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!



Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

bugnuts Slashdotters will provide food for the zombies (727 comments)

I plan on being a zombie. I plan on leading the zombies. We are talking zombie apocalypse, right?

Slashdotters tend to have vaguely higher intelligence, judging by their impeccable skill at moderating posts and speed of typing "frist post". Completely ignoring science as any good zombie would, I deduce that their brains must be tastier and more wholesomely satisfying to my soon-to-be-acquired tastes for human brains.

Nobody asked which side I'd be on after the apocalypse. I plan on being on the winning side. Now, go make me a sammich... with your ears as bread.

5 days ago

I prefer my peppers ...

bugnuts Re: Habaneros (285 comments)

I don't like the weedy flavor I've found in all ghost peppers, especially compared to the awesome citrus flavors of habaneros, or better yet, scotch bonnets.

about three weeks ago

I prefer my peppers ...

bugnuts Re: Depends on the dish (285 comments)

Yogurt is fine for most people intolerant to lactose.

about three weeks ago

I prefer my peppers ...

bugnuts Re: Depends on the dish (285 comments)

You need to soak your hands in oil. They will initially hurt more, but it will go away as the oil dissolves it. Otherwise, they can burn for days.

about three weeks ago

I prefer my peppers ...

bugnuts Re: Common Examples (285 comments)

I recently had a bizarre experience with an habanero. While chopping up a couple and removing the seeds, I went ahead and ate the seed pod of one. No problem, I've eaten raw Trinidad scorpions before, and even though I'm on an empty stomach it won't be a problem.

However, I knew it was dangerous in moments, as it was hotter than any habanero I had eaten. I decided to chew a lot to make it easier on the stomach. It turned into an unpleasant experience. Felt like I was gut shot. Next time I eat something first!

Friends were bummed I didn't have a video of it.

about three weeks ago

The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

bugnuts Re:Does it really cost $100k? (461 comments)

No, it does not. It might cost $5M to develop, but $100k per unit is over the top if adopted by most major airlines.

I've done black box programming for military aircraft among other things. A flight data recorder might cost that much, possibly more. Remember, they not only have to record data, but have to be able to SURVIVE a crash, including salt water, acid, fire, pressure, and impact. But the added tech to stream it would be nowhere near $100k per device. It could be added on easily to the next generation of flight data recorders. This tech would NOT have to survive a crash, and that makes it a lot easier to build and prove/verify.

There are a *lot* of hurdles to jump through for doing commercial airline embedded systems which adds to the cost tremendously (and fortunately I was working on military craft), but I still think it could easily be added onto the next generation of FDR at far less than $100k per plane.

about a month ago

Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA

bugnuts Re:How did this go to trial? (236 comments)

Tethered balloons (blimps), and quite legal to use for commercial use.

Untethered blimps don't have much control for commercial use, and have other legal issues.

about a month ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

bugnuts Re:Why? (769 comments)

Some are, and overuse of free radical scavengers can harm you.

But we're talking about coffee, not generic antioxidants like BHT. Coffee contains some antioxidants, but also B2 and B5, and caffeine.

about a month and a half ago

YouTube Threatens To Remove Scientist's Account Over AIDS Deniers' DMCA Claims

bugnuts Re:Non-story (268 comments)

Right. If you have enough copyright claims against you that are not disputed, youtube will simply remove your account.

This guy pissed off some folks who are making claims in bad faith, but if you're sure you're not violating the law you need to state so in a counter claim. At that point, it's no longer legal to file further DMCA takedown notices on the same material, and they have to take you to court to proceed. Multiple claims on the same clip are considered misrepresentation. This is why it's suspicious to me that he received multiple takedown requests from one source, but maybe it was for different episodes.

Youtube is threatening to remove his account due to multiple unresolved dmca claims. Resolve them, and it goes away. It has little to do with AIDS deniers, except that they're tertiarily involved.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

bugnuts Who spends their own time causing bugs?! (716 comments)

That's what the workweek is for :-)

If you expect to get a working chunk of software from an employee for a fixed cost, that employee is essentially a contractor paid per working project. He definitely doesn't need his contract payment to support a needless manager who may very well be the cause of the bugs. Thus, he'll get that portion of what would go to the manager. And he doesn't need to pay for your billing department's building -- after all, that doesn't contribute anything to the success of his contract.

