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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

xxxJonBoyxxx Stable as a three-legged... (111 comments)

>> Former Oracle presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will be co-CEOs. Ellison will be the Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board, and the company's CTO

I can see why the stock dove. Ellison appears unsure that either Safra or Mark has the stuff to run the company by appointing them both to do part of the former job of one man.

In a best case scenario (where this triumvirate works for a while) I wonder which one's Brutus and which one's Cassius, because I'm pretty sure I know who Caesar is here.

12 hours ago
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IOCCC 2014 Now In Progress

xxxJonBoyxxx WTF is a pre-announcement? (13 comments)

Given that an "announcement" is often used to tell people about something that's coming up soon, WTF is a "pre-announcement"?

yesterday
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Two Bit Circus is 'a Big Band of Nerds' (Video)

xxxJonBoyxxx Ever heard of Wii? Or gaming on smart phones? (8 comments)

>> How is that home entertainment hasn’t changed in what, like a decade? What was the last big innovation? Laser tag.

He lost me there. Have you ever heard of Nintendo's Wii? Or the billions of people who started gaming on smart phones? Or Netflix? Or...

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

xxxJonBoyxxx "Caught" (363 comments)

>> Kathleen Rice says motorists who are caught texting while driving

And convicted. So, this rule will only apply to the lower and middle classes who can't afford the lawyers to beat the ticket down to some other charge, then?

about a week ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

xxxJonBoyxxx This was my last Facebook straw (182 comments)

Agree. I think this was the fad that finally allowed me to give up Facebook. Just looking forward to signing on one more time in mid-February and replying to all my friends' challenges with, "sorry, I've been offline for a while, but if you're still up for it I'd be happy to kick in a dollar."

about two weeks ago
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NATO Set To Ratify Joint Defense For Cyberattacks

xxxJonBoyxxx Meanwhile in the Ukraine... (34 comments)

Meanwhile in the Ukraine...or is it Russia now? (Anyone at NATO looking at that in between Swordfish showings?)

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

xxxJonBoyxxx I tried the free/open source route (163 comments)

I tried the free/open source route on video editing and ended up falling back to a commercial tool (MAGIX Movie Edit Pro). I still use Camtasia at home. For me, the key things that saved me time ($$$) when looking at commercial tools were:
- ability to quickly integrate still shots and movies (without a separate save/load process like some editors - e.g., VSDC)
- ability to see the voice-over waveform (makes it very easy to close up dead spaces, do in-line retakes and edit out "ums" and stumbles)
- ability to control every audio track independently (without an explicit "split the original video" step)

I just took another look out there for a quick project at work and STILL ended up with a non-open-source (but free) editor in VSDC (and CamStudio 2.7 for screen recording), but I'd be embarrassed to put my name on the resulting videos if they weren't just for internal use.

about two weeks ago
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The American Workday, By Profession

xxxJonBoyxxx TFA bad at math? (146 comments)

Look at the graph in TFA. Only 35% are still working by 5pm. By contrast, 45% are working by 7:30am. So...why isn't the "standard workday" the 45%-to-45% mark of 7:30-4:30?

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Putin: "Your move, West" (848 comments)

>> Obama will be breaking out his Red pen anytime now

I'd love to see the transcript of their next call.
Obama: "Putin, but why?"
Putin: "Because fuck you, that's why."

But I won't, so I'll have to comfort myself with some classic Clinton triangulation, probably coming out on Friday.
H.Clinton: "I knew Romney was right about Russia, but it wasn't my place to defy my President as Secretary of State."

about three weeks ago
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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:As a guy whose worked in marketing... (126 comments)

>> ad development is more like a crap shoot than a science

Crap shoots (e.g., deterministic systems) can be science too. Think of particle physics. Or today's story about the "one in decades" chance to film moving stones.

The "science" in marketing (focus groups, crowdsourcing, testing, brand affinity, etc.) can be used to take a pile of ".00001% successful" ideas to (let's say) "2-3% successful" ideas...which can still be valuable if each idea takes $10K to try but could bring in millions if successful.

about three weeks ago
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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

xxxJonBoyxxx As a guy whose worked in marketing... (126 comments)

>> It could benefit marketers or anyone who wants to spread a message.

The multi-billion dollar marketing industry is WAY ahead of you. We are well aware of memes (as self-perpetuating brands or slogans) and have been successful launching quite a few of our own on behalf of our well-heeled customers for the past 80 or so years, e.g.,

"Bud" "Wise" "Er"
"So easy a caveman could do it."
"... Burma Shave"
"War on Women"

So...we're good over here. Why don't you just send that $1M back to the taxpayers?

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Open Sources Internal Threat Monitoring Tools

xxxJonBoyxxx The three tools (because TFA article is, well...) (20 comments)

#1: Scumblr: Ruby-based, web-configured application that allows searching the Internet for sites and content of interest. Includes libraries for sites like Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
#2: Workflowable: Ruby gem that routes different kinds of detections from Scumblr to specific processes.
#3: Sketchy: takes screenshots of web finds for Scumblr.

(I might be a little off, but the Karma gods will surely reward me.)

about three weeks ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Rural Illinois???? (247 comments)

>> area around Fermilab hasn't been rural for at least 20 years

I'd say "at least 40." 20 years ago I attended a high school program there - an hour away using mostly four-lane, stop-lighted streets.

The "rural" part's just part of a decades-long marketing campaign to avoid alarming the millions of semi-illiterate residents nearby. E.g., "if cows can live on top of a nuclear accelerator, then you can too."

about three weeks ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

xxxJonBoyxxx Poster is new to computers? (113 comments)

>> their respective app stores feature hundreds of thousands of apps, sometimes it seems as if most of those apps are crude imitations of other apps

Is the poster new to computers? This clutter has been the case with software since it first reached the consumer. (e.g., RPG games in the 1980s, etc.)

This is why:
1) It's good to be the PLATFORM (you get paid no matter what apps sell).
2) It's good to be a CONSUMER (you get zillions of choices).
3) Being a DEVELOPER is hard, and making a living trying to sell apps to consumers is ever harder (see #1 and #2).

about three weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

xxxJonBoyxxx What battle? (2010 wants its article back?) (826 comments)

At the moment, just about every major distribution except Slackware and Gentoo not only supports systemd, but ships with it on by default.

So...what "battle" are we talking about? (Or did this post just fall forward five years from the past?)

about three weeks ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

xxxJonBoyxxx And Microsoft. And Apple. And Adobe. And... (275 comments)

Having worked in this "file sharing" industry, this result is no surprise to me. The platformers, especially those with heavy investments in content suites (Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop/PDF, Google Docs, etc.) are tired of letting the middlemen make money off of cloud storage and collaboration. Furthermore, they understand the danger of allowing their customers to congregate around "platform independent" technologies too long. Worse, companies with just a dozen or two people can crank out everything Box, etc. can do in less than a year and sell it as either an on-premise or cloud solution. (There are dozens of clones now.) The result is that companies like DropBox aren't worth anything for their technology anymore - instead, it's a race to see if they can "run out the clock" and sell their customer base to one of the platformers before they dwindle down to nothing.

about three weeks ago

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