Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'
the most famous gun battles in American history were in towns that had active gun bans,I am of course referring to dodge city and tombstone,doesnt mean a gun ban cant work but it is a mixed blessing at best even with the best lawman in history backing it up
Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site
Socrates said this same stuff about the next generation thousands of years ago,before any modern advancement etc. ancient things get ruined,thats why they are called ruins. the smart people will make things better enough that it mostly negates the idiots.when it doesn't work anymore finally,well thats when we go to mars and try again.
MIT Students Release Code To 3D-Print High Security Keys
In USA, you 3d print a custom key after months of work. In Soviet Russia, you just use a sledge hammer.
Project Anonymizes Your Writing Style To Hide Your Identity
Those blend right in with the rest of the internet.
Robert Boisjoly Dies At 73, the Engineer Who Tried To Stop the Challenger Launch
It's one thing if your dimwitted construction boss makes you use 4x4's when 2x4's will do, but this is the space shuttle, you'd think they could source someone who can do the following:
1. listen to an engineer when they are telling you its gonna blow up
2. realize you dont want it to blow up
3. take the stand necessary to make sure it doesnt blow up
Whenever i try to watch a launch live, they cancel it from like slight wind or a bird within 5 miles, I don't understand why they HAD to launch that day with such a big objection. Note: I saw the challenger live... i won't ever forget that.
Man Claiming He Invented the Internet Sues
prior art - "Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web together with Robert Cailliau, built the first working prototype in late 1990 and early 1991. That first prototype consisted of a web browser for the NeXTStep operating system. This first web browser, which was named "WorldWideWeb," had a graphical user interface and would be recognizable to most people today as a web browser. However, WorldWideWeb did not support graphics embedded in pages when it was first released. "
I believe that's called checkmate!
Selling Used MP3s Found Legal In America
Mp3's and other digital media actually do exist in the form of 0's and 1's that are present in some sort of electrical charge or optical divot. rabbits are easy to duplicate and you can sell those, so the ease of duplication does not preclude something which exists from being sellable.
The Zuckerberg Tax
See Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Mark to Market was a primary cause of their implosion which really kicked off our current economic situation as much as any housing issues did.
Pink Floyd Engineer Alan Parsons Rips Audiophiles, YouTube and Jonas Brothers
Have you ever heard an audiophile system for real? I have. You can hear a difference between that and your crap sony at home. if you can't, then you are missing out because I sure can hear a difference. It's like they are in the room with you. It's spooky.
The Zero of 3D Computer Animation
This is almost all realtime animation via the one mainframe on campus, Chuck mentioned that what looks like a light pen may be a 3d static pen interface that Chuck and the other PhD's working on the grant had to develop because no such thing existed before that. All the art shown is "wireframe" vector art, they simulated the fill effect with lots of lines close together.
TSA Investigates Pilot Who Exposed Security Flaws
How much of this security theater can be solved with a bomb-sniffing dog? Instead of checking each new thing for a bomb and still not being able to find them, a dog can just smell the explosive wherever it happens to be hidden. But no, we don't want to do that, that's too obvious, cheap, and easy. We'd much rather have a 1000x more expensive, incomplete and cumbersome solution.
The Odd Variations On 3G Per-Megabyte Pricing
3g is wireless, and wireless varies on cost depending on coverage. A 5mb connection with nearly seamless nationwide coverage can't cost the same to maintain as a 5mb connection that has spotty intermittent coverage, and that cost has to be passed on. What you suggest is that a speed limited rolls royce should cost the same as a same-speed limited honda civic.
Analyzing Game Journalism
The main issue seems to be in the ratings systems. Game reviews rate games on an absolute scale, not a relative scale. If reviewers honestly rated EA's crap games relative to EA's gems, then there would be a whole lot of sub-5 ratings. However, even a relatively crap EA game, assuming you had never played a game before in your life, is still an impressive piece of work. Consumers would have to start demanding relative scales on ratings before they would help out in selecting a game for anyone but someone who had perhaps never played a game before, in which case any major release correctly would be really impressive to that person... until they play one that really is a 10/10 on the relative scale.
Why Don't We Finish More Games?
That's easy, many of today's games don't have linear gameplay or a proper ending. I bet lots of people finish games that have level 1-10 and then you win. How do you "win" world of warcraft? Sure, people finish the quests, etc. and in that way, they are finishing the game because the game doesnt have any other "you win" at some point.
Replacing Sports Bloggers With an Algorithm
Good thing for regular news here in the USA that our news isn't data-driven... it's opinion driven, and you need a person to make up an opinion... or do you? I'm pretty sure someone could generate the fox news content just by scanning cnn's articles and negating all of the opinion statements.
Bees Beat Machines At 'Traveling Salesman' Problem
The computer isn't going to die if it doesn't get the right path, the bee might. Death is a remarkably strong motivator to be efficient.
The Time Travel Paradoxes of Back To the Future
You mean to tell me that in the movie about the time travelling, flying delorean, that runs variously on a fusion engine and stolen libyan plutonium, that there's something unrealistic about the plot of that movie? NOOOO!
Proving 0.999... Is Equal To 1
(obviously 10*.3=3 not 10.3)
Proving 0.999... Is Equal To 1
oh yeah? watch this. A=.3
subtract a from both sides
thus a=1! but a=.3! so does .3=1? This is why I get paid the big bucks. Don't try to do a digit proof that .99999... = 1.
Take This GUI and Shove It
" If you write a script, you're certain that the changes made will be identical on each box. If you're doing them all by hand, you aren't.'"
