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Comment Re:I know who.... (Score 1) 211

I second this, but not because of his evil laugh (which I have never heard), but because he is changing the world and doing amazing things.

I could see Space-X do a space station, or a moon base. Pretty quickly to boot. Once they get manned mission approval (2-3 years?) and first stage recovery (hopefully in 2016) down I think they will do some very interesting things.

Keep in mind he also needs a miniature version of himself to complete the narrative (unless I have my movie memories seriously messed up).

Comment Re:The song is NOT public domain (Score 4, Informative) 102

I put in the first submission for the story and the title just stated that Warner didn't own the song.

The title was:
Federal Judge Rules Warner Doesn't Own Happy Birthday

Submitted at least an hour ahead of the other ones. A bit annoying actually. It is interesting though.

Comment Re:Groupon "family" (Score 1) 107

Satellite/remote/foreign offices are always referred to as family. It's been part of the parlance of our times for decades (I believe the Dude said that).

Yeah, it's a bastardization of the word, but it is being properly used. I would say using "family" in this manner is more like getting married. Groupon basically divorced the office's in the countries/territory listed (and they probably owe a bit of alimony as part of the deal, certainly in Puerto Rico I would think).

Submission + - Federal Judge Rules Warner Doesn't Own Happy Birthday (

turp182 writes: Direct quote from of the article's first paragraph:
"A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that “Happy Birthday to You” does not belong to the mega music corporation that has long claimed it. Instead, the world’s most popular song belongs to, well, the world."

Other details are that Warner was receiving at least $2 million per year in royalties, and that a class-action suit to recoup said fees over the years is probably in the makings.

This is a perfect example regarding copyright in perpetuity.

Comment Re:This seems like a good idea (Score 1) 146

I would actually recommend dedicated optimization resources. I'm on a small architecture team and this is just the sort of thing we deal with.

I like to ask both developers and business users "What sucks the most?" and "What makes you feel like a robot?". The last question identifies repeating tasks, in most cases automation can be applied.

Most of the time, developers and business users stick to the status-quo and suffer with crap processes. I always look for process optimizations, in many cases a bit of effort (under 40 hours for one person) can save many hours per week once addressed. I usually don't ask permission to address these situations, just do it and everyone is happier (including management once they hear about it - this is a good way to get on an architecture team...).

Comment Re:Whatever Happened to Rule of Law? (Score 1) 122

In this case the site itself is like a semi-truck full of stolen goods. It can be taken and then documented for the trial.

A truck full of stolen goods would certainly be seized.

The participants are innocent until proven guilty, but the assets regarding such prosecution can certainly be taken (look into asset forfeiture, it's a much more terrible version of this situation).

Comment Dice didn't get a good offer for Slashdot (Score 4, Interesting) 128

I have to assume this entire story occurred because Slashdot hasn't been sold from Dice.

I made an attempt to start a conversation about the community purchasing the site, but it languished in the Firehose (it got the right color, and fast, but not the posting):

Either Dice is compensating Bennet for inane commentary, or Bennet is paying Dice to have a platform from which to speak, inanely.

Comment Re:Cheap phones not bad (Score 1) 209

You can get used unlocked Nexus 5 phones for around $170 (full HD screen, 16GB storage, 2GB RAM) on Swappa. We have bought 4 phones off the site (all Nexus 5's), my wife tends to break the screens (we still have the broken ones - touch screen still works - in case of a failure, just swap the SIM and suffer for a bit).

It's a great site with good buyer protection (you only risk their $10 fee, I've had to return a phone and it was no problem).

I don't think I'll ever purchase a new phone again, but I don't have unlimited data...

Comment Re:We like them (Score 1) 259

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) 259

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) 379

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.

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