Beta
×

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

New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

gman003 Re:Africa (266 comments)

... I really meant to say "continent" there. I really did.

yesterday
top

New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

gman003 Re:Africa (266 comments)

You do realize judging the entire country of Africa by the most notorious problems is like judging North America by Haiti and West Virginia. Ebola isn't even that deadly at a population level - it's killed fewer people, total, than the recent Gaza war. The real killer diseases in Africa are the ones we've already solved in the developed world - malaria and the ilk.

Anyways, build a modern healthcare infrastructure, modern farms with GMO crops, stop all the pointless wars and rein industry in a bit, and Africa will be fine.

yesterday
top

Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

gman003 Re:So then they get another warrant ... (440 comments)

Better idea then - they get a warrant for one guy that forces Apple to roll out an update that removes *everyone's* encryption. Because otherwise they're obviously harboring terrorists/pedophiles/satanists/communists/anarchists/Tories/heretics/witches/whatever.

The guy offered to do the development in lieu of the overly-broad request, and the government refused it.

yesterday
top

Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

gman003 Re:So then they get another warrant ... (440 comments)

THEY *HAVE* GOTTEN WARRANTS LIKE THAT. WORSE, EVEN.

Remember Lavabit? They got a warrant to seize his private SSL key, so they could hijack connections from every user. The warrant only covered one person specifically but the order was for the SSL key itself, giving them the technical ability to read everything the users read. He even offered to modify his code so it would do it for just that one user, and they refused. The warrant even came with a gag order preventing him from talking about it.

yesterday
top

ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

gman003 Re:Texas must be pissed... (931 comments)

Wait a minute... ISIS are now stealing American intellectual property? Sure, the terrorism and genocide was bad, but now they're *real* criminals. Might have to bring back the nukes for these guys!

2 days ago
top

Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

gman003 Valve already made this mistake (608 comments)

Way back in the day, when Steam used that ugly vaguely-military olive drab color, any free apps just showed up in everyone's accounts. There weren't that many - a few demos, all for Valve games. The entire Steam library was only like thirty or forty games at this point.

And then PopCap joined. They basically doubled the list of paid games, but also added demos for at least two dozen games (I recall the list was so long I actually had to scroll). People were understandably furious, because that made it a lot harder to pick out the games you had actually bought from the demos that just popped into everyone's accounts. I think this was before there was an option to show only installed games, which would have made things much worse.

Valve fixed that pretty damn quickly. And I thought everyone would have seen and learned from that. Sadly Apple refuses to learn from their own mistakes, let alone the mistakes of others.

3 days ago
top

The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

gman003 Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

You're making the assumption that any situation the car cannot handle is both an immediate danger, and a situation that can be handled perfectly by a human.

When I try to think of situations where an automated car would fail, most tend to be ones where a response of "come to a full stop, don't do anything until the human orients himself and takes charge" is a perfectly valid one. Traffic lights not working? Let the human figure it out. Bridge out ahead? Let the human figure it out. Conditions so bad you can't see the road markings? Let the human try to do better, and if he wants to sit on his ass until it clears, that's probably a good idea anyways.

Sure, there are situations where an AI might not be able to avoid an accident an alert human would. Let's say a trailer detaches from a truck in front of you, but not in your lane. As it skids, it suddenly tumbles into your lane. An automated car might have ignored it until it was too late, while an alert human would have slammed on the brakes as soon as they saw it.

But how many humans would have been that alert? Even if they weren't on a phone, or sipping their coffee, or fiddling with the radio, most drivers end up in a sort of trance, doing things automatically. I've seen people crash just because they weren't paying attention - not distracted by anything, just driving without conscious thought. Automated cars won't have that problem - they don't *get* bored. Even if they can't dodge a freak accident, they'll be avoiding plenty of routine accidents. Net gain for people who don't like car wrecks.

