Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


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 It's the blades... errr... glasses, stupid! (Score 1) 399

The problem as I see it with home-based 3D technologies was quite simple: the hardware vendors attempted to implement a rather clumsy variation on the classic Razor Blade business model, by attempting to turn those required 3D glasses into a cash cow. (The clumsy bit being that their 3D TVs were by no means cheap.)

The thing is, people go to the theater and they get to use cheap passive glasses to watch a 3D movie, and after the movie they are encouraged to "recycle" the glasses... but nobody really bothers to police this because, well, they're cheap and everybody knows it. Then these same consumers go out to buy a fancy new 3D TV, only to be told that they also have to spend anywhere from $30 to $100 per pair for decent quality active glasses... which are virtually guaranteed to wind up broken in short order, resulting in unreasonably high ongoing replacement costs. Thus, many consumers never even bother to buy the glasses to go with their new 3D setup, much less the overpriced 3D versions of their favorite movies. (I certainly haven't.)

Or to put it more simply: Most people don't like to feel like they're being gouged.

Comment Re:13 million pages of evidence of misspent tax $$ (Score 1) 88

The time and money wasted preparing all of this and putting it out on the web is still less than the time and money wasted responding to thousands of FOIA requests and lawsuits from those same conspiracy theorists.
In the end, they probably save a lot of money doing this just to get rid of the FIOA hassle.

That assumes that the conspiracy theorists are actually going to back off. If instead we anticipate that the conspiracy theorists might not be persuaded by this mass document release, and instead they choose to view the entire release as part of the conspiracy, (as I alluded in my addendum) then we should expect the FOIA requests and lawsuits to continue unabated.

In other words... your conclusion relies upon people to actually be reasonable. My (admittedly snarky) conclusion assumes the opposite. The reality is probably somewhere in the middle.

Comment Re:13 million pages of evidence of misspent tax $$ (Score 1) 88

That's what this is. $58 billion a year we spend on intelligence. The vast majority of it a complete and total waste of money.

These released documents were indeed wasted time and money... which is obviously why they were releasable in the first place. We can only speculate on the value of documents which are still deemed to be classified.

An addendum: What might be more maddening to the conspiracy theorists, though, is that there are really no guarantees that the released documents are in full agreement with all of those classified and still unreleased intelligence documents... (evil grin)

The truth is out there...

Comment Re:What do you know. (Score 1) 246

The test was good. It was Safari that had the flaw. ...

I disagree, at least in part. The setting which was modified for testing purposes was intended to disable local caching of webpages, correct? Theoretically this was done in order to simulate a more accurate representation of real world performance, by pulling static test pages across the network instead of from the local cache. I don't know about you, but my own browsing habits do not have me frequently reloading static pages; rather, I'm loading various dynamic pages throughout the day, such as Google search results, Slashdot, Ars Technica, a webmail interface... etc. Certain of these pages will sometimes -- but not every time -- require a network fetch. That is to say, now and then the browser determines that a page has not been updated since the last fetch, and so that page can reasonably be pulled from the cache instead of over the network. Very obviously, that's the whole point of the cache. Therefore, an accurate testing scenario would by necessity have to include some mixture of dynamic pages alongside the static pages within the test suite, so that toggling hidden settings not commonly used by the general public would not be required in order to facilitate a "more accurate" simulated testing environment.

That said: It's a peculiar side effect that they happened upon a bug in that hidden setting, and the existence of that bug was indeed Apple's fault. However, the fact that Consumer Reports based their recommendation on tests which have proven to be poor representations of the systems performance, and as of yet they have failed to update their review to account for that... that firmly leaves us in a mixed responsibility scenario, with Consumer Reports sharing some of the fault as well. Apple has performed their due diligence by fixing their bug and patching it for the next beta build; Consumer Reports now needs to likewise complete their due diligence, by updating the article accordingly upon receipt of that fixed build. (Or, you know... I suppose they could fix their tests in a more permanent fashion, by simply adding a few artificially generated dynamic pages to their test server, and not using hidden and/or non-default features during testing in the first place. Creating those dynamic pages wouldn't even remotely be difficult; a basic random number generator and just about any server-side scripting environment would handily do the trick.)

... As for actual user, you do know that Macs are popular among web designers?

The original poster should have said "typical user" rather than "actual user" -- but nonetheless, I would still have to call this a red herring; it's largely immaterial to the testing scenario under discussion. But if it is pertinent at all, then I would suggest that it's probably still quite common for manufacturers to (rightly) cry foul when a supposedly impartial reviewer changes the default settings of a unit under testing, generating adverse test results... just as it's common for reviewers and users alike to cry foul, when manufacturers attempt to pull the same stunt to inflate test results.

