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Comment Re:Hemos Says: "So Long, and Thanks For All The Fi (Score 1) 1521

*waves to Dan*

Been here since the beginning!

One of the things slashdot rarely gets credit for is that it was among the first blogging platforms (yes, everyone could create their own blog within /. with slash), and also among the first social networks. Those two things definitely influenced the early thoughts behind Multiply.

Comment Re:Thanks for all the Fish Wrapper (Score 1) 1521

I still read /. almost every day, but I'm an infrequent commenter. This post is quite nostalgic for me, as well as many of the other 2, 3 and 4-digit IDs who still hang around. I can still see those icons in the left rail of "Chips and Dips" and the distorted ROB MALDA lettering on CmdrTaco's home page.

Rob, you were an absolue inspiration to so many of us. I'm sorry to see you go, but thank you for the many years of entertainment and education.

Comment Lowepro Pro Roller x100 (Score 1) 282

Not the cheapest option, but this rollaboard is also a backpack -- it's basically a backpack inside of a rollaboard, so you get the best of both worlds, plus a bonus that if you buy a bunch of stuff while traveling, your one bag turns into two. I recently purchased it for business travel, and couldn't be happier.


Crunch Time For WebOS, BlackBerry 178

GMGruman writes "Hewlett-Packard is planning to unveil its Palm WebOS strategy in a few weeks, while RIM is allegedly working up a new version of its popular Curve that uses the new BlackBerry OS 6 and its touch interface. WebOS has largely faded from view since HP bought it nine months ago, and RIM's been largely silent since its summer release of the BlackBerry Torch, its first successful modern BlackBerry, and the fall announcement of its PlayBook tablet. Meanwhile, it's been an Apple iOS and Google Android show at CES 2011, in the popular press, and in customers' hands. (Microsoft and Nokia essentially ceased to matter by Christmas 2010.) Is it too late for WebOS and BlackBerry? They're running out of time, and the public signs of their plans are not so positive. Still, the two 'also-ran' mobile OSes have a couple opportunities to resurrect themselves."

Comment Unlimited Content (Score 2, Insightful) 237

Murdoch is in a tough spot. The internet has given us access to nearly every piece of content that has ever been created, or is currently being created, in near real-time. In addition, automated editing tools are improving by leaps and bounds every year, with recent apps like Flipboard (and others), obviating the need for professional human editors.

So it's difficult to see how this slight re-working of an old model is going to work in a world where the game has changed in such fundamental ways.

PC Games (Games)

EA Shutting Down Video Game Servers Prematurely 341

Spacezilla writes "EA is dropping the bomb on a number of their video game servers, shutting down the online fun for many of their Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 games. Not only is the inclusion of PS3 and Xbox 360 titles odd, the date the games were released is even more surprising. Yes, Madden 07 and 08 are included in the shutdown... but Madden 09 on all consoles as well?"

Future of Space Elevator Looks Shaky 486

lurking_giant writes "In a report on, researchers working on development of a space elevator (an idea we have discussed numerous times) have determined that the concept is not stable. Coriolis force on the moving climbers would cause side loading that would make stability extremely difficult, while solar wind would cause shifting loads on the geostationary midpoint. All of this would likely make it necessary to add thrusters, which would consume fuel and negate the benefits of the concept. Alternatively, careful choreography of multiple loads might ease the instability, again with unknown but negative economic impacts."

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