Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Comment Re:Duh (Score 5, Insightful) 178

Did they study the improvement on early classes if kids went to sleep and woke earlier? Did they study the benefits when kids stay up even later and wake even later?

I doubt it. Because I would bet if they changed classes to 11AM then students would just stay up for 3 hours later knowing they could sleep in. Once their bodies adjusted it would business as usual. Waking up groggy for 11AM classes instead.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 236

Didn't we last month some story about MsDev IDE taking one full core to implement the blinking cursor? They probably tuned the code for this specific test.

That was the IDE. You use that to compile your code. That had no effect on the finished product. Only that the video performance was locked at a higher refresh rate.

Comment Re:Nobody (Score 5, Informative) 236

Nobody believes you, MS. And even if it were true, Edge sucks so fucking bad that I'd rather have a shorter battery life and a decent browser than that worthless piece of shit browser you've produced.

Actually Chrome is an abomination lately. It's a memory hog. Firefox is performing far better now than Chrome. Google is more worried about its performance in the mobile world and less on the PC. Hell they are the only browser that hasn't restricted javascript from launching in it's own tab. 2 years behind...

Comment Re:But people will keep buying them... (Score 1, Insightful) 199

Did it occur to you that maybe if a repair shop can intercede with the authentication mechanism, so can govt. spooks (think Chinese Govt vs. Political Activists) as well as hackers after your apple pay info, or other sensitive data stored in your keychain? The independant repair industry for a $1000 product that has a practical life beyond the warranty period of just a year or two, for just a few specific parts is far, far, FAR less important that data security and protection from absolutely everyone. So while most people will not think twice about it and say "Fuck Apple.". No. Fuck you. Go buy an Android any ass-hat can repair then. I prefer my iPhone to be as secure as they can practically make it, while keeping it relatively functional.

It's not secure from the Feds. They broke into that iPhone in Texas by compromising it and bypassing the encryption altogether. They also haven't released the details of how they did it. So your using security by obscurity instead of Android where everything is transparent. Might as well install windows on your phone instead.

Comment Re:I think someone without a degree wrote that sum (Score 1) 329

By Slashdot logic that makes you one of the unskilled scum driving down wages in the industry.

Wages for virtual ditch digging is going up in Silicon Valley. Top rate was $25 per hour. I've seen positions going for $40 per hour. Most millennials don't want to drive more than 30 minutes away from San Francisco (i.e., Menlo Park, Palo Alto or Mountain View). Southern Silicon Valley is 45 to 90 minutes away from San Francisco.

$25 an hour isn't much for living in California though. That's getting borderline poverty level.

Comment Re:I think someone without a degree wrote that sum (Score 1) 329

I don't understand why companies would even give a shit about cultural or demographic homogeneity issues. They exist to make money, period. Nothing else matters, except as it relates to that.

If you hire an unskilled worker who turns out to be great that's awesome. But they may also reach a limit in their ability so when you want them to learn something new you have to either hire another employee or fire this person and start over.

Comment Re:It's called insurance (Score 1) 95

You want something like retirement and healthcare, budget and pay for it like an adult instead of working looking for a nanny.

The original poster did say you save AND BUY INSURANCE like an adult.

No, no he did not. That all-caps assertion was just something you imagined.

Or maybe it was something you failed to comprehend. It certainly seems to be implied, even though it's not explicitly stated. With such poor critical thinking skills among the masses, it's no wonder they turn to the government to be their nanny.

It's more than 401k and health benefits you asshat. They also don't have to pay for vacation benefits, sick time, medical leave, bereavement, pregnancy, etc, etc, etc.

Comment Re:Part time, not full time (Score 0) 95

They are doing this to cut their expenses. I understand why small businesses might need to do it, but close this loophole for big ultraprofitable megacorps like Amazon. Also quit allowing them to stash their profits overseas and avoid paying tax. This should be a bipartisan effort, and any politician opposed to it should be voted out of office.

Or...they don't have to pay for health insurance for part time employees. So they cut expenses by offering double the part time jobs in their rotation. They opened a warehouse a few miles from where I live and they only hire part time.

