Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
Compare cell phone plans using Wirefly's innovative plan comparison tool ×

Comment So for the price (Score 1) 171

You could buy 2 paperwhites (with the same resolution) and have money left over for some coffee at Starbucks.

$289 for an ad (infested) platform and only a 6 inch display? Seriously? Do they toss in lifetime Amazon Prime for this price? They should.

On another note, please check with your local llbrary system which allows you to checkout ebooks for free.

OverDrive is one platform libraries use.

Comment T-Mobile (Score 2) 201

Isn't that bad. I've been with them for a while (7 years), and prices/wifi calling and so on are pretty good.

The only issues I've had is coverage in remote areas (places that A&T/Sprint/Verizon didn't work well either) and inside buildings. Their new LTE
network is supposed to fix the inside building thing, and I've just used wifi inside.

  I think some of the pay as you go (burner) phones are way more ghetto.

Comment Re:We need phones running OpenBSD. (Score 1) 346

It's becoming clearer every day that we need phones that run OpenBSD. The OpenBSD developers have showed us time and time again that they're completely dedicated to writing damn secure software. They will even fork, fix and maintain software written by other projects if it doesn't meet their high standards, like we've seen them do with their LibreSSL project.

This is exactly the kind of thing that Mozilla could do to redeem themselves. Instead of wasting so much time and effort on Firefox OS, they could have instead provided the resources necessary to get OpenBSD to run well on Nexus phones. It's clear that Mozilla doesn't have much of a chance when it comes to the web these days, after how they've driven away so many Firefox users with unwanted and unnecessary changes. But Mozilla could reinvent itself as a provider of secure consumer-oriented software.

Hopefully they won't suck as hard as the Ubuntu Phones have so far.

Comment Re:Except for.... (Score 3, Insightful) 32

The servers where BB gave the local government the keys to everything.....

This mostly sounds like BB trying like hell to stay relevant.

Less than trying to stay relevant, more like trying to stay in business, and not declare chapter 11 or 7 (or whatever the Canadian Equivalent is)

Comment Re:I've got a gap you can analyze (Score 4, Interesting) 246

Technology doesn't make your job easier, it makes it harder. What it does is takes those mind-numbing jobs, away. And replace them with harder jobs, that requires creative thought, and out of the box problem solving.
Our education system fails to stress this new type of thinking. So many people are caught off guard as technology replaces their work.
Even if you are in technology, you need to keep an eye on what is happening for your job, if you find what you are doing is repetitive with a canned solution to a planned event, that means you are probably getting out of date, and will need to work on training for a change in your job.

In IT you can't expect to be doing the same job in your career.

I have seen a lot of jobs replaced by automation. I started work with 5 secretaries for a group of 120 people. There was one 5 years later. Because computers replaced things like scheduling meetings, sending information, email replaced notes sent to your desk inbox.

I think the next great automation/outsourcing should be management. There is really no need for all these overpaid MBA types, when there are plenty of H1B eligible people with the same degrees who will work for pennies on the dollar. All the managers need to do is train their replacements. Shouldn't take long at all, and think of the immediate financial gratification of the shareholders.

Slashdot Top Deals

Mater artium necessitas. [Necessity is the mother of invention].