top Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License
Obligitory: "I soviet Russia, the government readily believes anything about YOU".
top Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG
But JPEG2000 was absolutely crawling with patents like maggots and worms writhing through the very core of its being. If that didn't put everyone off then I don't know what would? Certainly ruined my lunch.
DJVU was another contender but it just happened to be tagged on to a PDF-like docuemnt format and not widely known as just an image format.
Finally, anything that was not (properly) supported by Internet Explorer ten years ago was a dead duck. And Microsoft and Apple actively snub any open format if they can get away with (like Vorbis, WebM etc).
about a month and a half ago
top Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco
And the next one will probably be a
distributed system that can't be shut down.
top We Are Running Out of Sand
With scary headlines like this there is certainly a fantastic opportunity to sell insurance there. I can imagine the sales pitch now, "This time you were lucky, it was the wrong type of sand, but..."
top Microsoft Makes Office Mobile Editing Free As in Freemium
More like if Norton, McAffee and other bloatware manufaturers also make applications for Linux that PC World aggressively ram down the throat of anyone trying to buy a PC, then Linux has taken over. Because its only that additional bloatware that actually gives places like PC World any profit at all and an insentive to sell PCs. I wouldn't be surprised if the PC itself was sold at a loss.
MS Office is definitely one of the apps places like PC World try to push at the checkout.
top Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?
Why even mess with it? A clock is an instrument to indicate the time of day. Do I want a ruler where everything is offset by 1cm or a speedo that is offset by 10mph? Of course not. Instruments should do their best to tell things the way it is.
top OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday
Chapter 11, that is, for Microsoft.
top The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real
What's that all about then? Are you telling me that their IS no ColdFusion? That Adobe is the name of a garden gnome? That CFML is just a crazy rant?
top Why Munich Will Stick With Linux
Especially home computers. I remember at least two conversations I had in the last week were people were telling me how their machines are gummed up with adware and viruses that their AV software missed and that after they clean their computer with Malwarebytes or did a complete reinstall the whole virus party came back. So I aksed, "Are you sure you want to continue with Windows?"
top Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?
If you ask me all Slashdotters are morons who just haven't figurued yet out just how right I am.
top Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space
Just wondering. If the resolution limit is imposed by a restriction, then what would a satellite be able to do if the only limitation was technological?
I remember seeing a documentary about leaked details of satellites that could read the headlines off a newspaper in the early 1970s, but they would have had very low orbits and didn't stay up long, mainly because they would run out of film.
top Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome
More likely the Netfix website code just assumes that any desktop Linux build is incompatible because that has historically always been the case. Now it isn't anymore perhaps it will version check Chrome on Linux and decide whenever the Netflix devs get around to it, though I can't see it being much of a priority to them however much I would like it to be.
top Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly
Why are the stats so different from different sources? StatCounter puts Chrome at 46% for desktop browser share and IE at 20%.
top UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters
Just filter the results for images where the author has given permission for free commercial use and, if requrired, modification. It would be great to teach kids to find, support and create free licensed material than to teach them to make their future boss have to pay for licenses and then insist that their boss pays for them to use only Photoshop to edit it.
top UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws
Is basically this: "...will receive cross-party support..."
Everything that erodes privacy or impinges on liberties such as overbearing police powers, mass spying, rampant drug prohbition etc. It all gets unquestioned and unchallenged "cross party support".
top Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit
If someone sued me for defamation as a Wikipedia editor I'd just distort the article about the court case to make them and the judge look like ogres. That would fix them!
top Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick
Excuse me while I just poke one of my useless eyes out. It was a gimmick, apparently.
Am I the only one who actually enjoys watching 3D movies? It's just the glasses that are a pain. They dim the picture and flicker against other light sources, especially cheap LED bulbs.
top Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide
It reformatted the drives and put
Windows on them. Eeewww! That's gross!
top Open Source Program To Give Voters More Active Role In Government
German newspaper Der Spiegel once called the movement 'a grassroots democracy where no one is showing up to participate.'"
They were obviously astroturfing by not showing up to participate.
top Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?
Also, on top of S-Video output, make sure it has all the latest VHS quality enhancements such as S-VHS (probaby has if it has a S-VIDEO output -duh!) and FM sound. Although it won't help with tapes that were never recorded in these formats, it will certainly bring out the best of the tapes that were.
For old analogue audio recordings, being able to tweak the audio head azimuth will help bring out the best of the recording. I also consider this essential for archiving cassette and open reel recordings. You have to hear how much difference being able to tweak aziumuth makes to believe it. It is a critical adjustment and the playback azimuth has to match that of the recorder otherwise all your top end goes down the plug-hole and it sounds washed out.
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