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Submission + - Slashdot Media sold to BIZX, LCC

An anonymous reader writes: DHI (formerly Dice Holdings) has finalized the sale of Slashdot Media (consisting of Slashdot and SoureForge) to BIZX, LLC on January 27th, 2016, according to a press release on Thursday morning. No financial details were given in the press release, nor any details about how Slashdot or SourceForge will be handled by their new owners.

Comment Re:Email is almost useless now (Score 1) 68

Google does a pretty damned good job of getting rid of spam. I rarely see spam on my Gmail accounts these days, maybe once or twice a month. The problem is that Google has huge resources to manage filters, so it's success rate is going to be a lot higher than even most corporate mail systems. That's probably why a lot corporate servers are farmed out to Google and Microsoft. When our Exchange 2010 infrastructure finally reaches the end of the road in a few years, I imagine we will probably go to one of those services and bid a not-so-fond farewell to hosting our own email.

I am compelled to point out two glaring omissions which could help you discover meaning in life.

Google acquired Postini in 2007, at the time the best cloud-based anti-spam solution in the world, used by everyone from NYT to IBM. Hence why Gmail is so good (because someone else created methods that were good enough for everyone).

Email hosting is only as good as the person running it. It is not "magically better" somewhere else. Going to the cloud for mail storage and retrieval is both more expensive and less secure than your own infrastructure. I can verify this having migrated several enterprise customers to Azure/AWS/O365 despite the drawbacks. One of them is already considering spending another vast bundle of money to migrate back.

Comment Re:Seems really stupid (Score 2) 208

It seems quite stupid to me to keep anyone off the "open web" (whatever that is), because you gain a lot more from operational slips as to what they are up to, than you lose from recruiting value the group in question gains from running a website.

People can slip up in the dark web too. "Hiding" them from the open web just means that you can't find their media so easily in a search. You have to get smart to locate their public conversations and since so many younger readers are inherently dumb, this would exclude the majority of their recruits.

Comment Re:Not that I like Trump, but... (Score 1) 875

OK, but what's the purpose of the 35% tax? Is it simply a cash grab? If so, fine, but then just be honest about it. But my impression was that the tax was supposed to be an incentive to bring the manufacturing back to the US. But does the necessary manufacturing base even exist here in the US? Could apple even build their stuff in the US if they wanted to?

Don't forget to raise H-1B visa quotas so we can argue about which nationality/religion we'll allow to boost the US Manufacturing sector (cause lord knows ain't no uneducated white peeples gonna take dem dirty jobs).

Comment Re:I don't think this applies to me... (Score 4, Interesting) 94

I don't think this applies when the thing you are supposed to be doing but aren't doing is not something creative (like writing code) but instead something simple (like when you are playing Fallout 4 instead of dealing with dirty dishes, dirty clothes and a dirty apartment :)

I bet the guy who invented those fancy disposable plates had a week's worth of dishes waiting for him.

Submission + - Meltdown at Wikipedia (wordpress.com)

Andreas Kolbe writes: As Wikipedia is about to turn 15 years old, relations between the volunteer community and the Wikimedia Foundation board have reached a new nadir. First, Dr James Heilman, an immensely popular volunteer noted for his energetic efforts to make Wikipedia's medical articles more trustworthy, was expelled from the board, causing wide-spread protests. Then it transpired that Wikimedia is working on a secretive "Knowledge Engine" project funded by a restricted grant from the Knight Foundation, leading to calls for more transparency about the project. Lastly, a few days ago the board announced the appointment of Arnnon Geshuri, former Senior Director of HR and Staffing at Google, to the Wikimedia board, provoking a further loss of confidence. The volunteers are pointing to Geshuri's past involvement in anticompetitive hiring agreements at Google, which led to a class-action lawsuit resulting in a $415 million settlement. They want Geshuri gone.

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 267

No. According to the Supreme Court, only the President is authorized to actually negotiate with foreign leaders. The Senate may advise him and ultimately must approve any proposed treaty, but they may only negotiate it through the President.

But did you know that Nixon did this while he was running for president (bargaining with South Vietnam), and Lyndon Johnson found out the night before the election, but couldn't reveal it because his source was the NSA, and therefore classified? Committing a felony, and protecting the felons - we're quite good at that!

Comment Re:LOL (Score 3, Informative) 267

Except that, technically, those congresscritters may have been violating the law themselves by engaging in direct diplomacy with foreign powers, which is a felony (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... ).

But did you know that Nixon did this while he was running for president (bargaining with South Vietnam), and Lyndon Johnson found out the night before the election, but couldn't reveal it because his source was the NSA, and therefore classified?

Committing a felony, and protecting the felons - we're quite good at that!

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 267

Spying on active members of Congress is outside of the authority of the executive branch. Unless they had a warrant when they did this, they are doing exactly what Nixon was going to be impeached for.

Nixon was forced to resign because he attempted to cover up the scandal, which was a poorly executed burglary of a democratic campaign office. No one knew what his involvement was at the time, simply that he felt he could not allow the office of the POTUS to be tainted by impeachment.

Now nearly 50 years later after release of the majority of the tapes, we can clearly see that he not only directly orchestrated these coverups, payoffs and White House's politcal maneuvering around Watergate, but willingly committed war crimes with Kissinger and had considered dropping "the bomb" in Vietnam on numerous occassions to show them "he was serious as hell."

To this day I am still amazed such an oaf could be POTUS, and similarly in awe that someone as powerful as the FBI Deputy Director (deep throat), could bring him down. Is our system of government checks and balances our saving grace, or as flawed as two warring factions?

Submission + - George Lucas criticises The Force Awakens (theguardian.com) 1

RogueyWon writes: While many critics have responded positively to JJ Abrams's take on Star Wars, one particular industry figure seems rather less impressed. George Lucas has criticised the "retro" tone of The Force Awakens and lamented his own lack of involvement in it. Speaking to television talk-show host and journalist Charlie Rose, Lucas quipped that he had sold his “kids to the white slavers that take these things”.

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