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How Did Bill Nye Become the Science Guy?

rainhill Other TV scientists can learn from Nye (220 comments)

The fact is that the science is dull, boring and heavy to pay attention to, even for most adults, let alone kids. Bill Nye making that a bit easy and somehow funnier to watch, people watch. in the end, we want people to watch science programs more, don't we?

about 9 months ago
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If we Buck Feta and leave, where should we go?

rainhill Taco can you hear me? (17 comments)

FuckTaco too, for caching out.

about 10 months ago
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Mac OS X Bitcoin Stealing Trojan Horse Called OSX/CoinThief Discovered

rainhill Re:Slashcott! (108 comments)

>> I will work to create a new community where things can be run with quality user discussions as the paramount objective.

and before long, you will be cashing out too... CmdrTaco did.

oooh the $weet money.

change is the only constant, as someone once said. Dice saw the high-flying twitters and facebooks, and said; hey, how to increase slashdot users, to make more money? how? how? howwww?

all this, is only natural.

about 10 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

rainhill Re:Fuck Beta (2219 comments)

While at it, FUCK CmdrTaco as well, for cashing out.

about 10 months ago
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Major Internet Censorship Bill Passes In Turkey

rainhill Re:Slashcott (104 comments)

why don't you all major submitters of /. stories, set up a slashdot-like-site owned by your own foundation, and move your stories there?

readers will come, i will.

about 10 months ago
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The "Triple Package" Explains Why Some Cultural Groups Are More Successful

rainhill Re:Success = happiness? (397 comments)

>> Would you rather be successful and miserable, or a happy failure?

if a country in general full of happy-failures, that country is dependent of others, that culture will be wiped, will not be able to protect itself from nearby predator countries.

about a year ago
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The "Triple Package" Explains Why Some Cultural Groups Are More Successful

rainhill Re:Crazy! (397 comments)

>>First generation immigrants are generally more motivated and productive compared to those farmed locally

Because, immigrants are selection of people, they are not average people. it takes guts, determination, drive, and other above-average human attributes to move into an overseas country, into another culture.

immigrants in general are above-average people, their children are on the other hand, are average.

about a year ago
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'Opportunity' Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Roving Mars

rainhill chinese moon rover (51 comments)

is out of order, i heard today.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

rainhill Google (120 comments)

calendar.

about a year ago
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Ballmer To Retire

rainhill Re:Surface (633 comments)

if you try many ideas, you fail many times..

about a year ago
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Ballmer To Retire

rainhill Re:Good news for stockholders (633 comments)

why is this funny? parent is dead serious. /. seem to be filled with monkeys lately.

about a year ago
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HTC Unveils Revamped HTC One

rainhill Why HTC is Loosing User? (152 comments)

My observation is, because a hard, physical 'home' button is missing on front face of HTC phones. That made me choose a Samsung Galaxy S1, S3, over HTC.

IPhone and Samsung Galaxy both have a physical 'home' button on their phone.

about 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Solution To 'Too Big To Fail'

rainhill Re:Simplest Solution (649 comments)

>>>Next simplest solution: make "Bail-out" == Nationalization. if we taxpayers are footing the bill, we have every right to own that motherfucker.

Govt run companies are in general bloated, inefficient, and are fertile corruption grounds.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

rainhill If not for Google... (476 comments)

...this would have been the YoWP (year of windows phone)

about 2 years ago
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Journalist Arrested In Greece For Publishing List of Possible Tax-Evaders

rainhill Re:He should be jailed (344 comments)

Evading tax is every Greeks' right and what has made Greece the economic powerhouse it is today.

Greeks evading tax? Blame on Turks.

more than 2 years ago
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To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

rainhill Re:But that's not the real problem. (1651 comments)

yes they do, you are a revenue stream for them, they wouldnt give a shit othervise ;)

more than 2 years ago
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How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop

rainhill Re:Not so (933 comments)

mine too..., and i love latest unity.

more than 2 years ago

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Terry Childs: 15 months and counting | Hardware -

rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

" rel="nofollow">rainhill writes "At this writing, Terry Childs has been in San Francisco Jail for one year, three months, and four days. His crime: refusing to hand over administrative passwords to San Francisco's city network.

