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


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 Local content? (Score 2) 96

So, yet another netflix streamer is ok, but I want something as good or better than the boxes box for local content. About 50% of my streaming media are things that I have locally on my network.

If Fire TV supported file sharing protocols I'd be a buyer.

Comment Re:It's what you learn, not earn. (Score 1) 133

That's not true at all. The top students at the top 10% of schools are worth far more than min wage even has freshmen summer interns. One, common sense is present or not at this stage. Two, many of these kids come from upper-middle or better backgrounds and know how to conduct themselves in business settings. Many have leadership experience from shift leads in high school jobs, clubs, sports, and even directing household help like the maid.

Upbringing isn't just education, much of our practical knowledge is set from our upbringing.

Comment Best sims are real people (Score 4, Insightful) 172

I know it's not as controlled, but letting actual people live in this town would have a few benefits.

1. Some people would get a place to live.
2. If you want simulation data for humans, why not just use humans?

Seriously, let people live there for free or nearly free and the deal is they have to let scientists into their homes whenever for testing and upgrades. They also give up privacy for all of their anonimized actions and give up certain privacy for identifiable information, like photos. Bonus round, let them run the businesses too. Seriously, in the days of the WPA there were all sorts of co op planned communities that went up all at once, like Greenbelt, MD. Many of them are still thriving.

Comment Re:He didn't take it out of the trash. (Score 1) 390

From the article:

"He was a 17-year-old, and the curator of the museum was close, like a father to him," said Seattle attorney Daniel Harris, who is representing Anderson.

Like a father father, your statement is false, your argument is invalid. The moon rocks were given by Nixon to the various government bodies, not licensed by NASA or distributed with a EULA. NASA's interest ended, and they are using the only tools they have available, intimidation and shame. Can someone please explain to me why it is important that we collect every spec of dust brought back with that moon mission? We have some, and if we want more moon rocks, well we know where they are, right?

Wireless Networking

FCC White Space Rules Favor Tech Industry 135

holy_calamity writes "The FCC has come to a decision on the rules governing devices that make use of the unlicensed wireless spectrum between TV stations, with commissioner Genachowski trumpeting a new era of 'super Wi-Fi.' Most crucially, the FCC dropped the requirement that devices sense TV and wireless microphone signals. Instead, they can geolocate and use an online database to learn which white spaces are available in their area. That makes tech firms happy because it provides a software-centric alternative to developing complex new sensing hardware."

Comment Government Idiots (Score 5, Insightful) 412

I couldn't disagree more vigorously with Ms. O'Neill, it's exactly what I expect of a professional educator. Mature thought is supposed to make us challenge our current assumptions, not change them, but at least think about them.

This teacher is making people think. And on a completely different note, this is standard practice in a security audit. Think like the bad guy.

Move along, the only story here is an administrator acting stupidly and hindering someone trying to practice their profession well.

Comment Re:Well this sucks!!!! (Score 2, Informative) 284

Here OP, let me make an analogy to explain why Apple is not entirely responsible, only partially, for Foxconn.

Why should we let the OP (or any other poster) abdicate responsibility for their supply chain? If OP chooses to work with a grocery store, then OP is on the hook for ensuring the grocery store is a reputable and humane supplier.

Or is it okay to let a poster like OP accrue the benefits of outsourcing (i.e. not having to have a farm or barter with farmers directly) while ignoring negative consequences (i.e. environmental damage, inhumane working conditions, etc.)?

See how silly that sounds? Now, in reality responsibility scales proportionally to percentage of gross sales you make up for your supplier. OP to his grocery is a many to one relationship, giving him little responsibility. Apple to Foxconn is a few to one relationship, giving apple more, but not total responsibility. However, when a supplier has only one customer, that customer has total responsibility.

Comment Re:Okay... so now what? (Score 1) 438

Actually even if there was a strong criminal / intentional exclusion on the policy it probably wouldn't matter. Business insurance policies have an innocent party carveback, so the policies would defend everyone who did not commit an intentional / criminal act. So, an individual who gave an order to ignore a safety regulation in violation of a criminal statute would not be defended against civil litigation individually, his company would still have the policy defend them unless the rest of the company knew / agreed to violate the law.


The Struggle For Private Game Servers 125

A story at the BBC takes a look at the use of private game servers for games that tend not to allow them. While most gamers are happy to let companies like Blizzard and NCSoft administer the servers that host their MMORPGs, others want different rules, a cheaper way to play, or the technical challenge of setting up their own. A South African player called Hendrick put up his own WoW server because the game "wasn't available in the country at the time." A 21-year-old Swede created a server called Epilogue, which "had strict codes of conduct and rules, as well as a high degree of customized content (such as new currency, methods of earning experience, the ability to construct buildings and hire non-player characters, plus 'permanent' player death) unavailable in the retail version of the game." The game companies make an effort to quash these servers when they can, though it's frequently more trouble that it's worth. An NCSoft representative referenced the "growing menace" of IP theft, and a Blizzard spokesperson said,"We also have a responsibility to our players to ensure the integrity and reliability of their World of Warcraft gaming experience and that responsibility compels us to protect our rights."

Slashdot Top Deals

Money cannot buy love, nor even friendship.