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Comment: Not worth it (Score 1) 138

by mamono (#47451265) Attached to: Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park
I agree the commercials suck. Also, having to watch the same commercials over and over again make me want to NOT buy that product because of the extreme annoyance that is now associated with the product. HOWEVER, between Hulu Plus, Netflix, and an OTA antenna I can satisfy all my TV needs without paying for the greater evil, Comcast or DirecTV. So whereas I hate the commercial breaks (and fortunately, some shows have none) I like the small step in cord-cutting that Hulu Plus provides me. Also, even though there are a lot of commercials, there are still fewer commercials while watching Hulu Plus than there are watching it on cable.

Comment: Age has nothing to do with it (Score 1) 515

by mamono (#40570451) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old Dogs vs. New Technology?
First off, I'm now 37 and I've been in IT for over 15 years. I can also say that I had similar feelings when I was 16 and first starting with PCs. For instance, I stuck with old MFM/RLL drives for awhile because I knew that technology but didn't know IDE, which was already a few years old. I later started learning to move with technology and have continued to do so.

I presently work at the Federal government and have had similar frustrations. It really has little to do with age and more to do with mentality. People get stuck in their old ways and are reluctant to change. My boss was that way in the beginning but, fortunately, he had an open enough mind where when I started slowly introducing newer technologies, like virtualization, he came to accept them. He also saw the wisdom in standardizing such things as backups and operating systems so that we weren't having to juggle 5-6 different platforms to get stuff done.

That said, standards and procedures exist for a reason. Someone like the OP is likely to be a lot more reckless when it comes to poking around and changing things. Just because something is newer doesn't necessarily mean it will fit the environment and/or application. Also, there are numerous other factors to consider such as vendor support, upgrade paths, downtime, etc. In a typical environment you will see not see newer technologies (outside of maybe a lab environment) until they've been tried and tested in the industry.
Australia

Australian Court Rules Google's Search Ads OK 38

Posted by samzenpus
from the and-now-a-result-from-our-sponsor dept.
daria42 writes "A long-running Australian court case debating whether Google has done enough to differentiate paid advertisements from normal organic search results has come to an end, with the search giant the victor over the country's competition regulator. The landmark case influenced how Google discloses which search results were advertisements — with the result that it now labels ads as 'Ads' rather than as 'Sponsored links.' In addition, Google now prohibits companies from advertising products or services with which they are not associated — making it much harder for competitors to artificially take valued positions in Google's rankings."
Handhelds

+ - Paperless office solutions?

Submitted by mamono
mamono (706685) writes "I currently work in a US Federal Government office. I'm appalled by the amount of paper people waste here. I know a lot of the effort to reduce paper use would entail education. However, I would like to have a plan in place to allow for a paperless solution. I'd like something like Kindle that will accept standard document formats (PDF, ODT, DOC, WPD, etc.) We are standardized on Word Perfect and Open Office but there are a few Microsoft Office folks, too. Is there such a device out there that would look, feel and work as well as the Kindle without being tied to only Amazon purchases?"

Comment: BeOS Haiku (Score -1, Troll) 448

by mamono (#26819791) Attached to: BeOS Successor Haiku Keeps the Faith
Another OS From which we have to choose from Why do we need this? Seriously, why hasn't BeOS (and OS/2 for that matter) just disappeared. As if the numerous Linux and BSD distros didn't make the market confusing enough. I'm constantly reminded of the scene in Caesar's Palace in Monty Python The Life of Brian. You know, where Brian tries to separate the People's Front of Judea and the Campaign to Free Galilee. When he says they need to unite against the common enemy they all shout "The Judean People's Front!" Then Brian has to say "No, no...the Romans!" That is what these OS wars are about. We need to unite against Microsoft, the dominant power. We already have several OS alternatives out there, Mac, Linux, BSD. Why throw another in the mix which will never be supported mainstream?

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