Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


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

Comment Re:A step back towards sanity (Score 2, Insightful) 128

This, so much this. All of it.
If we wanted Chrome we would just use Chrome.

Some of their steps have been infuriating, whoever is directing their development should have been removed a long time ago. I'll toss in another obvious misstep, and that was the decision to focus on 32bit instead of 64bit, how they thought that was a good idea is beyond me, luckily public outcry got them to pull their head out of their @ss.

Comment Nope (Score 1) 369

Intel and Microsoft joining hands in making a Windows 7 unfriendly ecosystem – SpeedStep to add support for RAM and more

Skylake users given 18 months to upgrade to Windows 10
"And next generation processors, including Intel's Kaby Lake, won't be supported in old Windows."

Comment Re:Warning: Windows 10 is draining your battery (Score 1) 377

It's VERY dependent on the laptop and whether or not you install any power management, which most distros (even Ubuntu) seem to skip.

My Lenovo X220 does almost the same with Windows or Linux once I install power management, I lose around 10% compared to Windows while using Cinnamon. I mention that because it also depends on the desktop environment (DE) and browser you use, newer flashier DE's are going to use more power. As much as I love Cinnamon, it does use more power than say XFCE or LXDE, I expect by switching to one of them I'd be within a few percent of Windows.

Comment How exactly does this stop identity theft exactly? (Score 1) 621

"I know that a lot of people are just going to focus on the seizing money. That's a very small thing that' s happening now. The largest part that we have found ... the biggest benefit has been the identity theft," Vincent said. He's just making things up to justify it and this is very much all about the money.

Comment Re:What I think Kickstarter should do... (Score 1) 139

Your idea is good, but personally I don't think it goes far enough for first timers.

If you're making something small, scaling isn't terribly difficult, if you are making something complex, such as a 3d printer, scaling becomes tricky. The more parts you have the trickier the logistics, some suppliers may not scale as easily, China becomes a minefield, and your timeline may be significantly stretched.

This was exactly what happened to us.
When we told a supplier we needed 180% instead of the 100% we expected, he panicked (but came through). A Chinese company pulled a bait and switch, the test parts worked, but production was swapped to a higher temp item which would have melted our product, then blamed us for the error. We switched to another company, but lost thousands in shipping and higher costs.

Kickstarter is meant to start your business, it shouldn't be an all-you-can-eat salad bar. Make it 80-120%. This gives you a very specific amount of product to plan for, you either get funded and can do it, or you don't, but at least you can properly plan for it. Kickstarter is responsible for some of this problem because of how they highlight campaigns (it's different once you reach your goal) and handle funding (fail you get nothing, so people set it low), this too needs to change. Remember, these people are new to business, some aren't even out of school, we shouldn't be handing them half a million dollars and allowing them to go build a company with no supervision just because they put together a flashy video. It's more than most people can handle.

Comment Way to misinterpret stats... (Score 1) 135

Granted, that chart you linked was garbage since it explained little, but had you gone through and clicked on who they got their stats from you will find what you quoted to be very off the mark.

Firefox has been dropping, but very slowly and it's still pretty consistent at around 15% or so of the market, Most of Chrome's growth has been at the hands of other browsers, I.E. in particular. The odds of Vivaldi making a significant dent in Firefox is small, it's more likely to cannibalize Chrome and everyone else.

And Mozilla is concerned, and they should be. Personally, I think they should have fired several developers YEARS ago. The growing number of forks, 64bit and UI, should have been good indications they were doing something wrong. Which leads back to Chrome as well, yes, Chrome is growing, however, some of that could also be forks, since there is enough of them, but why are there so many? I have yet to see a Chrome fork that actually makes things any better.

Comment I'd much prefer they fix Batrail tablet support. (Score 1) 81

Proper Baytrail support would open Ubuntu, derivatives and Linux in general to a bunch of cheap, plentiful Intel powered tablets, that cost a fraction of what this does.

And yes, I know you can get some distros to run, however they usually lack a bunch of drivers, wifi and touchscreen are a particular problem, as is battery life.

Comment We asked this at the hackerspace/phrased wrong (Score 2) 519

We had this discussion at the local hackerspace and got only slightly better results, which I thought was surprising for people who thrive on technology.

However... When it was rephrased as: "If you could have an automous car, but it could only go 45mph and use special lanes in autonomous mode, would you want it?" Suddenly the numbers shot way up. Seems many don't trust mixing humans and autonomous, especially at high speed. As people starting thinking of the benefits to this, even at slower speeds, the numbers went up and up until all but the most staunch opponents were left and even they wavered.

This is not far off from how cars got accepted as well.
Automakers started pushing the idea that streets were meant for cars, not foot traffic or horses (look up the origins of jaywalking), once the public was convinced, it went from there. The same can very easily happen with autonomous vehicles.

Comment Re:why they don't listen? (Score 1) 355

Me as well.
I was part of it, made recommendation after recommendation, nothing ever changed.

Nothing, that is, except my changes, which they rolled back every damn update. If you were fast track and used lots of alternate software, it was almost impossible to use long term, every time you started your computer, you never knew what would remain. The only saving grace was that I wasn't running it on my primary laptop, but this was only because it wouldn't run on my primary laptop at the time (an Asus core I5), 8.1 would not either. While I replaced that laptop, this has yet to be solved and probably never will be.

I went back to 7, but that's only temporary, I'm about 80% switched over to Linux (Mint) and will probably be down to a Windows VM within a month.

Slashdot Top Deals

"Being against torture ought to be sort of a bipartisan thing." -- Karl Lehenbauer