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+ - A tale of greed, influence peddling, and blood-stained money

Submitted by metasonix
metasonix writes: It may sound overdramatic, but it also describes this new Wikipediocracy post about Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, and his little-noticed and very deep ties to former UK prime minister Tony Blair. And their common ties to repressive regimes in central Asia and the Middle East, to conflict-of-interest Wikipedia editing, and to money — large sums of it. Wales even married Blair's former diarist and PR person, almost as if he were "using" her to assure his connections to powerful people in the UK. All of this is well-documented but almost never publicly discussed. No one can ever call Wales a "great philanthropist" again without some laughter from the cheap seats.

Comment: [meta] Yes, thank you (Score 5, Informative) 122

by pla (#49825401) Attached to: Cable Companies Hate Cord-Cutting, but It's Not Going Away (Video)
but running a text transcript that covers our 20+ minute conversation with SJVN. Is this is a good idea? Please let us know.

YES, thank you!

I can read all the transcripts I want at work, but unless the video starts with the Microsoft theme song and immediately proceeds to Mark Russanovich telling me how to make Windows its bitch, I'll pretty much never look at anything requiring sound.

Comment: Re:Hardware Companies & Telecoms Have Too Much (Score 1) 110

What version? My iPhone 5 never had Verizon branded software installed at the firmware level. Aside from it saying "Verizon" in the upper left corner, there's nothing Verizon installed on it.

Speaking of OS updates, the iPhone 5 will most get iOS 9 this Fall.

Comment: Re:albeit costing three times as much (Score 1) 103

by DigiShaman (#49824555) Attached to: Intel Releases Broadwell Desktop CPUs: Core i7-5775C and i5-5675C

Frequency speeds have been pretty stagnate due to the laws of physics. Asynchronous clocking is one way of dealing with signal propagation and timings as I understand. But the focus these years has been on adding features as the die shrinks further. Not many programs take advantage of multi-threaded operations, hence why the home and office market doesn't see much in the way of increase core count. For raw multitasking, it's my understanding that the Xeon line sacrifices multi-media features for extra cores and cache. Die space is limited as such gets allocated to whatever that market it's optimized for; in that case server and workstation.

Comment: Re:Polls on the Front page are stupid (Score 5, Interesting) 94

by pla (#49824061) Attached to: Enter the Polls! Now On the Front Page
That said, the front page also has a 'Video Bytes' line half way down full of crap, so I guess someone is really keen on killing the site.

This. I thought Slashdot had managed to break their CSS (again) when I first saw that abomination.

Serious "WTF" here, guys! Polls go in the sidebar, and videos go nowhere (or as links in the summaries, if absolutely necessary as a reference for the FP).

Comment: How exactly does this work? (Score 1) 296

by pla (#49818617) Attached to: Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising
Wait, so do they rip the DVD/BDs, add in some ads, then re-burn them?

Of course, I still wouldn't see them, since I rip them before watching specifically to remove the ads and "unskippable" bullshit, but...

Oh! Wait - This only affects people already happily paying for a lower qual*BUFFERING*ity product. Never mind, then - Carry on with your paid inferior YouTube clone. ;)

Comment: Re:A couple of things (Score 1) 557

-Keep every e-mail.

A follow-up to that - Document everything via email. Even that guy who does his damnedest to never go on the record with his requirements (and you'll meet plenty of them), summarize your conversation and email it to him for a yes/no confirmation that you understood his intent.

Of course, depending on who asks, this won't keep you from needing to fix other people's mistakes, but it can save your sanity, and possibly even your job, when Mr. Blowhard swears up and down that he told you X and you did Y.