Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?
What's the story with these ads on Slashdot? Check out our new blog post to find out. ×

Comment The problem is much worse than it seems (Score 1) 194

The really awful thing about Clinton storing all kinds of classified data on her server is not just that some of it may have been stolen...

Np, the far worse problem is that because she wiped the server, the intelligence community now has now way to know exactly WHAT information may have been leaked, and (again because the server was wiped) no way to have a good idea of the probability of it having been hacked or not - meaning anything she or anyone she worked with had access too, has all got to be considered compromised now.

More details here...

Comment Born Classified (Score 1) 194

A number of emails a secretary of state are inherently classified by nature - the official term is "Born Classified". It is not possible to be secretary of state and not send some classified information from whatever email account you are using for that job - even if it was a one word reply on which way a decision with long-term ramifications should go in regards to another country...

Comment A different way to use a comet (Score 1) 93

I think that NASA's idea is interesting...very challeging, as other have noted, but worth it if it could be done.

I have been toying with the idea for an SF story using comets. Spaceships would wait for a comet to come by, then embed themselves into the tail of the comet, and use some kind of ramjet propulsion to accelerate out of the inner solar system. Obviously comet tails are not dense at all (a less dense vacuum than what can be made on earth) but the ion tail should be manipulatable.

Anyway, in the story, people in their spaceships end up flying out in more-or-less random directions, and hoping to find something interesting in the process.

Comment The Same Store (Score 1) 198

If Flash has been buried, then how does one go about contacting authors of classic SWF vector animations and games (Weebl's Stuff, Homestar Runner, and most of the stuff on Newgrounds, Kongregate, Dagobah, and Albino Blacksheep) and convincing them to remake their works in HTML5?

The same store you go to to get all your games migrated to newer versions of consoles.

Comment Some notifications already out (Score 4, Informative) 71

The article summary makes it seem as if no-one has been notified, but I know at least one person who works for the federal government that was notified a week or so after the leak was revealed (and given information about the credit monitoring agency).

Comment Re:It's just handy (Score 1) 52

Takes between two and five seconds depending

And with a smart watch it takes less. With a notification that appears only on my phone and not my watch that goes to zero depending on context, because it means something I can look at much later.

It also can be a matter of minutes difference between walking and driving somewhere, but people still drive, take taxis, buses, etc.

if notifications are the thing you care about, I would think the pebble has you covered there.

Two problems:

1) There is no filter, the pebble gets all notifications. That is useful but not AS useful - as I said I really like the layer of notification processing, so only really important notifications reach the watch.

On Android that is different and they allow you to choose what notifications go through.

2) The Pebble screen is not very readable at all in a lot of indoor areas, so even with it being quicker to see actually being able to read it takes longer than it takes to pull out a phone.

But notifications are just one small aspect of the many small things that makes a smart watch useful overall, so to focus on problems with any one aspect doesn't help you understand anything much. It's like you are saying that because the elephants toenail is untidy, it can never carry much weight...

I think these things are toys and I don't take them seriously.

Your loss. I think of them as tools and use them in ways that improves my life. Dismissing newer technology as toys is one way to get easily blindsided by wide acceptance and implications thereof.

Comment It's just handy (Score 1) 52

First of all - three things? I charge the Apple Watch watch every day, my phone every other day or so, sometimes more.

That's like one or two a day.

I guess you might mean a laptop, but it's not like you really have to remember that generally since it just gets plugging in when I get home to attach to a larger external monitor. But that would still be three at most.

Anyway, as to why the Apple Watch is useful - it's just handy.

There's not one thing that's amazing. But It's nice to see notifications a little quicker, and to know they were important enough to make it to the watch instead of just the phone. It's just a little quicker to see who is calling or messaging me. It's just a little quicker to respond to people. It's just a bit nicer to be reminded to get up and stretch every hour or so instead of getting lost deep in the fog of the computer.

It's many little things, none of which are amazing as I said - but together they are enough that I find the device worth carrying with me, and am sad if I forget to wear it for the day.

Note that I said the Apple Watch at the start of that, because although the Pebble Time has some nice features in a week of using it I didn't get the same useful vibe from it. And even though the applications for the Apple Watch are a bit primitive now, the App Market for the Pebble is much more scarce in terms of useful apps.

Comment They already have been limiting tethering (Score 1) 331

I have had an unlimited data plan on T-Mobile since May of this year (I called in advance of an upcoming conference and they said it would be about the same price for unlimited as the upgrade I wanted).

SO I get to the conference, and I'm streaming video and so forth and a few days later tethering stops working. Data on the phone works fine, I just can't tether... Then I get on a message on the phone that I've hit a 5GB tethering cap.

I call them up saying I'm at a conference and I really need more tethering data, and I'm happy to pay any amount to make that happen. The only thing they can do is to downgrade me to a non unlimited plan, which gives me 7GB of tethering data (which as an aside I run out of a few days later and have to limp along with no tethering after).

The point is that they seemed to already be addressing tethering users, so I wonder how they had some users able to have unlimited tethering to begin with...

I do think some cap on tethering is reasonable, though 5GB is too low and there should be some way to pay to extend just tethering ability if that is needed. At the time I frankly would have paid $100 for another 5GB, if that helps you have an incentive T-Mobile...

"A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked." -- John Gall, _Systemantics_