Slashdot stories can be listened to in audio form via an RSS feed, as read by our own robotic overlord.


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Yes, the IoT is coming... (Score 1) 251

by SeaFox (#48929653) Attached to: One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

Yes, the IoT is coming... as soon as IPv6 is fully deployed with stateless autoconfiguration so we'll have network addresses for all the things.

I hear both Verizon and Comcast are really happy about the idea of offering routable addresses for everyone, without finding some way to monetize it.

Come now. You know that's not how it's going to work.

The household things will not talk direct to the Internet. They'll connect via NAT to a hub-like base station device you have to buy separately and connect to your broadband router. It will use a proprietary protocol that bears a striking resemblance to something open-source (except with extensions on it) to talk to the devices. You will communicate with the devices via a custom website or smartphone apps. Your access to your devices will be contingent on you paying your monthly subscription fee for said service, of course. Even when you try and control the devices from your own LAN the commands will be routed out to $connectedhomeprovider and then back to your home's hub device, so if your Internet service is down (or their servers) you will still have no access to your connected IoT devices, even when they are sitting right next to you.

Comment: Re:Well I guess it's a good thing... (Score 1) 201

by SeaFox (#48928203) Attached to: Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

I'm curious... At this point do we just expect everything to be 100% free?

The website should be a way for the business to reach new potential customers. Not an ends to producing profit in itself.
I buy plenty on Amazon despite blocking those affiliate third-party retailer ads at the bottom of the pages.
There are porn websites that operate on giving away short video samples, and subscribers paying for full videos.

Comment: Re:Change for change's sake (Score 3, Insightful) 207

by SeaFox (#48921175) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Because people have been using largely the same UI for the last 19 years, and are used to it. Thats a good enough reason the screw it up isn't it.

It is for Microsoft. If they don't make a new Windows release visually different in some significant way most people will see no reason to upgrade, which will make the product a commercial failure (or at least, not enough of a success to make Wall Street happy). Now, it's true, if Microsoft were do make a new version of Windows significantly faster performing and more secure then they might get a bunch of people on board even if it had the same interface as before, adding shiny to software is much less work than actually improving the product itself.

Comment: Come again? (Score 4, Insightful) 224

by SeaFox (#48919499) Attached to: YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

[YouTube] now uses its HTML5 video player by default in Google's Chrome, Microsoft's IE11, Apple's Safari 8, and in beta versions of Mozilla's Firefox browser. At the same time, YouTube is now also defaulting to its HTML5 player on the web.

You mean the web you browse with Google's Chrome, Microsoft's IE11, Apple's Safari 8, and in beta versions of Mozilla's Firefox?
Am I missing something here, or are these sentences completely redundant?

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. - Voltaire