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Is Google+ a Cathedral Or a Bazaar?

thrillbert G+ is the future.. (200 comments)

G+ is to the internet, what Yellowstone Park was to the U.S. in 1872. A beautiful landscape where people could meet, relax and enjoy the serenity.

Recently I used this example to tell friends about G+ and compared FB to an amusement park akin Disneyland where you had to pay $45 to enter the park, $5 for a coke, $15 for a picture of you and about $200 for lunch for you, your wife and 2 kids.

On the other hand, you have G+ that is not being built to hijack your information, sell you targeted items based on your 'likes and dislikes' or anything of the sort. It is truly a social network.

Whether that makes it a cathedral or a bazaar, I don't know. What I do know is that I left FB and I'm not looking back.

more than 3 years ago
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EU Ministers Seek To Ban Creation of Hacking Tools

thrillbert Great idea!!! (248 comments)

Because banning handguns worked so well, as we all know.

more than 3 years ago
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Google CEO Confirms Social Integration

thrillbert Back in my day... (96 comments)

Social sites were called channels.. it wasn't a single entity that controlled everything, it wasn't monetized. It was called IRC.. the difference until mIRC came around was that you had to do everything through a command line.. which for the most part kept the dummies out of my social networks, +++ATH0 took care of the rest. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook CEO Accused of Securities Fraud

thrillbert Facebook's future CEO (247 comments)

I hear Darl is really good at claiming stuff is his when it really isn't..

more than 4 years ago
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Secret UK Plan To Appoint "Pirate Finder General"

thrillbert Meanwhile in a cave in Afghanistan.... (332 comments)

Osama bin laden says "hahahaha! Those stupid western infidels are more worried about catching 14yo Billy Johnson than they are of catching me or my 18 virgins! I knew that buying stock in the world wide movie industry would pay off.. now, you, child of allah, did you get my copy of the movie 2012 from Mandelson???"

about 5 years ago
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How To Hire a Hacker

thrillbert 3 paragraphs, I've read enough. (370 comments)

Being a 'hacker' who can find solutions to problems most mortals deem impossible, I can tell you that the approach taken by the article is just plain and simply *WRONG*.

If you seriously want someone who thinks out of the box and can figure out complex problems, there really are just a few simple steps to take into consideration:

1) Realize you WILL be hiring someone smarter than you
2) Be okay with it since it will make you look smarter!
3) Allow them to do their job! Don't impose on them stupid ass schedules that require them to attend stupid ass meetings all the freaking time! Light bulb moments don't come on schedules, they come when you allow them to spend their own good time figuring out YOUR problem.
4) DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE TRY TO MICROMANAGE!!!!!!
5) Understand they are not after your job.. they just want to do THE job you hired them to do.. so chill out, give them raises and plain and simple, keep them happy!

Step #6 is of course "PROFIT!!!"

--thrill

more than 5 years ago
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James Murdoch Criticizes BBC For Providing "Free News"

thrillbert Adapt??? (703 comments)

They have been doing business pretty much the same exact way for the past 100 years, suddenly technology takes a giant leap forward and it's "OMG!?!? We don't know how to make things more profitable so let's put down those who have figured out how to make money!"

Adaptation has allowed species throughout the planet survive. In their case, I guess they're about to be extinct. Change is coming, beware!

more than 5 years ago
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The Ethics of Selling GPLed Software For the iPhone

thrillbert +1 Ethical (782 comments)

When I first read the header I thought "oh yeah, the ethics of getting something for free and then charging for it's sale", but as I read the entire story/question, I have to agree with the majority of people; you are within your rights to charge for it.

If the average iPhone user was capable of installing their own apps, then yes, you would be in violation of the GPL regardless of how little you charge. However, this is not the case. People cannot just download your source and install it themselves. As you mentioned, there are charges involved with being an iPhone App developer and it's one thing to develop software for free, and quite another to not only develop it, but also incur extra charges for its delivery.

I have no idea who the original developer was or why he feels betrayed, but in my opinion you guys are going about it the right way.

A perfect example to use for your "re-packaging fees" would be RedHat. They've been selling Linux for quite many years. At first there weren't many improvements they included, but as the company has grown, they have contributed quite a bit for the development of not only their distribution, but Linux in general.

--thrill

more than 5 years ago
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Manager's Schedule vs. Maker's Schedule

thrillbert Re:What is it with meetings? (274 comments)

@Greatica

We need to schedule a 4hr meeting to discuss why your productivity is down. Please see me after you get done posting to slashdot.

Your manager.

more than 5 years ago
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Australia, UK To Test Vehicle Speed-Limiting Devices

thrillbert Wasted money (859 comments)

I'm glad to hear Australia and the UK have enough money to be throwing around for NOTHING.. I'm sure these devices are going to be as secure as Larry's database.. "you can't break it, you can't break in".. ya.. a huh..

more than 5 years ago
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YouTube Video Sends Guatemala Into Crisis

thrillbert Re:Enough is Enough. (405 comments)

I think GW got some moderator points..

And while it is long winded, I think the original post just reflects what many feel but are afraid to say.

The video is extremely powerful and Rodrigo should be applauded for sacrificing his life to better maybe not only his country, but the world.

As he said, how much longer will we turn a blind eye??

--thrill

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Releases Super-Secure XP to US Air Force

thrillbert Super Secure XP??? (507 comments)

I haven't read the article, but I can almost guess what this secure XP consists of..

DOS 3.2
DosShell

And yes, I know I'm dating myself on that one, but my EDLIN is not working so I gotta go DEBUG A:\slashdot.exe.

more than 5 years ago
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Brazilian Pirates Hijack US Military Satellites

thrillbert Hogwash! (359 comments)

There's absolutely NO WAY that ANYONE can hack into a US Government satellite or computer system.

It's like Colbert says, the bible is true because the bible says it's true.. what part of that logic do you not understand???

--thrill

more than 5 years ago
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Discuss the US Presidential Election & the Economy

thrillbert Our Economy... (2369 comments)

I don't know why you guys are making such a big deal about this because "The fundamentals of our economy are strong."

about 6 years ago

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