Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! ×

Comment Re:Context please (Score 1) 163

Nah. It'll be the day Firefox doesn't need to die with every upgrade because the old extension structure was more or less direct access to every little nook and cranny, which sounds like "full power" but really meant that the bigger the extension was, the more it was (for all intents) rewriting Firefox.

The newer style doesn't have breakage, has proper privilege separation, process separation, etc etc, and the browser itself won't break everything because of Dave's Way Cool Website Toolbar.

And you still have the actual freakin' source code if you want to make internal changes to the browser.. which will also be more stable, and upstream to everyone if it's a cool idea.

Comment Re:Tipping Point (Score 1) 85

The main reason websites had a split between Secure and Unsecure before was due to processing overhead and, depending on how far you go back, actual regulation of encryption by Congress.

Encryption is now a very small time cost on servers and an accepted cost anyway due to the even greater eventual cost of MITM attacks.

It's also a benefit as it makes it harder for someone to passively know exactly what you're reading. Nobody can follow you around and see which specific articles you are reading on Wikipedia, for example, they can only tell that you're going to Wikipedia.

Comment Re:Not until Anti-Aliasing isn't a thing (Score 1) 414

AA was a solution to get around lower res screens jagging everything up. It was not designed with higher screens in mind. People were running 800x600 displays when hardware acceleration became a thing at the consumer level.

The N64, notorious for it's aggressive AA, regularly had games running in 320x240..

Comment Re:Not until Anti-Aliasing isn't a thing (Score 1) 414

I can't wait for that day.

But knowing gamers, we could have a 1,920,000 x 1,080,000 pixel 15 inch screen and they'd STILL turn on 16xAA.

I actually thought this was the whole reason why Apple is pushing their Retina display - they can get more performance out of their portable GPUs if they can stay away from wasting power on an AA pass.

Comment Here's a suggestion (Score 2) 561

Crank up SafeSearch, then use OpenDNS for further filtering, and then actually supervise your kid while they use the internet and inform them of why certain things are bad/scary instead of leaving them alone to deal with it.

Don't wish for a bubble and then wonder why after leaving the bubble they just click on everything.

Plus, you're just going to have the usual issue that one community / city / state's idea of what is acceptable for kids and what is not is going to be drastically different than another community / city / state.

Comment Re:Woot..? (Score 1) 57

You don't even need a chip anymore as of at least 4 (5?) years ago. Now you just play a song on the dashboard to unlock the hard drive, then plug the drive into a computer running a custom Linux bootcd, and it installs everything for you. All you need to do is open the console itself.

Did it this way after I decommissioned my OXbox when I got a 360 just to play around with it.

Comment Re:So?? (Score 2) 173

I worked in a library for a long time. The only way a book got thrown out is if it's condition was really bad, ie it was puked on or had a significant number of pages torn out. A book could potentionally be sent into storage but it was never thrown away for space, even books that we had ~200 copies of due to their popularity. And those books remained in the system and could be pulled out of storage if a patron wanted it. Financially, it's cheaper to keep it in storage and still let patrons check it out via book search than it would be to throw it away, and then spend money ordering it when a patron came in looking for it.

There were books on the shelf in the library I worked at that had been on the shelf, not checked out, for over 10 years. One book had the metal shelf end piece permanently outlined via the sun bleaching it into the cover.

Comment Re:Funding (Score 1) 1026

Except our overseas bases have nothing to do with projection because we already have nukes that do that for us. The vast majority of them are simply token presence in order to justify retaliation in case someone else attacks that country. The people we have stationed in South Korea aren't there to be a foothold, they're there to be wiped out if North Korea decides to become crazy enough to unleash their artillery onto SK and justify us retaliating instantly.

If a "big war" ever goes down again all of our overseas bases in hostile countries would be the first things wiped out. Any friendly countries would only need a day or so to set up a base for us in their borders, or for friendly countries to set up bases in ours.

Slashdot Top Deals

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.

Working...