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Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

rk Re:So ... (68 comments)

Hmmm. That's a good point, especially since I carry around a big boat Note 2. But there's something I did with my Newton that I still don't do with any electronic device and that is take notes. It's the only device I ever had that recognized my native handwriting (not printing, not Graffiti from the Palm OS era), which is an amazing feat because I can barely read my own handwriting.

2 hours ago
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Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

rk Re:So ... (68 comments)

Sad thing was, I got much more utility out of my Newton than my iPad. I don't even know *where* my iPad is right now, and I'm not even sure where to look for it. It could be stolen for all I know.

2 hours ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

rk Re:Been there. (133 comments)

Of course, if someone did that to Apple nearly 20 years ago when the stock was in the toilet but they still had a pile of money they would've pretty seriously screwed themselves. Not saying it's never a right choice to do that but it's not always right either.

3 hours ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

rk Re:Rewarding the bullies... (788 comments)

You have zero expectation of privacy from the authorities. If however, you embarrass the authorities you are suddenly breaching important privacy protections. Funny how that works, eh?

2 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

rk Re:I must be in the minority. (453 comments)

Even outside of the valley in more normal priced places, if the first digit of that six figures is a '1', it's still solidly middle class, nothing more.

2 days ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

rk Some games I have on steam... (117 comments)

Came in publisher bundles that represented a way to get a bunch of other games I wanted for a lot less than buying them individually would cost. I know there's a racing game I got in one of those that I have never installed and never will just because racing games aren't my cuppa.

2 days ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

rk Re:Right on. (287 comments)

Heh. I've written many gotos in C. Almost universally, the label they go to is called "error_exit" which sits right before resource deallocators and the return statement. :-)

3 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

rk I don't even mind paying taxes much (415 comments)

It's the fucking paperwork and receipt saving that goes with it. Frankly, I'd be willing to pay more to not even have to think about it.

3 days ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

rk Air Supply? AIR SUPPLY? (509 comments)

Giving this kid cochlear implants to be subjected to that could be child abuse.

about a week ago
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Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

rk Re:I wrote my whole BBS package in BASIC (146 comments)

There was a POKE you could use on the CoCo2 (and some versions of the CoCo1) that would switch to a character palette that displayed the lowercase characters as such.

I recall having a driver that let you use the "hi-res" (256x192! Look out!) mode as the console, so you got more space, but more importantly could mix graphics and text quite easily. If your friend was responsible for that thing and you're still in touch with him, please thank him for me, because that thing rocked.

about two weeks ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

rk Re:It's not trending. (371 comments)

I smashed a couple windows on a vacant house in my neighborhood when I was 9. I did get caught, caught holy hell for it from my parents, and had to make restitution. It was 40 dollars at the time, but to a 9 year old in 1976, 5 dollars was a fortune. 40 was like grown-up money. I learned a good lesson on "other people's things".

I wished I could give you insight on that mentality, even though I was the one who did it. I remember doing it, I remember getting caught doing it, I remember working for the money to pay for it, but I have no recollection whatsoever on WHY I did it.

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

rk Re:Also Oakland (319 comments)

Well, your argument so far has been little more than "State bad" which has nothing to do with the specific topic of renting homes. It's difficult to make ANY sort of counter-argument to that. So, consumer protection laws are good, so "State not bad?" How are we to divine from your current stated position where you draw the line?

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

rk Re:good ol' Linux (641 comments)

Split the difference, it's actually remarkably close to the average of your number and his: 22.5 years, with the first kernel release on October 5, 1991.

about two weeks ago
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Wil Wheaton Announces New TV Show

rk Re:Oh, it's on SyFy? (167 comments)

I'm just double checking: You did know I was being sarcastic? Text isn't the best medium for that many times, but I couldn't help myself.

