Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Get HideMyAss! VPN, PC Mag's Top 10 VPNs of 2016 for 55% off for a Limited Time ×

Comment Re:want speed? dump javascript. (Score 2) 28

That's part of the point of the whole project -- get rid of certain JS/CSS hogs that constantly change and relayout the page while you're reading. And personally, I don't want to go back to the 90s crap static HTML using Lynx. I actually do like my interactive web pages (sans laggy third-party JS), thanks.

Comment Re:We need a secular definition of when life begin (Score 1) 140

From my personal experience with speaking to people, most choicers stop being ok with abortions at 3rd trimester, and most lifers start are fine with abortion at 1st trimester (using abortion as a guide of "when does 'life' begin"). The debate is really at the second trimester. But in the US, the politics/political theater/extreme groups keep glossing over this point, and try to polarize the issue into all or none. This polarization prevents actual civil discourse and resolution. It's rather sad, actually.

Comment Re:Frivolous lawsuit (Score 1) 496

I take issues with the very last comment (note: the he/she thing was obviously a typo, so I'm not addressing that) -- you clearly haven't taken an engineering ethics course. Classic examples:

1) Let's say you created a regular looking chair and state on a big tag attached to the chair, in bright red letters, "you can only sit on this chair and this chair isn't designed to be stood upon". If someone later stands on the chair and it broke, then you, the designer/manufacturer/whatever, are still responsible for the injury in the court of laws. "Foreseeable misuse" is what engineering ethics call it, and you're at fault.

2) If a ceiling fan hits a baby while a parent is throwing the baby up and down, it's not a "foreseeable misuse", and the parent has no grounds of suing the company that made the ceiling fan.

IANAL, but it's pretty clear from planking and past social network-inspired activities that such a "speeding trophy" falls into category 1 (from my perspective, and probably most jurors).

Comment Re:Strange hatred of intellectual property on /. (Score 1) 69

It seems like the present laws surrounding patents confound multiple aspects of the economics of inventions: the invention itself, use of invention, licensing, and protection against litigation. It's reasonable to assume that patents should lead to actual economic product, rather than just a piece of paper for trolling. Therefore, the suggestion of commercializing patents within a year is good.

However, there are cases where a person/company thinks of an idea, has no immediate purpose of putting this idea to use, but is afraid of litigation. To solve this issue, there should be something akin to trade secrets, but filed with the USPTO, dated, and sealed. If a second party later patents the same idea and sues the first party when the first party finally gets to implementing it, then the first party can unseal the filing to dismiss the patent suit.

If this is how everything's been working already, then I'll go back to hiding under my rock.

Comment Re:This is trouble (Score 1) 244

Strain the food supply? No, it won't. That's exactly the same argument people made in the middle of the 20th century about how human population growth will drain all of our resources by the end of the 20th century. Why did it not happen? Because of a mix of technological and economic reasons. I don't need to explain the technology part, but the economics part made sure that people decided to have less babies.

Put it simply, if each pair of parents only had one baby, soon we will have 0 population growth, even if everyone lives forever.

Comment Re:Faster emulator, or fast enough to be usable? (Score 1) 58

Do you have HAXM installed? My experience indicate that full boot with HAXM installed is much, much faster than a regular boot on-device. Apps also run a lot faster in the emulator than on the device. The computer is a 2013 MBP, while the device is a Nexus 6.

Comment Is this surprising? (Score 2) 551

Apple has been playing the class warfare/have vs have-not/status symbol card for a while now. It plays to exactly what we (the general masses) intrinsically fear -- being singled out, not being "in", not fashionable, looking like a dork, etc.... It's also one of the reasons why the 99% hate the 1% -- because the 1% flaunt their wealth in front of others. Do you want to be flaunted to? Or do you want to do the flaunting to those plebeian Android/Windows/BB/feature phone users?

We have to realize that Apple is a fashion company first, a tech company second. Blue bubbles, anyone? Or are you "green with envy"?

Comment Re:my-pntbtr-add(list_eria) (Score 4, Insightful) 118

That's a pretty naive interpretation of Webassembly. Let's address your comments.

1) Yes, the target audience are in the native code camp. But outside of mobile, there is no good delivery mechanism, other than the web. This is basically doing that: brining the web to native apps.
2) There is no cross platform sandbox for running native apps, and this delivers on that. All modern browsers at least attempt at security, whereas non mobile platforms offer very little in terms of security against native apps.
3) Computers aren't getting "fast enough" (or much faster, for that matter). Especially not for mobile, which will always be slow because of power requirements. This spec will greatly help with that.

So it serves many purposes, and I think is a wonderful boon to the web.

Comment Re:Or you could pay for the service. (Score 1) 205

YT hasn't released Red in Argentina doesn't mean they don't want to. Do you think they have the resources to simultaneously come to an agreement with all copyright holders at the same time, do all the market research, marketing, and engineering resources? Whining like this just makes you look like an entitled brat.

Slashdot Top Deals

In space, no one can hear you fart.

Working...