top Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward
So 2 DS blu rays then?
Corporate / business internet links are also an option. I used to dial in to the local newspaper and upload them a 2 or 3mb PDF file over 14.4 modem at my first job. I have no idea where you are, I'm going to assume you've got at least 12 hours until the deadline, quite a few business links could easily handle 70gb in 12 hours.
Also, only 60$ for a HDD which can be sent back and forth between the client? Seems feasible to me.
top Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward
Double sided? Only 150gb at the moment, at best 500gb?
Nope and nope, it's not going to catch on, you can buy a portable 1TB HDD now for $65
If they can do single sided, 1TB, at least 50MB/s and blank discs under $15 a pop? You've got some small potential to maybe oust DVD / BR - otherwise, forget it. It's unlikely to catch on even then though.
top It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music
Actually to be fair, I probably don't quite fit the criteria. I don't entirely dislike music but I genuinely don't particularly care much about it. I would never, ever listen to music alone. Example relaxing to a book and music (or ghasp, just music alone) simply not an option.
I've never been to a concert.
I listen to about 10 to 20 hours a year, generally I use it to assist cleaning the house (although podcasts are replacing it there) I also sometimes have music running when I'm grocery shopping or on public transport, simply to block out other humans.
I can't stand getting into someones car and they insist on driving somewhere with music running when we could be having a decent conversation instead. I've taken a week off work before to chill out at home on the internet and effectively been in silence for 7 days. Silence is golden.
I also have EXTREME difficulty picking up lyrics, I just can't hear lyrics properly. I don't know how people know what people are singing without lyric websites. (Yes, my hearing is fine, infact it's very good, still hear high frequencies at 36)
top WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time
I'm all for taking the piss out of excessively overvalued social media companies and general internet frenzy over stupid shit but WhatsApp (which I don't even use) is far more than just a social media tool - it's an SMS / phone / chat replacement. SMS is far far bigger than something which can be classed as part of a social media bubble.
top Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
It's for dumb end users more focused on the look of something than the functionality (ie: not us)
I am so sick of applications and websites focusing on flat, shadeless, bullshit design.
They seem to use literally 3 colours only - white background, black text / lines and ONE shade of colour used sparingly. Most pages entirely white. I'm extremely sick of pages and applications removing most 'dividing lines' too. The post I'm writing right now is in a box to the left of this box is another nice line which is separating the reply form to the list of topics on the right.
Here's a prime example of design I
fucking detest. https://jira.cyanogenmod.org/secure/attachment/12130/Calling..jpg Now a lot of people hail the Cyanogenmod / Google stock stuff as 'clean and wonderful' Bullshit, look at those icons at the bottom, no labels, no lines dividing them to define the size of each button, all cramped in one spot and RIGHT BELOW and directly touching THE HANG UP BUTTON - extremely easy to accidentally end the call but noooo that's 'clean' Gotta love those icons, I can probably guess what the function of each one is but if they were labelled I'd know for sure, no ambiguity. Yes it's easier for translation purposes, that's not my problem though, sorry! - I just know - at a glance, with the text, I will identify the icons faster, every time.
Here's another example of shit design.
http://dri1.img.digitalrivercontent.net/Storefront/Company/msintl/images/English/en-INTL_Office_2013_Pro_ESD_AAA-02776/en-INTL_L_Office_2013_Pro_ESD_AAA-02776_RM2_mnco.jpg Now I got used to those office tabs in the end, with 2010, it's not too bad to be honest but look at this up the top, the "active" tab is the home tab, you'll note the text is a different colour and there's a line defining the outline of the highlighted tab - but that's it? Seriously? Why can't there be more colour behind the word home or grey out the other tabs text like INSERT , PAGE LAYOUT etc?
Those are 2 examples of the flat, colourless, white, ghastly design which "looks clean" because right now "clean" is in. Use some colours, use some dividing lines. Is shading a bad thing? Apparently - ok then use solid colours, use lighter ones, but for fucks sake this mishmash of just white with no lines, gross. Lines are good, boxes are good.
FWIW: Some of the slashdot beta is making good use of dividing lines but there's a lot of words which could be bold or a slightly larger font or placed differently. Everything looking the god damned fucking same makes things more difficult to read.
Look at source code in a good coding tool, it's not PRETTY but it's very easy to identify things with colour and spacing. I generally detest the flat designs of sites and applications of late, please don't apply that shit to oldschool places which don't need it.
top Second World War Code-cracking Computing Hero Colossus Turns 70
If you don't get what his referencing in his post, I'd say you're probably the one who doesn't belong here.
top NASA Pondering Two Public Contests To Build Small Space Exploration Satellites
I'll wager 400 quatloos on the newcomer.
top Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps
I haven't been forced to it yet but I checked it out a couple of times and it was horrendous.
Considering I just got told this:
"MOVINâ(TM) ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer
for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more."
I'm guessing classic is getting the ass eventually?
So, where should I go for the right kind of news since I won't be continuing here, any suggestions? - I particularly like the older posters here with some incredible tales of technology, systems and workplaces from eras long since lost. Replies suggesting reddit will be rightfully ignored.
top Now On Video: GCHQ Destroying Laptop Full of Snowden Disclosures
For many many reasons but I post for one you'd be surprised at.
People continue to do this stupid shit to perfectly good hardware, sure it's symbolic in this case to prove a point, none the less any of us here with a fucking grain of common sense realise it's a load of complete shit.
That data could've been copied 10,000 times over from that machine by now (obviously)
top An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?
I'm only glancing at the article here but that seems to be indicating those are the DSL, not mobile data prices, is that right? Those prices are completely insane and I live in Australia. I can get around 300gb per month for $80 or so on ADSL2.
Is there literally 0 competition available in this region? Those prices are
...utterly appalling, virtually making the internet unusable for anything but casual browsing in that region. about a month and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?
