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What To Expect With Windows 9

Dracos Not enough info yet (541 comments)

Many reactions will depend on the actual version number in Win9... will it be 6.3, 7, or 9?

4 days ago

SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)

Dracos Re:Power Consumption (75 comments)

Exactly, rPi and BeagleBone are better comparisons to Edison and Galileo than Arduino (except the Yun).

Also, most Atmel-based Arduinos nowadays have the option for the 16 bit MCUs, which is a no-brainer.

5 days ago

Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Dracos Re:Down the Drain (368 comments)

Not idiotic at all for MS... very idiotic for Notch.

about two weeks ago

Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Dracos Easiest "Fix" (448 comments)

Bring it all back home. For all the hullabaloo about letting technology getting into "enemy hands", including export restrictions, the "let's just leave a bunch of military hardware in the Middle East" scenario was apparently never considered a risk.

Of course, it's too late now for the Mosul equipment, but the same thing could happen anywhere else in Iraq or Afghanistan.

It's almost as if the belligerent, short-sighted idiots are still in charge.

about two weeks ago

New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Dracos Re:A list of semantically equivalent image URIs (161 comments)

Images themselves have no semantic value, only the elements that points to them... furthermore, the dimensions of the image are semantically irrelevant. This is a lame, flawed attempt to solve a visual layout problem with misplaced semantics. You wouldn't invent a redundant element for audio files based on varying bitrate because audio similarly has no semantic value and the media type is inherently non-visual.

about three weeks ago

New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Dracos Re:That's it? (161 comments)

I run AdBlock like most /.ers, but it doesn't get the chance to do much because I have ~132,000 hostnames mapped to in my hosts file specifically for this reason (in Linux and Win2k anyway... Vista/7/8 can only handle about 3000). Anyone who watches me surf is amazed at how the Internet looks without ads.

about three weeks ago

New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Dracos Re:Unnecessary (161 comments)

Actually, it's unnecessary because everything picture does could have been added to img instead. There's no semantic difference between the two, so why add a new one? Extending img would have been more backwards compatible as well (one of WHATWG's stated goals, despite doing lots of stupid crap like this).

about three weeks ago

How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

Dracos Two possible problems (202 comments)

I see two possible flaws in this theory.

First, if the attached rods are wood, wouldn't there be a limit to how much the block could weigh before crushing the rods?

If the resulting dodecagon utilizes the block's original four edges among its vertices, wouldn't they suffer some damage while being rolled? If those edges are capped in some way to protect them, we inevitably return to #1 regarding the edge caps.

about three weeks ago

Introducing Slashdot's New Build Section

Dracos Re:We commenters could freshen CSS, keep functions (34 comments)

Obviously Dice Marketing doesn't understand the /. market. We old timers are not impressed by spacious, trendy design, we are impressed by concise content.

Or maybe they're trying to run the old timers off so they can full tilt ruin /. and the remaining n00bs will think it's awesome.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Dracos UX can only go so far (199 comments)

Just as there is no such thing as absolute security, there is no such thing as a 100% intuitive and self-documenting UX.

No matter how simple or complex software is, there is a limit to how much "help" the UX can offer. The UX should have enough hints/labels/tooltips/etc to keep the user from getting lost performing light to medium tasks, but inline is not the place for describing complex workflows, data structures, APIs, or other heavy topics.

Documentation is the ultimate resource for the users, most documenting elements in the UX should be considered a convenience. The phrase "RTFM" exists for a reason, there is no "RTFUX".

It also sounds like you're handling your docs wrong... they should evolve with the codebase and not need a complete rewrite for every release.

about a month ago

Google Fit Preview SDK Arrives For Android Developers

Dracos So when will... (13 comments)

I be able to use Android Studio to develop for Gingerbread instead of it throwing 72+ errors about the Holo theme not existing (because themes were only added in Honeycomb)? I've already changed all the instances of defaultTheme to none in the config files according to StackOverflow, but that didn't help.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft's Olivier Bloch Explains Microsoft Open Source (Video)

Dracos Re:This is old news (101 comments)

MS is still actively hostile to open source, except now they're bipolar about it.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Dracos Re:Best Wishes ! (322 comments)

I think it goes back further than that, when they slathered the NT4 UI on top of DOS to create Win95.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Dracos I want a faux smart watch (381 comments)

Smart watches are misnomer, really. They can't do much on their own because of the form factor. Typing? No way. In reality, smart watches are dumber than dumb terminals.

What I do want is a nice looking, not too big, watch with a full color LCD matrix screen, maybe touch enabled, where I am able to customize the interface and make my own "themes". This, and being able to sync the time via NTP, would be the only reason for it to have WiFi or BlueTooth (unless a micro SD card could be squeezed in, then it could sync via WWVB or equivalent).

For context, I've owned several Casio DataBank watches, all digital/analog hybrids. My favorite of them was the one where the LCD displayed a fill month calendar. The Wave Ceptor was a neat gimmick, but watches don't generally need that much precision on a daily basis.

The Pebble comes close, except for the lack of color screen. It's been a while since I looked at what's out there. So far it seems the manufacturers are using smart watches as an excuse to tether users to their walled gardens (I'm looking at you Samsung).

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Dracos Re:PHP is a very solid choice (536 comments)

PHP of old used to make it very easy to write applications with large security holes, but newer versions do a much better job of preventing developer's tendancies to shoot themselves in the foot.

If that were true, then fetid garbage like WordPress wouldn't even run on PHP 5.3+, being as its code hasn't changed at all since the days of PHP4.

Globals... globals everywhere...

about 3 months ago

Next IE Version Will Feature Web Audio, Media Capture, ES6 Promises, and HTTP/2

Dracos Re:all i really want from IE (173 comments)

MS can brag about whatever, whenever they want, but IE's standards support has always been abysmal. I believe the hype you're talking about accompanied IE9, and everyone laughed at it.

about 4 months ago

Next IE Version Will Feature Web Audio, Media Capture, ES6 Promises, and HTTP/2

Dracos Re:all i really want from IE (173 comments)

LOL, not even close. No version of IE has ever had 100% support for any web standard, not even HTML 1.0

about 4 months ago

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Dracos Re:Supernothing. (93 comments)

Hollywood has all but given up on original content. There are more and easier profits to be had by adapting works in other media which will bring a built-in audience to the theaters.

That being said, I'm sick of comic book movies.

about 5 months ago

OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

Dracos Re:I'd dump my iPhone for one of these... (196 comments)

Furthermore, what about those of us who want--nay, require--a hardware keyboard? I don't give a rat's ass about gestures or voice recognition, but I do want to type on real buttons while my entire screen is visible. Such things are no longer being developed, which is why I still have my Epic 4G. In the 3 years I've had it, it has has been connected to WiMax (yeah, it's a Sprint pre-LTE device) for a total of about 4 minutes, because there never was WiMax coverage where I live, but I still have to pay a stupid $10/month data surcharge.

about 5 months ago



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