about a week ago
top

The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

gman003 Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

Or let's see if it could handle the commute I had this morning: There was a power outage. Seems to have affected at least two blocks, including the traffic lights. I was trying to make a left turn, onto Main Street. For those whose traffic laws may be different, in this jurisdiction, a downed traffic signal is treated as an all-way stop sign. Or at least, it's supposed to be. Traffic coming from the left refused to stop. They just blew right through it, most didn't even slow down. Traffic from the right stopped occasionally (they had passed through other downed lights to get there, so I guess they had a few seconds to think), but that didn't help me. I eventually had to turn around and find a different route, specifically one that would not hit any traffic lights. I wonder if automated cars would have done better. Would they have stopped, as they were supposed to? Would they recognize it as a dangerous situation, stop and hand control back to the driver? Would they just plow right through it like all the dumb humans? The first is obviously correct behavior, the second would be tolerable, and the third would be merely no better than humans were doing. What if my car was automated? Would it have stopped? I sure hope so. Would it have realized that humans are morons and that it would never be able to make that turn? Would it plan a backup route that avoided all traffic lights, or would it continue to be surprised every time humans failed to remember an obscure driving law? What if a policeman had been directing traffic? Do Google's cars know how to obey hand signals? People can usually figure them out even if they don't remember them, since they're fairly intuitive to us, but that has no bearing on whether it makes sense to a machine.

about a week ago
top

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

gman003 Re:To be fair... (405 comments)

NFL: One of the few industries where smooth talking idiots can rake in millions spewing bullshit.

Few?

about a week ago
top

California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

gman003 We need more of this (275 comments)

We need more penalties just for trying to include illegal terms in a non-negotiable contract. It's not enough to simply say "well, the courts will toss it out if they try to enforce it" - because that relies on people being able to fight a legal battle that they shouldn't have needed to fight to begin with.

about a week ago
top

John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

gman003 He's right (266 comments)

I've got ideas for plenty of shooters that do things differently. Two have actually made it to playable prototypes, and confirmed that yes, the ideas are fun. I'd describe them, but I'm in talks to produce them so I'll keep my mouth shut for now. All the marketers think we want are "realistic" modern arena shooters, "realistic" modern open-map shooters, "old-school" twitch shooters, or maybe an occasional squad-level tactical shooter. In other words, a CoD clone, a Battefield clone, a Q3/UT clone, or a R6 clone. That's it. That's 90% of the industry, just remaking the same three games over and over with different settings or skins or variations on the same fucking theme. It's really quite infuriating, since half of them aren't even *good* clones.

about two weeks ago
top

Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

gman003 Re:Why not 16? (105 comments)

It's a weird die layout. They have four "columns" of cores - three columns of 4 cores, and one of 6. The memory interface and some other stuff takes up the room that would have been used for the other two cores on the first three columns. I guess they didn't need to be longer, so they used the extra room for two more cores.

about two weeks ago
top

Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

gman003 And the headline we all dread (173 comments)

Good news! Slashdot Beta now live for all users!

about two weeks ago
top

Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

gman003 Not just one mobo (102 comments)

Since nobody reads TFA, Phoronix killed an MSI X99S, and LR lost an Asus X99 Deluxe. It was also different RAM (Corsair vs G.Skill). However, both reported the burn was near the VRMs (Phoronix also reported a second event near the northbridge). The two mobos might be using identical parts for that, but I was unable to find out for sure.

about two weeks ago
top

Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

gman003 Re:Normally I'd side with anyone but Disney, but. (137 comments)

So corporations can rip people off all they want, as long as those people suck? Man, no wonder there's no good music these days.

about two weeks ago
top

Dell Demos 5K Display

gman003 Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

You can get 2560x1440 for about $500 +/-200 now - cheap imports are $350 on eBay, top-of-the-line ones are $700+ but you only need that if you do pro graphics stuff. For regular use, there's 27" 1440p monitors all over the place now.

about two weeks ago
top

Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

gman003 Yes, and it still can (448 comments)

You want to disable a division of tanks? I think the technical measure you're looking for is the CBU-100 cluster bomb. As long as you strike while they're still grouped together, you should be able to render them nonfunctional pretty effectively.

Software solutions to this sort of problem do not work. We've seen this a million times - if you have hardware access, getting software access is just a matter of time and effort. So you need to disable the hardware - and conveniently, we already have an entire category of "anti-tank weapons". So why not use them?

about two weeks ago
top

Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

gman003 Really hope the spirit lives on (152 comments)

AnandTech is pretty much the only tech site I trust implicitly anymore. They don't do bullshit stories, they don't rush things out just because everyone else is, and they aren't afraid to criticize their own sponsor's products. More to the point, they know their stuff, and they have brought a lot more science to testing. They don't even test cases with actual computers in them anymore, they use strictly-controlled thermal loads and lab-grade probes because it wasn't repeatable enough. Hopefully Anand's spirit of accurate, thorough reporting will live on at Anandtech for years to come, because if they fail I don't know of anyone that could replace them.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

gman003 hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

gman003 has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

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>