I don't get the whole nerd stratification anyway. I play Borderlands 2 (A "bro" game, as someone else called it, huh? Well, it's still fun.) regularly with an astrophysicist and her seismologist husband, etched my first printed circuit board at age 12, hacked on code that talks to spacecraft on Mars, written (admittedly kind of crappy) videogames, and done all manner of tech projects just for kicks. If anyone wants to question my nerd cred, let them. I do what I like; I couldn't give 2 shits what other people think.

about two weeks ago
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Wil Wheaton Announces New TV Show

rk Re:Oh, it's on SyFy? (167 comments)

Thank you, Ambassador Nerd, for speaking for all of us in our time of need.

about two weeks ago
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Breathless? Yes. True? Who Knows?

rk Re:It's a great gag (9 comments)

Also, this: "The coordinates:When the coordinates are added to the fact that the photoâ(TM)s exif data does not match the Google coordinates or any other coordinates for Diego Garcia that are posted online, but is still within the boundaries of Diego Garcia, it proves that no one just pulled those coordinates off the web. It helps confirm that this was not just a hoax because the coordinates are exact to wherever on Diego Garcia the Iphone was when it took the photo."

Unless you're past day 2 of an "introduction to GIS" class, in which case, getting the lat and lon of any place in the world, not just "published" coordinates, is a trivial task. Really, the new Google Maps make this too easy.... Look!
https://www.google.com/maps/@-...
https://www.google.com/maps/@-...
https://www.google.com/maps/@-...

Check those URLs...It's SO hard to get lat and lons for Diego Garcia.

Then this: "Exif canâ(TM)t be rewritten with common software, it can only be added to in fields such as image credits with some advanced applications. It can be erased as well but NOT CHANGED. Photos with the exif intact will hold up in court. If the Exif is hacked and this is not real, the CIA or a really good hacker did this, which I doubt, Iâ(TM)d say itâ(TM)s probably real."

I don't have to go into why this is ludicrous with this crowd, do I? The only claim I'm not sure about is intact EXIF holding up in court. I hope to hell not, but I've seen dumber things.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

rk Re:What the hell is wrong with some people? (266 comments)

If it makes you feel any better, my first reaction on seeing this was "Hmm, let me read the comments and see if anyone has a fix or workaround, and if not, hell, I'm sitting around in hospital bored out of my mind. I'm not familiar with the Xorg code tree, but this would be a great thing to spend a weekend to get my feet wet." I'd like to think that there were at least a few of us out here in the same place (well, maybe not the hospital part ;-)), leaving chuckleheads to post before the people who rolled up their shirtsleeves could say anything. In 2014 I don't consider /. to be quite the locus is used to be for open source developers it once was, but there's still a bunch here.

Glad to see there is a fix that might work already.

about three weeks ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

rk Re:Space travel (357 comments)

Yes, we don't know how to get to 300 km/s now.

Actually we have a pretty good notion how to do 300km/s and even faster, but when we have manned space programs that regularly have to beat the sofa cushions for change to keep afloat, the cost needed to fully develop something like that is so far out of whack with reality that you might as well wish for magic aliens to whisk you away because the odds are about the same.

about three weeks ago
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

rk Ob XKCD (224 comments)

Standards

about three weeks ago

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The /. Armchair Engineers That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

rk rk writes  |  about a month ago

And everything else. Who knew there were so many avionics experts here with their "It's simple!" solutions? Hint: If you've never heard of ARINC 429 (or MIL-STD-1553) before now, you're not one. ;-)

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God, I'm old and cranky today

rk rk writes  |  about 2 months ago

So, there's this article here, and some of the comments by, shall we say, users of higher than normal userid value are really grating today. Between the one dipshit who won't use Google to figure out what a CRT is and has to ask (I know they're quickly headed towards obsolescence, and good riddance, but you've got no excuse for not knowing the term if you're 15 or older) and the other dipshit who is ignorant of historical truth and assumes Google's dictionary is the all-knowing, all-seeing Oracle I just kind of lost it and went on a mod-bombing campaign with them. I'm not proud of it, but it sure felt good.

There's a new breed of "techie" who comes here now, and they've got their profiles linked up with their Facebook, G+, and Twitter. I'm not anti these services, I have accounts with all three, but they ain't linked here because my "online presence" isn't about "marketing my unified digital voice" or whatever sewage the tech-hipsters are shoveling out today. They slam together two websites with a javascript library and confer themselves the titles of "wizard", "savant", or "genius". Maybe I come from a different time, but calling yourself that was the mark of a complete prat where I come from. Even self-referring as a "hacker" was a mark of hubris. These titles could only be conferred by others, and when they were, they were terms of respect and perhaps some awe, heartfelt and honest when given and touching and glorious when received.