His case has yet to go to trial, having been delayed dozens of times in the intervening months. Three of the four charges brought against him were thrown out of court in August, but his subsequent motion for a reduction in his $5 million bail was denied — again — and he still sits in the same jailhouse."

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Gmail usage appears to be closing in on Hotmail

rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rainhill writes "Information Week says that if Gmail's growth continues at the same rate, we could see Gmail's user share overtake Hotmail by the end of the year — an impressive feat.

Between December 2007 and December 2008, Gmail's number of unique monthly visitors in the United States grew 43%, from 20.8 million to 29.6 million, according to ComScore. Windows Live Hotmail lost 5% of its unique monthly visitors during this period, falling from 45.7 million to 43.5 million."

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Major League Baseball to Dump Silverlight

rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rainhill writes "Internet.com is reporting that, A year and a half after Microsoft proudly claimed baseball games nationwide would be streamed using its Silverlight streaming media player, Adobe's Flash gets to pinch hit. Major League Baseball's online technology arm, MLB Advanced Media, announced Monday that it is dropping the use of Microsoft's Silverlight in favor of Adobe's Flash player for streaming games and on-demand content via the Web."
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Apple selling unlocked iPhone 3G in Hong Kong

rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rainhill writes "Apple has made an unlocked version of the iPhone 3G available in Hong Kong, letting consumers pick whichever carrier they so choose.

Freedom doesn't come cheap. The 8GB version is available for about $695 (5,400 Hong Kong dollars), while the 16GB iPhone costs about $798 (6,200 HK dollars), according to Apple's site.

The "iPhone 3G purchased at the Apple Online Store can be activated with any wireless carrier," the site states. "Simply insert the SIM from your current phone into iPhone 3G and connect to iTunes 8 to complete activation.""

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Psystar With Mac OSX, Impressive Test Results

rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rainhill writes "C|Net tested Psystar-Mac OSX PC, here's what they say..

The Psystar's hardware advantage translates to some impressive performance wins [...] It beat the Mac Mini on all of our performance tests, and it also bested a $530 Dell Inspiron 530 and a $699 quad-core Acer desktop on all but our Cinebench multicore test.

We spent a lot of time in our hands-on simply trying things to see if they worked. In general, we had good results. That this system completed our benchmarks was a good start. That means iTunes, QuickTime, Quake 4, and Photoshop all work. Independent of our benchmarks, we successfully purchased and played back a song and a movie from the iTunes store. We connected an iPod Classic to the system and successfully copied over an audio track from iTunes.
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Red Hat Drops Plans For Consumer Desktop Linux

rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rainhill writes "InformationWeek running a story about Red Hat dropping plans to develop a version of the Linux operating system for consumer PCs — in part because of Microsoft's dominance over the market.

"The desktop market suffers from having one dominant vendor, and some people still perceive that today's Linux desktops simply don't provide a practical alternative," Red Hat officials said in a blog post Wednesday."
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Red Hat releases Enterprise Linux OS beta

rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rainhill writes "According to a The Register article Red Hat has released a beta version of the latest update to its Enterprise Linux OS, touting significant improvements to the desktop and virtualisation.

RHEL version 5.2 will bring an upgraded Xen virtualisation hypervisor, better clustering capabilities and improved support for IPv6 which, using a DHCP version 6 client and server, should make the deployment of IPv6 addressing across entire networks much easier.

There are also big changes to the desktop, which will come with the latest versions of Firefox, OpenOffice and Thunderbird."

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Google Released New Website Setup Tools

rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rainhill writes "Google, already the world's most popular spot for finding Web sites, is aiming to become the go-to place for creating Web sites too.

The Mountain View-based company is taking its first step toward that goal Thursday with the debut of a free service designed for high-tech neophytes looking for a simple way to share information with other people working in the same company or attending the same class in school."

