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+ - Why is Slashdot ignoring the advice of so many developer articles. 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Over the years, Slashdot has recycled plenty of articles about lousy UX, lousy design, lousy graceful degradation, lousy development practices, lousy community management, even lousy JavaScript implementations creating security problems. Did Slashdot read any of those articles?"

Comment: Re:post internet stock crash (Score 1) 503

by Yer Mom (#46148223) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

Imagine a world where after 3 years the applications can't even run on your old system and you have to replace it to get new applications.

As a Mac user, I have to say that I don't need to imagine very hard.

Most users upgrade to a new version of OS X within the first month or so. App developers target the new version pretty much from the start, with old OS versions becoming unsupported fairly quickly.

And Apple's not afraid to cut off old hardware with a new OS X release, in order to avoid having to keep a load of legacy support code around. You generally get a bit longer than 3 years, though; 5 or 6 is more like it. And once you're cut off from new OS X versions, you're cut off from new versions of a lot of other software.

Comment: Re:You own your computer (Score 1) 731

by Yer Mom (#46022741) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

Since you're on slashdot, zero tolerance by an anonymous coward means you're getting fed ads.

Unless you're logged in with the "Disable ads" box checked and you also checked the "Post anonymously" box, of course :)

As for content providers having the right to display on my computer when I request their site: when I go to example.com, I'm requesting content from example.com. If that page has an include from doubleclick.net, I'm not the one requesting doubleclick.net — example.com is. They have no right to agree to that on my behalf, and I'm quite happy to take whatever action is necessary to enforce that.

Your last two paragraphs get to the point of the whole matter, of course: somebody who's deliberately blocking ads is not going to sit there and view them rather than look at a blank page — they're going to go somewhere else.

Perhaps if a large number of sites start requiring ads we'll see something like the piracy scene, where someone downloads the page with ads, copies the actual content out of it, and republishes that somewhere on the darker side of the net.

+ - GIMP Abandons SourceForge. Distributes via FTP Instead->

Submitted by Dangerous_Minds
Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "GIMP, a free and open source altenernative to image manipulation software like Photoshop, recently announced that it will no longer be distributing their program through SourceForge. Citing some of the ads as reasons, they say that the tipping point was "the introduction of their own SourceForge Installer software, which bundles third-party offers with Free Software packages. We do not want to support this kind of behavior, and have thus decided to abandon SourceForge." The policy changes were reported back in August by Gluster. GIMP is now distributing their software via their own FTP page instead. Is Sourceforge becoming the next CNET?"
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Comment: Re:Freedom of Speech / Freedom to Listen? (Score 1) 169

by Yer Mom (#45131743) Attached to: Google Fiber Partially Reverses Server Ban

Why don't they just give you a NAT'ed address and be done with it forever.

This is probably one of the reasons for server ban clauses these days — if they do decide to go to carrier-grade NAT rather than, say, actually getting IPv6 working, then they can dismiss complaints of breakage with "you shouldn't have been running a server anyway"...

+ - Sony Couldn't Afford To Bundle Its Camera With The PS4->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "The Playstation Camera, Sony's answer to Microsoft's Kinect, was originally planned to come bundled with the PS4, but Sony now admits why that isn't happening: they simply couldn't afford it. The company was very determined to get the PS4 on shelves at a $399 price point. Even without the camera, they'll be losing $60 on every PS4 sale. Gamers who really want to use the camera controller can shell out extra for it."
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+ - Joe Montana: A Most Unlikely Investor in Open Source->

Submitted by onehitwonder
onehitwonder (1118559) writes "Legendary San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, who won four superbowl rings, is hoping to score in another Bay Area pastime--technology investing, according to Bloomberg. Montana has invested in open source enterprise software maker CoreOS, after meeting founder Alex Polvi at a Y Combinator showcase in August. Celebrities, whether those affiliated with sports or entertainment, are increasingly getting into the Silicon Valley startup scene as investors. Others include Ashton Kutcher (now that he played Steve Jobs, he knows everything about technology), Will Ferrell (who knew?) and Leonardi DiCaprio (if he can afford to buy an island...)."
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+ - Alcatel-Lucent to Cut 10,000 Workers - Calls it Shift Plan

Submitted by Dawn Kawamoto
Dawn Kawamoto (2913427) writes "Alcatel-Lucent is planning to cut 10,000 workers by 2015. The telecom equipment maker's newly minted CEO calls this restructuring part of his Shift Plan. The employees who are getting axed, however, may think it's a typo and he should have dropped the "f" from Shift. Under this plan, Alcatel-Lucent wants to save 1 billion Euros in costs and refocus its operations on next-gen IP networking, cloud and ultra-broadband access and away from legacy technologies like its 2G and 3G wireless. In the meantime, Wall Street thinks it may be cleaning itself up for a sale of some of its assets or its operations to Nokia, which will need to bolster its telecom equipment business after selling its smartphone operations to Microsoft. But Nokia-Microsoft deal may be too little, too late."

Comment: Re:Community and OS declined, I switched to OSX. (Score 1) 631

by Yer Mom (#44949183) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

But what about the incomplete keyboard on the Macs?

On the laptops, yes — but just about every laptop seems to be the same, sadly.

On the desktop, you get a full keyboard if you spec your Mac with the wired keyboard. The wireless one is only available in the incomplete laptop style. (Why Apple can't make a wireless version is beyond me)

You may need to order direct from Apple, or buy through an Apple Store to do that, as anybody else selling Macs is likely to only have the standard configs, and I think only the Mac Pro specifies the wired keyboard as standard these days.

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