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

Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

rwise2112 Re:There's no script. (134 comments)

I would imagine that this will be the kind of a movie that will be in the five dollar bin at Walmart's within a month of release. And there will be a lot of them that simply stay in that bin.

At least they'll be neatly packed.

Well not too neatly, or they'll just disappear!

12 hours ago
top

Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

rwise2112 Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (263 comments)

Prior to Windows 8, what exactly where people using to start applications if they were not using the start menu? Or did they just notice the start menu was being used less often because people were keeping applications open?

90% of the people I see using windows have the desktop covered with icons to launch everything.

yesterday
top

Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

rwise2112 Re:Time for a new date (199 comments)

Peak oil WAS in 2008. It's a technical term for the maximum bump on the consumption graph. People like to pretend it's something else or that coal, shale oil, gas, biodiesel, whatever should be included but that's something else. Whether we get another peak with a sharp dropoff or a slow slide down as consumption drops due to replacement with other energy sources is something that's still being guessed at.

That's not a definition I've ever heard for peak oil. From the wiki: "Peak oil, an event based on M. King Hubbert's theory, is the point in time when the maximum rate of extraction of petroleum is reached, after which the rate of production is expected to enter terminal decline."

The problem is, is that the amount of known reserves is constantly changing, so peak oil will always be a moving target. Production, of course, has been reduced despite known reserves, to maintain prices.

2 days ago
top

2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

rwise2112 Re:I simply never use valets (269 comments)

This eliminates all such worries this system is designed to prevent.

My thoughts exactly! Park it yourself if you don't trust the valet.

5 days ago
top

Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

rwise2112 Re:Until we have independent testing... (421 comments)

I'll assume option '3' for the moment:

Out of a sample size of ten million people, chances are very good that some of them will do very stupid things (and then claim they didn't).

Mind you, I'm perfectly willing to accept that the phone has a defect in design or construction, but I've had enough experience in troubleshooting and repair to lose all trust in humanity.

It's going to be a big problem for them. These phones have only been out for a day or two, so what will the average Joe's phone look like after a month?

about a week ago
top

Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

rwise2112 Re:well said! (385 comments)

Zapp: What makes a man turn neutral? Lust for gold? Power? Or were you just born with a heart full of neutrality?

about two weeks ago
top

A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

rwise2112 Re:strongly doubting it (112 comments)

...and the DC-10 can deliver as much water as five of the largest water scoopers.

Also bear in mind that a water scooper has to "land and refill" too...it just does that on a body of water instead of an airport. That could be closer than the nearest airport, or it could be farther.

I looked them up: the scooper scoops 6,137 litres of water during a 12-second 410 metres (1,350 ft) long run on the water at 70 knots. 12 seconds to refill sounds pretty amazing, but apparently the DC-10 can be filled (45000 L) in 15-20 minutes, which is not too bad.

about two weeks ago
top

AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

rwise2112 Re:You mean... (243 comments)

You mean just like we can do now assuming our ISP treats all traffic equally? Isn't QoS supported by most home type routers, even without having to flash it with dd-wrt or tomato or whatever?

But isn't QoS pretty much limited to upload. Here's a quote from http://vonage.nmhoy.net/qos.html: QoS as found on any consumer router running on a standard Internet Service Provider will ONLY work on upstream/outbound data (data going from you to your ISP). You cannot realistically control the priority of data coming TO you FROM your ISP, since you can only control the data on your side of the modem.

about two weeks ago
top

Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

rwise2112 Re:Kickstarter's Problem (215 comments)

That's why I reached out to them for clarification and they responded with "Thanks for writing in. Unfortunately I'm unable to comment further on our terms, as it is a standalone documentation of our policies." It's pretty clear they want you the backer to think that refund means full monetary refund when you glance over the TOS but when push comes to shove ehhhhh we'll just let that be whatever the creator wants it to be.

Maybe I'm thinking about this the wrong way, but I don't think it's realistic to expect a full refund. Presumably they go through KS to get money to use in the development of the product, so it should be expected that some of that money is used. If the company has to sit on those funds in case the project is abandoned, then funding this way is no use whatsoever.

about three weeks ago
top

Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water

rwise2112 Re:This ignores the big problem of hydrogen, leaka (113 comments)

This ignores the big problem of hydrogen, leakage. Currently about 10% to 20% of all hydrogen produced is lost to leakage. This has serious environmental ramifications. Hydrogen leakage will cause bigger and longer lasting holes in the ozone layer. By making hydrogen production cheaper and easier it just makes the leakage problem worse. http://www.nature.com/news/200...

Your own article says "Although its environmental benefits would still far outweigh any drawbacks.", so maybe you're overreacting a bit.

about three weeks ago
top

How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

rwise2112 Re: TI calculators are not outdated, just overpric (359 comments)

They're not overpriced: TI knows students are forced to use them so they feel no need to lower their price. 150$ is within reach of many families and should they cost more that would force the issue. It's called free market: demand sets the price. Suck it up.

