Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?
What's the story with these ads on Slashdot? Check out our new blog post to find out. ×

Comment There is a pattern (Score 2) 175

I find people who leave the poo happens more when there is no garbage cans nearby. People are lazy and don't want to be carrying it. Here there is one stretch where you don't see a garbage for over a mile along a major road. Needless to say you will see at least 3 or 4 landmines along the way.

Comment Re:The thing I don't understand with the ad busine (Score 2) 519

But it's the same thing: at some point, companies that pay to push ads are bound to notice people get pissed off, their sales aren't increasing as much as they'd like after running advertising campaigns after campaigns, and pushing ads turns out to be counterproductive. Then they'll stop paying to push ads.

Comment The thing I don't understand with the ad business (Score 4, Insightful) 519

It's extremely clear that most everybody hates ads with a passion - else why would so many people install ad blockers eh?

So even if ad blockers were to disappear tomorrow, what makes advertisers feel that forcing ads down the throat of people who hate them increase sales for their customers?

To me, it seems that either people hate ads, block them and won't buy the shit being advertised, or people hate ads, can't block them and won't buy the shit being advertised regardless.

Worse, forcing people to see ads they don't want to see may very well antagonize them. Me, when I see an ad that gets through my ad blockers, I remember the product as something I'll make extra sure I'll never, ever buy.

So what's the business model here? I can't believe enough people actually like ads to make online advertising a viable business proposition...

Comment Re: Who? (Score 2) 574

I'm 43 this year and I knew who Neil Young was in the early 80's. I did have older brothers (like 5 years older) so I did have my music influenced by 70's and earlier a bit.

I do agree with Neil that music quality has gone to shit. This is obvious if you pay attention to what has happened with the loudness wars. Also I think ultimately he is not criticizing the listeners, he is criticizing the process before the listener gets listening access. Ultimately streaming is going to try to get the lowest amount of bandwidth used and will cut corners to get it. He may be the entire opposite but if enough people complain the pendulum should swing to the middle

Comment Re:XP? OK. But, Office? (Score 2) 192

We spent the last year doing the same thing and are down to about 400 XP machines out of 110,000. Why 2003? Here is why we didn't
1. Too much inhouse custom crap on user machines to go through the testing cycle to make sure it worked with 2010. Which equals more money spent
2. We are moving users to Windows 7 in a short time why go through Step 1 for practically no gain
3. We have enough protection on the desktop and procedures to not worry about an infection spreading if a machine was hit. Essentially things are locked down enough and monitored enough not to worry too much.
4. Great motivator to get local admins to start moving their users when they are bitching that they want Office 2010.

Organization that big, stability is key and changes are a big deal. We had to pay for support last year for nearly 60,000, now it is a handful of critical machines that can't be migrated due to software yet.

Comment Re:Secret, covert spy knowledge (Score 1) 286

Have you looked at most of the suicide bombers? They were mostly college students when they were indoctrinated. Perfect age for being susceptible as they are wanting to belong to some group. It's not like they walk up with a suicide vest and they go and do it. There is a lot of manipulation going on

Comment Re:"stealing just like stealing anything else" (Score 2) 408

Except Netflix is available in Canada but with a more limited selection due to agreements with the varying media houses. Bell and Rogers can compete with Netflix Canada, they can't with Netflix US hence why they are bitching about it.

As long as we're going to reinvent the wheel again, we might as well try making it round this time. - Mike Dennison