Load the employee at only 1.1x (the extra 10% to be used to pay for his office and some networking), and give him the additional 1.9x or so (effectively doubling or tripling his wages -- many employees are loaded at 2.0-3.0x), get rid of his managers, and give him a design document as accurate as a blueprint for building a wall, and the analogy might fit.

Basically, employee wages are "loaded" to account for this type of infrastructure, including having to do rewrites. Hopefully, hiring and management practices will work to minimize rewrites and bugs, and less time spent taking from the slush funds to do rewrites is more profit the company made.

TFA's analogy is like saying "why do we need network support? If it was installed correctly, it will never break."

about 2 months ago

Dirty Tricks? Look-Alike Websites Lure Congressional Donors

bugnuts copyright unlikely to help (157 comments)

First, the candidate is a public figure, so that closes a lot of avenues.
Second, the sites were only copied once, and were lookalikes; it's not clear they were actually copied. Not copied means it's not a copyright violation.
Third, it's unlikely that it's registered at the copyright office, which limits the liability.

It might be able to be used, but I have doubts it can recover the money fraudulently received. If the candidates had trademarked their names, it might be a possible avenue, but I don't think these people who made the sites would care much.

about 2 months ago

Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

bugnuts Too robotic? (412 comments)

He said viewers complained he's too robotic, but the again his wife is named ELIZA.

about 2 months ago

Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

bugnuts Re:Q: How many characters lost in Tomb of Horrors? (218 comments)

One of Gygax's hallmarks as DM was the killing of players and deadly traps. I'd never seen him run in person, but heard many stories. At cons, the players loved the creative ways he'd make them reroll.

Personally, I never enjoyed that much, but that said I actually ran a Tomb of Horrors campaign (sprung on unwitting players), but added a catch... they had the Groundhog Day curse, and woke up every morning exactly the same until they reached a certain part of the dungeon and flipped a switch which progressed them to the next day. They died a lot and it was hilarious, but they never had to reroll characters. Of course, one guy got eaten by the demilich, which was stuffed into a bag of holding, and tossed into a sphere of annihilation. It doesn't get much more "dead" than that.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

bugnuts Re:"Please don't adblock us" (731 comments)

If you don't buy, you're not paying for it. If you never click on ads (like me), you're not only getting served content you don't want, but it's taking you longer to load pages and so forth.

There's no guilt in it if you would otherwise never click and never buy. While I love (e.g. fark), I have never clicked one of their ads ever unless by accident. Being served ads is not somehow paying for anything, unless money actually comes out of your pocket.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

bugnuts You own your computer (731 comments)

You do own your computer, but zero tolerance is stupid. You have a choice to click or not. Content providers have a right to display on your computer when YOU request their site. If it's a malware site, it gets blacklisted by multiple entities and browsers. Since you're on slashdot, zero tolerance by an anonymous coward means you're getting fed ads. If you're not getting ads, you installed some software to prevent that, and that activity means you tolerated it more than zero. If you truly believe in zero tolerance, gtfo slashdot and nearly every other popular website out there including google search, youtube, yahoo, etc.

I will state that if a website uses anti-adblock software that bypasses my blocking in any way, I immediately close the page. I do not need their service enough that I will suffer their bullshit. This, in contrast to "zero tolerance" is my balking rate to annoying manipulation and my curiosity never gets the best of me. If I'm reading an article, and 15 seconds later an opaque ad comes up, I close the page and blacklist the site. Some sites even bypass noscript or make it unreadable without javascript, and noscript comes with its own set of problems making many web pages unusable (even with "temporarily allow all on this page") due to xss protection among other things.

You have that choice of what to browse, and content providers have a choice of how to market. Forcing ads onto people unwilling to view ads is a very low percentage market, therefore there is no reason to pretend there's some sort of arms race. There isn't.

The overall point is that spending money to market to people who not only don't want your ads, but will actively blacklist your entire website if it's too obnoxious (*cough*upworthy*cough*) means marketing money poorly spent. If adblock software is intentionally rendered ineffective, those websites will get far fewer visitors. They will lose money.

about 3 months ago

Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

bugnuts What if it murders? (514 comments)

Will the programmer be held responsible for murder?

Will the programmer be guilty of creating a WMD if it goes crazy?

What if it gets hacked?

