Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?
For the out-of-band Slashdot experience (mostly headlines), follow us on Twitter, or Facebook. ×

Comment: Maintenance (Score 2) 320 320

by rykin (#48250251) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?
I'm curious how insurance companies will deal with proper maintenance for automated cars. It's no mystery that bald tires don't handle as well in bad weather as new tires. What happens when an autonomous vehicle gets into an accident because it attempted to stop, but the lack of tread on the tires caused it to hydroplane much more than normal? I imagine insurance companies will want documentation of regular maintenance to prove that the error was not neglect on part of the owner.

Comment: Riptide (Score 1) 126 126

A new game was recently announced on the Xbox that will provide 6-player split-screen running at 60fps. I'm really excited for this because I am hoping it will spark other developers to emulate it. I'd settle for less visuals if the game is fun and can incorporate more players. Sadly, more players per game can mean less copies sold, so I suspect that will hold back any possible adoption.

Comment: Durablity (Score 1) 559 559

by rykin (#46024197) Attached to: How Can Nintendo Recover?
As it is commonly known, the Wii seems to be a great system for children. I have many extended family members who bought the Wii just for their kids. While most of my family knows the difference between the Wii and Wii U, they refuse to upgrade. The biggest reason? The tablet screen. The screen appears frail and prone to braking. It gives the Wii U an anti-child accessory attached to a system whose biggest market is for children.

Comment: Re:Best Part is.. (Score 1) 617 617

by rykin (#39470333) Attached to: What's Not To Like About New iPad?
Why get a refurb? Because, as other users have mentioned, the refurb isn't too bad. Look at this snippet from the Apple Store:
Apple Certified Refurbished
We test and certify all Apple refurbished products and include a 1-year warranty.
All refurbished iPad models also include a brand new battery and outer shell.

Plus, you can add AppleCare if you wish. To me, this makes getting the refurb as good as a new unit, but you save $50.

Comment: Best Part is.. (Score 5, Insightful) 617 617

by rykin (#39466871) Attached to: What's Not To Like About New iPad?
The best part about the new iPad is that the previous versions have gotten cheaper. So if you really want a iPad 2, you can pickup a refurb from Apple for as low as $350 (or $400 new) which makes it more competitive with some of the Android tablets out there.

Note: I am not a tablet user.

Comment: Geometry Wars Pong! (Score 1) 180 180

by rykin (#39391149) Attached to: Atari Wants To Reinvent <em>Pong</em>
I imagine something like Geometry Wars. You have a grid with trippy graphics and a bunch of stuff flying around that you need to destroy, but also you must prevent your weapon (ball, rocket, ect) from leaving the grid with the paddles. You could even play it single player with an Xbox controller by allowing each thumbstick to operate a paddle.

Comment: Oh no! (Score 5, Funny) 156 156

by rykin (#39267269) Attached to: Western Digital's Hitachi Storage Takeover Approved With Restrictions
Does this mean no more amusing flash videos to announce new technological breakthroughs?! Okay, so it didn't happen all that often, but I still can't forget Hitachi's "Get Perpendicular" video from 2005 Like others, I'm surprised they aren't the ones consuming WD.

Comment: Re:Wrong conclusions (Score 1) 203 203

by rykin (#39234875) Attached to: Chrome Users Are Best With Numbers, IE Users Worst
Interesting. Could this be because Google tends to favor results that link to google products? I ask this because I've been using Chrome at home for a while now and have never experienced a single crash, yet I still use IE at work and it tends to have issues/crash frequently enough for me to notice (it is not the latest IE though).

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it is too dark to read.