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Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?

shri Re:Online news (167 comments)

May I suggest that you go back in time (or go into the future) and look for a video called "EPIC" or "Googlezon".

A lot of this is possible with crowdsourcing, but use machine driven processes for the basics - far too many agendas out there once your site / service becomes popular. Look at text / sentiment analysis engines and mashups with larger public databases to drive facts.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

shri Re:(Mg,Fe)SiO3 (128 comments)

Not just "sounds like"... they've got nothing other than speculation which confirms earlier speculation.

Tschauner’s description of bridgmanite gives us no such insights about the inside of the Earth, other than to confirm what scientists believed to have been true for quite some time: The mineral exists, and it can occur naturally under highly pressurized conditions.

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

shri Re:Blatant slashvertisement (178 comments)

Seems like submissions from certain accounts (MojoKid is one of them) get approved, regardless of the value to the community. I'd speculate that sites like hothardware do advertorials which they then promote through various "social networks".

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

shri Re:Keep It Ready (208 comments)

I seriously recommend this blog from Rackspace to those who are so caught up in cloudy-cluster-off-premises-corporate talk.

This rising complexity and cost on the multi-tenant cloud is hitting customers in four main ways:
- They spend more on engineering time and talent to architect for failure on the multi-tenant cloud, which is complex and hard.
- They also spend more on engineering to deal with inconsistent performance, which is even harder.
- They spend more on infrastructure, because over-provisioning is one of the major ways to compensate for inconsistent performance.
- They spend more through the virtualization tax, which can diminish disk and network performance by 5 percent to 20 percent.

KEEP your existing hardware as a live back up for when it starts raining in the cloud. Better yet, build in cost for new hardware on your rack over the next year to lower costs / maintenance and get some experience in building and operating your own in-house cloudy thing.

about 5 months ago
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IBM Discovers New Class of Polymers

shri Re:Quite the anti-climax..... (90 comments)

Thank you. Now that summary would have given me a lot more incentive to read the linked article. Was a bit put of by the nail polish bit -- simply because as much as I know that IBM maintains a very diverse range of research teams, nail polish would not have been something their geeks or PR department would have highlighted. :)

about 7 months ago
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IBM Discovers New Class of Polymers

shri Quite the anti-climax..... (90 comments)

Starting off with ... "fields of transportation, aerospace, and microelectronics"

But the real application is ... "water-soluble nail polish.'"

about 7 months ago
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44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

shri Re:Probably typical (121 comments)

Most people are consumers of tweets. They follow people, click through their links / updates etc. If you look at forums and other community media, you'll see that getting >10% of users to contribute is actually VERY good.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

shri Builder = Business != Individual (716 comments)

The analogy is incorrect. The builder is often the business owner and it is the business that is paying to remedy the defects. If the mechanic at a car dealer got something wrong, it would be the car dealership's problem, not the employee's problem (he could get fired .. but he would not have to pay for the replacement - assuming this was a sanely run business).

Costs of bugs / fixes etc are built into the product development cycle.

Would be another story if you came into office drunk and added a whole lot of code that then needed to get fixed. i.e. You were personally negligent and should be held liable for your actions (in my opinion).

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

shri Re:Slashdot BETA Sucks. (2219 comments)

>> Slashdot has many faults, but editing and deleting posts that don't agree with the editors doesn't seem to be one of them.

And this discussion is a testament to that.

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

shri Re:Resurrecting Technocrat.net (2219 comments)

Too bad.

What i meant was, you own the resources / IP, bring together a few volunteers.

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

shri Re:Resurrecting Technocrat.net (2219 comments)

Or ... let someone else do the dirty work and provide your star power to them.

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

shri Re:Resurrecting Technocrat.net (2219 comments)

Developing a community will take time. It is a percentages game .... 100% will visit, 1% of that will contribute, 1% of the contributors will submit articles.

So do the math and see if it is worth it.

You've got the star power to pull together a few hundred people. That is a better starting point than most people would have.

Quite happy to help with the stack and hosting, and other issues you may have, although I suspect you will not need help.

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

shri Re:Why? (2219 comments)

>> I may not have a 4 digit id, but I have a 5 digit one. Please listen to the voices of experience here.

4 or 5 does not matter. What matters is that there is a core group of contributors ("Audience") that does not like what they see.

I am all for good design, good typography and have no problems with Javascript. What I have a problem with is that there is a design issue which I wish I could look at and go ... "fix this".

Something just does not feel right with the new site ... too much white space, specially on large screen iMac / 4K type monitors. The white space is distracting, the scrolling is tedious, the fact that I cannot see comment summaries is a problem - these comments often have hidden gems which add to the experience as a reader.

I'm not saying design for Lynx or Amiga ... design for the user. I wish they had put in some analytics which they could share .... "0.01% of our users browse on Lynx ... 0.0001% of the users who browse on Lynx contribute" type justifications. Right now, it seems like a design team that never really used the site, which was not a part of the community went out and wordpressed / huffpo'ed the site. (saw this comment on another thread and loved it...)

about 10 months ago
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Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour

shri Re:NO WORDPRESS! (188 comments)

WP should be fairly easy to modify to look like /..... I think. Not every WP site looks like "a WP site" or Huffpo.

about 10 months ago
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Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour

shri No need for /code (188 comments)

Could be done very easily with Wordpress and moderated submissions. Comment ratings plugins exist ...

The problem is getting users to submit content. Trust me, the crowd that is so willing to go "Fuck Beta", is not the people submitting / moderating. Atleast thats what I think... .

about 10 months ago
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Quentin Tarantino Vs. Gawker: When Is Linking Illegal For Journalists?

shri Civil issue .. not exactly "criminally illegal" (166 comments)

From what I gather this is a civil issue. Not a criminal issue. Would you post links to Google maps pointing people to houses in your neighbourhood that are not locked? Sure there is some vague journalistic value to posting such links... but there is also an issue of responsibility.

about a year ago
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India Frees Itself of Polio

shri Congrats to Rotary and Bill Gates... (309 comments)

As much as everyone likes to hate Bill Gates - India and a number of other countries owe him (and the global Rotary community) for helping in this effort. More on End Polio.

about a year ago
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Wikipedia Actively Battling PR Sockpuppets

shri Re:Vandalism (166 comments)

Forum owners have dealt with this stuff for a while... Shills have been around for centuries.

This is not news at all, it is the cost of doing business on the user generated web.

about a year ago

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Facebook all.js breaks the internet

shri shri writes  |  more than 2 years ago

shri writes "Hundreds of thousands of sites rely on Facebook for signups, likes, comments and other widgets. How does this affect your site when a critical component of this infrastructure breaks (Bugs — all.js fails to load with locale error) in specactular fashion on a Friday evening? Should Facebook have a more visible notification system that alerts site owners / developers so that they don't have to scramble around looking at why their sites are not functioning properly?"
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Best Super Bowl Commercials from tech companies

shri shri writes  |  more than 4 years ago

shri writes "Superbowl-Commercials.org has a feature on the best Super Bowl commercials featuring tech companies / products. The commercials include the Gillette Techmatic (1970), the TRS-80 (1982) and many other iconic products and companies of their time. With social media like Facebook being used for product launches by technology companies, does the Super Bowl have a place in tech media plans?"
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