Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×

Comment Re: So... (Score 2) 75

Everyone likes to trot out that example, but if you replace it with a guy flashing lots of money in a shady bar and getting held up in the parking lot, people tend not to feel anywhere near as much remorse. I can say with certainly that no one deserves to be robbed or hurt, but we don't live in a perfect world and if you don't take chances to minimize bad things happening to you, you're an idiot. Sure you don't deserve to have bad things happen to you, but they're going to happen with far greater frequency than they do to someone who isn't an idiot.

I'm pretty sure you lock your doors at night and never leave your keys in your car. I'll also bet you'd never tell your a female relation or friend that it would be a really bad idea to walk through Riyahd in a mini skirt. She should be perfectly free to do so, but that's practically a death sentence and we both know it.

Comment Re: So... (Score 1) 75

I have no idea if Spore got better or not, but from what I played of it before it crashed and then EAs shit DRM and customer service rendering the game further unplayable felt more like just average. I wouldn't be surprise if they put out some extra content and tightened up the game to where it might be something more than a 5/10 experience, and that's even accounting for the inflated game rating scale where anything below 80% isn't generally considered to be good.

I haven't played No Man's Sky, but I had a pretty good feeling that it couldn't live up to the hype. I rode that train with Spore and realized quickly it couldn't hope to live up to what I had imagined, as upon further reflection that would have meant making some really advanced AI among other things or required far more computational power than my PC could hope to muster. I probably should have known better any way since I remember the same thing happening some years before that when the first Fable was announced with similar promises of an incredibly organic and adaptable world.

Comment Re: So... (Score 1) 75

Or consumers to do some research or wait for reviews. This game reminded me of another game from several years ago that was met with similar criticisms. Anyone remember Spore, which also had the same procedural generation and infinite possibilities?

Exact same hype train and same result. On a side note I still haven't bought another EA game due to getting fucked by EA's DRM and their refusal to do anything about it.

Comment Re:And us too - soon (Score 1) 394

I don't think that's something really that unique to Republicans (also for what it's worth red/blue only became associated with Republicans/Democrats in the 2000 election and previously the Republicans used blue in their party's branding, but that's besides the point) as there are plenty of places that have been Democrat strongholds for decades that are in just as bad of shape (do neither sides economic policies work?). The real crux of the problem is that when any one party maintains control to that degree or has no real challengers, they have no incentive to do better. We look at something like the Comcast or other cable monopolies and see how shit the service is so why do we expect something different from political parties?

The stupidest part about it is that the first past the post voting system all but ensures that we see this outcome. I don't mean to say Democrats and Republicans exactly as you see them today, but two parties that are becoming increasingly polarized as there's no real room for anything in the middle. We've seen it historically in that the United States has always had two dominant parties with any third party being little more than a flash in the pan or one that eventually cannibalized an existing party and took it over. Were this to happen frequently enough, the system would be better, but the existing parties have been around far too long and with the exception of the crossover during the civil right's movement haven't changed much at all.

We need a system where it's possible to have more than two parties because it will allow people to find something that's a better fit. If you want both the right to own a gun and to have an abortion, there's really no viable party for you, but with a system that isn't first-past-the-post, it becomes possible for those more nuanced parties to exist, which means the existing parties lose their monopoly status and have to be more responsible to the voters instead of to a small number of moneyed interests.

Comment What a stupid idea (Score 2) 20

Samsung is doing as well as it does because it's a huge company that makes almost everything including many of the components that are used to build its other products. If there's one particular division that's a complete and ongoing money pit they could consider selling it off or just shutting it down, but splitting up the entire company is just short-sighted profiteering.

Comment Re:Focusing on Storytelling (Score 1) 61

Have you stopped to consider that because the media spends so much time focusing on his twitter shit posts, they aren't spending time focusing on legitimate criticisms.

It's a bit like why Obama didn't release his birth certificate. Sure it would have stopped the crazies (well some of them) from carrying on about it, but they would have just found something else to complain about and they looked really stupid to everyone else.

If you want to go after Trump, do so on policy, because he doesn't really have one and that's going to hit harder and stick rather than playing into his hand and being distracted by something irrelevant.

Comment Re:Why on earth (Score 1) 403

This assumes that everyone who uses Linux cares about open-source software and isn't using it because of the price (free) or because it's just a good tool/solution for their problem. You can get more people to use Linux for the latter reasons than because of FOSS principles.

Even if I were an FOSS zealot, if you could prove to me that using Windows 10 to develop my FOSS software made me considerably more productive, I'd be a bit of a fool not to use it. Ideology is worth less in my book that being pragmatic. Maybe you feel different, but I would imagine that even most people here don't live in such a black and white world.

Comment Re:Overall Result (Score 1) 95

Sure, for the first 3 months or so, but eventually new accounts become old accounts and how much trust differential do you assign to an account that is 4 years old as opposed to one that is only 3 years old?

Furthermore, how much time and effort will people put into reviewing the reviewers? At a certain point it eats up more time than its worth for most people. If I'm buying a $10 cable or something similarly priced, it's not worth spending a few hours to research it in the same way I'd be more careful as when buying a $1,000 appliance.

Even if you make some analytics that are easily available to help share that information with users, the fake reviewers will just figure out how to game that system. It's a never-ending cat and mouse problem that doesn't have a good solution because the underlying problem isn't one of technology, but one of human nature. The only way I could see this problem being fixed is to make laws requiring real IDs and strict penalties for financially motivated reviews, but that cure is probably worse than the current disease.

Comment Overall Result (Score 5, Insightful) 95

The overall result is that instead of 20 fake reviews from a single account, there are now 20 fake reviews spread over four different accounts. This just makes it more inconvenient for the people posting fake reviews, but doesn't really do anything to stop them. Maybe that makes it economically infeasible for a few of them and they go on to something more economically viable for them like pimping their grandmother, but this isn't going to be that big of a shakeup.

Comment Re:Not good enough... (Score 1) 95

Does that really fix anything though? If I'm a company who wants fake reviews I can reimburse the person writing the fake review for their purchase of my product which they just return to me or have shipped back to me. It's slightly more expensive, but now supposedly comes with the legitimacy that the "Verified Purchase" stamp of approval supposedly comes with.

Maybe that kills off the lowest, of low-hanging fruit, but some companies will still find a way to exploit it. Here's an example from just this year of a company doing something very similar (buying their own product to try to drum up marketing and drive demand) but they even did it in meat-space. Imagine how much easier it would be to do online.

Comment Re:Has the lord and savior told you (Score 1) 332

The problem with TDD is that it's not a tool you can apply to all problems. Some things are sufficiently complex and not well understood enough that trying to build them to incrementally pass more tests is just asking for headaches. There's a famous example of Ron Jeffries trying to use TDD to implement a Sudoku solver that didn't turn out well.

It's good in that it ensures some unit tests get developed and those can be a great asset if it's software that's going to stick around and will probably be enhanced, refactored, or reused later on because it makes it a lot easier to do regression testing if you've already got a good set of tests. Some developers can be trusted to write those after they've written the code and others just rush off to the next thing.

Like a lot of other things TDD probably fails mostly because people can't use it properly or try to treat every problem like a nail that can be pounded in with their shiny new TDD hammer.

Slashdot Top Deals

Dreams are free, but you get soaked on the connect time.