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Comment Re:We like them (Score 1) 258

These are items we would have otherwise bought at the grocery or Wally World. And the prices are comparable for that purposes and I don't have to make a special trip to the store (usually for toilet paper).

The Dash buttons basically provide continuity of availability without hassle (going shopping). And it's more efficient than the "subscription" model since our usage of some products is variable over time (the day after Thai food sees a spike in TP usage in the house...).

If the prices are comparable, Amazon can have a couple of $$$, shoot, they even drop it off at my door, that's worth something to me. I'm very unlikely to comparison shop for toilet paper as I have a preference for a certain type.

Comment We like them (Score 4, Informative) 258

We have three Dash buttons and last night while my wife was doing laundry my phone informed me that laundry detergent had been ordered via the Dash button.

We realize they aren't pushing the cheapest priced products, it's the convenience we are looking for (prices are comparable to grocery stores, a bit higher than Wally World, at least for the things we use them for).

The article goes on and on about instant gratification and the delay between pressing the Dash button and receiving the product. Comes off as whining to me.

Comment Re:"In recent years" ? (Score 1) 242

Are you me? Your first line is part of my biography. TI's Extended Basic was where it was at, and I did quite a bit of coding on Commodore's as well.

I don't believe you are in a position to claim that ageism in IT has been a problem for 30 years though, you would have been around 10 years old then. Unless you are claiming that 10 year old's were getting jobs rather than proper adults.

Comment Re:Can't we just stop printing? (Score 1) 378

Is there an imaging solution that covers these use cases:
    * 6-10 sheets of paper on my desk and compare and contrast all of them at once (potentially from different documents).
    * Easily mark up paper.
  * What if I need to mark 1 page in 10 documents for review (where the documents are considered a set)? And review all at one time?

Until we have desk surfaces that can meet some of these use cases, paper will be king. I've watched a couple of projects implement imaging, while I knew they would fail because of these or similar use cases. People's productivity plummeted since they could see 2-4 pages at a time (if see 4 pages the application was covered up), markup was difficult, and making a set of review pages over multiple documents was impossible.

I've sketched out how this could be done with 4K touch screen monitors as desk surfaces, but I can't afford to actually build out a prototype. I've also designed a multi-PDF viewer that auto scales to the # of monitors it finds (2 pages per monitor), allowing for page tagging and having each page displayed sourced from a different document (example, show all tagged pages).

I would love to work on this type of project.

Comment Re:A country sized face palm event. (Score 5, Insightful) 754

I'm in the United States, for reference.

I'm assuming you've never been on the bottom economically.

I volunteered at a food bank for a few years.

The clients mostly consisted of:
1. Veterans on the streets because of mental problems.
2. Mothers/Grandmother's looking after their children's kids (many of the "children" and spouses were in prison for various crimes)
3. Drug/alcohol addicts with no options for treatment (because of no $)
4. People working minimum wage but not making enough to live
5. People with physical disabilities including disfigurement (someone with heavy facial burn scaring isn't likely to get a retail position).

Many of them wanted to and were capable of work and were very happy to take very occasional menial work at the church's events (dish washing for example). They just didn't have opportunities available. The average high school student would get the job before them.

Anyway, to me, there is an entire class of people that we shouldn't kick. I feel that welfare should provide these people with, at a minimum, the same level of services provided to our prisoners. People that have harmed society are treated better than those who are just unfortunate in the US.

For these people, time isn't money: Time is Food.

Submission + - Ashley Madison Hackers Dump Their Load-> 1

cosm writes: The folks behind the Ashley Madison hack followed through with their threat by posting 9.7G of customer date to the "Dark Web", Reuters reports.

Hackers have followed through on a threat to release online a huge cache of data, including customer information, that was stolen a month ago from cheating spouses website, several tech websites reported on Tuesday.

Link to Original Source

Comment Re:Cue CNN (Score 1) 272

Are you saying they stopped coverage at some point?

I cut the cord from cable and CNN's website is absolutely terrible (can't even pause the videos any more, appears to have happened late last week or early this week). It used to be my primary news site, but now I don't even follow Google News links to CNN.

Submission + - Slashdot by the People

turp182 writes: Slashdot by the People

Editors, please post to the front page if this get a response from the Firehose users. The response would help any potential buyer better understand the community, and the community could respond with insightful responses.

This is intended to be an idea generation story for how the community itself could purchase and then control Slashdot. If this happened I believe a lot of former users would at least come and take a look, and some of them would participate again.

This is not about improving the site, only about acquiring the site.