Comment Re:The touch sensor is tied to the CPU. (Score 2) 130

The touch sensor is tied to the CPU.

That's all the "error 53" issue is.

It's intentionally tied so that some asshole who steals you iPhone, and then parts it out on eBay for grey market repairs now has a worthless piece of junk.

This discourages assholes like that from stealing your iPhone in the first place, because they can maybe sell the battery and a couple of other parts ... and that's it.

Do you think all those "fixit" shops were buying their parts from Apple? Apple only sells to authorize service persons, and they only sell to them because they have been trained in proper repair techniques.

Can someone figure out how to repair something with no training? Probably. But that won't cause Apple to sell them legitimate replacement parts.

Electronics aren't some mystical voodoo that just works. Many parts such as the home button can be disassembled and duplicated. They don't need access to Apple to make replacement parts for these items that work just fine. It's Apple that added software deterrents to using after market parts by implementing proprietary codes to their parts.

Comment Re: Apple has never been consumer friendly (Score 1) 130

You don't figure that Apple doesn't have a small army of technicians refurbishing returned equipment because they have long lead times for warranty replacements?

If they were "sold out for months" my guess is that it's even more likely your device was replaced by a refurbished unit, likely built from serviceable parts from multiple returned units by some technician/contractor who has minimal training and equipment. If the units are hard to obtain new, you can bet they are likely to be refurbishing them as fast as they can for warranty claims.

But what difference does it make? You apparently got a serviceable unit for your replacement and Apple honored the warranty on the replacement. That's what they said they would do.

Most businesses create parts as well as the units so they have replacements right off the bat. Unless it's a touch screen issue the delays are due to demand for the overall unit.

Comment Re:Real link (Score 1) 286

Okay, let's have a quick look at some interesting items from the list:

- userId The userID as known by the application. This is what you type when Windows asks "what is your name?" during account creation, so it's quite likely to be the user's real name.

- did XBOX device ID - xid A list of base10-encoded XBOX User IDs.

- localId Represents a locally defined unique ID for the device

- friendlyName Represents the name of the file requesting elevation from low IL. - cmdLine Represents the full command line arguments being used to elevate. Don't enter passwords on the command line!

- PCFP An ID for the system that is calculated by hashing hardware identifiers.

- BiosDate The release date of the BIOS in UTC format. - BiosName The name field from Win32_BIOS. - Manufacturer The manufacturer field from Win32_ComputerSystem. - Model The model field from Win32_ComputerSystem.

The list is very long, I'm about 1/3rd the way in...

You can pull that information from nearly any computer when they connect to your webpage. That's really nothing new.

Comment Re:Don't forget about open source projects. (Score 1) 286

Some open source supporters will make claims like "But they're being transparent!" or "But you can opt out!" or some other nonsense like that.

But guess what? None of that matters!

It does matter. It's relatively trivial to opt out of Mozilla's data collection and to know what's being collected, whereas that's absolutely not the case with Microsoft. So when you say shit like this:

"we cannot consider them to be any better than Windows, or conversely, we can't consider Windows to be any worse than projects like Firefox"

I know you're either shilling for Microsoft or being idealistically stupid about practical differences.

Yet you still have to take Mozilla for their word just like Microsoft. Both companies could be lying about what they collect. You trust one but not the other when the data could be identical.

Comment Re:Because everybody (Score 1) 51

Yes. Everybody *SHOULD* listen to Samsung about batteries, because Samsung suffered a HUGE SETBACK with the exploding phones, and therefore are committed to that NEVER HAPPENING AGAIN! They cannot allow it. They cannot afford it. If Samsung implements their battery check procedure, do you think they will ever having a problem with exploding phone batteries again? I don't think they will.

Samsung had processes in place before the exploding battery issue. It's not like they blindly created batteries and this snuck up on them. So they are putting more red tape in place but that doesn't mean an issue can't slip by in the future. Nobody predicts problems. They just happen.

Slashdot Top Deals

You're using a keyboard! How quaint!