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: Re:Microsoft ignores her requests... (Score 1) 613

by itlurksbeneath (#35019750) Attached to: Xbox Live Labels Autistic Boy "Cheater"
What happens when you're playing an offline game and your internet connection is down (no connection to XBox Live) and you get three achievements while offline? When you get your connection back, do all three achievements get fed up to XBL at the same time? Would that be considered cheating?

Comment: Re:This one makes some sense (Score -1, Flamebait) 446

by itlurksbeneath (#34866506) Attached to: FBI Seeks Suspect's Web Game Records

the name of the video his friends said really set him off

Zeitgeist: The Movie

He's being tagged as a conservative because it was a Democrat that was shot. Would the tables be turned if it was a Republican? Would we assume the shooter was a liberal? Doubtful.

FWIW, I don't think any self respecting conservative would be caught dead watching that movie. Well, maybe if they needed a good laugh. Maybe.

Comment: Re:Prequel, Sequel (Score 1) 602

by itlurksbeneath (#34061024) Attached to: BSG Prequel Series Caprica Canceled

The problem is (and it's not specific to cable) is that intelligent shows tend to have long story arcs that span multiple episodes, or even seasons. When shows like that get canceled, it leaves the fan hanging as to how the story would have played out. Firefly wasn't as arc-ey (if that's a word) as some, but in it's case the absolute mismanagement and abuse by the very network that was showing it was responsible for it's demise.

Just a few shows off the top off my head that have had the rug pulled out from under them (and me): Defying Gravity, Heroes (ok, that series was really going down hill, but I would have liked some kind of ending and who doesn't like watching Ali Larter?), Journeyman, Life (not sci-fi, but had a long story arc that never got closed). And all of those shows aren't even on cable - those were network.

Comment: Re:which language is best? (Score 2, Insightful) 394

by itlurksbeneath (#34010788) Attached to: Taco Bell Programming

Actually, I have a masters in CS. I was trying to make a lexical pun of sorts saying it's not about "programming languages" but about "programming", which, in my mind, is more about the problem solving and design than the actual implementation of a particular program. Once you learn how to program - how to solve problems and design a solution - implementing it in any particular language is just a matter of getting the syntax right.

The programming language itself is a tool. Any particular problem can have solutions in any number of languages, and certain languages are more suited than others for particular problem classes.

Comment: Re:sometimes, you have to ask yourself... (Score 1) 280

by itlurksbeneath (#34010438) Attached to: Amazon To Allow Book Lending On the Kindle

When the electronic versions of the books cost more than a paperback and are less convenient, yes, there are more negatives to be had than positives. Fourteen days is a little short - it takes me longer than that to get through a large book (not because I'm a slow reader, but I don't get much time during the week to read). Plus you can only loan it once? Fail.

At this point in the electronic book meilu, I'd much rather have a real book that I actually own pysically - it's mine and I can do what the hell I want with it - than to "buy" a book that's not really mine - somebody is just granting me a semi-permanent license to use it.

If you steal from one author it's plagiarism; if you steal from many it's research. -- Wilson Mizner