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Comment: On the other hand... (Score 1) 289 289

it would be very nice if Windows stopped insisting that its driver for "Unknown Device" is up to date, at newest version and doesn't need to be replaced by another driver supplied by the manufacturer. Once new hardware in Windows is recognized as "Unknown Device" it's about impossible to convince Windows to change it to something more reasonable. Remove the hardware, wipe all traces of its past existence from system, install the correct drivers and only then install the hardware.

Seriously, Microsoft, the first this issue appeared was Windows 95. And it still persists!

Comment: Forwarding... (Score 3, Funny) 776 776

One thing she could have done - turn call forwarding to a private phone on, so that the 24/7 condition is met, and then... sky's the limit.

Get a friendly taxi driver to take the phone for the night.
Put it on an RC plane and take it for a trip over the city center.
Put it in a box and attach with a magnet to your boss' car.
Borrow it for a friend who does car races (preferably illegal) to take it for a 200MPH ride.
Root the phone, get a GPS spoofing app and "send it to Antarctica".

Or just leave it in a desk drawer at work...

Comment: Re:Mother of all assumptions (Score 1) 182 182

There's always an option of energy hoarding. I saw that sci-fi once; the whole universe is long dead but the civilization thrives on a single isle of enormous hoard of energy picked before that. Yes, that means the universe isn't -entirely- dead, but its final thermal death is prolonged far past its natural date through artificial means buying the civilization extra time to either migrate to a different universe or trigger a new big bang.

Plus it's not entirely sure if space expansion can't be harnessed as an energy source; that effect seems to increase potential energy between distant objects at no cost at all - a mysterious source of negative entropy.

Comment: Re:Lawsuit incoming? (Score 1) 90 90

Not to mention any more considerable violation results in a lawsuit against the violator, and in that case eBay must provide whatever help available in identifying and locating the violator.

Here, we're playing whack-a-mole, with Google pretending to help while in reality they protect the violators.

Comment: Re:if I am dead (Score 1) 182 182

That's a very selfish approach.

What about giving of yourself freely to the world? Contributing - and making sure your contributions stay around, available to these, who need them?

Maybe they aren't significant enough for someone to establish some estate that would perpetuate publishing them; that doesn't mean they are useless - and sure once I'm dead I won't care what happens to them and the rest of the world, but currently I am alive and I do care.

Comment: Re:How powered off is "powered off"? (Score 1) 184 184

You're way optimistic with that "forever". Flash memory is based on electromagnetic charge which has the nasty property of leaking.

I tried some MicroSD cards that's been sitting in my drawer for past 4 years. All needed to be reformatted. SSDs may retain data longer, but it's by no means 'eternal'.

Comment: Re:I call BS (Score 2) 184 184

Cherry-picked for "a week" yes, but still disturbing. It's not an issue for datacenters, but for offices.

Imagine an office PC set next to the radiator - oh, the employees are free to set up their desks as they like, and they really don't care about stuff like that. Given employee going for a holiday break for a month, taking the family for a skiing trip. The PC experiencing 50C on regular basis. That's quite enough to cause the data loss.

Yes, in a responsible company there will be backups - or the data will be held on network drives. Visit your average office and see if they use these responsible practices; roughly half don't. Yes, once that occurs any admin who isn't a total idiot will spot the reason for the problem and recommend moving the PC away from the radiator. Still, the problem is not an impossible one - just needing a bad set of circumstances; iterate over enough PCs and offices and it *will* happen.

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