Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


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:A week? (Score 1) 1004

Part of me thinks they're getting dangerously close to messing this up too much. A search for "automatic downloading of tv shows" actually leads to some reasonable articles showing how to set up automated downloads. I also know that software exists which can tie in to these and automatically sort tv shows and add them to libraries in XBMC or similar.

It's not going to be long before average Joe can install one piece of software, and from then on have "free" TV shows popping up on his home system whenever they air. As the generations get older too, you'll have less and less people who are used to the idea of "channels" on a TV even, and soon this will be the norm. People are switching because it's easier, cheaper or more convenient to pirate. What motivation (beyond legal repercussions) will be left when a majority of people are using free 1-click software packages to acquire TV shows?

Comment Re:Don't worry about the mobile carriers (Score 4, Interesting) 270

A facebook message consisting of 160 characters would be less than 1kB (amortised). The usual cost of an SMS is between 10c and 25c. 10c per kB equates to $100 per MB.

In other words, telco profit margins on SMS when compared to FB messages are orders of magnitude smaller. It might be even worse, I've heard that SMS messages are sent in some form of "control" packet hence the 160 char limit, meaning that SMS overheads are (somewhat) essential to running the mobile network.

Comment Re:The truth slowly comes out (Score 3, Informative) 647


If there was only 1 cheating husband, his wife would see no one else kicking someone out, so would kick on day 1.

If there were 2, both their wives would only see one other cheating husband, but neither would see him get kicked out on day one and deduce that there must be 2 cheaters, and the second must be their husband.


Comment Re:HRmm...... (Score 1) 312

I hadn't thought about it in that way. You could statistically get around that by saying that any permutation of the infinite number of characters (permutation might not be well defined now) would by expectation include an infinite number of each character, and then the "ordered" function would still work.

That still doesn't quite make it bogosort though. Oh well, fun brain exercise.

Comment Re:he's talking about tarballs (Score 1) 312

No, that doesn't get dynamically pulled from git every time you request it.

But it'd also take an admin about 15-30 seconds to type out the command to regenerate the archives from the git repos. Actually, I think 30s is probably extreme, I suspect they would have scripted the process. Wouldn't be surprised if it's just something like " " and the archive is recreated from the git repo.

Comment Re:Boring (Score 4, Informative) 141

In response to DigiNotar incidences, some people are removing the root CA for DigiNotar from their computers. This way your computer will not trust _anything_ signed by DigiNotar.

With DNSSEC, if the people in charge of your DNS have an incident (hackers, malpractice or otherwise) which changes the "certificate" (for lack of a better word) for your website, you are stuck. There is no "root" certificate that you can remove.

Comment Re:Vapor-where? (Score 1) 179

How does the Sun manage a stronger pull on the Moon than the Earth? I thought, looking at the gravitation pull of just the sun, that the field was given by 'g(r) = - G.m / (r^2)' where r is the radius/distance, G the gravitational constant, and m the mass of the object(sun in this case). Does the specific orbit of the moon somehow manage to keep it's "average" distance to the sun closer than that between the earth and the sun, somehow?

And if the Moon-Earth system is essentially a binary orbit, surely the Moon disappearing would have an influence on the Earth and vice-versa? My understanding of 'sphere of influence' has always been that if something outside the sphere is removed/destroyed/changed/eliminated, then the object in question feels no effect/sees no change, but removing mass from the Moon-Earth system would surely change the orbit in some manner?

Slashdot Top Deals

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.