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Submission + - How much did your biggest "tech" mistake cost?

NotQuiteReal writes: What is the most expensive piece of hardware you broke (I fried a $2500 disk drive once, back when 400MB was $2500) or what software bug did you let slip that caused damage? (No comment on the details — but about $20K cost to a client.)

Did you lose your job over it?

If you worked on the Mars probe that crashed, please try not to be the First Post, that would scare off too many people!

Submission + - Depression: The secret struggle startup founders won't talk about->

mattydread23 writes: In May, Cambrian Genomics CEO Austen Heinz committed suicide. The news stunned friends and family, and sparked a conversation about the growing problem of depression among startup founders. Some estimates say 30% of startup founders suffer from depression, but many are reluctant to talk about their struggle for fear of alienating investors and employees. This feature by Business Insider includes conversations with a friend of Heinz, plus many investors and other startup founders who are starting to talk about the problem and figure out how to make things better.
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Submission + - SourceForge hijacks Win-Gimp, wraps installer in adware-> 1

slashdice writes: Ars Technica (and, well, everybody other than slashdot) is reporting on the reprehensible behavior by SourceForge, Slashdot sister sister site. "SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements."
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Comment Re:Until Google closes it... (Score 1) 175

I think you took my comment as sarcasm. I am well aware of the bandwidth-saving benefits of unformatted text, I'm also a big fan of, and I make use of, the fact it's cross-platform and when paired with interpreters and interfaces written for many platforms can be used and contributed to by anyone on an equal standing. Slashdot itself is a good example of this; I can actually still post using my Nokia 6230i running Opera Mini over GPRS. I would, in fact, despair somewhat if I couldn't!

The universal participation, from anywhere, with any device theme I refer to in my OP implicitly refers to low bandwidth, low-memory, 8-16 bit CPUs, tape decks as storage, etc.

Also, why would most technically-inclined people disagree with me about Dreamweaver, et al? I thought we'd got over the "difference between tools and lazy macro code generators" decades ago... A compiler is a tool. Dreamweaver is a lego set, with no real tools for creating new lego pieces. And the lego pieces it provides are almost always much more inefficient than raw HTML, CSS and PHP code written by any half-decent developer! So whilst the majority of *drones in the current IT hegemony" might disagree with me, an educated engineer learning to program, or one very experienced, would not at all!

Comment Re:Until Google closes it... (Score 3, Insightful) 175

Who the fuck are you? Go die in a fire, you disrespectful worthless turd.

Next you'll be shouting web developers down for not using an automated tool like Dreamweaver, or advocating driverless cars with no manual controls. Our forefathers and our freedom are closely connected, forget one, you may as well forget the other. Long live text only devices! Long live being able to connect from anywhere, with anything, and participate based on one's intellectual prowess rather than one's socio-economic status!

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What interesting things can I power with an external usb battery?

expert464 writes: I just purchased an external usb battery for the main purpose of charging smartphones. I've also thought of using it to power a usb lamp and charge a bluetooth speaker. What other things am I missing that would be useful and/or interesting to power when not near an electrical outlet?

Submission + - This $9 computer might be more useful than Raspberry Pi->

colinneagle writes: A small team of engineers and artists that make up Next Thing Co. launched a Kickstarter campaign today for Chip, their $9 single-board computer that boasts Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a larger processor than Raspberry Pi's most powerful models.

The tiny device runs a 1 GHz R8 ARM processor, and comes with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. In comparison, the Raspberry Pi B and B+ models feature a 900 MHz quad-core ARM Cortex 7 processor. The Chip comes with a built-in composite output to connect to monitors and supports adapters for VGA or HDMI. It runs Debian Linux and comes preloaded with the Scratch programming language for those who might be new to coding.

Most noteworthy, though, is the Pocket Chip – a small device with a crude-looking screen and hard-key keyboard that plugs into the Chip and makes for portable computing. It may not be an iPhone killer, but it's an impressively inexpensive mobile form factor.

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Comment Re:better solution: don't make cars network-capabl (Score 1) 44

You can have most androids, and I believe apple phones too, "Auto Rotate" their screen. Flip it in your hands it so the screen is correctly oriented for your HUD reflection when subsequently laid flat, then carefully place it in the panel so it reflects as desired. When laid flat,the phone will wait for a threshold (more than 10 degrees in my experience) of further rotation before changing the screen again - giving you the result you wanted!

I've done it with my Xperia Z Ultra and my Ford Transit EF-LWB - it works!

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