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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress 102

Posted by Soulskill
from the history-no-longer-written-by-the-victors dept.
alphatel writes: Wikipedia has blocked anonymous edits from a congressional IP address for 10 days because of "disruptive" behavior. These otherwise anonymous edits were brought to light recently by @Congressedits, a bot that automatically tweets Wikipedia changes that come from Congressional IP addresses. The biography of former U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an "alien lizard who eats Mexican babies." Mediaite's Wikipedia page was modified to label the site as a "sexist transphobic" publication.

Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly 65

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the still-enough-to-fill-money-pool dept.
Microsoft has released their latest earnings report, and it's not as bleak as last week's news might have you suspect. Quoting Forbes: Microsoft reported $23.38 billion of revenue for the fourth quarter, up 17.5% from the same period last year. Net income, however, came in at $4.6 billion, down from last year and behind Wall Street analysts' consensus estimate, both about $5 billion. At 55 cents earnings per share were down 4 cents and a nickel short of the Street’s call. For the full year, revenue clocked in at $86.8 billion an 11.5% increase from a year earlier. Net income was $22.1 billion and earnings per share were $2.63. They took a hit from finalizing the acquisition of Nokia's handset division (not unexpected). The cloud services side of the business appears to be growing, while traditional software sales have stagnated. The layoffs will cost Microsoft between $1.1 and $1.6 billion over the first half of next year.

Comment: Re:No it is not infuriating (Score 1) 191

by Carewolf (#47514057) Attached to: A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

Well, that is perfect. I prefer to NEVER buy any product I see advertised. If they waste money on that, their products must not be good enough to sell on their own, or the competion can sell better products cheaper because they don't waste money on ads. As such I prefer ads for stuff I would never buy, make it too targeted and shopping becomes ... difficult.


Is the Software Renaissance Ending? 171

Posted by Soulskill
from the da-vinci-code dept.
An anonymous reader writes Writer and former software engineer Matt Gemmell adds his voice to the recent rumblings about writing code as a profession. Gemmell worries that the latest "software Renaissance," which was precipitated by the explosion of mobile devices, is drawing to a close. "Small shops are closing. Three-person companies are dropping back to sole proprietorships all over the place. Products are being acquired every week, usually just for their development teams, and then discarded. The implacable, crushing wheels of industry, slow to move because of their size, have at last arrived on the frontier. Our frontier, or at least yours now. I've relinquished my claim." He also pointed out the cumulative and intractable harm being done by software patents, walled-garden app stores, an increasingly crowded market, and race-to-the-bottom pricing. He says that while the available tools make it a fantastic time to develop software, actually being an independent developer may be less sustainable than ever.

Comment: Re:Latest LEDs are Too New To Fail Yet (Score 1) 278

by Carewolf (#47449183) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Reasonably priced LED light bulbs that put out enough light to be useful for room lighting are a pretty new thing. I haven't seen =$10 bulbs with lumens equivalent to 60-watt incandescents until last year, though it's possible they've been around slightly longer, and I'm still waiting to see cheap LED bulbs that are equivalent to 100 or 150-watt incandescents.

They exist. The problem is the size. If you look inside a LED bulb, you will see that is actually just a cluster of standard small LEDs. Since these are mass produced any big light just uses more of them, but that takes up space especially if you also want a reasonable direction.

Comment: Re:What's the point? (Score 2) 129

The human eye CAN tell the difference. What it can't do it distinguish individual pixels, just like you normally can't see individual frames when a movie or game is faster than 24fps. If your eye-sight was so poor that you coun't see better than 300dpi at one meter, you would not be allowed to get a drivers license in most countries. Road signs are designed to be read by the minimal allowed vision at a certain distance, that means you must be able to read half a meter high letters at 1km, which requires 1/5cm resolution, which is the same as 600dpi at 1m, and that is minimum.

Comment: Re:smartwatch (Score 2) 381

by Carewolf (#47440787) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

I'd like a very *simple* smart watch...

* Simple caller-ID and memo display, programmable shortcut buttons, nothing else.

* Very long charge life comparatively (2 weeks would be okay) and/or very easy charging (put it on a charging pad).

Closest I can think to those requirements are the Casio G-Shock Bluetooth models. Two year battery life and notifications for most of the common things you'd want. A comparison chart can be found here.

Unfortunately they don't really go so well with a suit - although I don't suspect that will be a problem for the majority of Slashdot readers.

Great idea, but why does they have to look like SHIT? The shape looks like something big and rubbery made for toddlers, and the display for 13-year old boys with a 1980's fetish.

Comment: Re:Lie detectors... (Score 1) 70

Lie detectors only "work" if you tell the subject he is subject to a lie detector test and he believes you, and even then you will not get much better than 50/50 unless you are trained tester who can reach 80/20 under optimal circumstances. So, are you sure you want to ruin your relationship over a test that will be wrong 20% of the time, even when done under optimal circumstances by the best professionals?

Comment: Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (Score 1) 497

"They fund a whole series of institutions doing science trolling." What institutions? What evidence is there the Koch brothers are involved?

Are you joking? Sorry for linking WP, but the information there is consistent with what is available everywhere else and it is more centralized.

Here are the two first I could find, there are many others but this should be enough: The Heritage Foundation and The Cato Institute. As for what evidence that the Koch brothers are involved? They are the official founders. For all the evil they do they do try to hide their involvement in political trolling of science.

Sorry, make that: they do not try to hide..

It's a poor workman who blames his tools.