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Comment Re:Any idea what's the motivation to remove START? (Score 1) 516

You mean the types of geeks that dispute Gnome vs KDE vs XFCE vs any other number of configurable GUI interfaces for Linux throwing a fit about having the option to change a menu button on a Windows system via a 3rd party customizable interface to give a user options as to what they want?

Comment Re:Any idea what's the motivation to remove START? (Score 1) 516

If you're not already familiar with it, I highly recommend "Classic Shell". http://www.classicshell.net/

That will let you choose a few different traditional start menu types, allow Win7 style searching from the menu, add some features into the Windows Explorer, and disable the active corners and metro screen.

Once that's done, I personally like the OS as much or better than Win7.


My win7 box is a company laptop with 8gig ram, an 2.4ghz I5 processor, Dell something or other but stuck with MS Office, McAffee and some other crap I can't uninstall per company policy.

My Win8 laptop has 4gig ram, 2.5ghz, i3 processor Toshiba Satellite and configured the way *I* want it.

So, in my situation, working off two different machines, different software, different settings: Win8 seems faster and more responsive "to me". I'm sure some of this is a function of background tasks, etc, YMMV.

Comment Re:you want school shootings? (Score 2) 798

No mod points here, so the best I can give is an "Amen!"

Personally, I was the youngest kid in the class. Kinda short, kinda fat, a kinda a dork. I was a prime target. Nothing like watching the gym teacher laugh as you get a hockey stick under your rips lifting you up off the ground (think bear hug from behind -- kinda creepy in retrospect). The senior(s) and teachers didn't laugh as hard once I whacked one upside the head. Not too hard, but enough to get his attention.

Thankfully, a couple years later I met some like-minded folks. Combine the goth kids, the metal heads, the geeks, and the 'thankfully this was before columbine' kids in trench coats and combat boots who just didn't really give a fuck. Which amounted to about, oh...8 close people and a network of associated outcasts.

Not a lot, but when there's only a couple lone bullies, 8 people standing together is enough.

Submission + - Waves Spotted On Titan (ibtimes.com)

minty3 writes: Planetary scientists believe they have observed waves rippling on one of Titan’s seas. The findings, presented on March 17 at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, describes how the Cassini spacecraft captured images of sunlight glinting off the Punga Mare, suggesting they are not reflective sunlight but waves.

Comment Re:Another type that is interesting... (Score 1) 717

My last company was exactly that. "Salary Minus". I forget the exact pay rate, but lets say it broke down to $1/hr. So I'd make $40 per week based on a 40hr work week. 60hrs that week meant I still got $40. 30hrs for the week meant I got $30. These hours were against actual projects/new work.

Additionally, I was on call 24/7. Every goddamn week. A service call during the day cut into my time on new work, so I had to "Work Harder" to make up the time I lost on the new job to offset the time spent on emergency maint.

On the upside, I did get paid a fixed $50 per service call for after hours maintenance (before taxes). $50 per call no matter how long it took. 15min fix? $50. 12hr fix? $50.

This was from 2004-2006. I started at $37,500/yr and I think when I left I was up to a whopping $39k or so.

Maybe I'm a masochist, as I switched companies and kept doing the same damn thing. The customers I had switched their contracts to my new company less than 6 months after I left the old.

Still salary, still the same on-call schedule, and I lost the after hours compensation I used to have.

But now I kinda work my own schedule, act as my own supervisor, manage my own projects, work less hours and make more money.

Submission + - How to fix Slashdot Beta? 17

Forbo writes: Since the migration to Slashdot Beta was announced, it seems all meaningful discussion has been completely disrupted with calls to boycott and protest. Rather than pull an Occupy, what can be done to focus and organize the action? What is the end goal: To revert entirely to the previous site, or to address the problems with the new site?

Submission + - AltSlashdot is coming (altslashdot.org) 3

Okian Warrior writes: I've registered "AltSlashdot.org". I intend to run a site much like Slashdot used to be — better articles, less decoration and less "in your face" functionality. I'm reviewing and getting comfortable with slashcode right now. I'm looking for volunteers to help with setup and running the site. If the site becomes profitable, I intend to hire from the pool of volunteers. If you've ever wanted to participate in a site like Slashdot, here's your chance! I'm particularly in need of people who can:
  • Set up and manage a high-traffic site (servers, load-balancers, data sites, &c)
  • Edit story submissions
  • HTML, CSS, and script creation/bugfix/repair

Contact me if interested John (at) AltSlashdot (dot) org

Submission + - Dice Holdings has written off Slashdot Media at the close of 2013 (prnewswire.com) 3

moogla writes: Apparently Dice.com could not make Slashdot work they way they wanted to; with a murky plan to tap into the Slashdot-reader community to somehow drive attention or insight into other Dice Holdings properities, they've burned through

$7.2 million of intangible assets and $6.3 million of goodwill related to Slashdot Media

and have only started to realize some improvement on related sites. With ad revenue declining and not expected to pick up (read: everyone who uses Slashdot uses adblocking softwarwe), it appears that the Slashdot stewardship experiment by Dice Holdings has been a financial failure. Since the site has been redesigned in a user-hostile fashion with a very generic styling, this reader surmises Dice Holdings is looking to transform or transfer the brand into a generic Web 3.0 technology property. The name may be more valuable than the user community (since we drive no revenue nor particularly use Dice.com's services).

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

wbr1 writes: It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format.

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