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Submission + - Siri Is The New Clippy

theodp writes: In perhaps the unkindest cut of all to Apple, TechCrunch's Alexia Tsotsis likens Siri to Clippy. 'Despite whatever Samuel L. Jackson says,' writes Tsotsis, 'Siri in its current incarnation simply doesn’t work. In fact, it’s actually starting to remind us of Microsoft’s Mr.Clippy, that cloying MS Office "assistant" that would pop up upon start and say stuff like, "It looks like you’re writing a letter, can I help you?" Tsotsis adds: 'What bugs people the most about these ill-thought-out products is that they’re like that annoying person at work who’s always all, "Can I do anything to help?" when they can’t actually do anything, don’t know shit, and are actually neglecting their real job while they take the time to ask you that question.' Ouch.

Submission + - Pirates Evicted From Festival For Giving Out Free Waffles (torrentfreak.com)

jones_supa writes: Well, here’s a story we’ve heard before in a flavor we haven’t. The Swedish Young Pirates association had a tent at a local municipal festival (Trästockfestivalen in Skellefteå), and were handing out free waffles as an attraction. They were targeted with eviction from the festival, not because they weren’t allowed to make food or give things away (they were), but because the traditional festival waffle makers couldn’t get paid anymore.

Submission + - Fake On-Line Job Ad Riles Aussie CEO (theage.com.au)

beaverdownunder writes: A fake advertisement for the chief executive's position with a Melbourne, Australia-based charity was posted on seek.com.au over the weekend, saying the well-known organisation was in "desperate need" of a new CEO. It went on to list the attributes not wanted in a new CEO, implying that the current CEO was, among other things, sulky, self-centred, dishonourable and disrespectful of staff.

Revenge is a dish best served on-line?

Submission + - Why Your Brain is Extremely Good at Detecting Fake Laughs (medicaldaily.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Those who think they've perfected the art of fake laughter are in for a surprise: You're not fooling anyone.

In a new study, to be published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, scientists found that even our most realistic efforts to feign amusement fool no one.

Researchers found that people are actually "extremely good" at detecting even the most realistic sounding of phony giggles.


Submission + - Apple Loses Bid For Emergency Ban On HTC Phone Imports (bloomberg.com)

tukang writes: The US International Trade Commission has rejected an emergency request by Apple to detain some HTC phones (including the One X and EVO 4G) at the border while the agency investigates Apple's claims of patent infringement. In May, HTC's phone shipment was held up at the border and was only allowed to pass after US Customs and Border Protection received assurances that HTC worked around Apple patents, a claim which Apple disputes.

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