top Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?
The most reasonable (relatively) argument I've heard is that there is probably code in windows that determines the OS by looking for something like "Windows 9*" (globbing Windows 95, Windows 98).
top Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
I think that Human Computer Interaction is a good place.
top Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content
Doesn't this already happen on Steam? Then the extra content is released later as DLC?
top Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service
Rather, I think it brings them to light.
top Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years
...there's really nothing to be done about it. Maybe cancel the subscription?
top Drones On Demand
They claim to be operating in 5 cities, yet the FAA will not allowed commercial use of drones before it's finalized its rules on the subject.
top Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"
...is exactly what developers need. I know, I know make for good TV. Wait, does it?
top Facebook, Google Battle To Bring Internet To Remote Locations
These two stories were reported over a year ago.
top Ask Slashdot: Effective, Reasonably Priced Conferencing Speech-to-Text?
Your TL;DR should be at the top of your response. (bonus for making it
top DRM Has Always Been a Horrible Idea
...but DRM is amazing! I mean, CDs last forever, Tapes last several generations... but DRM licenses die with you! You can sell the same thing to EVERY freaking generation!!!
top Army Laser Passes Drone-Killing Test
And like many an anti-aircraft (I know, anti-drone/munition) weapon before it, I imagine there are some unorthodox anti-personnel uses as well.
top Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?
I would be interested to see what the user agents of some of these voters are. That's where the real vote happens. (caveat: I know that some of these browsers may have similar or identical User Agents, and that
/.'ers are likely to mess with those sometimes, too.)
top Gov't Puts Witness On No Fly List, Then Denies Having Done So
I think part of the problem here is that this kind of 'ends justify the means' behavior has it backwards. With the justice system, it really is about 'the means justify the ends'. If there is no due process, or the due process is impeded by one of the parties involved in the court case, how can we believe that the outcome is what it should have been (with some tolerance for error, of course... =P).
top Prison Is For Dangerous Criminals, Not Hacktivists
"Hackers are not dangerous, they are misunderstood, and while
action is of course necessary, there is nothing disciplinary about locking the door on a young man's life for 10 years." disciplined
FTFY: disciplinary, disciplinary. disciplined is the wrong word for this. It's like Jake Davis is saying that locking the door is a disciplined act. He means disciplinary act.
top Why Julian Assange Should Embrace 'The Fifth Estate'
...cannot be a good thing for his credibility, no matter what geopolitical issues it brings to the fore.
top My favorite season:
I wonder how many respondents are in the northern hemisphere (not to mention in a place with seasons). Specifically because, if many of them are, I'd expect Fall to be the choice right now. In Winter, I'd expect spring to get the highest number of votes.
top Slashdot Asks: How Will You Replace Google Reader?
Seconded. I'm probably going to use Feedly.
about a year and a half ago
top Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns
It's not like "not buying a vacuum cleaner because the electricity sometimes goes out."
It's like not buying a vacuum because you have to phone the manufacturer every time you want to use it... and getting busy signals when you do phone in because the phone bank is overloaded.
about a year and a half ago
top US Vulnerability Database Yanked Over Malware Infestation
top CT State Senator Wants To Ban Kids From Using Arcade Guns
I recently read
This (https://www.nsfwcorp.com/dispatch/chris-dorner-wrongful-termination) article. It leans towards social issues spurring violence, not desensitization. It's probably as biased as any other source of news, but I think it puts forward an interesting point of view that doesn't see much serious consideration.
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