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 Opposite (Score 1) 101

The nanny-state would tend to mandate the WiFi stay locked for security reasons, or at least make sure people unlocking the WiFi were properly punished later by whatever means the state has (which are many).

In this actual case, it's private citizens calling for other private citizens for devices to be unlocked...

Comment More reliable, not less (Score 1) 138

One vector of "unreliability" the article talked about was iPhones "failing to connect to WiFi".

Let's just put aside the problem with equating network reliability with hardware reliability... there's a big difference in HOW both devices connect to WiFi, by design.

Apple in the last year or so changed iOS so that it will prefer to stay on a cell connection if it seems like the WiFi is going to be flaky or unreliable.

So the "WiFi failing to connect" is a result of the software making the network connection (you know, the whole reason why you are trying to connect to the WiFi in the first place?) MORE reliable for the user, not less... we all know by now sometimes the cell network is vastly better than a sketchy WiFi node.

Comment The anti-science sure is odd. (Score 2, Insightful) 590

Yeah, I don't know why Slashdot attracts these anti-science nutters that cannot understand the data has been totally blown on the whole global warming scam. Yes some warming is occurring, but not enough to matter in any way worth even getting excited about - at least that's what the hard facts and careful research tell us. Heck it's probably not even enough to counteract the next global cooling phase which is close at hand even in human turns, then will be the time to panic...

Now the soft facts and panicked revelations made by so called "scientists" who are backed by governments trying to bilk the people into more central control - isn't it astounding that after literally decades of being utterly wrong about long term climate forecasts, people still listen to them? But then I guess it's not since other religions have been around thousands of years as well.

Comment Ahh, science (Score 1, Insightful) 590

Making the data fit the narrative since 1970.

I wonder when exactly we just start calling all science scientology? Vastly more accurate, what with the e-Meter like shifting uses of temperature data that has been so stretched and re-formed it's kind of a digital taffy now.

Comment Re:Did KDE survive KDE3-KDE4? (Score 1) 509

Ha, I don't come here that much anymore, but this snippet reminded me of my old Linux days:

>Yeah, that's not the KDE SC's fault, that's nepomuk / akanodi / strigi / phonon / your graphics. Except only KDE depended on those shitty back-ends in the first place.

I experienced the same treatment with Graphic cards, WinModems, and ALSA audio config. I "exited" the desktop Linux world about 10 years ago and man, I really don't miss that.

Comment Not true at all (Score 1) 132

People who deviate from group-think are banned in real-life too.

People have real discussions all the time in public, at bars, at work - they are not banned, there is real conversation and people listen to each other (to a point). Even if you end up totally disagreeing with someone, you still carry on with them as an co--worker or a friend - I have many friends who are utterly in disagreement with a number of things I believe in, but we both just carry on knowing the other person is wrong.

If you don't know anyone who disagrees with you, then I feel very sorry for you indeed. But that's the lives of most people, no-one agrees with everything someone else thinks and we all learn to get by with it.

The difference is that online people are simply less tolerant, and vastly more closed minded. It's a shame to see Twitter codify that and bake in a preference in a matter that people are very much split 50/50 on.

Slashdot Top Deals

Reference the NULL within NULL, it is the gateway to all wizardry.