A Playstation 4 Teardown
I like that Sony provided the teardown. It shows a certain amount of openess and I get the sense that the engineers that designed it want us to see it in all its glory.
But then I see other things pop up, like having to download an update and register the device before I can play Blu-ray discs, that it won't play MP3s or CDs, that it won't stream video content from my computer. All of this reeks of a lame attempt to force PS4 owners into subscribing to Sony's Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited by placing artificial limits on the hardware.
What I love about my PS3 (and I bought mine the day it was released and haven't had a single problem with it) is that I could use it for more than just games; it became my HTPC.
It seems like the PS4 won't be able to fill the shoes of its predecessor. And that's a shame. And the reason why I won't be buying a PS4 at launch and probably won't touch it until sony "patches" the firmware to fix these "bugs".
Firefox 21 Arrives
What are your concerns with Firefox 21 versus 17?
Is it the social api? That was introduced in 17 so you already have it. And it can be disabled in about:config, just search for "social.enabled".
Is it the health report? You can disable that as well either through the advanced tab under preferences or through about.config, just search for "healthreport".
Botnet Uses Default Passwords To Conduct "Internet Census 2012"
The problem of launching a counter attack isn't technical, it's legal. A user broke into my system, they've broken the law. If I retaliate and break into their system, I'm now guilty of the same offense.
Could a case for self-defense be made? Maybe, but IANAL and I don't think a court would consider it in the same way they would a physical confrontation.
CNN Replicates John Broder's Drive In the Tesla Model S
Unfortunately it was Tesla who told him it was okay to start out with 32mi range on the computer because the displayed range lost overnight due to the cold would come back.
He didn't do it because he had some agenda. He did it because Tesla told him to do so.
CNN Replicates John Broder's Drive In the Tesla Model S
Just another journo that you can safely not read. I think Broder was caught in a near-total lie.
Did you read Broder's reply to Musk? It's not even remotely a "near-total lie".
Tesla reps gave Broder the wrong information. They told him to give the Tesla a 30 minute charge on a lower-power charging station, which he did. They said even though the car's computer said 32 miles that he'd get back the extra range lost over a cold evening and be able to make it to his destination.
You're chastising Broder for listening to Tesla.
And the previous two charges Broder listened to the car. When it was sufficiently over the range required to make his next destination, he unplugged and continued on his way. Should he not have trusted the car's computer? If that's the case then Tesla has a bit of a problem, you can't trust what the car says.
The speeds? Is that the "lie"? Teslas have 21" wheels normally. He was driving on 19" snow tires. If the system logging his speed wasn't calibrated for the wheel difference you'd see the logs indicate speeds about 10% higher than Broder was actually traveling. There's your discrepancy between the two.
What other lies? The visit to downtown Manhattan? Which actually wasn't a visit to downtown Manhattan (Tesla's own map shows that to be the case.)
The running around a parking lot for a half mile? A single loop of the rest area he stopped at to charge would be... about 1/2 a mile and would be consistent with someone trying to find the charging station. If his goal was to drain the battery, why only 1/2 a mile/ Why not 2 or 3?
The willingness to disregard the reporter's store outright as 100% lies is incredibly disheartening.
I had hoped /. readers would be a bit more reasoned and impartial.
CNN Replicates John Broder's Drive In the Tesla Model S
Duplicated it in weather 20-30 degrees warmer than Broder did, which is significant for battery performance.
And did with with the updated advice from Tesla after they learned from Broder's trip what not to say, such as a 30 minute charge and keeping the heater running would revive the batteries to the range that they had before a cold night.
Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged
That Jalopnik article has since been updated, pointing out how both Musk and Broder could be correct.
UPDATE: A source who has seen the data logs explains how it's possible how Broder and Musk could both be truthful but sort of wrong. The high-voltage battery in the pack, allegedly, had enough power to move the car a much greater distance than needed to move the car onto a flatbed, maybe as far as five miles, but the 12V battery that powers the accessories and gets its juice from the high voltage battery shut down when Broder pulled into the service station.
When Broder decided to turn the car off, which was a mistake, the parking brake (operated by the 12V battery) was rendered unusable. If Broder was told not to turn the car off, it's his mistake. If Tesla told him to do it, or didn't inform him he shouldn't do it, then it's their mistake.
Experience the New Slashdot Mobile Site
Timothy Lord Discovers the Good Night Lamp at CES (Video)
When you make a phone call or send an e-mail you're breaking routine to specifically take part in connecting with someone. What's lost are those little, seemingly insignificant (but I think incredibly important) moments where you're just doing your own thing, but doing it around family and friends and there's a kind of passive sharing of that experience happening. That doesn't happen in an e-mail or a phone call.
This idea feels like a way to engage in that passive sharing that I think is important in relationships. And it does this in a very simple, but familiar way.
Some kind of services that shares every detail of a person's daily routine is just information overload and becomes annoying (twitter, 4square, facebook). This is just a nice, simple message (I'm home) that is personal, but unobtrusive and "feels right".
Hit Game Makes £52 In First Week On Windows RT
It seems Rubicon's beef was the lack of promotion by Microsoft of their title. Is this promotion Rubicon pays for or is this an expectation that their app would be freely promoted for them?
Is an app's success due in large part to the operator of the app store promoting said app? That seems like a system ripe for bribery.
Entire Cities In World of Warcraft Dead, Hack Suspected
Blizzard reports the exploit being used has been hotfixed.
Sexism In Science
There is actually a massive need for male teachers at the elementary level right now. Why? Because boys need male role models and often don't have one because either dad is off working all day or they don't have a dad at all. And if boys don't have the real thing in front of them they're going to learn by what they find elsewhere (television, movies, older boys) which tends to have negative consequences.
