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 Generally awful (Score 4, Insightful) 435

3D is a generally awful experience for most people. It's disorienting, uncomfortable, and doesn't look good for about 99% of the events that took the effort to record in 3D. It was also insanely expensive for a gimmick. It's the same gimmick that has been recurring every 20 or 30 years since the 50s. It still doesn't look any better than it did when it was first introduced. And, as has already been mentioned, having to wear glasses to watch tv sucks. For those that already wear glasses it double sucks.

Comment already known (Score 1) 80

If you have access to someone's phone, and a legitimate reason to ask, the phone company can easily give you their identity based on the phone's MEID and SIM card information. If it's a burner phone, you can still get more information about how/where it was purchased in a much shorter time than any of this information will provide about the person.

Comment Won't do anything (Score 3, Informative) 107

This won't do anything. It's not like people are only using their phones to make an outgoing calls and then turning them off. People use smart phones to DO things. Whether that's accessing the internet or communicating with people via text or voice, the phone NEEDS radio signals to do that. "Man in the middle" systems exploit that for tracking. What Snowden and Huang are recommending isn't going to change that at all.

Comment Re:License to work (Score 1) 639

You keep telling yourself that. Even if a lawyer vetts it, that doesn't necessarily make it binding. Perhaps their lawyer advised them to sign it anyway, knowing that that particular clause was, in fact, not enforceable. Perhaps the lawyer didn't advise them anything of the sort because, at the time, it didn't matter to anyone. You don't know what you're talking about with respect to what they did or didn't understand in the contract.

I'll say it again, just because a contract is agreed to by both parties doesn't mean it's enforceable. Plenty of "legal" contracts get thrown out every day as non-binding or non-enforceable.

Comment Re:License to work (Score 1) 639

I can read. Just because you sign something you think is legal doesn't necessarily make it legal. There are hundreds of examples. Hell there was a recent slashdot article about people agreeing to give up their first born child in an EULA. Obviously that's not legally enforceable. If you think it is, you should do a lot more reading about the law.

Comment Re:It's A Bargain (Score 1) 460

It may have changed over the years...

My mom was a cashier (Farmer Jack's in MI) when I was growing up. When the tills were balanced at the end of the day, shortages came out of the cashier's pay. Interestingly, overages didn't go in the employees favor.

The fact that it happened didn't make it legal. Just another form of thief, actually.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 4, Insightful) 983

The gunman had military training and was able to survive longer than a normal person would - he knew what he was doing (compared to the training of the cops)

That doesn't refute guruevi's points at all, even if the guy had been combat experienced, which he wasn't. Military training might prolong someone's resistance to siege tactics (such as blocking food/water/comms) but it doesn't eliminate them. Waiting him out was the right option if, in fact, he was no longer able to continue harming people from that position. If he still had a tactical advantage to pursue more targets, putting him down in whatever way they could makes sense. I haven't seen any evidence or statements that is the case though.

I suspect there's a bit of both things going on here. Some amount of concern that the shooter could "escape" from the position and resume shooting and some amount of "he killed one of ours, put him down".

Comment Re:Despite the name it is not autopilot (Score 1) 392

Have you ever driven a car longer than 5 minutes? There is no way touch sensors in the steering wheel would be a beneficial addition. People switch hand position all the time. I'd dare say there isn't anyone who drives a car with a hand on the wheel at all times. Having the system disengage all the time would be ridiculous. I suppose you could put a timer along with the sensor, though. Still wouldn't stop anything. A person could easily rest a hand on the wheel and never once look at what's actually happening around them.

The right solution is to make it clear that this "autopilot" isn't anything more than an assisted cruise control, like every other manufacturer does, and people wouldn't think it was more capable than it is. Or simply let the dumbasses be dumbasses. It hasn't impacted car sales by any other manufacturer. Hell, there are some 30,000+ fatal accidents every year in the US with "regular" cars. Some are certainly manufacturer defects, but most are human error. Why should Tesla be held to a different standard than all other manufacturers?

Submission + - What media streaming device to use

bkr1_2k writes: Way back when, I had a pc dedicated as a media server using MythTV. That died and I didn't bother building a new one. Consumer electronics caught up and I recently bought an AppleTV 3 to use for streaming my media library. I am, unsurprisingly, finding flaws with it. I'm looking for alternative devices that allow me to stream from my media server directly, without the need for a middleman app like iTunes for the AppleTV.

I don't need a ton of streaming services (we have netflix and amazon prime but don't use anything else). I primarily want to use this for streaming my own music and movie libraries over my home network, preferably with a user interface that lets me browse those in a fashion that doesn't force me to scroll through my whole library to get to the title that starts with the letter z. (A very poor design choice in the AppleTV).

Nor do I want any voice controls since they all suck, in my experience.

I would prefer an "open" device that I can update at will with add-ons but it's not a requirement.

What's are the current options out there? Roku, AppleTV, Chromecast. Anything else that might fit my needs better?

Comment Re:Not likely (Score 1) 306

It's laughable that any advertiser on a website thinks those ads are driving sales in brick and mortar shops.

They don't think it. They know it. Their ads almost always contain coupons or specific ad codes so they can track sales to specific ads. I have gone to local shops and restaurants because of deals I saw online, and many other people have as well. They wouldn't continue to run the ads if they weren't working. Very few companies run untracked ads anymore.

Fair enough. I've never payed any attention to advertisements on facebook other than to see how ridiculously bad their "targeting" is for me so I wasn't aware they had coupons of any kind. I've still never known anyone who went to an actual store to buy things. Everyone I've ever known buys online when they see ads online.

Slashdot Top Deals

"If you can, help others. If you can't, at least don't hurt others." -- the Dalai Lama