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Comment: It's the Net Neutrality, Tom (Score 5, Informative) 145

by destinyland (#47827907) Attached to: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard
I wonder if this is just a cynical attempt to appear "tough on monopolies" -- right before Tom Wheeler guts Net Neutrality forever.

Reminder: next Wednesday is a "Day of Action" to publicize the need to maintain Net Neutrality.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/9...

Comment: Are we being used, right now? (Score 1) 226

This may be the only question that really needs to be answered. There's very strong feelings about "Big Bang Theory" -- some negative -- and for this to be a real conversation, it probably needs to be addressed in some way.

In fact, I'm curious what made Dr. Saltzberg come to Slashdot. Are the producers aware of a "geek backlash", and are they attempting to address it by sending their show's technical adviser to Slashdot? Are we secretly being monitored for a later article about how real geeks all love "Big Bang Theory" which will just cherry-pick anything vaguely positive that's said in this discussion? Maybe we need some more clarity about how this "Ask David Saltzberg" event come together...

Once we understand what's going on here, maybe then we can segue into examples of Dr. Saltzberg's input on the show -- and how its one true geek interacts with the rest of its production staff

+ - XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller for 5 Months->

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "Tuesday is the official release date for the newest book from the geeky cartoonist behind XKCD — yet it's already become one of Amazon's best-selling books. Thanks to a hefty pre-order discount, one blogger notes that it's appeared on Amazon's list of hardcover best-sellers since the book was first announced in March, and this weekend it remains in the top 10. Randall Munroe recently announced personal appearances beginning this week throughout the U.S. (including Cambridge, New York, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area) — as well as a Google Hangout on Friday, September 12. Just two weeks ago he was also awarded the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story — and now many of his appearances are already sold out."
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+ - Arizona Minister Conned by a Photoshopped Fake->

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "An Arizona minister mistook a photoshopped parody of a 1965 suntan lotion ad for a real ad promoting birth control — then used it as the basis for a controversial sermon about how "the birth control movement" is destroying the US. The ad featured wholesome Disney star Annette Funicello — who, ironically, was actually pregnant (and married) when she appeared in the original ad. On the one-year anniversary of her death, the minister's mistake resulted in an erroneous summation of his sermon appearing whenever you searched Google News for Annette Funicello — along with the headline "Childless women on birth control have destroyed the U.S.""
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+ - Amazon Offers "All You Can Read" Service for Kindle eBooks->

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destinyland (578448) writes "Amazon's just announced a new "all you can read" service for Kindle ebooks. (It'll be $9.99 a month, but right now they're giving away a free 30-day trial.) It'll also be available on the iPad and iPhone (as well as Android tablets and smartphones) through the Kindle apps, and the service will also include audiobooks — plus a free three-month subscription to Audible. Although one technology site speculates Amazon made the move because too many Kindle owners were getting their ebooks from Amazon's "free" section."
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+ - Paul Graham: Hackers Embody American-Ness->

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destinyland (578448) writes "Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham once argued that hackers embody "American-ness" more closely than any group, writing that "unruliness" is the essence of both hacking and the American character. Opposing a 2004 crackdown on civil liberties and copyright, he pointed out that in the end " Civil liberties make countries rich," and that hackers "see increasingly aggressive measures to protect 'intellectual property' as a threat to the intellectual freedom they need to do their job." In the online essay (later published in the O'Reilly book Hackers and Painters) Graham remembered how even Richard Feynman was breaking into safes with classified documents while working on the Manhattan Project. And he adds, "When you read what the founding fathers had to say for themselves, they sound more like hackers.""
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+ - Cloud Computing Means Better Applications->

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destinyland (578448) writes "Cloud computing is transforming the way we communicate, argues Forbes magazine, predicting "Storage will find itself more and more removed from the device as thin clients and ubiquitous Internet access give us endless accessibility to our information from anywhere..." But they also predict that applications will become more robust, since the cloud offers much easier ways to update and distribute software. The first widely popular cloud apps were primitive public/private services like Prodigy, AOL, and Hotmail. (One telecom billing solution company even celebrated their 15th year of providing cloud-based services.) But Forbes attributes the breakout popularity of the cloud to Amazon's AWS service and Apple's iCloud."
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+ - Arizona Minister Conned by a Photoshopped Fake->

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "An Arizona minister mistook a photoshopped parody of a 1965 suntan lotion ad for a real ad promoting birth control — then used it as the basis for a controversial sermon about how "the birth control movement" is destroying the US. The ad featured wholesome Disney star Annette Funicello — who, ironically, was actually pregnant (and married) when she appeared in the original ad. On the one-year anniversary of her death, the minister's mistake resulted in an erroneous summation of his sermon appearing whenever you searched Google News for Annette Funicello — along with the headline "Childless women on birth control have destroyed the U.S.""
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+ - Amazon Is Paying Its Employees to Quit->

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "Amazon's started a "Pay to Quit" program where full-time employees are offered up to $5,000 to leave the company (to ensure the remaining workforce is truly motivated). Jeff Bezos revealed the perk in a letter to shareholders, while also announcing that Amazon is welcoming tourists into its fulfillment centers in 6 different U.S. states. But one Seattle blog describes the move as "obviously an attempt to counter all the bad press that Amazon's warehouses have gotten over the past year," linking to an undercover BBC investigation and stories about Amazon's arrival in a former coal-mining town. And this week Gawker began soliciting new horror stories from Amazon employees. ("You literally must re-interview for your position...constantly. It comes up at least every three months...")"
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+ - Amazon's Opening Its Warehouses to Tourists-> 1

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes ""See what happens after you click buy," teases a new web page at Amazon, announcing that tourists are now welcome in their fulfillment centers across the United States. In six different states, Amazon's opening their doors on the first and third Tuesday of the month (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), as part of what one technology site calls "a strong push by Amazon to win the hearts of America’s consumers". Amazon reminds visitors that they hired more than 20,000 full-time employees last year, though this article notes that they're also "conquering the supply chains" for consumer products and displacing stores in your local community — "Not just retail stores, but also grocery stores, and even pet food stores, movie theaters, and of course, bookstores.""
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+ - IRS misses XP deadline, pays Microsoft millions for patches-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "When Microsoft terminated official support for Windows XP on April 8th, most organizations had taken the six years of warnings to heart and migrated to another solution. But not the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Only 52,000 of their 110,000 Windows-powered computers have been upgraded to Windows 7. They'll now be forced to pay Microsoft for Custom Support. How much? Using Microsoft's standard rate of $200 per PC, it'll be $11.6 million for one year. That leaves $18.4 million of their $30 million budget to finish the upgrades themselves, which works out to $317 per computer."
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+ - How Tech Sites Celebrated April Fools Day-> 1

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "Google announced an update for the Android and iPhone version of Google maps that lets you travel the world collecting Pokemon. Twitter announced a new wearable that lets you tweet just by bobbing your head. And Amazon created a web page with ridiculous products like bacon-shaped bandages — all of which are actually real. "As always, the tech world is embracing April Fools' Day 2014 in full force," writes the L.A. Times, "with countless gags from Google, Sony and many others in the space.""
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