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+ - The Amazon Fire Is the Dirtiest Smartphone

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "The biggest thing that sets the Amazon Fire Phone apart from its Android and Apple competitors probably isn't the clean interface or the unlimited photo storage—it's the dirty power behind it. When Fire users upload their photos and data to Amazon's cloud, they'll be creating a lot more pollution than iPhone owners, Greenpeace says.
Apple has made a commitment to running its iCloud on 100 percent clean energy. Amazon, meanwhile, operates the dirtiest servers of any major tech giant that operates its own servers—only 15 percent of its energy comes from clean sources, which is about the default national average."

+ - Ask Slashdot: How many 1-4 digit UID users are left? 1

Submitted by Nick
Nick (109) writes "Many years ago I went to a gas station to buy a pack of smokes. I got back home, refreshed Netscape running on some treacherous X11 build most likely, and noticed Slashdot was registering users. I signed up and got a three digit UID.

I never really paid too much attention, and over the years I still read but rarely post. I enjoy seeing a two or three digit UID post, but those are few and far between.

My question is this: how many ultra-low UID members are out there and reading this today?"

Comment: Experimental (Score 1) 241

by Nick (#46484279) Attached to: Ubuntu's Mir Gets Delayed Again
"Mir is already packaged as an experimental option, along with an experimental Unity 8 desktop session." Good God. The Ubuntu desktop always has been and always will be an experimental mess. I can't ever remember being more scared to reboot my workstation after a kernel update with the likely possibility of having restore my video driver and settings. My old 386 with 4 (!) mb ram, running twm has less issues.

Comment: Friendster (Score 1) 143

by Nick (#45459591) Attached to: How Snapchat Could March Startups Right Off the Cliff, Lemming-Style
Google tried to buy Friendster for $30 Million in 2003 and it was turned down. We all know what happened to Friendster not even 2 years later. At the end of the day you need to just use your better judgement and evaluate where you think the company is heading in the future. Although I fail to see how accepting a one billion offer on a company is a failure.

Comment: Re:Actually, that's an OEM problem. (Score 3, Informative) 178

by Nick (#45314061) Attached to: Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice

Yes it's an android fuckup, for letting OEM's being able to do it in the first place.. the motorolla xoom was the honeycomb developer device, so it was the 'nexus' device in that time, and that's the one that I have and is having the problem..

By your logic it would be a Google fuckup for letting OEMs have full control of what they do with Android which has no technical bearing on merits of Android in itself. BTW, big props to Google for going in the other direction of Apple by letting OEMs do this - I seem to remember this worked out pretty well for MSFT.

Comment: BSD is dying (Score 1) 577

by Nick (#45095533) Attached to: If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy
It is now official - Netcraft has confirmed: *BSD is dying Yet another crippling bombshell hit the beleaguered *BSD community when recently IDC confirmed that *BSD accounts for less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of the latest Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as further exemplified by failing dead last in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

Comment: Re:unix desktop (Score 1) 206

by Nick (#44982555) Attached to: GNU Hurd 0.5, GNU Mach 1.4, GNU MIG 1.4 Released
not sure why this got modded down. Has anyone ever tried to setting up three monitors? I recently converted my workstation from Windows which worked quite well for gaming and multi-monitor support. On-board nvidia gpu had one monitor and the amd/ati pci card connected the other two. Can't do that under X. So now I'll have to buy another PCI card. But wait, commercial drivers are buggy and Xscreensaver is a mess, I can't use text virtual consoles, but I use open source drivers which fixes that, steam wont run. Running Ubuntu? Having the fear of god every time a system update or reboot is not ideal, but about half the time something bad will happen. BSD? nothing is written for it. I've been running X in some form on some machine since the early 90s on a 386. For a while, the unix desktop was the way to go, but for years Windows or OS X is vastly superior in a desktop environment - you know, actual drivers exist. Thank god for virtualbox at least.

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