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Comment: Re:Pebble? (Score 1) 230

by A Friendly Troll (#48631681) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

Sadly, you can all but forget about Pebble in the EU, because it carries an incredible 50% price premium over the US price.

That's way, way too much, and brings the watch from "hey, this would be neat to have" to "jesus, I can buy a full-featured phone with an IPS and Gorilla Glass 3 for that amount of money".

Comment: Re:AI as our only defense against AI (Score 1) 583

If you want to protect yourself against the dangers of AI, setup some AI that you *know* will protect you, because it is designed as such.

If it's artificial INTELLIGENCE, then your design is irrelevant to its interests, and your design will be transcended.

Who's to say that your "protecting" AI won't team up with the "evil" AI and they won't form an alliance in which they rule together?

You can't "design" protection into an AI. If it's truly intelligent, it will do whatever it pleases. Maybe its interests will be to protect you and other humans (because it needs you for something), or maybe it will be to get rid of all humans (because it concludes that the rest of the ecosystem needs protection and it's better for this planet).

Comment: Re:Two possible uses... (Score 1) 250

by A Friendly Troll (#46452685) Attached to: Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

First, taking the name as indicative of the intended purpose, for backups. In that regard, I consider these DOA, since anyone who can fit their entire life in 300GB can use the cloud easily enough

I have 100 KB/s upload (used to be 30 KB/s), and that won't go any higher.

To store 300 GB in the cloud, it would take over 35 days of non-stop upload.

and those of us who rip everthing we own to a home file server would already require literally dozens of these to store a complete backup

On the other hand, I would only need 2 of these discs to store my data (roughly 500 GB).

DropBox wants $50 per month for 500 GB. I'm down $50 before I even got my data up to the cloud. And it's not really a backup; it could be a delayed single snapshot.

Comment: Re:R9 290X vs 650 Ti Boost (Score 1) 71

Nvidia's drivers are the reason I went to AMD, after nearly a year of them blaming the end user for constant TDR crashes, then deciding to man up and pay to have rigs in the US shipped to California for TDR testing, then releasing a driver which mostly fixed the TDR issues--where they were very quiet on revealing why it was crashing(all they said was "we fixed it in most cases"). Though a few intrepid people found it had to do with the drivers dropping the core and ram voltages so low that the cards became unresponsive and unstable.

Y'know, that's quite funny, because I had TDR crashes with my AMD 7790. The crashes were such that I didn't even get a BSOD, and they were seemingly random (although never occuring under 3D load, only under 2D).

Since I built an brand new computer, I had no idea it was the graphics card. I couldn't reproduce a crash, because sometimes it happened three times per hour, and sometimes a week passed by without issues. Could have been anything in the computer, including SATA cables.

It took a month of system instability until I figured out that Windows did create minidumps (but not in the standard location), which pointed me to the GPU being the problem. After that, it took a week of fiddling around with various drivers and even TDR registry settings, until I realized that fixing the GDDR speed at maximum, and not letting it "save power", fixes the crashes.

AMD tech support was clueless the entire time, and so did the internet, actually, because I couldn't find anyone with the same freezing problem and the same solution.

Comment: Re:Because there was no internet... (Score 1) 285

That's assuming you were living in a country that had such magazines ;)

BTW, I was playing Lemmings with a friend on his A500 when the first military jet flew by in low flight, broke the sound barrier and subsequently all the windows (a door frame also got blown out of the wall). Never could play that game again.

Comment: Because there was no internet... (Score 1) 285

... and the majority of people couldn't access a BBS. Walkthroughs? Tutorials? If you were lucky, an actual real-life friend might have told you how to win the spitting competition in Monkey Island 2. Or you persevered, having a much greater attention span twenty years ago - uninterrupted by a billion browser tabs, FB notifications, phones ringing, etc. It was just the game and you.

Comment: Daily disconnects (Score 1, Insightful) 884

by A Friendly Troll (#42959275) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

I noticed that I kept intermittently getting disconnected at around the same time every day (indicative of a WPA deauthentication handshake capture attempt).

No, that is only indicative of perfectly normal behaviour in most of the world, since your connection is reset (and your IP changed) every 24 hours.

Comment: Re:I can say, after having upgraded to mountain li (Score 1) 213

by A Friendly Troll (#42920151) Attached to: WebKit As Broken As Older IE Versions?

In my current position, I have definitely had to implement at the very least twice as many Chrome workarounds as IE in the last six months. I was very surprised to see Chrome behaving oddly and Firefox and IE rendering the pages identically, as prior to that time period, I had never seen Chrome and Firefox render a page in a substantially different way.

How does Opera render it?

This is why losing another rendering engine is bad... With 2:1 you have no idea who renders incorrectly. 2:2 says you'd better check the spec* , and 3:1 basically isolates the offender.

* Although, in my experience, I find that Webkit and Presto align more often than Webkit and Gecko, or Gecko and Presto, through which follows that Gecko often does the same thing as Trident, and Trident is usually not to be trusted.

Comment: Re:Monoculture, here we come (again) (Score 2) 314

by A Friendly Troll (#42887867) Attached to: Opera Picks Up Webkit Engine

This is bad news. Another step on the way to browser monoculture, with all the problems that can bring.

From TFA:

"It was always a goal to be compatible with the real web while also supporting and promoting open standards. That turns out to be a bit of a challenge when you are faced with a web that is not as open as one might have wanted."

The web isn't open. It never was. Many, many sites only start working properly in Opera when you mask as IE/Firefox, because browser sniffing is still a thing even in 2013.

The popularity of Webkit also brought its share of problems. Too many blogs and sites raving about experimental features, which end up being used on production sites with no fallbacks.

The majority of Opera users won't care. The rendering engine is highly insignificant; people use Opera because of what the browser as a whole can do. I find it mind-boggling that you still need *extensions* in other browsers for something as basic as mouse gestures. I also have no idea how you can remap keys in Firefox or Chrome. Perhaps an extension as well for something as simple as that? Don't even get me started on UI customization; there's nothing that comes even close to what Opera can do.

Opera was and still is great at innovating. Many "standard" features like tab reordering, speed dials and even ad blocking (!) appeared in Opera first, sometimes half a decade before someone else implemented it. If adopting Webkit means they can spend more time doing that, and if the "Opera experience" still remains, I'm fine with it and couldn't care less.

By the way - Opera's been losing market share to Chrome in countries where it was most popular (former USSR). Now there's no reason for those who switched to continue using Chrome. They can return back to Opera.

What still needs to be explained is what happens to all the embedded systems running Opera. That includes fridges, vending machines, airplane multimedia systems, and even the Wii.

Crazee Edeee, his prices are INSANE!!!