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


Forgot your password?
Back for a limited time - Get 15% off sitewide on Slashdot Deals with coupon code "BLACKFRIDAY" (some exclusions apply)". ×

Comment Re:Salomonic solution (Score 1) 745

I use Firefox despite critical components being designed and written by Brandon Eich, who's a contemptible homophobic jackass (and would have continued to use it even if he hadn't resigned.) I use OpenSSL despite the jackwagon who wrote it being some anti-GNU zealot. Those are two examples, and I'm sure I can find a thousand more utilities written by people I'd never go to a party with.

You're unwilling to work with systemd simply because you don't like the author, and are willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater because you are afraid to deal with your animosity against the author. OK, we get it.

But perhaps you need to reconsider your priorities if your approach to life is to decide what technologies to use on the basis of personality quibbles with people you'll never ever meet.

systemd's great. I can't comment on Poettering because, quite honestly, I've never really followed the guy. He could be as bad as Eric Raymond. He could be as nice as Bruce Perens. I'll bitch about him if I find out something that makes me think he's giving the F/OSS communit(ies) a bad name or is behaving in an exclusionary manner, but I'm not going to reject a long needed technological upgrade that's exactly what we need right now on that basis.

Comment Re:It's just the calm before the storm (Score 1) 169

The current "refugee crisis" isn't didlley-squat compared to what happened in Europe and the USSR in the 1940s, when tens of millions were relocated to match the new international boundaries. (Or in China and Korea after the Japanese colonies there were disestablished.)

For starters, see and

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 257

No batteries needed if it connects via the Lightning (or micro-USB for generic phones - let's be honest, if Apple goes there others will to) port. DAC and headphone amp will probably add about 25c to the cost of the device.

The only serious issue really is that nobody has these headphones. I don't mind us moving to digital audio transmission, but I'd like all the manufacturers to agree upon a common standard first. Apple unilaterally deciding to go Lightning is about the worst possible outcome.

Comment Re:An angry Atheist hit Planned ParentHood :( (Score 1) 69

I don't think so:

...Mr. Dear [shooter] was raised as a Baptist, Ms. Ross [ex-wife] said in an interview in Goose Creek, S.C., where she now lives. He was religious but not a regular churchgoer, a believer but not one to harp on religion. “He believed wholeheartedly in the Bible,” she said. “That’s what he always said; he read it cover to cover to cover.”

Comment Re:You have bigger issues (Score 1) 69

I couldn't care less about a fucking Barbie doll getting owned.

People who get them for their kids might care. But, wait--

These things scream of bad parenting - people who buy those spend 75 dollars to avoid talking to their children. If you find yourself buying one of these things, you have much bigger problems to worry about than someone getting your SSID.

Seems to me you're the one with the issues. Kids, can you say, "False dichotomy"?

Comment Re:converter (Score 1) 257

Right, Apple ditched floppy disks when 64GB thumbdrives became available. Last year, right?

No, of course they did not--they simply dropped it, and left lots of their users hanging. But that's entirely orthogonal to the point I was trying to make, which, rephrased, goes something like, "I'm not opposed to change. I'm opposed to change that serves only to increase vendor lock-in whilst providing users with no real benefit other than helping to lighten the users' wallets."

Comment Re:converter (Score 3, Insightful) 257

This kind of bizarre nonsense hate just convinces me Apple's brand is still among the most powerful in the world.

I don't make calls with a brand. I do make them with my phone.

The supposedly rabid fans seem almost mythical to me, I can never find any...

You have time to talk about the power of the Apple brand as if it were a good thing, yet you've no time to look in a mirror. Interesting.

Comment Re:converter (Score 3, Insightful) 257

Floppy disks were superseded by other removable storage with clear, tangible advantages over it, as in, "You can pack 50,000 times as much data on something that has no moving parts, requires no power supply, uses a bog-standard connector and thus does not require a cable, is about 50,000 times as rugged, and you can stick in your pocket."

BTW, I have been using various Bluetooth devices for years (speakers and keyboards), and this discussion isn't about going wireless in any case. It's about Apple ditching a standard wired connector in favour of a proprietary wired one.

Comment Re:Things are looking up (Score 1) 169

In 1940, there was no entertainment as you imagine.

So radio, films, plays, books, and concerts didn't exist?

Professional music performances were rare to non-existent outside a dozen world class cities.


There was no Radio,


no TV,

LOLwhut? (Mmmmmmmmmm Godwin mmmmmmmmmm...)

On a personal note, my grandfather proposed to my grandmother during intermission at the movies about a year before the Berlin Olympiad, in 1935. And they lived in a little coal-mining town in Kentucky you probably never heard of, that had a population of about 3000 people. Definitely not a "world-class city".

few dance opportunities,


books were expensive and rare, etc.

Poppycock, etc.

I have difficulty believing anyone could be so completely ignorant of history. But apparently you are.

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. -- Jack Paar