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Comment Re:I think that's all college students (Score 2) 823

You're right, and you probably could have posted it as yourself to get the credit for it.

I think it's entirely related to social skills, not knowledge or capability. It's not limited to intelligent people, nor skilled people, nor nerds. Here are some real-life samples from other areas of life... and these are based upon personal observations I've made, they are not made up.

Out in the country: "I just got this Ford truck and it's awesome!" followed by "Ford sucks! You should have bought a Chevy, I bet that thing falls apart next month!"

Some iPhone users: "Ugh, I can't believe Instagram would sell out and go on Android, now I have to look at what POOR PEOPLE are eating!"

Gun owners: "You bought WHAT little pea shooter? What a girly little excuse for a gun. Lemme show you what you should have bought..."

Downtown: "West side for life!" "East side!" "West side! Thug life!" "CRIPS!" "BLOODS FOREVER!" *gunshots* *dead people and broken homes and families*

Cats & dogs: "Dogs are SO much better than cats. I don't know what anyone would own a cat." "Well cats have X attributes and Y whatever else" "Yeah well they're still stupid and so are you for liking them."

Mac vs PC: "I don't know why you'd want a PC, they are so complicated and buggy. People who like them are nerds and they need to stop being nerds and switch to Mac." "Might as well get a Playskool My First Computer then, in fact get someone else to use it for you, because you obviously can't handle technology."

Red Sox vs Yankees: "Yankees suck!" "27 championship rings say they don't, where are yours? Why do you like things I don't like?! You're a moron!"

Certain trolls and their counter-trolls: "XYZ solution! Use it and worship my goodness! I have credentials! Anyone who disagrees with me is obviously wrong and wants a fight!" "No way, get outta here! You're a jerk! Why do people still pay any attention to you? Everyone block this guy!"

Religious trolls: "$deity said this, so you're never going to have any hope and should just die!" "Well @deities are stupid and you're stupid for believing in them!"

I could go on forever. Nobody would have called ALL of these people nerds, but they all have the same problem. I could go on, but you're still 100% right on about it being a social skill-related issue. It just extends outward to all populations! It's just not something they teach in school, or on TV, or anywhere really... parents need to do this and if the kids are left to themselves to be raised by people on the Internet, well... you know what happens. They learn to be like those people. Kids are taught in school to have safe activities and not injure each other physically, but not really to respect each others' opinions... so everyone just wants to be right all the time and they want recognition that they're right, who cares about anyone else.

Random passers-by, can you see the problems here?

Comment Re:Idiots and lasers = bad combo (Score 1) 687

You're right, it's not going to cause permanent damage in most cases at that distance. However, I think the major complaint here is the temporary blindness that happens from a bright flash when your eyes are acclimated to a dark environment. It's a problem because it makes it impossible to see out the window and read the instrument panel. The biological mechanism is basically a bleaching of the pigments in your eye, which take a decent amount time to recover before you can see again.

Try it sometime, sit in an unlit room for 20-30 minutes (so you fully switch to scotopic vision) then pop a camera flash in your face. No camera? Go for a walk at night, and when you come back, put your car's headlights on and briefly walk in front of the car and look into the lights. No car? Wake up in the middle of the night and flick the bathroom lights on. It's a painful assault on the senses and leaves you temporarily blinded or partially blinded. You wouldn't want to drive a car while in that state, so imagine piloting an airplane like that while some joker is lasering the cockpit.

In summary, night vision is important while flying at night and bright lights disable night vision for long enough to be a big problem.

Comment Re:FLAC (Score 1) 361

It's true for many pairs of ears that 44.1 is overkill. However: The next commonly available samplerate down from 44.1 Khz is 32 Khz, which gives you a highest reproducible frequency of 16 KHz. I'll take 44.1 instead, in that case, since I do still have some hearing left over that. Not that there's a lot of musically relevant sound there, but there is some little bit of air up there that sounds pleasant to my ears.

Comment Re:FLAC (Score 1) 361

It depends on their equipment.

DAT can go up to 48 KHz 16 bit. A lot of studios used it, and many still do.

Computer interfaces and software typically run at 96 KHz 24 bit or in some cases 192 KHz 24 bit. The newer versions of software like Pro Tools and Mixcraft allow 32 bit sample resolution. Though, normally you run whatever your digital interface and VST plugins can support, which can be limiting. Even the uber-high-end Waves plugins don't go higher than 24 bit resolution.

Comment Re:Note to TSA (Score 1) 335

When you land, you'll have a small armada of armed officers waiting to clobber the perp, too. This is a good situation because these crazies don't usually just wake up one day and independently decide to do it... they are part of a system, which can be worked against by getting intelligence from captive agents. I'm betting that we'd see a lot fewer attempts if attempts were so much better known to be futile.

Comment Re:"a number of user interface designers" (Score 1) 484

It's true. I use Photoshop occasionally and I know how large uncompressed image data can be. I'm thinking that the "Undo everything I did in this whole entire session" button (as I mentioned) is a different idea than unlimited Undo steps though. It's more like the Revert command you see in some apps. Checkpointing when you start your session is probably useful for many applications.

The idea isn't necessarily a one-size-fits-all. In Photoshop your work can be so complex and subjective that you need a ton of checkpoints (aka saving the document) to rewind your work a few minutes/hours back during an all-day session. But now we're talking about version control which is kind of a different subject and could also be handled differently than it is currently.

Comment Re:"a number of user interface designers" (Score 1) 484

Well the point was more like this... You don't need to 'save' it explicitly, because it stays in the same state until you do something different to it. You can't go back in time with it, though, which is why a Revert function gives a computer an advantage.

Those scanner-whiteboards are pretty cool. I've seen them in another office where I work. I've had the privilege of using Smartboards as well. It was definitely a step forward for technology to be able to sync whiteboards across the country during a conference call, for sure.

Comment Re:"a number of user interface designers" (Score 2) 484

As one designer I follow thinks, we need to get rid of the idea of "Save" altogether, and just have some sort of "Undo everything I did in this whole entire session" button. Saving is not a concept that people without computers are familiar with, so it's an idea that was invented FOR computers, and it's becoming increasingly unnecessary. It's not as scary as you think after you get used to it. Objects IRL like a whiteboard/todo list/grocery list on your fridge don't need to be saved. Construction workers don't "save" a building while they're working. Your changes are effective as soon as you make them. Look at GDocs, you don't save there, it just makes changes right away. And how many times have people lost work because the program crashed and they didn't save? Did you know people are still turning off Autosave because of some voodoo mythology that it might crash the program?

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