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Comment Re:I'm not a panicky guy but... (Score 1) 409

In my case, the games I play are appearing on tablets. I spend more time on my tablet each day than on my computer.

I tried out knoppix and was reasonably happy with it. And I made a strategy of finding and getting used to opensource programs that worked both on windows and on linux equally well. So when I swap over, I'll be familiar with my software stack.

I suspect the windows 8.1 pc I bought will be the last microsoft desktop computer I'll ever buy.

Comment I'm not a panicky guy but... (Score 5, Interesting) 409

I've been with windows for close to two decades.

But I'm probably going to either use an older windows box or just bite the bullet and go to linux for my "real" machine. I might use windows for a gaming machine.

I've used openoffice then libre office for years now and no longer even occasionally dip back into Word.

I've disliked the tighter microsoft email/social account integration for a while now.

I really dislike what I'm hearing about the new o/s. I stopped using facebook because of similar actions.
it's like being fabulously wealthy isn't enough. If windows 10 goes forward as is, I probably won't go with it.

Comment Re:I have a question. (Score 2) 60

Well, about 2000 chinese noodle chefs were replaced by robot noodle chefs for the same reason robots are used everywhere.

Robots were less expensive (even than chinese noodle chefs), could work double shifts every day, 7 days a week and on holidays. When sick, they could be replaced the same day with a new one. The robots were more accurate, made less mistakes, had no legal liablity (no cut fingers, etc.) and the investors got to keep more money.

It's the end game that doesn't work. When 25% of the population can't get work because anything they can do can be done better, cheaper, and longer by a robot (or automated process -- i.e. computerized receptionists) then the system breaks down.

By definition, half the people are less than average intelligence. And many high intelligence jobs are being and will be automated as well.
The return is enormous (replace one or more highly paid humans with a machine or program) so the incentive is high.

The robot designer above is an excellent example. Sure- she'll continue to have work. But that's 1 job created for 1,000 jobs destroyed.

When people can't trade their labor for value/goods/housing/food what do you think is going to happen?

Comment Re:Judging by the story so far... (Score 1) 365

I think they need to make available the ability to see the account, the dates it was logged into, etc.

So people can prove that
1) they really did last long on before they got married.
2) or they only logged in a couple times to check it out.
3) etc.

Ashley Madison could serve as a neutral 3rd party to help people who were not actually using the service or had stopped using it when they married.

Comment I sort of skip around (Score 1) 193

I stopped reading certain characters in the book.. and as soon as certain people are on screen, I fastforward.

if something happens, I'll know about it from tyrian's perspective.

There is a lot of stuff that is as.. wait.. more repulsive than "Human Centipede 3".

The boobs are nice.

Comment Re:In "oil" country no less! (Score 1) 309

The chinese solar panel market receives substantial subsidies from the chinese government. This allowed them to sell the panels at lower profit markets. The logical reason would be an attempt to capture the solar panel market.

The problem was... solar panels are still dropping rapidly in price. So while some 1st world companies went bankrupt, new ones arose.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 309

Now, I wouldn't call two trillion dollars spent fighting a war to protect oil fields a subsidy.

Please. With those amounts you need something more like "mega subsidy!"

Oil company subsidies are embedded into the system so well that we don't even notice them most the time.

If solar can cut oil demand by 10%.. then the price of oil will never recover and we can start saving oil for unique things instead of burning it for energy.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 2) 309

Actually the price of PV cells dropped at an amazingly consistent rate since 1987 (the oldest figures I could find) when it was $15 per watt.

The inflection in price occurred in 1987. Prior to that the price was declining geometrically. Without the space program, it would probably be several years behind the current prices.

The price as of 2015 is 30 cents per watt.

At current rates of decline, the price will be under 10 cents per watt by 2020.

However, as you say -- quality panels will cost more, outperform, and last longer.

Solar cells are going to collapse fuel demand world wide. While the need for fuelbased generators will remain until we get better batteries (also improving about 5% per year pretty consistently for a long time) if we could cut fuel usage by 30%, it would probably collapse the price of diesel.

Comment Re:If your job can be described by an algorithm... (Score 1) 315

Find a restaurant where the staff is actually there the 2nd time you visit. Tip well.

Service should be increasingly better after that. At small family owned restaurants (mostly indian) the service can reach extraordinary levels.

Tipping only provides a weak herd benefit at most restaurants since the staff you have today won't be there next month or at least not next quarter.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955