Rant off, now get off my lawn you damn know-nothing kids, or hang out and have a picnic... say something. It's all good. :-)

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From the archives: or, LOL John Dvorak

rk rk writes  |  about 5 months ago

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2212850,00.asp

This article made me laugh 6 years ago, and just shows why nobody who knows anything takes John Dvorak seriously, with the possible exception of sticking an inverter gate in front of his output first. Granted, I'm keeping him in business by linking to him because he makes his living as a professional troll: say outrageously stupid things and get the money from ad impressions.

The Gphone is DOOMED!

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Cognitive Decline

rk rk writes  |  more than 2 years ago

So on the main page, there was a story about cognitive decline starting as early as 45. As a 44-year-old, I can testify personally that it starts much sooner than that, though it's in baby steps.

There's nothing I can't do now that I couldn't do when I was 20, but it's somehow different. Learning new things requires a little more effort on my part, and it takes a little more time. Nothing too onerous, but it's certainly a change. I'm still a sponge for new knowledge and skills, but where I used to be a dry sponge, I'm a fairly damp sponge.

What about you?

ps - It took me 10 minutes to find how to write in my journal. Is that due to cognitive decline, or the stupid interface that puts the "Write in Journal" only at the bottom of my list of journals, completely breaking the temporal organization of the page? Presumably, any journal I wish to write now will be more recent than any journals I've already posted, at least until I perfect that time-traveling web browser I've been working on (homepage set to powerball.com, natch).

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I've said this in comments

rk rk writes  |  more than 2 years ago

But for anyone who might have missed it, You can connect with me on Google + by putting together my user name here and my user id number (6314), and turning that into a Gmail address. Shadow Wrought's departure reminded me that people are indeed fleeing from here faster than Mensa members from a Pauly Shore Film Festival, so hit me up if you like.

I also have a metric ton of invites for it, so if you're actually still not part of THE NEW SOCIAL NETWORKING SENSATION (/me spits a little bile up), and would like to be, I can help.

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Hey, Slashdot's style sheet is missing!

rk rk writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Is it just me, or is everyone else having this problem, too?

I think I like this better.

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I hate HDF4

rk rk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I hate its crappily documented API. I hate how it randomly segfaults for reasons I can't divine. I hate ASTER data. As a result, I hate planet Earth now, too. Stupid useless damp blue orb!

I cannot wait until this project is done. Sorry, just had to rant.

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Article tags

rk rk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

So I click an article to tag it, and it takes me to the subscribe page. Either now only subscribers can tag articles, or the tag link is indescribably broken. Either way, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? I don't even like the tagging feature overmuch. No wucking fay am I going to pay for it.

I just love being a beta tester for Slash.

Update: And now it's fine again. *sigh*

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Watching the Cards and Eagles

rk rk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

And rooting for the Cards, of course... but since I watch very little broadcast TV, I don't see many commercials.

Am I the only one who sees the irony in Microsoft's ads calling their technology "people_ready"? Maybe for an encore, they can call it People.setReadinessStatus(True).

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The fall of the United States?

rk rk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MOSCOW -- For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument -- that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. -- very seriously. Now he's found an eager audience: Russian state media.

Read on for the rest of the article.

Personally, I won't say that a prediction that the current central state called "The United States of America" will break down and collapse in the not-too-distant future is out of the question. If you'd told me in 1979 when Soviet tanks and troop transports were rolling into Afghanistan that the Soviet Union would collapse in 11 years, I'd have laughed at you. So, I'm not going to say it can't happen and it may well one day.

On the other hand, I think this guy probably had just a wee bit too much vodka when he came up with the regional divisions he's made. I mean, Utah and California together, seriously? New Mexico and Georgia? I don't think so. In addition, he's parceling out these regions to other countries seems a bit unrealistic. Given that he predicts Alaska to go back to Russia, I think it's more an ultra-nationalist "Boundless Russia" wet dream than anything based on intelligence reports.

Still, it's an interesting mental exercise to think how various political unions would reforge from a federal collapse. What sort of map would you envision in such a (maybe not so) hypothetical future?

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Shadow Wrought asked...

rk rk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

so, I answered. Once upon a time, I flirted with the idea of writing fiction. The most luck I had with a short story was a personal rejection letter from Gordon Van Gelder at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (hey, I got it right, Fun Guy!).

