Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?

Comment: never touched 3.0 (Score 1) 180

by ganjadude (#49756495) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0
My first computer was the C64, when i was 5 and i didnt get a different one until about 5 years later when I got myself on win 3.1 (with tabworks)

while I had a blast on the C64, at the time i was too young to really appreciate it. when i got my compaq with its ultra big HDD of 65 megabytes and my copy of Buzz Aldrins Race to Space simulator i spent HOURS on that thing tinkering and learning my way around DOS. the tabworks interface was amazing at the time, just point and click? how awesome!!!

it was only a year or so later when win 95 came out and changed everything. for the better?? I dont know.

Comment: Re:WSJ is owned by NewsCorp now, right? (Score 0) 161

by stephanruby (#49756223) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

So for example, does news corp or the wallstreet journal ALWAYS lie? Obviously not.

No one said that they always lied.

No one even said that they lied, only that they were not credible.

For instance, if I said that the advice of financial advisers was not credible because it was no better than a bunch of monkeys randomly throwing darts at a list of mutual funds. It wouldn't necessarily mean that those financial advisers purposefully lied with their advice.

For instance, it could mean that they have a bias of some kind, known or unknown. It could mean that they prefer to choose funds that sound cool and trendy, so that themselves sound cool and trendy when speaking to clients. It could mean that the person who hired them or the person who owned their company had a bias of their own and selected financial advisers that followed the same financial schools of thoughts that he did. It could mean a number of other things too.

Comment: Re:Not news, not for nerds, doesn't matter (Score 1) 161

by ganjadude (#49756087) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails
the biggest one being that the attacks were due to a movie (that no one saw)

the next was about claiming to have no idea what was going on at the time (some emails that have come to light show she DID in fact know, granted it was a second email address {that she denied having 2 emails prior to locating so make that 3 lies)

Should I go on?

Comment: Re:Results (Score 4, Informative) 38

by ganjadude (#49755209) Attached to: Protons Collide At 13 TeV For the First Time At the LHC
well this was actually a calibration not a "test". From my understanding to make sure no stray particles are going "off track" they ran this test. So while it is the first time its been run to full power, it wasnt for any reason other than calibration. Now, I dont know if they are collecting and running any data on the collisions that did happen

Comment: Re:What is it you want again? (Score 1) 252

by stephanruby (#49754765) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

A swiping keyboard requires capacitive touch. Capacitive touch requires more energy than just a hardware keyboard. There are Android phones without touch capabilities and only hardware keyboards, especially in developing countries, but I do not think that's what you want. Also, those phones do get security updates, but they will never go above Android 2.3x because they only have a single core processor.

An FM radio requires a wired earbuds/headset to act as an FM antenna. Phones in developing countries have that functionality enabled as well, since data connections can be very expensive otherwise. Camera, don't aim higher than 2MP or 3MP, if you want something better, you'll need to carry an extra standalone camera with you (or actually buy a better phone). Podcast playback implies longer battery usage. You'll be able to do it, but you shouldn't do it if you really want to conserve battery power.

You'll also need to keep your data turned off, buy yourself an extended battery with good reviews, and live near a cell phone tower if you want to get yourself closer to your goal of multiple days without a single charge. By the way 5 days may be pushing it, if your battery is the size of a briefcase, like in the olden days of early cell phones, then may be you have a shot at lasting 5 days, but then you'll have to carry a very heavy briefcase everywhere you go. Also, I mentioned that you needed to be near a cell tower, because if you live near a cell tower, your phone doesn't keep retrying the connection every few seconds, your phone wastes less battery energy, and your phone actually irradiates you less.

Comment: Re:Absolutely (Score 1) 143

by stephanruby (#49754403) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?

Most don't survive the mind-numbing crunch times of working 80 hours a week for months.

Many game companies don't treat their workers very well, but your company sounds even worse than usual.

It sounds like the newcomers are the frogs that leapt out, however misguided and ignorant they were, and you're the frog that stayed in to slowly being cooked alive.

I would venture to guess that the new workers who left got other gaming testing jobs at other game companies, or got other software testings jobs, and are now healthier and happier for having left your company when they did.

Comment: Re:Absolutely (Score 3, Insightful) 143

by stephanruby (#49753691) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?

Not to be a downer, but when I was a Teaching Assistant for a Computer Science class, the students that told me they wanted to do computer science because they loved computers games were usually the first ones to drop out.

Not that Computer Science equals programming. It certainly does not. Computer Science is generally more focused on the science part anyway, not on the programming itself. So I'm not saying that people who love computer games don't become great game programmers themselves. I'm just saying that based on my own biased and subjective experience, I've come to find that gamers didn't make great Computer Science students at all.

Comment: Re:Please, no. (Score 1) 142

by stephanruby (#49753295) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

Want body cam footage? Or a mug shot? Or an arrest history? Get a subpoena, and it better be relevant.

No, don't make it that complicated.

At the very least, allow me (or my lawyer, or my surviving family members) to request footage where I am the one being video-recorded. This should actually be easy to initially automate as well (if the officer actually took down my details, or my license plate number, to run a check on it). The time of the lookup should give us the identity of the police officer (or possibly partnering police officer) who did the lookup. From there allow me to make a follow-up request in case the body-cam footage points to other officers coming on the scene with their own body-cams or dash-cams, or in case I believe some other footage is missing.

After all, this is the primary reason we want the police to wear body-cams. Do not believe the false dichotomy played up by the police PR spinning machine. The police actually loves receiving requests from third parties for Terabytes/Petabytes of information. This is a form of project of scope-creep that can only slow down the wide-scale adoption of mandatory body-cams in the US and/or possibly cripple the initial intent of those body-cams by allowing the police officer/department to become the editors of those videos themselves.

And on the seventh day, He exited from append mode.