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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

voss Its all a cunning plan! (538 comments)

Microsoft figures they can get people to buy windows 8.1 by dropping support, because
after all XP is popular after they dropped support! GENIUS!

yesterday
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

voss Unlike computing, math tech will still work (303 comments)

Unless solar powered calculators magically disappear
and people forget about how to use string and rulers.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

voss Not necessarily (720 comments)

We actually had events happen that killed 40 to 50% of the population, its called a plague. These unrealistic scenarios happened every 500 years or so. Even in our modern society if a plague kills so many that medical infrastructure is overwhelmed you can have a vaccine available but lack the means to distribute it or the quantity necessary to vaccinate most of the population.

3 days ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

voss Try reading beyond the subject line (445 comments)

You might actually try reading something other than the subject line. In any event you dont get appointed
to major boards because rich people like you...okay well not most board members. Most board members
of major corporations usually are recruited for some expertise they bring to the board in Condi Rices case
im guessing government and education.

board members dont make day to day decisions thats the job of the Chief Executive Officer.

If your asking what shes done competently, she was the provost of stanford and served competently on several corporate boards before this.

I don't agree with her politics but your politics are not relevant when you join a board of directors you assume a legal duty to the company.
including a duty of confidentiality and a fidiuciary duty.

Like I said I dont agree with her political decisions, I voted for Bill Clinton twice, Al Gore once and Obama twice, but the idea that Condi Rice is some sort of trojan horse in dropbox is laughable.
dropbox

3 days ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

voss Condi Rice is legitimate choice (445 comments)

I say that as a Democrat. I also say its legitimate to question her appointment for policy based reasons.
Brandon Eich was ousted for social policy reasons not directly tied into the day to day functioning of the board.
That was a board decision to force him to resign.

Dropbox and privacy are core to its mission. Condi Rice has served on several boards of directors including Hewlett Packard, Chevron and the Rand corporation
shes professional and experienced. Shes not going to sell dropbox out to the NSA and she brings experience with these issues to the board. She understands who shes working for and is loyal to her employer. She may be an attack dog but shes a loyal well trained attack dog and thats what dropbox sees in her.

If you dont want her appointed for past policy based reasons then thats acceptable but someone needs to take a deep breath and calm the hysteria.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

voss Configure Linux Mint with MATE and Google Chrome. (448 comments)

The interface looks just like Windows and Google Chrome will let them do let them do google apps and gmail. Chrome is the same on windows as on linux in most cases.

5 days ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

voss Mozilla is a 501 c(3) corporation (1109 comments)

A court may actually decide that Non-profits can terminate employees for activities "incompatible with and adversely impacting
  the mission and purpose of the organization."

If California wants to make a test case....Im sure a lot of people would love to take this to Federal court.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

voss Not all pedophiles are men (1109 comments)

Mary Kay Lotourneau ring a bell???

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

voss Straight Privilege (1109 comments)

Government does recognize marriage so by voting against marriage equality for all what you are really saying is you support privileges for the people that already have them.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

voss Re:Interesting Quote (1109 comments)

Well im sure a lawyer could argue that

a) He wasnt forced to resign

b) even if he was forced to resign. The reason he was forced to resign was that he lost the confidence of the board and the employees and could no longer manage the company regardless of the reason and thats the argument Baker made.

about a week ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

voss After an earthquake... (769 comments)

You dont find the starbucks...you find the waffle house. They already have a contingency plan and backup generators so they will have hot coffee ready to go. They are the only resturant I know that reports its operational status to FEMA.

about a month ago
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Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

voss Who needs adult level intelligence in a robot? (294 comments)

If you invent a robot as smart as a 9 year old with basic concrete reasoning power that can do simple household chores and yardwork you will become a billionaire.

about a month ago
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Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

voss Green is good for apple (348 comments)

Having a positive green image and policy helps Apple public relations and also keeps Apple in some socially responsible funds. While Cook
doesnt claim its for ROI, there is a financial gain for at least some green practices.

about a month and a half ago
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A Strategy For Attaining Cuban Internet Connectivity

voss Swedens Socialism (119 comments)

Sponsored by Volvo and Ikea...we feed the world one meatball at a time.

about 2 months ago
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German Court Forbids Resale of Valve Games

voss Re:However... (261 comments)

Also note its DRM works with WINE and their steam OS is based on linux

about 2 months ago
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German Court Forbids Resale of Valve Games

voss However... (261 comments)

Also note GOG games are ancient(although I do love them), Steam not only has modern games but massively discounts those games and its DRM is mild. Once youve downloaded the game from steam you can switch to offline mode and never contact steam again. If Valve dies switch to offline mode. Steam also supports independent software developers and charities with humble bundle(I had already bought half the games in the bundle so steam lets me gift the codes to someone else).

about 2 months ago
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Windows Replacement? ReactOS 0.3.16 Gets Themes, CSRSS Rewrite, and More

voss Re:Not surprising (179 comments)

Considering XP is 13 years old...being a decade late is not a problem :-)

about 2 months ago
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Windows Replacement? ReactOS 0.3.16 Gets Themes, CSRSS Rewrite, and More

voss Re:One day.... (179 comments)

The first 65536 users don't want dice to pull the plug...we would lose our slashdot awesomeness.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

voss "Feature parity" (2219 comments)

If you have work to do on feature parity...why not just stop forcing people to use BETA for a while.

Its possible that someday the new slashdot might very well be quite workable...but it seems like the beta is still an alpha.

about 2 months ago

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Nigerian kids use OLPC laptops to find porn!

voss voss writes  |  more than 6 years ago

voss (52565) writes "Apparently MSNBC is reporting that reporters from Nigeria had spotted school children using their laptops which had been donated by the One Laptop Per Child program to surf for porn. Yes and these laptops do run linux! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19871792/"

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