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

Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

rsilvergun Easy (112 comments)

you spend years making games that bomb until you hit on one idea that works and that clicks with people.

Basically, years of honing your game design skills and trying new ideas and then someone comes along and copies your mechanics and your game is irrelevant just like that.

3 days ago
top

Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

rsilvergun Re:Cotton lobby (178 comments)

It depends on where hemp out performs. If hemp doesn't grow as well where cotton does then you cotton growing land becomes much less valuable.

about two weeks ago
top

Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

rsilvergun Cotton lobby (178 comments)

there's more to it than just Mary Jane. You don't think the cotton lobby has noticed the wonder material that is hemp?...

about two weeks ago
top

The Benefits of Inequality

rsilvergun It doesn't work out that way (254 comments)

the truly smart people, you're Eisenstein and what have you, are too busy with the incredibly interesting problems they can comprehend to bother with the sort of wealth gathering that you're thinking of when you say "meritocracy". The ones that we're talking about when we say "inequality" aren't all that brilliant. They're loaded with advantages from generations of accumulated wealth. They're rent seekers. The "Investor Class". People who spend their entire day not solving problems or building things or making new things but just figuring out who to gather wealth.

You'll never have your meritocracy. Eisenstein was too busy with relativity to bother trying to run a county. Now Mitt Romney, he's got plenty of time for it. He's also got a Car Elevator...

about two weeks ago
top

The Benefits of Inequality

rsilvergun Does it really? (254 comments)

I think if you look you'll find most basic research (e.g. the really expensive stuff that's hard to do) is paid for by your gov't (or European gov'ts if you live in the USA, we've been cutting funding left and right since Reagan...).

NASA (along with a lot of German Rocket scientists) got us to the moon and DARPA + the Universities created the communication network we're using now...

I guess Capitalism got us the 99 cent double cheeseburger. Oh wait, it was gov't farm subsidies that make that possible too....

about two weeks ago
top

The Benefits of Inequality

rsilvergun That's not Communism (254 comments)

it's a dictatorship and/or kleptocracy that happens to use communist rhetoric. Why this fact escapes so many people is beyond me. Maybe it's the 75+ years of indoctrination and thinly veiled McCarthyism...

about two weeks ago
top

AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs

rsilvergun All I can figure (110 comments)

is AMD wants to be able to sell you a PC ready to go. APU+Storage+Ram = computer, and in a few more years the APUs will be fast enough to hang with current gen consoles.

about three weeks ago
top

TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

rsilvergun Um... (255 comments)

the China Syndrome was less about a nuclear disaster and more about cover ups and ignoring of known safety issues. It sorta sounds like we _did_ have a China Syndrome situation here...

about three weeks ago
top

Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

rsilvergun How so? (183 comments)

they'll be a little bit of laughs and chatter, but it doesn't sound like the Hotel's hurting for business, and by tomorrow /. will have forgotten all this. Heck, can you name me the hotel without scrolling up to the summary and reading (no fair if you've got a 4k monitor and don't need to scroll)?

If anything they probably backed down because they'd just find themselves getting a tonne of credit card disputes, which you're allowed to do because of a Gov't imposed requirement written into a law...

about three weeks ago
top

Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

rsilvergun That kinda sucks (172 comments)

they made really nice ones, at least as far as screen. I'm guessing they can't compete with the heavily subsidized Amazon Kindles though...

about three weeks ago
top

The Great Taxi Upheaval

rsilvergun Let me know (218 comments)

how you feel about that hindrance the first time you get hit by an uninsured Uber driver...

about a month ago
top

Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?

rsilvergun Arcades had their place (171 comments)

and often weren't bad value for the money. You got to play games on far more advanced hardware than you could afford at the time and the operators maintained a public space you could play others in.

DLC's & free to play are the same. You can do them right and wrong. I've generally heard good things about Warframe and League of Legends. On the other end of the spectrum you've got Dungeon Keeper and Candy Crush Saga. And right in the middle you've got stuff like Mechwarrior tactics.

Heck, if you want a real world example look at the stuff Games Workshop is doing recently where Expensive high value models that used to belong in specific rule expansions have been introduced into the main game to sell more of them. I expected a backlash but instead the fans were happy they could justify the purchase of a $300 model kit with the knowledge they could use it in game :P, go figure.

about a month ago
top

Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

rsilvergun White people can join (514 comments)

you know. Those various black societies are very inclusive and generally run by very nice people.

Black people in America have lived with 200 years of institutionalized racism. I've got a black trucker friend who doesn't do runs through the South to this day. So I can't really begrudge them their societies...

