Beta

Slashdot: News for Nerds

×

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

Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

brantondaveperson Re:Solar power? (258 comments)

But I don't get it - why convert DC to AC, when all you're likely to do in the end is convert that AC back to DC somewhere else to actually power something?

3 days ago
top

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

brantondaveperson Re:meh. (285 comments)

Not an argument pro or anti Apple per se, but standardising on a device means less time spent working out how to set up each device and worrying about app compatibility, and more time spent actually teaching. And a 'good' Android device that's robust enough to handle kids pugging in the USB charger (for instance...) isn't all that much cheaper than an iPad. In actual fact, I don't even know of one that's as solid as the iPad is.

Now, the role of eduction is the debate that's worth having here - Apple v.s Google is a distraction - is having these types of devices in schools a good thing? And if it is, exactly how ought it to be used? Hard questions - and ones that we're only now starting to look at. Ubiquitous tablet computing is very new - but it's not going away and we do need to teach our children how to use it well.

4 days ago
top

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

brantondaveperson Re:Mission creep. (285 comments)

It astonishes me that you appear to actually be serious. Yes, I can see people sending their kids to Home Depot so they can hide amongst the shelves and do their homework. Good plan.

And yes of course homework might involve the internet, just as once homework may very well once have involved looking something up in an encyclopaedia.

4 days ago
top

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

brantondaveperson Re:cause and/or those responsible (667 comments)

Pretty sure the replies to this are failing to notice that the AC is trying to make a joke. It's not a funny or a clever joke by any means - and it adds nothing to the conversation - but I don't think he's being serious.

5 days ago
top

Coming Soon(ish) From LG: Transparent, Rollup Display

brantondaveperson Can someone explain... (64 comments)

..the appeal of a transparent display?

So I can see what's behind the display? As if we don't have enough issues with sunlight reflecting from display surfaces, now we're going to let the light coming from *behind* the display further reduce its readability?

about two weeks ago
top

Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

brantondaveperson Re:Problem solved. (231 comments)

You mean like an iPhone? (as stated several times elsewhere on this thread).

about two weeks ago
top

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

brantondaveperson Re:Well (564 comments)

I take your point, but "using programming tools that were higher quality than those today."? What tools were these?

about three weeks ago
top

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

brantondaveperson Re:AI is always "right around the corner". (564 comments)

"that can recognize your commands and search the internet for what you requested"

Unless you talk a little bit too fast, or don't have an American accent.

"or translate your statement into any of a dozen foreign languages"

Generally very badly, with no understanding of what you said and therefore isn't going to replace human translators anytime soon.

"has a camera that can recognize faces,"

Which is also quite a stretch, given how often it 'recognises' patches of lichen on a wall as a face.

"can connect to expert systems that can, for instance, diagnose diseases better than all but the very best doctors"

Really? First I've heard of this one. Citation needed I think.

"Oh, and your cellphone can also beat any grandmaster in the world at chess."

As above. And anyway, if the grandmaster followed the same instructions as the computer, it would win right back. Does that mean anything though?

about three weeks ago
top

3D Printed PiGRRL - Raspberry Pi Gameboy

brantondaveperson Re:ROM (49 comments)

"A hippie guitarist who has visited your small town for years has gone rogue and launched ICBMs toward your town."

10/10 for completely whack game plot :)

about three weeks ago
top

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

brantondaveperson Re:See even Microsoft thinks MacBook Airs rule! (365 comments)

PC's don't come with Adobe CC out of the box either, so it's no comparison. iPhoto blows the socks off any photo editing / management app that you can get for free for Windows. By miles. Quite apart from the fact that normal people can use it, it actually manages to organise your photo library in a sensible way without requiring you to dick around with folders.

Whether or not Lightroom is better or worse than Aperture is a matter of opinion. I've used both, and rather prefer Aperture, but Lightroom does have more features. Aperture's organisation of photos is far superior - but it depends on how you like to look after your photo library.

