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

 



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

Comment Re:Stop using cars at all. (Score 2) 221

Yes, paying 25K+ for a new hybrid or dropping like 10-15K on a used one with questionable batteries and no warranty to save what, maybe $5-10 / week on gas, makes sooooo much sense.

Lets not forget that it would take ~30+ years of mining lithium / cobalt / other REEs to replace the fleet of existing vehicles on the road, much less the ones that would be produced in the next thirty years...

Don't buy cheap shit cars. A Toyota Corolla gets real world ~36-38MPG with shit ethanol filled gasoline, and 42-44MPG with non ethanol-poisoned gasoline, with a pure ICE engine. But OMFG the 0-60 times suck... wah, wah ,wah.

Comment Re:Easy (Score 1) 228

Can you guarantee that the password manager and the OS it runs on are both secure? Otherwise, it's putting all your eggs in one basket.

Moot point. If you can't be at the very least reasonably certain that the OS is secure it doesn't matter how the password is input. You could have a keylogger running in the insecure OS that not only grabs usernames and passwords, but may even be able to correlate them to specific sites... E.G. foo and bar were typed immediately after typing mybank.com.

Never mind the (not completely uncommon) problem of losing access to your password manager. Then you're faced with having lost all your passwords.

This is actually a good point. But that is exactly why passwords can be reset if you forget them. It may be a pain in the ass to reset all of your passwords to various accounts, but you won't suddenly just lose the accounts if your password manager suddenly dies. Well, unless you signed up with a throwaway temp address, but then the account couldn't have been worth too much anyway.

Comment Re:Why Automation Won't Displace Human Workers (Score 2) 540

A person with an average intelligence can never be educated to become a scientists, programmer, or an engineer.

Bullshit. You can train a monkey to do these things, even if it takes a while. It is true though that they won't be a brilliant scientist / engineer / programmer they can still be competent to do research ( and understand ) work at various lower levels.

And measuring intelligence is extremely difficult. Someone who is street smart, but didn't finish High School ( and maybe could even score extremely high if they had access to more education while getting by in the world), probably wouldn't score well on a test measuring how much you have learned. Yet that street smart person would likely be able to look at an experiment and see where real world interactions would be happening, and even explain what is going on... all without knowing the technical terms and what the designer of the experiment is actually doing ( on the learned level).
      In a similar vein - someone who is extremely good at rote book learning would score really well on the IQ test, but be completely worthless in the real world because they just plain can't read and learn what to do in every single different situation. They may be good at solving the various bits and pieces of a problem, but then someone else has to come in and put everything together into a cohesive whole.

As an anecdote, and even a car one for /. , one of the absolute best mechanics I have ever met couldn't even read. Despite that, you could take your car to him and he could tell you exactly what was wrong with it, tear it down, and rebuild with the replacement parts even if he had never worked on that specific model / type of car. I would call that having a high specialized intelligence, even if there was no way he would score even close to average on a standardized test ( can't read the test = can't do the test pretty much).

Comment Re:No they're not (Score 1) 130

Yeah, its a fucking joke. Just for shits and giggles I looked up my late 2013 MBPr and they offered $50

Uhh, no. I can toss it up on craigslist for $650 and have it gone in a few hours if I really wanted to...

That and clicking on the text for the model number brings me to a page for a completely different model, so there is a good chance that the whole page / database is screwy.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 1) 285

I don't see why it would be illegal. If you don't want to get sprayed, don't steal bikes! And I don't see what you mean by "delay in the mechanism". It's a compressed gas that is released when you cut into the lock. There's really no mechanism involved here. And if bystanders are standing by watching while someone attempts to steal a bike, they deserve to get sprayed.

Because a person is not allowed to introduce bodily harm or destroy another persons property unless they themselves are in immanent danger.

E.G. you can't light a person on fire for trying to steal your bike. If said person was to stop stealing your bike and try to attack you, you could then light them on fire ( assuming you had a flame thrower or something ), but only if you were, or had a real fear that you were, in danger of losing your life from the aggressor. The same principles apply to intentionally making someone sick. This is the same reason that taser car security systems are illegal.

Furthermore, this may run afoul of poisoning laws, and both the company and owner of the lock would run afoul of lawsuits if someone for some reason was allergic to the compounds in the gas, and died of a result of getting sprayed.
It does not matter in the eyes of the law that the person was doing something illegal at the time, they were not threatening the lives of others.

Comment Re: Lawyers (Score 1) 42

If I read the refund page from Samsung correctly a few days ago yes, they ARE actually paying for accessories bought as well. I don't know if it is through the carrier only or not, but something was said about refunding accessories that are built specifically for the note 7.

IF you really had a note 7 I would recommend looking into what you are entitled to in the refund instead of whining on /.

Comment Re:Lawyers (Score 2) 42

No it does not. Samsung is already giving them the full purchase price of the phone + $100** back. It's highly doubtful, even with the stupidly expensive plans at most places here in the U.S., that they paid more than $100 in thirteen days FOR THE ONE PHONE.

There are many different payment plans, some rather spendy -while many of them involved paying off the S7 included in the monthly charges.

Even if paid monthly the full cost of the phone gets reimbursed by Samsung ( and the credit they get as well ) and there are no more phone payments due. This includes the partial month that was used since they are not prorating the partial month or ANY time used.

This is just several jackasses being ambulance chasers like people always say lawyers are.

** granted it is only $100 if you buy another Samsung phone. Otherwise it was something like $25, which should still cover the time the phone wasn't being used because they were good kids and listened to the recall notice.

Comment Re: You gotta fight for your right to (Score 1) 213

Malicious compliance would hurt Netflix far more than it hurts their content suppliers. After all, the whole point of geoblocking is to protect the content suppliers' ability to sell content to whatever entity is willing to spend the most money in a particular region. Zealously enforcing this wouldn't devalue their content nearly as much as it devalues Netflix.

Not really. It is true that it may hurt netflix in the short term, but it will hurt the content providers more in the longer game. Furthermore, it may actually get it through the content providers heads that blocking off a large portion of their profits is a Bad Thing when their revenues fall drastically; the single markets they think they want can't support the level of profits they have been previously making.

Comment Re:Where's the love and support? Where's the tea? (Score 1) 200

Nice "no true Scotsman" there.

Oh, and I'm sure the kettle only holds a single cup of tea worth of water, not like they make kettles that heat 1.5L+ water right? I mean that would be insane! you could reboil the water multiple times a day without having to refill it, and whoever heard of THAT?

When is the last time you have heard about a new technology that just sprang up 100% fully formed and functional? Home automation is still in its infancy, of course it isn't going to do every little niggling thing for you.

Comment Re:Refused to hand over "evidence" (Score 2) 86

Sorry but no. Just no.

Your whole premise is extremely flawed. There is absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing super special about any of the phones on the market that makes it so any competent Electrical Engineer can't do a post mortem AND competently indicate to the maker what exactly the order of events were. Samsung knows what was where and can piece together scenarios from that, and request further clarifications.

Samsung is not the only company that can make determination about devices, any competent EE can. An EE from Nokia / LG / SpaceX / any damn company that Employs competently trained EE's could tell you the what where and reasonable hypothesis of why of the failure.

Slashdot Top Deals

Save energy: Drive a smaller shell.

Working...