Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Youtube next? (Score 2, Insightful) 88

Aren't there any devs left on this site?

I'm all for privacy, but if:
* I'm running some site
* someone (a bunch of people) embed an image on their page that hits back to my site (or a service I offer)
* I log that shit cause those users are hitting my servers ... why is it wrong for me to use that however data however I like?

IMO, if anyone should be dinged here, it's those sites that are embedding the trackers without notifying the user that they'll be sending the users browser off to umteen different external sites.

Browsers can also be configured to aid with this. For example, the option "Block third-party cookies and site data", aka "from originating website only". I believe that used to be available for images as well.

Users also have multiple options to control what the computer they own does online. For general browsing, solutions vary from browser plugins (AdBlock and friends), Proxy based solutions, hosts file modifications, local DNS server, firewalls, etc.

FWIW, I do NOT think sites should be encouraged to evade these options. As long as they're using their domains on all those tracking things (which, as far as I can tell, they are), then I don't see the blame falling on the service provider. Don't want them to get your hits? Block them (facebook/twitter/google/linkedin/etc), or don't use sites that do that to you. This level of legislation seems to go a step beyond the "don't post links that point to sites that host copyrighted works", which no one in their right mind agreed with.

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 371

Agreed, and continuing that line of thought...

What they did is akin to wanting to have a joy-stick instead of a steering wheel, but instead of just putting in an obvious joystick, they made it look just like a steering wheel.

... and it only moves 1" to the right or left and snaps back to center when you release. You hold it left and your wheels will keep turning more and more left - harder you hold, faster it turns. Let go, and it stays in that turned spot.
That would be insane, and that's exactly what they did. Luckily, the gear change operation is generally done while stationary with the brake on, and only done at the start of driving once done, so accident counts are low and not severe.

Comment Adobe is not dropping Flash (Score 4, Informative) 71

I was curious about the Adobe Animate comment, so I looked it up. First of all, the provided link says no such thing. Second:

...Flash Professional will be renamed Adobe Animate CC, starting with the next release in early 2016.

Animate CC will continue supporting Flash (SWF) and AIR formats as first-class citizens. In addition, it can output animations to virtually any format (including SVG), through its extensible architecture.

So it's the same exact thing as Flash Professional. It's just a rename, and they updated their software to also support HTML Canvas and WebGL and such as alternative output formats.

Comment Re:Why not just call the entire Internet illegal? (Score 1) 91

Except for the fact that eliminating guns DOES reduce (and significantly) gun violence.

But other than you being wrong, it's exactly the same.

Assuming you are right, the analogy still holds water. Guns are still legal (in many places). Use of guns to commit crimes is still illegal. Therefore, use of Torrents Time to purposefully infringe copyright should be illegal, but Torrents Time should (arguably) remain legal. This analogy isn't quite as solid, since many people think there should be varying levels of firearm regulation from completely outlawed to heavily regulated to no regulation, so all that is still up in the air, but I think the vast majority supports some level of legal gun ownership.

Comment Re: Turd (Score 1) 246

I'm not sure you chose the best examples...

Please tell me, because I have a lot to learn in *nix, how would I figure out to use chmod to change permissions if I was previously unaware of the command name?

You said "change permissions", so maybe try "ch[tab][tab]", where you'll find a bunch of commands that change things (attributes, permissions, group, password, virtual terminal, etc).
Though I've never got into the habit of using it, I believe the recommended way, via the shell at least, is to use "info". So, you would type "info", it'd bring up the default page, then you'd search for "permission" by typing "/" for search (which is a common idiom) then typing permission and hitting enter. The first entry on my system is for "File permissions: (coreutils)File permissions.". Hit enter on it. It gives some brief into and another menu. Select the "Symbolic Names", and then there's info on that and links to how to set, copy, change special bits, etc.

By the way, the command to change file permissions (or other system object permissions) in PS, set-acl...

How would you find that? I assume you'd start by typing "set-", but then what? Why would you think to type "acl" for file permissions?

And yes, I know what "acl" stands for, but that's no more clear to someone searching for the command than chmod. Even if you were looking for "acl", you'd still end up finding "chacl", which does the same job as chmod.

Comment Re: What's the deal... (Score 2) 262

Aside from being easily caught when people weigh your competition bike and find it weight 3x everyone else's...

On a story a few months back, there was talk about standardized sports equipment, and bicycling came up.
The bikes they use have a minimum weight requirement. Off the shelf bikes of somewhat decent quality (ballpark of $4000) can EASILY weight in at less than the pro weights.

I'm not sure how much you can get away with hiding, but they could definitely shave off a few pounds. If it's engineered well, the batteries and such could even contribute some to the structural integrity. You could easily spread out the battery load throughout the frame, so balance wouldn't be an issue.

People have also kept referring to the drive hub (where the crank goes) as a good place for the motor. Personally, I'd favor the rear wheel. There's plenty of room inside the hub of the rear wheel (internally geared hubs have shown us that). The crank hub has to endure significant stress from pedaling. Lastly, it's a whole lot easier to "lose" the rear wheel (just get a flat and change it out on the way).

Comment Re:They really did not care (Score 4, Insightful) 159

I'm not sure why I'm feeding the trolls (troll being the summary itself).

