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Comment: Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (Score 4, Interesting) 283

by MoogMan (#48228779) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Amazon isn't 'losing money' - Just take a look at it's top-line growth vs capital expenditure.

Amazon is re-invest revenue instead of distributing back to stakeholders, or keeping cash in the bank. Cash in the bank is seen as waste. Instead, cash re-invested is being leveraged to create accelerated future growth.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 (2538558) writes "It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format."

Why Does a Voting Machine Need Calibration? 398

Posted by timothy
from the to-reset-the-defrobnosticator dept.
New submitter Shotgun writes "I heard on the radio that there were some issues with voting machines in Greensboro, NC (my hometown), and the story said the machines just needed "recalibration". Which made me ask, "WTF? Why does a machine for choosing between one of a few choices need 'calibration'?" This story seems to explain the issue."

+ - IT Departments - How are you supporting your os code?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A lot of IS groups are using Open Source tools (Linux, MySQL, PHP, etc...) to build cost effective and reliable IT infrastructures for their companies. Upper and executive management wants to know how these tools will be supported since their isn't one single commercial entity that does by default (ie. Microsoft). So, what does your IS group do? Do you hire staff with the expertise to do support in-house or out source all your support to a third party? Or something else?"

Comment: Re:Trade-off (Score 3, Interesting) 65

by MoogMan (#39754875) Attached to: UK Web Snooping Plan Invades Privacy, Despite Claims To the Contrary

Privacy and security are almost never a zero sum game. In this case, reducing privacy isn't going to help find more 'criminal/terrorist activity'; It will just cause them to use Freenet, TOR, steganography, for comunication etc. instead and result in making it even harder to track real criminal activity.

Secondly, common people are really really bad at making these risk-reward trade-offs (for instance, many people have a fear of flying, but a more rational reaction would be to have a fear of travelling to get a flight as you're more likely to get killed in a car/bus on the way to your flight, than actually flying; you may tell your children to 'never talk to strangers', but in fact that would put them in a far worse position if they ever got lost -- the huge majority of people are not evil! etc.) - we'd be better off delegating to a panel of economists and statisticians to determine the outcome.

It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river. -- Abraham Lincoln