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Comment Re:Another one bites the dust (Score 2, Interesting) 365

LinkedIn is a lot more than a contact list!

For starters, it is becoming the best hiring tool on the planet. It's already strong, with 6.5 million job listings, and 94% of recruiters use the site. (source). But it is inherently superior to its competitors because recruiters can compare candidates claimed experiences with their professional social network.

LinkedIn will beat Monster in recruiting for the same reason that Facebook beat MySpace. Even though MySpace, at one point, had more registered users than Facebook, the lack of stricter identity control (i.e. a REAL, non-spammy userbase) led Facebook to win in the long run.

Submission + - Piles Of Enterprise Datacenter Infrastructure Are About to Become Useless (acm.org)

conner_bw writes: For the entire careers of most practicing computer scientists, a fundamental observation has consistently held true: CPUs are significantly more performant and more expensive than I/O devices. The fact that CPUs can process data at extremely high rates, while simultaneously servicing multiple I/O devices, has had a sweeping impact on the design of both hardware and software for systems of all sizes, for pretty much as long as we've been building them. This assumption, however, is in the process of being completely invalidated.

Submission + - Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 Reach End-of-Life Next Week (thenextweb.com)

An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday, January 12, Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 will officially reach their end of life. A new patch going live soon will add a notification that nags users to upgrade. "What’s even bigger about the end of life for these versions is that this means Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Microsoft’s old browser that’s left supported, as the company continues to transition customers to Edge on Windows 10."

Comment New model (Score 2) 474

I would love to see a company that would:
1.Allow customers to make a single monthly payment, which would be distributed among participating websites according to some metric like pageviews or time-on-site
2.Force participating websites to commit to a no-ads policy in order to participate in the revenue

What will probably happen is that paid subscribers will continue to be served ads, especially from "acceptable" publishers.

Submission + - 9th-Grader May Face Charges after Homemade Clock Mistaken for Bomb (dallasnews.com)

bengoerz writes: 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was led away from MacArthur High School in handcuffs and faces possible charges after teachers, school administrators, and police in Irving, Texas mistook his homemade clock for a bomb. The device — a circuit board, power supply, and digital display wired together inside a pencil box — was confiscated by a teacher after the alarm sounded in class. Despite telling everyone who would listen that his device was just a clock, Ahmed was confronted by 4 police officers, suspended for 3 days, and threatened with expulsion unless he made a written statement, before eventually being transported to a juvenile detention center to meet his parents.

Comment Re:Better than the Worst? (Score 1) 206

The worst case is that Time Warner continues to gouge consumers and offer worse and worse service. A merger may be better than that.

For reference, current business pricing is:
$501.95/mo for 100/5 from Time Warner in Dallas
$199/mo for 100/20 from Comcast (not in DFW)
$99/mo for 100/7 from Charter in Ft Worth

You can't have less competition in broadband unless you start with some.

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