The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own
That's like so 20th century.
A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser
Thanks for that. If Slashdot used an RTF SYSTEM LIKE THE REST OF THE CIVILISED WORLD, your angle brackets would have been no problem....
Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Free, unless you want to edit something, and then it's a subscription? Fuck that. I'd rather pay $15 for the whole mess and be able to edit right away. Microsoft: always finding ways to fuck up a good idea.
Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy
Your prius has a flywheel? Since when? I have a 2007 prius and it has no flywheel.
Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter
1. It's FLAC. nothing special.
2. If you're listening to it on $100 computer speakers, you might as well listen to 320kbps MP3s because you're not going to hear the difference on those crap speakers
3. Where do you listen to music? At your computer? Are you using the above mentioned speakers? Fail. If its charging via USB how is Pono going to isolate the noise in the USB Bus? If you are listening in your car - fuck off. You are NOT going to hear the difference over he road noise and attention distractions breaking your focus. AND I doubt the speakers or the amps in you car are much better than the junk attached to your computer.
4. Even if you have good speakers - what amp are you using? Your Preamp? Or is it going through some silver faced 1970s Pioneer reciever you got at Hipster Haven for $50?
What this is is very simple: It's a cranky old man who misses the old days of Rock and Roll business model, where music was impressed in spiraled disks - first vinyl, then polycarbonate. Those days are gone, so he's trying to open up some scarcity to create profit. He will fail.
Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox
If you can't install FREE SOFTWARE that's dead easy to install, fuck - I'd charge you $100 just because you're fucking useless.
Ray Kurzweil Talks Google's Big Plans For Artificial Intelligence
The simplest thing to do is simply unplug the damn thing. IT's not that hard.
We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia
Unless of course you want to send an email and feel confident that it's confidential.
Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?
is it is subject to infinite regress. Let's pretend we are in a computer simulation cooked up by some advanced race of aliens. Who's to say that the advanced race of aliens isn't also locked up in a computer simulation by an even more advanced race of aliens, etc. ad infinitum. Since there is no stopping there is no point in entering. The best response to these idiots is to simply not play the game. Walk away and ignore them.
National Ignition Facility Takes First Steps Towards Fusion Energy
I bet we're only 50 years from a real fusion reactor.
-Fusion reactor spokesman, 1960
Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata
like Rand Paul can do the right thing once in a while. However, if a Republican was in office, I doubt he would do this, because, basically, this is just political theatre. Political theatre is the offspring of when tragedy fucked kabuki bareback.
Adjusting GPAs: A Statistician's Effort To Tackle Grade Inflation
Grades are BULLSHIT. Grading should be as follows:
Extra credit can only be granted with a second prof reviewing the work. Since profs don't like doing that, it would be rare and would really require extra-ordinary effort.
IMHO, that would solve a lot of problems. Grades are this weird Prussian overhang. They need to go away.
A Corporate War Against a Scientist, and How He Fought Back
As far as it takes to smash capitalism and see the parasites hang.
Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials
In order to bring to public light a horrible truth. Therefore: he is a hero, not a criminal.
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
I would ask that Timothy et al please heed my note here.
First I would dispute this as being Beta software. I've been doing beta testing and QA for many years - now I teach audio and media theory, but I am still actively involved with software development. Slashdot Beta is actually Slashdot Alpha. Beta is feature complete. Whatever Slashdot is, is not. I go to Beta. I post a response. I get a notice that says:
You had mail. Paul read it, so ask him what it said.
Trademarks property of their respective owners. Comments owned by the poster.
Copyright © 2014 Dice. All Rights Reserved. Slashdot is a Dice Holdings, Inc. service
Well, (1.) I can't "had mail", and (2.) who the fuck is Paul?
And why do I still have to type fucking HTML code to format a comment? That's been a royal pain in the balls since like *forever*, and one of the least attractive aspects of this website, and yet THAT is still required to use in comments - there's no Rich Text editor, something even the dorkiest of third rate commenting systems has. So, you've "improved" the site, but not made it more usable.
So, I figure, well, maybe I should go look at the "mail I had", and lo and behold, I can't find the link to my account. I scroll up - not there. Then I realise I had CTRL-plus a few times to make things bigger (I'm in the process of getting new glasses, so I need to blow things up a lot so I can see them until my new lenses arrive). So: I go back to the old slashdot, and I see the horizontal scroll bar. I go to the new site, and the scroll bar is missing. Which is stupid and wrong. So, I figure "they can't have deleted access to my account" so I go CTRL-minus a few times and bingo - the link to my account appears. So I click it and I cannot find any link to a messaging or email feature.
So, at that point, I'm getting kind of pissed off.
So, I post some stuff in a comment, you know - contributing like the good scout I usually am. I type a line, put in a paragraph command, and what happens? IT CHANGES FONT! WTF?!?!?!
No - Beta is not a beta - It's mid alpha, at best. I appreciate slashdot wanting to be more friendly to mobile platforms - that is understandable. What you fail to realise is you CAN do both - just sniff out the reciever and feed it the version of code it needs. If you can do it for fucking IE6, you can do the same for iOS or Android. Lots of other sites do that, why can't you?
I have FREQUENTLY reposted slashdot articles on FB and other social media. I post fairly often - usually 2 - 3 per week. I have excellent karma. I am (way) old enough to know better - old enough to know good from bad and quality from dross. I regularly mod comments. This slashdot "beta" is bullshit. Laughably inferior software.
If this "beta" goes through with its present (dys)functionality, I will likely reduce my presence and activity here.
I'm sort of known for having posts that say "Dear (so and so) FUCK YOU!" Sometimes, I get moderated as flamebait or troll when I do that, but sometimes I get modded as +5 Insightful when I do that. I don't think it is terrifically insightful to say this, but it is honest and I do believe I speak for many others when I say:
Dear Slashdot / Dice / developers and designers
You want to improve things here? DO THIS:
1. Fork it so there is an iOS version, an Android version ,and a desktop version, just like you would modify your CSS etc by sniffing out the browser.
2. Don't change fonts when a paragraph command is entered.
3. I shouldn't have to enter HTML in the first place. RTF editors have been around for ages. Give us a nice simple one that recognises return character as a paragraph break, allows bolding and italicisation or BOTH AT ONCE by selecting text and clicking a button or two, and finally the use of text as a link by simply selecting the text, clicking a link button which brings up a text field for the URL with a "done" button. That would bring slashdot up to 1998.
4. The white space looks all designery-ish, but it doesn't help me read it any faster.
That is all.
How To Take Control of a Car's Electronics, Cheap
Not only did it not recognise my return char, it fucking CHANGED FONT after using a paragraph command. WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT? This isn't beta software. This is mid Alpha, at best.
How To Take Control of a Car's Electronics, Cheap
I will type a line and hit return here:
And then type another line. I will now type a paragraph HTML command here:
And then type another line, followed by another paragraph code here:
This will prove to myself whether or not Beta, in all of it's innovative wonder, will finally allow Slashdot to recognise a return command.
That is all.