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Comment: Re:Ship is sinking (Score 1) 302

by dopeghost (#40668793) Attached to: Google's Marissa Mayer Becomes Yahoo! CEO

No one cares and it is just a boring day job with no passion left. This new CEO needs to excite her employees and fire QA and security people and provide a vision for improvments.

I remember a similar company, popular for a while a few years back, that given their name, you would of thought were born to execute on such a strategy.

Comment: Gandi.net - ethical registrar that don't advertise (Score 5, Informative) 353

by dopeghost (#38468992) Attached to: GoDaddy Backs SOPA

Gandi.net are a sizable international registrar i first heard of back during the last 'elephant sized' Godaddy debacle.

They support a load of projects like Debian and the EFF, along with charities like the International Federation of Human Rights and the WWF.

They cost a tiny bit more than Godaddy but it's a pittance given the manner with which they conduct themselves.



Comment: Timeline View (Score 1) 763

by dopeghost (#37635224) Attached to: Help Shape the Future of Slashdot
I like to read all the stories that get posted (and i'd wager i'm far from the only one) and would like a way of knowing what stories i've missed when i take a holiday, or am too busy to visit. This could be solved with a timeline that shows a condensed view of which days & stories made it to onto your screen compared with those days for which there's no visit recorded.

+ - Hey i had an idea for a poll! 1

Submitted by dopeghost
dopeghost (107650) writes "I checked and it doesn't seem that you've done a poll on religion yet, so have dully sent in the idea figuring it's something that many more of your readers than just me would be interested in the results of.

Here is what appears to be a concise selection of major belief systems you'd probably want for a poll listed in reverse alphabetical order.

I most align myself with...

* Taosim
* Sikhism
* Shinto
* Judaism
* Islam
* Hinduism
* Christianity
* Buddhism
* Atheism
* Agnosticism
* Other

You might also want to include one or more satirical choices....

* Russell's Teapot
* Pastafarianism
* Church of The Subgenius

In fact that could be a whole poll itself, with the last answer as: I'm a thesist you ecclesiophobic clod!

There you go, two ideas for polls. If slashdot were trepid to run the first you could have fun with the second!"

+ - Android Passes iPhone in US Market Share

Submitted by Greg
Greg (666) writes "61.5 million people in the US owned smartphones during the three months ending in November 2010, up 10 percent from the preceding three-month period. For the first time, more Americans are using phones running Google's Android operating system than Apple's iPhone, but RIM's BlackBerry is still in first place, according to comScore. RIM fell from 37.6 percent to 33.5 percent market share of smartphones, Google captured second place among smartphone platforms by moving from 19.6 percent to 26.0 percent of US smartphone subscribers, and Apple slipped to third despite its growth from 24.2 percent to 25.0 percent of the market. Microsoft, in fourth place, fell into single digits from 10.8 percent to 9.0 percent while Palm was still last and further slipped from 4.6 percent to 3.9 percent.

America Online

+ - Is Mark Zuckerberg 'Steve Case 2.0'?

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "With all signs for Facebook pointing up, author Douglas Rushkoff goes contra, arguing that Facebook hype will fade. 'Appearances can be deceiving,' says Rushkoff. 'In fact, as I read the situation, we are witnessing the beginning of the end of Facebook. These aren't the symptoms of a company that is winning, but one that is cashing out.' Rushkoff, who made a similar argument about AOL eleven years ago in a quashed NY Times op-ed, reminds us that AOL was also once considered ubiquitous and invincible, and former AOL CEO Steve Case was deemed no less a genius than Mark Zuckerberg. 'So it's not that MySpace lost and Facebook won,' concludes Rushkoff. 'It's that MySpace won first, and Facebook won next. They'll go down in the same order.'"

+ - BBC iPlayer jumps on social networking bandwagon-> 1

Submitted by Stoobalou
Stoobalou (1774024) writes "The BBC has launched the latest version of its popular iPlayer TV service, and says that the version is based on a completely new technical platform.

The latest version of the licence-fee funded TV catch-up portal, which features a new design and a range of social networking features, is currently rolling out to users after a three-month beta trial which received near unanimous negative feedback from testers if comments on the BBC's own site are to be believed."

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Comment: Play On Linux (Re:Every windows application) (Score 2, Informative) 427

by dopeghost (#32933254) Attached to: Wine 1.2 Released

Just the other day i discovered Play On Linux which fits this need.

While games are a primary feature it includes support for many of the common apps as well.

In addition to apps with built in support you can find scripts in their forum for recent versions of Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and the like


Comment: Not mentioned is that he was using linux.... (Score 3, Informative) 93

by dopeghost (#31135382) Attached to: Low-Cost Robotic Arm Sketches Faces
I went to Kinetica the other day and saw this and was definitely impressed. What i don't think is obvious from RTFA was that he was running Ubuntu! There were actually 3 individual arms setup, all communicating thru a wireless access point to a laptop he had in front of him. There were even mini postcards he was giving out with a rather dashing interpretation of Alan Turing on it :)

Comment: Re:What are you really asking? (Score 1) 414

by dopeghost (#30595726) Attached to: How Many Admins Per User/Computer Have You Seen?
Would agree with the 1 Desktop Support to 100 Users figure for windows as well. Plus an optional employee in training to handle holidays, upcoming promotions to SA etc On experience would say that ratio should hold even in a company with only 100 or so non-tech related users. Never been in a company with 5000 desktops. At 1 to 50 you'd be expecting them to do a lot more than just help users, fix machines and write procedures.

Comment: Re:GUI Code Only (Score 1) 175

by dopeghost (#29950770) Attached to: Skype For Linux To Be Open-Sourced "In the Nearest Future"
I'd say no. Given the likely chance that they will open source only the gui code and not the protocol library, the program might as well be closed source. A program like Pidgin that wanted to include skype support would have to include a pre-compiled 'blackbox' file to actually communicate with anything, and since the source for this was not available, it could no longer be distributed as open source.

Comment: If your download the audio only grab the 52mb ver. (Score 2, Informative) 127

by dopeghost (#29019507) Attached to: Charlie Stross, Paul Krugman Discuss the Future
Even the second biggest one (12mb) is only 24kbps / 8000Hz and sounds like crap. And there's 8mb and 4mb versions below that! Surely a single 64kbps 220000Hz stream would of done? :s The large version is here - 96kpbs / 32000Hz.... http://cluebytwelve.net/anticipation/Stross-Krugman%202009-08-06hi.mp3

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