So I can (somewhat) control the continued publication status of the story without deleting journals, I am linking to Laren Grey Steals The Stars instead of including the text here. This is more or less the same story I sent to F&SF nine years ago. The only change I made was a technical astronomical edit because those damned exoplanet researchers reduced the chances of a Terra-like planet in the original system I picked to almost nil. Obviously, they need their funding cut. :-)

Feel free to comment on the story. Constructive criticism is welcomed and you really can't be too harsh on it. I workshopped it with a bunch of serious SF writers, some of them now published, so I've probably heard worse. It's obvious it's not great, because if it were, I would've sold it!

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Screw it, I'm outta here

rk rk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I had composed a reply to Bill Dog's journal entry on art. It was perhaps not the most original thing anyone ever has said about art, but apparently /. thought it was too unoriginal, because it wouldn't let me post it because the "repetition filter" thought it was too repetitive.

However, the repetition filter had no problem with my comment titled "this is repetition" with a body "this is repetition". Nice one, guys! Fuckin' A, who let the lab monkeys loose at Slashdot this last week? I tried to save the comment and post it here, but it got lost in the copy/paste buffer continuum somewhere. Basically, all I said is that IMO, art is creative things done for the love of it, although good art is subjective and a strict subset of art. I also said regarding the "Impeach Bush" ornament that if it were me, I would've said nothing and let it stay on the tree, unremarked... Streisand Effect, keep the idiot obscure, bla bla bla. Pretend it was marginally more eloquent than this journal and you've got the idea.

So, that's it. It's the last straw. When I get censored by a goddamned Javascript robot, the only thing left to do is surrender. My next journal post will be my last, and will have a link to my own self-hosted blog with an RSS feed and everything. If you care, you can catch me there. If you don't, that's cool too.

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Precious metals, again

rk rk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Full Disclosure: I currently only own about a $1,000 in precious metals. I post these because it's a study in the wacky economics we are experiencing. Even if precious metals triples in price, it's not going to cover a month of my expenses. I'm not a professional financial advisor, and I'm not responsible for decisions you make. My personal position on them is to hold, especially for physical possession. Your mileage may vary.

So, out of curiosity, I jump onto Kitco's site again to see what you can buy from them. If you want a gold bar for $295k or a silver bar for 9600, you're in luck. Otherwise, now there's nothing small. Not even the Olympic commemoratives.

And while gold is in decline, Kitco is now buying physical silver at almost 14.5% above spot, and gold at about a half percent above spot.

No premium for platinum. If you happened to buy any when it was $2,000 an ounce, you have my sympathies, plus a smack on the head and a "what is wrong with you?" Platinum really never had the attraction silver and gold have had as an investment, and platinum's primary industrial use is in automotive catalytic converters. Most people don't buy cars in times like these if they can help it. It's harder to work than gold or silver, and fewer people are familiar with it, so its not nearly as convertible as the others.

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I'm beginning to remember why...

rk rk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I left slashdot last time.

Edit: I originally titled this "I beginning to remember why..." which explains the repartee below between Steve and me.

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Precious metals; Redux

rk rk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

In my journal I wrote a couple weeks ago about the prices versus availability of precious metals, particularly silver. It seems to be even worse now, if I can take Kitco's selling site to be any indication.

Your choices are either to buy a large scale bars (the cheapest of which is an $11,000 silver bar), requiring a substantial cash outlay if you're middle or working class, or you can buy the sub 1 oz coins (and the Olympic edition Gold Maple), all of which trade at a substantial premium above spot price. Kitco still seems to be only offering a buy premium on silver at the moment.

More telling, I think, is that while gold and silver have been fairly volatile, trading up and down over the last week, the lease rates have been steadily climbing. Make of that what you will, but I think somebody somewhere knows that there's another time bomb ticking in the financial infrastructure somewhere. 2009 could be an interesting year in the so-called Chinese sense of the word.

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Awesome!

rk rk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Okay, start here.

Now, go to YouTube and if you have a Google or YouTube account, go post a comment on a video.

I reiterate: AWESOME!