No... if you write a script, you're certain that the change ATTEMPT made is the same. The changes may very well not be the same, if one of the boxes is messed up, but you can be certain it wasn't because you did it differently on that box. That's the difference between a GUI and a CLI... you get a same attempt guarantee, which allows you to blame the box instead of yourself when management comes asking why it failed.
Book is done
My first book of software horror stories, 'ship that pig', is done. Let me know if you want a copy. Digital copies are "free" as long as I know who's getting them, and paper copies are $5 plus shipping.
Slashdot user graph
Is there a graph of the number of slashdot users over time somewhere? I joined in about july of 1997, and I guess I joined right in the initial flood of users.
2007: The ultimate computer of the future predictions
It is 2007, and technology continues to advance at an amazing pace. But to what end? What would the ultimate computer of the future be capable of? Using the paradigm of today's PC's, I propose the following measures for determining that we have built an "ultimate computer":
1. Even with its throughput maxed out, it would take you a lifetime (~80 years) to fill the capacity alloted when you purchased the system (might not require local storage).
2. The computer can run all available applications simultaneously without a noticable performance impact.
3. The computer can run any application or access any data from over the internet at least as fast as it can access the information from any local media.
4. All your documents and information are available securely from any computer, regardless of which computer has actually stored them.
5. Any foreign document can open with a virtualization of the program it requires, with no delay, just as if the program were already installed.
More? Are these all a complete joke? With the availability of 37 Terabyte HDD's pending, I think the ultimate computer may be closer than we realize.
Ask slashdot: are the ancient pyramids of Bosnia real?
The Register reports through an expert interview that the so-called Bosnian pyramids may in fact be a natural phenomenon. The photographs of the excavation appear to tell a different story, especially the incredibly artifical-looking surface stone tiling. So are these real man-made pyramids, or are they naturally occurring river rock that happened to shatter into a pattern that looks just like man-made stonework?
Somewhat egregious Troll modding
For some reason, comments that I figure would normally be modded as 'funny' are now getting modded as 'troll'... I don't think I'm getting that much more jaded, I actually have been in a good mood, so there must be someone out there taking things kinda hard. IMHO, "Troll" is supposed to be for comments that incite people to get into a tirade, "Flamebait" is a subset of "Troll" but limited to on-topic comments. Am I totally off base here?
What happened to programming manuals?
Here's a test to see how bad documentation has become. Grab the doc from the software company that wrote your favorite app/language/etc. and tell me:
what a sample call looks like in context (i.e. a multi-line source snippet)?
what types of parameters I can call it with? Do we know the base classes, etc.?
what happens when I call it with a NULL parameter? Error messages that may eminate and why?
If there is a question as to what kind of information should be provided
in the documentation, refer to user/programming manuals from a
few years back. They used to have all this information in them; in fact,
you could practically learn the product from scratch using the manual.
Now I have to go buy 5-10 third-party books and even then I don't get the
whole picture. A single, modest-sized programming manual can cover every
example needed for a day-to-day development reference. Developers
shouldn't have to spend hours doing research and support just to find out
how any given function of the product is supposed to work, don't you
agree? I don't think an experienced developer should need to memorize
everything from a $3000 class (because there's no written manual anywhere)
in order to navigate the app either. Any software is only as
useful as its manuals allow it to be.
Could Philanthropy Produce 100% Free( i.e. ownable ) Music?
With the efforts of a billionaire or a hedge fund, could people band together and start to buy the rights away from record labels? I think they could. If the market truly wants to allow freedom to use your purchased music, and the labels aren't compatible, why don't we all just buy the complete rights to catalogs one at a time until we have them all. If the hedge company legally owns the music, it can be distributed as they see fit, which should be "buy once, play anywhere", IMHO.
IT-related horror stories wanted for book
I am looking for true IT-related horror stories (brief anecdotes are fine) that I can use for a book I'm writing. The book discusses how any given IT worker encounters confounding and stressful situations at any time. I will also discuss solutions which although obvious, are ignored by management to the detriment of the IT workforce. Since I'll have to anonymize the stories in the book, I can probably get you a t-shirt or a signed copy for your contribution, *IF* I am able to get a good publishing deal.
Related links/stories: http://politics.slashdot.org/politics/06/08/18/132233.shtml
my first computer
The first computer I personally used was a Macintosh. I mean the original, Circa 1984. I used many computers more "out of date" than that over the years, though. The first computer I personally owned was an IBM PC XT, 1.0 Mhz, 10 MB HDD! Oh yeah, the games were rockin' on that thing. I often reminisce about the days of yore, playing Ultima 3, 4, 5 on Apple hardware, going through Mad Magazine for the logo program to draw some hideous picture on the screen... great stuff. Anyone else remember the good old/new/older days?
Someone recently commented that "If it wasn't for the Bible, the USA wouldn't be here." That's true, but for a different reason than first meets the eye. The Bible caused our forefathers to flee their countries and move to create the USA -- so they would be FREE FROM state-mandated religions. They didn't come here to establish a country in the name of a particular religion. They may have been fueled by religion to do certain things, but they certainly didn't write it into the constitution explicitly, because that's exactly what they were trying to get away from.
When people say to stop and smell the roses in life, they mean that life's not all about hard facts. It's interesting to read opinions. Fiction is an opinion. Poems are opinions. Art is an opinion. If we were to all assume that opinions were worthless unless we knew their source to be of a certain pedigree, we would be restricting our world view considerably. We'd probably end up not enjoying things as much as we ought to. I urge everyone to simply enjoy life and not worry about whether person A's opinions matter "more" than person B's, because A has XYZ and B doesn't. If I have a billion dollars, does that make my opinions more correct than yours? Of course not, they're opinions, not facts.