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Comment Re:Why the fuck would he care? (Score 4, Funny) 287

Chairman Ajit Pai says net neutrality "hurt investment" and "small internet providers don't have 'the means or the margins' to withstand the regulatory onslaught" of net neutrality.

So, obviously, all you startups are just wrong. Because he said it. Good Mr. Pai and his holiness overlord Trump are looking out for you, and you should grovel in appreciation.

Someday, the Republicans will deregulate... the NFL. No refs, no rules. Football played the way it's meant to be played: all out war, with guns!

Comment Re:Jingo it up, bitches. (Score 1) 156

Yep. when our biggest fear was the Soviet Ruskies and their godless nuclear and rocket scientists burying us in nuclear dust, engineering and science was a rewarding career in the U.S., math and science education was a big deal, and shit got built and done. Grab your pocket protector and your slide rule and join the government research lab, we gotta beat the Russians!

If Trump and Putin are just a little too tight with each other (I mean, get a room for chrissakes and get it over with), maybe a little red scare from China is what we need to kick this Trump "be dumb and trust me gonna be huge" ignorance trip to the curb. Science and engineering ain't cheap, and sorry all you "just deregulate" people out there, China won't wait for a bunch of Elon Musk's and other magic pixies of the free market to just appear and make everything happen tax-free.

Gotta pay, and make science a thing again, or else, in the future, when the moon comes up, you can point at the sky and say "Hey look! The new territory of China!"
(and why not declare it a territory? China says, don't like it? try and take it from us, bitches... oh, you can't get past low-Earth orbit, can you? well, you got your Trump tax break and your new wall with Mexico to comfort you. Hang on, gotta go, the Space Creatures just arrived and they're impressed with Human forays off the Earth... Yes, WE will Represent the Human Race to the Galactic Community, thank you, 'cause YOU AIN'T HERE, ARE YOU BITCHES?)

Comment Re:This has everything to do with Trump (Score 1) 201

If you agree with Net Neutrality you disagree with the Republican party. Maybe not individuals, but with the party's ideals.

This party has no ideals... just well-worn talking points that they adapt to whatever their biggest doners want. Trump is reversing himself on virtually everything he promised the suckers in his campaign, now that the real money is starting to speak to him. And here, suck-up party-shill chairman Ajit Pai had the nerve to say net neutrality hurt investment and said that small internet providers don't have "the means or the margins" to withstand the regulatory onslaught. So, it's all about the small providers, sure, except that he permits all the big providers to swallow-up smaller ones, and if a smaller one happens to be a small regional, municipal provider, then it's ok for the states to prohibit their expansion or shut them down. Free-market competition is for suckers, when you can just buy them or lobby the GOP to take 'em out.

This Party only believes in money... not crowd-funded money or populist money, but the back room quiet-handshake money of the biggest, richest lobbying groups backed by the largest corporations here (and abroad) who measure their wealth in property and territory. Government by the people is supposed to be in part about consumer (i.e., people) protection from the excesses of monopoly. But shills like Pai are giving away everything... for principle? hell no... to show his loyalty and secure a piece of the billion-dollar lobbying pie (Pai's already been one... and he's feathering his nest for a bigger piece when his term is through). Spit slogans for dumb people like how free markets always benefit the consumer... bullshit when "free" means free to capture the market and charge the most for the least in return, which is awesome, hell it's the goddamn objective, if you're the one collecting the fees, all shared among senior management, shareholders, lobbyists and their politicians. Sucks if you're the one paying up, but when you're a small fish what choice do you have? Your government could regulate this away, your government could do anything if the right people are elected and do the right thing, but the guy on TV says regulation = bad. So, elect shills and idiots and shit happens.

Comment Sigh. Another cool thing bites the... (Score 2) 71

Free OTA TV could be a good thing, just like a free Internet could be a good thing (free as in free from being spied on by your ISP, and free as in hosting your own server w/o having to pay for "business class".. still gotta pay a fair price for the service). But no, in the name of the most holy imaginary hand of the free market, everything consolidates under the biggest umbrella to get the biggest profit out of the least effort.

