Beta
×

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!

Comments

top

Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

DivineKnight Right... (182 comments)

"Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles"...and people will live out their lives in self-contained tubes.

I swear, when some of these CEOs talk about new technologies for education, you can hear the line from The Hudsucker Proxy in the background ("You know...for kids!").

"we can have relationships and communication that are just as good as the real classroom" -> *facepalms* Drop the Web 2.0 'Social Media' bullshit. "It's a social thing, where you communicate with other people, doing other social things, kind of like a party or something, but using our technology!" -> Someone please kill me, it's the same story every single time. Why not just promote the damn VR stuff for what it can do that RL (real life) can't do? Displaying stuff that can't fit into a classroom, like a tesseract. You have this great technology which can be used to push the boundary of what students are exposed to these days, and these jokers want to use it for a glorified chatroom. Gah!

3 days ago
top

BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

DivineKnight Re:So if I... (362 comments)

Indeed. Looks like the BBC has derped a little too hard recently.

But let's be honest, the endless assault on IT has been ongoing for some time. 'Cloud services,' 'NSA firmware,' 'H1B personnel,' etc., etc. Government / business isn't done until the internet won't run.

Here's to hoping that there's a planet out there that doesn't suffer from this insanity.

about two weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

DivineKnight Bits and Bytes (548 comments)

Sometimes doing things the insane way is the sanest method available.

Let me explain:

A new programmer will look for a method to transform one object to another another; a new programmer will write a method to transform some bytes into some other bytes.

A (slightly more seasoned) programmer will realize that even though you are using a higher-level language, someone inevitably said "f*ck it" at some point, and built byte arrays[] and so on into the various namespaces / classes, and that it's more of a search for the right namespace than inventing the wheel for the 5000th time. From the usual 'sane' standpoint, resorting the byte[] arrays in a high level language kind of defeats the purpose of using a high level language, and yet, somehow, between the hours of 1-3 AM, it makes perfect sense for a high level language to be filled with all these nitty gritty options.

about a month ago
top

Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World

DivineKnight Re:People seem to be forgetting what a server is (129 comments)

More along the lines of "they never knew what a server was, and would artfully dodge your phone calls, elevator meetings, and eye contact to avoid accidentally imbibing any knowledge that might furnish them with this understanding; all they know is that the slick salesman with the nice sports car and itemized billing said they'd magically do everything from their end and never bother them, and they believed them."

about a month ago
top

Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World

DivineKnight Re:Of Course They Do! (129 comments)

I can't wait for programmers, sometime in 2020, to rediscover the performance boost they receive running an OS on 'bare metal'...

about a month ago
top

Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World

DivineKnight Re:wow (129 comments)

See it with me: one day, we will have clouds inside clouds!

about a month ago
top

DARPA Uses Preteen Gamers To Beta Test Tomorrow's Military Software

DivineKnight Re:Ender's Game (84 comments)

There will always be another war, another enemy; it seems that mankind keeps track of its history this way, from who we were at war with last, to whom we are currently at war with, and whom we will be at war with tomorrow.

about a month ago
top

Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

DivineKnight Re:Obvious (151 comments)

Nonsense. We'll start making things out of quarks then.

EE, CE, SE, CS, and Physics majors of the future will stare into the void that is sub-atomic computing, and see something staring back at them.

about a month ago
top

Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

DivineKnight Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

Hush. The god of education demands his sacrifice -> the minds and souls of millions of children, being taught to warm a chair and loosely follow some obscure lesson by someone engaged in private theatre. If you don't teach them, they might learn something other than what has been planned...and if that happens, anything could happen!