Unlike creating a firearm where the human controls all usage (thus, freeing the manufacturers from liability), this entire scenario is a lot less scary simply by holding the creators and operators guilty of any crimes it commits, including war crimes.

about 3 months ago

TorrentFreak Blocked By British ISP Sky's Porn Filter

bugnuts They will claim it's a mistake (171 comments)

I claim, preemptively, that such claims are bullshit. The censorship is intentional, and will get reversed, but it will be cited as a mistake. Mark my words.

Smaller sites that are just as innocent will get blocked, but won't get unblocked because not enough people will complain. This causes real damage. It costs site owners real money.

about 3 months ago

Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy

bugnuts Re: There must be a very good reason... (579 comments)

That makes some sense, and I concede that if the substation is saturated by solar generation, there are additional costs that (for now), the generating solar stations should subsidize upgrading. It should not be a full 100% subsidy.

Or perhaps pay for storage devices (e.g. huge flywheels) that are used by the substation at night and for smoothing.

I also submit that all new substations in sunny or windy areas should be built with this eventuality in mind. I live in a very sunny area, and new housing is required to have roof wiring for future solar installations done by the homeowner. We're still at a point where there is no way substations are saturated, however the marketing attitude that somehow these generating stations are "freeloaders" needs to be nipped in the bud. That's simply a lie. At a 90% efficiency from the generating station, I can get electrons to a neighbor at 97% efficiency with zero emissions. No, it's the power companies that are freeloading MY clean air (and yours!).

about 4 months ago



New camera sensor filter allows double the light

bugnuts bugnuts writes  |  1 year,18 days

bugnuts (94678) writes "Nearly all modern DSLRs use a Bayer filter to determine colors, which filters red, two greens, and a blue for each block of 4 pixels. As a result of the filtering, the pixels don't receive all the light and the pixel values must be multiplied by predetermined values (which also multiplies the noise) to normalize the differences. Panasonic developed a novel method of "filtering" which splits the light so the photons are not absorbed, but redirected to the appropriate pixel. As a result, about twice the light reaches the sensor and almost no light is lost. Instead of RGGB, each block of 4 pixels receives Cyan, White + Red, White + Blue, and Yellow, and the RGB values can be interpolated."
Link to Original Source

Canon introduces world's largest CMOS sensor

bugnuts bugnuts writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bugnuts (94678) writes "Shortly after announcing a 120 megapixel sensor which might be the world's densest CMOS sensor, Canon announced the world's largest CMOS sensor measuring 202 x 205mm. Canon has developed a dense 50 megapixel sensor in 2007, but it was never put into a camera. A larger sensor, however, is starting the rumor-mill about a large format or nighttime video camera in the works. The sensor makes possible the image capture in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor, facilitating the shooting of 60 frame-per-second video with a mere 0.3 lux of illumination. Based on the 5Dm2 H1 ISO of 12,800 that means the new sensor has as much light-gathering as an ISO around 819,200!"
Link to Original Source

Hacked email showing climate change fraud?

bugnuts bugnuts writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bugnuts (94678) writes "Following a rather cool spring in North America, another attack on the scientific consensus that humans are largely responsible for climate change has surfaced. A criminal hacker on a UK system leaked apparent emails from climate scientists which imply some sort of deception was going on. Some of the emails are clearly scientific in nature such as, "The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate", but which will be grabbed with both fists by the climate change deniers and other zealots. More troubling, however, are excerpts such as "Can you delete any e-mails you may have had with Keith re AR4? Keith will do likewise."
These emails are certainly taken out of context, whether they are legitimate or fraudulent, which adds to the confusion."

Blizzard asserts rights over independent addons

bugnuts bugnuts writes  |  about 5 years ago

bugnuts (94678) writes "Blizzard announced a policy change to Addons for the popular game World of Warcraft which asserts requirements on UI programmers, such as charging for the program, obfuscation, soliciting donations, etc. Addons are voluntarily-installed UI programs that add functionality to the game, programmed in Lua, which can do various tasks that hook into the WoW engine. The new policy has some obvious requirements such as not loading the servers or spamming users, and it looks like an attempt to make things more accessible and free for the end user. But unlike FOSS, it adds other requirements that assert control over these independently coded programs, such as distribution and fees.

Blizzard can already control the ultimate functionality of Addons by changing the hooks into the WoW engine. They have exercised this ability in the past, e.g. to disable addons that automate movement and "one-button" combat. Should they be able to make demands on independent programmers' copyrighted works, such as download fees or advertising, who are not under contract to code for Blizzard? Is this like Microsoft asserting control over what programmers may code for Windows?"

