Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Is that even worthwhile? (Score 1) 101 101

Is it even worthwhile to use an app like that to save a few cents on gas?

Here in Canada it's generally more then a few cents. In my neck of the woods gas is $1.16/L(~$4.90/gal), if I travel 30km(~18mi), I can buy it for $0.82(~$3.15/gal). Usually I don't use the app, rather I use their website. But their new policy violates a bunch of federal and provincial privacy laws here in Canada, and since they operate Canadian-centric sites, they're going to have to change their policies on it again.

Comment Re:Money Ruins Fun (Score 2) 40 40

It doesn't help that a lot of those pay-for modders, started lashing out at those of us modders who wanted nothing to do with it. That's probably the biggest thing there, if you have access to any of the hidden forums for modders on the mod sites(nexus, moddb, modgames, etc), you'd see the personal attacks that the paid for modding used. Once that started making it out into the general community that pay-for modders were attacking others for not wanting it, the community in general had enough.

Those folks learned the hard way that it's really easy to burn bridges by attacking other content creators, and pissing off mod users.

Comment Re:TOTAL GARBAGE- paid mods work on Steam (Score 1) 40 40

Most people wanting to sell their mods, want to get jobs in game development-- Either as asset creators, scripters, coders, level designers, etc.

Pretty much, for those of us who've been modding for ~20 years on a variety of games we do it because we enjoy doing it and don't want to get paid for it. Rather the only application that most of us have is that our work is recognized, used, and enjoyed. A lot of modders start out because there's xyz missing and they want to add it to the game themselves, that's how I got into modding. That, and there were bugs sometimes serious bugs that need to be fixed but weren't fixed by the developer.

People who are talented will get noticed and picked up by the industry by the mods they make. Others use their mods as a showcase, which works out very well too.

Comment Re:Sounds impressive, but is it? (Score 1) 83 83

- that would suggest that their cost of goods and operating expenses are negative.

Sounds about right, gotta remember that they've had some massively bad quarters and several years and they're still paying off their loans to other parties(not the government ones).

Comment Re:I've had issues with the Win10 NVIDIA drivers.. (Score 1) 316 316

And a lot of "your driver stopped responding so we turned it off, then back on again."

That's the infamous nvidia TDR problem, and has been plaguing their drivers and cards since the very early R.208.xx series drivers. Said TDR problem has been so bad that ~4 years ago they were paying to ship PC's to California for testing to determine the cause of it. It's been on-going since 2008 and they haven't fixed it, or have been working on 'trying to fix it' since then.

The last time nvidia fixed it in mid 2011, it was due to the cards throttling the core voltage down to control the amount of heat being generated. This caused problems in a lot of cards, especially cards which had flaky GPU's that didn't handle voltages well. Well it was fixed for all of about one driver release then it was right back to where it was again.

Comment Re:We're a tech company... (Score 1) 247 247

So you're saying that not having the required $6m in liability, and have different and higher driver testing requirements is a bad thing? You're making the assumption that "it's a good thing we generally follow the rule of law in Canada" in my statement. Assumptions are never good.

Comment Re:Can't be true (Score 5, Informative) 174 174

My cousin and her C/L partner run a bee "farm" here in Ontario, over the last 4 years they lost 60% of their hives. This year they had a massive rebound in the numbers of bees, and have been hive splitting like crazy. In nearly all the hives that were wiped out it was either parasites, fungus, or a combination of the two. Their theory? Honey Bee monoculture, and that's a serious problem.

Comment Re:We're a tech company... (Score 1) 247 247

When Uber decides that it's xyz instead of abc, but uses existing laws to apply to abc, and ignore other laws like chauffeurs licenses and minimum mandatory insurance requirements they are indeed trying to determine which laws are good and bad.

I suppose it's a good thing in Canada we generally follow the rule of law. You guys in the US really have begun to swing to mob rule, and demanding laws based on feelings.

Comment Re:No nuance allowed. You're for us or against us. (Score 1) 557 557

I guess that's why /r/kotakuinaction has more page views every month, usually in the 600k-700k range and climbing. That's why they've done numerous things, including funding feminist causes. And that's why developers and even hollywood stars that actually look into agree with it right?

If you get all your news from one place, you're living in a tasty world of group think. And of course, whenever one of these people come out pro-GG, the first thing that happens is the SJW crowd starts harassing them, and threatening to kill/rape/murder them. Such loving people right?

1.79 x 10^12 furlongs per fortnight -- it's not just a good idea, it's the law!