Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
I vote for the return of OMG!!! Ponies!!!
Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?
Imagine a world where after 3 years the applications can't even run on your old system and you have to replace it to get new applications.
As a Mac user, I have to say that I don't need to imagine very hard.
Most users upgrade to a new version of OS X within the first month or so. App developers target the new version pretty much from the start, with old OS versions becoming unsupported fairly quickly.
And Apple's not afraid to cut off old hardware with a new OS X release, in order to avoid having to keep a load of legacy support code around. You generally get a bit longer than 3 years, though; 5 or 6 is more like it. And once you're cut off from new OS X versions, you're cut off from new versions of a lot of other software.
Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?
Since you're on slashdot, zero tolerance by an anonymous coward means you're getting fed ads.
Unless you're logged in with the "Disable ads" box checked and you also checked the "Post anonymously" box, of course :)
As for content providers having the right to display on my computer when I request their site: when I go to example.com, I'm requesting content from example.com. If that page has an include from doubleclick.net, I'm not the one requesting doubleclick.net — example.com is. They have no right to agree to that on my behalf, and I'm quite happy to take whatever action is necessary to enforce that.
Your last two paragraphs get to the point of the whole matter, of course: somebody who's deliberately blocking ads is not going to sit there and view them rather than look at a blank page — they're going to go somewhere else.
Perhaps if a large number of sites start requiring ads we'll see something like the piracy scene, where someone downloads the page with ads, copies the actual content out of it, and republishes that somewhere on the darker side of the net.
Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders
"git bisect start nopoop poop"?
Taiwan Protests Apple Maps That Show Island As Province of China
Some days it feels like it came from /dev/urandom...
Google Fiber Partially Reverses Server Ban
Why don't they just give you a NAT'ed address and be done with it forever.
This is probably one of the reasons for server ban clauses these days — if they do decide to go to carrier-grade NAT rather than, say, actually getting IPv6 working, then they can dismiss complaints of breakage with "you shouldn't have been running a server anyway"...
Two Years In Prison For Using Infrared Contact Lenses To Cheat At Poker
You could get an amphibious vehicle.
They don't always catch fire.
Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?
But what about the incomplete keyboard on the Macs?
On the laptops, yes — but just about every laptop seems to be the same, sadly.
On the desktop, you get a full keyboard if you spec your Mac with the wired keyboard. The wireless one is only available in the incomplete laptop style. (Why Apple can't make a wireless version is beyond me)
You may need to order direct from Apple, or buy through an Apple Store to do that, as anybody else selling Macs is likely to only have the standard configs, and I think only the Mac Pro specifies the wired keyboard as standard these days.
Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights
You're nuts. I've been driving a manual transmission for my entire life and was *never* told to put the hand brake on at a red light. In fact, I was specifically told not to, because it takes time to disengage and can impede traffic if you have it on when the signal turns to green.
I was taught to use the hand brake at a red light; mind you, I'm in the UK where the light goes from red to green via red and amber shown simultaneously, as a "get ready to go" warning.
Keeping your foot on the brake at traffic lights might have been OK before high-level brake lights were a common thing, but these days it's just a great way to annoy the guy behind you — especially at night.
(Aside: wow, I had to type — rather than just typing an em dash. It's only 2013 — who needs UTF-8 support?)
Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7
Apple could replace the home screen with a Goatse
Well, it certainly has rounded corners...
London Bans Recycling Bins That Track Phones
Just looked at my Nexus 7, running the production version of 4.3. That option is present, though it defaults to off.
Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off
If they are blind, deaf AND mute all 3 at the same time, then yeah, there is a problem
At this point you throw them to a pinball game and check their high score.
Ubisoft Hacked, Account Data Compromised
nowadays though, a read the manual copyprotection would be a refreshing change
Nowadays, getting a printed manual would be a refreshing change.
Even with console games, you're lucky to get a list of controls, with the rest of the docs appearing as in-game tutorials. Most of the booklet is dire warnings about copyright infringement, health warnings and other legal CYA.
Developers Rolling Out Pebble Smartwatch Apps
I backed Pebble on Kickstarter and my grey one's only recently moved to the "processing shipment" stage. So you might want to not hold your breath if you want to order right now :)
The last Kickstarter update was sent out at the end of May, but that might only go to backers; the update list you signed up to might not fire up until all the Kickstarter watches are sent out.
What Features Does iOS 7 Need?
Arguably Apple Maps would never have been released under Jobs, such was his demand for quality.
*cough* MobileMe *cough*
Microsoft Confirms Xbox One's Phone Home Requirement, Game Resale Rules
Having looked at the Xbox One page on Amazon UK, all I can say is this:
NINETY QUID for a ****ing GAME?
At that price, they can keep it.
Facebook Silently Removes Ability To Download Your Posts
Actually, the download link is just the URL of the "please wait" page â" if you reload it after you get the email, there's the download button.
So all an attacker would have to do is not navigate away from the page and reload it every 10 minutes until the download's ready.
Footage Reveals Drone Aircraft Nearly Downed Passenger Plane in 2004
I'm not sure Kabul counts as EU airspace, though...
EFF Makes Formal Objection to DRM In HTML5
Isn't HBO US-only, though?
Game of Thrones is certainly on a different channel here in the UK. I don't get that channel, but as far as I know, it has adverts (as I can't see Rupert Murdoch running a channel without them...)
Facebook To Introduce Video Ads
Sure, and that might work if you use Facebook in the browser, but it won't block these ads in the Facebook app — you'd need to jailbreak for that.
I hardly ever use Facebook anyway. Final straw; I'll be removing my account when I have the time to go through whatever byzantine procedure they have for making sure the damn thing is actually gone and not just disabled.
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