top TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers
Wait, this happened? Source?
top Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support
Just curious, but how many regular Slashdaughters aren't already using the beta or dev builds? I would imagine this crowd would be on the bleeding edge, especially since they got native Linux Netflix support working in one of the recent builds.
top UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime
Step 1: Send video link to all political officials, claiming it to be cute kitties
Step 2: Have them arrested for clicking on the video
Step 3: ???
Step 4: Profit!
top Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode
Leonard = Ross
Penny = Rachel
Howard = Chandler
Bernadette = Monica
Sheldon = Joey
Amy = Phoebe
Raj = Smellycat
top California Man Sues Sony Because
Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p
The original Xbox even had marginal support for 720p. When the 360 came out, I was so excited to finally have a device that could make use of my extremely expensive 1080p screen... but alas, the majority of games were only 720p. They did look very pretty in their own right... but on a nine-foot wide screen, the jaggies are pretty noticeable. The only games that got 1080p were kids games that required minimal processing power... and pretty sure most kids couldn't give a flying fuck that they were actually getting the full 1080p.
So then the PS4 and Xbox One come along. Surely, with the average three year old gaming PC being easily able to play games in 1080p with moderate graphical quality, these snazzy next gen consoles will FINALLY support the HD standard that came out A DECADE AGO, right?
Noop. And now the PC MASTERRACE fanboys have that much more to gloat over.
top Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)
I'm guessing this will allow people who aren't using a TV, but using a computer monitor or projector that doesn't have a tuner to do so.
However, the biggest benefit will probably be using your Xbox as a DVR to record shows, then organize them and play them in the Xbox's media player.
top FCC Mandates Text-to-911 From All US Wireless Carriers
...but it's going to take forever to text a message on my rotary-dial phone!
top Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving
Why not just throw your laptop in your car and do a few laps around your neighborhood? You could cover the same amount of area in half an hour that took the cat a week. It's not like the cat can get closer to networks than your car can, as most WAPs broadcast far enough to reach the road, not to mention the wifi adapter is more powerful and antenna is bigger on a laptop than on a cat collar contraption.
I understand that this is more of a proof-of-concept and a cool gadget to rig up, however if this gentleman is already into wardriving, then he's probably already mapped most of his neighborhood, and the information his cat obtained is nothing new.
top Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving
No shit, Sherklock. Wardriving isn't about hacking networks, it's about mapping them passively and gathering real-world statistics about how many networks are properly secured and how many aren't.
Besides, if a cat can hack your WEP, good luck taking him to court.
top A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)
For $50, you get a tiny monochrome screen, a D-pad and TWO WHOLE BUTTONS, and a non-rechargeable 9 hour battery.
A coin cell battery? This is 2014, and it doesn't have a rechargeable battery? He did mention you can get rechargeable coin cells, but they only last an hour. So with moderate use, you're gonna be spending a few bucks a week on coin cell batteries, not to mention having to carry around spares with you.
Yes, it's nice and thin, but nobody is gonna stick this in their wallet unless he invents a flexible PCB.
Or, for $30, you can get a brand new LG smartphone from Walmart, running Android 4.4, with a 3.5" color touchscreen, a dual core 1.2ghz processor, camera, wifi, bluetooth, GPS, accelerometers, speakers and a microphone, several gigs of storage space, and a RECHARGEABLE battery that will last 10 hours heavily used and over a week in standby. I guess the only downside is that touchscreens aren't as good as D-pads and physical buttons for games, but you could always buy a USB controller and get a lot more buttons. And while it IS about the size of a credit card, but half an inch thick. And instead of shelling out a few bucks a week on coin cell batteries, you could spend that money on a straight talk cellular plan and get UNLIMITED INTERNET ACCESS!
about a month and a half ago
top What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?
A friend of mine is a single mom and is routinely broke, but was still shelling out $60/mo for cable TV. I was giving her shit about it one day, and she said she only does it just for the kids channels. For her it was worth $2 a day just to plop her lil bastard in front of it so she could get shit done around the house.
So I took one of my old modded Xboxes, downloaded all the damn kids shows I could find (even those from 20 years ago), showed her how to rip DVDs to it, and set up XBMC so that she can just fire up a playlist and it will run all day with no user interaction
She was able to drop the cable, and I get free meals for life.
In a year or two, I'll introduce the kid into the wonderful world of SNES emulators.
top Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland
Except Comcast already greedily scoops up your data, but then they insert ads and throttle traffic. With Comcast's approx $60 a month for service, Google's would pay for itself within half a year. Call me crazy, but for some reason I'd prefer my data being treated fairly + not paying out the ass.
top General Anesthesia Exposure In Infancy Causes Long-Term Memory Deficits
Fairly confident most babies don't have plastic surgery done, so there's no cause for concern.
top Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?
Let's be honest. The job of YOUR car is to keep YOU safe, so the smaller car is probably the better bet as it will have less inertia and cause you less harm. Sure, the most important law of robotics is to protect human life... but if it's going to prioritize, it should probably start with its owner.
top Toyota Describes Combustion Engine That Generates Electricity Directly
Koenigsegg has some pneumatic valve technology that is rather promising.
top Siphons Work Due To Gravity, Not Atmospheric Pressure: Now With Peer Review
I don't suck!
top Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?
No, this will just cause companies to hire the rest on as "contractors," which is worse because those people will usually get screwed over on benefits. This is what Exxon Mobil does. They only have about 75,000 employees, but are one of the most profitable companies in the world. Although they do take fairly good care of them... but can you imagine if a company like Walmart did this? Hell, they pretty much already do!
top New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends
Didn't Google Latitude do this like 5 years ago?
top Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen
Sorry to break it to you, but people have been modifying their cars in various ways for... oh... about a century. Yes, it might compromise safety and reliability... but doing so is nothing new.
top FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft
Step 1: Trick drunk friend into point laser at planes
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Profit!!!
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