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

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Microsoft's relevance... (Score 2, Interesting) 188

by jcannonb (#34553372) Attached to: MS Hypes Win7 Tablets For CES — Again
Microsoft's relevance is getting dimmer and dimmer by the day. 7-8 years ago, I ran Windows, I needed to know Windows Server and .NET dev tools for my job. I even enjoyed a WinMo Phone. Today, and for the past 5-6 years, the needs for my skills have changed: Linux Mac PHP MySQL I was asked a Windows Server authentication question today, and I couldn't even remember the answer it has been so long since I admin'd Windows of any kind. Windows right now is good for: Exchange Outlook if you don't have a Mac and need integration SQL Server .NET and other "enterprise" services to maintain what is there today. Microsoft would make more money if the ported all of their services over to *nix platforms, and sold licenses as a software company. Exchange, SQL Server, AD services, .NET development environments for *nix platforms would make them a lot more money, and make enterprise orgs happier, because then they could run *nix platform solely, with MS offered services.
Iphone

A Professional Perspective On Apple's Retina Display 346

Posted by kdawson
from the eye-for-an-eye dept.
Reader BWJones, who is a retinal scientist, sends in this detailed analysis of the iPhone 4's "retinal display," which includes photomicrographs of the display pixels of earlier generations of iPhone as well as the iPad. Well worth a read. "... as you can see from these images of the displays I captured under a microscope, the pixels are not square. Rather they are rectangular, and while the short axis is 78 microns, the long axis on the iPhone 4 pixel is somewhere in the neighborhood of 102 microns. ... While [an earlier analysis by] Dr. Soneira was partially correct with respect to the retina, Apple's Retina Display adequately represents the resolution at which images fall upon our retina. ... [I] find Apple's claims stand up to what the human eye can perceive."
Earth

1,400 Megapixel Pan-STARRS Telescope Comes Online 54

Posted by timothy
from the don't-get-your-panstarrs-in-a-bunch dept.
ElectricSteve writes "Astronomers in Hawaii have announced they've successfully managed to boot up the Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) telescope. Working from dusk to dawn every night, Pan-STARRS is able to map one-sixth of the sky each month, allowing astronomers to track all moving objects, calculate their orbits, and identify any potential threats to Earth. There are four Pan-STARRS cameras in total, each capable of capturing around 1.4 billion pixels over a sensor measuring 40 centimeters square. The focal plane of each camera contains an almost complete 64x64 array of CCD devices, each containing approximately 600x600 pixels, for a total resolution of 1.4 gigapixels."
Role Playing (Games)

Dungeon Siege III Being Developed by Obsidian 84

Posted by Soulskill
from the hack-and-slash dept.
Square Enix has announced that it will be publishing Dungeon Siege III, which is in development at Obsidian Entertainment, makers of Alpha Protocol, Neverwinter Nights 2, and the as yet unfinished Fallout: New Vegas. Obsidian will be receiving input from Gas Powered Games, the developer behind the first two installments in the Dungeon Siege series. No release date has been set, but the game is planned for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, and it will include a co-op mode.
Crime

Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded 1123

Posted by kdawson
from the ain't-nobody's-bidness-if-we-do dept.
linzeal writes "When the police act as though cameras were the equivalent of guns pointed at them, there is a sense in which they are correct. Cameras have become the most effective weapon that ordinary people have to protect against and to expose police abuse. And the police want it to stop. Judges, juries, and legislatures support the police overwhelmingly on this issue, with only a few cases where those accused of 'shooting' the cops being vindicated through the courts."
Social Networks

