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Comment: Re:Fair point but. (Score 1) 275

True. However the article goes on to use the cover as a springboard for ideas on how bad we are at predicting technology advances. Given that the point of the picture is to show watches becoming computers, and the current trend for "smart" watches, I'd say that shows the complete opposite. We may be bad at predicting the specific form-factors of technology, but the prevailing idea of miniaturization seems spot on.

Comment: What's happened to Slashdot? (Score 1) 464

So, as far as I can tell from the comments, most of you think "bitch" is a pretty acceptable throwaway term for women, and that you're all bile-filled because this lady chose to wear a DEACTIVATED Glass while driving.

I would have thought that, as technology (and science fiction) fans, Google Glass, no matter whether it works out as being useful or not, would be something to celebrate - a real stab at the technology of all the futurism we've read about for the last hundred years or so.

This forum has gone from celebrating the idea of the future and whatever that entails, to overt sexism and denigration of anyone trying anything new.

Thank the stars that most of you are support workers and net freaks, and not actually in any kind of forward-thinking technology development. At least that's what I assume from your changing-room diatribes.

Comment: From a UK perspective. (Score 4, Insightful) 671

by thechanklybore (#44999705) Attached to: Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

All of you guys arguing about a system that makes healthcare available to those who don't have it - assume the vulnerable as it seems they are most likely to benefit - sounds like base savagery. I can't begin to imagine that you think the free market is a better fit for such a basic human requirement.

Comment: Re:yep (Score 1) 671

by thechanklybore (#44999635) Attached to: Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

Here in the UK thousands upon thousands of doctors do exactly that so they can be part of a society-wide force for good called the NHS. The NHS is a mandatory insurance policy which every UK citizen pays for, but the doctors could certainly get paid more for going private.

It is base cynicism that appears to be the worst disease affecting US society.

Comment: Re:Out of the box solution is going to have pushba (Score 1) 163

by thechanklybore (#44954311) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source CRM/ERP System For a Small Business?

I have to agree with this. I tried (and tried and tried) to move my company's ailing VB-based CRM system to a OOTB solution, but none of the platforms I tried (Sugar, VTiger, and a few others) really did what we needed. Either too much or too little complexity and customisation with each.

In the end I gave up and spent a week designing, and then another two weeks implementing, the first version of a custom-built solution using Zend Framework (yes sorry, feel free to snarl at my framework/language choice, but it's great for quick prototyping and RAD). Obviously I've had endless feature/bug fix requests ever since, but after initially trawling the SugarCRM code it became clear that any amount of customisation on their awfully confused and verbose code would be so troublesome, and that our needs as an small business were so specific, that getting any of the other solutions into shape was going to be an entirely joyless exercise.

If they'll give you a few weeks of time to do it yourself, and you follow good coding practice, you'll end up with something far more lightweight and fit for purpose.

Comment: Re:Too busy for a pipe dream! (Score 1) 253

by thechanklybore (#44510425) Attached to: Elon Musk Admits He Is Too Busy To Build Hyperloop

This was, as far as I'm aware, to be a mag-lev train in a near-vacuum tunnel. Hitting the sides is basically impossible, even during a power failure, and the train can presumably be brought to a hault by simply switching off power in one section of track, much like most metro trains.

Comment: Re:I want one (Score 1) 125

Indeed, I've always thought that agreeing to allow the Activesync portion of the Android exchange client to remotely wipe all my data was a bit harsh. That said, I'm in charge of the Exchange server so there ain't gonna be any wiping of my phone. Obviously the boss has to stay nice though.

Comment: Re:Already a few services out there (Score 1) 125

Yeah, I was always utterly confused as to why they stuck to Blackberry for this, rather than using Skype on iPhone/Android. I think that most people viewed Skype as "calling" application, even though the text chat was totally fine. It's already cross-platform and free. Must be the Microsoft curse at work.

Comment: Already a few services out there (Score 2, Insightful) 125

This is exactly the same as Good ( http://www1.good.com/applications/good-for-enterprise ) and Samsung Knox is something similar.

I wonder if they'll manage to carve out a place for themselves based on BES inertia. However, having administered BES, I sincerely hope they do the dodo.

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