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Comment Re:So why was it deleted? (Score 1) 432

Power corrupts, they say. There probably are many cases of ideological activist wikipedia editors throwing their weight around. Another example of outright bullying and insults, and the impact on the Bouml project. In this case, the author of the open source project, Bouml, one of the best UML tools out there, in my opinion, including commercial, has now decided to stop work on his project, this being the only way to protest the actions of the dreaded wikiPedia "administrator from hell". Bouml vs. wikiPedia

and bouml vs wiki (in French)

Comment Re:Old news (Score 1) 65

You forget that it's the YOU that make or break the site. So if Slashdot still has the interest of some sharp folks out there, with excellent insight and comments, then it's still a viable site. Note the crazy topsy-turvy world of Digg (talk about dupes and poor summaries), now there's Reddit, and others, and I guess Facebook, but as long as Slashdot attracts good readers, they'll do fine.

Comment Re:Don't forget the WebOS (Score 1) 112

Wow, thanks. I am going to check that out.

I've been dumbfounded by how a renowned company like HP, and a company in the printer business, can make such an unbelievable piece of *#(&*@%(*&@@ software that their scanpro or what not is. It's like using a Model-T, with careful nudges, and coaxing, and a few crash/reboots later, I am able to scan my expenses. And before that, HP was great for hiding it's drivers, so while I had an ancient but reliable LaserJet III, I could only get it working under Linux. I was once able to find the Windows drivers, but after a crash of my system, and a restore, I was unable to get it working again (more on Windows crashes later).

And to the chap who said - don't buy a mac, well, I bought a mac out of similar frustration with the outlandish piece of equal *#(*#&@ that Microsoft sold called Windows ME.

So in my opinion, you take two companies that make second-rate, sloppy software, and you will get a combined company that makes second-rate, sloppy software, and that's if everything works out and their cultures don't clash, creating worse problems.

Yes, yes, MSFT redeemed itself with 2000/XP, (Vista? uh, no) 7 ain't that bat (git and rails runs on it ok), and yes, Word is ok, not bad at all sometimes, but if customers are treated with such disregard, it sure makes it easier to switch to Linux or the Mac.

Comment Re:Fantastic (Score 1) 356

Thinking that the Mac App Store indicates that Mac OS X will become closed like iOS is like saying that bringing Pages to iOS indicates they are going to open that system.

No, not at all. The parent has a good point. It's really reading the news releases verbatim i.e. when apple states something like "all updates/software installs will be done via iTunes/App Store", well, one really has to wonder. Is there a clause in there that says "homebrew/macports/git" will still function? Sure, there would be outcry, Microsoft used this tactic to test the waters, big enough fuss and they'd relent. But these days, with Apple deprecating Java, many in the Java world are puzzled. And then on top of that Oracle vs. Apache vs. Google vs. JCP. And maybe that's good. At this point, if there's no Java on the Mac, as DHH puts it "Meh". But not so with other stuff, yes there would be an outcry alright, you betcha.

Comment Re:Fantastic (Score 1) 356

I think that's probably true, but it would be just as true for your average PC user too. There are the Mac users that drool over the latest chipset, and video capabilities, just like anyone else, and then there's everybody else. I'd imagine that, besides someone setting up a server farm (business user), for the typical home user, the guy that cares about the technology, and is willing to pay for it, is your heavy duty gamer. Anyway, point is your statement is flawed in that it assumes that PC users are "techies" and Mac users are arty, creative types. And that's hardly the case, I mean, how many millions of PCs are out there?

Submission + - 5 Reason To Watch Conan O Brien on TBS (

An anonymous reader writes: Conan O’Brien’s first monologue was released in advance of his show’s debut on TBS tonight. “Thank you. Welcome to my new show, Conan. People ask me why I named the show Conan. The truth is, I’ve dreamed of being a talk show host on basic cable ever since I was 46.

Submission + - Lime Wire Lives Again ( 1

Slayer Silver Wolf writes: On October 26 the remaining LimeWire developers were forced to shut down the company’s servers and modify remote settings in the filesharing client to try to harm the Gnutella network. They were then laid off, Shortly after, a horde of piratical monkeys climbed aboard the abandoned ship, mended its sails, polished its cannons, and released it free to the community. And so, LimeWire Pirate Edition (LPE) was born. Based on the LimeWire 5.6 beta that was briefly released earlier this year and then withdrawn when Lime Wire LLC lost its lawsuit, LPE is now in the wild. In many ways, it is better than the version killed by the RIAA. “All dependencies on LimeWire LLC’s servers have been removed, all remote settings have been disabled, the Ask toolbar has been unbundled, and all features of LimeWire PRO have been activated for free,” our source explained. LimeWire Pirate Edition should work better than the last functioning version of LimeWire (5.5.10), and it should keep working for longer. There’s no adware or spyware: the piratical monkeys are doing this for the benefit of the community. Currently only available for Windows, in our tests LimeWire Pirate Edition functioned perfectly well and is already circulating on BitTorrent. Next up, Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine and the Sinclair C5 but before anyone gets any ideas, let’s leave Kazaa where it is.