+ - Hackers Can Delete Facebook Friends->

Submitted by CWmike
CWmike (1292728) writes "A bug in Facebook's Web site lets hackers delete Facebook friends without permission. The flaw was reported on Wednesday by Steven Abbagnaro, a student at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. But as of Friday morning, Pacific time, it had still not been patched, based on tests conducted by the IDG News Service on a reporter's Facebook friends list. The security researcher is not going to release the code used in his attack until after Facebook fixes the flaw, but he says that technically competent hackers could figure out how to pull off the attack. That's because Abbagnaro's code exploits the same underlying flaw that was first reported by M.J. Keith, a senior security analyst with Alert Logic. Last week, Keith discovered that Facebook's Web site was not properly checking code sent by users' browsers to ensure that they were authorized to make changes on the site. Facebook's security team has been under siege lately, with worm attacks and site flaws popping up on a regular basis. These security issues come as the social network has been hit with intense criticism for not adequately protecting users' privacy, and inappropriately sharing user data with advertisers. Users have been quitting the social network and a campaign proclaiming May 31 as Quit Facebook Day has gained some traction. According to the results a new Sophos poll, more than half of Facebook users are considering dumping the site because of privacy concerns."
Link to Original Source

+ - iPad Rival Courier Becomes Less Than Vapor->

Submitted by Kostya
Kostya (1146) writes "The much discussed Courier two-panel tablet device from Microsoft is now even less than vaporware--now it's just plain dead. 'Microsoft execs informed the internal team that had been working on the tablet device that the project would no longer be supported.' While the Courier had never been officially announced as a supported product by Microsoft, it had generated a lot of discussion as what the iPad should have been."
Link to Original Source
Iphone

+ - Gizmodo Paid $5K For Next-Gen iPhone->

Submitted by CWmike
CWmike (1292728) writes "Gizmodo, which posted photos on Monday of what it said was the next-generation iPhone, paid $5,000 for access to the smartphone, said Nick Denton, head of Gawker Media, which publishes the blog. 'Does Gizmodo pay for exclusives? Too right!' Denton tweeted. Just before 6:30 p.m. Eastern, Denton posted another tweet that reinforced his lost, not stolen- contention. "iPhone update. We think we've identified the sorry Apple engineer who left the next-gen phone at the bar," he wrote. Apple's attorneys have not contacted Gawker Media, Denton added. 'No official communication, no,' he said, leaving open the door to some other form of contact. Denton didn't express any concern about what steps, if any, Apple might take, and cited a January 2008 lawsuit by the Church of Scientology and actor Tom Cruise against Gawker for posting video clips of a 'private [Church of Scientology International] religious event.' Denton said on Monday when asked Gawker's plans if it was faced with legal threats from Apple: 'Formidable though Steve Jobs may be, the Church of Scientology has a more vicious reputation for litigation.'"
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:This where I have a problem with reviews... (Score 1) 750

by jcannonb (#31741066) Attached to: iPad Review
Sure I did. I used to own a netbook. I spent money on it, used, and eventually decided it was not for me. I have also with great interest watched the HP Slate, and all the early reviews basically said that a full Windows 7 on a small screen with no real mouse and no real keyboard is pretty much unusable. Microsoft courier would be a game changing device, if it were real, but Microsoft can't get beyond a 3D artist rendering video, no real hardware to speak of, so, that is vaporware. Finally, you have to dismiss the bulk of what I have been writing, because if you did, it would invalid the point of view you have stated to me.

