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Comment: Today or yesterday? mmmmmmhmmmm? (Score 0) 39

by cepler (#41511915) Attached to: Introducing the new Slashdot Mobile experience: clean, modern, and fast

So, which is it, today or yesterday...someone forget to hit the delete button?

Introducing the new Slashdot Mobile experience: clean, modern, and fast
Journal by slashdotblog on Monday October 01, @01:18AM

A message from Gaurav Kuchhal (Head of Product, Slashdot)

Today, on the 15th Anniversary of Slashdot, we are thrilled to announce a brand new mobile experience. The new mobile interface is an indication of what to expect from Slashdot as it embraces the personal and mobile Web.

  Introducing the New Slashdot Mobile Experience: Clean, Modern, Fast!
Journal by slashdotblog on Sunday September 30, @10:41PM

A message from product manager Gaurav Kuchhal

Today, on the 15th Anniversary of Slashdot, we are very thrilled to announce the next
generation mobile experience for Slashdot. This new gorgeous mobile experience is a
harbinger of what you can expect from Slashdot in next few months, as we are embarking
upon a journey to take Slashdot forward in the new personal, social, mobile web.

Comment: I have a Kata... (Score 1) 282

by cepler (#37095784) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Laptop + DSLR Backpacks

I have a Kata backpack that is my main 'case' to carry stuff. I generally cram in a 5D, 70-200 f/2.8L IS, 85mm f/1.2, 24-70 f/2.8 L, 100mm f/2.8 macro, a flash, blow bulb, all hoods, lenspens, batteries, chargers, 1.4x tele converter and maybe a few other odds and ends... This is NOT light. I originally got it thinking I'd put a 15" laptop in there but the space they give you for the laptop feels VERY VERY tight and I wasn't comfortable doing that.

Again, a backpack of this size is NOT going to be light, you will NOT want to carry it very much and you WILL have a sore back/neck afterwards.

I don't recall the model Kata I have, it was quite a few years ago and probably not a current model. Construction on their bags appears to be great though so I wouldn't hesitate recommending them as a brand to consider. I would suggest that you bring what you are considering packing into it to a store and trying it for size/weight/fit first.

PC Games (Games)

What Game Devs Should Learn From EVE 270

Posted by Soulskill
from the watch-out-for-volcanoes dept.
An anonymous reader passes along this excerpt from Gamesradar about EVE Online's Council of Stellar Management (CSM), a group of elected player representatives that serve to facilitate communications between the developers and the community: "On the last day, the devs announced that after the earlier discussions about improving the CSM’s ability to effect change, the CSM was being raised to the status of its own department within CCP. This is revolutionary; in one swift move, the CSM went from what could be considered a glorified focus group to what CCP considers to be a 'stakeholder' in the company, given equal consideration with every other department in requesting development time for a project. That means the CSM — and the entire playerbase it represents — has as much influence on development projects as Marketing, Accounting, Publicity and all the other teams outside of the development team. This is, of course, the stated intention. But has any developer gone to such lengths for its fans?"
Power

10,000 Cows Can Power 1,000 Servers 221

Posted by samzenpus
from the cattle-computing dept.
CWmike writes "Reducing energy consumption in data centers, particularly with the prospect of a federal carbon tax, is pushing vendors to explore an ever-growing range of ideas. HP engineers say that biogas may offer a fresh alternative energy approach for IT managers. Researchers at HP Labs presented a paper (download PDF) on using cow manure from dairy farms and cattle feedlots and other 'digested farm waste' to generate electricity to an American Society of Mechanical Engineers conference, held this week. In it, the research team calculates that 'a hypothetical farm of 10,000 dairy cows' could power a 1 MW data center — or on the order of 1,000 servers. One trend that makes the idea of turning organic waste into usable power for data centers is the moves by several firms to build facilities in rural locations, where high-speed networks allow them to take advantage of the cost advantages of such areas. But there are some practical problems, not the least of which is connecting a data center to the cows. If it does happen, the move could call for a new take on plug and play: plug and poo."
Role Playing (Games)

Aion Servers To Merge, XP Grind Softened 108

Posted by Soulskill
from the now-only-takes-one-and-a-half-eternal-souls dept.
Massively reports that NCSoft's fantasy MMO Aion will soon be getting a round of server mergers to balance player populations and shore up in-game economies. A newsletter from Aion producer Chris Hager also brought word that character transfers will be an option starting in June, and NCSoft will be "offering them to all of our players for free for a limited time." This is happening in the lead-up to the game's 1.9 patch, due on June 2, which contains a number of measures to make the XP grind a bit less harsh (among other things; patch notes). They're creating more quests, increasing XP rewards from existing quests, and implementing a system that "grants you experience bonuses as you continue to play."
Businesses

Nine Chip Makers Fined $400M In EU For Price Fixing 215

Posted by samzenpus
from the collective-swindling dept.
eldavojohn writes "In a disturbing case for average consumers, nine DRAM chip manufacturers have been fined more than $400 million for price fixing. The named companies are Samsung, Hynix, Infineon, NEC, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Elpida, and Nanya. A tenth company, Micron, avoided fines by reporting the other nine to the authorities. Since all companies cooperated with the probe, they received a 10% reduction in fines, so it could have been worse. The US DoJ has had its own history with chip makers and LCD makers in price fixing scandals."
GNU is Not Unix

Would You Die To Respect a Software License? 233

Posted by timothy
from the visit-from-the-compliance-department dept.
Julie188 writes "Some 2,000 licenses cover the 230,000+ projects in Black Duck's open source knowledge base. While 10 licenses comprise 93% of the software, that leaves 1,980-odd licenses for the other 3% — and some of them have really crazy conditions. The Death and Repudiation License, for instance, requires the user to be dead."

Comment: Crimping?! WTF? (Score -1, Flamebait) 145

by cepler (#31357938) Attached to: Why PyCon 2010's Conference Wi-Fi Didn't Melt Down

I lost any possible respect for the poster when I saw this:

Lessons Learned

                * Crimping your own RJ45 should be avoided.

Any idiot that's been in IT and networking knows you don't crimp your own connectors. You punch down wire to panels, you buy pre-made patch cables.. Often people will purchase the wrong crimp connectors for the cable they are using, or they will use solid wire for patch applications AND use the wrong crimp connectors (solid vs. stranded) and then wonder why things don't hold up... *rolls eyes*

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