Except tablets are in that price range now and there are TI emulators in the Play Store.

about a month ago
top

Verizon Pays $7.4 Million To Settle FCC Privacy Investigation

rwise2112 Re:That'll teach them (50 comments)

$7.4M divided by "around two million customers", minus costs, they'll be lucky to get $3.50, better watch out for that godamn Lock Ness Monsta!!!

Well, actually they will increase each customers bill by that amount because they didn't make as much money this year.

about a month ago
top

Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

rwise2112 Re:Good (200 comments)

Russia and America aren't the only ones with nuclear generating stations. In fact they can't even claim to have the world's largest nuclear generating station.

And a CANDU reactor like this can already use waste from other reactors.

about a month ago
top

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

rwise2112 Re:heh (611 comments)

on many sites you'll be met with messages such as: We've noticed that you have an Ad Blocker, as we're depending on advertisement revenue to provide you with free services - we will kindly ask you to turn your Ad Blocker off and reload the page to see your content.

If they don't want me to see their content, I'm happy to oblige. On the other hand, if I know the site's content is worth it and the ads aren't too obtrusive, I might turn it off.

about a month ago
top

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

rwise2112 Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

audible chirps, clicks, etc to scare the birds away?

You would think catching them on fire would be a good enough deterrent.

about a month and a half ago
top

Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

rwise2112 Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

Meanwhile, where are the list of 'problems' ? Can't find any ?

From an ARS article:
"The first is the issue of compatibility; users in the rest of Germany that use other (Microsoft) software have had trouble with the files generated by Munich's open source applications. The second is price, with Schmid saying that the city now has the impression that "Linux is very expensive" due to custom programming."

about a month and a half ago
top

AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

rwise2112 Re:Marginally better (64 comments)

At least Amazon has a track record of making decent hardware. The existing Kindle products are pretty nice.

OCZ has a track record of making terrible SSDs.

AMD are giving these a 4 yr warranty, which means they must have some faith in them.

about a month and a half ago
top

World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

rwise2112 Re:Bandwidth and Storage (94 comments)

420*500*16 bit pixel depth*4.4 trillion frames per second = 1,800 TB/sec. raw, obvously, because i don't know if anything can compress that fast. my ssd can do 500 MB / sec. Is that close?

So, how much storage are we going to need for the next Hobbit movie?

about a month and a half ago
top

With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

rwise2112 Re:think big, plan for future (322 comments)

Due the fact that the panama canal is now too small for modern tankers, something like this needs to be done. If only the US would step up and do things like this.. it's in our best interest! Monroe Doctrine!

The Panamanians are well underway to expanding and widening the current canal.

about 2 months ago

Submissions

top

TSA Screening Barely Working Better Than Chance

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "The General Accounting Office (GAO) has completed a study of the TSAs SPOT (Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques) program and found the program is only slightly better than chance at finding criminals. Given that the TSA has spent almost a billion dollars on the program, that's a pretty poor record. As a result, the GAO is requesting that both Congress and the president withhold funding from the program until the TSA can demonstrate its effectiveness."
Link to Original Source
top

Americans Dumber Than World Average

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "A new global report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finds that Americans rank well below the worldwide average in just about every measure of skill. In math, reading, and technology-driven problem-solving, the United States performed worse than nearly every other country in the group of developed nations."
Link to Original Source
top

EDA Destroys Printers, Cameras, Keyboards, and Mice to combat Malware

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "A security contractor declared EDA's systems largely clean, but found malware on six systems and advised these were easily repaired by reimaging the affected machines.

The CIO of the EDA, however, fearing that the agency was under attack from a nation-state, insisted instead on a policy of physical destruction. The EDA destroyed not only (uninfected) desktop computers but also printers, cameras, keyboards, and even mice. The destruction only stopped—sparing $3 million of equipment—because the agency had run out of money to pay for destroying the hardware."

Link to Original Source
top

Apple Files Patent for New Proprietary Port

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "Apple proposes a solution to multiple port requirements within limited space: the two in one port. The port is described as a "Combined Input Port", where two different interfaces could be in one port.

The input port includes an outer wall defining a receiving aperture, a substrate positioned within the receiving aperture. One set of contacts is configured to communicate with a first connector and the second set of contacts is configured to communicate with a second connector.

Looks like another addition to the special (expensive) Apple cable lineup."

Link to Original Source
top

Google Says You May Not Resell, Loan, Transfer, or Give Google Glass to Another

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "According to Google: "Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty." if you resell, loan, transfer, or give away Google Glass."
Link to Original Source
top

Memory Effect Also Discovered in Lithium-ion Batteries

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "Lithium-ion batteries have long been thought to be free of the memory effects of other rechargable batteries. However, this appears to be not the case. Scientists at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, together with colleagues from the Toyota Research Laboratories in Japan have now however discovered that a widely-used type of lithium-ion battery has a memory effect."
Link to Original Source
top

Researchers use synthetic magnetism to control light

rwise2112 rwise2112 writes  |  about 2 years ago

rwise2112 (648849) writes "Stanford researchers in physics and engineering have demonstrated a device that produces a synthetic magnetism to exert virtual force on photons similar to the effect of magnets on electrons. The advance could yield a new class of nanoscale applications that use light instead of electricity."
Link to Original Source

Journals

rwise2112 has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?