top Ask Slashdot: What Tablet and Software For a Partially Sighted Person?
A lot of people have mention brands - like ipad, but there's surely more to it than that - not all ipads are the same.
A large high resolution display is better able to clearly display a reasonable amount of text at a higher zooms.
top Deep-Frying Graphene Microspheres For Energy Storage
Is power density typically an issue?
top NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower
What you "like" is entirely up to you; but, in practice, we *do* have to put up with it, for the foreseeable future at least.
about a month and a half ago
top You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South
If you're offgrid and storing excess power in batteries then point in the direction of most efficiency.
If you're connected to a meter and can run it backwards then point in the direction of most efficiency. If you're only producing half your own power and pay a flat rate for electricity then point in the direction of most efficiency.
There are only a few specific situations where an individual would benefit from aligning solar panels with their usage patterns instead of maximum efficiency.
My guess is the majority of homeowners don't fall in that category.
I live in the UK and have solar panels. I get a payment from the state for the amount of energy that I generate with the panels. How the energy is used doesn't really matter - it makes a very small difference, but really the financial incentive is all around generation.
top Philae Lands Successfully On Comet
Years? Doesn't sound like an SI unit. I suppose you meant 315,360,000 seconds?
top Windows 8 and 8.1 Pass 15% Market Share, Windows XP Drops Below 20% Mark
The venturebeat article links to netmarketshare as the source of the statistics. The numbers are apparently world-wide. Your own experience is unlikely to be a reliable barometer of what's happening in Munich, Shanghai or Addis Ababa
top EU Court Rules Embedding YouTube Videos Is Not Copyright Infringement
The courts are there to decide the cases that are brought before them. If someone chooses to bring an action for copyright infringement in a particular circumstance then it's the function of the courts to decide the case.
The wisdom of bringing, contesting or appealing cases is really a matter for litigants and their legal advisers; not for the court.
top Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers
"There's patches" ?
top FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading
Quite. This is quite normal when you take a job in any government department here in the UK. You're asked about, for example, your criminal record. Fessing up to a conviction won't automatically exclude you from consideration (it depends of course on the job and the crime). But lying about it and then getting found out will always go badly for you.
top Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO
Yeah. Colloquially also known as crying over spilt milk or sending good money after bad.
People who've been closely involved in a previous decision are much more likely to make this kind of error. Which is partly why in business it's good to have input from others - they won't have the same emotional involvement or concerns about being seen to have made a bad choice. Hence they are better able to abandon something when necessary.
top My resting heart rate:
The SI unit of time is the second. I understand it's used widely even in backwaters like the US!
top Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?
You mentioned online courses. There are plenty of good quality ones these days. Some you're expected to work to a particular schedule, some you can do at your own pace. 10 hours a week is plenty.
top The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming
Your characterisation of the multi-player experience is rather slanted. I've played quite a few games online as part of a competitive team against other teams (UT, Quake, Tribes2), or as part of cooperative team against the game (WoW raiding). I view these as positive social experiences.
Multiplayer gaming doesn't have to be about jumping into some public server with a bunch of random strangers.
top John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter
While I totally agree that Romero was an abject failure...
Doom, Quake, Wolfenstien - "abject failure"? Please.
top BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates
Surely the question is rather - why should the BBC provide you with content if you're not prepared to give that information?
The BBC is funded by payments from TV licence holders in the UK. All the content it produces is available free in the UK. It also makes money from selling programmes overseas. If there was no revenue from overseas sales then people in the UK would have to pay a lot more.
So - why should you get the BBC content for free when you've not contributed to the costs of producing it in the first place?
top Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?
Whilst unit testing is a good thing in general it's actually hard to know how many tests to write. Whilst it is in theory possible to write tests for most things, it's completely infeasible to a priori write tests every for possible interaction with any reasonably sized bit of software. In practice everyone ships code with gaps in the test suite.
There are contexts in which we should be formally proving the correctness of code. This tends to be a niche thing tho' because it's hard and time-consuming.
top Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys
It's not just the spend, it's the spend compared with the cost of developing and marketing the game. A game like GTA takes many millions to make, a game like WoW takes many millions to make and millions more to keep the infrastructure up. You can make a lot of sales and still lose money. A cheap to make smartphone game can be very profitable even if people don't spend much on it.
top Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft
One wonders whether the real issue is lack of MS office, rather than lack of Windows?
top Of the following, I'd rather play ...
All of that applies to bridge too. The main problem with bridge is that you need multiples of four to play.
top The Psychology of Phishing
Criminals can promise things that legit marketing emails can't.
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