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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

pr0nbot (153 comments)

A private domain for all the stuff you only want to share with close associates doesn't sound useful to you?

Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter results in my google searches are just noise that I have to filter out.

7 hours ago

Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

pr0nbot Repair (47 comments)

It was like this in the Tepito market in Mexico City in the 80s... as well as all the refurbished and stolen goods, if you had a broken walkman or whatever, there'd be some guy who could fix it for you. I miss the culture of repair.

7 hours ago

The State of ZFS On Linux

pr0nbot Re:Unfamiliar (366 comments)

It's also not great with disks of mixed size. For example, you can't create a 4TB mirror using a 4TB drive and 2x2TB drives (spanned). For home users, who will have a collection of mixed-size disks, you can do things, but it involves partitioning. I ended up doing something along the lines of this guy: http://tentacles666.wordpress....

about a week ago

Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

pr0nbot VC (205 comments)

Was he arrested for subversion? He should assure them he's a git user! *rimshot*

about two weeks ago

Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

pr0nbot Re:Going to Battle (85 comments)

Episode 16: The missing TPS cover sheet

about three weeks ago

Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

pr0nbot Re:Good for China, goods for us (233 comments)

Outsourcing is probably less of a problem going forward than automation, which is increasingly replacing white collar jobs as it has done blue collar jobs previously. Even lawyers' work is being automated these days, especially profitable work that requires you to be a lawyer but is otherwise low-skilled.

about a month ago

Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

pr0nbot Re:Surprise! (137 comments)

I think your post constitutes a 100% increase in the number of times I've heard Opera mentioned this year.

about 2 months ago

Fossils of Cambrian Predator Preserved With Brain Impressions

pr0nbot Ia! Ia! (45 comments)

I think I read about these guys in an H. P. Lovecraft novel.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

pr0nbot Offshore (265 comments)

Offshore your maintenance jobs to someone in the correct timezone!

about 2 months ago

Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

pr0nbot big up your garden? (149 comments)

All my telco worker friends grumble about being forced to praise their customers' horticultural skills on their site visits.

about 2 months ago

Even In the Wild Mice Run In Wheels

pr0nbot Re:They may be stuck (122 comments)

The paper states that animals would enter the wheel, leave it, and then re-enter it. That could be accidental but doesn't suggest escape.

about 4 months ago

Can Google Influence Elections?

pr0nbot Re:Big deal (138 comments)

So wait, Skynet eventually became Weyland-Yutani? I missed Aliens vs Terminator.

about 4 months ago

Erik Meijer: The Curse of the Excluded Middle

pr0nbot TL (237 comments)

I'm too lazy to evaluate the arguments.

about 5 months ago

Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

pr0nbot Remix (128 comments)

I'm going to wait for Theo de Raadt's Libre remix.

about 5 months ago

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

pr0nbot Consumers pay (328 comments)

Obviously Netflix will just pass the cost on to its subscribers (where else would they get the money from?). It's very unlikely they'd implement this as a surcharge for their Comcast subscribers only (I wish they would, but I expect their contract with Comcast prohibits it), they'll just absorb it into the single subscription price. So in fact non-Comcast customers will effectively be indirectly paying Comcast to subsidise other users' access.

From an engineer's point of view it's all baffling (Netflix and their customers are both paying for a certain amount of bandwidth, so where's the need for anything more?), but when you view it through the lens of capitalist incentives it all makes perfect sense.

about 5 months ago

Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

pr0nbot Flawed methodology (469 comments)

I think to really accentuate the difference between the two violins we need to commit them to vinyl. How else can we really appreciate the true richness and colour of the sound?

about 5 months ago

Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

pr0nbot Does everything need to be smart? (128 comments)

I think a fire alarm is an instance where I'd like something to have as simple and foolproof a mechanism as possible. I suppose a smart alarm could perhaps call the emergency services or something... but I'd still probably combine it with a bog standard fire alarm.

about 5 months ago

Russian Officials Dump iPads For Samsung Tablets Over Spy Fears

pr0nbot "Paranoid" (198 comments)

In the post-Snowden world, I think we can replace most instances of the word "paranoid" with "reasonable".

about 6 months ago

Taxis By Algorithm: Streamlining City Transport With Graph Theory

pr0nbot Maximising the wrong thing? (72 comments)

As far as cabbies are concerned, the optimum algorithm will be whatever maximises their revenue. Any algorithm that doesn't will probably be vulnerable to cheating, i.e. a rogue cabbie that can make more money exploiting some aspect of the algorithm will do so.

about 6 months ago



pr0nbot pr0nbot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pr0nbot (313417) writes "The Register reports: 'Nokia will this weekend begin giving its Smart2Go satellite navigation software away free of charge, first for select Series 60 (S60) and Windows Mobile 5.0 devices, but later for other mobile platforms, including S40 and Linux, too.'"


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