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Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 4, Interesting) 135 135

Location submissions in Ingress have always required approval.

Similarly you could request locations be removed for a variety of reasons - generally because they were on private property, were out of reach to the general public, etc. Sadly, sour grapes and even more sour players were more often the cause. A portal at my place of business was removed ostensibly because the garden was for patient recovery and meditation. Site management never even knew the game existed, let alone that Ingress players were disrupting meditation in the garden. The real reason a portal at my place of business was removed was that the opposing team didn't like a cluster of portals that was in the lap of the opposition -- so they faked a complaint to get it removed.

Bitches gonna bitch.

Comment Ingress. (Score 5, Insightful) 135 135

The "goal" of Ingress is to get people outside and walking around and looking at the real world.

A lot of players use it trolling around in their cars to hit as many points as possible, but a lot of fat nerds like myself have walked around a lot of parks we might not have otherwise gotten off our fat asses for.

I'd have rather seen a historic site -- no matter the subject -- than a few graffiti mural-ed alleys I've wandered down here in Phoenix.

Comment It's a mess... (Score 1) 62 62

I love Google's services. I use a nice, albeit older, Play Edition phone running 5.1

Hangouts and Google Voice is an unmitigated mess.

Group text to your GV number? Hope you enjoy 20 different 1:1 conversations in Hangouts -- if you even get the text.

Voicemail notifications magically disabled? Sure. Why not.

Why is that unread? Did it show up on my desktop, or in my Inbox, or in the app? I'm sure I read it ONE of those places.

Comment Re:Can I swap the d-pad & left joysticks? (Score 1) 99 99

The problem is that the original recipe calls for a volume of chips, not a weight of chips. Your problem would exist in an entirely metric recipe if it called for milliliters of chocolate chips and the store only sold them in grams -- unless of course you knew the density of chocolate.

If the recipe calls for chocolate by weight in either system, your job gets easier.

Comment Re:A bit disappointed (Score 5, Informative) 104 104

No. It made nonsensical cards early into its learning process.

Later on it made cards like this:

Light of the Bild
Creature - Spirit
Whenever Light of the Bild blocks, you may put a 1/1 green Angel creature token with flying onto the battlefield.

...which are pretty good.

Comment As little as possible... (Score 1) 278 278

"Keyless" fob for car, on which is attached a 32gig PNY "key", a house key, and my mail key.

Every day I check myself for four things to leave the house or leave the office. Keys, wallet, phone, badge.

The wallet is a magnetic bill fold with cash (something I still prefer), a driver's license, a credit card, a debit card, and, since I'm a degenerate gambler, a "prestige" card for a major casino chain.

I could leave the mail key *somewhere* and the casino card in the car -- since they'll gladly get me replacements.

Comment Re:Ridiculous article title (Score 4, Interesting) 629 629

I'm with you.

He had already been busted and slapped on the wrist:

Green had previously received a three-day suspension for accessing the system inappropriately. Other students also got in trouble at the time, he said. It was a well-known trick, Green said, because the password was easy to remember: a teacher's last name. He said he discovered it by watching the teacher type it in.

The only problem here is that he's being charged with a felony, because hacking laws on the books don't make a distinction between "petty" hacking and "grand" hacking. There's no shoplifting equivalent on the hacking books; it's all grand theft auto.

The teacher needs reprimanded by his IT department and his leadership (principal, union, whatever).
The kid needs his wrist slapped, and and county attorney needs to decide not to file charges, charge him with some sort of misdemeanor mischief charge instead.

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without commenting. -- T.H. White