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Comment Re:Stay out of the watch biz... (Score 1) 97

I see the smartwatch + handsfree headset as something that could be easier to use for many tasks than whipping up a smartphone, especially if the phone is larger than an iPhone.

Many tasks on a smartphone requires two hands if you are going to hold it safely or use multi-touch. A smartwatch requires no hand to receive a text/message, and one hand to touch/press a button.

You could leave your smartphone in the pocket or in your bag until you need a big screen or do a lot of input.

Comment Re:Rentals are too expensive (Score 2) 323

Streaming services are dependent on the distributors supplying them with movies. First thing to know about the movie industry and streaming is that the movie industry is conservative. Second that it is very possessive about its property.
This means that the movie distributors pretty much set the terms for the streaming companies and not in a way that is in tune with the times.
They dictate the time windows that movies will be available and often also the price at which it will be available to the consumer. Movie distributors often set these the same as for rentals of physical DVDs or VHS cassettes before that.
They also mandate the use of one of a few approved DRM schemes and other restrictions, and they are not so eager to allow downloads - and they could see large buffers as being that.

Next, you should know that online streaming is not cheap for the service. The servers and the networks cost real money.
That together with the remuneration to the movie distributors means that the profit margin can actually be quite small.

It has been a couple of years since I worked in the online movie streaming business, but I would be surprised if these things changed very much.


The New PHP 254

An anonymous reader writes "This article at O'Reilly Programming suggests that PHP, a language known as much for its weaknesses as its strengths, has made steady progress over the past few years in fixing its problems. From the article: 'A few years ago, PHP had several large frameworks (e.g. CakePHP, CodeIgniter, and so on). Each framework was an island and provided its own implementation of features commonly found in other frameworks. Unfortunately, these insular implementations were likely not compatible with each other and forced developers to lock themselves in with a specific framework for a given project. Today the story is different. The new PHP community uses package management and component libraries to mix and match the best available tools. ... There are also exciting things happening with PHP under the hood, too. The PHP Zend Engine recently introduced memory usage optimizations. The memory usage in PHP 5.5 is far less than earlier versions.'"

Comment The Tree-hugging Hippie License version 1.0 (Score 1) 480

If I were to publish my own software using a license that was like the GPL v3 except for a clause that said "This software may not be used by the military, the police or by any paramilitary or intelligence organisation, including the NSA", would that be a bad thing? If so, how and why?

(The subject line is just a joke. I'm a vegetarian and climate activist in real life and have been called "tree-hugging hippie" on more than one occasion.)

Comment There are other options that are cheaper (Score -1, Flamebait) 421

Instead of paying $1500 for Google Glass, why not make your own!
You'll need an old pair of sunglasses, a piece of cardboard, sticky tape and a felt-tip pen.

Remove the glasses from the glass frame, write "Punch Here!" on the cardboard and tape it to the upper part of the frame above the eyes. Ta da!

Input Devices

Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass? 421

lunatick writes "I put in my application for Google Glass as a joke. I never figured I would be selected. Well in less than one week I got my invite to buy Google Glass. My main hold back is the $1500 price tag for a device that just seems to be a camera and navigation aid. Does anyone in the /. community have Google Glass and can they give some advice to the rest of us considering it?"

Comment I don't use cell phones (Score 0) 171

I don't have any old cell phones, because I don't use cell phones, and I don't want to use cell phones.

I am appalled at how cell phones have made people into zombies.
They walk the streets very slowly with eyes focused on their tiny screens, stopping in street corners, in narrow entryways, in pathways in the supermarket and sometimes suddenly in front of me. They are a nuisance.
I once saved one of these zombie-women from being run-over by a train when she while texting walked out into a railroad crossing just ahead of the falling booms ignoring the klaxons and the flashing light.
She could have died if I had not stepped in, but she just ignored that she had been in real mortal danger and continued texting.

Then there is the radiation. Science has still not concluded enough for me that cell phone radiation in the normal doses you get from a cell phone would not do me harm. On the contrary, there are more and more paper being published on the subject proving yet and yet again that cell phone radiation is harmful to brain cells of lab animals, although with much smaller heads than we have. Nerve cells get stressed and die. There are even a hypothesis that the radiation itself could cause addiction to it, although there is quite a bit of tissue in the human brain that would absorb that radiation before it would reach the centre of the brain where it would have an effect .. or is there?

No, I choose not to become a zombie. Thank you.

Submission + - Fans of original RoboCop movie recreate movie scene by scene

Misagon writes: Our RoboCop Remake is a fan-made scene-by-scene comedy re-creation of the original RoboCop from 1987.

"As big fans of the original RoboCop, and as filmmakers and film fans admittedly rolling our eyes at the Hollywood remake machine, we've elected to do this remake thing our own way."

The fan-film is available for free online viewing at OurRoboCopRemake.com. It contains (fake) nudity, blood and gore making it definitely NSFW

Comment Re:Bad timing, hope this helps. (Score 1) 573

Maybe it is how jQuery is being used...

I think that any web site that relies on Javascript for basic functionality is fundamentally broken.
There is standard model for how web pages should work: it is through regular HTML and HTTP POST and GET requests. Javascript is, while useful, only an extension to HTML (so-to-speak), which should, when used, be used to enhance the user interface/user experience.

There are just too many sites out there that break the normal way of interacting with a web page through a web browser, only loading things on a single page dynamically thus breaking the use of the Back and Forward buttons, not allowing pages to be opened in new windows, etc.

Comment Let's fork Slashdot! (Score 1) 10

Slashdot runs on SlashCode, which is open source.
The content (stories, comments and moderation) of Slashdot is user-contributed.
All that Dice Holdings really has is the domain name and the database with the user accounts.

I say we "fork" Slashdot! Let's create a new site that looks and feels like the old one.
The difficult part would be to make users migrate.

Some users will have to work on creating "stories" on the "beta" site with a link to our new site, so that they know where to migrate to. Other users can upvote those stories so that they get onto the front page.

The forked Slashdot could get its stories from "beta" site's RSS feed, at the start.
Let every First Post on Dice-Slashdot be a link to the same story on the new site.

If enough users are as committed to it as they are to complaining about the "beta" site, it can be done.

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