Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?
Compare cell phone plans using Wirefly's innovative plan comparison tool ×

Comment Umm... Idea: (Score 1) 127

Ceti Alpha V!

(Sorry, just being a geek...)

In reality, I think it's cool that they are going to give names to a few.

In the end, it seems it will wind up to be like trying to assign dns to every possible address in IPv6.

Nice to think about, makes things seem much more in scale, but it's always going to be less than a drop in the oceans.

Comment CTRL-History Cool things happen all the time! (Score 1) 521

...but no we have automobile correct on our spilling.

Ok, seriously, what we are seeing is just another incremental step in mass-computing. One of the many millions of cool things that have happened since the beginning of computing.

Years ago (Pre-Fidonet), one of the almost daily "Big Things" was that you could actually have a "Disk Operating System" where you didn't have to type call -151, then c600g to actually load a program. No Play on Tape. Just turn the computer on. It was cool.

If we go further back, no punch cards (before my time), and no acoustic couplers (also before my time). Must've been cool!

Still, management tools aside, if only there was a switch/router operating system that maintained automatic revisions at the command-line.

Comment That one's an oldie but goodie. (Score 1) 265

Some minor problems:
In general: laptop speakers and microphones are optimized for recording and producing sounds the human ear can detect. Lousy for networking.
Laptop speakers and microphones are also not calibrated with a high degree of precision.
You would need access to the boot loader which would have to come from a different "virus" or at the factory -- in which case, you already "own" the computer.

Decent anti-virus software and a reasonable security policy.
Tin Foil lined Laptop Bag.


Comment Most aren't all that hard to repair (Score 1) 208

For the most part, replacing glass, lcd panels or case parts isn't hard in most smart phones. There are many video walk-troughs on Youtube for almost any model. Parts are available on eBay and several web sites for nearly all smart phones and tablets.

I've fixed *many* broken smart phones for my wife, friends, and "the person at the office next door who heard I can do it."

If you have steady hands and can follow instructions, basic smart phone repair is pretty simple.

When iFixit says "might be hard to repair," they probably mean it.

Comment Apple has it's issues too. (Score 1) 174

A few months ago, I ran across a problem with an Airport Extreme (Dual Band) where it will not run IPv6 at all if you have IPv4 running inside via NAT and/or DHCP.

I posted a detailed question to Apple's airport support forum and got no response.

I posted a *short* question and got no response.

In the end, I wound up using an expensive airport as a simple a bridge, and a MikroTik based router to solve the problem.


Comment Same Pie, Smaller Slice (Score 1) 375

In 1999:

  Most people didn't have -- a smartphone with an expensive data plan -- an Internet connection, Cable, DSL, Dial-Up, -- and much to spend on video games

But did have -- the same (inflation adjusted) amount to spend on entertainment

All else being equal, has anyone done a study to see how people are spending their entertainment dollar and how it's changed over time?


Comment In AZ they would've given him a medal... (Score 3, Informative) 705

In fact, a few years ago in Arizona, they had a problem designing the interchange between the US 60 and Loop 101. A Motorola programmer submitted a suggestion to Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) that was brilliant... ADOT gave him a plaque and named him an honorary traffic engineer.... They didn't use his design to plan the new interchange, but used his ideas to base their analysis and design on.

Comment Excellent Marketing! I wish I'd thought of that.. (Score 1) 19

You know, it's about time somebody made that link. Everyone who buys servers has at least one piercing or ten... Don't they? I don't go out much. I'll take the word of my cubicle-mate.

So on with it. This is the best marketing campaign I've seen since the classic "Buy an AppleII and get a free Yeti," or the most famous ever, "Get a new IBM PC and we will kill Charlie Chaplin's Ghost!"

Body piercings and servers. Brilliant!



