×

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

Valve Announces Family Sharing On Steam, Can Include Friends

oGMo Re:Brilliant idea (263 comments)

They added a feature. Despite the whiners, it's not taking anything away, and if someone doesn't like it, they don't have to use it.

I would like to see resale (or at least trading) of games, but this isn't a bad feature and certainly has its uses. Going on vacation or something? Let a friend play your stuff. Etc.

about a year ago
top

Linus Responds To RdRand Petition With Scorn

oGMo Re:Why all the whining in the first place? (566 comments)

Actually, no it isn't.. Your assuming CPU instructions always behave the same.

Wow, you're an idiot. Obviously if you're paranoid that somehow not only has the NSA solved the halting problem and included code analysis on the chip that detects if you're checking randomness (and that this would take such a trivial amount of space on the silicon that intel could even manage it), you can always copy the data elsewhere and check it. Unless you believe they've done the same for every chip. Which is no more stupid, because it's that stupid to begin with.

(This applies equally to anything that "detects what you're doing with the random data" (making an SSL connection, generating a key, etc) and weakens it.)

about a year ago
top

Stop Fixing All Security Vulnerabilities, Say B-Sides Security Presenters

oGMo Re:A better way to phrase it: (88 comments)

Don't let perfect become the enemy of good.

How is ignoring the lesser issues in favor of the glaring issues "perfect" over "good"? This is not about twiddling with the colors of the buttons and the size of fonts. Those aren't the big issues, unless you're a bad manager. This is about fixing the critical vulnerabilities and terrible bugs and ignoring the trivial, perfectionist stuff.

about a year ago
top

Bill Gates Promotes Vaccine Projects, Swipes At Google

oGMo Re:Idea (481 comments)

What you and everyone else is missing (possible Billy G too) is that all of these problems he's trying to address is caused by dictatorships, despots and other forms of corruption and tyranny.

I don't see the GP missing this at all, merely pointing out the less-than-philanthropic side of The Gates Foundation. The GP is saying more that the foundation is a front for Gates' personal profit than actually doing something good.

Your point is more applicable to Gates' statement itself: Google's providing wifi, thus education, and hopefully thus good health, is more useful than second- and third-world countries becoming dependent on first-world drugs. Ideally, information on things like purifying water, health, etc can be provided to establish self-sufficiency. Of course, this may not work out ideally, but it's something more toward the root of the problem than establishing control by drugs.

about a year ago
top

Bill Gates Promotes Vaccine Projects, Swipes At Google

oGMo Re:Idea (481 comments)

You're overlooking the bigger picture in an attempt to rationalize your portfolio. Your "good investment" makes money when people want the stock, which generally means when the company does well (or just looks good). The company and its board own the majority of those shares. A windfall for you is a massive increase in their net. Anytime you make money from them, they are making tons of money doing probably-bad things and passing those profits on to willing investors. You.

If everyone on the other hand tried to sell the stock, the value would crash and the company would go under because everyone was trying to jump ship and sell to squeeze the last bit of profit out of it. But they don't, because people, yourself included, are completely supporting them doing bad things, because they give you money. Rationalize all you want, but you are a supporter.

about a year ago
top

Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off

oGMo Re:Not at all (558 comments)

Wow poor edit sorry ... should be: "Trivial to render. Hard for a program to figure out ... It doesn't have to be confusing or hard for a human at all."

about a year ago
top

Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off

oGMo Not at all (558 comments)

This kind of thing shouldn't be hard at all. You don't need complicated logic puzzles or any such thing. You just need something that's hard for a computer to figure out, but easy for a human.

For instance, render a 3D scene and ask a question about perspective. "What is the person holding in her right hand?" "What is the person looking at?" and similar such questions. Trivial to render. Hard to figure out, because it's far beyond simple image recognition: you have to see and interpret what's going on in the scene. It doesn't have to be confusing or hard at all. (And rendering is super cheap these days.)

about a year ago
top

Queen's WWIII Speech Revealed

oGMo Not really (147 comments)

Definitely funny, but not exactly ... you could have a Zombie Preparedness Plan or Alien Invasion Plan or Ant Uprising Plan ... you might even write it yourself, but that doesn't mean you actually believe it's going to happen. It's just what you'd do if it did happen, quite probably involving a speech where you utter your surprise that it actually happened.

about a year ago
top

With Microsoft Office on Android, Has Linus Torvalds Won?

oGMo Re:I don't know, has he? (365 comments)

RIM, whether they like it or not, is transitioning into a services company.

I wonder if this is the route we will see MS take. As relevant to the story they've already been doing Office as a service (most likely to compete with google), though I don't know how good or useful this is. I'm sure they could be doing this for other businessy/enterprisey products. Mostly they need to figure out they really aren't a leader or top dog, and focus on what they can do well, not try to compete with everything poorly. I doubt without a culture change (starting at the top) this will happen, though. MS has seen everyone as a competitor that needs shut down from day 1, so this would require huge sweeping change.

I fully expect to see BingBook+ before this is all over though, years after even Google stops caring about social networking.

about a year ago
top

With Microsoft Office on Android, Has Linus Torvalds Won?

oGMo Re:I don't know, has he? (365 comments)

Disagree. They've been losing relevance for a long time, and we're noticing now that they're struggling to find any relevance. They did have a lot of relevance to lose, as they squandered away what relevance Windows had, trying for markets they were weak in (server) while neglecting markets they were strong in (desktop), all while continuing to be so far behind the curve they just don't get what's going on until it's years too late (mobile).