Submission + - Mob-sourcing: the prejudice of crowds (

An anonymous reader writes: A look at how crowd-moderation can capture and reflect the prejudice of individuals. As more web content is crowd sourced and crowd moderated, are we seeing only the wisdom of crowds? No, we're also seeing their prejudice. The Internet reflects both the good and ugly in human nature.

Submission + - The Theft of Business Innovation

ChelleChelle writes: When most people think of cybercrime and the online theft of valuable, business-related information they tend to consider only the obvious information at risk--½Â½Âthink banking codes or secret inventions. Today's criminals, however, have broadened their definition of high-value commercial information to include the more mundane but valuable information such as manufacturing processes, suppliers, customers, factory layout, contract terms, employment data, and general know-how. This means that any business that shows leadership in any aspect of its industry is a potential target for attack. In this new age of cybercrime past security wisdom is no longer valid. To address how the current threat environment has evolved and how businesses can seek to protect themselves ACM initiated a roundtable discussion with some of the top minds in the industry.

Submission + - Music production tablet runs MeeGo on Intel Atom (

conner_bw writes: Trinity Audio Group demonstrated a prototype of a tablet running a MeeGo-based version 5.0 of its Transmission audio platform for musicians. Now open for beta testing, the Indamixx 2 tablet runs on an Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM, and offers a multitouch display, 160GB of storage, and the Renoise tracking and sampling application. Full story.

Submission + - Is Your Laptop Cooking Your Testicles? (

Velcroman1 writes: Whoever invented the 'laptop' probably didn't worry too much about male reproductive health. Turns out, unsurprisingly, that sitting with a computer on your lap will crank up the temperature of your nether regions, which could affect sperm quality. And there is little you can do about it, according to the authors of a study out today in the journal Fertility and Sterility, short of putting your laptop on a desk. The researchers hooked thermometers to the scrotums of 29 young men (!) who were balancing a laptop on their knees. They found that even with a lap pad under the computer, the men's scrotums overheated quickly. "Millions and millions of men are using laptops now, especially those in the reproductive age range," said Dr. Yefim Sheynkin, a urologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, who led the new study.

Submission + - BackScatter machines really safe? (

ameline writes: "A number of respected scientists (expert in relevant fields of study) call into question the safety of the new back-scatter screening machines. Their concerns are well outlined in their letter to the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Dr John P. Holdren. The areas they specifically highlight are the uneven absorbtion of radiation from these machines, and the potential for mechanical or other failures to deliver even more concentrated doses than were intended. Given the cumulative nature of the risk presented by exposure to ionizing radiation, is it really wise to acquiesce to these new security requirements?

Their letter and attached memo can be found at the NPR site:

Submission + - KISS Videos Removed Due To Copyright Violations ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Remember how KISS front man Gene Simmons was threatening to go after everyone first for copyright infringement, and then for mocking him for his original statements? Perhaps he should have checked his own site first. Apparently KISS has had its official YouTube channel taken down due to copyright infringement. Whoops.

Submission + - Quick Look: Ubuntu Muslim Edition 10.10 (Sabily Al (

JimLynch writes: A while back, I did a full review of Ubuntu Muslim Edition 10.04 on Desktop Linux Reviews. This time around I’ll be covering the 10.10 version of that distro. The official name of this distro is simply “Sabily,” and this particular release is dubbed “Al Quds.” However, I have simply renamed it “Ubuntu Muslim Edition 10.10 for this quick look, to make it easier for folks to know exactly what it is.

Comment Re:Third Party JVMs (FROM TFA) (Score 1) 451

Hm, mod the parent up, that is informative, thanks. Suddenly it occurs to me that this might have more to do with the skyrocketing exploits of vulnerabilities with Java recently, which I've seen nary a mention in all the comments here. Well, maybe a few. Apple may just realize that it would be easier keeping up with closing these security holes if they open up the JVM more.

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