Submission + - SPAM: NASA may transform but major problems remain

coondoggie writes: In announcing its 2011 budget this week, the government proposed making some sweeping changes to NASA. But no matter how radical any NASA shift might be, the space agency needs to address some common, and long-standing challenges if it expects to truly move toward the future. That was the over-arching message delivered in a Government Accountability Office report released today that said among other things, that while the space agency faces radical changes, one thing that will most likely remain constant is NASA’s need to manage programs and projects with far less money.
[spam URL stripped]

Link to Original Source

Tower Switch-Off Embarrasses Electrosensitives 292

Sockatume writes "Residents in Craigavon, South Africa complained of '[h]eadaches, nausea, tinnitus, dry burning itchy skins, gastric imbalances and totally disrupted sleep patterns' after an iBurst communications tower was put up in a local park. Symptoms subsided when the residents left the area, often to stay with family and thus evade their suffering. At a public meeting with the afflicted locals, the tower's owners pledged to switch off the mast immediately to assess whether it was responsible for their ailments. One problem: the mast had already been switched off for six weeks. Lawyers representing the locals say their case against iBurst will continue on other grounds."

Ginkgo Doesn't Improve Memory Or Cognitive Skills 403

JumperCable writes "Ginkgo biloba has failed — again — to live up to its reputation for boosting memory and brain function. Just over a year after a study showed that the herb doesn't prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease, a new study from the same team of researchers has found no evidence that ginkgo reduces the normal cognitive decline that comes with aging. In the new study, the largest of its kind to date, DeKosky and his colleagues followed more than 3,000 people between the ages of 72 and 96 for an average of six years. Half of the participants took two 120-milligram capsules of ginkgo a day during the study period, and the other half took a placebo. The people who took ginkgo showed no differences in attention, memory, and other cognitive measures compared to those who took the placebo, according to the study, which was published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association."

Comment How to get more Entertainment Dollars -- Or Not. (Score 1) 463

Here's a hypothesis, let's see if we can flesh this one out:

1: The peak of the Music Industry was in 1999, with approximate 16.4 billion dollars in sales of CD's alone.
2: It's less than half that now.
3: On-line Music sales have only made up for less than 3 billion dollars of the short fall.
4: The video Game industry has grown vastly in the last ten years. See below. It might even be /directly/ affecting the amount spent on music.
5: The Internet also provides competition for people's time and limited money.
6: Other minor factors in the loss of revenue seem to include unauthorized distribution of music, and the wide availability of "singles" via on-line stores that compete with traditional album sales.

Other thoughts:

1: There is a finite amount that people spend on Entertainment.
2: The Music Industry simply has a slice of the pie. It doesn't have a whole one to it's self.

Here's what seems to currently be happening to counter this problem:

1: The Music Industry (RIAA) view it as a problem in /only their/ part of the entertainment industry. They don't seem to be addressing the industry as a whole.
    - In 1995, Guy Kawasaki gave a speech to a graduating class. I'm not going to repeat it, but see the link below. Specifically, see Number 8, about the Ice Cutters. A quick summary for the impatient is: If you don't embrace change, then it will happen without you. If that happens, you may find yourself quite lonely one day.
2: They think that if they can charge fees for items/services they didn't in the past, then they will make up for some of that lost revenue.
3: They seem to be distracting themselves by pursuing the symptoms of the illness, not the root cause. (Think: RIAA Lawsuits)
4: By pursuing the symptoms, they are diminishing the "good faith" value of their part of the industry, thus making their slice even smaller.

Ok, background's done.

Here's my thoughts:

  If the Music Industry charges for things they haven't in the past, such as Boy Scout Campfire Songs, iTunes Previews, and Royalties on Fair Use items, they won't increase their share of the pie.

  If they continue to pursue the "Bigger Stick" tactics they are using, they will continue to tarnish their reputation, and devalue their "brand."

People will probably not spend more money on Music as a whole now that there are different things competing for their dollars.

Additional cost/charges will make the final product more expensive to customers, therefore reducing both the value to them, and the amount they are able to purchase.

Your Thoughts?

    - Dan Schnur
      (No, not that one.)

See: - Older, but insightful.

Slashdot Top Deals

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get to work.