Comment Big family = no-brainer (Score 1) 341

My home theater consists of a mid-range 1080p projector giving me 110 inches and a mid-range 5.1 Bose, driven by a Mac Mini. By far and away not the most impressive home theater in the world... but certainly good enough for most viewing -- particularly when you consider that I also have seven kids, one of whom is autistic and prone to noisy behavior and to leaving his seat frequently, and on top of that, my best friend also has four kids. So even not taking into account extended family, I would absolutely go for early release to home in a heartbeat. The number of viewers in my core group alone would make such a system pay for itself after only a few kids' movies, and occasional adult movies with friends would be a not-terribly-difficult splurge, particularly considering how expensive theaters have gotten. So even with a moderate upfront cost, as some of the options have suggested, this would still be a complete no-brainer for me.

That said... I would still go to the theater with my wife, on occasional date nights. You have to get away from the kids entirely for a little while every now and then, or you'll go stir crazy!

Submission + - With Bioelectronic Medicine, You Can Zap a Nerve to Stop Bleeding (

the_newsbeagle writes: A seriously wounded person can bleed out within minutes. So first responders, battlefield medics, and surgeons will all be interested in this new technology: a "neural tourniquet" that stops blood loss by zapping a nerve. The handheld device stimulates the vagus nerve to send an electrical signal through the nerve to the spleen, where the blood cells responsible for forming clots receive instructions. This signal primes the cells so that they form clots faster if they encounter a wound anywhere in the body; a study in pigs showed 40% less bleeding time and 50% less blood loss. A startup called Sanguistat is testing the device first as a treatment for postpartum hemorrhage.

Comment We don't need no stinkin' browser share... (Score 1) 322

Gee, I had no idea that Microsoft was so adamant about minimizing the market share of Edge. Because this is a sure fire way to guarantee that Windows users have no interest in ever launching their new fledgling browser. Kudos to you, Microsoft, for advocating for third party browsers! Hey, I'll be more then happy to help out, by tossing those pesky Edge shortcuts on every Windows 10 box I come across...

Comment Ambiguity, much? (Score 1) 112

... "About 82% of households that use a TV currently subscribe to a pay-TV service," Bruce Leichtman of Leichtman Research said...

That statement could use some clarification; I consider myself to be a cord-cutter, with an internet-only broadband connection, (no landline and no "cable" TV subscription, premium channels or otherwise) but it would be easy to argue that I should be included in this statistic, because I subscribe to both Hulu and Netflix. Which is it? Am I really a cord-cutter, or am I simply subscribing to the next generation of "premium" services?

Comment Alternatively, you could just... (Score 1) 347

Anyone who's been a MacHead for more than a few years knows that you always try to avoid buying overpriced commodity add-ons from Apple; you buy them from Amazon, Newegg or the like. In this situation, for example, you might choose to just use your existing charging cable with a USB-C to USB3 adapter for $10, saving fifteen bucks over the Apple adapter cable.

Submission + - Google interview process big turn off for experienced engineers (

mysterious_mark writes: There's an article in the Business Insider discussing how the interview process at Google is really just geared for recent CS grads, and makes no sense for experienced engineers. Apparently the only criteria to work at Google is one's ability to do white board code problems, actual engineering experience counts for nothing. This may explain why the average engineer at Google is under 30, the problem is partly due to age discrimination, and also because older and more experienced engineers simply don't want to deal with the interview process.

Comment Apple is no more intransigent than YOU. (Score 1) 289

"Apple is seeking for itself the exclusive use of Australia's existing NFC terminal infrastructure for the making of integrated mobile payments using iOS devices. Yet, this infrastructure was built and paid for by Australian banks and merchants for the benefit of all Australians."

Let's just parse this a bit more closely, and see what it boils down to: "Apple is seeking ... exclusive use of ... integrated mobile payments using iOS devices."

Whoops. What was that? Apple wants to profit from the hardware and software that they themselves developed? Huh.

Now, the banks' real point: "... this infrastructure [that is, the existing NFC terminals] was built and paid for by Australian banks and merchants for the benefit of all Australians." Oh. So the truth of the matter is, you want to retain control over your ecosystem, and Apple wants to retain control over their ecosystem. Isn't that something?

Funny thing is, the banks (worldwide) do indeed have full control over their respective ecosystems; all they have to do is ignore Apple, and implement something on Android. Unless, of course, that's too much work for them, or possibly not as profitable as Apple's iOS ecosystem, for some reason...

Bottom line: the banks are just trying to find a way to maximize their share of the profits, pure and simple. Nothing much to see, here... just your standard money grab.

Slashdot Top Deals

Disk crisis, please clean up!