First, here's what we know:
1. DHI (Dice) paid $20 million for Slashdot, SourceForce, and Freecode, purchased from Geeknet back in 2012:
2. Slashdot has an Alexa Global Rank of 1,689, obtaining actual traffic numbers require money to see:
3. According to Quantcast, Slashdot has over 250,000 unique monthly views:
4. Per an Arstechnia article, Slashdot Media (Slashdot and Sourceforge) had 2015Q2 revenues of $1.7 million and have expected full year revenues of $15-$16 million (which doesn't make sense given the quarterly number):

Next, things we don't know:
0. Is Slashdot viable without a corporate owner? (the only question that matters)
1. What would DHI (Dice) sell Slashdot for? Would they split it from Sourceforge?
2. What are the hosting and equipment costs?
3. What are the personnel costs (editors, advertising salesforce, etc.)?
4. What other expenses does the site incur (legal for example)?
5. What is Slashdot's portion of the revenue of Slashdot Media?

These questions would need to be answered in order to valuate the site. Getting that info and performing the valuation would require expensive professional services.

What are possible ways we could proceed?

In my opinion, a non-profit organization would be the best route.

Finally, the hard part: Funding. Here are some ideas.

1. Benefactor(s) — It would be very nice to have people with some wealth that could help.
2. Crowdfunding/Kickstarter — I would contribute to such an effort I think a lot of Slashdotters would contribute. I think this would need to be a part of the funding rather than all of it.
3. Grants and Corporate Donations — Slashdot has a wide and varied membership and audience. We regularly see post from people that work at Google, Apple, and Microsoft. And at universities. We are developers (like me), scientists, experts, and also ordinary (also like me). A revived Slashdot could be a corporate cause in the world of tax deductions for companies.
4. ????
5. Profit!

Oh, the last thing: Is this even a relevant conversation?

I can't say. I think timing is the problem, with generating funds and access to financial information (probably won't get this without the funds) being the most critical barriers. Someone will buy the site, we're inside the top 2,000 global sites per info above.

The best solution, I believe, is to find a large corporate "sponsor" willing to help with the initial purchase and to be the recipient of any crowd sourcing funds to help repay them. The key is the site would have to have autonomy as a separate organization. They could have prime advertising space (so we should focus on IBM...) with the goal would be to repay the sponsor in full over time (no interest please?).

The second best is seeking a combination of "legal pledges" from companies/schools/organizations combined with crowd sourcing. This could get access to the necessary financials.

Also problematic, from a time perspective, a group of people would need to be formed to handle organization (managing fundraising/crowdsourcing) and interations with DHI (Dice). All volunteer for sure.

Is this even a relevant conversation? I say it is, I actually love Slashdot; it offers fun, entertaining, and enlightening conversation (I browse above the sewer), and I find the article selection interesting (this gyrates, but I still check a lot).

And to finish, the most critical question: Is Slashdot financially viable as an independent organization?

Comment Re:It's doable (Score 1) 10

I contacted Rob Malda via G+ chat to see if I could get a DHI contact to speak with.

That would be a first step.

Here is what I sent (the email has been adjusted, my identity not so, this is not the time for anonymity):


I'm trying to find a way to take Slashdot non-profit without corporate ownership. Community owned and controlled. Is there any way you could help put me in touch with a DHI person who could potentially entertain such an option? Huge favor, you don't know me, I'm a stranger.

I typed this up after the annoucement, but it didn't make it to the front page:

Thank you,
Jason W. Turpin.

Submission + - Seven independent lines of evidence unmistakably lead to dark matter

StartsWithABang writes: Everywhere we look in the Universe, we find more Universe that looks an awful lot like we do, with planets, stars, galaxies, groups and clusters similar to our own. Yet the Universe we see isn't all of what's out there, with normal matter (or any of the Standard Model particles) unable to explain even a simple majority of what we observe. Instead, we require five times as much dark matter to explain the mass we see, with at least seven independent lines of evidence supporting that inescapable conclusion.

Comment Re:It's doable (Score 1) 10

I agree 100%. How the #$^*&^% do we get this to the front page. The Firehose icon turned red after a few minutes and it has comments!

Funding is a huge problem. It takes time. There's a chance (potentially very high) that they are already in discussions with other corporate entities.

I have no problem with a benevolent corporate overlord (do internal site adverts, fixed image only, to fund the site - don't treat us like cattle for sale), but I would rather see the site managed by a non-profit, non-corporate related/bound entity.

I think a low annual fee to participate (comment, moderate comments and submissions, $12USD annually) could work. Cheaper than a monthly magazine. It would also reduce spam/vitrol a lot. Viewing would always be free of course.

He: Let's end it all, bequeathin' our brains to science. She: What?!? Science got enough trouble with their OWN brains. -- Walt Kelly