Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
Trust the World's Fastest VPN with Your Internet Security & Freedom - A Lifetime Subscription of PureVPN at 88% off. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. ×

Comment Solves the WRONG problem (Score 2) 89

This solves entirely the WRONG problem.

What is needed is an AI that deletes all first posts. Think about how wonderful that would be. It would work, methodically, persistently and tirelessly no matter how many times a first post is submitted. No matter who submits it. No matter how many people try to get the first post.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 36

So we could already be in the start of our own extinction level event and not realize it?

If you were trying to observe a black hole, trying to keep a safe distance, how would you know whether you had crossed the event horizon? It's not like there is a sign posted at the boundary.

In a stack of dominoes falling, if the first three dominoes had fallen, wouldn't there still, at that moment, be a lot of dominoes left standing. Couldn't one argue that there really isn't any danger and it's all overblown that all the dominoes will fall.

Oh, and I agree. I'm old enough to believe that it is highly likely that if there are humans left in 200 years, they will be vastly fewer in number and living in primitive conditions. Technology is extremely brittle. We fool ourselves to think it is not. If the power grid were down for two weeks, society would devolve into barbarian survival fighting. Cars out of fuel. No more fuel deliveries. No power to pump the fuel to even refuel the trucks or run refineries. Grocery stores stripped bare within one week. I don't mean to be a pessimist. Just a realist. The glass isn't half empty. (Nor half full.) The glass is simply too large -- or rather, it is what it is. Too large a population wanting too much energy, generating too much pollution for the balloon to keep inflating forever. It is now beyond obvious that individual greed will prevent humans from doing anything about this because it is not profitable to a few individuals. Human nature. People have difficulty accepting that things could get worse. Much worse. But bad things have happened in the past. The middle ages. The holocaust. And bad things can happen again. And on a much larger and irreversible scale. Wishful thinking all you want to. That doesn't make it so.

Comment Re:NEVER (Score 1) 36

Not a Dyson sphere.

It's a Donaldson sphere. A mega structure constructed around the Earth. To keep aliens out. And terrorists. And think of the children. We'll make the aliens pay for it.

Left wing global elitists will complain that it will also keep sunlight from ever reaching the earth. But they can be safely dismissed as fake news. Alarmists just like all the chicken little scientists claiming "the sky is warming! the sky is warming!". These are mere scientists. You can't believe what they say. If the Donaldson sphere makes the earth completely dark, we can just burn more fossil fuel and "clean" coal forever and ever! Both are in unlimited supply and easy to find and have no consequences if we burn them. Plus those silly people who thought solar power was the answer will be laughed at. What are they going to do with their solar farms and batteries when our Dear Leader prevents sunlight from reaching the earth?

Comment Re:Google? (Score 1) 54

Translation: Google does not want to be accused by the RIAA / MPAA of supporting piracy. This allows the usefulness of globally sharing files, but the extremely plausible deniability of creating a piracy tool.

As all good people know, any technology that allows files to be transferred over the internet can enable piracy and thus is evil. Any company that makes a technology which ends up being used for piracy must be shut down for the good of the global economy. Or terrorism. Or think of the children. (See: Grokster. Also see the attacks and rhetoric about bit torrent technology.)

If the project is only easy for nerds to set up, and most people won't use it, this is a blessing in disguise! It would be like Usenet before the great poisoning of AOL. Or like the Web before the great unwashed hoardes, and f***ing advertisers. But like most things, some moron will come along and spoil it all by making it easy for Windows users and RIAA users. Just an opinion.

Comment Re:It will fail (Score 1) 141

AR may be the culmination - so long as it's also capable of replacing all your reality, instead of only some of it. While AR is a much broader category, and useful in a vast variety of fields, there's still some very large niches for completely virtual reality, such as games, education, tourism, semi-interactive entertainment, many categories of desk work; nearly anything that benefits from a focus on information, rather than nearby people or surroundings. And there's a lot of jobs, hobbies, and entertainment like that.

Comment Re:Not obvious (Score 1) 141

While you're not wrong, it's hardly unexpected that such an expensive, small-userbase piece of hardware hasn't brought in megabux for developers yet, and AAA publishers will likely keep waiting.

However, I think the more important gaben quote is this:

“Developers are super excited. There’s nobody who works in VR saying, ‘oh I’m bored with this.’ Everybody comes back. For every idea they had in their first generation product, they have ten ideas now.”

So it's clear that developers at least are still absolutely willing to experiment, and we can expect numerous interesting and innovative VR indie games to keep people interested while hardware gets better and cheaper. So long as developers remain keen, hardware vendors will keep working on improvements, and the userbase will eventually grow enough for larger publishers to experiment on

Comment Re:Perhaps the constant overhype is the problem (Score 1) 895

Ms Fowler's description of her experience at Uber sounds terrible, but I don't think Uber is typical of tech companies or representative of "nerd culture".

If you read her article, it's clear that things got worse during her time there. Reading between the lines, it sounds an awful lot like the story of the missing stair.

In one sense, it's not Uber, it's just that one guy. But when people discuss what is "typical" or "representative", many miss the problem that it only takes that one guy. That guy may not be typical or representative, but if the organisation decides (whether deliberately or not) to ignore or enable that one guy, that one guy becomes the typical or representative experience for anyone that one guy targets.

Comment Re:What did you expect on a first offense? (Score 1) 895

Well, there's the fact that this person allegedly did this to several women. More importantly though, was a lack of anti-retaliation protection by HR. In sane companies, they are very upfront and very explicit about protecting anonymity and if that's not possible, strict anti-retaliation rules. So regardless of the level of punishment the manager should/should not have gotten, her position in the aftermath of reporting it sounds unacceptable.

Also in sane companies, if you are trying to transfer out and you have the target management on your side, your current team can only block the transfer for a few months to transition. Also, your *current* manager's performance review can't factor into another team requesting you (and *certainly* not it a way where bad performance reviews are a tool to retain, that's counter productive, if a person is a bad fit in one team, why would the rules *lock* that person to a team?).

Comment Don't work for crappy management... (Score 3, Interesting) 895

Note that sexism was a *small* part of the situation described. What amazes me was the continued desire to work for a company because of the 'great engineers'.

The reality is you can find a *good* company that also has great engineers. Other companies also face interesting challenges that are worthy of your time. I've seen people fall into this trap of toiling under crappy management because 'their team is so great'. The problem is that crappy management gets all the benefits of your awesome teams work (in fact, in crappy management, the management gets nearly *all* the glory and your 'awesome engineers' are the first under the bus when good times are over, after months on end of 60+ hour workweeks, where the management is only around for part of maybe 3 days a week. You need to find a company that has both a great team *and* good management.

If it had been an isolated incident with one manager, and switching teams fixed it, but she reports a pattern of management dysfunction that seems pervasive, at least to wherever she could go. Now it *might* be the case that her perspective by itself is skewed, but in her view of things, it was a terrible situation and she stayed *way* longer than anyone should have.

Slashdot Top Deals

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson