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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

sqorbit Stuff that Matters? (354 comments)

I thought slashdot's tag line was "News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters". I would not count this as news or anything that really matters.

about 2 months ago

Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

sqorbit Fanboys.. (192 comments)

The Kindle Fire seems to have fans just like Apple. While not nearly coming close to Apple fans numbers they are just as set in their ways. It will sell to those fans. The media/books/apps they suck down from the Amazon store and the shopping they do with Prime it should do well enough to stick around as a niche product.

about 3 months ago

Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

sqorbit Zionist? (304 comments)

Is he actually a Zionist or is Iran just jumping to a conclusion based on his heritage?

about 4 months ago

Wikipedia Medical Articles Found To Have High Error Rate

sqorbit WebMd (200 comments)

I'd be interested to see a similar review of sites such as WebMD. Is this only a Wikipedia issue?

about 4 months ago

Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

sqorbit Re:One of this last good things Ubuntu (161 comments)

I don't believe Ubuntu One was a major driving factor when people think of Ubuntu's name. It has it's fans, some who are very passionate about it and I don't think many of those fans would say that Ubuntu One is one of the major reasons they are fans. If you were a fan of Ubuntu before they close down Ubuntu One I don't think it will severely impact your opinion of their distro.

about 6 months ago

Russian Officials Dump iPads For Samsung Tablets Over Spy Fears

sqorbit In other news.. (198 comments)

Russian officials switch from Coke to Pepsi because it's healthier.

about 6 months ago

AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

sqorbit Not how it works? (466 comments)

"But it's not how the Internet, or telecommunication for that matter, has ever worked,' Hasn't that how the internet has been? If someone calls me to play a song they wrote over the phone should they pay a fee to provide me that entertainment over the phone?

about 6 months ago

Cameras On Cops: Coming To a Town Near You

sqorbit Released footage.. (264 comments)

So how often will it happen that higher profile arrests of public figures has the tape released to the media or in the right circumstance (or cost) for the right person (government official) the video isn't available?

about 6 months ago

Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

sqorbit Re:The Free Market (263 comments)

Just because Libertarians are full of silly ideas doesn't mean they all like Bitcoin. Yes I'm a libertarian,..with the mind of a teenager and I don't own bitcoins.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

sqorbit Posting from Windows.. (451 comments)

I wonder how many of those using this as a chance for more MS bashing are posting from their Windows machines?

about 6 months ago

Krita 2.8 Released

sqorbit Re:Full suite (75 comments)

Exactly. Those arguing above about GIMP vs Krita are arguing Illustrator vs Photoshop. Just as Adobe releases a full sweet of products with a lot of overlap there is going to be overlap between Krita and GIMP. They are still each useful in their own ways. A digital artist often uses multiple programs to handle different tasks.

about 6 months ago

WV Senator Calls For Ban On All Unregulated Cryptocurrencies

sqorbit Ban it as a first option.. (240 comments)

Can someone please explain to me why a ban is the first option for some lawmakers who don't understand a certain advancement, technology or social issue. State governments seem to use the "ban it first, ask questions later" philosophy on anything they don't fully comprehend. If this keeps up we will soon start banning theoretical physics.

about 7 months ago

Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

sqorbit Gaining or Losing fans.. (480 comments)

One could say that Linux has gained popularity but many of the distros do not follow your idea of free software. Since 1984 when you began, do you feel the free software movement has gained or losing fans and supporters?

about 7 months ago

Jolla Announces Sailfish OS 1.0

sqorbit Not a replacement.. (75 comments)

I think the people commenting that this will not replace iOS or Android are missing the point. Phone users care less about OS choice then desktop users. They see a phone as one unit. A iPhone is not a phone running iOS and a Android phone is not a phone running Android OS. Just talk to many consumers about who own a Samsung or Motorola phone and they often times have no idea what Android even means. Installing Linux on a desktop is difficult enough. No standard consumer is going to install it on a phone. I believe the point of creating this is to offer a choice to those who want it. At least I hope the developers aren't hoping to one day take down iOS!. Consumers buy a phone and use it because of the features the OS has, They don't separate the software from the hardware when they think about it.A choice for those who want it though is never a bad thing.

about 7 months ago

WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

sqorbit Competition? (257 comments)

The only reason I can think that they would value it that high would be the value + eliminating competition. Could it be that Facebook is just hoping that it gains something along with losing a competitor and in theory increasing its own revenue? I can't believe that is a solid business plan.

about 6 months ago

Enlightenment E19 Pre-Alpha Released

sqorbit Re:wha? (89 comments)

A google search brought this up for a definition of alpha - "a trial of machinery, software, or other products carried out by a developer before a product is made available for beta testing." So a pre-alpha is a pre-pre-beta.

about 7 months ago

More Details About Mars Mystery Rock

sqorbit Re:It's Aliens! (180 comments)

Since it was a rock that must have been thrown in front of the camera it has to be alien bigfoot. Bigfoot is known for throwing rocks.

about 7 months ago

China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

sqorbit Root.. (223 comments)

Just another OS for someone to release a root kit for.

about 8 months ago



Google Kills Quickoffice

sqorbit sqorbit writes  |  about 3 months ago

sqorbit (3387991) writes ""With the integration of Quickoffice into the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, the Quickoffice app will be unpublished from Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks,". It seems Google is cleaning house lately."
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Approximately 19% of Macs Open to Malware

sqorbit sqorbit writes  |  about 7 months ago

sqorbit (3387991) writes "It seems Mac OS end of line is effecting some Mac's just as XP end of life is predicted for PC users. Apple's two latest updates have not been released for Snow Leopard. The article brings up a good questions. Why hasn't Apple done more to make users aware of product support cycles? It also is important to note that users can upgrade for free."
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Netflix, Youtube surpass 50% mark of internet traffic

sqorbit sqorbit writes  |  about 10 months ago

sqorbit (3387991) writes "Netflix and Youtube are gaining ground not only on the competition, such as Amazon, but also over peer-to-peer file sharing. Netflix claims more than 30 million customers and believes it could double that number in the future. Traffic from Netflix and Youtube amounted to over 50% of Internet traffic in September. Meanwhile Bittorrent traffic is down slightly (7.4% from 10%) in Internet traffic compared to last year. Could more people be satisfied with current video offerings or are less people finding useful things to download via file sharing?"
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