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Comment How about "Surface Slipcovers" (Score 1) 231

Just like the out of style furniture your Grandma won't throw out in her living room ("It's good as new, only gets sat on twice per year!") why not provide NFL teams slipcovers that make better tablets look like Surface tablets on TV?

Then the NFL can pocket their product placement money, Microsoft can continue to pretend the Surface is not a piece of shit, and teams can have gear that actually works when they need it to.

Problem solved.

Comment Re:Really... (Score 4, Insightful) 105

Ask yourself - who benefits from media consolidation? And the answer is, among others, the established political insiders. So you can expect that this will be a very popular merger among the political class.

Very, very true.

Remember how every TV and radio station, pre-"consolidation era" (i.e. Telecommunications Act of 1996) had some amount of news and/or public service on their airwaves? Remember how, even when the public service stuff was often relegated to 5am Sunday Morning, the news content was mostly pretty decent... Even on stations where the person just read AP news wire copy, there was still decent news programming.

NOW, if you don't seek out news programming on the radio, you mostly won't find it outside of talk stations, news/talk stations, and all-news stations. Besides that, and NPR? Nope. Music station listeners who haven't sought out radio news in the last 15 years probably think the last event of mass importance was 9/11, because that was the last time "music" stations had any significant amount of news programming on them--even earlier in the smaller markets.

It's a damn shame, but also the exact desired outcome--because it isn't "efficient" for owners of hundreds of news stations to pay to have "news departments" and "news programming" on every station, they just don't do it anymore and pocket the funds that would have been spent on it. As a bonus to the political class, the information-level available to your average citizen just dropped another few ticks, and people who used to be occasionally exposed to news programming supplemented with wingnut news online, now only hear the wingnut view and get no "mainstream" (i.e. not-made-up from whole cloth) news.

Comment So it's going to remain a sewer for trolls? (Score 1) 369

That seems like a pretty stupid use of the shitload of money that's going to be required to buy this thing. Maybe he could just get therapy for his emotional problems with it and the world would end up a better place, instead of just perpetuating the self-congratulatory bullshit of the "Extreme free speech" community on 4chan.

But that would require the ability for introspection, which this cat clearly lacks. So never mind--buyout 4chan it is!

Comment Re:Wouldn't it be easier and better... (Score 1) 277

Most sales at gun shows do require a background check... There is a loophole to avoid them, and that is if you buy from a "private seller," that is, someone who isn't a licensed dealer. In that scenario, if they sell you a gun they legally own they are under no obligation to do any kind of background check and incur no liability if you turn out to be a madman intent on harm.

Originally, private sales were exempted from background checks because they were impractical, but I agree with the notion that sales at shows--whether between two individuals or between dealers and individuals--should always require a check. Maybe a better way to phrase it is "Sales between people that don't know each other should be considered commercial sales by default and require a background check," but I have no earthly idea how you'd write a law that passes constitutional muster and is also practically enforceable, so I think the only real option is to require a background check for all sales, whether they're "private" or not.

Comment Re:Where to now? (Score 1) 314

the dry ass-fucking should be reserved for people that use "literally" as an intensifier

Actually, my use of "literally" was valid and correct there--people bitching about poor customer service regularly refer to it as a "Dry ass fucking." The device Mr. Garrison invented on South Park had an actual phallus that was shoved into the operators ass--an real (cartoon) ass-fucking.

But it's not valid in the following sentence:

I literally hate it when people waste their breath bitching about other people's word choice. Did you understand what I meant? Yeah? Well then it doesn't matter if it's "correct" or not. (Although this time, it was, I'm wrong all the time, I freely admit.)

Comment Re:Making it official, but... (Score 1) 314

Allegedly, most states have requirements for redundant power for switching stations, documented maintenance schedules, and the like. But the reality is that the combination of regulatory capture and the subsequent loss of will to enforce those regulations means that, in practice, it's much harder to catch the phone companies out at breaking the rules. As a result, they've cut budgets and are being fined rarely enough that, system-wide, it's cheaper than doing to maintenance to just pay the occasional fines, and as a bonus, it suits their business preference to get everybody shifted over to VoIP lines. ...Which will be a cow for them until somebody realizes that with everybody on VoIP endpoints, now suddenly the internet is critical infrastructure and as such, last mile service needs to be regulated as strictly as the old POTS services were because that's how we access medical help in an emergenct, Police and Fire services, and so the same justifications that brought about requiring maintenance of the old POTS physical plant will then be usable to justify requiring backup power, documented maintenance--all the things the phone companies have been trying to run away from the costs of--onto the last mile residential and commercial internet infrastructure, too.

It's gonna' be hilarious.

Comment Re:Where to now? (Score 5, Funny) 314

I'm considering rigging up a string and tin-cans contraption, myself.

It sort of reminds me of the South Park where Mr. Garrison invents the world's ultimate transportation device--it goes 300 MPH safely on the ground, allowing us to simply skip out on the humiliation of being groped in airport security lines. It does require the operator to insert a "safety wand" into their ass, and the countrols are manipulated using a phallic object via the tongue, but as all the people trying it out say "Well, it's a little uncomfortable at first, but still beats dealing with the airlines..."

Mobile phone carriers and telephone companies in general are arriving at that level of hatred--people would rather be literally dry ass-fucked uncomfortably for hours than deal with them.

Comment Making it official, but... (Score 5, Insightful) 314

Although this seems to formalize a policy, the reality is that the various telephone companies have been cutting budgets for maintenance of copper phone lines, switching stations, and networks for many years. Ask anybody who has a business need for POTS lines about how hard it is to get any problems with them corrected--it's basically impossible. If you fight with them long enough and ward off enough attempts to be switched to a VoiP service to replace the broken lines, they'll trigger a "truck roll" and then tell you "it's all good" when it's clearly not "all good."

For example, every one of our remote sites we have a POTS line for the times when (not if, when) the main internet access is offline, taking the VPN to access that facility from HQ offline as well. I have a POTS line at each that I can dial-up to and remotely administer things. Guess how much fun it is to discover a noisy line with a modem? (Hint: Not fun.) Guess how even much more fun it is to discover you have a noisy line at a site in the middle of the only time of year you ever need to use that POTS line, during the Internet outage at that site? (Hint: Super-not-fun.)

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