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Comment Re:Thanks, I'll pass on all of them (Score 1) 246

I'll grant you restaurant variety will suffer the smaller the town. That said I live in a place with a population of less than half a million and we've got several Thai places, numerous Korean joints, at least one Japanese eatery I'm aware of, and a couple Indian places.

That describes one side of a single city block in downtown Vancouver, if you add a Vietnamese Pho, a Starbucks, two decent coffee shops, and a superior French bakery.

Comment Re:Consumer Info [Re:Ridiculous Extrapolation] (Score 1) 374

They milk their prior reputation.

In any scam, there's always an enabling mark with the deep pockets.

In this case, the mark is the tired sectors of button-down industry (presently known as The Swamp & its canyon suburbs) that only hire the Big Bucks Diploma from Big Bucks School, while the bargain bin is stuffed to the brim with brilliant scions of cheap alternative education.

Milk + MOOC = mook

Comment What is lacking (Score 1) 151

The problem with encryption software is that most of it isn't designed to be centrally managed. I am an OpenBSD user and I use full disk encryption which is slick as owl shit but there is no way to centrally manage, say, several OpenBSD machines. In order to change the passphrase or key I have to go to each and every machine. There are some commercially available software packages that will implement central management tools but I do not trust them. When it comes to encryption, if I cannot see the source code, I do not trust it.

Comment Re:Vive owner's thoughts on Rift vs Vive (Score 1) 141

The aliasing that I saw was kind of weird, could have been the earlier hardware or the software demo that was running on it. The "pixels" that were visible was not a regular grid of squares. They looked like a tessalating pattern, where each pixel in the image had a shape that looked like several smaller rectangles glued together. The overall effect was like looking at a textile "mesh" or a screendoor close up.

The other unit that I played with was a newer chinese unit (I forget the brand name). It had integrated eye tracking and more sophisticated software. In that unit the image just looked chunky - i.e. A regular pixel grid that was slightly out of focus. The effect was similar to rendering a lo-res image and upscaling it through a bicubic filter, although I guess the blurring was from a physical part of the system rather than a filtering step.

I'm looking forward to trying out the consumer units to see how they look.

Comment Re:Vive owner's thoughts on Rift vs Vive (Score 1) 141

I tried a rift at work last week (think it was DR2). The low quality shocked me, horrific lens distortion and chunky grating pixelation. People seem to have different tolerances for resolution, but I would say that it needs to double to be comfortable to use. At current resolutions it feels horrific.

Relative levels of quality between the rift and the vive are interesting: but the absolute level seems too low on this first generation (personal opinion obviously, YMMV). I'm still looking forward to trying Project Cars on a vive to see what it can do.

The head tracking was flawless on the systems that I've tried so far - immersion was spot on. But I'm surprised that resolution felt like such a deal breaker. It is probably adaption from switching to 4k panels at work and at home. Driving higher resolution at 90hz will probably take a couple of gfx card generations. I hope your early adoption tax gives it enough momentum to see what a 2nd or 3rd generation product looks like.

Comment unius tunius timeo (Score 2) 161

Kurzweil is a ground-floor card-carrying member of the Extrapolarian Society. I've been following his shtick forever.

He actually was, once upon a time, as smart as he thinks he is, but then he flunked Latin, and now he's become Exhibit A for hominem unius tunius timeo .

The actual challenge here isn't to figure out how much he's wrong. The challenge is to figure out how much he's right. And he's more right than most people think. But they can't get past how wrong he is, and still there shooting fish in a barrel, entirely missing the main event.

Comment the appcoin "as you wish" adventure exchange (Score 0) 554

After reading up, I'm getting the feeling that the home run THROBBING BONER victory condition is to cannibalise what they perceive as Bitcoin's inherent scalability limit.

I suspect this premonition/pretense/pretext is the money-bag money-shot behind the scenes.

The Appcoin Revolution: Interview with Mike "Buttercup" Vine of LBRY:

CT: Do you see a possibility where (intentionally or not) your appcoin becomes an altcoin, and competes with Bitcoin as a currency?

MV: Yes, any appcoin has the potential to overtake Bitcoin. In the commodity world, it's hard to find something that can compete with gold as money because of gold's unique physical properties and distinctiveness [money-bug blather redacted]. There is a strong argument that you do want to have a resource that is used primarily as money. LBRY Credits are not designed to outcompete Bitcoin in that role.

However, if Bitcoin adoption levels off and LBRY apps are used by billions of people, then cryptocurrency speculators and users may decide that they feel more comfortable holding and using an asset that has a more widely-demanded end use.

But surely that's only a stretch goal. The next level down is harder to pinpoint.

Bitcoin will still be a payment option on the LBRY app, but it won't power the network. Fortunately, services like will make it easy to convert LBRY Credits to Bitcoin and back.

Sounds easy. has been hacked

Oops. Now the claim from is that they had fully effectively firewalled user assets and that this is not the hack you're looking for. Okay, sure.

The boundary to the real economy is no small matter. I could be earning LBRY Ponzi credits tomorrow. Oh, yes, they are a Ponzi credit (on the production side) until you have a valid plan to get them back out again (and a lot can happen between here and there). As things stand, appears that the main road out exits through the Fire Swamp known as Bitcoin. Nobody ever gets burned or sandbagged or ROUSed to death en route there. Sign me up.

I do kind of like this new era of kinder, gentler, reduced friction, liberal-values, neoliberal Ponzi schemes (we'll not discuss the environmental Death Star of sweaty appcoin minting minions.)

