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Comment Re:No (Score 1) 601

They have internet access at the library here in the US. Free. I don't live in europe, so I don't know about there. Maybe in the future, I would see internet as vital as electricity, and thus something the government should admin, but not now. (my opinion of course).

Comment Re:But god help you... (Score 1) 465

You know, I agree with you, it's a good point.

However, I also think people can be swayed by statistics (true or not). Put in front of them the human or financial savings (backed by the right industry experts and politicians/celebrities), and it will get support. My opinion of course.

I could even see Google teaming with an insurance company to certify reduced insurance rates with this system, maybe discounts on cars (see the cash for clunkers program). Maybe even guaranteeing no accidents or your car purchase is discounted, as long as you agree to submit full logs of an accident back to them (to prove it was an avoidable accident).

People are scared of change, but they also *really* like money. Which Google has a lot of.


Submission + - Microsoft Dance Routine at NDC Oslo Offends Many (tumblr.com)

leppi writes: Microsoft seems to be trying to top their sweat stained embarrassments of the past. Their latest is a rather tasteless promotion of their Azure cloud services at the Norwegien Developers Conference 2012. If you can suffer through the dancing girls and the awkward dance-techno-rap-hip-hop mess of a song, it gets worse. The lyrics at one point mention "The words MICRO and SOFT don't apply to my P****S", further demonstrating how clueless the software giant is about it's target audience and what decade it is — or maybe it was just a failed attempt to be ironic. Either way, the crowd at the event didn't appear to be impressed (you can hear some light boos as the video cuts away), and the internets have been flinging some harsh words in the aftermath.

Comment Awful Headline/Summary, Great Story (Score 1) 547

This headline and summary are horribly written. I'm not an English major by any stretch of the imagination, but even I can pick out a loser when I see it. It's misleading, factually inaccurate, and leads to a number of useless comments like "UHHH, DUH? Who Thought that up to 10Mbit meant 10Mbit? Are they stupid? Not a story!". The article clearly states in the first freaking paragraph that this isn't news to hardcore nerds, but *is* news to the unwashed masses. Take a look at the difference a headline makes:

    Ars: Your fears confirmed: "up to" broadband speeds are bogus

    Slahdot: ISPs Lie About Broadband "Up To" Speeds

I'll leave analysis of the fugly summary as an exercise to the reader. Slashdot editors really need to clean things up. It happens multiple times per day, is frustrating, and really dumbs down the comments. It's not youtube yet, but it's close.

...Officially added to the noise

Comment Re:I disagree. (Score 2, Insightful) 251

I know that you enfatically said "I disagree." (twice), but I'm not sure that you really do.

He said:

"Someone out there with a better idea will raise a bunch of money, give it away for free, build scale and charge less to reach the audience."

You said:

"The only way a new product will ever dislodge a entrenched rival is when they offer something unique and compelling or are readily interchangeble with the old one."

Sounds like the market forces that he describes are part of this "new economy" where huge amounts of venture capital can be raised and thrown away trying to create the "next big thing". The next big thing in almost all cases improves on what has came before, just as you said "something unique and compelling".

Overall, I think the article is a good one, and his point is pretty accurate. I don't think it's revolutionary, but there are some ideas in there that I have never thought about in quite the way that he is going into.

Comment Take Breaks (Score 1) 865

I have found over my years that you will burn out if you don't take breaks. For me taking at least one break a day and devoting that break to walking is a great way to keep your metabolism functioning. Sure, you won't drain the calories by simply walking, but you will burn a few, and you will have the bonuses of keeping your legs moving and helping your mind clear itself and refocus.

Combine that with the other suggestions about regular aerobic exercise (at least 3 times a week) and healthy lifetime eating habits (cut out all regularly consumed sugar drinks for one!!), and you will slowly see pounds drop.

There is simply no other way to do this in a healthy manner... don't procrastinate start today! All those stupid motivational slogans are right. You have to be the one to take action for your life.


Submission + - KDE 4.0 Beta 1 Released 1

mernil writes: "The KDE Community is happy to announce the immediate availability of the first Beta release for KDE 4.0. This release marks the beginning of the integration process which will bring the powerful new technologies included in the now frozen KDE 4 libraries to the applications."

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