What's a good PLAYER?
I use XBMC on a fairly basic HTPC I love it but what's the best solution to buy friends and family so they can have XBMC? I don't want to administer a HTPC.
The Apple TV2 I tried, it's got NO balls, it runs XBMC like shit, the remote is garbage and it's laggy with an even remotely decent sized collection. Hell there's 8gb of flash on there and if you've got a mammoth collection you may actually end up filling the disk with the thumbnails.
Those WDTV devices aren't bad for the price but it's no XBMC.
People responding with "Rasberry Pi" are tinkerers and not actual extensive XBMC users. You're going to see the same problems as the Apple TV2 (only worse)
top Partially Censored Database From Snapchat Intrusion Released
Colour me stupid guys but where and what is this slashdot beta? I've been posting a heck of a long time and I don't think I see it?
I've gone in to the options long ago to keep the site looking "normal" - I've got no idea what this place looks like without my cookie but much like IMDB* I'm very happy with the existing look, I didn't like the change to be honest.
* IMDB - IMDB is a "service" now - as is Gmail - a lot of things on the web should no longer be goddamn fiddled with. I still login and have the old IMDB and god help them if they ever remove the option to keep the old look for registered members.
top I'd rather pay for my space latte with ...
I'll wager $400 on the newcomers.
top The FBI's Giant Bitcoin Wallet
They are "worth" nothing. The bitcoins however are currently
valued at X amount. Mind you, I'm not implying cash is "worth" anything either.
On topic, the Winklevoss Bros are predicting up to $40,000 per coin
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/17/winklevoss_predicts_400bn_bull_market_for_bitcoin/ Who knows what will happen? I just wish I'd made some money from it myself :/
top Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars
I got into a debate about super cars vs sports cars (I admit, it's a bit of an empty debate) but it seems there's no such thing as a supercar, only sportscars. So I can confirm some pretty dumb shit is debated.
What's significantly more frustrating, is I made a comedy edit to a womans profile who basically belittiles men who play games, quite harshly. (I admit, a comedy edit isn't cool) The edit was rightly removed, a moderator responded to me and said don't do it again. I said fine, I'd already posted the link on a gaming discussion board, someone else makes a similar edit, moderator bans me for editing the page. No idea what an IP address is or username but someones US cable IP does not match my Australian ADSL IP in the slightest.
After that ban, I vowed never to donate to the site again, I've heard many reports about the moderation there, some real power mongering going on and king of the internet syndrome. Fuck em.
top Dial 00000000 To Blow Up the World
My bank pincode is 145766412139
(I couldn't fit the 52 at the end)
top Ask Slashdot: What Review Sites Do You Consult For IT Equipment?
Methodology is all that matters, those 3 were the best I found by far. StorageReview is not really applicable anymore - my SSD reviews are at TR and AT now.
If I'm interested in a particular part I'll google a HEAP more places - but those are the definitive ones for me. Dislike HardOCP for their awful, terrible benchmark graphs they introduced 5 or so years back and the owner can be an ass to people too.
top BP Hired Company To Troll Users Who Left Critical Comments
Pedantic but this is not the definition of a troll at all. Steven King would be
trolling in his grave if he'd heard this.
top Google Extends Its Patch Reward Program To Include Android
We're not talking about a tree of text items - I agree with you that text only trees are messy.
We want BOTH, you know? What we had earlier!?
An icon for edit with a silly pencil and it says "edit" underneath it.
An icon with the GPS bubble, with "GPS" underneath it.
I put Cyanogenmod on my Galaxy S4 recently and the stock google camera is a _fucking disgrace_ stuff is completely unlabelled and utterly meaningless icons, just put the god damned text below the icon so I can understand what the hell is going on.
top Google Extends Its Patch Reward Program To Include Android
You know, like this relentless drive to make things flat, single shaded and without borders / lines or dividers making information / data easier to identify. It's all mashed together.
Furthermore the tabletification of web pages, the urge to push Google+ on their customers, really importantly also is the move to remove the menu (context) button on Android devices instead for a multi-task button. One of the _primary_ reasons, literally one of the biggest factors in me moving to Android from Apple was this genius concept of the options / settings / context "other" menu button ALWAYS being in a consistent spot and not fucking floating around on the screen randomly like it does on an iphone! (Yes, I know Blackberry did it first and credit to them too)
But nope, let's change that idea for a multi-task button, what the hell? No thanks - I'd rather just do a double tap of home for multi-task.
Then there's the removal of the text on icons - yes, I get this allows them to be able to regionalise things MUCH MUCH faster, can't deny that benefit to THEM but to me? To identify these ambiguous looking icons? Sure some are consistent, like a green telephone icon at a diagonal angle for call and flat 'hanging up' red phone for hanging up but some of the other stuff is not so clear (and even if you figure it out it takes time to process) It took me at least 30 seconds to figure out how to edit a draft email in the new gmail app about 6 months ago, because they removed the fucking text 'edit' - there's a small pencil icon instead, tucked in a corner.
So yes, a poor UI design program is bloody essential, if not the fucking firing of developers when a project is complete. STOP fiddling, STOP justifying your jobs
somehow. Some internet websites / apps are services now. They are like water, it's like a toaster, does it REALLY need to actually change? Do I really need multiple inboxes? I LIKE the priority inbox, now already the damn thing is 'grandfathered' for their new design, how long until that multi-inbox thing is forced on me as the old one is finally terminated / not supported?
Sorry to rant but Google for the past 18 months is NOT the google of previous times, they are driving me frankly, fucking bonkers. Get your shit together.
http://i.imgur.com/h7Mpdq4.gif See also: http://techreport.com/blog/25657/google-i-love-you-but-youre-bringing-me-down