Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?
Note: You can take 10% off all Slashdot Deals with coupon code "slashdot10off." ×

Comment Re:Assembly (Score 1) 291

After having watched numerous threads on xda fizzle because the participents didn't have the ASM chops to reverse engineer bootloaders, I think GP's point is pretty valid. Don't underestimate just how much control humble boot/driver ROM writers actually have over the landscape on which everyone else walks around.

Also learning ASM gives you a better feel for how the hardware sees your higher level code, so it helps to build instincts about what is likely to work well and what will drag ass.

BTW after x86 and ARM, or maybe even before ARM, MIPS is a good one to know.

Comment Massively parallel tests (Score 1) 311

Something that take a drop of every fluid you can produce, skin sample, breath sample and spits out several hundred thousands of data points, analyses them in an expert system, and produces the most likely diseases you are suffering from without knowing it.

Because almost everything the ails you produces the same stupid symptoms and doctors so often misdiagnose and mistreat, and prevention in early stages could stave off a lot of other costs down the line.

VirScan is a good example of progress. If it meets its cost targets, it will be a no brainer -- paying a hundred or so to figure out if you've had lyme disease is not attractive on its own. If the same cost can net a lot more results and prevent a good number of people who need specific treatment from being treated for chronic "catch all" diseases like "IBS" then insurance companies are more likey to take the pressure off doctors and let the testing can go forward.

Comment Re:...against a common enemy (Score 1) 147

Take action RPG's for example. In Secret of Mana for SNES, if any player has the menu open, gameplay basically pauses and the other players can't do anything.

Similar problems in so many games. Even UT engine based things like Borderlands where the onscreen menus don't pause the game but they do not adapt to the screen aspect ratio and can be very finicky to use, or even see.

This would not happen if devs treated split screen as a full feature and not just an afterthought.

(Actually bothering to allow people to set aspect ratios in the first place would also make poor-man's-SimulView possible.)

Comment Re:Say Good By to the Rainforests .... (Score 1) 851

Atheism has no tradition, stories of faith, or organizational structure

Wrong, right, wrong. There is organized atheism and there are "traditions" of a sort in that those involved in atheist activism tend to historically exhault certain influential figures of philosophical importance to them.

And wrong, you don't get to label atheist ideals as "faith" or "belief" because that is twisting words. You could say some have a fair degree of dogma, though.

Comment Re:More like a bad design for voting system (Score 1) 57

This. Part of these systems has to be that you cannot prove to another person how you voted, whle still allowing you to prove to yourself that your vote was correctly counted. There are schemes for that but they mostly require the voter to be intellectually able to trust mathematics.

Comment Damn the torpedos full speed ahead (Score 5, Funny) 151

If you're thinking of launching your own company... it's worth scanning the list to see if any of these potential crises are brewing in your setup.

I thought the whole point was to jump in head-first and just hope the thing gets bought by an aquisitions team from an established company or pull all the copper out of the walls on your way out and end up breaking even (and therefore having employed yourself for a year or three.)

Comment Re:Absence?! (Score 1) 595

I keep hearing this argument against NAT but somehow everything right now is running fine. What exactly is broken?

All the things we worked around to get things to work through NAT. And a few thigs that you would be using if we could figure out how, but cannot.

You're welcome. It would have been much easier without NAT.

Comment Re:Absence?! (Score 1) 595

Pv6 can (and generally does) use transient random addresses for client computers. No machine keeps an IP address for more than about an hour usually.

That is not likely to catch on in many enterprise environments, which is one reason for slow adoption -- first hop security had to be secured along with DHCPv6 snooping so that addresses could be held fixed. Yes, even for clients. Most of the auto-address self-configuration stuff is crap. It was crap in IPv4 zeroconf and is still crap in IPv6.

Comment Re:Absence?! (Score 1) 595

NAT has no security benefits.

This I can readily agree with. NAT provides nothing security-wise than a firewall can do.

NAT's sole purpose is address scarcity.

Unfortunately, no, NAT has been around long enough to pick up some "off-label" uses so to speak.
Once a server is set up to work correctly from behind a NAT people start thinking of clever tricks
to play with NAT and some of them have become an integral part of network functionality.

Especially it is used a lot in cloud service redundancy/bridging setups.

Real Users hate Real Programmers.