Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

0123456 Re:Screens too small for Windows (115 comments)

If you just want to run a single touchscreen app on a cheap tablet, why would you want Windows?

1 hour ago
top

Nixie Wearable Drone Camera Flies Off Your Wrist

0123456 Re:Uh oh (62 comments)

For an over-the-shoulder view, just run a power cable from a battery belt to the drone :).

2 days ago
top

Nixie Wearable Drone Camera Flies Off Your Wrist

0123456 Re:These guys must be Luddites (62 comments)

I'm guessing you could probably 3D print most of the body and rotors, then add the electronics, camera and motors. But those would probably be the most expensive parts, anyway.

(And, yes, I do realize you were making a joke, but I'd imagine that someone out there with a 3D printer is already building their own version of such a device)

2 days ago
top

Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

0123456 Re:Try Kickstarting A Novel (215 comments)

Unless you're picked as the new Anointed One by Big Puiblisher, you also have to do your own marketing; the only 'marketing' they'll give most writers is putting your book on a book store shelf, if you're lucky enough to get a print run and they don't go straight to ebooks. And few people look for a publisher's logo on a book before they buy it.

Some genres have almost entirely gone self-published these days. Romance used to be one of the few genres where publishers actually had a valuable brand, but today many of the top romance writers appear to be skipping publishers entirely and releasing books themselves now they see how much more money they can make without a publisher to take most of it.

about three weeks ago
top

Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

0123456 Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

And what happens to those 'thousand small businesses' when the subsidies go away and the subsidized company moves on to some other state that offers them a better deal?

about three weeks ago
top

The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

0123456 Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

I've seen it in the UK. The first time appeared to be a couple of Americans in a rental car going one way around the roundabout while about twenty other cars were trying to go the opposite direction.

about three weeks ago
top

The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

0123456 Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

Right. So we'll have people driving along the highway in their self-driving cars, and then suddenly the car will see something it can't handle and... stop in the middle of the highway, where you'll then have to put down your smartphone and figure out where you are and what's going on and drive through it. All before someone slams into the back of you, or the other dozen 'self-driving' cars now stopped in the road.

That'll work.

about three weeks ago
top

The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

0123456 Re:I dont know why this is a bad thing (194 comments)

No, we're just sick of the hype that 'OMG! Self-driving cars will be here tomorrow! Google cars have driven themselves a billion miles without a crash!'

But, yes, they do need to be at 'an insanely advanced stage' before they're ready for use. Automated cruise control is likely to be available in the mass market within ten years, but it's a huge step from there to a car that can drive from A to B through town without human intervention, and anyone who says 'oh, if the car doesn't know what to do, it will just hand control back to the driver' is a moron.

about three weeks ago
top

Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

0123456 Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

Spoken like someone who's never used one.

One of my girlfriend's friends had a Windows Phone. As soon as the contract was up, she replaced it with Android.

I've never seen another one out in the wild, so I'm guessing that's why no-one else has never used one.

about three weeks ago
top

The State of ZFS On Linux

0123456 Re:above, below, and at the same level. ZFS is eve (370 comments)

The cost of this approach has always been performance.

Uh, no.

Sure, in the specific case you cite, that's correct, because grep can easily count the number of lines it outputs. In the general case, however, you'll find a pipe is probably faster, because the two processes can run on different cores.

about three weeks ago
top

SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

0123456 Re:The future of space travel could be decided her (123 comments)

Uh, yeah.

So, now:

1. You need to redesign it to not need a fairing to protect it during launch.
2. Provide an abort motor which can launch it at several gs away from the exploding booster.
3. Build wings strong enough that they won't be torn off when you're boosting away from an exploding booster at Max Q, said booster probably no longer pointing 'into the wind'.
4. Design your launch trajectory so you can now turn around and return to a runway somewhere.

Which will be simple, right?

Hint: you might want to look at the excitement the X-20 guys went through trying to make it abortable.

about three weeks ago
top

SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

0123456 Re:Can someone explain to me (123 comments)

We could learn how to play nice with this very comfortable spaceship that just popped up out of nowhere.

Says some hippy who has no clue about the real world.

Yeah, maybe we could all go and live in little hippy communes after 99% of the population magically vanish, but, in the real world, we have to get off this rock before some wacko starts spreading the new geneticlaly-engineered super-plague they knocked together in their garage. We'll be lucky if we have decades, let alone centuries.

about three weeks ago
top

SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

0123456 Re:The future of space travel could be decided her (123 comments)

It's everything the Shuttle should have been (second time's a charm).

Completely unable to perform a launch escape, you mean? The shuttle did that, already.

about three weeks ago
top

SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

0123456 Re:Decisions, Decisions... (123 comments)

Nope. NASA are building The Precious, sorry, SLS, and no-one else will ever have the money to use it. Heck, NASA probably won't ever have the money to use it, since there are no funded missions that need it.

As I understand it, the Dragon will continue to fly on Falcon 9, and Boeing's Powerpoint Spaceship can theoretically fly on Atlas, Delta or Falcon... if it's ever built.

about three weeks ago
top

WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

0123456 Re:SSDs will outpace platter drives (296 comments)

And at current flash prices, your 20TB SSD would only cost $10,000.

To be fair, that's less than we were paying for 128MB RAM drives in the 90s.

about three weeks ago
top

WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

0123456 Re:Helium? (296 comments)

Uh, no. Helium is one of the most common byproducts of nuclear decay. We just call it 'alpha particles'.

about three weeks ago
top

Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

0123456 Re:So it's not the bike lanes. (213 comments)

Except it could have been done for less than the cost of adding the bike lanes, if the city actually cared about traffic congestion.

about three weeks ago
top

GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

0123456 Re:wow (185 comments)

While not always bug-free, automotive embedded software is a hell of a lot better than desktop or phone shit.

You've never read the third-party analysis of Toyota's ECU software, have you?

The exciting part about driverless cars comes when a bug is found. Suddenly you have millions of cars to upgrade, and would be liable for every death the bug causes until they're upgraded.

about three weeks ago
top

GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

0123456 Re:Pointing out driver error (185 comments)

Yeah, that document is scary. It implies that the accelerator control task could crash, and the rest of the software wouldn't even notice. If the throttle is open at the time... oops.

about three weeks ago
top

GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

0123456 Re:Fail *safe* (185 comments)

You'll be awaken by the car beeping to tell you that it has stoped to avoid something in front, and by the horn of other driver, angry that you've stopped in the middle of nowhere.

Or by the car behind smashing into you, because they weren't looking where they were going, and your car is stopped on the highway.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

0123456 hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

0123456 has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?