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Comment We're done (Score 1) 537

Let's see. . .

I'm dry. I'm warm. I'm cool. Year-round.

I'm clean. I'm safe. I'm secure. From every danger, always.

I've got a giant tvision, with infinite entertainment. I've got access to all the world's knowledge and communication with anyone on the planet within seconds from my pocket.

I've got food, year-round, in a clean kitchen, at the touch of a few buttons -- be it the stove, the oven, or the microwave, I can cook food in minutes.

Instead of spending my like canning to preserve food, I have winter-in-one-box-and-the-arctic-in-another.

I've got laundry machines that can wash every piece of cloth in the entire house in one day. The only reason I don't use it every day is because I'd need to fold it all.

I've got porn, fast-food, and a couch actually called a lazy-boy.

I've got infinite music for pennies. Infinite movies for a few dollars. Infinite tvision for a few dollars more.

I've got an inexpensive sports car.

I've got farm-fresh food minutes away.

I've got friends and family and neighbours readily available for fun times, or to help me when I need help.

I've got as few or as many pets and children as I'd like. Which reminds me, I've got free healthcare and free education too.

You've got problems? Really, the laundry folding isn't that bad.

Comment 'cause there was a time when sugar was healthy (Score 0) 527

I'm 36. My parents are 65. My grandparents are 94. No one in my family has ever considered sugar to be specifically healthy. No one considered a high-sugar diet to be a good idea either. Quite frankly, no one considered an unbalanced diet of nothing but carrots and kale to be healthy either.

If you need a scientist to tell you how to eat, (for a normal lifestyle, not olympic athletes, etc) then you're just an idiot. Thousands of years before nutrition scientists, eating random berries and random meats and random waters. People learned.

Comment Re:Another art made useless (Score 1) 53

But that's exactly what makes it an art. It's about choosing which 80%, which 19.999%, and which 0.001%. That's the expression.

This is slashdot. Every week we read another "high school class sends camera into space for under $100, gets photos as good as nasa" article. But that high school class got 100 random photos, once. Nasa gets the photo they wanted, of the object they wanted.

It's the very selection that's the art.

Comment Another art made useless (Score 1) 53

Once again, sports -- and by extension sports commentary -- is a form of artistic expression (outside of the business of sports, of course). If an algorithm can give me the commentary, then I'm not interested in that commentary at all. It doesn't express a human-art, and therefore it contributes nothing of value to my day.

Comment Repeatable? (Score 1) 58

Only the one question then: what happens when Watson is fed the film a second time? Does it produce the same trailer as the first time?

If so, it's totally useless.

No one's interested in an algorithm to creativity. It quickly becomes an expression of nothing at all. I believe we used the term "formulaic" to insult any such "creative" process.

And no, random different isn't any better.

This is intended to be art, people. If it doesn't express creativity, then it simply isn't art.

I'll give you that Watson, as a process, is art -- absolutely. But I'm not seeing the process, I'm seeing the resulting trailer.

Comment My turn (Score 1) 282

self driving cars -- now you can work on the way to work twice as far away. I hope you didn't have a fun car that you enjoyed driving.

clean energy -- round eight of the same problem

VR -- stop going outside or enjoying other people.

drones and flying cars -- louder bigger insects, and bullshit on the flying cars

AI -- we're nowhere near computers making decisions. we still don't have voice recognition (voice analysis we have, but it can't handle the standard cocktail party effect)

pocket supercomputers -- again, stop enjoying other people

cryptocurrencies -- I've never had a problem with the money in my pocket, my mattress, nor my bank. have you?

online education -- again again, stop enjoying other people. learn from machines instead.

science food -- yeah, 'cause the farm-fresh stuff that grows in the ground is jus awful.

computer medicine -- happy to hear it. along with hearing aids and glasses, everything affects someone sometime. Look forward to living longer with machines and work, and never enjoying other people.

space -- there's plenty of space here. loads of places I haven't been. billions of people I haven't met. I'm not yet done here. I don't need to leave.

Comment I'll say it yet again (Score 1) 85

Cars were never built to be secure. Not one of these hackable technology issues is anywhere near as dangerous as all of the other dangers that have always existed for moving vehicles.

Some thought experiments for you:

imagine taking a handful of ball-berrings, and tossing them off of a bridge over a busy high-speed highway.

imagine, late at night, grabbing a paint brush and some yellow/white paint, and "adjusting" the lane markings on the empty-but-will-be-busy-come-morning-rush-hour road.

imagine, driving a remote-controlled toy car onto a busy road.

imagine, throwing a rock at high-speed traffic.

imagine, a paint-filled balloon sitting on the road.

imagine, a little bit of olive oil on the road.

car doors are easily opened with a hanger. windows are easily smashed with a rock. brake lines are easily cut with a knife. tires are easily punctured by just about anything. vision is easily blocked and even more easily blurred.

our system of vehicles and roadways has never been based on security. dammit, wi have 120kph traffic, separated by a yellow line of paint! Think about the 240kph collision. Think about the pile-up.

Comment play, record (Score 1) 394

It was 1985. I was 5. I got my first boombox -- i.e. ghetto-blaster. It ran either through mains or via 12 D-cell batteries. It had detachable speakers -- each the size of twenty iphones. It had dual-cassette players. It had am/fm radio.

It had a record button.

Push the record button, and it recorded whatever what playing -- cassette or radio.

It had high-speed dubbing.

DRM exists within the audio player, good for it. Your desktop speakers have no such intelligence. Between the two, is your sound card. Any decent $20 sound card, and just about every on-board sound device, has no trouble recording whatever it's putting out.

Play anything you like in Windows. Grab any recording software, and hit record. Choose the source as the "output mix" from your sound card.

This ain't new. Thirty years ago, I recorded live radio. Since then we've had napster, altervista, ftp, bbs, and torrents. You can take it all away with DRM if you like. Play anything you want off of youtube, and hit record. It's not difficult.

And it all comes down to the very same thing. It's not your music when you use my equipment to play it. It's that simple.

Comment Re:This just in (Score 1) 115

Good one. Let's crowdsource a list, shall we?

Coat Hanger
Slim Jim
Air Bag
a knife through the rag top convertible
just plain forcing down the window with a glass-transport suction cup
jumping into the open convertible on a nice day
ten guys picking up a small car and carrying it away
four guys picking up half a small car and dragging it away
loading a small car into a large truck
using any tow truck on any car
a crow bar
a window-breaker

Yeah, it's the wireless that's the problem. Sure.

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