top Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices
Society nowadays refuses to acknowledge and accept genetic predisposition. No matter how true it is.
top Facebook's Biggest Bounty Yet To Hacker Who Found "Keys To the Kingdom"
So? I just don't understand how comments like yours that bash bug bounties get modded up...Bug bounties are a great thing to happen to the industry, at least for huge internet-based companies like Google and Facebook. No matter how many security engineers or developers you hire, your application will not hit the same level of testing as when it is released to the public. Google and Facebook realize this. Bug bounty programs offer legal incentives for ANYONE to make money, deterring blackhats from exploiting vulnerabilities for malicious purposes. If this guy didn't report this vulnerability to Facebook, a shitstorm comparable to the Target fiasco could have ensued if he had sold it to some other medium.
top Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy
The click bait title makes it look like the utility is purposefully stopping solar power from feeding back into the system in an effort to stay pertinent in the industry. This is not true at all. If they REALLY wanted to screw customers over, they would buy back the electricity at little-to-no cost. The article probably got it's conclusions from some pissed off customers.
Meeting electrical demand is a far more complicated issue then this article makes out.
top Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?
How exactly is Google getting too pushy with Chrome?
top Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million
Is there anywhere else you should buy computer parts from? Their hardware all seems to be competitively price, and their customer service is outstanding. My buddy bought a mouse at Best Buy that didn't work. When they didn't take it back, Newegg did and gave them a full refund.
top Google Nexus Gets Wireless Charger
There is nothing new about Google offering a wireless charger on their play store. This article is the equivalent of someone reporting that Amazon sells LED light bulbs.
top Google Nexus Gets Wireless Charger
That is beyond true in the workplace involving "processes"
top Nintendo Announces $99 Wii Mini For US Release
If you're enticed by price, go on Craigslist and search for a normal used Wii. You will pay half of that and probably receive additional controllers and games as a bonus. This move by Nintendo doesn't really make a lot of sense to me...but then again many of their moves lately haven't.
top Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS
"Hundreds of great games are already running natively on SteamOS. Watch for announcements in the coming weeks about all the AAA titles coming natively to SteamOS in 2014. Access the full Steam catalog of over nearly 3000 games and desktop software titles via in-home streaming."
"You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have - then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!"
top New Android Eyewear Wants To Compete With Google Glass
It's comments like this that are making me go to sites like Reddit for more insightful, open-minded discussion...something I didn't think was possible 2 years ago. There is a lot of interest in wearable tech, most notably Google Glass, which has been touted as something that feels natural and is very practical for real-world application.
Take a second to look instead of living in your own world.
about a year and a half ago
top The Smart Grid Has Arrived
As someone who works at a power company, you are correct in your skepticism (mostly). The decrease on your bill will come when you choose to run appliances like your washer/dryer on off-peak hours. This is similar to phone plans advertising free nights and weekends. They are trying to develop the habit in the consumer to use electricity when it's least desired so that electric generation can stay consistent.
If you maintain your typical habits, then yes, you power bill will potentially increase. My company has yet to communicate whether an increase will happen during peak hours, but I think it's safe to assume it will. Some people believe the onus of having a chargeback model like this is a step backwards in technology.
about a year and a half ago
top Wii U Faster Than 360 Or PS3, No Blu-ray Or DVD Support
Unlike video games which load data that will be used and reused by the system, DVD's are putting constant strain on the optical head two hours at a time. I believe I read somewhere that the durability of the drive would have to be a lot better than it is now in order to account for them. Someone correct me if I'm off base here.
top 23,000 File Sharers Targeted In Latest Lawsuit
Is there anyone out there who has had past experiences with these kind of subpoenas? (i.e. "The Hurt Locker" lawsuits)
What has the aftermath been like?
top Cheap Games a Risk To the Industry, Says Nintendo President
No kidding. Most games developed for the Wii are utter crap. I initially mis-read the headline into thinking that Reggie was addressing this issue, but sadly he wasn't...
top Slashdot Launches Re-Design
I guess the Powerbook
*Puts on sunglasses*
Didn't have enough Power.
top Facebook Rolls Out Redesigned Profile Pages
It's not optional, it's phased. Facebook always rolls out their changes with a phased approach, not changing all profiles at once.
