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Google Relying On People Power For 'Helpouts'

slasho81 Re:Google Answers reimagined (57 comments)

Popularity or notability don't imply competence. Sometimes, people think they do, but I think in general people understand the difference, certainly as they get older.

about a year ago
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Google Relying On People Power For 'Helpouts'

slasho81 Google Answers reimagined (57 comments)

Google Answers, which was closed seven years ago after four years of operation, is similar to this only with video.

Compared to Answers, Helpouts is far more expensive to the consumer, the providers are not certified for quality, and both consumer and provider need to be available for a live video chat. I give it four years.

Meanwhile, I'll use the much better advice I can get on YouTube for free, on my time, and in my underwear.

about a year ago
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Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

slasho81 Confusing summary (722 comments)

The summary looks like a collection of vaguely-related sentences.

about a year ago
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Google Testing Banner Ads On Select Search Results

slasho81 Disappointing (185 comments)

I thought Google had at least 10 more good years before the corporate culture take over completely.

about a year ago
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Encrypted Email Provider Lavabit Shuts Down, Blames US Gov't

slasho81 This is big. (771 comments)

This story is only two hour old and has already exploded. Snowden has officially become a martyr. Brazil is sounding less and less like a fictional film and more like a scary prophecy.

about a year ago
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Mozilla Plans Major Design Overhaul With Firefox 25 Release In October

slasho81 Re: Finally looks exactly like Chrome (250 comments)

Chrome was made popular by being promoted on the most popular homepage in the world.

about a year ago
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Google Reader Being Retired

slasho81 The outrage (386 comments)

I've seen so many "Fuck you Google" said today I'm beginning to think Google has officially transitioned into being the new Microsoft.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Reader Being Retired

slasho81 Oh, statistics... (386 comments)

Statistics as always ruin everything.

So usage is declining. But who continues to use Google Reader? Everyone who leads the social web, as evident by this story exploding everywhere. Google retiring Reader got more press than any Google innovation got in years.

Maybe Google should use the statistics of attention and rage rather than usage for deciding this one.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Reader Being Retired

slasho81 Focus (386 comments)

One of their reasons to retire GR is to focus their efforts. No effort has gone into GR for the last few years. Why not just keep it? The cost is nil.

about a year and a half ago
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Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense Shield Actually Works

slasho81 Re:Apples and Oranges (861 comments)

The Arrow weapon system that Israel developed and deployed takes care of larger faster missiles. It's very similar to the Iron Dome, only bigger.

about 2 years ago
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Why Worms In the Toilet Might Be a Good Idea

slasho81 True source (124 comments)

Use turd-eating worms to compost waste right at the source.

So why stop at the toilet? Push those worms up our butts and be done with it.

about 2 years ago
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Budget 27" IPS Displays From Korea Are For Real

slasho81 Re:I bought one 4 months ago! (266 comments)

Wow. That sounds almost too good to be true, but I'll take your word for it, AC.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Says Some Apple Inventions Are So Great They Should Be Shared

slasho81 Spin doctors (347 comments)

Apple's PR is doing a great job. Way to spin something into a provocative flamebait. Google didn't say what the title says it did, but timothy just couldn't resist.

more than 2 years ago
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Internet Explorer Market Share Drops To Almost 15%

slasho81 Re:Oh, Slashdot (423 comments)

Haha. I'm stealing that.

more than 2 years ago
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Internet Explorer Market Share Drops To Almost 15%

slasho81 Oh, Slashdot (423 comments)

The last two stories timothy posted were assertions of facts based on meaningless statistics (Objective-C Overtakes C++ based on TIOBE Index) and now this. Is it naive incompetence or deliberate provocation of a circlejerk? I'm not sure which is worse.

more than 2 years ago
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Internet Explorer Market Share Drops To Almost 15%

slasho81 Re:Oh wow, really? (423 comments)

Why this managed to reach the frontpage is beyond me.

You forgot the timothy factor.

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Downshifting Development of Thunderbird E-Mail Client

slasho81 Re:Enough with this bullshit. (378 comments)

Oh, please. It wasn't an evil secret plan. They were going to announce it on Monday. They were being polite to give their employees a heads-up before the rest of the world. There is no conspiracy or hypocrisy here.

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Downshifting Development of Thunderbird E-Mail Client

slasho81 Enough with this bullshit. (378 comments)

On Monday Mitchell Baker will be posting on the future of Thunderbird. We'd like you to be aware of it before it goes public. However, this is *confidential* until the post is pushed live Monday afternoon PDT. Please don't tweet, blog or discuss on public mailing lists before then.

This is not an urgent scoop that can't wait for the official announcement in two days. The submitter was a dick for leaking it, and timothy was unprofessional for approving it.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Killing Off Mini, Video, and iGoogle

slasho81 Re:Google Reader (329 comments)

They removed the old sharing functions from Reader and replaced them with Google+. It wasn't really an update. Some even consider it as stunting Reader because they had their social network in Reader and then they lost it. As far as I know, all the employees who worked on Reader were removed from working on it years ago, and there are no plans for doing any work on it in the future.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Killing Off Mini, Video, and iGoogle

slasho81 Google Reader (329 comments)

Now I'm fearing for Google Reader, which I use all the time. Google hasn't updated it for years, so it's just a matter of time before it is "spring cleaned".

more than 2 years ago

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