Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


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: Probably short sighted. (Score 2) 166

by dmomo (#49055437) Attached to: Vint Cerf Warns Against 'Digital Dark Age'

If we survive as a society, in 500 years, our technology will be so advanced there will be systems we cannot even conceive of that capable of analyzing pretty much any data or bytecode you throw at it. Documentation or support systems will most likely serve a more historical than practical purpose.

Comment: Re:Wonder if their time hasn't already passed... (Score 3, Interesting) 167

by dmomo (#48213219) Attached to: Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

The site just wasn't ready for mass adoption. There's a great idea behind it, but as of last week, it was just so damn unusable. I'm tempted to think that their marketing blitz was premature. But perhaps the goal wasn't to show off the site so much as to get just enough attention to turn the heads of investors. If so, maybe it worked. They've gained some cash flow while also validating the idea that there IS a desire for what they are building.

Now, they can use some of this funding to actually make the UI usable and add in those missing features. Maybe when their next media campaign comes around, there will be a site worth applauding. We can only hope.

Good for them. I'll keep my account active and hope it turns into a site

Comment: I live in Worcester and would welcome competition. (Score 5, Interesting) 232

by dmomo (#48156103) Attached to: Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

I live in Worcester, and have been a Charter customer for five years. When their Internet connection is working it's great. It's fast, and I have no complaint.

This isn't a "bash Charter" thread, so I won't go into the details, but lets just say that the service drops much more than I can sometimes stand. When it does that , there's no telling when it will come back. The reliability of my Internet connection and their poor customer service would have prompted me to drop them by now if I could. I had Comcast before.. they've got their pros and cons too, but I wish I could at least have a choice to leave this monopoly.

Now, this might border on gossip, but I did get chatty with a Charter service tech who visited my home. I was venting to him and cursing the monopoly Charter has in the area. He told me that Charter had a deal with the City where all schools would get free service in exchange for an exclusivity deal. So no Comcast, no FIOS. I cannot verify this, but it is an interesting anecdote given what's going on.

Comment: Re:It's not your phone (Score 2) 610

by dmomo (#47909007) Attached to: Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Come on. You're kidding yourself. Don't tell me that Apple did it this way because it was easier on their developers. iTunes has countless ways of selling, promoting, and giving away music. This company certainly has the resources to make iTunes behave exactly how they want it to. This was a very deliberate move aimed at putting this album on your device.

Comment: Re:Why does this work (Score 1) 194

by dmomo (#47507975) Attached to: A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

"I'm more curious about why "different computer draws the image slightly differently"
Accessibility. This is important. The HTML5 canvas is about more than just images. It's live elements that can contain text content and other display elements. HTML should render in a sensible manner on any device as dictated by the owner of the machine. All owners are not created equal. All renderings should not be equal.

"Browsers are supposed to provide abstraction from the machine" even if that's true, there's also a matter of canvas dimensions, which can vary depending on your resolution and browser's width. Those are not attributes of the machine, but of the display environment for the page. HTML is designed to adapt to different dimensions, font settings.

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.