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44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

shri Re:Probably typical (120 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.

2 days 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 6 months ago
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Oracle Promises 100x Faster DB Queries With New In-Memory Option

shri Beowulf (174 comments)

" hosting 32 terabytes of DRAM memory and up to 384 processor cores with 8-threads per core. "

Let me be the first to point out the Beowulf possibilities with a few hundred of these clustered together. :)

about 7 months ago
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Amazon Selects Their Favorite Fake Customer Reviews

shri Re:Where's Harry Raddick? (98 comments)

Classics included:

An admirably thorough guide to the tools of the production-line meat processing trade. The superb colour photographs particularly made it a perfect gift for my 15 year old daughter who is showing alarming signs of not becoming vegetarian.

Smith and Stybbard have written a gem in this book. It's certainly helped me to take control of my dog's idiosyncratic toilet habits. My pug Grendel now dances to my tune, be it on walks, in the garden or merely impressing friends and family. A word of caution - take care when choosing your "command words" and "smart phrases" to avoid words your dog is likely to hear on the television. It took 4 episodes of Ali McBeal before I realised that my "full evacuation" command was in the theme song.

about 8 months ago
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Amazon Selects Their Favorite Fake Customer Reviews

shri Where's Harry Raddick? (98 comments)

Disappointed that they did not choose Harry Raddick's reviews. By far the most entertaining reviewer they've ever had. EVER.

Read them here...

about 8 months ago
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Researcher Unlocks Galaxy S4 Bootloader For AT&T, Verizon Phones

shri Device Maker... (75 comments)

It is the same device maker.

about a year ago
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3D Printers For Peace Contest

shri Re:Armor? (273 comments)

You got it all wrong. We're discussing "Mother Theresa OF Ghandi" ... time to load up google maps and discover this harbinger of peace who can program 3D printers. :)

about a year ago
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Eric Schmidt: Google Will Continue Investing In UK Even If Taxes Raised

shri Annoying Ads Disclaimer (122 comments)

Why in gods name do you guys accept submissions from or linked to sites which play annoying ads? Yeah, I get it, most of /. users browse with adblockers of all sorts, but it is just horrible if you have to accept a submission and then add a disclaimer to it -- makes you guys look desperate.

about a year ago
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Britain Could Switch Off Airport Radar and Release 5G Spectrum

shri Re:What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (175 comments)

What I was implying rather hastily was that these transmitters might not exist when they're ready to make the switch.

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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