Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Are they actually powered down? (Score 3, Insightful) 53

Agreed, unwanted shutdowns seem to be a thing with mobile devices in general.

I wouldn't quite agree. Most often I see it happening when people are using custom ROMs on Android and the kernel-dev screwed up with timings or undervolts the device a bit too much when it goes idle and it basically crashes when it goes to sleep. There are the occasional SoCs that got through the testing at the factory, but when in actual use they still end up crashing during sleep due to lower clocks than usual, but usually raising the clocks slightly fixes that. I would assume all it takes for Apple to fix this is a quick kernel-patch.

It's anecdotal evidence, sure, so take what you will from it, but I certainly haven't experienced sleep-of-death on any of my devices nor have I heard of anyone in my circles having such and therefore I find it hard to believe it was some sort of common issue.

Comment Re:Consoles are easy to choose, use, and afford (Score 2) 250

One console, one TV, two extra controllers, and one copy of four $60 games is cheaper than three gaming PCs, three monitors, and three copies of four $40 games.

I don't contest the other points, but why do you think it's okay for the kids to share one console, but then every kid must have their own PC? Why couldn't they just as well share the PC?

Comment Re:Solution! (Score 1) 204

That's how the whole upgrade - process works: the upgrade is tied to your specific hardware and as such your computer's details are sent to Microsoft at the time you perform the upgrade. Then, if you ever wipe the machine and re-install Windows it'll just check whether you machine matches a record they've already got and if it does it'll automatically be activated. This is only for the upgrade - version, the regular Windows 10 does require using a key. The keys the upgrade - version uses are generic ones, everyone's got the same keys and you can't use them to install a regular Windows 10 on some other machine.

Comment Re:Solution! (Score 4, Informative) 204

You don't need the activation key at all. Just upgrade to W10, make sure you are activated, then wipe and install W10 without any key at all -- once you're online Windows will automatically activate your system. There is no need for the key at any point nor for using a Microsoft - account, it works just fine even with a local account.

Comment Outsourcing to India? (Score 2) 114

I wonder how this'll affect the companies that outsource stuff over to India and how badly this screw over their customers. I mean, I would imagine many of these outsourced services will need access to customer records and stuff from the company that hired them, but if the government insists on downgrading encryption and stuff it'll make it much easier for attackers to gain unauthorized access or for them to eavesdrop on stuff.

Comment Re:You don't need a ROM in order to do speedruns.. (Score 4, Informative) 151

There is absolutely nothing about a speedrun being tool-assisted that requires pirated software. The Retrode I just linked, for example, is a really easy and simple way of using your own, original cartridges. Also, there are plenty of videos on the Internet where people are using original consoles and cartridges connected to automated, modified controllers -- ie. tool-assisted runs.

How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One to hold the giraffe and one to fill the bathtub with brightly colored power tools.