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Comment: Re:OSX is better anyway (Score 2) 786

by Theoden (#43641597) Attached to: Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment?

You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. I'm head IT manager so let's use my company as an example. I checked when our bosses wanted to get a mac for media editing (which is comical by itself). It works with exactly zero of our software suites. ZERO. No CRM, no office, no database apps, nothing. In fact, Firefox and Safari don't work with our ASP software either. Macs are toys for clueless rich people and have no place whatsoever in a professional environment. Forget compatibility, just go with cost. It's an idiotic choice.

"Doesn't work in my environment" != "in any professional environment."

This is /. - your "head IT manager" credentials are just a drop in the bucket here. As another "head IT manager," I support an increasing number of Macs and iPads alongside a long standing Windows setup, in a diverse company that covers several industries. Beyond the initial learning curve, I'm finding the Macs are a lot easier to support and maintain. And, in 2013, compatibility is becoming increasingly less of an issue as so many business apps are moving to the browser.

What's an idiotic choice for your narrow section of the world doesn't make it an idiotic choice for everyone. And so long as Apple keeps with their separate plan for what is a desktop OS and what is a mobile OS, I think they'll be on track to displace a number of traditional workplace PCs. Meanwhile, Microsoft's garbled inconsistent half hybrid will becoming increasingly insignificant.


GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode 267

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the extend-freely dept.
Hot on the heels of the Gtk+ 3.8 release comes GNOME 3.8. There are a few general UI improvements, but the highlight for many is the new Classic mode that replaces fallback. Instead of using code based on the old GNOME panel, Classic emulates the feel of GNOME 2 through Shell extensions (just like Linux Mint's Cinnamon interface). From the release notes: "Classic mode is a new feature for those people who prefer a more traditional desktop experience. Built entirely from GNOME 3 technologies, it adds a number of features such as an application menu, a places menu and a window switcher along the bottom of the screen. Each of these features can be used individually or in combination with other GNOME extensions."
The Almighty Buck

The Man Who Sold Shares of Himself 215

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the social-experiments-gone-awry dept.
RougeFemme writes "This is a fascinating story about a man who sold shares in himself, primarily to fund his start-up ideas. He ran into the same issues that companies run into when taking on corporate funding — except that in his case, the decisions made by his shareholders bled over into his personal life. This incuded his relationship with his now ex-girlfriend, who became a shareholder activist over the issue of whether or not he should have a vasectomy. The experiment continues." The perils of selling yourself to your friends.

Comment: So many condescending 'parents' (Score 1) 311

by Theoden (#42390601) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Android Apps For Kids Under 12 Months?

OP asked a legitimate question. Don't think he was looking for advice on how half of /. feels like they're better parents by limiting their children's use of technology (any many of the opinions here seem a little hard nosed.)

My two year old uses my tablet and smartphone regularly.
Do I limit how often he uses it? Absolutely. But there is some great interactive content that does benefit him as well. He's by far developmentally advanced (both physically and cognitively). I do expose him to the real world most of the time. However, I also expose him to technology that his world will undoubtedly be enveloped with as he gets older. He can navigate and use an iPad better than his grandparents, and he has a health outdoor routine, social activities...

Obviously anything is bad in excess. I don't see interactive apps being anything but beneficial in moderation.

But I suppose - this is the Internet. Someone asking a legitimate question is clearly asking for people's opinion and stories about how they're better.

Comment: Re:OSX - soon to be the Windows of the computer wo (Score 1) 300

by Theoden (#40777929) Attached to: New Mac Trojan Installs Silently, No Password Required

I love my MacBook, but this goes to show that security through obscurity isn't a great way to go.

Security through obscurity has always been a myth. :P If it was truly the case, why did (does?) malware on pre-OS X (System 7.5 - Mac OS 9) greatly outnumber that on OS X systems? :P


+ - Verizon: $1.83 billion Q2 profit on $28.6 billion in sales, smartphones hit 50%->

Submitted by redkemper
redkemper (2621761) writes "Verizon Communications (VZ) on Thursday reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2012. The nation’s top carrier reported earnings of $0.64 per share, or a $1.83 billion profit, on sales of $28.6 billion. The results were in line with analysts’ estimates, and up 13% from the $1.61 billion Verizon earned in the same quarter last year..."
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+ - Is it time to start an Olympic games for enhanced athletes?->

Submitted by
ananyo writes "With the Olympics due to kick off on 27 July in London, Nature has taken a look at how far science would be able to push human athletic abilities if all restrictions on doping were lifted. The article mentions anabolic steroids (up to 38% increase in strength), IGF-1 (4% increase in sprinting capacity), EPO/blood doping (34% increase in stamina), gene doping and various drugs and supplements, as well as more 'extreme' measures such as surgery and prosthesis. Hugh Herr, a biomechanical engineer at MIT, says performance-enhancing technologies will one day demand an Olympics all their own. But is that time already upon us? And would slashdotters be interested in watching the 'enhanced Olympics' if they were staged?"
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GNU is Not Unix

Linux 3.4 Released 385

Posted by timothy
from the latest-in-a-long-long-run dept.
jrepin writes with news of today's release (here's Linus's announcement) of Linux 3.4: "This release includes several Btrfs updates: metadata blocks bigger than 4KB, much better metadata performance, better error handling and better recovery tools. There are other features: a new X32 ABI which allows to run in 64 bit mode with 32 bit pointers; several updates to the GPU drivers: early modesetting of Nvidia Geforce 600 'Kepler', support of AMD RadeonHD 7xxx and AMD Trinity APU series, and support of Intel Medfield graphics; support of x86 cpu driver autoprobing, a device-mapper target that stores cryptographic hashes of blocks to check for intrusions, another target to use external read-only devices as origin source of a thin provisioned LVM volume, several perf improvements such as GTK2 report GUI and a new 'Yama' security module."

Comment: This is stupid. (Score 5, Interesting) 194

by Theoden (#39916327) Attached to: Verizon To Begin Offering "Text To 911" Service

As a firefighter/aemt, we already get multiple, redundant calls with no information because the caller is "driving by the scene and thought you should know." So now we'll get a text message with no way for the operator to try and pull more information from the caller.

"omg im dying plz help"

So we dispatch two ALS ambulance crews, an engine company and local first responders to find some idiot who broke his toe.


Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?