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+ - Alternatives to Slashdot post beta? 8

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Like many Slashdotters, I intend to stop visiting Slashdot after the beta changeover. After years of steady decline in the quality of discussions here, the beta will be the last straw. What sites alternative to Slashdot have others found? The best I have found has been, but it has been a while since I've looked for tech discussion sites."

+ - Valve Launches SteamVR Beta for Virtual Reality On the Eve of Steam Dev Days->

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An anonymous reader writes "Over the last few weeks, Valve has made some major advances in support for virtual reality. First was the announcement that they'd be showing prototype VR hardware that they believe is “what affordable VR hardware will be capable of within a couple of years.” ( Second, they've added a 'VR Support' category ( to Steam for Oculus Rift games. Third, they are soon to release a VR SDK for Steam developers ( And now they've finally launched SteamVR Beta, a Big Picture mode for the Oculus Rift, and presumably also for future virtual reality headsets (

At Steam Dev Days next week, Valve has three VR talks planned: 'What VR Could, Should, and Almost Certainly Will Be within Two Years,' 'Virtual Reality and Steam,' and 'Porting Games to Virtual Reality' — the latter by Oculus co-founder and Rift inventor Palmer Luckey."

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+ - FCC Chair: it's Ok to Discriminate Traffic 2

Submitted by sl4shd0rk
sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "Remember when the ex-cable lobbyist Tom Wheeler was appointed to the FCC chair back in may of 2013? Turns out he's currently gunning for Internet Service Providers to be able to "favor some traffic over other traffic". A dangerous precedent considering the Open Internet Order in 2010 forbid such action if it fell under unreasonable discrimination. The bendy interpretation of the 2010 order is apparently aimed somewhat at Netflix as Wheeler stated: "Netflix might say, 'I'll pay in order to make sure that my subscriber might receive the best possible transmission of this movie.'""

Comment: Re:Gah-bage! (Score 1) 396

by Emetophobe (#44893779) Attached to: <em>GTA V</em> Makes $800 Million In 24 Hours

I want them to continue developing Half Life ! And I miss the simulation games of yore - Age of Empires, Civilization, Roller Coaster Tycoon, etc..

Age of Empires was an RTS, not a Simulation game.

I'd much prefer something challenging and stimulating than a boring game cloned from 15 years ago because they haven't bothered to come up with anything new and just want to jazz it up with eye-candy, give it a new name, and sell if for $60...

Geez, make up your mind. First you say you want more sequels to a bunch of 10-20 year old games, and then the next paragraph you say you don't want rehashed versions of 15 year old games. Which one is it?

Comment: Early cable (Score 5, Interesting) 410

by Emetophobe (#44872517) Attached to: The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

When I first "signed on" around 1995 dialup prices were around $30-40/month for a 28.8 connection. Within a few years there were so many competiting dialup providers that you could get a 56K connection for $5/month and it came with a personal website, several emails, usenet access, etc... You could literally find a hundred competiting ISPs in the yellow pages in the Toronto area.

I was one of the first to get cable internet in my area. I can't remember the price, but it was fairly decent, and the service quality was amazing. I remember being blown away by the speeds. I'd usually get 600KBytes/sec down from sites like A few years later my isp (Shaw) and another isp (Rogers) decided to swap customers for some odd reason (without any say from the customers of course). So I ended up getting stuck with Rogers, and service quality quickly degraded over the next several years. The dialup ISPs slowly died off and competition died with it.

Fast forward 10-15 years and I'm still with Rogers. The service quality is much better than it was 5 years ago, mostly due to the CTRC finally getting off their asses and slapping Rogers over their throttling practices. The speeds are good, I get 6.5MB/sec on average and I almost never have any service outages (maybe once or twice a year for a few hours). The price and caps are unacceptable though. I pay $80/month for 50Mbit down with a 150GB monthly cap. What I wouldn't do for a little competition again. I had it with dialup, why can't I have it with cable? I should still have access to dozens of competiting providers like I did ~20 years ago. /rant

Comment: Re:Diet and laziness (Score 1) 707

by Emetophobe (#44350265) Attached to: The Man Who Convinced Us We Needed Vitamin Supplements

While I agree with some of what you said, there are medical cases where supplements are neccessary. I had a severe Vitamin D deficiency 2 years ago that ended up causing osteomalacia-like symptoms (severe muscle, joint, and bone pain throughout my entire body). My family doctor ran blood tests and told me I had the worst Vitamin D deficiency that she had ever seen in 35 years (I had something like 12 nmol/L of 25-hydroxyvitamin D). Anyway, long story short, she perscribed me 1000mg of Vitamin D once a day and the problem went away within a month or two.

+ - Statistical analysis finds Google shuts down 35% of its services-> 1

Submitted by zacharye
zacharye (2330148) writes "A statistical analysis of Google’s track record has found that more than one out of every three services Google launches ends up being shut down. A recent extensive analysis of Google’s launches over the years was published in an effort to find closure patterns and maybe even predict which current and new services might be shuttered in the future. In doing so, the site found that a sizable chunk of Google’s product portfolio — 35% — has been shut down over the years..."
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+ - Is Apple Doubling Down on Secrecy - Again?->

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Tim Cook quite clearly during Apple's latest earnings call this week that it would not launch new hardware, software or services until "the fall" meaning there would be at least a ten month gap between the launch of the iPad mini and whatever is next from Apple. Is this just a change of tactic from the Cupertino company, or is Tim Cook trying to re-instill a sense of mystery and secrecy around the company, having lost that over the last 18 months?"
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