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


Forgot your password?

Comment: opera mini is a straw man (Score 2, Informative) 284

by jacktherobot (#31830958) Attached to: Apple Approves Opera Mini For iPhone

I just tried it and it's pretty clear why Apple approved it. Opera Mini is so vastly inferior to the built in safari that all of the non-slashdotites who try it will instantly lose any desire they had for alternative browsers.

Even the nytimes site that is in the default bookmarks is unreadable, and when you try to two-finger zoom in it moves you to some pre-set zoom level that's too far in.

Comment: Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (Score 2, Informative) 111

by jacktherobot (#31010408) Attached to: Membrane That Turns Any Surface Into a Touchscreen
most of the touch screens used in point of sale (i.e. cash register) applications are old resistive touch films. This tech suffers from the drawback that in order for the resistance of the film to change you have to physically deform it to register a touch. This opens you up to all kinds of mechanical fatigue problems like the one you're talking about. Capacative touch systems (like the iphone) which work by sensing the proximity of your finger electrically don't have this problem. The material in the article sounds like an evolution of resistive touch, so it would probably still wear out after a lot of use.

Comment: Re:Won't this eventually defeat the purpose? (Score 1) 138

by jacktherobot (#29453629) Attached to: Google Buys reCAPTCHA For Better Book Scanning
in addition to just showing a scanned word, the captcha image is contorted and corrupted. This makes captchas much much harder to solve compared to standard OCR problems. Improving and perfecting OCR is unlikely to have as much of an adverse impact on captchas as spammers hiring poor folks to solve them.

One has to look out for engineers -- they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb. -- Marcel Pagnol