It doesn't have to be this way. The airwaves, and the Internet, belongs in one way or another to the public. You know, us. But we keep electing goons who give it away to people who take 'em out to pricey steak dinners and give 'em free rides on private jets. Do you know who your goon... uhhh Congressman is? What's he's been up to? I'll bet not, and that's why we can't have nice things.

Comment Re:All He Had To Do Was Appoint People (Score 1) 342

And yet we've gotten to a point where politics is so ridiculously polarized that none of the Republicans care about him looting the public treasury and taking bribes from anyone and everyone, as long as he's not a Democrat.

We've also gotten to the point that it doesn't matter if he reverses himself (aka "flip-flops") on his campaign promises. Used to mean hot death for a politician from his... base. But now...

China? No longer a hated job-killing currency manipulator. Iran? Yeah, they're ok. Ban the Muslims? Hasn't stuck, blocked in court, oh well, probably the fault of Dems, move on, move on... what happened to that wall, anyway? and Russia? Liked Russia, g'head and spy on crooked-Hillary, no, don't like 'em anymore, but that has nothing to do with the cyber-spying during the election. NATO? Yeah, maybe they're ok after all. Clean Coal? well yeah, about that, energy prices, invisible hand of the econo-*yawn*. Bridges and roads? headin' off to my golf resort call me later. and Obamacare? That biggest disaster in the history of all mankind ever? Ehhhh, let's keep it... for me to poop on for the next four years.

Nope, nobody seems to care, as long as he's not a Democrat.

Comment Re:Don't Want 'Em (Score 1) 63

Yep, but you need to look at this from MSs viewpoint. If you stabilise your core product and start just putting out bug fixes people will exit the upgrade cycle and your profit goes bye-bye. On the other hand if you keep adding (cough) "exciting new features" (the hype carrot) and leave just enough bugs/irritants in the system to ever so mildly annoy people (the stick) you keep people hungry for the next release, and so the money keeps on flowing.

It's like built-in obsolescence for the software industry.

and I thought all they had to do was introduce a new file format.
oh. wait. they did that.

Comment Re:Don't Want 'Em (Score 1) 63

I personally LIKE the ribbon interface. The ribbon is a MUCH more efficient use of screen space compared to the old days where 2/3 of your screen could be taken up by various "toolbars". Since the advent of the ribbon UI, there's also been a considerable reduction in the number of nested dialog boxes. It took some time to retrain myself to use them, sure, but ultimately they have probably saved time by making settings more shallow. You can customize the ribbon UI probably just as much as the told toolbars, with the exception that you can't have a Word session open where you can only see 1-2 lines of text because you have a toolbar button for every function.

I know people who like the Ribbon, and there was a tendency pre-Ribbon for toolbars to multiply until they took up half the screen. But toolbars could be customized without limit.. you could even add pull-down menus, and a simple bitmap editor was provided to create your own icons. So, if you rely on a lot of macros, you could build custom buttons, ordered just right in a toolbar, nested in menus if necessary so a toolbar didn't get too long.

To my knowledge, you can't customize the stock Ribbon tabs... you can make your own tab, but the icons can sometimes appear strange. There's no way to create your own icons, you have to pick from a small stock set of smiley faces and other stupid things that don't remotely suggest what your macro does. And pull-down menus and other advanced widgets are gone completely. Yes, I know you can bind macros to keys, but try getting a secretary to memorize a bunch of magic key combinations. OTOH, just point to the pretty little icons you designed, right there on screen, just a click to get the thing done.

We work with versions of Word in both ribbon and non-ribbon forms... I'm still way more productive in the non-ribbon version, so I hold onto it like money. I understand what Microsoft was trying to go for with the Ribbon, but yanking out the stuff that allowed me to automate and speed up my workflow was a show-stopper. Hell, I thought the whole point of macros and customization tools was to lock-in Office products into businesses like mine. Then, they up and kludged it. Extend foot, take aim, pull trigger. Microsoft.

