Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Comment Re:As opposed to actual Model Ms which are still m (Score 1) 298

Mine survived an entire glass of ice tea. I took it into the shower & washed it. That was 5 or 6 years ago - still good as new today. Mine was manufactured in January 1989. It's old enough to legally drink!!

I've got 2 more in the closet, just in case something DOES happen. I doubt I'll ever need them though!

Comment Re:Why is the comparision made against the iPhone (Score 5, Informative) 348

Which also explains why the numbers are lower for apple. The Galaxy S3 was released in June, if I remember correctly. They had the entire quarter for sales of their new crown jewel. With the iPhone 5 rumored to be coming, everybody was waiting for October and NOBODY was buying a 4S in Q3!

Comment Collaboration (Score 1) 330

Make the test truly collaborative. Indicate that anyone can ask for help, anyone can offer help (more like a normal work environment). But indicate that credit for help is required. Put a spot by each question for "person asked" and "help given" -- that way person A has to mark "B helped me" on his test, and person B marks "I helped A." on her test. It'd be best if you can also make the questions unique. You want the help to be more than "pssst! what's the answer to number 2?"

Of course, helping someone else will also reduce the amount of time you have to complete your OWN test, so there's a certain amount of selfish time-management that has to occur as well.

You could then give a certain number of collaboration points for the test: "Person B assisted in 6 questions, and asked for assistance on 4 questions. She gets an additional 6 points, and loses 4 points - for a net gain of 2 points."

This encourages helping others, and discourages asking for help. If the names don't match up, then someone may be cheating....

Submission + - Study finds average cellphone uses 145.8Mb a month (

destinyland writes: For the first time, the majority of cellphones are accessing data services — 53 percent, compared to only 42 percent last year, according to a new study by Validas. And each user downloads an average of 145.8 megabytes a month (vs just 96.8 megabytes a month in 2009). The heaviest users are Verizon smartphone owner, averaging 428 megabytes a month (vs 338Mb for iPhone users). In fact, Verizon users were twice as likely as iPhone users to exceed both 500Mb and 2Gb each month.

Submission + - Antarctica Experiment Discovers Puzzling Space Ray (

pitchpipe writes: A puzzling pattern in the cosmic rays bombarding Earth from space has been discovered by an experiment buried deep under the ice of Antarctica.

[...]it turns out these particles are not arriving uniformly from all directions. The new study detected an overabundance of cosmic rays coming from one part of the sky, and a lack of cosmic rays coming from another.

Comment MOD WARS!!!! (Score 2, Funny) 79

Seriously, why is this pure expression of stupidity modded "insightful"? It doesn't have anything to say, apart from "I don't have any thoughts of my own, and I don't want any, and I don't want to listen to someone who has".

Right now, at least, his post is modded "3: Insightful" and yours is modded "4: Insightful" -- you're winning!!

Comment Re:Public Perception is off? (Score 1) 185

I totally agree. I used to be a more-hardcore gamer but as I've gotten older & started a family (I have a 7 year old daughter and 6 month old twins), I am starting to graduate to the casual games. I have an xbox360 which I bought primarily to play the rockband games. I also have games such as Call of Duty, The Force Unleashed, Grand Theft Auto, Bioshock, etc.

None of those games are appropriate for for my 7-year old. I'm looking for some games we can play together and it's been difficult. I've found a few casual games (Worms Armageddon, for example) but for the most part, it's still pretty much hardcore games.

I don't want to have to invest in another console just for casual games, but it's starting to look like I don't have a lot of choice...

Slashdot Top Deals

"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not Compute' -- I forget which." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982