Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop

 



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

Comment Re:The president doesn't control the economy (Score 1) 600

Everyone likes to obsess over the government's debts. But it is the debts of private citizens that should be your biggest concern.

During a boom, tax receipts go up and welfare payments go down. So the government debt can be reduced. If you want to blame the government for something, blame them for not saving during recent booms.

Now we are in a slump. Tax receipts will be down, welfare payments up. The government *should* be spending (responsibly...) to cushion the blow, but they actually have little choice in the matter. Austerity policies now would be a huge mistake. Taking money out of circulation, when the flow of money in the economy is already reduced, will just make a bad problem worse.

Comment Re:The answer is no, this is pointless (Score 1) 230

Many IOT devices have some kind of incoming data stream from the internet so that you can control them from your phone. This might be is via some company run cloud service, with questionable security.

For example,

it's a device that infringes my copyright, gives you root access in response to trivial credentials, has access control that depends entirely on nobody ever looking at the packets, is sufficiently poorly implemented that you can crash both it and the bulbs, has a cloud access protocol that has no security whatsoever and also acts as an easy mechanism for people to circumvent your network security

Comment Re:Really slashdot? (Score 1) 467

From the store page;

The standard Steam refund policy applies to No Man's Sky. There are no special exemptions available. Click here for more detail on the Steam refund policy.

It's a bad sign when they have to remind you of their refund policy. I bet their support system is completely overloaded with complaints, asking for a refund.

Comment Re:Ironic, Given HoloLense Doesn't do Holograms (Score 1) 113

As far as I can see from available information, the HoloLens has a focal distance somewhere around 2 meters away from your face.

Whereas in a "true" hologram, you capture the interference patterns of all light rays that pass through the volume of your photo sensitive film. Shining a laser through that film will recreate light rays with the same direction and intensity. As if you were looking through a window at the original scene.

Comment Re:The latest trend is not your friend... (Score 1) 674

Activities and Views are fine, I guess. But forcing serialisation of state between screen rotations sucks. A good presenter model with lifecycle management, baked in from the start, would have been nice.

IMHO Google made things worse with Fragments. If you follow the code examples, you end up repeating yourself with lots of nearly empty Activities, just to host your fragments on a phone instead of a tablet.

Comment DDOS? More like a self inflicted slashdotting. (Score 4, Informative) 92

In previous years, they had been quite careful to inform people to pre-fill their form before census night, and submit after. This year they were expecting only a minor increase in peak traffic.

Then they go and blast the message, "Fill in your form online, ontime or face massive fines", all over the media.

So what did we all do? When the majority of 9-5 workers got home, we all tried to login and submit at about the same time.

Sure they screwed up their network config, but it was a combination of poor planning and poor communication that triggered the whole mess.

Slashdot Top Deals

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

Working...