Comment: Re:This where I have a problem with reviews... (Score 1) 750

by jcannonb (#31739070) Attached to: iPad Review
Actually, I am a 'I want what will work best for me an a given scenario' fan boy. I feel no ill will toward anyone who doesn't choose an Apple product, yet you seem be quite happy to flush anything down the toilet that doesn't fit in your narrow view. I use linux at work all the time. Linux has served me well professionally. Windows serves me well for games. When I like tinkering, I play with my linux boxes. When I like playing most games, I enjoy Windows or PS3 or PSP or DS or Wii. When I like to just get sh*t done, and not have to worry about having to tinker with it, I use Apple stuff. No one platform is best for all applications. I would never write a novel on the iPad, but it has its uses, and it is extremely useful for those. Finally, I am not worried about losing my credibility with you, I was simply giving my point of view, as all are allowed to. I was not trying to get people to buy and iPad, and I wasn't trying to steer people away from the iPad. Platform theology discussions are absolutely a joke to me. It is not a religious war, and quite frankly at the end of the day, you aren't going to Heaven or Hell or wherever you think we are going because I chose an iPad, and you chose an Acer Netbook. The fact that someone could be called 'stupid' as I have seen for making a choice that best fit their computing desires quite frankly is sad, and loses all credibility with me. Windows has a place, Linux has a place, Apple has a place, Google has a place. Has anyone stopped to think that all gaming platforms (while computers) are closed? XBox, PS1,2,3, PSP, Wii et al are all closed platforms, yet no one seems to say, 'boy cot them because they are closed, or because they don't have all the other features of their competitor?'

Comment: This where I have a problem with reviews... (Score 2, Informative) 750

by jcannonb (#31736656) Attached to: iPad Review
At the bottom he says: You probably want to save your cash until then. That is awefully confident and cocky. Like everything else in life, everyone has different computer needs and habits. I personally, love my iPad, and have convinced 2 other ppl to purchase iPads since I got mine. The iPad fits my needs perfectly. I have been waiting for an device from apple to fill the voice between the phone and the laptop, and this is it. 1.5 isn't a lot when you consider how much weight you would always be lugging around to get more functionality than your phone having to carry your full fledged laptop around all the time. Is this the best iPad that can be, hell no. Hardware revisions by Apple are always thoughtful, whether we think they get all our requests/demands in, or not. But quite frankly, if everyone found the iPad so unusable that you needed to save your cash until then, then Apple would make no money off iPad G1, and they would have no interest or motivation to make iPad G2. Apple is a company first and foremost with share holders. They have to strike a balance between what the consumers want and what the share holders want. If Apple made such bad decisions, they would not be the 3rd richest company in America currently. Apple is apparently pleasing enough ppl in the world. To think that they can do it with fewer items sold than Microsoft is quite frankly, astonishing. I personally bought the iPad G1, thinking it would be a nice toy, but wanted to support them, because I know if they are motivated to make iPad G2, G3 etc, it will get infinitely better than this first one. Do I like my iPad? Yes. Do I think it's for everyone? No. However, if I show you how I use it, and you like it to then why shouldn't you buy it? Are there things I wish were different in this iPad? Yes. But quite frankly, as human beings with our own thoughts and desires, no product is exactly the way we all think it should be. People still bitch and moan about Windows 7, they still bitch and moan about iPhone 3GS et al. If you like it, get it. If you don't like it, don't get it, but don't let someone else to tell you to save your cash. Read their (lack of) usability points, go play with one, and make the decision yourself.

Comment: It's really all about choice... (Score 1) 584

by jcannonb (#31456912) Attached to: Here Come the Linux iPad Clones
I pre-ordered the iPad today. Does it matter to you? Probably not. Does it matter to me that you may not? Probably not. It's all about what people like. If I used Linux as a desktop OS, I probably wouldn't purchase one. I currently use Mac OS X, and have an iPhone, and would prefer to have a consistent user experience. Does that mean I hate linux or Windows? No. Well, maybe Windows :-) The truth is I use linux for the 100 database servers I design and manage at work. But at the end of the day, I like OS X for my desktop (and I have the money to purchase Apple and Apple related products), because it is sleek, elegant, and it does everything I still want it to do. My days of spending endless hours of tweaking my hardware and software are behind me. I built hundreds of systems for me, my family, my customers over the years, and the thrill of doing that is long gone. At the end of the day, I just want to sit down to a computer experience that I don't *have* to mess with. I don't want to keep up with kernel updates, or distro updates linux, or virus updates on Windows. If that is your cup of tea, that is wonderful, and I won't knock you for it. But don't put down the ppl that want an iPad at the end of the day either. It's their choice, just like it's your choice not to purchase one.

The best things in life are for a fee.

Working...