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Yahoo Rejects Microsoft Bid

rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rainhill writes "Yahoo Finance is quoting WSJ that "Yahoo Inc.'s board plans to reject Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited $44.6 billion takeover offer, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper quotes sources as saying Microsoft's bid "massively undervalues" the company and that Yahoo is unlikely to consider any offer below $40 per share. Microsoft's initial bid was for $31 per share""
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Yahoo Rejects Microsoft Bid

rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rainhill writes ""Yahoo Inc.'s board plans to reject Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited $44.6 billion takeover offer, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper quotes sources as saying Microsoft's bid "massively undervalues" the company and that Yahoo is unlikely to consider any offer below $40 per share. Microsoft's initial bid was for $31 per share""
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First Ever Web Design Survey Results

rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rainhill writes "In April 2007, A List Apart and An Event Apart conducted a survey of people who make websites. Close to 33,000 web professionals answered the survey's 37 questions, providing the first data ever collected on the business of web design and development as practiced in the U.S. and worldwide. Survey's results are here as PDF."
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rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rainhill writes "There is an interesting article over at the Earthweb.

Dell is making with their second desktop Linux effort and am increasingly wondering how long before the Linux supporters make it clear to Dell this is a bad idea. While some are being patient, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that many don't fundamentally understand why this is vastly more difficult than it looks, and why Dell will desperately need their support, not their constant criticism, to justify continuing the effort.
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rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rainhill (86347) writes "As BBC is also reporting that as a result of yesterdays earthquake in Taiwan, Internet connections have been seriously affected, and phone linens and dedicated business lines have also been affected to some degree, from Hong Kong where I live, it was impossible to reach US and European sites this morning. According to sources communications cables (under the Pacific Ocean) to the US and to Europe had been damaged by the quake and repairs could take days."
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rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 8 years ago

rainhill (86347) writes "I'm a sysadmin in a mid-size company, we recently have decided to implement a VOIP, and we have hired an external consultant for the job.

Consultant suggested installing Asterix on User-Mode Linux because of its security, etc.., but we said we'd like to use RedHat instead, but consultant is insisting on User-Mode Linux or else costs will increase and implementation will be delayed.

We cannot afford many delays on this project and especially increased costs would be real problem.

I would like to ask your opinions, should we go with consultant's suggestion of User-mode Linux? Or should we demand for RedHat and bare the consequences? What are the pros and cons of each option?."
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rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 8 years ago

rainhill writes "I'm a sysadmin in a mid-size company, we recently have decided to implement a VOIP, and we have hired an external consultant for the job.

Consultant suggested installing Asterix on User-Mode Linux because of its security, etc.., but we said we'd like to use Redhat instead, but consultant is insisting on User-Mode Linux or else costs will increase and implementation will be delayed.

We cannot afford many delays on this project and especially increased costs would be real problem.

I would like to ask your opinions, should we go with consultant's suggestion of User-mode Linux? Or should we demand for Redhat and bare the consequences? What are the pros and cons of each option?."
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rainhill rainhill writes  |  more than 8 years ago

rainhill writes "Hi all, I'm a sysadmin in a mid-size company, we recently have decided to implement a VOIP between our 4 offices, we have hired an external company (consultant) for the implementation, as I remember they have initially suggested to install Asterix on Linux (preferably Debian), I have suggested to stick with Redhat, and they said 'Redhat should be OK.'.

With the recommendation of this company we have purchased the hardware (servers), purchased cards and prepared everything else, all was smooth until they said they want to install Asterix on User-Mode Linux because of its security, etc.., at first their arguments for User-Mode Linux seemed reasonable, but I'm a bit worried since I did not know much about that distro.

I called and asked a few friends who are also Linux admins for many years and RHCEs, and they have suggested to go with Redhat at least for the reason of its supported a larger company and can find certified engineers (like themselves) if thinks go wrong current consultant, I also thought it was a wise idea to go with Redhat, as we already use it for many years as mail, samba, squid, firewall, etc..

I then called back our consultant suggested him we shall stick with Redhat, but he rejected the idea and give me a lot of reason for not-to, among them User-Mode Linux was more secure, and for Redhat they needed to find new packages, recompile the kernel, etc.., etc.. And finally telling me that they may have to revise (increase) their quotation and delay implementation time if he must go with Redhat.

We cannot afford many delays on this project and especially increased costs would be real problem.

With all this, I would like to ask your opinions, should we go with consultant's suggestion of User-mode Linux? Or should we demand for Redhat and bare the consequences? ~ Your opinions will help a lot, thanks."

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