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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

porges Re:Dropping the Xbox? (300 comments)

I bet Disney would be a good candidate to buy the Xbox brand; they specialize in acquiring massively successful (or at least known) existing companies such as ABC, LucusFilm/Star Wars, Marvel, and the Muppets.

about two weeks ago
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Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

porges Re:Companies like HBO should go a-la-carte (340 comments)

You can now get access to HBO-Go through an Amazon prime account, as well

Not quite. The Amazon deal only includes current shows on a 3-year delay, as well as the HBO Go series "back catalogue" -- all Sopranos, etc, episodes. You also only get HBO-produced TV movies, not the hundred+ films on HBO or HBO Go. (I've seen some interesting stuff on HBO Go that I never found on the actual HBO channels, such as the movie "Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel".)

about 3 months ago
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GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

porges Re:Brain damaged project (134 comments)

No. You're thinking of the fact that once the linker marks a .o as required, it brings in all of that .o file unless you provide those flags you mention. But the point is definitely that only the .o files that are needed get linked into the final object model. Just do a gcc of a simple "hello world" program and then look at the a.out's size; it won't be anywhere near as big as libc.a. Also, nm a.out will show you the relatively few symbols in the a.out file.

about 4 months ago
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Goodbye, Google Voice

porges Re:"Enormous" effect? (166 comments)

I always guessed that the business plan involved recording/transcribing all your calls, for no bad reason whatsoever, nope.

about 5 months ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

porges Re:Dunno (747 comments)

Why in God's name would they lie about there being no mercury in the vaccines? Are the vaccines being used as a way of solving the famous "how can I get rid of all this mercury I have lying around" problem? If they're willing to flat-out lie about what's in there, why don't they just package up water and call it a vaccine? It's got to be cheaper than whatever they're doing now.

about 5 months ago
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The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

porges Re:"Sight"? On slashdot? (191 comments)

Or, as some other columnist has been writing since the debacle, "Empty Gox".

about 5 months ago
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Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor

porges Re: no surprise (256 comments)

Possibly. Is it obviously true that I have a right to secretly videotape people "just to be safe", just because they're in my house and I have (or think I have) a good reason?

about 5 months ago
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Interview: Ask Eric Raymond What You Will

porges Re:In all seriousness... (126 comments)

Late update to my own post: on the other hand, later in the comment thread on that same posting, he clearly believes in literal faith healing, in one case of a sprained ankle, so, uh...

about 5 months ago
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Interview: Ask Eric Raymond What You Will

porges Re:In all seriousness... (126 comments)

I think if you read "invoke" in Eric's posting as "appeal to" rather than "cause to appear" you'll see what I took him to be saying. The one thing he doesn't believe in is literal religious magic. I am with you on all the other examples, though.

about 5 months ago
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E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

porges Re:Just gonna say it (320 comments)

In the case of basketball, bear in mind that aside from free throws, every player who has devoted their life to learning to shoot baskets has a guy in their face who's devoted their life to (among other things) stopping you from making that basket.

about 5 months ago
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Why Improbable Things Really Aren't

porges Re:winning the lottery twice (166 comments)

Imagine how the experience of winning the lottery messes with your sense of how likely it is that you'll win the lottery. Especially given that you probably had a bad sense of that in first place, since you were a person who played the lottery.

about 5 months ago
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

porges Re:California (374 comments)

I'd raise your "misleading" to "bullshit", actually. The article makes it perfectly clear, the summary and headline are garbage.

about 6 months ago
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Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

porges Re:Different from the NSA (264 comments)

IIRC, when I refinanced I GAVE them my bank statements, so that's a different case.

about 6 months ago
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How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

porges Re:So, cue up.. (462 comments)

The "exposure" is not going to come from a few or even many Engineers complaining in isolation that there might be some collusion going on as the alternative offers are drying up.

The exposure doesn't need to come from engineers. It can come from anyone who knows about it.

The only reason we know about it at all is because there was a lawsuit filed accusing them of this illegal action. If it becomes totally legal, nobody's going to be filing that lawsuit in the first place, and the parties involved will continue to do it secretly.

about 6 months ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

porges Re:Mario on PS4 (559 comments)

You know who buys huge entertainment companies to everyone's amazement? Disney. ABC, Marvel, Muppets, Star Wars. Granted the Sony idea makes a little more sense because of the Japanese factor. But doing something as big as buying a major console company is something Disney would do.

about 6 months ago
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Programmer Debunks Source Code Shown In Movies and TV Shows

porges Re:oh duh (301 comments)

That's my problem! I always try twice then give up. Thanks!

about 7 months ago
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How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School

porges Re: police arive within 'minutes' (894 comments)

What does "more homogenous" mean in this claim, and how is it relevant to the murder rate?

"Most murders were intraracial, with 84% of white homicide victims murdered by whites, and 93% of black victims murdered by blacks."

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_crime_in_the_United_States#Homicide)

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

porges Re:Get an iPad (370 comments)

Disagree. The Apple return policy is intended precisely for people who are interested in the product but not sure they'll like it. It's nothing like deliberately buying something intending to return it after a specific event.

about 8 months ago

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