×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

India Blocks Code Sharing Websites On Anti-Terror Advisory

nashv Re:Holy shit (78 comments)

Actually, they are all pointed towards China. Your geopolitics is about 50 yrs outdated.

about a month ago
top

Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

nashv Re:Total integrated light (179 comments)

It's not wattage , it's the lumens that matter. I have worked with an IR-laser of a measly 3W that will burn through your tissue because of the way it is focused.

Ambient light is typically diffused. If you replaced that tablet with the actual light bulb that you kept staring at, I assure you, you will not fall asleep.

about a month ago
top

North Korean Internet Is Down

nashv Re:Who will get (360 comments)

What part of "annual revenue" did you not understand?

about a month ago
top

How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

nashv As a cancer researcher... (441 comments)

someone needs to give this guy a primer on cancer and its 'cures'.

about a month ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

nashv Open Source Projects need patches (488 comments)

My experience trying to contribute in open-source projects is 'patch or you don't exist'. I suggest a simple UI change to cover a particular scenario where-in the UI is really unusable. The response I get :

Me: The tabs become invisible without bordering if the UI theme is black
Core Developer (CD) : I like it this way, we chose this after deliberation.
Me: But this OS is the dominant OS and it's not uncommon to have a dark theme on Windows...
CD: Choose a light theme. Wontfix.
Me: I guess that's the end of it for me then. I'll move to another program.
CD: You could always change the options and compile it. Submit a patch and it may get approved.
Me: If I knew how to do that, would I be talking to you? Would I have not simple compiled the damn thing myself and used it...never to talk about it again?

about 2 months ago
top

Mozilla Teases First Browser Dedicated To Devs

nashv Re:Mozilla needs to get its priorities right (132 comments)

Thanks, just gave it a try. I see that the CCS is Comodo Dragon without the new UI. Good thing...I guess I will use this now.

about 3 months ago
top

Mozilla Teases First Browser Dedicated To Devs

nashv Mozilla needs to get its priorities right (132 comments)

I must have missed the memo where Firefox was already properly multi-core ready, with add-ons and jetpack actually growing thus making this browser relevant again.

I hate Chrome's evil, but I hate suckiness more than I hate evil. So Chrome it is for me.

about 3 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

nashv Re:While you're at it, get rid of timezones. (613 comments)

I admit I made a mistake. The reason why this is so is because the abbr. 'GMT' is so often used to depict UK Time / BST. And that has DST adjustments. Nonetheless, I stand corrected about GMT and tip my hat to you for the new knowledge you gave me.

about 3 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

nashv While you're at it, get rid of timezones. (613 comments)

I have never seen a good logical reason as to why the whole world can't be on a single time zone. I mean, airlines and airplanes already operate on UTC (Universal Time Co-ordinated, which is just GMT but without the DST adjustments)

Will it really be that jarring if sunrise occurs at 6.PM wherever you are? It will get rid of this entire timezone mess altogether.

about 3 months ago
top

It's Time To Revive Hypercard

nashv Was there a gap? (299 comments)

Wasn't that the idea behind Visual Basic, the users could write their own little functional pieces of code. This is why VBS macros exist in Microsoft Office and Windows.

about 3 months ago
top

No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

nashv Re:Pointless arguments year after year (276 comments)

You need to understand that the Nobel Peace prize is a very different thing, compared to the Nobel prizes for sciences and economics.

about 4 months ago
top

No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

nashv Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

The Nobel prize is not given for scientific achievement or for being the first to do anything. It is given for accomplishments that influence the world and society in a substantial way (in the opinion of the Nobel committee).

The message being sent here is that LEDs were cool, but there was no significant impact of LEDs on the world until the blue LED came along, allowed production of white light and thereby the use of LEDs in lighting - substantially increasing the per capita energy efficiency in the entire world .