I'd appreciate an actual "private" mode, but none of the browsers do what I'd expect from that. My expectation would be that the browser would behave as if it is a clean slate, not store anything to disk, possibly encrypt or at least attempt to hide memory contents, and possibly attempt to hide other identifying details (screen resolution, "agent" header string, plugin list, etc).
Personally, I find little benefit to the make believe "private" mode in that it hides its actions from my own computer. I am not worried about other legitimate users of my computer finding out secrets about me (and if I was, I'd use something much more hidden than "private" mode - another vm with encrypted drives, powered off or in hibernate when I'm not using it).

With that in mind, this info seems to be quite an exaggerated diff between the various private mode expectations. Not that I care much as long as the behavior is what it is, but what I'd want to know is:
* can normal, unprivileged user accounts access these history records?
If not, then it's doing its job just about as well as any of the others.

Comment Re: Why SlashDot is broken? (Score 1) 108

Fuck. You are right. I didn't even read the thread yesterday cause it seemed like it should be on one of those "10 things you didn't know about something that will kill you" pages. This time I came here cause it's a dupe - that's the only reason. Ugh.

Comment Re:Responsible enough to carry a loaded weapon, (Score 1) 500

But so forgetful that you leave it in your carry-on accidentally? It's not like they changed the rule about firearms on planes recently...

They changed the rules on baggage. They're all charging for checked baggage now. I realize this wasn't a change made overnight, but, as a personal example, my mother and sister just realized the checked bag fee this past month. To save money, they'd "HAVE TO" carry on their bags.

Encouraging passengers to carry on baggage would more than account for this level of statistical change.

Comment Re: Trump just says stuff (Score 4, Insightful) 875

I, too, would like to see MUCH simpler tax codes. If someone is required to file them, then said person should be able to understand it (I'm mostly referring to personal taxes here). That's often not the case.

However, your solution:

You pay x% on profits after your expenses, period.

... leaves bigger holes than any that currently exist. Re-invest profit into the company by any means, or pay it out as bonuses to top execs, or just buy stuff. Make sure there's a small profit every couple years so you can stay incorporated, and the tax would end up as some infinitesimally small amount.
Most of the laws had the best intentions at one point, like your comment, but those need to continually be patched, which results in the current situation.

Comment Re:Another good idea that will get shut down (Score 1) 180

(regarding Android on the desktop)

It makes no sense as a desktop/educational OS right now...

Personally, I've wanted it since very near the same time it came out, but probably not the way some are envisioning it.

I run linux on the desktop, and have done so exclusively for over a decade. I have a laptop with Windows dual boot that I use a handful of times a year. Those times are what I really want desktop Android for, because, for whatever reason, some closed apps/services offer Android versions of stuff for which they do not offer Linux versions. A couple good examples are polycom conference software, MS Lync, and other online meeting tools (I can't remember which site... gotomeeting? or maybe it was the other one, but I can't remember its name). Entertainment software is another realm - all the various TV station apps (NBC, ABC, FX, Fox, SyFi, CC, etc), Netflix, etc. I can get good Android support for all those, but not under Linux.
Running a desktop Android in a VM would be, IMO, a very handy bridge for those occasions.

For enterprise desktops, it's not suitable, at least not right now. I suspect that if Android ever gets to the point where it's near suitable in the enterprise desktop realm, it'll also be much more complex, and it'd lose some of the simple things that make it attractive for some of those niches today.

Comment Re:Hanlon's Razor (Score 2) 180

If someone contributed two lines of code to the kernel twenty years ago, and those two lines are still in use in Remix OS, then their copyright is being violated by distributing binaries in violation of the GPL.

How are they in violation of the GPL? You state these things as if you know what you're talking about, but I strongly suspect you have a weak understanding of the GPL. Re-distributing unmodified binaries is different from modified binaries, which are both different than modified source. In all cases, there is no requirement to make the source freely available via a public repository.

... so the Remix OS folks should get into full compliance as quickly as possible.

And where is it that they are out of compliance?

Comment Re:Oh yeah! (Score 1) 175

You can already get a 1 TB SSD for about $350. A 1 TB HDD costs about $50. That's a ratio of 7:1.

That's comparison favors the SSD, and it's still 7:1. Look at price per gb for various models/sizes. If you ignore performance, HDD's are still a very large way ahead.

There's very little reason for most average people to even be using HDDs at the moment apart from people who want to store giant media collections.

... or anything that takes up much space. Backups, photos, video's, movies, music, virtual machines, etc etc - all the stuff people actually use desktops for.
IMO, it would be more accurate to say that there is a very good reason for the majority of people to be using at least one SSD, as they do bring significant performance gains, and you are no longer forced to do anything too complicated to make them usable/feasible (on drives = 32gb, it's a huge PITA to maintain your system and keep things under that size if you use it for your OS, and you can forget about making vm's on it or storing very much there either).

I do think/agree that SSD's will own the vast majority of the market in a decade, though there will still be legit uses for HDD's.

Comment Re:Crazy talk (Score 1) 343

What is it with US politics. Do these people actually go out there and actually talk to real people. Is the fear mongering that effective that people are actually wanting this?

There's more than one objective, and the blanket statements are the only ones that get traction, so that's what is often used.
In this case, for example, yes, it will land on people that agree completely, and it may even sway some that were ok with the current amount of surveillance.
At the same time, it's going to soften the blow of accepting other candidates' positions. For example, if Trump said he wanted to keep it at the same level, then those that actually wanted less but had to choose between those two would be more ok to deal with the SNAFU.
Sure, each candidate wants to win, but more important than that is that their party wins; and most important is that either R or D wins (which is a lock this time around).

Slashdot Top Deals

10.0 times 0.1 is hardly ever 1.0.