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+ - Dusting off older fashions

Submitted by g01d4
g01d4 (888748) writes "For vague reasons I've decided to start a project using/learning XML, starting with the XML Bible from 1999 that I pulled from the Goodwill pile. While no doubt still in use, you don't hear much about XML these days and Google Trends has popularity peaking about ten years ago. Has anyone else found use in resurrecting some of the older fads?"

Comment: Re:Sure about the Louvre? (Score 1) 183

by g01d4 (#49216529) Attached to: Major Museums Start Banning Selfie Sticks

Why take pictures of paintings

I generally agree, though a selfie (dread word) provides a different perspective association with a painting that memory can't - i.e. seeing yourself standing next to the painting as opposed to seeing it as it is.

With respect to buildings (or other, esp. outdoor images also available online) one might be looking for a unique composition involving lighting, perspective, &c. There's also the same perspective element as well.

Comment: Re:Email lets you organize your thoughts (Score 1) 115

by g01d4 (#49210435) Attached to: Preferred way to communicate with co-workers?

With practice, one can keep face-to-face meetings on-track, mitigating the time-wasting factor

With practice one can write clearly enough to mitigate the "benefits of body-language and subtle queues to meaning." It works both ways and with email at least you've got a better record than memory. While I generally prefer email, a conversation is typically more efficient when you're trying to converge on some point of agreement.

Meetings are most effective when you can review written content in advance such that you have time for thoughtful review. Thus you can spend/limit the face time to addressing questions and issues that have some thought behind them.

Comment: Re:serious question (Score 1) 167

by g01d4 (#49168103) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo

Their Groups website has been useful for long tail applications where users can get help and exchange information. One advantage is the single website with the same UI. It's convenient to leave open/scroll through the latest updates from a few groups on the same page.

Alas some of the vendors/developers are setting up their own forums, so you now you've got to go to each website, login and deal with each UI. More effort so it's easier to skip. Too bad Yahoo's not put more effort into it.

Comment: Re:Technology can NOT eliminate work. (Score 1) 389

by g01d4 (#49074801) Attached to: What To Do After Robots Take Your Job
The early technology "revolutions" shifted employment from manufacturing (incl. food) to services. We're now seeing technology not only making additional inroads into manufacturing but also into services and not just in the menial end. Can we keep coming up with services that technology can't replace that also keep pace with the increase in population? It's hard not to be pessimistic.

The question is, are there still things we need to do, but have not been able to afford? The answer to that is YES...but we simply don't have the manpower to do [them].

Is this an argument to raise the H-1B cap?

+ - Microsoft reveals Windows 10 will be a free upgrade->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Microsoft just took another big step toward the release of Windows 10 and revealed it will be free for many current Windows users.

The company unveiled the Windows 10 consumer preview on Wednesday, showcasing some of the new features in the latest version of the operating system that powers the vast majority of the world's desktop PCs. The developer preview has been available since Microsoft first announced Windows 10 in the fall, but it was buggy, limited in scope and very light on new features.

Importantly, Windows 10 will be free for existing Windows users running versions of Windows back to Windows 7. That includes Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows Phone. Microsoft specified it would only be free for the first year, indicating Windows would be software that users subscribe to, rather than buy outright.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President of the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore showed off some of the new features in Windows 10. While Microsoft had already announced it would bring back the much-missed Start Menu, Belfiore revealed it would also have a full-screen mode that includes more of the Windows 8 Start screen. He said Windows machines would go back and forth between to two menus in a way that wouldn't confuse people.

Belfiore also showed a new notification center for Windows, which puts a user's notifications in an Action Center menu that can appear along the right side, similar to how notifications work in Apple OS X.

Microsoft Executive Vice President of Operating Systems Terry Myerson revealed that 1.7 million people had downloaded the Windows 10 developer preview, giving Microsoft over 800,000 individual piece of feedback.

Myerson explained that Windows 10 has several main intents: the give users a mobility of experience from device to device, instill a sense of trust in users, and provide the most natural ways to interact with devices."

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Comment: Re:i knew it was Bennett (Score 2) 157

by g01d4 (#48823963) Attached to: Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

But you never made an actual argument as to why the long-form posts are bad

One issue is that it's only your long-form posts that seem to merit as a Slashdot story, and the process of determining your post's merit seems contrary to Slashdot's user moderation philosophy. Care to explain? Oh wait...

I'd also add that long form posts are also contrary to Slashdot's general format of summary with link(s) followed by concise comments. Yes you've got the occasional book review but they're few and far between. They're also by different submitters so there's some variety in topic and, critically in your case, style.

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