Warhammer Online fully onlineThursday

bugnuts bugnuts writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bugnuts (94678) writes "The Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning MMO servers will open to public retail Thursday morning at midnight. The servers have already been open for two days for customers that pre-ordered the game, and four days for those that pre-ordered the Collector's Edition. Those subscribers were given a code, which enabled the open beta client to run on the retail servers early.

In a departure from the norm of highly-advertised games, the official forums contain only announcements, and fans must use unofficial forums to discuss the game."

Link to Original Source

Soon to be IANAL Jack Thompson visited by Marshals

bugnuts bugnuts writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bugnuts (94678) writes "At airports everywhere, they say "No Jokes", and take even off-color non-joke comparisons as seriously as a tornado. Thompson's latest letter, hand delivered to Chief Judge Federico Moreno, contained a comparison of his treatment to Al Queda which was not taken lightly. Thompson wrote:

We find yesterday that enemy combatants at Guantanamo are to get more due process from federal judges than what I am to have. I guess my "mistake" was not killing 3000 people to make my point...
Marshals visited Thompson, probably to determine if it was a credible threat, which invoked an inevitable long-winded response."

bugnuts bugnuts writes  |  about 7 years ago

bugnuts (94678) writes "A ruling that remote DVRs are not the same as personal DVRs may have some farther-reaching consequences on the Betamax defense of "timeshifting". Cablevision wanted to offer the ability to record programs on their own hardware at the user's request, which the user could playback later. Although it sounds innocuous (simply duplicating the DVR capabilities), it constitutes a service — which therefore does not get the protections of the Betamax case."



iPhone landmine updated

bugnuts bugnuts writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I took up the fight to recover the $550 data bill I received while on travel for 10 days, while my iphone dutifully and silently received lots of email and spam and so on every 30 minutes.

Initially, ATT offerred a $150 courtesy credit, which I took but mentioned that I'd be calling them back. I did so when they threatened to cut off my service. My terms were actually forgiving. While on travel, it was possible to get wifi for $15/day, so if I had purchased it there it would've cost $150. That is what I offered to pay ATT for the data charges. An argument with the customer representative ensued, but I did not back down. My point was simple: I couldn't turn it off without losing functionality unrelated to the data service. Forcing me to turn the phone off completely means I lose the iPod features, and leaving it in airplane mode means I lose the wifi and bluetooth features.

The customer service rep filed a dispute on my behalf, but I had little confidence she would forward my complaint and reasons (since she had been arguing against them with me for 10 minutes). However, she told me what was in the report and it included what I had stated.

I'm happy to report that ATT reversed all the data charges from what I can tell. I may have been charged interest for late payment, but I'm not even certain of that until I see the full itemized bill. It appears they didn't take my offer of paying $150.

My recommendation if this happens to someone else is to remember that this is a financial issue... do not lose your cool. There's always someone higher you can take this to, even if that means a judge. Like an insurance adjuster, the customer service rep is not your friend and will do everything possible to screw you, but it's not personal. Don't take offense or be offensive, because in my case this person actually forwarded my complaint to a higher department. You don't want this person emotionally involved enough to want you to lose. Have your defense in mind, and always fall back on it if you are being dragged into a different argument... that may even involve simply repeating yourself every few minutes. If it's clear you are going nowhere, ask to escalate it up the chain and ask if you need to send a written request. Good luck.


iPhone Hidden Landmine, and other Pros and Cons

bugnuts bugnuts writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Several people have written tomes about the technological advancements and "revolution" the iPhone will bring to cellphones, both in software and hardware. Many have written tomes of the evils of it, and how they are in bed with AT&T, known to ignore your privacy. As an early adopter, I was expecting some shortcomings. What I came across, however, was a hidden landmine that will cost me hundreds of dollars paid to one of my least-favorite companies, ATT.

For those that don't know, the iphone will automatically search for wifi, and piggy-back onto those networks if allowed. If it doesn't find any, or if it can't connect for whatever reason, it falls back onto the slower cellular Edge network. This seems like a very good default and it works really well for most cases. Browsing on the iphone still amazes me on the clarity and fact that if I'm ever bored, I can just fire up a browser no matter where I am. It even downloads my email locally, and pulses when I receive a new message. You can be perpetually connected to your websites and email.

It is a geek's dream, and I'm living the dream.

