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


Forgot your password?
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:Not like chrome. (Score 1) 73

It's a much more heavyweight, power user friendly browser when it comes to UI. Take a few minutes to learn the hotkeys and advanced features and it's a much more productive browser than Chrome.

Sometimes simplicity can (somewhat non-intuitively) impede productivity, and this idea is what Vivaldi is built around. I'm not saying it's clunky, it's very well designed, but it's also full of useful power user centric features that are easy to access and not hidden in layers of "advanced settings" menus.

Comment Re:hyperloop without the hyper or loop (Score 3, Insightful) 218

Comparing a hyperloop to an airplane is apples to oranges. Misk himself says that longer journies (like east to west coast USA) would be more economically feasible by plane. A hyperloop is much more like a maglev train in that it's suited to midrange journies that take hours by car but aren't worth the hassle of an airport. When compared to high speed rail, hyperloops have some very real advantages.

Also, calling EVs Musk's expensive toys when you can clearly see the entire industry introducing their own EVs is disingenuous. Certainly you can see that EVs have some very real advantages over fossil fuel cars.

Comment Re:Sad they are not doing anything much these days (Score 2) 428

Apple does drive the hardware market because of the demand they cause. High res displays have been available for a very long time in the professional market, but it wans't until Apple's push for "retina" that it hit the mainstream and quickly fell in price to reasonable levels for consumers. I clearly remember a period of almost 10 years where all displays were 1080p. 27'' monitors with 1080p, and laptops were commonly 720p! And the tech to bump up the resolution was clearly out there, but all of the demand was so focused on 1080p that it was the most affordable option by far for manufacturers to use. It takes someone like Apple to step up and make that first billion dollar investment to create an economy of scale for a technology, and that's what they did for high res displays.

Comment Re:That is utterly stupid (Score 5, Insightful) 218

It's not about users, it's about the massive transfer of control to the carriers with net neutrality violating programs like this. All content providers now have to conform to Tmobile's throttling rules in order to qualify for special status, and these rules are subject to change at Tmobile's whim.

In addition, video services NOT INCLUDED IN BINGE-ON are also being throttled while other types of traffic are not throttled. This is a textbook violation of net neutrality.

It's about control. Users and content creators should have control of the internet, and carriers should be blind carriers of data. That's the entire point of net neutrality.

Comment Re:I will NEVER understand the appeal of this syst (Score 1) 174

I think it would be quite convenient to have a cell notification go off when the oven has reached the right temperature or has finished cooking, or an alert that my stove has been on for over an hour. I wouldn't object to computer control for lights either (press a button to turn off every light when it's time for bed, etc).

None of these features seem particularly valuable to me, but I'd personally more than happily spend a few thousand for a wired house if I was already dropping hundreds of thousands on the house itself.

Of course your opinion is obviously different, but these systems already exist in multiple forms, so there's obviously a target market for them. The existing technology is also very crude and haphazard for the most part, so anyone who comes along and strong-arms the players into a single standard will probably profit handsomely.

Comment It's a software bug, hardware unrelated (Score 4, Insightful) 193

A graphing calculator would probable have adequate power to handle taking votes. If the DOS machines are meeting the specifications required for Flanders elections, there's not much of a reason to upgrade them.

I guess I'm just not seeing the story here. Linux wouldn't stop a software bug either. I guess the only hassle here is that they might have to dig out the parallel cables to patch the machines.

Comment Re:Second Life anyone? (Score 1) 88

"against CCP's rules for any exchange of ingame goods/currency for real world money"

That's certainly true now, but it's changing. First of all (to anyone who doesn't know), you can buy subscription time with ingame currency at a supply/demand driven rate. That certainly gives the Eve currency at least some meaningful value.

As of last week though, you can actually buy a collectors edition box with isk. CCP has stated they want to continue expanding uses for isk (in the form of PLEX, to any players who know the lingo), and it's clear to me that CCP realizes the possibility that Eve will likely be free to play sometime in the future (maybe 10+ years, but they know it might need to happen), and if Eve is free to play the alternate uses for PLEX will be the revenue drivers for CCP. Expect to see more and more in game and limited out of game goods services available for isk.

Comment The gap seems reasonable (Score 5, Interesting) 179

"In the last nine months, Microsoft spent $2.1 billion on the Surface, and gained $1.8 billion in revenue"

That gap really isn't too bad, certainly better than the Xbox/360/XB1 numbers which follows the same strategy of selling at a loss (after marketing) and making it up later with services. The mere fact that Microsoft is actually doing 500 million dollars a quarter in Surface is actually quite impressive.

Right now Microsoft needs market share, so I'd say the strategy isn't altogether a bad one. Especially considering that 2 Billion USD in hardware sales is definitely going to result in at least a couple hundred million in service revenue from Office and such.

Comment Re:FAR better than fossil fuels, and even better t (Score 1) 191

Do you have any sources for this claim?

Every source I've been able to find estimates a 2-3x increase in Lion capacity in the last 25 years.

You're also very wrong about laptop battery life. The increase in laptop battery life is almost entirely due to the huge advancements made in frequency scaling, advanced idle states, and fine grained power management (ie shutting down individual cores when not in use).

You'll find that new laptops (and cell phones) will still run their batteries down very fast when actually under load, but when doing normal desktop tasks all of the advanced power saving features on the silicon are vastly cutting down laptop power consumption. Lion capacity has very little to do with it.

Comment This counts as a "rumor"? (Score 1) 189

This isn't a rumor, it's just a news article. The article is titled "Analysis: Satya Nadella must kill Windows Phone and fork Android".

Nowhere has Microsoft given any impression that they are considering this, this is simply a writer for The Guardian thwoing out a crazy idea. From a technical and business standpoint, it's a very rough idea for Windows Phone.

Windows Phone has been doing pretty well too recently, at least as far as market share growth and raw sales numbers are concerned. It's doing quite well in Europe (which US news downplays), and in the US marketshare went from 2.6% to 4.7% over the last year. Obviously not very impressive but it's far from a dying platform.

Slashdot Top Deals

The bogosity meter just pegged.