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Comment Deja vu all over again. (Score 1) 236

You're still thinking the old way. Once you put everyone on one time zone, you just have to remember what time midday ("noon") happens in a particular locale. Then, simple arithmetic will take care of the rest.

You can do the exact same mental calculation with time zones as they currently exist. Either you remember different business hours or different times zones, but in either case you have to remember something, because these categories exist for reasons of actual difference that cannot be papered over.

This is one of those recurring topics that generate endlessly circular arguments on Slashdot and lend credence to the notion that we're all aspies arguing over tomato or tamato.

Submission + - Microsoft's Windows 10 now live

mrspoonsi writes: Right on schedule, Microsoft has begun prompting users of Windows 7 and 8.1 to upgrade their machines to Windows 10. The process has begun in the parts of the world where it is already July 29th; this includes China. The company began taking reservations for Windows 10 back in June, and as we reported earlier this morning, it is already starting to pre-load the OS on to those machines. While not everyone will get the OS tomorrow through the upgrade program, it does appear that there will be quite a few users who will be able to install the OS as a free upgrade on the 29th. Windows 10 is expected to be installed on a billion devices within the next three years and to achieve that milestone, they will need to upgrade a significant number of devices to the new OS from Windows 7 or 8.1.

Submission + - Dice to sell off Slashdot-> 1

Dupple writes: DHI Group—formerly known as Dice Holdings Incorporated prior to this April—announced plans this morning to sell the combination of Slashdot and SourceForge. The announcement was made as part of DHI’s 2Q15 financial results, which were mostly positive, with DHI showing an increase in revenue over the same period last year (totaling $65.8 million) and a net income of $5.7 million.

The telling quote comes under the section titled "Planned Sale of Slashdot Media," wherein the company states the following:

The Company acquired Slashdot Media in 2012 both to provide the Dice business with broader reach into Slashdot's user community base and to extend the Dice business outside North America by engaging with SourceForge's significant international technology user community. The Company, however, has not successfully leveraged the Slashdot user base to further Dice's digital recruitment business; and with the acquisition of The IT Job Board and success of Open Web, the anticipated value to the Company of the SourceForge traffic outside North America has not materialized. The Company now plans to divest the business, as it does not fit within the Company's strategic initiatives and believes the Slashdot Media business will have the opportunity to improve its financial performance under different ownership.

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Comment Re:Speaking of TV shows (Score 1) 300

Family Guy and Firefly were more or less sabotaged by politics. The reason Family Guy came back was Fox executives looked at the sales numbers of the DVDs and basically said "WHO THE FUCK CANCELED THIS?"

Now Family Guy has the opposite problem. Everyone knows the show has run its course (Seth especially), but new episodes keep coming out.

Comment Re:Because titan has ice, pluto isn't even a plane (Score 5, Interesting) 98

Technically the Pluto-Charon system is not a primary with a satellite, but a double system. The center of mass of the system is not within either body, but in the space between them. .

As I love to point out, the problem with this definition is that it also applies to the Sun-Jupiter system.

Comment Re: Hate to be that guy, but Linux (Score 1) 517

This is caused by the default "swappiness" value of 60. Try setting it to 1 or running without a swap partition if you have enough RAM.

The default of 60 sacrifices UI responsiveness for program performance and having it continue to be the default setting even on every distro that is specifically aimed at desktop use is a bit baffling.

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