Recently, however, this dream turned into a nightmare. I was on travel in the Caribbean. As soon as I powered up my iphone and took it off of the airplane mode, the iphone dutifully retrieved my email automatically incurring roaming data charges. This is, of course, despite having unlimited data in my contract with ATT. This was also happening unbeknownst to me, and there was nothing I could do about this even if I had known, except turn the radio completely off! Even if I purchased local wifi use or used a free hotspot, if it ever lost wifi connectivity it would fall back on the Edge network and incur roaming charges. Turning off the radio would prevent roaming, but would also disable use of local wifi and bluetooth. There is simply no way to tell a registered iphone to never roam without disabling the radio completely.

I discovered this only after I received a $550 bill for roaming data charges. Not once did I make an actual phone call, although I did intentionally send a couple photos I took. Most of this data transfer was from things like the phone automatically downloading my email (which I subsequently read), a little bit of web browsing, and even checking the local weather report. After a somewhat shocked call to ATT, they offered to forgive $150 of it which I accepted, but I did so without agreeing that I wouldn't pursue this further. I'm hoping this article will help prevent others from having such a surprise and financial burden.

[added 13-sep] My case of ignorance coupled with Apple's failure to program an anti-roaming feature is not unique. Rules lawyers argue that the defaults for email had been changed, or that "the phone wasn't off". But what use is a phone that has to be disabled in order to prevent racking up roaming charges? I would have still gotten roaming charges had I used the local wifi. That's because the wifi antenna is not particularly sensitive, and it's extremely unlikely it wouldn't fall back on Edge at some point. And heaven forbid my local wifi drops while I'm not actively using the phone, or once again, it'll do exactly what it's programmed to do: fall back on the Edge network and continue downloading. Works great in the US, but is a horrible default outside the local network boundaries.

Although I'm very disappointed and quite annoyed at the roaming fees, here is a quick rundown on the pros and cons of the iphone from my perspective. More importantly, it is weighted with the perceived importance. Some big "problems" that iphone detractors proclaim really are not very significant in practice, and there are several problems I've encountered that I never see stated.

I purchased my iphone knowing it would be hacked/opened at some point in the short future. It is intuitive and made for the masses, but also a perfect device for hackers - a hand-held Unix device with a radio and camera. Potentially completely programmable. Multiple inputs, bright and colorful display, a glass screen, and damn sexy, too.

The reasons I bought an iphone are largely self-explanatory:

  • Multiple touchscreen inputs (probably the first COTS handheld device with this).
  • Excellent hardware and looks (no moving parts, bright glass screen, responsive, built tough, and damn sexy).
  • Geek factor - runs Unix (which was destined to be hacked).
  • Full web browser. (Except for flash, which I don't use anyway. Or Java, but again, I'm a luddite in some ways.)
  • 2 Megapixel camera has about double the pixels of older phonecams.
  • Video playback with sound.
  • Wifi and data.
  • iPod functionality.

In addition, here are some great features I discovered after owning the iphone:

  • Icebreaker. It's like carrying around a cute puppy - people love it.
  • UI: scrolling voicemail allows you to listen out of order. Surprisingly useful.
  • UI: scrolling through ipod songs and videos makes it really easy to find the song you want.
  • UI: google maps is great fun, and quite useful.
  • Hardware is even better than I thought it would be. The screen is nothing short of amazing, and the touchscreen works great.

Here are the problems, with my comments on the significance:

