Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


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).


Comment: Re:Things aren't supposed to live forever. (Score 1) 102

by war4peace (#49199955) Attached to: The Abandoned Google Project Memorial Page

Except for Meebo.
Meebo was awesome, and while we're at it, it was NOT a Google project. It was an independent startup which was acquired and then left to rot.
I remember using Meebo from machines which had Yahoo Messenger ports blocked and each time I was using it I was gaping at how beautiful it was. AJAX was "da shit" back then, and Meebo implemented it b-e-a-utifully.

I still despise Google for axing it.

Comment: Re:I might be one (Score 1) 153

Let me rephrase:
I am aware that I get motion sickness so I avoid driving because that might impact me while I am looking at speedometer, rear view or other stationary objects in my car. I prefer not to put myself or any passengers in danger, therefore I avoid driving completely.

Overdoing safety? Maybe. But I care about living :)

Comment: I might be one (Score 2) 153

by war4peace (#49191173) Attached to: Developers Race To Develop VR Headsets That Won't Make Users Nauseous

I think I might be one of the people who are getting sick from using VR. It's also one reason why I don't drive.
What happens is that I have nausea symptoms if I am in a moving car and look at my cellphone screen, for example. I can't look at my cellphone or tablet for more than 30 seconds before I start to get sick and feel like throwing up.
My doctor says it's because I am stationary (my body doesn't move), I'm also looking at a stationary object (e.g. cellphone screen) but the environment I'm in moves with high speed.
Strangely enough, I don't get sick while travelling by train or plane, only car and bus. I played and watched movies on my tablet for 8 hours straight while in a moving train and haven't had any symptoms.

Comment: But-but-but (Score 1) 114

by war4peace (#49139387) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

I think there are more shades of grey than 50, here.
The phrase "I want my data to be secure" makes no sense. There's no such thing as "secure data". One can't even define "secure data". Data can only be considered secure within context, e.g. my pictures stored on SpiderOak are secure... as long as someone doesn't beat the username and password out of me with a $5 wrench. My Facebook data isn't secure by definition, anyone could save those pictures or that text. And yes, each company wants their piece of the pie (the bigger, the better) and yes, each person wants to be able to do stuff as easily as possible. The more secure data is, the greater the usability sacrifice.

We're not our worst enemy. We are how we are and it's impossible to change it. Try explaining your mom that she needs to enter an overly complicated password and then receive a code through SMS and then type that code manually in a little text box every time she wants to look at each of her granskid's pictures. Won't work. And it's not because your mom is lazy, but because the perceived need for security for such data is very low.

Yes, a thief only needs to browse his local area citizen Facebook profiles to identify who's going away on vacation. Before that, he needed to physically roam the neighborhood to find out. In both cases, the reward (loot) greatly outweighed the effort, the sole difference being less effort now than then.
The advent of Internet and technology brought us great advantages as well as risks. They always go hand-in-hand.

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.