Comment Don't Want 'Em (Score 5, Interesting) 63

Since 2013, all I wanted from Office and Windows was bug-fixes. Instead, their new "features" almost always amounted to taking some useful feature away, like how the Ribbon took away menus and truly customizable toolbars, like how the Start screen took away the Start menu in Windows 8 (ok, they fixed that, sort of), like how Settings continues to rob from the Control Panel with lesser capability, all messing up years of reliable workflow.

but the bugs remain. and File Explorer still doesn't have tabs. For what? 3-D in Microsoft Paint? There's plenty of that around already. Just fix bugs, Microsoft. Fix the damn bugs.

Comment All He Had To Do Was Appoint People (Score 2) 342

Trump wouldn't have needed Congressional approval, Senate confirmation, even a budget hearing. Just ask his Chief of Staff to hire some people. That's it. Done. Simple, promise kept, cross it off the list (uhh, is there a list?) Instead, he tweeted a lot of nonesense, rubber-stamped a bunch of stuff from Ryan and the Generals, and played golf at his estate on weekends at taxpayer expense.

Ok, I get it that some people just hate Dems, foam at the mouth and all. But this guy is doing a lot of nothing, all the while his hotels and other properties mop up the bucks (STAY at the "official" Hotel of the Prez-Z-Dent!!! Sweet Deal! Get a Free Hat if you book the PrezeeDential Suite!) while he gives his entourage free miles on Air Force One (plus secret service details). I guess none of that counts, as long as you keep hating Dems?

Comment Re:Cue Apple Lawsuit... (Score 1) 66

Cue Apple Lawsuit in 3.. 2.. 1.. Gotta keep those liars err lawyers in work, doncha know??

Idiot. All MacOS updates up to 7.5.3 where freely available for download.

Not so fast, cowboy. It's the "right" in copyright, which means Apple has the "right" to give it away for free for a day, a week, whatever, and also the "right" to stop and lock it away again if they want to. Anyway, the real jewel in the old Macs is the code in the ROMs. Mac and even Apple // emulators available on the web still wink-wink that you need to own your own old machine to legally have a "right" to the ROM code (that you can nonetheless find in bin form on the web) crucial to getting old Mac software to run.

Anyway, as with most cool stuff that archive.net puts up, DMCA says it can stay there until someone with the rights sends a takedown notice, afterwhich it will disappear because archive.net doesn't want the kind of hell that DMCA permits if you give the finger to a takedown notice.

So, enjoy it while it lasts. Dark Castle is a real favorite of mine - crazy good what they could do with an 8 MHz 68000, 1MB RAM, a little sound hardware, and a small monochrome screen.

Comment Re:Not Necessarily (Score 1) 112

Unenforceable sure, but I've yet to see a way of definitively knowing if your ISP is selling your data. They could say one thing and do the other.

Sadly, this is true. So long as there's no federal prohibition against this kind of thing, ISP's will have no reason not to invest in the infrastructure to collect data, and then try and monetize it. With laws like Minnesota's, the burden would be effectively shifted to consumers (or perhaps state's attorneys general, depending on how the law is written) to catch the ISP's in violation, and then sue. By then, your browsing habits are already sold to third-parties, probably out-of-state. The best we can hope for is many states passing similar prohibitions, all providing the possibility of very large fines, so that ISP's would recognize a substantial risk of losing a LOT of money if they sell data. But ISP's could foreseeably tie things up in litigation for years and years while they pocket their profits.

Minnesota's law is not useless, but it's not a cure either.

Comment Not Necessarily (Score 1) 112

They'll just put it into their Terms of Service and you won't be able to get service from any ISP without agreeing to them. So this is weak sauce, that looks good but doesn't;t accomplish anything.

Depending no how the law is written, any conflicting clause of the Terms of Service would simply be unenforceable. So, it may accomplish quite a bit (if you live in Minnesota, at least).

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