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


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Re:A Positive Move (Score 1) 124

by Thansal (#42191301) Attached to: Disney Switching To Netflix For Exclusive Film Distribution

His point isn't actually invalid, as it applies to Cable TV as well. If you want all of the new movies you have to pick up HBO, Stars, and what ever else there is, each at an additional charge per month. $271 a year (your math for netflix+hulu+amazon) is kind of expensive, and really a joke to do something like that because you would be buying the extras just for the sake of the couple exclusives they have.

Comment: Re:good (Score 5, Informative) 783

by Thansal (#42143645) Attached to: UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact

No, bad.

Just because it is the supported theory, and all the archeological evidence does support it, and we of the scientific community hold that it is the 99% best supported explanation, it is not a fact.

If it was truly a fact, then no more resources would be spent studying evolution. And, it is way too soon to close that checkbook.

I really think it is bad when politicians and fools get involved with science.

and that's why you at least read the summary, instead of the terribly written title:

"...all free schools in England must teach evolution as a 'comprehensive and coherent scientific theory.'"

They aren't required to teach it as fact, they are simply required to actually teach it (no hand waving or "the evil overlords that oppose us require us to tell you about their lies").

Comment: Re:Suggestion? (Score 1) 279

by Thansal (#34989176) Attached to: Genghis Khan, History's Greenest Conqueror

So, it's fairly tangential but I feel like bringing it up:

Am I the only one that has issues with the concept of the fast spreading zombie virus a la Rage?
It shouldn't spread. With an incubation period of seconds it should wipe out a city, or at least a good section of a city. However it shouldn't spread past that. For a virus that 'deadly' (if the zombies were alive or dead, I don't remember), it would require a much longer incubation period for it to actually spread beyond a limited ground zero. I could see movie scenarios where you could have pockets of infection where an infected sample (zombie, zombie fluid, whatever) is brought to a different location, either intentionally (govn't research) or accidentally (gore splatter on a survivor). However, it should again only wipe out a small area before running out of victims (Rage zombies don't seem to roam, they mostly shambled about in a small area, only running when they had a scent).


End Dork Rant

Comment: Re:Forget that (Score 1) 620

by Thansal (#34640636) Attached to: Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

I don't drive, however my mum drives a Prius.

With only the electric motor going, it's really surprisingly quite, to the point that she often surprises people in parking lots (where she is likely to just use the electric due to low speeds). It's something she independently noticed and commented on long before there started to be this public complaint about it (to my knowledge).

Obviously, the law should have something that clearly defines what is and is not permissible/required for electric cars. They shouldn't be louder than a properly operating normal car. They shouldn't operate on any ridiculous frequency. And their noise should be steady, regular, and unobtrusive (you know, like the noises made by a car under normal circumstances). I mean, we have noise pollution laws as we don't want to end up like other nations where the horn basically consists of a "Hello, I'm here" instead of "LOOK OUT!".

That all said, how about a wonderfully juvenile fart machine, with the 'intensity' of said flatulence sound being linked to the speed of the car?

Comment: Re:Incidentally (Score 1) 795

by Thansal (#33936946) Attached to: President Obama To Appear On Mythbusters

Because the teaching of science, when done well, teaches students how to think, and to question the world around them. If that isn't enough, some people think that exposing children to different fields lets them discover their interests/calling at an early age. On top of those 2, I honestly can't think of any famous inventors/scientists that were drawn to the field by money, most were drawn to it because they were, you know, interested in it. Sure money is great and all, but if you don't actually like what you are doing, there isn't much of a chance of really excelling.

Your idea sounds more along the lines of "Send everyone to vocational school, people will naturally bubble up due to drive for money."

Comment: Re:I Won't (Score 1) 390

by Thansal (#33689444) Attached to: Blockbuster Files For Bankruptcy

Lots of them now have the bigger redbox machines with two or three disc units hooked to the selection one.

I don't think it was Netflix that killed BB, I think it was Redbox. The draw of a brick and mortar video store (to me) is that you go there, pick out a movie, and watch it that night. Netflix is that you set up a giant honking list of stuff you want to see at some point. Sure, with Netflix's, and others, streaming services you can get a similar effect at home. That I suspect there will be a place for Redbox, and regular video stores, for some time, probably until we actually have saturated, reliable, and appropriate bandwidth (Enough to properly stream a movie at the current HD level, whatever that is at the time).

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 3, Insightful) 1695

by Thansal (#33521626) Attached to: Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites

I am so confused over this.

First up, Racksapce is a host, not an ISP. There are millions of web hosting companies out there, and a good number of them are known specifically for being ok with hosting anything you want. If rackspace says "nope, we disagree with your statements enough that we refuse to do business with you" it is THEM expressing their freedom of speech, not suppressing the church's.

If you wrote, say, a book on evolution, and I used force (as rackspace did) to prevent you from doing this, surely you'd agree I'm suppressing your free speech. The same is going on here.
No, your analogy doesn't work. A better analogy would be the church posting signs on one of those bulletin boards that some bars have for upcoming events and the bar taking it down as they don't think that it is appropriate and thus expressing their right to free speech by not broadcasting the church's message.

An argument could be made if an ISP starting blocking them, as they are subsidized by the government, and often there is no real choice in ISPs for many people. If their ISP drops them I would take issue with it. However, Rockspace isn't an ISP, they are a web host. There are options for web hosts, they aren't granted near monopoly status.

Hell, doesn't Google let you post just about anything, that doesn't break the law, on Blogger? (I honestly don't know, but I seem to remember that being the case)

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.