Video Purports To Show Successful Hover Bike Test Flights
Helicopters have the same problem of falling out of the sky if the engine fails. That has not stopped them from becoming quite popular.
Will Dolby's New Atmos 62.2 Format Redefine Surround Sound?
...considering Bose have single-driver units that fill a room, and I have a pair of headphones made by Angle & Curve (with one driver either side) which, with the softHD sound processor in my netbook, gives me "virtual" surround that sounds every bit as good as my acoustically balanced 5.1 PC setup.
I disagree. Providing new directions for sound to come from (above and below) will definitely provide a more immersive experience. Just think about a scene where planes fly overhead; in a current 7.1 setup the plane sounds like it's at your level, but with speakers overhead it will "feel" like the plane is flying over your head. Or imagine a rerelease of Tremors with a new audio mix so you can "feel" those things underneath you.
Convincing people to upgrade their hardware, be it in a home theater or at the theater itself, will take some effort not unlike previous audio hardware upgrades such as from mono to stereo to LCR to surround. But I think in 10 to 15 years we'll all be convinced how much more it adds to the movie and sports viewing experience.
Although for a successful home market, 62 + 2 speakers?! I don't know about that. Either units with multiple speakers within them so the number of "devices" to purchase is small and easy(ish) to setup or a reworking of the standard to bring the number of speakers down to something more realistic, like a 16+2.
New Feather In SpaceShipTwo's Cap
The accident you refer to happened four years ago. A little over a year later Scaled Composites released their findings into the cause of the accident and shared everything they learned in how to more safely handle the materials they were using with the industry.
Since then I haven't heard of any accidents. So please inform us what other accidents have occured at Scaled Composites relating to the rocket motors.
Furthermore, I've love to hear about your sources that characterize the current state of Scaled Composites' rocket motor development as being "problematic".
I think your information is four years old. Scaled Composites already has a schedule in place that includes, later this year, firing the rocket motor in flight, possibly even putting SpaceShipTwo into space by the end of this year (but that will probably happen in early 2012). And by the end of 2012 we'll probably see the first paid flights.
The engines are fine.
New PS3 Firmware Contains Backdoor
Future PS3 games will require the latest firmware be installed in order to play.
There's no way in hell I want to install a firmware that intentionally creates a backdoor into my system.
Therefore I have no other choice but to stop buying PS3 games. Sony will be losing my (albeit small) source of revenue and perhaps others will handle the situation in a similar way. Thus Sony loses out on revenue they'd otherwise have had they not made this move.
And I wonder if those in such a position will turn to piracy simply because they don't want to install a backdoored firmware -- further hurting Sony's bottom line.
Sony really doesn't seem to think these things through.
Slashdot Launches Re-Design
Fixed vertical navigation elements are a bad design choice. Anyone whose browser window is shorter than the vertical navigation element will not be able to scroll down and access those items in the menu that are below the height of the browser window.
Links are no longer underlined in summaries. This is bad because it makes locating and identifying clickable text much more difficult. The color and contrast difference between the non-link black color and the dark-green link color is too small to make identifying links easy without the underlined text. Underlined text representing links is a convention that's been in place since the modern web came into being. It's what people expect and are use to. By removing the underline of links you're removing a very critical piece of usability from the design.
And lastly, but having a fixed horizontal element along the top you make linking to bookmarks (named anchors) within the web page far more problematic. The browser will move the window down to a position that puts the anchor at the top of the window. But the top of the window is now blocked by this horizontal bar. As a result anyone who clicks on a bookmark to a position in the page will then be forced to scroll up a bit to reveal the crucial first few lines of text that they're trying to get to. What's worse is if a user doesn't realize this they may wind up missing out on critical information and may come away from reading comments or an article with the wrong impression or understanding of the content.
Rootkit In a Network Card Demonstrated
You're assuming the NIC manufacturer is conducting audits in the first place. If they are, there's probably single person who maintains a list of good hash values for the firmware. Bribe that person and the audits won't matter.
The easier solution is to simply buy the cards from the OEM, flash them with a malicious firmware, then resell those cards at discount prices. Are NIC manufacturers purchasing off-the-shelf goods and conducting audits on those? Probably not.
And even then, you could always create a worm that detects your NIC and flashes the firmware then removes itself. You've been rooted and there's no trace at the OS level of it and even if the NIC manufacturer is auditing their products off-the-shelf they're not auditing the one in your computer.
Greg 'Ghostcrawler' Street, Lead Systems Designer For World of Warcraft
Blizzard has had some crap QA issues before, but 4.0.1 was one of their most atrocious releases to the point that they said some of the Mage glyph bugs just simply can't be fixed right now and that they had to just deal with it. How does crap like that get by their QA? We're not talking about some arcane feature with a small bug, we're talking about a major component of the system that is totally broken.
I think you really see it in the patch notes, which tend to contain about 1/10th of the actual changes made in a given patch. For example 4.0.1 includes a ton of new UI features such as graphical elements used to alert the user that a special ability is ready to be used. However nothing was ever disclosed about it nor were players given a chance to learn what each graphical identity means when its displayed. It becomes trial and error. Watch for the new graphic to appear, now look at your list of buffs to see if there's some new, temp buff there. Wait for it to go away and see if the graphic goes away as well. That's a lot of tedious crap to deal with, especially when you're in the middle of a boss fight.
I wonder if this guy's approach to development by keeping development teams small is responsible for the poor quality of both documentation and product.
Global Warming 'Undeniable,' Report Says
When there stops being data to the contrary, I guess.
Care to share the contrary data?