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Comment Re: Eugenics (Score 2, Interesting) 93

If parents could eliminate the possibility of their child having any homosexual feelings, would they do it? Even in a tolerant society? Would "I can't help it, it's in my genes" be accepted as a reason for being different, when your parents modified their gametes and chose to leave that one in? What if parents modified their gametes so that their children would definitely be homosexual?
I imagine these questions have been asked before, but the answer was always "it'll never happen; we're here, we're queer, deal with it." Now people will have to start to deal with a potential 'treatment'; I seem to recall X-men had something to say about this.

Submission + - Sega Announces Two New Sonic Games That Seek To Recapture The Glory Days (gamespot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th anniversary, Sega has announced two new Sonic games at Comic-Con in San Diego. The first game is called Sonic Mania and it's a 2D platformer that features visuals and gameplay reminiscent of the classic Genesis games. "It revamps zones and acts from Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and Sonic and Knuckles, in addition to introducing new ones into the fold," writes Mat Paget from GameSpot. The second game has no title but a holiday 2017 release date on PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo NX. It reportedly features both classic and modern versions of Sonic, similar to 2011's Sonic Generations. Sega made two additional announcements. "Mobile game Sonic Dash has passed 200 million downloads and will receive a special in-game event that adds the Green Hill Zone and Classic Sonic as a playable character," reports GameSpot. "The event only lasts a week, but players can unlock both the classic level and character for use after the event." The second additional announcement is that the animated Sonic Boom series will be renewed for a second season.

Submission + - Tesla has new, cheaper SUV (cnn.com)

Seth Decker writes: Tesla just put a cheaper version of its Model X SUV on the market. Don't get too excited, though. The Model X is a luxury SUV and it still costs like one. Prices for the new Model X 60D start at $74,000.

Comment $60k minimum salary? (Score 1) 248

I seem to recall reading here about a study finding that ~90% of H1-B visas were given to people taking low-skilled entry-level positions. Are they really being paid $60k/year for that? Either entry-level IT positions pay way better than I remember, or something else is going on here.

Submission + - Twitter censors #DNCLeaks trending topic and hashtag (hashtags.org)

bongey writes: Twitter censored the 2nd trending topic DNCLeaks hashtag. The trending hashtag #DNCLeaks was climbing over 90k tweets when it disappeared from the trending topics. It was replaced with PraisinTheAsian(17k) and TheWalkingDead(38k). https://www.hashtags.org/analy... https://www.hashtags.org/analy...

Comment Re:Compromise (Score 1) 365

Reducing the effects of submission page spam could be done by default sorting the submissions of the previous 24 hours by the submitting users' karma. Then again, I counted all of 9 submissions for 7/17, so I'm not sure there's a significant problem (ok, there were 30 on Friday). I'm skeptical that anonymous cowards should be able to submit things though. Accounts that make spam submissions shouldn't be able to keep spamming submissions and have it put there along with every other submission without penalty; they could make new accounts for every submission, but that takes a bit more effort.

Submission + - Millennials set to earn less than Generation X

AmiMoJo writes: Millennials are set to become the first generation to earn less than their predecessors, new research suggests. The Resolution Foundation found that under-35s earned £8,000 ($10,600) less in their twenties than Generation X workers. If wages for millennials follow the same path as Generation X, average career earnings will be about £825,000 ($1.1m). That would make them the first generation to earn less than their predecessors over the course of their working lives. Research found that some of the pay squeeze was due to under-35s entering the job market as the recession hit, but it also concluded that generational pay progress had ground to a halt even before the financial crisis struck in 2007/8.

Submission + - Chinese Consortium To Purchase Opera Browser Business (bloomberg.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Opera Software ASA agreed to sell its browser business to a Chinese consortium for $600 million, saying a full takeover of the company was canceled after the suitor failed to get government approval.

The company will sell businesses including browsers for mobile devices and desktops, technology licensing and a stake in a Chinese venture to the same group that attempted the full takeover, according to a statement Monday. Opera will keep businesses such as applications and games.

The consortium of investors includes the gaming firm Beijing Kunlun Tech and the so-called Internet security provider Qihoo 360, plus Chinese financiers.

Comment Compromise (Score 4, Interesting) 365

Perhaps anonymous posts could be allowed only if one is signed in. That'd eliminate alot of the shitposts reflexively typed out without any thought, and the ability to abuse proxies to get around the post rate limits.

The potential downsides are that there are many lurkers who don't bother to log in anymore, and just post anon with their name at the bottom of the message. Also, some insiders have given detailed first-hand accounts of the issues at hand, where they wouldn't have dared if they had their name attached to it. If it's considered plausible that Slashdot MIGHT keep logs of who 'anonymously' posted something while logged in, they might not take that chance if it means firing/waterboarding/lawsuits.

Making anons jump through a bigger hoop before posting might be the best option; those who really need it will be willing to do it, while those posting things that add nothing to the conversation are likely to give up. I suggest an ersatz intelligence test in addition to the normal CAPTCHA. It could be like so: a logical statement is presented, and a multiple-choice is given as to which logical fallacy it demonstrates. The end result is that anonymous cowards will become schooled on logical fallacies. Win-win. Optionally, combine with Recaptcha-style reuse of actual statements posted to Slashdot.

Comment Re:Privacy? (Score 1) 166

With aircraft crashes, there is usually a large organization/corporation at least partially at fault: the airplane manufacturer, or an airline that hired the pilot or scheduled a flight through dangerous conditions. If a plane goes down and everyone inside dies, the organization still exists, and can be fined for their negligence.

In contrast, if a drunk driver swerves their car into an oncoming lane and dies, punishing the driver for DUI isn't an option, and does sadly little to deter others from drunk driving if he lived and were punished. People who get drunk are high on the Dunning-Kreuger scale in the first place, and intoxication doesn't help them any. Rules of the road are different in every state, and there's no procedure to notify drivers of changes in best-practices (I haven't been retested since I first got my license 15 years ago, so that's not happening). Almost all auto crashes are driver error, rather than mechanical failure; the few cases that ARE, the NTSB pounces on, with huge recalls for a relatively miniscule number of incidents compared to, say, those involving left-turns on the light changing to red. Most of the time, the NTSB just can't do anything because there's "no fix for stupid."
I am kinda curious if alcoholism is self-selecting out of the gene pool due to drunk driving fatalities.

Comment Standalone Has No Competition (Score 3, Interesting) 50

The report suggests that Google is not as interested in competing directly with hardware from Facebook, Samsung, HTC and others

The Oculus Rift (Facebook/Oculus), Vive (HTC/Valve), and Gear VR (Samsung/Oculus), aren't 'standalone'. The former two require a gaming PC to connect to, and the latter requires a high-end Samsung smartphone be connected. Google's scrapped project ran its own OS, meaning the processing was done inside the headset. There are cheap Chinese standalone 'VR' headsets, but they for the most part only run personal theater/3d video/slideshow software. A few companies are working on real standalone VR but I've heard nothing of their recent progress; Google could quickly make them irrelevant.

I chuckle at the mention of deciding to use a smartphone rather than 'expensive hardware', as if a new $650 smartphone is cheap. Good luck doing VR on a smartphone that costs less than $300 (going price for a new unlocked Galaxy S6 on ebay, the minimum-specced phone that will work with a Gear VR). I shudder to think how many people are gonna get nauseous with their $99 phone that barely manages to run Android N.

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