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Comment University LAN (Score 1) 351

1994. I used to go to the Univ. of Kansas computing center to play DOOM on the LAN, it usually was the shareware version, and all computers got wiped weekly anyway. I was too young to go to college but I didn't have a computer so I spent a bit of late nights there. Eventually got a copy of the registered version and there were many pick up games to be had. The hours spent designing levels on DoomCAD and playing ledges.wad, T2.wad, etc, was amazing. One night I was in there alone playing single-player mode and a cop walks in, his mind was blown. He asked if we could watch and spent a couple hours watching me play and I taught him how to play. I went from being barely able to learn how to install the game from disks to a sysadmin a few years later. DOOM was what kindled my interest in computing in general.

Comment Re:environmental impact (Score 1) 161

I know first hand many people that have been laid off and/or can't find work due to oil prices crashing. Anytime a major industry crashes you're going to have some adjustment periods. The industrial revolution put a lot of people out of work but over time people adapted, but there was some hard times for quite a number of people.

Submission + - Under New Management (bizx.info)

kodiaktau writes: DHI Group, Inc. (NYSE: DHX), today announced that it completed the sale of its Slashdot and SourceForge businesses (together referred to as "Slashdot Media") to BIZX, LLC in a transaction that closed on January 27, 2016. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DHI first announced its plan to sell Slashdot Media in July 2015 as part of its strategy to focus on its core brands, as Slashdot Media no longer fits within the Company's core strategic initiatives.

KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. served as the Company's exclusive financial advisor for the transaction.

Submission + - Slashdot Media sold to BIZX, LCC

An anonymous reader writes: DHI (formerly Dice Holdings) has finalized the sale of Slashdot Media (consisting of Slashdot and SoureForge) to BIZX, LLC on January 27th, 2016, according to a press release on Thursday morning. No financial details were given in the press release, nor any details about how Slashdot or SourceForge will be handled by their new owners.

Submission + - The Amazon Fire Is the Dirtiest Smartphone

Jason Koebler writes: The biggest thing that sets the Amazon Fire Phone apart from its Android and Apple competitors probably isn't the clean interface or the unlimited photo storage—it's the dirty power behind it. When Fire users upload their photos and data to Amazon's cloud, they'll be creating a lot more pollution than iPhone owners, Greenpeace says.
Apple has made a commitment to running its iCloud on 100 percent clean energy. Amazon, meanwhile, operates the dirtiest servers of any major tech giant that operates its own servers—only 15 percent of its energy comes from clean sources, which is about the default national average.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How many 1-4 digit UID users are left? 1

Nick writes: Many years ago I went to a gas station to buy a pack of smokes. I got back home, refreshed Netscape running on some treacherous X11 build most likely, and noticed Slashdot was registering users. I signed up and got a three digit UID.

I never really paid too much attention, and over the years I still read but rarely post. I enjoy seeing a two or three digit UID post, but those are few and far between.

My question is this: how many ultra-low UID members are out there and reading this today?

Comment Experimental (Score 1) 241

"Mir is already packaged as an experimental option, along with an experimental Unity 8 desktop session." Good God. The Ubuntu desktop always has been and always will be an experimental mess. I can't ever remember being more scared to reboot my workstation after a kernel update with the likely possibility of having restore my video driver and settings. My old 386 with 4 (!) mb ram, running twm has less issues.

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