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Comment: Excellent idea (Score 2) 112

by MastaBaba (#39913837) Attached to: Brazil Retailer Using Facebook Likes On Its Clothing Hangers
Geeks wouldn't care too much about what they wear, but those that actually take the time to 'like' an item of clothing on C&A's Facebook page typically do. And they will typically also care about what others think about the clothing they wear. Then, bringing this online voting system into the real world is clever and functional. Those who care about it now have it at their finger tips. Those that don't care about it, well, don't have to care about it.

Comment: Re:big is bad (Score 1) 93

by MastaBaba (#39791975) Attached to: Google and the Future of Travel
I stopped using LP for advice on where to eat or stay *when options are plenty*. The books are still an excellent source on general information and, if you have limited time, on understanding what to do (and what not to do) in an out-of-the-way location. But, indeed, I typically, too, avoid specific venues recommended by LP.

Comment: Re:Password manager? (Score 1) 339

by MastaBaba (#38547246) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Changing Passwords For the New Year?
Sure, that's an example of a user case where using a password manager can be inconvenient. But... + You don't have to have the password manager generate your password, meaning you can still use readable passwords. + The hassle of *not* using a password manager is potentially much bigger. Seriously, how often do most people log on to a site from a friend's computer? If regularly for a particular stie, just pick a readable, memorizable password for that one particular website.

Comment: Rebels? Wealthy rebels, you mean (Score 2) 105

by MastaBaba (#38082842) Attached to: Syrian Protesters Roll Out New iPhone Apps
At a GDP per capita of just over 5000 USD, Syrians owning iPhones is the equivalent of Americans owning a 5000 USD device and using that to bring the government down. Or requires the American equivalent of earning 500.000 per year to make the cost of the iPhone for these Syrians comparable to their income. Like, the masses, right? Clearly, not quite. Syrians owning iPhones are a tiny and rich minority. Claiming these people are rebels is like saying the 1% are, really, rebels.

Comment: Re:Strange /. crowd reaction (Score 1) 55

by MastaBaba (#37551802) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Open Product Review Website?
Thanks! I'm the OP and also a bit surprised by the quite negative reactions to the post. Particularly because user reviews are part of pretty much every website which promotes any type of product on a larger scale (Amazon, CNET, IMDB to name a few). The more contributors, the more trustworthy the site and the reviews. Can it be that few of the /. crowd actually every post a review on any of these sites? What annoys me with these websites, though, is that as soon as you start contributing to most of them, you lose ownership of the content you create, while adding value for the website in question. Goodreads is an exception, and thrives on a huge community of individuals who clearly are far removed from the commenters to this post (because, as, it appears, /. doesn't "give a fuck" and thinks these people are all rather "vain"). An open product review website would solve this.

+ - Ask Slashdot: An open product review website

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MastaBaba writes: "I want to move my personal reviews (of books, games, music and films) from my website to an online product review website. However, I would -like- to be able to bulk upload my existing reviews and I would -require- my reviews to be downloadable, by me, in, say, CSV, at any time in the future.
Goodreads allows for import/export of book reviews, and IMDB allows you to export your ratings, but what about game and music reviews? What website aggregates consumer reviews of (all?) products, while allowing for each individual user to easily import and export his own reviews?"
The Internet

+ - Doubling Broadband Speeds Can Boost GDP by 0.3%+->

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Mark.JUK writes: "A joint scientific study conducted in 33 OECD countries by Ericsson, Arthur D. Little and Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) has claimed that governments which work to double the broadband internet access speeds for their citizens and businesses could benefit from an increase in annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 0.3% ($126 Billion in the OECD region). Likewise a quadrupling of ISP speed was found to equal a GDP growth stimulus of 0.6%.

Johan Wibergh, Ericsson's Head of Business Unit Networks, explained: "Broadband has the power to spur economic growth by creating efficiency for society, businesses and consumers. It opens up possibilities for more advanced online services, smarter utility services, telecommuting and telepresence. In health care, for instance, we expect that mobile applications will be used by 500 million people.""

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