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Comment Re:I-Beams (Score 1) 219

Making the phone thicker also results in more material use.

Which I'm sure is a great concern to a company which used to mill a laptop case out of a solid aluminium block.

You do realize that the material removed isn't discarded, right? It goes right back into the forge for next week's aluminum block.

Comment Re:So it's a PC (Score 1) 264

Funny, I didn't get modded off-topic. The whole thread is tangential to the games platform discussion. If you want to pull it beck to that, riddle me this: how many different partitions/Microsoft OS's will a user need to install on their new game machine to enable access to all of the Microsoft-heritage software they desire? On today's PC's, it's two. On Scorpio, it's likely to be three. And that's at least one too many.

Comment Re:So it's a PC (Score 1) 264

You're the only one who made Windows backward compatibility the focal point. The discussion was regarding x86 PC hardware backward compatibility. You are simply trying to move goalposts.

Then you completely missed my point. sure, X86 is backwards compatible, and sure, you can install DOS as your OS. Just how productive are you going to be at every task *other* than the one you need DOS for? My point, in calling it a distinction without a difference, is that the majority of the folks running on X86 are doing it with a Modern Windows OS. If that OS arbitrarily disables the CPU's ability to execute 16-bit code, then installing a different OS on a separate partition is just one example of "flaming hoops." I'm not moving the goalposts, I am putting the hardware into the context of how it is typically deployed.

Comment Re:So it's a PC (Score 2) 264

Hell, I can still install and run DOS natively on the latest Core i7 series CPUs. What little kids like "phresno" don't get is that backward compatibility is and always has been one of the strengths of x86 PCs.

Yeah, it's SO backwards-compatible, you only need to jump through FOUR flaming hoops to run a 16-bit installer.

XBox (Games)

Microsoft Says Upcoming Project Scorpio Might Be the Last Console Generation (engadget.com) 264

Earlier this year, Xbox chief Phil Spencer expressed desires to see a steady stream of hardware innovation rather than a typical seven-year gap between different console generations, noting smartphone market as inspiration. In an interview with Engadget, Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft's Head of Xbox Games Marketing has hinted that the company's upcoming Project Scorpio is likely going to be the last generation of Xbox console you will ever need to purchase. From the report: I think it is ... For us, we think the future is without console generations, we think that the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware, we're making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio. We're basically saying 'this isn't a new generation, everything you have continues forward and it works.' We think of this as a family of devices. But we'll see, we're going to learn from this, we're going to see how that goes. So far I'd say based on the reaction there appears to be a lot of demand and interest around Project Scorpio, and we think it's going to be a pretty big success. If the games and the content deliver, which I think they will do, I think it will change the way we think about the future of console gaming."
Programming

Ask Slashdot: What Are Some Bad Programming Ideas That Work? (infoworld.com) 671

snydeq writes: Cheaper, faster, better side effects -- sometimes a bad idea in programming is better than just good enough, writes InfoWorld's Peter Wayner: "Some ideas, schemes, or architectures may truly stink, but they may also be the best choice for your project. They may be cheaper or faster, or maybe it's too hard to do things the right way. In other words, sometimes bad is simply good enough. There are also occasions when a bad idea comes with a silver lining. It may not be the best approach, but it has such good side-effects that it's the way to go. If we're stuck going down a suboptimal path to programming hell, we might as well make the most of whatever gems may be buried there." What bad programming ideas have you found useful enough to make work in your projects? Don't be shy or ashamed, we all want to hear your responses!
Cloud

Should Cloud Vendors Decrypt Data For The Government? (helpnetsecurity.com) 136

An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes an article by Help Net Security's editor-in-chief: More than one in three IT pros believe cloud providers should turn over encrypted data to the government when asked, according to Bitglass and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). 35 percent believe cloud app vendors should be forced to provide government access to encrypted data while 55 percent are opposed. 64 percent of US-based infosec professionals are opposed to government cooperation, compared to only 42 percent of EMEA respondents.
Raj Samani, CTO EMEA at Intel Security, told Help Net Security the answers ranged from "no way, to help yourself, and even to I don't care..." But since vendors can't satisfy both camps, he believes the situation "demands some form of open debate on the best approach to take..."
IT

Creator of Chatbot that Beat 160K Parking Fines Now Tackling Homelessness (theguardian.com) 93

An anonymous reader writes: The chatbot lawyer that overturned hundreds and thousands of parking tickets is now tackling another problem: homelessness. London-born Stanford student Joshua Browder created DoNotPay initially to help people appeal against fines for unpaid parking tickets. Dubbed "the world's first robot lawyer", Browder later programmed it to deal with a wider range of legal issues, such as claiming for delayed flights and trains and payment protection insurance (PPI). Now, Browder, 19, wants his chatbot to provide free legal aid to people facing homelessness. He said: "I never could have imagined a parking ticket bot would appeal so much to people. Then I realised: this issue is bigger than a few parking tickets." In an interview with the Washington Post, the 19-year-old said he decided to expand the bot's capabilities after DoNotPay began receiving messages about evictions and repossessions. In February this year tenant evictions reached the highest on record.

Submission + - Delta Airlines Central Computers Down (cnn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: According to the current CNN.COM: Delta Airlines computing hub Atlanta is down and all Delta departures are grounded. Cause not yet announced. The system Delta usually uses to let passengers use other airlines is part of the outage.

Comment Re:A wasted vote... (Score 2) 993

Maybe they can even bring Ken Starr out of mothballs, if he is still alive.

You're joking, right? Yes, he's alive, and karma has come back to bite him in the @$$. He was just fired as President of Baylor University, where he attempted to cover up sexual assaults committed by Varsity football players.

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