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Riddle me this

rk rk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Why is gold and and especially silver not higher in price? I challenge you to find a place where you can actually buy small unit silver like Silver Eagles and Silver Maples at anything close to the spot price. Not a pool or investment account, but a transaction where the end result is you getting shiny bits of metal in your grubby paws. The official bid price is not telling the whole story. As I write this, the spot price for silver is 12.21, but the 800 pound gorilla of precious metals, Kitco will buy Silver Maples and Eagles from you at 13.56, or 11% ABOVE spot. For those of you unaware, when dealing in immediate settlement, a commodities broker usually buys at a certain percentage below spot, and sells at a percentage above spot. This is how they make money, regardless of the market price. I've never seen a broker buying above spot, and 11% above spot is crazy high. Normally, I would consider a broker who tried to sell to me at 11% above spot a rip-off artist (3 to 4% is more normal), but they are voluntarily paying that high a premium to get their hands on the stuff. So, just what's going on here?

The only sensible reasons I can think of for them doing this is either A) They have contractual obligations to provide physical metal to someone, maybe to keep a pool account solid and the premium they are paying is cheaper than any sort of penalty they would have to pay, or B) They have a very good reason to expect that silver will increase in price dramatically in the short-term. If you can meet my challenge, then you should be able to make a tidy sum in arbitrage. Good luck with that.

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Leland Doyle Bland

rk rk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Born June 26, 1923. Beer delivery man, trombonist, private pilot, real estage agent, deputy sheriff, K-mart appliance department manager, fireman aboard the Sangamon-class Suwannee in the Pacific theater of WWII, my mom's stepdad, but her real dad and my grandpa in all the ways that really matter, died on the morning of September 10, 2008 due to an aortic aneurysm. Growing up, I spent a few weeks every summer with my grandparents, and he was the guy responsible for my love of big band and jazz music. So, I'll forgive him for mocking my love of Led Zeppelin when I was a teenager. :-)

This event was not unexpected, as he beat doctors' estimates of longevity by damn near two years, but now that the time has come, it's still hard to say goodbye. I love you, Gramps.

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That's it! I'm sold!

rk rk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

After seeing the first Seinfeld Microsoft ad I'm totally sold! I went out and bought eight licenses for Windows Vista Ultimate right after viewing! I'm muking and paving my Linux boxes, and upgrading my XP ones. I even bought copies for my two PPC Mac laptops. It doesn't work on them, but I just stick the little license tags on them to because it makes me feel so good to see it.

Seriously, WTF? A 90 second ad for a computer software company that doesn't mention computers at all until the 75-second mark? I figure the standard 30 second spot will be the last 30 seconds (The first 60 seconds is the throwaway gag), but once again, it's Microsoft talking about all this wonderful software they'll make "someday".

The ad itself is mildly amusing, but these are the kind of ads that are supposed to make people buy Vista? At least the Mohave thing was about their actual products. This is a brand-building ad of the kind a new 90s internet startup would spend half their venture capital on to air during the Superbowl. Does Microsoft really need to have their name out there more? Well, yeah, brand-building is an ongoing task, but last I heard Microsoft is having product affinity problems, not brand-awareness issues. Hell, people are only too aware of the Microsoft brand, and the word on the street is "avoid their new thing if you can. XP is better." I'm not saying that viewpoint was or is accurate. I don't know enough about Vista to judge[1]. But, at least in marketing, perception is reality.

I do have to say that between the "Bill's last day" video and this one, he's shown that he's got a pretty good sense of comedic timing. But I know lots of funny people. It doesn't mean I'm buying an operating system from them.

[1] - I know XP is better for me because I have a driver for some music hardware I own that is XP only[2].

[2] - Well, It's been a while since I checked: Digitech GNX4 drivers are available for Vista now. I'm getting a free copy of Vista Ultimate later this month, so maybe I'll give it a whirl. So I guess the ad sorta worked after all. :-) Note that only because Microsoft is giving it away to me, and my hardware is now supported will I contemplate the upgrade. The features of Vista are not compelling enough to me on its own merits to justify the $110 gray-market upgrade price, much less the >$200 price that MS charges.

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RIP Steve Jobs

rk rk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I just read some sad news on Bloomberg news - Apple CEO Steve Jobs was found dead in his California home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his Macs and iPods, there's no denying his contributions to personal computing. Truly an American icon.

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