On the other hand I'd say Whites are tremendous victims of racism: their own. The right wing in this country has convinced the white man that "Welfare Queens" (read: Black people) are a bigger problem then declining wages and competing with slave labor. The think tanks aren't even very secretive about it. Google "Southern Strategy".

about a month ago
top

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

rsilvergun Kids (570 comments)

Can force you into debt. School cloths. Food. Medicine. A toy for the birthday.

Losing a job and not being able to find another can force you into debt. You need to eat. We've been dismantling the Safety Net for 40 years. If you think you're protected and you're not already rich then your nuts.

It's also ridiculous to say you're not "forced" into debt when you need medical attention. Experience the pain of an infected tooth or a Kidney Stone you can't pass and tell me about the "choices" you have then.

Christ, what the hell is wrong with this world. Human beings need certain thing to survive. I've said this before and will again: If we can put a man on the moon why the hell can't we feed our kids?

about a month ago
top

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

rsilvergun Re:Wow ... (419 comments)

The Business doesn't call the number on the Card, they call a number provided by their Point of Sale Vendor and/or bank to get the code.

about a month ago
top

Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

rsilvergun TCO (158 comments)

At the risk of being modded troll I'll ask if anyone knows the TCO on these Linux roll outs. If Spain has lower tech wages it might be much lower than Windows, but in the United States at least there's tonnes of cheap Windows IT gurus but if you want someone that can admin your Linux boxes you'll pay through the nose. Google Docs and other web apps might be changing that though, at least until you hit college.

about a month ago
top

White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

rsilvergun You're more right that you know (272 comments)

Our food supply is based on oil. We don't rotate crops anymore. We couldn't possibly make enough food if we did. Instead we generate nitrogen as a by-product of oil and pump it back into the soil.

If the oil stops flowing some Americans might have to tighten their belts, but people around the world that depend on our surplus food would just starve...

about a month ago
top

Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

rsilvergun Uh, that's not how it works (192 comments)

not at all. You need to ask yourself who has disposable income. It's mostly teenagers, They're young, and stuff that's repetitious to you is brand new to them. . There's a smattering of young married women (who, as it turns out, make most of the buying decisions in a family after the teenage years, and yes I know not all of them are married any more). But a more discerning is usually made up of middle aged men who don't have much in the form of disposable income (nerds aside)

about a month ago
top

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

rsilvergun This is actually a strength (272 comments)

not a weakness. Microsoft does this is a) to maintain backwards compatibility (which locks businesses in since they'd have to re-purchase or re-write tons of software) and b) to fix bugs and work around limitations in other vendor's software ( again, lock in ).

In office there's something called the 80/20 rule. 80% of your customers only use 20% of your features, but it's a _different_ 20% for just about every customer. There's always 1 feature a customer can't live without. That's what keeps 'em locked in :).

The danger from dropping rarely used features and picking just one way to do things is that you'll force your users to spend lots of money switching over to the 1 way you picked, and they'll start asking if they should look for alternatives.

about a month ago
top

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

rsilvergun They're finishing off Nokia (272 comments)

and scaling back XBox. The CEO more or less said he wanted to cut XBox because it wasn't profitable enough, and Nokia is a no-brainer. Microsoft lost the smart phone/tablet war big, and they've probably got redundancies to eliminate.

The part that I'm wondering about is with these new, ultra efficient companies that merge up like crazy how much work is there going to be for the rest of us to do? Between that an automation it just looks like we're running out of work to do..

about a month ago

Submissions

top

Law firm offers H1B Visa Hiring How-To Guide

rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "A Law firm has taken to running symposiums on how to skirt the law regarding H1B Visas. Companies in the United States are required to seek qualified local labor before applying for and receiving an H1B Visa to hire abroad. Slashdotters have always suspected these shenanigans, but here we have documented proof. Have you experienced a job interview where you knew they didn't want to hire you? What recourse do we have in these situations?"
Link to Original Source
top

Simple data transfer for my Family?

rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  about 7 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "As the family tech, I'm often stuck transferring data from old to new computers. These days, the process can take hours, what with gigs of mp3s, avis and jpegs. What I want is disk imaging software that makes autorunning dvds that prompt to extract the image to a folder, and then prompt for each disk in the set. That way I can make them sort out the data instead of me. I've looked at solutions from Acronis, Runtime and even Norton, and every one of them is just too technical. What do /.'ers do when stuck with this chore?"
top

rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "Director Uwe Boll, in a bid to silence critics, has taken 5 of them into the ring. This September five of Boll's critics agreed to enter the ring for the upcomming movie Postal. But what started as a pr stunt seems to have ended badly, with some contestants needing medical attention."

Journals

rsilvergun 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>