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Comment Isn't the internet in Latvia good too? (Score 1) 102

I don't really believe they are a real business. I mean, in the sense that, if you live in those places, you can get amazing fiber, and then everyone else suddenly shifts to compete, sure. It's real.

But I don't live there. I *do* live in suburbs just outside of a city, a major metropolitan area. But no google fiber. Because their total deploy is so damned low, my area could reasonably be next (so in the next couple years) or very far out (long enough not to matter).

So to me, no, they aren't real. No one I talk to in real life has google fiber. It may as well be a European nation with good internet- it's got about the same level of meaning to me.

Comment Re:Unforseen? (Score 1) 108

I mean, it depends on what's on the screen of the headset. But in general, you are correct. More importantly, they are completely different. VR will have use in gaming, experience-based scenarios, and design. AR will have applications in daily life, and possibly in industry.

Comment Re:XBox 1: jumped shark, shark ate it (Score 1) 107

So if that's your restriction, then you're obviously not interested in online gaming on the console. You don't NEED to talk to the net for most (any?) single player games. But the process doesn't change much: you still have to patch the OS with an OS patch included on the disk, etc. The big advantage is that you can leave the console around for a year and it will work immediately when you turn it on, without it begging for new ads or whatever.

Comment Re:XBox 1: jumped shark, shark ate it (Score 3, Insightful) 107

> you can actually play a game when you stick a disk in

This x1000.

You have to give ALL THE FUCKS to get a current gen console working. Playing a modern console game is as much or more drama as playing a modern PC game.

First, hook up the box, plug it in.
Second, turn it on. You probably need to configure it.
Third, tell it how to talk to your wifi, using the wifi password.
Fourth, create or login with some console specific account, with a console specific user name and password. You'll probably need email access. You may need a credit card here too, depending.
Fifth, ensure that the console has all the current advertisements to show you. It won't work unless it can download all the fresh advertisements, so this is hundreds of megabytes. There may also be a code update in here that makes it incompatible with something, hey, who knows. If you lose power during this mandatory step, be sure to RMA your brick. After five to nine business days you'll get another one that you can repeat this whole process for ALL of your games.
Sixth, insert the disk.
Seventh, install some portions of the disk to the hard drive.
Eighth, patch the disk derived program with whatever the hell is needed for it, which is also a lot of data. Some of it may also be ads.
Ninth, you can now play. Until any of these things change, of course, in which case you'll have to adjust your credit card information, your login password, your wifi password, or more likely download another OS patch or Application patch. Or if the servers are down because the game is more than three years old, just go ahead and stop worrying about ever playing it again.
Oh, and tenth, be sure to carefully monitor disk usage! You'll run out quickly unless you bought the biggest dude or don't play a lot of games. If you are close on space, you can probably get away with a USB drive or something, so be sure to plug that fucker in too.

This is about as much drama as maintaining a computer, for something far more transient. I get that the gameplay experience of online play is great, but holy moly what a bunch of junk. And remember- most of this is true of fully single player games too. If you are playing, say, just Super Mario, you get to skip steps three and eight only. Step five, the OS patch needed to play the game, still happens, it just happens AFTER you put the disk in. It's still totally absurd. The only time you can boot up a console and have a game come up within three minutes is if you like, just played it yesterday.

Feels so bad.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 3, Insightful) 407

> It is possible that Trump is really doing this to put a final nail in the coffin of the Republicans as a Democratic "operative".

You could pick WAY worse than this guy. This piece slams him (and plenty more will too), but that would happen whomever he picked. Christie, you got the bridge thing, Newt you got the divorcing the wife with cancer thing, etc.

Every politician in contention for VP will have something to be fried on- remember when Quayle went with the spelling on the card for "potato" as "potatoe"? People didn't stop talking about that until halfway through the Clinton administration, he was The Dumb Guy.

This thing where good men are attacked endlessly for fictional vices has achieved its end effect of clearing the way for men with many serious vices to run, because the attacks and claims are the same in both cases.

In this vein- once everyone in the center bought that McCain was waging a "war on women", and Romney's strict insistence on adequate female representation in his potential administration became part of a "war on women" ("binders of women")- once every Republican had to bear the brunt of being a sexist, even if not, all that did was remove the social cost of ACTUALLY being a sexist. Far too much wolf-crying from the left to attack men on the faults they don't have, has removed the incentive to not just run men who actually DO have those faults.

Anyway, if you were trying to sink the candidacy, there are much more screwed up candidates to pick. But no one will bother researching whatever Sessions or whomever did anymore, because now the decision has (apparently) been made. The same will be true of the Democrats soon enough.

Comment Re:Nintendo continues to lead while others follow (Score 2) 174

Comparing it to Miitomo is a fucking joke. That was some interactive social experiment crap. This is goddamned pokemon.

If Nintendo wanted to make apps, they would need to use one of their actual franchises. That doesn't mean they have to make Mobile Mario (though they could!), or ANY *existing* franchise (though they should!). But it does mean that they need fantasy characters in a fantasy world, not more stupid Mii bullshit.

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