It is inevitable.
top Feeling Upset? Look At Some Meat
Surprised this isn't modded higher...but then again you put the word evolutionary in quotes, so the typical slashdot defense mechanism in people prevented any positive modding.
The article is very short and only gives the sample size, which in my opinion is too small (82). I'm curious to see the raw data and how "persuasive" it was in determining this conclusion. Additionally, other reasonings could be used. I wonder if some of the men used in the study simply enjoy barbequing and they attribute images meat to this.
top Facebook Adds Friend Stalker Tool
To reference an episode of Seinfeld...
GEORGE: Ah you have no idea of the magnitude of this thing. If she is
allowed to infiltrate this world, then George Costanza as you know him,
Ceases to Exist! You see, right now, I have Relationship George, but
there is also Independent George. That’s the George you know, the
George you grew up with — Movie George, Coffee shop George, Liar
George, Bawdy George.
JERRY: I, I love that George.
GEORGE: Me Too! And he’s Dying Jerry! If Relationship George walks
through this door, he will Kill Independent George! A George, divided
against itself, Cannot Stand!
top Blizzard Rolls Out Real ID Privacy Options
I don't even understand why the OP is modded up when he's throwing out so many false assumptions. Starcraft was a success because it was a great game, not because of the pro league. The pro league was a result of it being a great game. And when he states that Blizzard is out of touch with their consumers, as you have mentioned here, they clearly aren't.
Personally, I like the ladder system that's built into Starcraft 2. Makes someone like me, who could never find an even match let alone a ranking system, have more interest in actually playing other players rather than the computer. And believe it or not, average Joe's like myself make up the majority of the player-base, not pro-league gamers.
top Linux May Need a Rewrite Beyond 48 Cores
It's amazing how we live in a world involving an infinite, non-discrete numeric system yet the computers we construct are always bound by some finite, discrete limitation.
top SteamOS Announced
Chameleon Man (1304729) writes "Valve has finally announced it's plans to bring it's library of games to the living room. From the article:
As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the
environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself.
SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen.
It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.
Valve appears to be championing this system on a free-standing linux console, flaunting the ability to mod and share games. Perhaps Valve will have more success than Microsoft?"
top Ouya Opens Pre-Orders After Gaining $8.6 Million in Kickstarter Funds
Chameleon Man (1304729) writes ""Early this morning, the Android-based Ouya console ended its run on Kickstarter with nearly $8.6 million in user donations. In recent weeks, the company has secured a number of content partners for the device, but now it's time to see if Ouya can really deliver. Interested buyers can now pre-order an Ouya on the company's website. In the U.S., one console and one controller will cost $109, one console plus two controllers will be $139, and one console and four controllers will be $199. All orders include a $10 shipping charge." Here's to hoping that an open-source console can gain a foothold in an already competitive market." Link to Original Source
top Sprint HTC EVO 4G Release Date Confirmed, $199
Chameleon Man (1304729) writes "The first 4G phone ever to be released, the HTC EVO 4G announced back in March, has finally come with a release date of June 4th. Along with the release date, Sprint has provided information on phone plans and pricing. From Engadget: 'Unfortunately, there's a downside to all this: customers will be paying a mandatory (as confirmed to us by Sprint reps) $10 per month "Premium Data add-on" on top of their plan — ostensibly for the privilege of enjoying WiMAX when they're in a Sprint 4G market — and the 8-device WiFi hotspot feature runs an extra $29.99 a month, which Sprint is quick to point out is half what you'd pay for a dedicated mobile broadband account.'
In 4G areas, it might be a formidable option for anyone who hates their ISP...*ehem* Comcast *ehem*." Link to Original Source
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