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Comment: Bad headline (Score 3, Informative) 117

by jfoobaz (#33035306) Attached to: LHC To Idle All Accelerators In 2012

It's wrong, and it's even contradicted by the summary below. The LHC isn't idling all accelerators, CERN is idling all of the accelerators they operate.

I know it's Slashdot, but is it too much to ask that the editors try to pay enough attention to ensure that the headline is accurate with respect to the summary?

Comment: the motivations aren't always financial? (Score 1) 148

by jfoobaz (#33001696) Attached to: Microsoft Says No To Paying Bug Bounties

Apart from the people who like to research security vulnerabilities for the fun of it, what other motivation is there? If you run a security company and finding vulns is good PR, or you're running botnets and making money from spamming and phising, or you're targeting companies for data theft, it seems like the motivations are almost always financial.

At least if you paid a bounty, you might convince a couple of the part time security researchers to make a quick buck or two - a little incentive might pay some dividends there. But more importantly, to say the motivations aren't always financial as though that's a particularly meaningful observation, that's exceedingly stupid and indicates a real lack of understanding of computer security in the real world.

Comment: You misunderstans - users aren't their customers (Score 1, Redundant) 289

by jfoobaz (#32968842) Attached to: Facebook User Satisfaction Is 'Abysmal'

Facebook's customers are people who pay for the advertising, and who get extensive ability to target ads to specific people based on demographic and other kinds of data that Facebook gets by mining users profiles and inter-connections. And I'd imagine that these customers are just fine with the seemingly constant changes in privacy rules and settings.

Comment: Re:It probably depends on where you use them (Score 1) 646

by jfoobaz (#32968128) Attached to: Does Anyone Really Prefer Glossy Screens?

In other words, the complete opposite of cubical-land.

Yeah. Or my office ( my desk has a window behind it and I can't change the furniture placement), most conferences I've been to, the library, your average coffee place with internet, hotel lobbies, everywhere outside during the day, and probably dozens of other places I'm not thinking of just now.

Comment: Re:It's not just the summary (Score 1) 70

by jfoobaz (#32967024) Attached to: Nokia Siemens To Buy Motorola Unit For $1.2B

The reason it impacts US marketshare is because Nokia's market share in the US is significantly less than Motorola's - I think Nokia is around 8% and Motorola 20%, so basically they jump from 8% marketshare to 28% marketshare. Nokia does much better in Europe and Asia where phone service is not bundled with the phones.

This would be a good point, except that this deal has nothing at all to do with Nokia's handset business - this deal is the purchase of Motorola's wireless infrastructure business, not their end user wireless device manufacturing. Further, this company is a joint venture (as another poster points out) between Nokia and Siemens, not Nokia proper.

Comment: It probably depends on where you use them (Score 5, Informative) 646

by jfoobaz (#32963912) Attached to: Does Anyone Really Prefer Glossy Screens?

I can't stand them, but I actually take my laptop with me all the time and can't always pick where I'm sitting in order to reduce glare. If you're constantly at a desk, and have control over the lighting and other environmental factors, they might be fine, but they generally look crappy to me even in controlled setttings.

Comment: It's for locomotion research (Score 5, Informative) 85

by jfoobaz (#32963838) Attached to: Massive EU Program To Study Three-legged Dogs

Towards the bottom of the article, it mentions that the purpose of the study is "... to develop advanced robots that can help animals and even humans cope with function after the loss of a limb."

The headline and summary make it sound like utterly frivolous bullshit, when it's actually important research into motion and balance techniques in living creatures that can be applied to robotics.

Typical Slashdot.

Comment: It's not just the summary (Score 1) 70

by jfoobaz (#32958514) Attached to: Nokia Siemens To Buy Motorola Unit For $1.2B

This is a separate division from the handset manufacturing, and it's not clear why it'd have any impact on US sales of Nokia phones.

The bit about the "an invigorated entrance to the US market" is taken directly from the lede of the article, which overall seems to avoid mention of the handset market (apart from discussion of Motorola's iDEN holdings). Maybe some clueless editor at Information Week stuck it in to spice things up.

Comment: Re:Goatse Posters (Score 1) 557

by jfoobaz (#32954940) Attached to: The Hell Known As Internet Screening Services

No offense, but if that's all it took, you're pretty weak.

Seriously, though, check go check out some medical textbooks. I remember looking through this one on oral medicine when I was a kid; some of the shit that can happen to your face as the result of untreated facial infections, or cancer, or hundreds of other problems is deeply terrifying.

Comment: Huh? (Score 1) 718

by jfoobaz (#32954318) Attached to: Windows vs. Ubuntu — Dell's Verdict

As far as the Dell website is concerned it doesn't even mention Macintosh and regardless of if you love or hate them it's still a glaring omission.

I'm not sure exactly how Dell's failure to mention a competitor's products on their website is a glaring omission. They can (and do) offer Ubuntu and Windows, so it makes sense to mention those options. OS X is only available from a competing hardware manufacturer; why should they do marketing for them?

If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.