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Comment I'm a better person for it. (Score 1) 697

I haven't had TV for over a year.

My fiction intake: I enjoy movies on Netflix. The Daily Show and Colbert on Hulu.

My non-fiction intake: Documentaries on Netflix (almost all are streamable).

My news intake: I read my news. I find it amazing when I talk with people who get their "news" from TV, it's like we're from a different universe. I find TV news to be essentially fact free.

This wouldn't work if I liked watching sports. My take on sports: "I'm an American, we pay professionals to exercise for us while we watch".

IT Worker's Revenge Lands Her In Jail 347

aesoteric writes "A 30-year-old IT worker at a Florida-based health centre was this week sentenced to 19 months in a US federal prison for hacking, and then locking, her former employer's IT systems. Four days after being fired from the Suncoast Community Health Centers' for insubordination, Patricia Marie Fowler exacter her revenge by hacking the centre's systems, deleting files, changing passwords, removing access to infrastructure systems, and tampering with pay and accrued leave rates of staff."
Social Networks

Meg Whitman Campaign Shows How Not To Use Twitter 147

tsamsoniw writes "California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's campaign team attempted to share with her Twitter followers an endorsement from a police association. Unfortunately, the campaign press secretary entered an incorrect or incomplete URL in the Tweet, which took clickers to a YouTube video featuring a bespectacled, long-haired Japanese man in a tutu and leggings rocking out on a bass guitar. And for whatever reason, the Tweet, which went out on the 18th, has remained active through today."

Morphing Metals 121

aarondubrow writes "Imagine a metal that 'remembers' its original, cold-forged shape, and can return to that shape when exposed to heat or a magnetic pulse. Like magic out of a Harry Potter novel, such a metal could contract on command, or swing back and forth like a pendulum. Believe it or not, such metals already exist. First discovered in 1931, they belong to a class of materials called 'shape memory alloys (SMA),' whose unique atomic make-up allows them to return to their initial form, or alternate between forms through a phase change."

Best Places To Work In IT 2010 205

CWmike writes "These top-rated IT workplaces combine choice benefits with hot technologies and on-target training. Computerworld's 17th annual report highlights the employers firing on all cylinders. The Employer Scorecard ranks IT firms based on best benefits, retention, training, diversity, and career development. Also read what IT staffs have to say about job satisfaction. How's your workplace, IT folk?" Read below for a quick look at the top 10 IT workplaces according to this survey.

Comment Re:It works in Safari... (Score 1) 527

Apple is the largest company, by market capitalization

By that argument, aren't GE, Exxon, and Walmart all bigger in IT than Apple?

Apple is not big in corporate IT; they are big in home/consumer devices. I work as a software developer at a major IT company. The only Apple products I see at work are the personal iPhones that employees carry. What this means in terms of the direction of standards is questionable.

In the last few years I've spent roughly as much on home IT hardware as my employer has for my use at work. For the first time ever, my personal dollars went primarily to Apple. Due to a beautiful UI being crafted on top of BSD, Android not being ready for prime time when I wanted a smart phone, and XP being overdue for a major overhaul when I needed a computer.

I think I'm done with my Apple binge. Android is ready, Apple laptops and desktops while nice, are overpriced. Apple has benefited greatly from Windows Vista/Windows 7 and Android product cycles.

Comment Re:Standards and "Standards" (Score 1) 527

A generation ago Microsoft was the "less evil" version of IBM. Look at how Microsoft knocking off IBM as the leader has made IBM a better company. Now Apple is doing the same thing to Microsoft.

In a generation will someone on Slashdot be pointing out the same similarity between Apple and Google?

Even a benign dictator sucks.

Comment Re:Chrome (Score 4, Insightful) 527

In this case I think Apple is right to limit the demo to Safari, because at this point not even Chrome works for all the demos. I don't like everything that Apple does, but in this case what are they supposed to do? Due to no standard being set on video, no other browser will properly render the demos. I do question what the deal with the CSS is. Remember, this page is a showcase of Apple's products based on the not completely baked HTML 5 standard - it is not a general HTML 5 showcase:

If we are to accept what you say then the following can't be true:

Standards aren't add-ons to the web. They are the web. And you can start using them today.

Standards aren't standards if they're not standard.

Make it right before you make it faster.