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!



Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

DirePickle Re:Reminds me of cars until the 1950s (203 comments)

You know what bends and flexes to absorb the impact energy? Plastic. But nope! All phones must be made of aluminum and glass! It was written in the book of Jobs!

4 days ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

DirePickle Re:Billions of dollars are at stake (527 comments)

At issue is this piece of law

(1) Advanced telecommunications capability: The term 'advanced telecommunications capability' is defined, without regard to any transmission media or technology, as high-speed, switched, broadband telecommunications capability that enables users to originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video telecommunications using any technology.

By the standards of today, 4Mbps may satisfy the requirement to "receive high-quality telecommunications," if only one person in a household is attempting to use the line, but 1Mbps absolutely does not satisfy the "originate" piece.

about two weeks ago

Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

DirePickle Re:Looking for a real conversation (369 comments)

Look, come on, this is easy. The percentage of adherents of any religion that are "fully observant" is vanishingly small. The Jewish and Christian (by extension) texts are full of "such and such infraction requires death" rules. Ancient desert religions are full of dumb rules, and modern practitioners pick and choose which of those dumb things they can throw away.

about three weeks ago

Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

DirePickle Re:I wish my PS3 would play DLNA (112 comments)

There are a few transcoding DLNA servers that make things much nicer (though far from perfect) on the PS3. The benchmark is PS3 Media Server. (it'll work with other clients, too, but it was designed for transcoding and streaming to the PS3).

about a month ago

Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.

DirePickle Re:Recession != bubble (154 comments)

It's (maybe) in a bubble in a sense that we have numerous high-profile companies with market valuations that seem to outsize their actual physical worth/ability to produce profit/whatever. Apple, Google, Facebook, etc.

about 4 months ago

Samsung Apologizes For Workers' Leukemia

DirePickle Re:Isn't it a bit ironic (150 comments)

Yes, this is totally a solar power issue and not a corporate malfeasance issue.

about 4 months ago

The Next Unreal Tournament: Totally Free, Developed By Public

DirePickle Re:just modernize UT2k4 (122 comments)

UT2k4 would be acceptable, but U2:XMP was the epitome of multiplayer Unreal games for me. It was the saddest Internet day when the master servers went down and scattered the player base. :(

about 4 months ago

Stanford Getting Rid of $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock

DirePickle Re:Activist investors (208 comments)

They're voting with their wallet, as the Randians so often demand. What's the big deal?

about 4 months ago

DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

DirePickle Re:summary is misleading (347 comments)

I doubt he's tech-savvy enough to even mean that. He probably is using 'screen size' as a proxy for 'device type,' thinking he can arbitrarily decide whether you are allowed play a video on a TV, computer, phone, or what have you. New phones have the same resolution as an HDTV, anyway.

about 5 months ago

First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

DirePickle Re:Just use headlights (187 comments)

You're right, of course, but the markings on a wet road can be pretty much invisible even with headlights. If this helps that, I'm all for it.

about 5 months ago

Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

DirePickle Re:I thought current consoles were like current PC (117 comments)

You're right, total brainfart on my part. I knew they were Jaguars (hence anemic), but I was thinking jags were put together the same way as the Bulldozers. Still--my point was that it's an Athlon 5150 with more cores (same speed, architecture), which really isn't enough to feed modern games at 1080p.

about 5 months ago

Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

DirePickle Re:I thought current consoles were like current PC (117 comments)

AMD defines a module as a set of 1 FPU and 2 integer cores. The Athlon 5150 has two modules/four integer cores. The consoles have two of these two module/four integer core things for four modules/eight cores.

about 5 months ago

Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

DirePickle Re:I thought current consoles were like current PC (117 comments)

They have really anemic CPUs. The PS4 and Xbox One are each using something pretty similar to the Athlon 5150 (except with 4 modules/8 cores instead of 2 modules/4 cores).

about 5 months ago

LHCb Confirms Existence of Exotic Hadrons

DirePickle Re:Implications for the Standard Model (99 comments)

Unfortunately, none really. There's nothing in the standard model that says we can't have tetraquarks or mesonic molecules (this seems to be one or the other), it's just that we haven't seen any before.

about 5 months ago

Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living

DirePickle Re:Downsides to Austin (285 comments)

You just described LA and San-Francisco too, though.

about 6 months ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

DirePickle Re:Why single out Whole Foods? (794 comments)

Whole Foods has some very attractive looking produce, but it's 3x more expensive than any other store in my area, even comparing organic to organic. Their bulk granola was a good price for a while, but then it shot up, and now it's more expensive *and* has more sugar than the organic boxed stuff from the normal grocery stores. They do have a nice wine-tasting thing on Fridays, though.

about 7 months ago

Project Ara: Inside Google's Modular Smartphones

DirePickle Uh huh. (70 comments)

Yes, Google, that has done everything it can to kill the microSD slot, physical keyboard, and removable battery now wants to swing back towards upgradable phones. Whatever.

about 7 months ago

Bizarre Star Could Host a Neutron Star In Its Core

DirePickle Re:Some more explaination (73 comments)

THIS is why I still come to Slashdot. Thank you!

about 8 months ago


DirePickle hasn't submitted any stories.


DirePickle has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>