Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).

The Media

The Making of the Making of Nihilumbra 16

Posted by timothy
from the has-it-ever-recurred-to-you dept.
SlappingOysters (1344355) writes "Digital magazine outlet Grab It has been pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with media on touchscreens, which includes an experimental special edition of its publication focused on indie platformer Nihilumbra from BeautiFun Games. In this blog entry, the editor talks about how the digital format can be used to create reading experiences that you physically play just like it is the game. The app is available on iPad, but the article itself is an intriguing read for those wondering where the future of digital magazines can head."

Comment: Re:There is no incentive because they PAY for it! (Score 0) 316

by thebjorn (#47613725) Attached to: Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"
"Unlimited" is a very easy word to understand, and I'm sure it has a definition in Webster etc. If they don't mean unlimited, then they should call it something else. If they call it unlimited, then you should be allowed to trust your understanding of the English language to know what you're buying. If you're planning on using 500GB/month and you only get 30GB/month, then the service they're delivering is clearly not what you bought. I don't understand why this is so difficult to understand.

Comment: Re:correlation, causation (Score 1) 387

by thebjorn (#47594681) Attached to: Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

There IS definitely a link between excessive testosterone and the lowering of sustained logic, reason and mental stability and order. (Just as there is similar evidence liking excessive estrogen with similar behaviors among women) What happens to people, both men and women when they are on steroids? That's been well established in the medical sciences for decades.

Except that it hasn't. If you're thinking about the so-called "roid-rage" phenomenon, it is mostly media created and in any case has nothing to do with normal uses or levels of testosterone. Remember that people who use steroids to get bigger muscles use more than 10 times the replacement dosage(!)


The Steady Decline of Unix 570

Posted by samzenpus
from the slow-slide dept.
stinkymountain writes "Unix, the core server operating system in enterprise networks for decades, now finds itself in a slow, inexorable decline, according to Network World. Jean Bozman, research vice president at IDC Enterprise Server Group, attributes the decline to platform migration issues; competition from Linux and Microsoft; more efficient hardware with more powerful processor cores; and the abundance of Unix-specific apps that can now also run on competitor's servers."

+ - Mt. Gox halts USD withdrawals-> 1

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "World’s largest Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, has halted US dollar withdrawals of customer funds in the US citing reasons of system improvement. According to Mt. Gox the exchange has experienced a huge number of requests for deposits as well as withdrawals from both established markets as well as new markets following which its bank hasn’t been able to process transactions on time in a smooth manner which has led to difficulties for its overseas clients especially those in the US. The exchange reassured that the deposits in USD, transfers to Mt. Gox, deposits and withdrawals in other currencies will remain unaffected during this period. Mt. Gox will be resuming the USD withdrawals for its US clients once the improvement of its systems is complete."
Link to Original Source

+ - SPAM: Boarding school learning disabilities

Submitted by
Gary Schneider
Gary Schneider writes "For students with learning disabilities, the current public school system cannot provide the individualized attention they need to understand the concepts that their peers have more success with in the classroom. The situation is more dire for male students who both have higher rates of learning disabilities as well as lower overall rates of academic achievement in the public school system. While specialty programs designed for students with learning disabilities exist in some school districts, an even better option would be to enroll your son in a private boys school."
Link to Original Source

+ - SPAM: Electricity Bill

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Electricity Bill is a way to represent your total estimated power usage through household appliances. Per unit increase that have occurred in Power supply at certain States are going to get discussed here. To capture latest hicks and change in unit ratio one can able to go through the entire content. Efficient and quality power supply is the key to inclusive socio economical development. With increase in population, a well defined policies and rules are laid down for the improvement of electricity power in State.
If you are thinking to adopt certain measures to reduce you electricity bill in coming months then you need to identify the sources of its generation. Like most of the average bills are attributed through the usage of Air conditioner and heating systems. The wide range of usage at home is done over fans, bulbs and tube light etc. Hence proper utilization methods will help to consume more power which will result into cost effective solutions. One of the easiest ways to reduce electricity use in home is to use florescent lights rather than incandescent lights. Although they are quite expensive then incandescent light but provide 8 times better consumption and utilise less power. This small change will save you 50% on your annual electricity bills.
Scenarios have been changing quite frequently over the electricity cost and utilization. People of Delhi are already disturbed with high inflation and petroleum rates, another issue which has made them to think was due to fourth time increase in Electricity price. The average hike was took over on commercial people is 20.47 percent including the surcharges. The electricity regulatory commission has given their rates over the new power supply include-
Customers will be charged Rs.3.70 per unit for 200 units instead of Rs.3.
Customers will be charged Rs.4.80 per unit for 400 unit monthly instead
Customers those who consume a power supply above 400 units will be charged Rs. 5.70 respectively.
In the State of Maharashtra the electricity supply is offered by four disciplines like Tata Power, Reliance, MSES and BSET. Charges of Tata Power differ for residential and industrial areas and they do not provide power supply to those who use less than 1MW per day. As a comparison the least rates offered to the customers over 100-300 and above 300 units are by Reliance and BEST. Besides this, a fixed price is applicable to all customers that vary with Rs.3 to Rs.150 per month based upon the category of customers."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Apple and their lawyers were lucky (Score 5, Informative) 217

by thebjorn (#41942703) Attached to: UK Court Sanctions Apple For Non-Compliance
According to the judge, what they added was false, misleading, and did not convey the intent of the order -- and he analyzes each added statement in depth. In addition they used too much time to comply when it came to newspapers, where the judge expected "earliest possible time" to mean the next couple of days and not a month. As a punishment they now have to pay _all_ of Samsung's legal expenses (i.e. not only legal fees), they have to keep the notice up for much longer, and they have to put on their home page that they lied in their previous attempt. You don't have to agree with a judge's order, but you do have to follow it. Judges tend to get pissed off if you try to worm yourself around an order -- not something that should be news for Apple's capable legal team.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.