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Comment: Re:Consumers pay (Score 2) 325

by Njovich (#46757457) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

If Netflix could get away with raising prices without losing too many customers, do you think they wouldn't have done it regardless of this event?

For 95% of non-commodity products, the only factor in setting a price is what the client is willing to pay for it. Cost has some influence there, but it's not nearly as direct as many people seem to think.

This will probably just eat into the margins of Netflix.

Comment: Re:Welcome to the No-Fly List (Score 1) 144

by Njovich (#46660579) Attached to: Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

To be fair, this is more of an airline issue than a TSA issue. As long as he has proper ID, passes security, and doesn't pose a threat, the TSA likely won't care one way or another. They never cared about fake tickets that could get you through security before in any case.

Of course, being able to get on a flight with this is new, so maybe they will suddenly start caring.

Comment: Ugly (Score 1) 230

by Njovich (#46537925) Attached to: Facebook Introduces Hack: Statically Typed PHP

I guess it wouldn't hurt to have static typing in PHP, but for the love of god, why not just pick a more standard syntax?

Some of their examples:

function f1(): ?resource { ...

public function bar(): (string, string) {

Might look good in some languages, but in PHP I would really expect that type before the function name.

Comment: Re:Hard to find good developers in Denver (Score 3, Insightful) 491

by Njovich (#46345331) Attached to: Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

"Well, if the talent isn't worth the money in terms of bang for buck for the company, then I guess that's that, employer doesn't get a new employee and the employee doesn't get the job. Its unfortunate for both sides at that point"

Given that you said yourself that the employees are nearly universally employed already (for a salary they apparently accepted), I would say that from the side of the employee this is not an unfortunate situation at all.

Comment: Olympic Torch for youth olympics (Score 1) 322

by Njovich (#46219979) Attached to: What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

Never really thought about it, but we hooked up a small linux system for GPS-tracking the Olympic torch at the Youth Olympics. Of course, youth olympics are not really a big or important event, but it is 'official' olympic fire from Olympia.

The thing with Linux systems is that unless something really weird is happening, you would never know you are looking at one. I suspect there is much more linux around us than we realize.

+ - Dice Holdings has written off Slashdot Media at the close of 2013-> 3

Submitted by moogla
moogla (118134) writes "Apparently could not make Slashdot work they way they wanted to; with a murky plan to tap into the Slashdot-reader community to somehow drive attention or insight into other Dice Holdings properities, they've burned through

$7.2 million of intangible assets and $6.3 million of goodwill related to Slashdot Media

and have only started to realize some improvement on related sites. With ad revenue declining and not expected to pick up (read: everyone who uses Slashdot uses adblocking softwarwe), it appears that the Slashdot stewardship experiment by Dice Holdings has been a financial failure. Since the site has been redesigned in a user-hostile fashion with a very generic styling, this reader surmises Dice Holdings is looking to transform or transfer the brand into a generic Web 3.0 technology property. The name may be more valuable than the user community (since we drive no revenue nor particularly use's services)."
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+ - Fuck beta 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The beta is bad. It's so bad. The comments are reduced in screen width about 50%. Subject lines are deemphasized, scores are minimized, etc.

The discussions are the reason to come to Slashdot, and the beta trivializes them entirely. It looks like the comment section on a generic news site.

The comments now look like an afterthought, whereas they used to be the primary focus of the site."

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