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Comment Re:two steps backward. (Score 2) 42

A lot of of us find these developments perplexing. But perhaps the reasons is non-engineering related? Outwardly, Boston Dynamics offerings are clearly more powerful and advanced. But IIRC, an Alphabet statement said something to the effect that they are letting BD go because they have a hard time figuring out how to commercialize the asset in the future. I know less than the average person does about the details of both entities, but I would venture to guess it is the business aspect of the whole thing that is getting in the way. Maybe the direction BD wants to go isn't incompatible with what Alphabet has in mind and they would rather let BD (try to) thrive independently (or under different ownership) than try to micromanage their way into a subpar compromise product that does nothing well.

Comment Does it all really have to die? (Score 1) 81

Cases abound of legacy users/consumers decrying the passing of obsolete technology. But it seems to me an opportunity is lost here. How feasible is it for groups like development-oriented NGOs to arrange for the transfer of technology and manufacturing rights to developing countries who currently lack industrial infrastructure and could use a compelling reason to start one? Maybe you can't really make money off an old product. But there is still value in the thing if the byproduct of making it can be of benefit.

Comment go back (Score 1) 1839

I feel that revenue seeking / advertising on slashdot has gone too far and needs to be pulled back. I'm not explicitly against it, but the stuff is far more intrusive now than it was back in the days when this site was good. My 2 main peeves are 1) the auto playing videos that distract me with noise when I'm trying to read and 2) the flash ads that always crashes my browser. Other changes I can put up with, but these two are the main reasons why I mostly browse reddit now.

Submission + - Notepad++ Leaves SourceForge (

An anonymous reader writes: SourceForge was a good place; unfortunately, sometimes good places don't last.

Recently SF hijacked its hosted projects to distribute their wrapped crapware:

        SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing adware
        Black “mirror”: SourceForge has now taken over Nmap audit tool project
        What happened to Sourceforge? The full story between VLC and Sourceforge

Obviously, the paid component per installation system is one of their important income generating scams. I would be fine with that, if they were the actual owners of the legitimate software. The real problem is, they are polluting these open source software installations for the purpose of filling their pockets by this scam, and worst of all, without even notifying the authors/creators of this software, while the creators are struggling against such parasitic software in order to keep their installers cleaner and safer.

Such a shameless policy should be condemned, and the Notepad++ project will move entirely out of SourceForge.

I humbly request that Notepad++ users not encourage such scams, and educate others not to download any software from SourceForge. I request as well that the project owners on SourceForge move out of SourceForge, in order to preserve the purpose of the Open Source Community and encourage the works of true authors/creators.

Comment Re:Anything... (Score 2) 385

Mod parent up. Perhaps it is taken for granted at a place like slashdot, but I've seen no mention of the fact that a huge fraction of the high end pc market - even laptop/mobiles - target gamers rather than scientists and other who do technical computing. Depending on what programs you will be running, such hardware may perform very poorly when compared to workstation class machines. Workstation class laptops with a good GPU and software to use it properly will run circles around an equivalently priced machine designed for gaming.

Even if the heavy duty stuff is to be done on a supercomputer or HP cluster, selecting the right hardware to interface with can spare you a lot of headache during setup/configuration. I'm taking a parallel computing class right now where a remote system has the hardware features we need to learn the necessary programming concepts. My cheap commodity laptop has been experiencing a lot of hardware compatibility related issues as I'm trying to set up the GPU-driver-dependent Eclipse-based local development stack necessary for my projects. Maybe I'm just venting because I'm new and does't know my way around yet. But I can certainly attest to the fact that in my case at least, "Anything" is NOT the right answer.

Comment We are here for both of you (Score 1) 698

I hope for your experience over the years, we've done right by you as a supportive community, true to the geek spirit. Tell your daughter we welcome her inquisitive mind as much as we've always done so for all geeks everywhere. Let her know the guys and gals here would like nothing more than to nurture and guide her as she grows and develops into a person of consequence. We are a poor substitute for the love and devotion of a living father. But we can do nothing less.

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