Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Its not WP7, its Microsofts Apathy (Score 0) 435

by vrythmax (#38870715) Attached to: Nokia CEO Blames Salesmen For Windows Phone Struggles
WP7 is the best IMHO phone os. However Microsoft marketing sucks. When was the last time you saw a tv ad for a WP7 phone. Back in the 80's when MCI and Sprint still sold long distance, AT&T had twice the market share, not because they were better, but because they spent 2x the ad dollars that MCI and Sprint did. Microsoft is competing against a comodity and a cache. They can only win by make WP7 a household word and they just refuse to do it. Their lack of marketing dollars signals their lack of confidence in the phone. Besides, Microsoft is going to release iOS 8, I mean Windows 8 for everything from Phone to PC to Tablet to XBox to Ford autos so why would they push the crap out of a phone they're gonna throw away in 12 to 18 months?

Comment: Communal Fear Made Us Go (Score 0) 756

by vrythmax (#38867763) Attached to: What If the Apollo Program Never Happened?
We (Americans) won't go anywhere soon. We simply don't have a fear big enough that going to the moon can fix. Whether its gay marriage, the liberals, the conservatives, big media, global warming, China's economy or the European debt crisis, what ever your issue, the moon has no answers so we will not be going there soon.

Comment: Re:It's Called 'Experience'! (Score 1) 609

by vrythmax (#35331982) Attached to: IT Graduates Not "Well-Trained, Ready-To-Go"
I have a degree in communications (Journalism and PR) but I make my living wearing any number of different IT hats so I know its not the degree, its that desire to learn everything, all the time (and make some of it up as you go) that gets the job done. Hiring managers want someone who knows their unique set of tecnologies. Usually something bastardized through a unique set of politics, budget cuts, sexy vaporware and vendors lies. A system that is the stuff of nightmares in the halls of higher education. If IT managers want students to be able to hit the ground running then we need to teach IT students the way we teach doctors, Lots of OJT with sleepless nights, impossible deadlines and the opportunity for abject failure. Because there is no way the pedantic higher education system can possibly prepare someone to walk into the average "hair-on-fire" IT shop and have any clue.

Comment: Re:Obama's been in for 6 years? (Score 0) 217

by vrythmax (#35328446) Attached to: US Justice Department Dug Up Reporter's Phone, Bank Records
I used to think Bush was a puppet of Chaney who was hell bent on taking our freedoms to destroy the terrorist threat. Now I wonder if Obama didn't open the big book of really secret shit and mutter "Holy Shit! Chaney was right!" and then start making new plans for protecting our country. Maybe its classified for a big scary reason? We don't tend to think that way because we have the luxury of worrying more about getting the latest iPhone, than being blown up while standing in line for job.

Comment: Re:Nokia is dead (Score 1, Funny) 212

by vrythmax (#35275468) Attached to: First Alpha of Qt For Android Released
Partnering with Google would have killed Nokia because it would have added 2 years of development to get their phones where they wanted them. WP7 gives them a ready to go, high-end OS that is already doing well in Europe. which gives them time to put together a strategy that will either yield an OS of their own or guide development of WP7 or Android to suit their needs.

Comment: Uh there is Cerification and then there is... (Score 0) 102

by vrythmax (#35257638) Attached to: Industry IT Security Certification Proposed
Certifying that you, the CEO know what the hell the nerds did to the system to make it safe and that you agree it is reasonable and sufficient. This won't do a damn thing to help the situation. What would help would be if after ANY security breach of any size, the company be forced to send a press release outlining all details of the breach including the technical details of what the hacker did and failings of their own system or policies. Post the same details to all known social networking sites as well as on their own home page. Post formal apologies to the American people on YouTube. Then the top three levels of executives, the board of directors and the top 5 shareholders would be required to stand in front of the company headquarters and cry out the details of their failure for 12 hours regardless of the weather. That would then drive the necessary "giving of a damn" at all levels necessary to actually empower the IT group to get the job done and secure our economy from enemies foreign and domestic.

The major difference between bonds and bond traders is that the bonds will eventually mature.