  • Sometimes hangs/crashes, needs a full restart. This bit me a few times, especially at first. The system crashed continually, I received no voice messages or SMS messages, and it was very frustrating. A simple reboot (holding down the power key for 6 sec) solved all the problems. Although a BIG issue, I solved it by accident. And this is happening to a lot of people.
  • Sweaty fingers don't work so well. Anyone with sweaty hands knows how difficult most laptop touchpads can be -- this is not quite as bad, but noticable. Also, the smudges on the screen are not an issue like many people thought it would be. My glass screen is still pristine, and just takes a simple wipe on the pant leg to clean.
  • No "thumb" on the webpage. Scrolling to the bottom of a large webpage is simply stupid. Am I missing something?
  • Where's the tilde? Finding some of the special characters on the typewriter took some work. (Hint: you have to hit shift after going to the symbols page.)
  • No addons to Safari. This concerns me, but I suspect this will be solved soon enough. I can't wait for someone to port firefox, though.
  • No Flash in Safari. This really doesn't bother me. Flash has very little user-control, except through addons to prevent it from running, and I definitely don't want it installed if I can't disable it somehow. In the rare cases I allow it on my normal browser, I would miss it on the phone. But for the most part, I see flash as an annoyance, used by advertisers and idiots to ram content down your throat. For the most part, flash makes my browsing less enjoyable, not more, so I don't miss this at all. Besides, it'll be ported soon enough, I'm certain.
  • No flash on the camera, either. Despite having more pixels than most older phones, the camera is not really that high of quality, especially compared to some cellphones coming out today. It'll take great pictures in good indirect light. But if you put a bright spot anywhere, or take pictures in subdued lighting, your colors and pictures will be poor. Impressive in good conditions with good colors and clarity, but lack of any programmability of light sensitivity or zoom means you get mediocre pictures in all but perfect conditions. Also, the capture is a little slow (perhaps 1/2 second, which is enough to lose the perfect shot). Lastly, the shutter button is on the screen so it's more difficult to hold the phone in awkward positions to take photos (e.g. of yourself or over your head).
  • No video recording. For some people, this killed the iphone for them. This is not the case for me -- I don't really mind not having video. All current phone video is such poor quality that I question the ability as simply a useless bell and whistle. Use a real camera to make real videos.
  • Poor speakerphone. Rarely mentioned is the low volume of the speakerphone. Or for that matter, the low volume of the ringer, too. The tiny speaker just cannot belt out the sound. And this is annoying if you're trying to use the speakerphone while driving. Get a bluetooth headset which will work really well.
  • 2G, not 3G radio. Apple could have used a more modern radio and a faster data network, but did not. They use the Edge network, which is a bit pokey, and the fact you can do full browsing makes it feel even slower ... it downloads the pictures so webpages take much longer to load. But that's the price for the quality of the browser. I can live with this, but it is annoying.
  • No GPS. What was apple thinking? Integrate maps into it, but not tell you where you are? And how the heck can you save the current location as a bookmark in the maps, to look up later? IMHO, the intuitive interface loses a bit in the mapping software.
  • No 3rd party apps. Not an issue... they're coming whether Apple likes it or not! Already you can get screenshots of web pages, voice recording, arbitrary ringtones, etc. You can even ssh into your iphone, and *gasp* run apache on it. No, really.
  • Lack of "buttons" makes it difficult to type. Minor issue, and noticable when using the camera. Most of the time when you'd be fumbling around (like driving) you can use the "favorites" to make calls and not the keypad. The typewriter is easy to make typos, but the software works surprisingly well to correct errors and typos. Seriously, it's good. After playing with it a weekend, you'll be typing like a pro. Well, not a pro, but you can do 20-30 wpm which is plenty good enough for a handheld.
  • No voice dialing. I'd bet someone will be able to make an app to do this in the future. It's a big oversight by apple, but only a moderate problem.
  • Mono-only bluetooth. Not an issue for me, but could be for others who use bluetooth headphones to listen to music.
  • Incompatible with many ipod addons. This is a big issue which I think will affect many people. Not only do the ipod functions not send sound through the docking port (so most ipod speakers and car kits will not work), but the earphone jack is recessed which makes most minijack plugs incompatible.
  • Cannot set your own background image. This is false, but I see a lot of people claiming it. You can set a background image easily. You simply tell itunes to sync photos to a folder on your computer, and drop your background image into this folder. Then you can view it on the phone and set it as your background.
  • No Instant Messaging. I suspect this will be coming soon, through a 3rd party app. Someone will port gaim or write one. But then your battery life will probably go to hell.
  • Poor support for sending photos. No MMS support at all, and you cannot crop photos sent via email. A big oversight for a phone that is supposed to integrate such features.
  • Battery replacement requires mailing the phone in. To me, this is only a minor issue. The reason why it's minor is that I reap huge benefits from it. Because apple did not have to invest in packaging the battery and terminals, they could make the battery significantly larger. And I'm happy to lose my phone for a week, in order to have an extra hour or two the rest of the two-year expected battery life. It is a good tradeoff, although granted, could be an annoying one to some people.

There seems to be a lot of "cons" compared to the "pros". So, would I buy an iPhone knowing what I do now? The answer is still a solid "Yes".


bugnuts bugnuts writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I've been on slashdot for quite a while, and my goal is to have a comment moderated by at least five different categories, including Troll, Funny, and Interesting.

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>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account