They might have been a strong player in the game console market, but then they pulled an XBone.

Business is still pretty big, but with Windows losing day-to-day familiarity with users, their last bastion is going to erode quickly as users start asking "why can't we use something else?" I fully expect them to throw billions at trying to find relevance for years to come, though. This all might be foreshadowed by RIM and Blackberry: originally king at business, trying to fit in elsewhere, disrupted by technology they didn't grasp, falling behind, throwing money at trying to stay relevant, while everyone else wants to move on.

about a year ago
top

Early Surface Sales Pitiful

oGMo Re:MS Suffering from Legacy Effects (251 comments)

Well hooray for you, but I have to reboot win8 (game machine) constantly. Apparently, it has a well-known bug where it sends a reset command to the hard drive under certain conditions. This can cause the drive to go away until you power-cycle the machine (even the bios doesn't see it). It's not a BSOD: everything just stops working and you lose anything you were doing, because the drive it was running off is now gone. (It also blows away UEFI stuff, but fortunately you can get it booting grub again from the windows side.)

Happens extremely randomly on two entirely different systems with three different drives. Lots of reports. No fix.

about a year ago
top

Asus CEO On Windows RT: "We're Out."

oGMo Re:A tablet isn't a PC. That's the point. (246 comments)

Bluetooth? I'm sure it will have bluetooth .. do you mean "able to make calls"? That'd be nice, but I don't see anything about it.

However, their philosophy is more "a wide range of devices for every need" than Apples "one device, take it or leave it." Samsung has a whole range of devices differing in small features and size ... Tab 3, Tab 10 3, Note 2, S4, Mega, etc. Pick a size and whether you want a stylus or not and they've got a device for you. Whether it's a phone or not doesn't seem to have a huge impact.

about a year ago
top

Asus CEO On Windows RT: "We're Out."

oGMo Re:A tablet isn't a PC. That's the point. (246 comments)

Samsung is rumored to be working on a 12" Galaxy Note. This may not be a perfect replacement for paper, but with a full pressure-sensitive stylus and sufficient size, it's a good start. I can't wait.

about a year ago
top

Upside-Down Sensors Caused Proton-M Rocket Crash

oGMo Re:QA is not the problem (323 comments)

If nothing else, in addition to the mechanical interlock, you could have an electronic one that says "hey, I'm plugged in right!" or not.

about a year ago
top

Judge Rules Apple Colluded With Publishers to Fix Ebook Prices

oGMo Re:Ah! No, that is not the case. (383 comments)

No, a company cannot be evil. Each and every one of the members of the company can, but the company cannot. A company doesn't exist without people

No, a person cannot be evil. Each and every one of the cells in the body can be evil, but the person cannot. A person doesn't exist without cells.

about a year ago
top

Firefox Takes the Performance Crown From Chrome

oGMo Speed != Responsiveness (326 comments)

It doesn't matter that much if one is slightly faster in Javascript or rendering when Firefox will halt up for 5-10 seconds rendering a new tab. Maybe it's faster than Chrome, but if I have to wait for it, it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter how much Firefox devs work on "UI sluggishness" if it's a single thing can lock up all input to the browser.

about a year ago
top

A Look At Quantum Computer Manufacturer D-Wave and Its Founder

oGMo Re:Selling crap to suckers is no big accomplishmen (96 comments)

It is being done all the time. What is this fraudulent nonsense even doing here on /. Was this not already debunked enough?

No, it's not debunked; that is, no one has shown it not to be what's claimed. However it has been shown that even if it is what it claims it's no better than an optimized classical simulated version. It's like someone claims they have a quantum chicken, and it may be quantum chicken, but it still can't cross the road faster than a fast non-quantum chicken.

about a year and a half ago
top

Are You Sure This Is the Source Code?

oGMo Re:Bogus argument (311 comments)

Simply having the source code doesn't mean you have the ability to actually use the source code to make bug fixes should the need arise.

And yet, it still means that you can fix it, or even rewrite it in something else, if you want. Not having the source code means this is between much-more-difficult and impossible. The lesson here should be that everything we use should be open source, including compilers and libraries, not "well in theory I might have problems, so screw that whole open source thing .. proprietary all the way!"

about a year and a half ago
top

Snowden Is Lying, Say House Intelligence Committee Leaders

oGMo Re:If A, then B; If not B, then not A. (749 comments)

Sadly while this was my first thought, they're claiming "well we have this system so he committed treason, but he lied about it being bad". Yeah. Right.

about a year and a half ago
top

Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

oGMo Re:Example (768 comments)

Here's an example where the 5th amendment makes a positive difference.

Prosecutor: Your honor, we don't have any evidence, but we're pretty sure he killed that man because he's all shifty looking.
Judge: Tell us why you killed that man.
Defendant:
Judge: Let the record show the defendant has refused to answer the question. This court is holding him in contempt. I order him confined in prison until such time as he consents to answer the question. Bailiff, take him away.

Defendant: I didn't kill the man,

Judge: You're lying, that's perjury, go to jail.
Defendant: But there's no proof!
Judge: The confession you refuse to give would be proof; refuse to give it, you're in contempt, deny it and it's perjury. Jail!

about a year and a half ago

Submissions

oGMo hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

oGMo has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?