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Comment: It succeeeded due to it's copyright infringment (Score 5, Informative) 81

by blahbooboo (#49056941) Attached to: The Revolution Wasn't Televised: the Early Days of YouTube

The reason YOuTube was successful at the start was it was full of nothing but copy protected content posted illegally. People seem to forget this, but in the early days that's all people used it for until Google swooped in and gave it plenty of cash to change.

Comment: Re:They always [conveniently] miss facts... (Score 3, Interesting) 458

by blahbooboo (#48946167) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Did you notice how most of them were before the return of Jobs at an older and wiser stage of life?
I don't think the U2 ipod represents a huge flop given all the other ipods were doing well, and the cube is a fantastic design that was just too expensive (some would say it birthed the current Mac Mini).

Comment: Glad to hear it's not their just pathetic jerks (Score 5, Insightful) 336

by blahbooboo (#48674985) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

So they ruin the day both for thousands of kids with new consoles and the tech support/security teams for the companies who now have to come in to work on Christmas. I have another theory why they do this on Christmas -- this group of hackers (at a psychological level) are just sad and lonely people who are angry with the world and want to ruin the joy/fun for others.

Comment: Re:get rid of salary pay / make it have a high lev (Score 1) 477

by blahbooboo (#46714107) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

In the 1980's, IBM (among others) invested lots of money to have legislation passed that makes programmers, engineers, and sysadmins into "salaried professionals" so that they wouldn't have to pay overtime.

What legislation was this specifically that forced these folks to be "salaried" because I never heard of such a thing?

+ - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 writes: It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb

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