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Comment Re:No. (Score 5, Insightful) 598

Don't agree. You'd lose any idea of what a certain time of day actually means to others. It's 2 am where you are? Why are you still up? Aren't you tired? No, now I need to know where you live and figure out what time of day... oops, can't do that anymore... figure out where the sun is positioned in your part of the world. Wtf? Wasn't that what sundials and later clocks were for in the first place? Like you say, animals live by the sun, and so do we. I don't care what the *actual* time is where you live, I only care about what part of the day it is so I can adjust my communication with you accordingly.

The only thing I want is that when people *publish* times, like for international events, they (also) use UTC. It just happens too often that people will say : the live stream will start at 7PM PST and then I have to go look up what the heck that is in my local time zone. With UTC that would be solved, you'd only need to remember your offset to UTC and that's it. (Btw, they could even just mention *their* offset to UTC, eg: 7PM PST (UTC-8), because really Americans' we here in Europe have no idea what all those abbreviations mean ;) )

Comment Re:Got It All Wrong (Score 1) 273

Don't agree, when the iPod came I didn't understood the hype until I actually *tried* one: it completely blew the competition out of the water! This was a product made by people that understood that usability was everything. Most players at that time has an interface that sucked: slow and barely usable, best to just turn it on and let it play and maybe press "skip" when you didn't like a song. Maybe there were others that were just as good (or even better), but if they existed they certainly didn't have the marketing Apple had.

The same is true for the first iPhone, it basically showed the rest what was possible and where the bar to entry was, you are either able to deliver what Apple does or you just don't count. Oh and besides the fact of course that they forced telcos to provide flat-fee internet, something nobody had been able to do.

Comment A mouse that can take my abuse (Score 1) 199

A mouse that won't break after a couple of month of intense gaming, meaning I might press button much more forcefully than actually needed but that's just what happens when in the middle of a kill streak, I get all excited and the mouse suffers. And it's even worse when I'm losing ;)

Seriously though, I've thrown away so many mice whose micro-switches just gave out on me. Sometimes they'll last a while, others only a couple of months. Not one seems to last much more than a year. Some other time it's not the switch itself but the plastic bits that press on it. In any case something always breaks.

Now I really wouldn't mind paying more for a sturdy mouse, but none of the tests/reviews ever seem to care about that aspect. (Some manufacturers tell you about millions of clicks, but of course they only test normal light clicks)

Comment Re:Jeez (Score 1) 96

If you read carefully you'll see it's more a competitor to the Rift than to GearVR. Meaning it's a stand-alone unit (no need for a mobile phone), tethered (although the controllers, whatever they will be seem to be wireless. Also, no batteries.) and need a powerful PC to get the most out of it.
The refresh rate on the displays (plural, one for each eye) is 90Hz so latency for that part at least should be really good.
Head tracking seems to use kinect-like lasers, cameras and other sensors, not much detail there yet.
But they mention something like a total of over 70 sensors.
They also mention that you can freely walk around in an area of 15x15ft (4.5x4.5m) when using something called Valve's Base Stations.

Comment And seeing the reactions so far... (Score 4, Insightful) 962

And seeing the reactions so far not much is going to change about this shit. Disappointingly few people are even willing to entertain the possibility that the story might actually be true. Only coming up with excuses, bogus counter-examples ("I'm a guy who knows some women and I've never seen this happen") or just outright hatred and scorn. Way to go guys!

Comment Re:Very interesting (Score 3, Informative) 284

I don't know, should we find it *what* exactly, you didn't really state that. Surprising? No, it's not, that's indeed the survival instinct taking over. In general your breathing is not conscious, although we have conscious control unlike for example your heart. But in general it's not possible for example to hold your breath until you are dead. There are some ways to hold your breath until you pass out, but the moment you do you start breathing again. (All this AFAIK)

Comment Re:Homeopathy Works (Score 1) 408

No, that's not a good example at all. Live exists, we're here so we know that. The proposition that life might exist on other planets can be made but right now we don't have any way to test that besides going out there and look for it. But still we can hypothesize that based on our current understanding of the universe it's likely but such and such an amount. (An amount which in recent years has only been going up now we see that planets are much more common than previously thought)

Homeopathy is exactly the opposite around. All our understanding of the universe says it can't work. And all the (proper) experiments that have been done don't show any evidence for it working. So there is a "lack of evidence".

But in the same way there is a lack of evidence for unicorns and the flying spaghetti monster.

We have a lack of evidence for the existence of unicorns and strangely enough scientists don't give a rats ass about trying to "prove" that (you can't prove non-existence after all), it's just too ridiculous. For scientists homeopathy fits that same category as unicorns. The only reason *any* research is done at all is because there just so many damn **** that believe in it. So they try to come up with ways to prove that unicorns don't exist and believers (because in the end that's what they are) just keep coming up with stranger and stranger reasons for why they're failing (your virgin was too old/too young or it wasn't a proper full moon, or, or)

Comment Re:Does it really cost $100k? (Score 1) 461

Ehm sorry? I would definitely *not* pay another $100 dollars on the off chance that *if* my plane crashes (very very unlikely) my remains will *perhaps* get found a little bit sooner. Really, I'm dead already, I won't care. And my family isn't going to pay that $100 either. "Hey you want to pay $100 for my flight so you can rest assured that if I die you'll know exactly where?". I'm sure they'll be thrilled.

The plane won't be any *safer* for that $100, not one bit.

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