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Comment Re:Anonymous Coward (Score 1) 693

Probability is not proof.

Proof is tautological... either you have it or you don't.

The professor knows people cheated because students have confessed that there has been cheating, but he can't prove that they cheated, even with statistical analysis.

No dean will flunk a student who he suspects MIGHT have been cheating. That's simply a lawsuit waiting to happen.

The problem here is with the professor. A 400 level class that has a freaking scan tron test? Just how lazy is this guy? If the students simply memorized the answers from the test bank, then they have fulfilled the objectives of the test, because a multiple choice test simply requires you to choose the correct answer from a list.

Know what kind of test you can't cheat on?

A test that requires you to answer the question and explain how you came about the answer.

Comment Re:Great! (Score 1) 226

Yeah, that ain't the case at all.

Drunks don't care if they're known as drunks unless you get in their face about it.

Drunks drink crap beer because crap beer is cheap beer. When they're not at the bar, they're drinking crap, so when they go to the bar, they go with what they know.

Crap beer is usually easier to drink. It's not overly hoppy or rich. You can consume buckets of the stuff and you won't feel full, you'll just feel like you need to take a piss.

Comment Hey Microsoft, here's why your D-Pad sucks (Score 3, Insightful) 150

It isn't because of the disc, it's because of the way that the d-pad acts when you play fighting games (which is about the only reason you'd actually need a revamped D-Pad in the first place). Why is it that every podunk Japanese fighting pad manufacturer out there can put out a pad which works fine with a game like Street Fighter, but you can't seem to get a handle on it? Look at ASCII's pads, figure out what they do, and replicate it. Problem solved.

Comment Whatever (Score 1) 557

Apple makes the vast majority of its money, not on the strength of its own products, but the easy availability of product through its iTunes and App Store.

The iPod and iPhone as platforms are nice, but as more and more people use their smartphone as their primary music device, this is going to shrink the market for devices like the iPod. Android phones are going to continue to make their presence felt in the mobile market, and it can't be long before Google decides to sell media for its devices as well, simply because Apple's profits can't be long ignored.

So, Apple will continue to be profitable, but at these levels? Doubtful.

Comment Re:Grandfathered in (Score 1) 875

uhuh, of course, because all scientists are the same and completely interchangeable. You do realise that these are climate scientists, don't you? They don't have much knowledge of engineering, or the inner workings of various energy producers.

Then meteorologists must be magical creatures, since they employ satellite data and radar to forecast the weather. How'd the satellites get up there? They aren't rocket scientists, are they? How'd they figure out how to use doppler radar to determine where clouds are? They aren't physicists either. How'd the satellites and radar machinery get programmed? They aren't computer engineers, radio engineers, electrical enginers, or software developers, for crying out loud!

I think the magical word of the day is: "collaboration."

Comment Wouldn't it be nice... (Score 1) 279

... to have a scripting language that worked equally well on the browser and on the server and wasn't a complete piece of shit like Javascript? One programming language, one presentation language, one style language.

I'm not trying to discount current solutions here, I'm just saying that there has to be a better way.

Comment Bullshit (Score 1) 266

Google makes money through advertisements. Their entire reason for trying to create a web based OS is not because they feel HTML + Javascript + CSS is a better way to go than the other languages. They're doing it because they want to hit you with ads from the second you turn on the computer to the second you power it down.

Check email? Ads.
Use spreadsheet? Ads.
Use photo editor? Ads.
Search local filesystem? Ads.
Play solitare? Ads.

Sure, they're willing to give away software for free. If giving it away means hosting it on their servers and reserving the right to take it away from you at any time while continuously deriving revenue from the software while you use it.

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