Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


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:"Hey Alexa..." (Score 2) 448

Already been done --


"One recent instance occurred in Dallas, Texas earlier this week, when a six-year-old asked her family’s new Amazon Echo “can you play dollhouse with me and get me a dollhouse?” The device readily complied, ordering a KidKraft Sparkle mansion dollhouse,"
"The story could have stopped there, had it not ended up on a local morning show on San Diego’s CW6 News. At the end of the story, Anchor Jim Patton remarked: “I love the little girl, saying ‘Alexa ordered me a dollhouse,’” According to CW6 News, Echo owners who were watching the broadcast found that the remark triggered orders on their own devices."

Comment Re:AKA "Obama favored US!!!!" (Score 1) 126

Or more simply: all streaming video metered at $10/GB, except if you use your ISP's own streaming video service -- meaning that becomes pretty much impossible for the next netflix-style company to disrupt the existing market and offer something better since it's extremely hard to reach a critical mass of users that way.

Comment Re:ESPN should become a premium channel (Score 1) 155

Charge $20 a month like HBO. and get their worthless channels off my lineup.

They would lose a ton of money over that: ESPN is the most expensive channel in most provider's lineup, and you typically don't have a plan option that doesn't include it. They currently charge providers about $7.50 a month to carry the channel for each of their customers, whether or not they have any interest in ESPN.

I seriously doubt they could convince a full 1/3+ of the cable/satellite customers to fork over extra money to continue to receive it. I actually blocked the channel in my DVR channel guide so I don't even have have to scroll past that crap, but am still paying for the 'privilege' of receiving it

Comment Some background (Score 2) 97

Many moons ago, the music + movie industries managed to convince the Dutch government to get legislation passed that put a levy on any blank CD/DVD media which increased their costs, which was collected and paid to the movie + music cartels to get reimbursement for 'missed revenues' due to unauthorized copying. (Which is rather annoying when you only use discs for personal use with your own content)

An somewhat unintended side-effect of that was that it more or less legalized downloading and copying for personal use as well, since the content industry already received the levy for the discs. When they later tried suing people for unauthorized downloading/copying, they had a very hard time getting anything to stick because "we already paid for it".

Now they are claiming that the Dutch government's slow response to the 'problem' is costing them a bazillion dollars, and want to hold them liable for missed revenues.

The root of the problem is that the music + movie industries are having buyers remorse for the initial legislation they forced through.

Comment Hm.. (Score 1) 179

It's a questionable benefit for whoever gets to sit at the 'perfect' spot directly in front of it, but a definite downgrade for all other seats in the room who will all get more image distortion and weird reflections. All things being equal, personally I'd pay extra NOT to have a curved screen.

Comment Re:Good luck... (Score 5, Informative) 301

Not really, as long as there are sufficient females from other, non-genetically altered branches, those strains should be more 'successful' in the quest for survival and eventually the genetically engineered ones will die out,

Um... No.
You are misunderstanding how this works:

The whole POINT of this is that is tips the balance of the scales: you start with countless non-genetically altered mice, and throw in a handful of engineered ones that only breed males, and will pass on the trait to their offspring.

The starting point on the island will be roughly 50% male, 50% female. All of the engineered mice will only create more males, no females. They will mostly breed with random, non-engineered mice, creating more engineered male mice in the process.

Now all of a sudden the the balance of mice on the island a generation later is 51% male, 49% female. Those 1% extra males will also pass on the all-male feature to their offspring as well, increasing the percentage of engineered mice and decreasing the percentage of 'normal' mice. The generation after that may be 53% male, 47% female. A few dozen generations later you will be close to seeing 100% male and 0% female. The chances of any random pairing of mice birthing female offspring becomes vanishingly small.
Existing females die of old age or predation without new females to replace them. Population numbers crash, and the species dies off completely on the island, except for maybe some small, physically isolated groups

Don't forget that each mice can create TONS of offspring, and those all interbreed again. They typically have 5-8 offspring at a time, and can have 5-10 litters a year. This happens FAST. The engineered feature will spread exponentially across the population, with no stopping it. It's an avalanche.

Slashdot Top Deals

If this is a service economy, why is the service so bad?