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Comment Re:Age and quality. (Score 5, Insightful) 443

Isn't that symptomatic of how the "net culture" has changed, though? Back when Slashdot was new, being on the Internet was something few people did, even less so without inhibitions. It was the lair of tech and science geeks, and that was that. People would dig up interesting science/tech articles and then the comments would debate it over and over (with of course random quotes).

However, nowadays you can't help but notice the politicization of the Internet and, by extension, of all things related to computers and science. I'd argue the politics section you noted highlights that fact: politics now influence this community far more than it did before. There are now ideological debates, megacorporations to praise or decry, lawyers to monitor, laws to bash or applaud... Blogs, social networks, all have changed the face of the Internet and I only believe it normal that Slashdot changed to reflect that.

I honestly wouldn't mind seeing more science and tech articles and less law stuff, but at the same time I'm glad I have a good source from which to read the latest developments in copyright crap or ISP abuses... I guess. Bah, you see my point!

Comment Fake Personalities, Real Scams (Score 0) 85

Stories like these illustrate the reason why I've stopped using these social networking sites, especially Facebook. The amount of scams on there is ridiculous... all of those little "games" that your friends ask you to sign up to play are just scams to get you to agree to give them your contact information. Now lobbyists are succeeding to make themselves even more unreputable. Way to jump on the bandwagon.

Comment Re:yep... (Score 1) 778

1. Voice commands will work really poorly in crowded places. I'm trying to picture how I'd use voice commands reliably in Denver airport.

2. Any sort of holographic projection thing is going to require something to project on. For privacy reasons you'll often want something you can hold up to your face, and there are many surfaces that would be impolite to use for a holographic keyboard. If you have something you're holding up to your face, now you have to hold the watch steady relative to it... you'd be better off with a detachable LCD screen. At which point you might as well put the phone hardware in the LCD screen instead.

3. Again, ergonomic factors dictate that a watch is not more convenient than a phone for making calls. My watch has one button on the front and four out of the way on the sides. More buttons on the front would make it harder to use (it is typically pressed blind, sometimes while wearing gloves, usually while very tired and out of breath, and for my purposes I need fairly precise timing). A phone needs... a numeric keypad! A device with an effective keypad and be easy to talk into, something good enough that I'd prefer it to my landline, would have to be big. You could have a Bluetooth thing that looks like a phone or a headset or something... but, again, you might as well just make that the phone instead. If you get a call on your watch-phone and don't have a headset with you, what can you do about it? You just get a ring, and maybe you can listen to the message.


Submission + - IBM supercomputer dual boots Windows and Linux

Stony Stevenson writes: IBM has built the biggest ever dual-boot Windows/Linux HPC system for a consortium of Swedish research groups and universities. The record-chasing firm will apparently unveil its 5,376 Intel Xeon quad-core processor blade system later on today. The system is able to reach an impressive 46 sustained teraflops on a beta version of Windows HPC Server 2008, with each chip apparently running at 2.5GHz and using 50 watts. What makes the achievement particularly noteworthy is the fact that it is a relative rarity for an HPC system to be built on Windows rather than exclusively on Linux, which makes up around 85 percent of all HPC systems in the world.
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Submission + - Windows Dual-boots its Way onto a Linux Stage (

CWmike writes: "Windows may never boot Linux from its dominant role in high-performance computing, but Microsoft's dual-boot strategy is making some inroads. IBM said it has built what may be the largest Windows/Linux HPC dual-boot system yet for a university research group in Sweden. IBM will today detail a blade system running 5,376 Intel Xeon quad-core processors; each chip runs at 2.5 GHz and uses 50 watts. lthough most HPC applications run on Linux, some researchers do their work on Windows-based workstations, "and [this] makes it a really easy step to go from there to a server that has Windows," said Joseph. The dual-boot strategy opens the HPC for both kinds of operating system users. "It's really a home run fit for a lot of folks," he said."

Submission + - Ars reviews KDE 4.0 (

dropgoal writes: Ars Technica has a good-sized (albeit not Siracusa-length) review of KDE 4.0 up. Ars notes that, although 'the new release comes with almost as many new bugs as it does features,' there's a firm foundation for KDE 4.1 and future versions. 'It's important at this stage to keep an open mind and not write off the important technical work that has been done here (much of it not visible on the surface). I've been using KDE 4.0 since the release and what I see when I look beyond the current version is an impressive foundation that is built to last... Ultimately, I think that the strength of the underlying technology will enable KDE developers to move past this rough patch and produce releases that are more acceptable for widespread adoption.'

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