Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×

Comment how tear/cut proof are these things (Score 1) 552

Either I would refuse to participate in such an event, or I'd immediately tear/cut open the pouch upon entry, sorry. Phones are for a lot more than just videotaping concerts - including keeping an eye on my kids via texts from my babysitter, etc. I'm not going to be 100% unreachable due to the artists' paranoia.

Yes, I fully agree with their right to ban videotaping and photography. But - locking away my phone like that bans a LOT of other stuff they have no fucking right to even think about.

I hope this falls flat on it's face.

Comment Re:Whiny Fanboy... but he has a point (Score 2) 260

I don't know why I think there's a difference between visuals and sound track, but it just doesn't seem as "bait-and-switchy" to use different music in the promo than in the film. Maybe its because they use music with all forms of advertising, and I don't expect the music to come with the product. (When I buy a new car, I don't expect the music soundtrack from the commercial to be playing on the radio all the time, etc.). But if they show me that the car has airbags in the commercial, they'd better damn well come with the car. :)

To musicians maybe that's a double standard... I know.

Comment Whiny Fanboy... but he has a point (Score 5, Insightful) 260

Half of me wants to say "grow the fuck up, you whiny little turd"... but the other half agrees that it's false advertising if those scenes were used to lure in audiences then not included in the film. If they're in the ad, then presumably they're some of the best / most enticing scenes... and to not include them seems like a bait and switch.

So, go get 'em, you whiny little turd. :)

Comment Is the B1 recalled too? (Score 1) 31

Their recall website says it's for the Peak recall "and B1 returns"... I've entered my data to return my B1 and it accepted it, but it doesn't say what the terms for that are (how much they'll refund, etc.). Everything I see online only mentions the Peak.

Does anyone have more info on the B1 return? I used mine for a while but really didn't like it for several reasons so it's been sitting in the drawer. It'd be great to get a refund so I can invest in something newer/better!

Comment Re:Good thing you have a choice (Score 4, Insightful) 537

It wouldn't be? As long as it's passive blocking (i.e. Faraday cage), and not active blocking (like a signal blocking device that transmits interference/etc) then I can't see how it would be illegal in the USA either.

There's nothing illegal about parking garages and other buildings that block cell signals... they're everywhere.

Comment Re:That's a funny new definition of "entitlement" (Score 4, Insightful) 438

Well, presumably that media is still available for Canadians to purchase in other manners. Maybe it's more expensive, maybe it's less convenient than their preferred option of a Netflix subscription, but they could still "buy" it on DVD or other services or whatnot.

So - it's a dubious argument that they're "entitled" to pirate it because Netflix doesn't want to sell it to them. But, it does highlight that people are willing to pay for content in a manner that's reasonably priced, flexible, and in a format that makes it easy and convenient to use... and if media companies won't provide that and get SOME revenue from it, alternatives like piracy will thrive.

Comment Why does the school have acct info in 1st place? (Score 1) 215

The first question is WHY does the school even have the students' social media account info in the first place? Why are they going out into the online world to track the students outside of school? That's like the principle showing up at my kids' birthday party to see what they're saying to each other about the kids that weren't invited... it's not their job to police that, and they should be bitch slapped for even going there.

The only exception I can think of is them monitoring social media posts that are made from the school computers or network. However, they should be banning use of these things on school computers in the first place.

Even PUBLIC posts on social media aren't the schools business - that's for parents to monitor and manage as appropriate.

WTF are we coming to?

Comment Re:3D... (Score 1) 117

Yes, it would be cool. The failing of many VR systems is field of view. With more resolution, you can increase the FOV while still having enough detail to look decent. I think Occulus Rift is one of the few doing it "well", but even they have a bit of tunnel-vision in their system.

I can't wait until there are VR systems that have FULL field of view, so even your peripheral view is addressed.

Comment Re:3D... (Score 1) 117

Just noodling on this - a fixed LCD barrier screen, combined with the selfie-camera could automatically adjust the underlying image to calibrate automatically for the inter-ocular distance of the user, no matter how close/far from their eyes they're holding the screen. 808ppi with a 80-100lpi barrier screen would give you tons of resolution to play with in this respect. It would be awesome. :)

Comment 3D... (Score 4, Interesting) 117

That type of resolution lends itself very well to doing things like lenticular 3-D. I know people often don't like lenticular, but that's usually because it's done so poorly so often. Well-done lenticular is amazing to see and is not a strain on the eyes. If glass lenticules were built into the display itself, and were appropriately sized and spaced, it could be impressive.

There are other interesting technologies too that could be done, such as barrier-screen - that could be implemented by LCD over top of the display - which would be less intrusive and could be turned on/off.

I write software for these applications - I would drool over a screen that had 808ppi!

Slashdot Top Deals

Old programmers never die, they just become managers.