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


Forgot your password?
Compare cell phone plans using Wirefly's innovative plan comparison tool ×

Comment Re:I didn't see the day... (Score 1) 19

Most people have cellphones now, with no landline phone backup. In an extended power outage, it's likely the landlines will keep running on backup generators long after the cell towers' 4hr batteries (mandated by the FCC after hurricane Katrina) have run out of juice. Fortunately, most people still have landlines for their INTERNET access. That is assuming you have some power, while the area around you does not, for whatever reason.

Of course I would resort to a quick email to friends and family, not some clunky , proprietary web service. Email to SMS gateways are probably a good option to keep in mind, too.

Comment Re:Does anyone really use these numbers? (Score 1) 53

I just assume that the numbers are cooked or wrong but that all manufacturers are wrong or cheat the same so it is good to use as a comparison between similar cars. I do take gas mileage into consideration as I do drive a lot and my current car gets about 30% greater mileage than my previous one but (went from about 26 mpg highway to about 37 mpg highway).

Actually, they're not cooked, or try not to be. There's actually a test protocol to get those numbers, which is *based* on real world driving, but doesn't represent real-world driving.

The reason for this is consistency and comparison - consistency so the test can be repeated through a model cycle to make sure the test vehicle wasn't cherry-picked, and comparison so you can compare vehicles across model years and makes.

So the real world results generally will be close, but sometimes can be quite far off depending on how your drive is compared to the "standard drive". And as VW has shown, it's easy to detect a "standard drive" and kick in fake more efficient modes of operation.

Likewise, there's a "standard drive" for emissions testing too - so emissions measurements are again comparable.

Comment Fuck em (Score -1) 346

Besides my other sarcastic post I want it to die! Oracle is our enemy here. Thanks to Oracle it is illegal now to use wine or any API that resembles something else.

Also thanks to Oracle it is illegal to use POSIX utilities like awk, sed, grep, and even bash! Yes, if it takes the arguments and is source compatible it is copyright violation as Sco or the open group owns the syntax

Gee thanks a lot.

Even Microsoft is not that evil and is at least changing with porting PowerShell, SQL server, ms code editor, and Azure hosting. Oracle is going the other direction. Let's let Java die a horrible death and not look back as it is our new biggest enemy. They are not worthy of our time

Comment Re:Could you gush a little more? (Score 4, Insightful) 346

No, it's not journalism. It's another in Infoworld's tedious astro-turf-by-story-submission stories. They pay Slashdot, have one of their Marketing Chippies put together a story with a link back to their trade mag, and the skids are greased for it to hit the main page here as scheduled. (snydeq is their usual flunky) The incredible -- or just-precious -- part of it is that InfoWorld believes there is enough of any critical mass of programmers or software industry decision-makers who still frequent Slashdot to make this a worthwhile media buy for them.

Comment Re:They seem to think they have a say in this (Score 2) 342

What they haven't learned is the Universe doesn't care about the FBI, or even criminals for that matter. If mathematics makes hard-to-break encryption possible, then that is simply that. Unless Congress plans to pass laws banning encryption, or demanding back doors, which will set it up for a big fight in the Supreme Court, the government should just shut its fucking pie hole and get about investigating crimes. Criminals have been hiding and destroying evidence as long as there have been criminals, and I've seen absolutely nothing that suggests that more criminals are getting away with crimes now than they did a couple of decades ago.

Comment Re:For the Yanks who are confused. (Score 1) 520

It's not like a treaty, it IS a treaty. The ECC has been around in one form or another for nearly sixty years, and the whole point of the common market is to allow the free flow of goods and services between member states. That requires rules to deal with member states who try to gain unfair advantage by, say, granting large multinationals absurdly low tax rates, and, once they've set up shop, can now gain access to the entire Common Market.

I'm not clear what critics are objecting to here. Are they saying nations should be able to just ignore treaty provisions which they willingly and freely signed up for whenever they want? Are critics saying that other signatories to said treaties have no right to demand redress?

Comment Re:countries are no more? (Score 1) 520

If they want to be part of the European Common Market, they have to abide by the rules all the members, including Ireland, agreed to. If Ireland wishes to go its own way, it can invoke Article 50 like Britain has. Of course, that would likely mean companies like Apple and Microsoft would move their European headquarters, because the real reason that Ireland and these companies struck up these rather favorable tax deals was because they could gain access to the Common Market while gaining a very advantageous tax rate from being taxed in Ireland, rather than, say, Britain or Germany.

Comment Re:SubjectIsSubject (Score 2) 520

If Ireland doesn't like EU rules it can always depart the EU. If course then it will lose its privileged access to the Common Market, and let's be clear here, the tax deal with Apple was littl more than the creation of a tax haven for Apple to gain cheap access to the Common Market.

Slashdot Top Deals

You can not get anything worthwhile done without raising a sweat. -- The First Law Of Thermodynamics