 

about a month ago
top

AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs

DivineKnight No (110 comments)

AMD, come on. Focus on refreshing your top lineup of CPUs, or become irrelevant.

about a month ago
top

Spain's Link Tax Taxes Journalist's Patience

DivineKnight Wall St. Journal (113 comments)

Bring me back the old Wall St. Journal...the one where you had to understand the finer points of oragami to fold it so you could read it with one hand, and whose advertizements were for things you could never hope to afford.

about a month and a half ago
top

Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

DivineKnight Re:No they cant. (151 comments)

You're thinking too small. Think bigger...if you have access to the in-flight infotainment system, you have access to the eyes, hearts and minds of the passengers. Passengers who are, due to not so subtle-conditioning, easily frightened. "9/11" "Never again!" Pictures of the statue of liberty crying and politicians dissembling at the top of their lungs. =^_^=

So what would I do? Two things. I'd play a video, ostensibly of a 'live' newscast that the plane they are currently on has been taken over by terrorists, and that their current pilot / co-pilot / first officers are planning to ram the Pentagon. Think about it. Some people on the plane will look at their ticket subs, figure out that the plane they're on is the one being hijacked, and rush the pilot's cabin as one person.

When they rush the cabin, I begin jamming the radio (cellphone signals are already being jammed, and wireless internet as well). At this point, on the ground, a video is delivered to the real media stating that some terrorist group (sans pilot / copilot, as background checks on the ground will clear them) have taken over the plane, and are planning another 9/11 style attack. With the radio dead and lack of useful communication, the military will assume the worst.

 

about a month and a half ago
top

Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

DivineKnight Re:Men are obsolete (387 comments)

+1, Funny.

about a month and a half ago
top

Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

DivineKnight Re:Men are obsolete (387 comments)

Oh damn, got so off track replying to parent / grandparent, I didn't have a chance to make the post I wanted.

http://www.nature.com/nature/j...

Testosterone is the hormone which is responsible for aggressiveness and individuality, right? Except when it's not. It's the 'everybody knows' kind of wisdom that is bunk -> I've been studying this off and on for a while, and the hormone in both males and females that is responsible for aggression, IMHO, is progesterone; think of your wife / gf who gets PMS, this hormone is in play, and men have some of it in their systems as well. Testosterone seems to get a bad rap, with half the research saying this, and half saying that. Read up on it...the scary thought is, if one half is right, then chemical castration of sex offendors actually makes things worse, rather than better.

about a month and a half ago
top

Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

DivineKnight Re:Men are obsolete (387 comments)

"I am not saying men should be exterminated. I am just saying that there are no significant technical barriers."

Lol, let me get this straight...you want to remove the male half of a species, then permanently weld the female half of the species to technology from now until the end of time, and you think this is not a significant technological barrier? That's a bold statement, let's check in with our Russian judges, and see what score they give your mental gymnastics...an 11 / 10, impressive.

I could touch on the greater science out there which points to the genetic depletion of the overall gene pool of humanity, but I digress, so few people can see the forest for the trees these days, that I'll spare you that lecture. I'll simply state that if one were to head down the proposed path of sperm bank males, the species as a whole would suffer, and, without genetic engineering bordering on Science Fiction levels, would be permanently disabled. I say this, because without heading down that path, we've already screwed ourslves, genetically speaking, the consequences of which have been the arrival of genetic diseases that no one can seem to shake.

And yes, there is a significant difference between rats / mice and human beings which is why this would cause such a problem. One of those science 'gotchas.' It's addressed in the report I am alluding to, and will let you google if you wish to read it.

about a month and a half ago
top

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

DivineKnight Re:NIMBY at its finest (409 comments)

Probably because it has a 90% mortality rate, and not only will you die, but it will hurt the entire time it's happening. I mean, consider HIV -> Terrible, but you can control it with meds. Smallpox? We have a vaccine for it, and we know you can beat it. It has a mortality rate of 30-35%.

about a month and a half ago
top

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

DivineKnight Re:Actually they ARE working on some treatments. (409 comments)

Let's see here...magic eightball says invest in companies which produce interferon and antiviral products...buy stock now. Hmm.

about a month and a half ago

Submissions

DivineKnight hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

DivineKnight 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>