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Submission + - Best Buy's Net Income Down 30% (wsj.com)

nauseum_dot writes: Best Buy has had decreased profit over the last year. It appears that its online strategy coupled with its Brick and Mortar stores is causing it to be no longer profitable. From the article "its signature stores are still struggling to adapt to the changes in the electronics market, and analysts worry many of them have become 'showrooms' for merchandise that consumers wind up purchasing online from competitors such as Amazon." Do you think Brick and Mortar can survive in the online only world? Without Best Buy, where can fellow Slashdotter's try it before they buy it?

Submission + - Views of the internet from 1995

cashman73 writes: I recently came across this article from the February 27, 1995, issue of Newsweek. In it, Clifford Stoll discusses this "new" thing that was just becoming popular at the time, known as the Internet. And proceeds to tell us why it will never really change society and the way in which we live. While he did get a few things right, like more or less correctly describing Usenet as a, "cacophany [that] more closely resembles citizens band radio, complete with handles, harassment, and anonymous threats", he was dead wrong on others. For example, he didn't see that we'd ever replace newspapers with internet websites, or that we'd ever purchase and read books online (a la Amazon & Kindle). He described reading a book online as, "an unpleasant chore: the myopic glow of a clunky computer replaces the friendly pages of a book. And you can't tote that laptop to the beach."

He also described the internet as a, "wasteland of unfiltered data", and told us about this difficulties in trying to hunt for the date of the Battle of Trafalgar, in the pre-Google and pre-Wikipedia era. And then he talks about the failures of the internet in the realm of political campaigning, citing one local government official who put up all his campaign releases online, only to get 30 hits. How shocked he must be today, seeing websites for every major political candidate, from US President on down to local city mayor elections, not to forget about all of the video out there, like the CNN/Youtube debates!

His comments on computers in the classroom were sort of a mixed bag, stating that computers will never replace teachers, but also failing to see how computers will be utilized in the classroom today.

In the end, the thing he argues most as the reason why this new internet thing would never really take off, is the lack of human contact, citing that computer networks isolated us more. He even goes on to say that a, "network chat line is a limp substitute for meeting friends over coffee." Which is interesting because, while he makes a valid point about the lack of in-person contact via the internet, he failed to predict that those same friends that met over coffee in 1995, would still be meeting for coffee today AND accessing the internet via the coffee shop's wireless internet to chat with other friends online.

Submission + - Fox News To Exclude Ron Paul From NH Debate

aero2600-5 writes: While many media outlets are yet to cover this breaking news, it appears that Fox News has decided to exclude Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul from their January 6th debate in New Hampshire. Ron Paul set a fundraising record two weeks ago ($6 million in one day) and has been climbing in the polls, especially in New Hampshire where he is polling better than candidate Fred Thompson, who was invited to the forum. Is the Media trying to control our electoral process again? So far, only USA Daily has this story, and there's a press release from the Paul campaign.

Submission + - Kvetching about Leopard Server (earthweb.com)

jammag writes: "John Welch reviews the Leopard server and finds it impressive — but not perfect. Many of his minor complaints center around user interface issues (ironically for Apple), like the hassle involved with configuring Server Admin, and the cumbersome user list in the Directory App. He suggests an Outlook Web Access, or OWA layer, for Leopard server's groupware. His bottom line: "Overall, Mac OS X 10.5 Server is a big improvement, but it's not completely done yet.""

Submission + - BSA Bully Over Small Businesses, Becomes RIAA-2 (techluver.com) 2

Tech.Luver writes: "Michael Gaertner worried he could lose his company. A group called the Business Software Alliance was claiming that his 10-person architectural firm was using unlicensed software._______________ The alliance demanded $67,000 — most of one year's profit — or else it would seek more in court. "It just scared the hell out of me," Gaertner said._______________ Targeting small businesses is lucrative for the Business Software Alliance, the main copyright-enforcement watchdog for such companies as Microsoft Corp., Adobe Systems Inc. and Symantec Corp._______________ Of the $13 million that the BSA reaped in software violation settlements with North American companies last year, almost 90 percent came from small businesses._______________ Gaertner, who worried his BSA encounter would crush his business, wants to rid himself of the Autodesk, Microsoft and Adobe software involved in the case."It's not like they have really good software. It's just that it's widespread and it's commonly used," he said. "It's going to be a while, but eventually, we plan to get completely disengaged from those software vendors that participate in the BSA."_______________ ( http://techluver.com/2007/11/25/piracy-fight-makes-enemies-bsa-bullying-over-small-businesses/ )"

Submission + - What every programmer should know about memory (lwn.net)

mrcgran writes: "LWN.NET has just finished publishing an excellent series about memory, by Ulrich Drepper:"What every programmer should know about memory". Wonder the difference between PC100 and PC1600? Challeges of NUMA systems, access optimizations for L1 and L2 caches? Want to write code which performs well in several memory contexts? Then this series is probably what you should read first. There is also a PDF version available from Ulrich's home page. While at it, why not do a combo grabbing a copy of Goldberg's classical paper "What Every Computer Scientist Should Know About Floating Point Arithmetic"?."

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