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Comment Re:In the US. (Score 1) 870 870

I feel like all critics of electric cars are missing the massive allure of "refueling" FOR FREE.

You can drive from New York to LA for FREE in a Tesla thanks to their Supercharger network. Is that worth stopping every few hours to recharge for 20-30 minutes? Versus what, stopping every 5-6 hours to refuel for 5 minutes that costs you $50+ each time? YES, a thousand times yes, the cost tradeoff makes that absolutely worth it.

Why is this fact always missing from the "range anxiety" crowd?

Comment Fantastic! (Score 1) 23 23

Oh man, I've been waiting for someone to figure out how to do this. Feels like the last critical piece of VR... "reality capture".

- Experiencing a live feed of a skydiver/basejumper/surfer/other extreme sport, where you can look around naturally in 3D
- A probe in space or on another planet
- An immersive control system for robots
- On and on. You can now tap into and share someone else's experience viscerally, either realtime or recorded.

This is basically Strange Days.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 283 283

no animations

Of course HTML5 can do animations. What do you think transitions are? Obviously it lacks a polished industry-standard timeline tool like Flash had, but give the tools some time to mature.

all your flash games are right out

There are mountains of HTML5 games already.

and if your mobile doesn't have hardware acceleration? Forget it, its unusable opposed to Flash and its ultra-smooth battery-sipping mobile performance?

Comment Re:Support and copyright ... (Score 1) 167 167


The act of compilation itself does not protect the digital work (we're NOT talking about the source code here, we're talking about the end product) from being accessed. You can give the binary to someone else, and (in the absence of actual DRM features) they can run it. So it is not DRM in itself, that requires another layer.

Neither the DMCA's Wikipedia page, nor the bill summary mentions the word "binary" or "compile". Nor does some quick googling unearth anything supporting your stance here.

If I own a game, I am free to hack away it, install mods, trainers, hexedit data files, whatever the hell I want. As long as I am not bypassing any DRM features it has. The DMCA criminalizes cracking copy protection schemes. Not "all modification of binary files". If you have a source that says otherwise I'd love to read it.

Comment Re:WebAssembly (Score 1) 175 175

Mobile browser statistics suggest otherwise, but OK let's join you in fantasy land where "iOS just isn't relevant" to the web.

How about Adobe? Is Adobe relevant to Flash? Because it was Adobe who pulled the plug on Flash mobile in 2011. Flash on mobile is a bloated battery-draining joke. Apple merely recognized that fact first.

And if you're suggesting that mobile web is less relevant than desktop web, you've gone full retard.

The decline HAS happened, and is still happening (are you saying a decline from ~14% to ~11% in a single year is "insignificant"??). Flash was everywhere 8 years ago. People built fucking site navigation out of Flash, if not entire websites. Those days are long gone, Flash is relegated to specific niche cases now, and continues to dwindle. The mobile-ization of web access (on all platforms) is absolutely the death knell of Flash, albeit one with a very long tail.

Comment Re:Who watches this crap? (Score 1) 135 135

Thanks, captain obvious. That doesn't invalidate what I said.

Of course practice is invaluable. Learning by doing is still the best way.

But a combination of instruction and practical is better than either alone. Your original post is nothing more than "REAL men teach themselves".

Comment Re:Who watches this crap? (Score 1) 135 135

Reviewing completed code doesn't tell you anything about the process of actually constructing it.

I recently did a presentation of a new framework at work. I decided to do it as a live-coding exercise. Everyone agreed it was far more engaging and illustrative than sharing a bunch of static code for them to look over. Seeing the end product is entirely different than seeing it built step by step.

Comment Re:The basic tenet of security (Score 1) 196 196

OK, I'll bite.

Why would anybody have to "trust Slashdot" to post a comment here? Please be specific, instead of spewing rhetorical bluster that sounds good until you actually think about it.

I don't use this username or password anywhere else. What am I "trusting" Slashdot (or "the readership".. wtf?) with exactly?

Comment Re:Most influential individual economic force... (Score 4, Insightful) 323 323


Remove any of the people on your list (except maybe Elon Musk, and that remains to be seen), and things would've just been business as usual with a different person in the seat.

Linus has made an incalculable change to the landscape. We are in a different world because of him.

Disclaimer: I am not a Linux zealot. Windows at home, Mac at work, iPhone in my pocket. But credit where it's due, for fuck's sake.

Comment Re:the first google server was 10x4 GB (Score 1) 78 78

I remember back in high school computer class (early nineties) we learned that Bell Canada's customer database was 4 TB.

That's 4 million megabytes, this was an inconceivably enormous amount of storage back then, when 1.44MB floppies were state of the art, and hard drives (if you had one at all) ranged between 20-80 MB.

Nowadays 4 TB is a comfortably sized 1080p movie collection.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long