Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


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:iOS development (Score 1) 410

I agree with the idea, but not on the conclusion. Example:

I /did/ buy a Mac Mini to do development on iOS, but because I enjoyed the OS so much (on it's own merits) that I purchased a MacBook Pro, too.

In short, developing for iOS led to exposure and perceived value in the OS, not just for the development platform.

Comment Re:It's Simple But Where's the "Advertising" tag? (Score 1) 108

I think your comparison is without merit. Lindows was obviously trying to ride on the coat-tails of Microsoft by using its name as a way to 'confuse' people into using Linux versus Windows. Linspire's own lawyers didn't even want to defend the case, as the article points out.

This on the other hand, is parody, a key ingredient to a successful defense.

Comment Re:DRM (Score 1) 376

Which is why I did not invest in the technology until it could be ripped. I was able to rip my Avatar BluRay disc the day it came out. Too bad those who don't resort to breaking the law are the ones left out in the cold. You'd think the jailer would get a clue.


Aussie Scientists Find Coconut-Carrying Octopus 205

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from an AP report: "Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter — unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal. The scientists filmed the veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, selecting halved coconut shells from the sea floor, emptying them out, carrying them under their bodies up to 65 feet (20 meters), and assembling two shells together to make a spherical hiding spot. ... 'I was gobsmacked,' said Finn, a research biologist at the museum who specializes in cephalopods. 'I mean, I've seen a lot of octopuses hiding in shells, but I've never seen one that grabs it up and jogs across the sea floor. I was trying hard not to laugh.'"

Comment Re:laughable (Score 1) 647

You reveal your own ignorance. Communism involves making all property (gasp!) communal. This means that there is no concept of personal property, and in its extremes, personal liberty. Communism's optimism hopes to subvert the supposed exploitation by the bourgeoisie and empower the subverted prols, creating a classless society.

Except that it doesn't end up being that way. Here's where it turns evil. The supposed classless society becomes even more stratified because, as Orwell put it, 'some are more equal than others'. The aristocracy gets more rich, while the poor (those whom the revolution 'attempt' to empower) are still taken advantage of and end up poorer than before.

And if that weren't enough, people start to figure out that this revolution crap isn't as glamorous as the head hog said it was going to be and try to escape. At which point the State has to start locking the border, demanding the possession of papers to travel, etc. to keep the people in. With Capitalism, we have to setup a god damn border and checkpoints to keep people out!

If lies, deceit, and hypocrisy aren't evil, I'm not sure what is. At least with Capitalism we eliminate any pretense of equality, the greatest sin against Communism.

So don't prowl around with your guttersnipe remarks about your paranoia, anti-paganistic nonsense. Go read Wikipedia yourself about the glam of Communism. I'm sure there are many through out history that would love to take your place.

Slashdot Top Deals

When Dexter's on the Internet, can Hell be far behind?"