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Comment headline (Score 1) 290

"Commodore C64 Survives Over 25 Years Balancing Drive Shafts In Auto Repair Shop"

I completely misunderstood this headline and thought it was literally balancing drive shafts, as in they were missing a cinder block that day, stuck a C64 under them instead, and they'd been sitting like that in the back for 25 years.

Still impressive I guess :)

Comment Re:This will never take off since it is closed... (Score 1) 85

Hear, hear.

Now, if they did this with DisplayPort, that'd be a different story, since it's (last time I checked) royalty-free.

I apologize in advance if this was a joke and the subtle humor eluded me (I'm not familiar w/ DP licensing) but DisplayPort has supported USB-C Alt Mode for quite a while already. Many laptops with USB-C connectors, such as recent MacBooks and the 2015 Dell XPS 13/15 models support it.

Comment Re:Humans? Who needs 'em? (Score 1) 58

Greatly disappointed by the lack of humorous or insightful comments, but maybe they exist without visibility or sufficient positive moderation.

You may not realize this, but 90% of Slashdot stories and 98% of commenters have now been replaced by AI. Humor & insight will come along in future versions.

Comment Re:Uh-huh (Score 1) 70

Funny, that seems like the least challenging part of providing random individuals air transport for the same cost and as sustainably as ground transport, especially since we are talking about cities where walking and cycling are typically realistic options.


Comment Re:It's of limited use unless... (Score 1) 263

If it can emit a painful ultrasonic shriek, fire off an omni-directional microwave that makes your skin feel like it's on fire, or blink a bajillion-candle strobe in your face to temporarily blind you... then it's suddenly useful.

Or accidentally bump that laser "rangefinder" up several watts... hey, we were just trying to determine distance to target!

Comment Re:Traffic lanes designated to buses or bicycles n (Score 2) 165

favoring some types of web traffic over others

I can not identify an argument for "net neutrality", that would not also not apply to attempts to prioritize — such as by designating traffic lanes for them — buses, bicycles, cars with electronic toll-payment transponders, and even for emergency vehicles.

In fact, I suspect strongly, that, had the Internet-service provision been in government's hands already, the same people arguing for "net neutrality" today, would've been arguing for "sensible measures" to prioritize "special" traffic.

And vice versa — had private corporations been in charge of streets and highways, their attempts at prioritization would've attracted the same criticism currently hitting the ISPs.

Some neutralities are more neutral than others...

I've always viewed the entire net neutrality debate as a (hopefully) temporary sideshow while/until we fix the larger problem of lack of competition. The only reason (e.g.) Comcast is able to pull the shenanigans that they are is because we can't go anywhere else. Otherwise, if an ISP decided to slow down Netflix and try to extort money from them, their customers would just leave.

Comment Re:Lack of sales figures hinders investment in app (Score 1) 359

Apart from the bad grammar here, I wonder if the lack of apps is because Apple hasn't released sales figures. If a developer doesn't know the size of the market, the developer can't calculate how many people might try an app and thus can't estimate return on investment.

If Watch apps had been a good ROI, the early adopter devs would have made more apps and word would have spread. They don't need Apple to tell them how well their apps are doing or how much they're being used.

Comment Re:Qubes and virtualisation (Score 2) 124

This is why OS architectures like Qubes are important. This is why Linux systems (and everything else) should work more like that. It is also why the principle of least authority needs to make its way out of textbooks and into real life.

When something that sounds great in a textbook never makes it to real life, there's usually a pretty good reason.

Comment Re:What do you mean... (Score 1) 190

You mean how you can download the .deb package from the LibreOffice website, and double click on it to install it? You're right, that's such a huge, painful operation of cryptic commands that nobody could possibly remember. :-/

What a pain... I prefer the Windows way, where every program launches a system tray icon to burn CPU cycles checking their website for updates on their own schedule, then pester me at all times of the day to upgrade and reboot because I wasn't really doing anything important anyway (and of course, having to reboot to upgrade a userspace program just makes me feel safer).

Comment Block? (Score 1) 352

"Marco Rubio and Other Senators Move To Block Municipal Broadband"

C'mon, I know this is Slashdot, but that's quite a misleading title. "Move to allow states to block municipal broadband", or "Move to prevent FCC from blocking states from blocking municipal broadband" maybe, but they're not trying to outlaw it on a national level.

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