Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×

Comment Re:Great that they can control your property (Score 2) 180

Slippery slope alert... Just turn off automatic updates. And if the carrier turns off your signal, you can still use the wifi and you'll have a nice mini tablet..

Eh?? How is this a "slippery slope", I'm not describing a possible future escalation, we're talking about a thing that *Actually Happened*. A book that was bought in good faith was unbought by the seller. That would not be possible with a physical product.

As for the Galaxy Note, you don't actually know that this will be a refusable update, it is technically possible that the remote bricking can happen if you want it or not. You should not have to anticipate (and defend against) your device vendor turning against you, nor is it realistic to ask a normal person to know to do that. This is exactly the sort of reason we have consumer protection laws for.

Comment Re:you no longer own your devices (Score 3, Insightful) 180

In active safety recall it has been carrier disabled for faulty hardware. It has no other function.

Without mobile network access it still has bluetooth, wifi, plays games. It's a fully functioning computer. You're showing a colossal lack of imagination.

Comment Re:no (Score 1) 337

What a way to miss the point. Why mess around with physical media when we can stream instantly, better for the consumer, cheaper to distribute, better for the environment. The mail is not trivial to use if you want it in any way now, and why shouldn't that be the norm? We have these technologies now - they are well tested and widely spread. Why shouldn't they be used and available?

Why would you choose to defend bizarre business practices of large organisations and rather attack someone wishing to have an easy path to entertainment?

Comment Re:Great that they can control your property (Score 1) 180

those were pirated copies from non-legit sellers and Amazon refunded the money and you still had the option to buy from the legit publisher

So? If they had accidentally sold you a physical book they would have no right to come into your house and take it back.

The more things we have that become digital, the more we are going to have to start applying property rights to them.

Comment And we have Google (Score 1) 204

The same people will react in horror to this - but at the same time disapprove of the right-to-be-forgotten that the EU has applied to Google et al. You can't have it both ways, either we have a forgetful society (the same that has happened throughout all of history, and is widely considered essential to personal freedom) or you let things be remembered forever and applied to your "reputation".

As imperfect as the right-to-be-forgotten is, I'd rather have it that not. We need to understand that just because we now *can* record everyone's every discretion for all of time, we mustn't.

Comment Re:Typical of today's programmer (Score 1) 196

Very much so. And when you tell them that they are doing it wrong, they first do not believe you and then they start to cry. We have far too many coders and most of them really bad.

We don't have too many coders, we have an industry that is immature because it's far too hard to avoid making stupid mistakes. Other industries can handle below-average participants without collapsing (/causing catastrophic outages, security leaks, whatever). You or I might be awesome, but there can only ever be so many great programmers, half of all programmers are below average. And we need them too. All industries attempt to make the skill easier & safer, and that's a *good* thing. You can always just wish for better skills.

Comment Re:Typical of today's programmer (Score 1) 196

Open source is not a magic panacea that fixes all ills. It requires dedicated programmers with alot of time, just like anything else. The many-eyes-make-all-bugs-shallow mantra has failed many times, have you followed the OpenSSL Heartbleed?

If you don't think that this can happen easily then I guess you've not been in programming very long, or at all. Computers will quite happily do something repetitive and destructive in a loop forever, and in a way that is almost invisible to the programmer unless they're specifically looking for it. Just now (actually, literally today) I had OpenVPN eat up GB with a log file complaining about something wrong in the connection.

Comment Re:Do not store songs locally (Score 0) 196

This isn't a bandwidth issue, nothing is being downloaded, It takes a pretty dense worldview not to read the article you are posting on.

The original poster is suggesting that they kill a feature of storing songs locally to fix the bug. It doesn't matter what the original article is about, because the post I was replying to had already made that mistake.

Slashdot Top Deals

Pascal is not a high-level language. -- Steven Feiner