreement. You're misreading the position of my comment ;)

about a month and a half ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

popo Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

Anyone not woowoo pro-globalization (usually being historically-ignorant, and pro-socialist dictatorships) has already established:

1. There are massive profit incentives in the hundreds of billions of dollars for establishing a worldwide treatise system of carbon credits, which in turn will require a common, goal-seeked understanding of global warming and anthropogenic causality.

2. This doesn't mean that the world's about to end, but we aren't doing enough to prevent profound harm to your civil rights.

Carry on. ( Non-free thinkers usually do. )

about a month and a half ago

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AIDS cured? Stem-cell treatment appears effective

popo popo writes  |  about 4 years ago

popo (107611) writes "On the heels of World AIDS Day comes a stunning medical breakthrough: Doctors believe an HIV-positive man who underwent a stem cell transplant has been cured as a result of the procedure.

Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the "Berlin Patient," received the transplant in 2007 as part of a lengthy treatment course for leukemia. His doctors recently published a report in the journal Blood affirming that the results of extensive testing "strongly suggest that cure of HIV infection has been achieved.""

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popo popo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

popo writes "A mysterious hexagon has been spotted on Saturn's North Pole by NASA's Cassini orbiter. The bizarre geometric formation spans the size of two planet Earths and is stationary with clouds spinning around it. Kevin Baines of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said: "This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides. ...We've never seen anything like this on any other planet.""
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popo popo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

popo writes "From the "We all knew it would eventually come to this" department, FOX has subpoenaed YouTube for the identity of a user who posted entire episodes of "24" and "The Simpson's". It is not yet known whether YouTube has complied with the request. The "24" episodes in question actually appeared on YouTube prior to their primetime January 14 premiere on the Fox broadcast network, which spread four hourlong episodes of the hit drama over two consecutive nights. Fox became aware the episodes were on YouTube on January 8, according to the subpoena."

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