The Space Shuttle Discovery's Last Mile (Video)
Entertainment and recreation.
Ask Slashdot: What Do You Like To Read?
George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire is fantastic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_of_ice_and_fire
You may be familiar with the first novel A Game of Thrones, made into an HBO mini-series.
Google Buzz Buzzing Away
Where I come from, the difference between the 80%-ers and the 100%-ers is like comparing amateurs to professionals.
NASA Strikes Gold and Water On the Moon
I know you feel our chances are dim, but don't you hope for more from us as a species than to be forever relegated to this planet? Is that all we were ever meant to be? Earth-bound? At some point we need to take that next step away from here and it will never make "sense" to do so in the short term. I just think the payoffs would be huge, the knowledge gained worth it, and the species as a whole would be motivated to do more than what we're mired in now.
Google's CEO Warns Kids Will Have to Change Names to Escape "Cyber Past"
It is the insatiable thirst of the human ego. It's why reality TV has taken off. Everybody wants to be noticed for some reason. Everyone at one time or another thinks that what they've just thought or done is either funny enough or important enough for people to know about immediately. It's generally not the case, but now there's nothing to stop you from announcing it globally. "Look at me!"
Google's Free Satnav Outperforms TomTom
The dedicated device vs. multi-function device is a scale determined by the end user's convenience level. From your description, you're willing to sacrifice convenience (i.e. carrying only 1 device) for efficiency. There are a lot of folks who weigh the convenience side more heavily. I always thought that's how the .mp3 player market emerged because of the convenience of carrying around your entire music collection on one device. The sacrifice to audio quality was deemed less important.
George Lucas C&Ds 'Lightsaber Laser'
As my wife is so fond of saying...."It's all about the packaging."
Senate Panel Approves Cybersecurity Bill
Who decides how dire is dire enough?
Mark Knopfler, obviously.
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EMI Cannot Unbundle Pink Floyd Songs
If I recall correctly, 'twas Nick Mason who uttered those words.
Triumph of the Cyborg Composer
I like to think Burton's soul spawned the Swedish Melodic Death Metal scene and all of In Flames, Dark Tranquility and At The Gates music has a piece of him in it.
Push To End Online Gambling Ban Gains Steam
It seems like poker, played against other RL opponents, would be outside the bounds of this, although there's no guarantee that you won't be stuck at a table with a bunch of other people colluding to take your money (or one person playing several seats).
No guarantee, but there are plenty of safeguards. The two biggest online poker sites, PokerStars and Full Tilt, each take colluding very seriously and if a player suspects something, they are encouraged to report it. With respect to one person playing several seats, there are also ways to detect and prevent that too. The above two risks you mention are very minimal and not really something to worry about at all.
LHC Knocked Out By Another Power Failure
Excellent Prince of Darkness reference.
If the Comments Are Ugly, the Code Is Ugly
I once mis-spelled the word "fogger" by typing "flogger." I hadn't realized it until a co-worker need to port my code to another application. We left it as flogger simply for amusement. The code worked properly though.
Secret Copyright Treaty Leaks. It's Bad. Very Bad.
Dollars to donuts the moderators who marked your comment Interesting have no idea what you're doing here. But I do. Nicely done.
Visualizing False Positives In Broad Screening
See the section on drug testing.
Algorithms Can Make You Pretty
it's unsurprising to me that Viceroy Potatohead would have trouble differentiating pictures of people who've had their facial features moved around
I rarely post any longer on Slashdot. But the timing and delivery of your comment elicited a true LOL and for that I applaud you.