But ... bottom line, end of the vine, to get out, there has to be an equal and opposite demand to get in. Well, that's 90% of the iceberg here, and the sticky end of the wicket, too.

Comment one cheap CC Apollo away from mission accomplished (Score 2) 554

That doesn't work all that well, especially on videos with a lot of specialist jargon in it. Like university lectures.

A Netflix-style competition with sizeable pot at stake (a dime per U.S. citizen?) would address this problem PDQ.

Academic lectures, above all things, would quickly succumb to preconditioning on the right bag of words. Speech technology is advancing by leaps and bounds. It mainly needs improvement in automatically zeroing in on the appropriate jargon domain. Wikipedia is already a topic modelling gold mine just waiting to be fully exploited (of course, you'd have to cleverly cut through the mess, but that's what the big prize is there to expedite).

This small sum of money in the grand scheme of things would about solve this problem permanently, with spin-off advances in speech recognition for all involved.

And it's not like hearing loss is just for the deaf. It's a universal progressive condition exacerbated by good diet, exercise, and otherwise exemplary health.

Comment Re:Crippled Ryzen 7 (Score 1) 173

I'm still waiting to discover the on-chip interconnect. I'd imagine that some kind of on-chip TSV would provide a hefty upgrade in the width of the data path between the CCX modules, that would still have some penalty, though far less than the historic standard.

I really can't see how Naples is going to use the same CCX if AMD hasn't done something interesting here, but what do I know? Also, one active core per CCX helps with heat spreading and available boost.

Furthermore, AMD producing chips with four CCX modules as an economy product is suggestive of some kind of packaging constraint. Like have a TSV substrate that's designed to straddle the corner of each of four CCX modules and not wanting—for now, while defect rates remain adequate—to produce a special tandem TSV substrate, and tool up for its assembly. Perhaps the game plan is to drive down the price of the hexacore modules until these become standard at the low end, and not bother ramping on a twin CCX assembly process for volume production at all (maybe just niche mobile products, and maybe then with a somewhat thinned CCX module a year down the road; or—a slightly bulked low-voltage CCX module with four cores and no substrate interface at all).

But I'm just using logic here, rather than digging around for revealed information, and that has only a modest track record.

The time for digging is after Naples.

Comment hierarchy of antique bogoids (Score 1) 154

AMD-K6 3D (90 bogoids)
Intel Core i7-4771 @ 3.50GHz (9940 bogoids) * 1%
Via C3 Ezra (100 bogoids)
Intel Pentium III Mobile 750MHz (103 bogoids)
AMD Athlon 64 2000+ (116 bogoids)
Intel Pentium 4 1300MHz (119 bogoids)

Wow, a couple of clown chips, and a searing indictment of Passmark, all rolled up together.

You can really see how Passmark should have been properly named Parkay Malarkey Spinmark.

Parkay Pentium 4, you are so busted.

[*] Cooking instructions: apply Parkay to soggy white bread, wait five minutes, LET THERE BE TOAST.


In the least surprise ever, turns out pajamas man-child develops tight-loop benchmark suites for the trade press. Normally. Except for this one time.

Setting: One unusual sunny morning.

Right at the crack of too-damn-early, there's a loud, surprising knock on the door. Curious, he shambles in sloppy slippers to the front door, where he's greeted by a slight man in a slick seersucker suit, who warmly extends a cold hand, and exclaims "my good man, you are just who we need".

"And who are you, again," asks pajamas man-child, with maximal crack of too-damn-early rhetorical sarcasm.

"I'm from Butler, Shine & White, department of Natural Born Unusual Suspects."

He lavishes upon his smooth introductory move a practiced pump on each of 'Butler', 'Shine', and 'White', Vaseline vise-grip apexing right on the 'na' in 'natural', relaxing on 'orn', then releasing precisely on second 'su'.

"Me?" pyjamas man-child replies meekly, meaty ham agog and drifting.

"True to form, true to form. Ewww, what's that sooty smell?"

"Shit, you caught me mid-spread. Must have left a large, hot lump."

"Well that's just the thing we'll be speaking about."

"What is?"

"Here's the thing. Here's the thing. We have it on good local authority that you're the king of shinola soliloquy."

"Local authority? Man, I'm so going to sue that pesky early-bird arborist."

"Don't be hasty. Let me tell you what we have in mind."

Pajamas man-child scratches behind his hairy pinna for a moment. "Sure, okay, fire away. Do tell me about this soliloquy shinola business."

"No, no, no! You've got that bass ackwards. Trust me, we've got all the soliloquy shinola money can buy. What we don't have ... yet ... is the natural born shinola soliloquy."

"Uh, if I catch your drift ... what I mean is ... uh ... you know ... the spread ... it answers back."

"For sure, we'll dub that in. Now how about let's discuss terms."


"In all high-margin, commodity seriousness."

"Okay then, come on in. Want some toast?"

"Uh, thanks but no thanks. Just in case, I brought us some fresh croissants." BS&W holds up large brown bag with hand-lettered accent marks on every vowel.

"Looks like you brought the entire continental buffet."

"Truth is, I'm here to see you spread."

"That's going to take a lot of spread."

"We'll use the big tub."

"Uh ... you just said 'tub' right? Not, uh, 'tooh' as in 'toothbr—'."

"—aw shucks, just between us, what's the big difference?"

"Uh, tubes come with a screw top ... or so I've heard."

"Yes, we did consider novel packaging, but it just doesn't say 'butter'."

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