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Comment Re:Moderation system (Score 4, Informative) 54

Slashdot moderation isn't Youtube moderation. Slashdot grants users who have earned amount of Karma, and who visit the site regularly, 5 moderation points.

Youtube, et al, let every Tom Dick and Harry (and bot) vote.

The more scarce moderation points should be carrying significantly more meaning than one like, thumbs up, or +1. For me at least, /. isn't about finding the most popular statement. It's about finding the salient arguements around a subject. I'd much rather read 20 +3 comments, than 5 comments with 432154315438 likes. All a like proves is popularity.

Save the whales [+11564847]

Comment As someone recent converted to Linux (Score 2) 889

I've been using linux full time for about 6 months now. There definitely have been a few gotchas that I've come across. Most of them are resolvable, but I would still put Outlook as an program that needs to run on Linux. I can make do with Open Office for the rest of the MS Office suite.

I've used Evolution and Thunderbird as replacements, and they can for the most part function as email clients, neither of the calendar options are anywhere near "Excellent"

While I have run across a few issues with in Calc (it has a lower limit of columns than Excel does), None of them are show stoppers.

I work in the Call Center industry so I'd like Avaya's applications to run natively as well. CMS Supervisor and One-x Agent to be specific. Those I have resorted to a WinXP virtual machine.

All in all, I'm 99.9% functional in Linux... But as far as my own stats go... I was probably only 99.9% functional in Windows too.

Submission + - What asset tracking software do you recommend? 1

grahamsaa writes: I work for an organization that has a number of physical assets, as well as presence in multiple data centers. On the DC side, there are a number of specific things we need to track (one thing we want to be able to account for is how much power do we need for each rack). On the office side, our needs are more basic. We need to be able to tag and track laptops, workstations, monitors, etc.

I would like to use a single system for all of this, but have yet to find something that will work well on the office side and the data center side. Free / open source solutions are preferred, but we're prepared to spend money on a commercial solution if it meets our needs. What would you recommend?

Submission + - Nichelle Nichols, Uhura from Star Trek, Hospitalized with Stroke (

fightinfilipino writes:

“Last night while at her home in L.A., Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke,” McGinnis wrote. “She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her in your thoughts.” Nichols, 82, appeared in the original “Star Trek” TV series, which ran from 1966-1969, as well as the “Star Trek” movies. She also played the role of Nana Dawson in the ABC show “Heroes,” and voiced characters in the TV series “Futurama,” “Gargoyles” and “Spider-Man.”

Submission + - Bell Media President says Canadians are 'stealing' US Netflix content (

iONiUM writes: Today the Bell Media president claimed that Canadians are 'stealing' US Netflix, saying the practice is “stealing just like stealing anything else.” She went on to say that it is socially unacceptable behaviour, and “It has to become socially unacceptable to admit to another human being that you are VPNing into U.S. Netflix. Like throwing garbage out of your car window, you just don’t do it. We have to get engaged and tell people they’re stealing." Of course, I'm sure the fact that Bell Media profits from Canadian content has nothing to do with these remarks...

Comment Re:I don't get it... (Score 3, Informative) 187

"Actually, prior to X-Men, we were regularly disappointed. Because everyone who tried to make a comic-based movie did a terrible job prior to that. There's almost not a single comic-based movie before this which treated the material well and didn't devolve into some corny parody,"

Um, I can recall several excellent Superman and Batman movies that predate X-men. I'd put the first TMNT movie in that list as well. Some other fairly good, and successfu and somewhat accurate to the material, comic book movies before X-Men: Rocketeer, Robocop, and The Crow.

Pascal is a language for children wanting to be naughty. -- Dr. Kasi Ananthanarayanan