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Comment Need is a curious thing. (Score 1) 264

I think emojis are entertaining. Do we NEED more? No. Will new emojis be used? Yes. Do we NEED optimized fab processes for processors? No. Will we benefit fr optimized fab processes? Yes. Do we NEED bacon? No. Do we love and enjoy delicious bacon? Yes.

Comment Re:Interesting conflict (Score 2) 519

That is a difficult egg to crack. It may mean the end of turn-key ready-to-roll websites - but if the 'digital media industry' is genuinely worried about extinction, they should already be looking at ways to make their ads safe and palatable, rather than continuing the ads-arms-race.

I take a lot of comfort knowing that I'm not uniquely intelligent - and honestly, some of the work-arounds advertisers have come up with for getting around ad blockers are pretty clever. Restructuring how a business works isn't the same thing as inserting an ad, but there are plenty of very intelligent people already involved in the industry. I would like to see the 'worried about extinction' folks make some proposals about alternate ways of doing business. Up until this article, most of the ad-blocker news coverage has gone just short of callling ad-blocker users baby-killers.

From time to time, I'll fire up a vanilla web browsers in a VM to see what an unprotected browsing experience is like, hoping to see things calming down (I want companies to be able to monetize their websites! I didn't even opt-out of Slashdot's ads until they started yelling at me), but each foray sans adblocker is more miserable than the last. I would think that an organization would strive to avoid associating their product with misery, but this is exactly the opposite of what the ad industry has done to the web.

Finding a way to get ads in the hands of small website owners is a difficult task. Even more difficult will be convincing content consumers that the ads are safe and unobtrusive again.

Submission + - Drone racing league receives a $1 million from Miami Dolphins owner

An anonymous reader writes: Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is investing $1 million in drone racing. The Drone Racing League (DRL), a New York startup, announced the investment today. The league hopes to recreate successes that other non-traditional sports, such as the X-Games, have had in recent years. The Wall Street Journal reports: "Earlier this summer, the League held a nonpublic trial race inside the abandoned Glenwood Power Plant in Yonkers. Six pilots standing on the power plant floor controlled their drones as they flew down the warehouse’s hallways and through open windows. There are typically five to seven participants per race. Racers wear virtual-reality goggles that make it feel as if they are in the “cockpit” of the drone, which translates to video content. 'It’s a completely immersive experience that’ll make you feel like you’re flying,' said Drone Racing League founder Nick Horbaczewski."

Comment Interesting conflict (Score 4, Informative) 519

It is an arms race between ad networks and ad blockers. I don't think anyone would fault a site for trying to monetize its content (stuff consts money). Unfortunately, too many sites got lazy and handed over the handling of advertisements to these larger conglomerated ad networks. The ad networks got lazy about who they let advertise/what tech they allowed to be used in advertisements, and now internet ads are yet another vector for the spread of malware.

This is not ok.

I'm willing to chalk up my annoyance with loud flashing pseudo-videos to personal preference, but it seems like everyone else who consumes internet content is also irritated by these things.

Until the ad networks can guarantee (which they can't, now) that they won't deposit malware on my parents' computers, I will evangelize the use of adblockers until I die. Another option, as others have already mentioned, is to bring control of ad content back to the sites' actual owners.

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 112

(2) changing your own mental approach so you really do understand them better in a good way
Which is also where things get wonky with robots. This is a non-deterministic operation. From the ground up, robots are generally designed to behave in a predictable fashion. The human brain is exceptionally plastic, and our ability to socialize/associate on the fly is still mostly a mystery. We may be able to mock up a sufficiently complex and convincing strategy for the robot to follow, but it is still just running down a list of rules. Empathy (like the CEO wants) is a squishy strange thing that us meatbags are still trying to understand. Then again, I guess if the bot is convincing enough the debate on whether it actually has empathy becomes philosophical.
Step one can be reduced to some regex, look-up tables, and copy-n-paste (active listening is silly like that).

Comment Run some copper! (Score 1) 158

Other posters have already suggested ways to get the video upstairs wirelessly, with the caveat that you'd probably not receive satisfactory performance for HD videos. It is manual, dirty, (sometimes) frustrating work, but so long as you've got the network infrastructure to handle 1080p streams, your most reliable performance will come from a strand of CAT6/7.

Submission + - Rematch--Newegg beats patent troll over SSL and RC4 encryption (

codguy writes: After a previous failed attempt ( to fight patent troll TQP Development in late 2013, Newegg has now beaten this troll in a rematch ( From the article:

"Newegg went against a company that claimed its patent covered SSL and RC4 encryption, a common encryption system used by many retailers and websites. This particular patent troll has gone against over 100 other companies, and brought in $45 million in settlements before going after Newegg."

This follows on Intuit's recent success in defending itself against this claim (

Submission + - Dice Ditches Slashdot and SourceForge (

lq_x_pl writes: After failing to effectively capitalize on Slashdot's user base, Dice Holdings is deciding to sell off Slashdot and Sourceforge. Dice also announced that they would be selling off Sourceforge. The change of ownership is likely welcome, as Dice has been much-maligned by Slashdot's regulars.

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