And of course, Photoshop is available for both Mac and Windows, so there's no argument there either.

about a month ago
top

Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

brantondaveperson Re:Adding to the list... (240 comments)

Our limited education tax dollars have no business funding something so useless to modern society as art.

Seriously?

about a month ago
top

Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

brantondaveperson Re:Containment by default (309 comments)

OS X has sandboxing by default out of the, er, box.

about a month and a half ago
top

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

brantondaveperson Re:This act is highly illegal (322 comments)

Ha - awesome. You insulted me. Good job.

So the thing is this - the ease with which it's possible to fake your system's credentials to receive support for which you haven't paid is irrelevant. It simply doesn't matter how easy it is - the only thing that matters is whether or not you do it knowingly. If you, with intent and planning, put that number 9 into a registry key with the aim of extending the support beyond its legitimate date, then yes you have committed a crime (*)

Why is this not obvious?

* Now, to be clear, I don't know if it's a crime or just a civil matter or whatever - and it's highly unlikely that you will be pursued for committing this heinous act - but the point I'm trying to make is that intent is the issue, not that it being easy to do makes it ok.

about 2 months ago
top

Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

brantondaveperson Re:As Jim Morrison said... (1198 comments)

Most women I've met fall under one of two categories,

Seriously? Most women you've met fall under two categories? For real? And let me guess, do those categories happen to be slut and not-slut? Let's read on...

... already taken ... or boyfriend hopping ...

Well I'll be. How about that. Your attitude to women is quite frankly pretty shocking, except of course it isn't because I hear it all the time. Listen carefully. Women do not fall into 'one of two categories'. Not even most women. There is no 'they'. I mean, are you trolling or something? Do you really believe this shit? How old are you?

about 2 months ago
top

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

brantondaveperson Re:This act is highly illegal (322 comments)

Why do slashdotters find these issues so hard to understand. The law is all about intent. If you intend to access services to which you are not entitled, the ease with which you do so is entirely irrelevant to the discussion of whether or not your actions are legal.

You can type in eighteen "plain text" keystrokes (whatever that means - aren't all keystrokes plain text? Anyway) and log into the Attorney General's gmail account. Well, if you knew the password you could. But the action is trivially simple. And that doesn't matter. And why would it? Would you want the law to be based on how difficult an action is to undertake? It's pretty easy to pull a trigger you know...

about 2 months ago
top

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

brantondaveperson Re:This act is highly illegal (322 comments)

OH come on - just because something is easy to do automatically makes it legal. Is that your argument?

If you're not authorized to receive upgrades and/or support, and you knowingly misrepresent your system in some way in order get those upgrades and/or support. Well of course that's illegal.

If they're so special and secret, they shouldn't be something you can update.

Do you really believe that? If your life is so special and precious, it shouldn't be something I can so trivially extinguish with this here handgun.
Oops - And I told myself I wasn't going to use analogies, which inevitably end up driving the conversation in the direction of whether or not the analogy holds.
Sigh.

about 2 months ago
top

Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

brantondaveperson Re:Nitrogen asphyxiation (483 comments)

And they say that it's nothing to do with revenge...

about 2 months ago
top

Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

brantondaveperson Re:How is that? (483 comments)

Good lord.

about 2 months ago
top

Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

brantondaveperson Re:Article is about computers OUTSIDE the classroo (310 comments)

Plus, the general comment seems to be that the children are used to getting their own way, and have become used to immediate gratification of their wishes. Doesn't sound like it's got a whole lot to do with computers to me. It's certainly easier to leave pre-school kids in front of iPads that it would have been to leave them in front of the TV - they have more fun with the iPad than the TV. But it doesn't change the fact that this is simply bad parenting, and not a problem with technology per se.

about 2 months ago

Submissions

brantondaveperson hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

brantondaveperson has no journal entries.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

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>
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...