You may dispute whether blue LEDs really made a difference - but the 'original work, first to do it' is not (and never was) a reason for the Nobel prize awards.

about 4 months ago
top

Chrome 38 Released: New APIs and 159 Security Fixes

nashv Re:Chromium (55 comments)

Chromium is irrelevant to the average user without Windows builds. Chromium themselves ask people to download Google Chrome on their webpage. So, meh.

about 4 months ago
top

Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

nashv Re:Why still 32bit builds? (554 comments)

So, because this is a Microsoft product, having a choice of 2 bit-depths is a problem? /sarcasm.

And no, unlike Linux , where 64-bit builds need to be prepared for 64-bit OSes because of differences in the way some libraries work and directory structure, 32-bit Windows architechtures run fine on 64-bit Windows.

If you, as a developer, don't want to support "two architechtures" , just make a 32-bit build and be done with it. Everyone can use it.

about 4 months ago
top

MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

nashv Too much choice? (90 comments)

As a scientific programmer, I beginning to see a 'too much choice' scenario. There is now Rust, Dart, Julia, Swift, Go in the 'immature' languages scene, and Python, Ruby, Java, C# etc. in the mature language scene.

None of the new languages though are being developed with a a definite specific goal or enhancement. They are hardly ever 'feature-complete', in the sense that they are multi-purpose, cross-platform, with good standardized development tools on all platforms.
Almost feels like they are being developed 'cause we can.'

It leads to a lot of divided effort writing libraries and packages for so many languages. I for one am happy the Apple won't open-source Swift.

It would be better to simply enhance something like Python with JIT and integration into the browser etc. Attempts are being made, I know, but they aren't progressing early fast enough to be useful.

about 4 months ago
top

Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

nashv Re:Addenum: FF is nothing like Chrome (129 comments)

Agreed. But the Chrome philosophy is different and more suited to Google's needs as a web company : they give you minimal UI , and the GUI you use to do the actual work is the UI of the webapp.

They turned the the browser into something like the Windows Taskbar - not very customizable, just a basic way to load the useful stuff. ChromeOS is the ultimate realization of this.

about 4 months ago
top

Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

nashv Re:It's not Google's fault. It's Mozilla's. (129 comments)

His argument is that Chrome comes pre-installed and therefore requires less effort to use. Since it doesn't give the average user a reason to complain, nobody bothers looking for a browser.

It's the same 'How IE preinstalls killed Netscape' argument.

about 4 months ago
top

Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

nashv Re:It's not Google's fault. It's Mozilla's. (129 comments)

They're also up against a massive advertising campaign, with every Google property having a huge pop-up like ad telling users to use Chrome. Chrome users don't see this, but Google is doing everything they can except adding the words "or else".

Oh we see what Google is doing with Chrome. Actually, you are right on the money when you say the reason Firefox lost because of mobile. But that isn't all - I want to use Firefox , but Chrome gives an unparalleled feature set - the sync, the integration, the modern extension architechture, the apps, Dart, etc. etc., along with speed. Firefox simply did not ship fast enough the innovative, and when they did, they were always following Chrome.

Also, single-threaded-ness is killing Firefox. Even when the page renders nearly as fast as Chrome, every UI action like opening a new tab is slower in Firefox. At this point, Mozilla would do better to just fork Chromium and strip it of its Googlization.

about 4 months ago

Submissions

top

German Email Providers will Automatically Encrypt email from now on

nashv nashv writes  |  about a year and a half ago

nashv (1479253) writes ""Germany's three biggest email providers announced on Friday a partnership to bolster the security of messages sent between them in the wake of revelations of US online surveillance scandal." Given that German laws very strictly prohibit any kind of intrusion to privacy, the recent fallout of the NSA/Prism affair has led to the largest email providers — Deutsche Telekom, GMX.de and Web.de to encrypt their email traffic from now on. While this might help prevent peeping into email sent between these services, what about emails that go to other domains? There is no word on how this encryption will be implemented. If the emails are going to be decrypted at the mail servers of the service provider, agencies could still have access to this data. If decryption occurs in the user's browser on access, perhaps some improvement is expected. Should encryption now be a minimum standard for ALL email ?"
Link to Original Source

Journals

nashv has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?