How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything
If there's no way to prove your idea wrong, it's not science.
I think this is by far the most pervasive misunderstanding of science that the general public hold.
Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money
Retro Game Crunch: http://retrogamecrunch.com/abo...
Sure, not as big-budget, but quite ambitious for a small team. And they delivered.
Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments
In a few iterations the Apple Watch will be untethered from the phone, have decent storage, and a slimmer form-factor than the monstrosity that was unveiled today.
In a world of tablets, smartphones and smartwatches, dedicated music-players are starting to look rather "quaint".
MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati
There's another MIT headline further down the front-page: "MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures"
I'm guessing timothy copy-pasted that headline then deleted everything except the first few characters, but forgot to zap the apostrophe. All to save himself the arduous task of typing "MIT".
Well, I'm just speculating, of course.
Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine
This is a tragic story, but why is this on Slashdot? This is indeed stuff that matters, but news for nerds? Not so much.
Hopefully the integrity of the site won't be compromised by the sudden outbreak of humanity.
Google's Project Zero Aims To Find Exploits Before Attackers Do
The Internet is insecure by design: http://www.worldofends.com/#BM...
Apple To Be Investigated By the EU Over Tax Affairs
In the face of the last 17 years of Apple's progress?
Does software write itself? Services? Store-fronts and their employees? How about hedging against future competition or cannibalisation? Against mistakes like MobileMe or exploding batteries? Against patent-wars with similarly well-endowed companies? Will the time come when they don't sell any more kit because everyone is too satisfied to bother upgrading anymore? Was the last WWDC Keynote an absolute firecracker because of the excitement over the new APIs, or a squib because they didn't announce an iWatch or a TV?
You hardware guys are weird.
Toyota Investigating Hovercars
...and replace them with bayonets poking out of the steering-column and pointed at the drivers face.
The roads would be full of careful drivers, well prepared for the upcoming wave of hover-vehicles.
Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?
... all your Google sites determinedly dumping you onto the wrong language and will simply find months of customer discussions of "it's still not fixed". It's even funnier when it turns out that there is a work around but it's in a different thread started some time after the first but with completely unassociated keywords and an explanation which, while correct is clearly incomprehensible to most of their customers.
Erm... Link please?
Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System
... devotees can pay an arm and a leg to be in the same room as the sacred dust motes.
Only if they're suspended in a Sun-beam!
Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show
Innovation != Invention
verb [ no obj. ]
make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products: the company's failure to diversify and innovate competitively.
[ with obj. ] introduce (something new, especially a product). we continue to innovate new products.
So yes, Apple innovates. They innovate on the execution of ideas, rather than invent new ones.
Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp
Steve Jobs would still be a amateur Geek in his garage if it were not for all the Giants of the industry that came before.
The whole computer industry would still be geeks in their garages if it weren't for Jobs.
That's not to say he's more important than Richie, but nerds like us need to recognise value outside of that which is purely technical.
Concerning stamps, you could put Balmer on for all I care.
Google Launches Cordova Powered Chrome Apps For Android and iOS
I thought the reference was this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
Nobody touches the Sockbaby!
Experiments Reveal That Deformed Rubber Sheet Is Not Like Spacetime
...sometimes saves a ton of explanation.
Scientists Set Bold Plan For Future Exploration of the Sun
...and leave behind an asbestos-flag.
Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise In 20 Years
... better directional control.
Really? In case of what, exactly? Klingons on the starboard bow?
Google Gets Driverless License For Nevada Roads
I wonder who's going to be immortalised as the first person to be killed by a computer-controlled car?
Anyone know the immortal name of the first person to be killed by a person-controlled car?
Record-Setting 100+ T Magnetic Field Achieved At Los Alamos
Why did they choose 100 Tesla as a target? Why not 117 Tesla? That is even more!
1.17 Holy Grails? That's crazy talk!
New iPad Jailbroken Already
Yes, I know that Apple removed pornographic and political apps from their App Store. It's their store, curated by their staff, running on their servers. I will admit it would have been courteous to have outlined a full set of ToC's before the developers spent time writing their apps (an especially shitty situation since devs have to pay $100 a year to get into the App Store, although Xcode is now a free download) but Apple have apologised for that now, and admit their curation standards are a work-in-progress. It's not a complete answer, but things have progressed beyond the sensational to the mundane.
Anyway, iOS users aren't really denied access to the content you mention, are they? They can still open Safari and browse to whatever they choose. Porn and political japery are mere taps away. You can even fire-up YouTube and watch video replays of RMS eating his own toe-jam in front of dozens of fellow free-software advocates. It's just that Apple offer a curated alternative. It's like apt-get, except with a nice GUI and a bunch of people who try to ensure no malware gets through.
Don't insist that everyone offering goods in a free-market should be forced to follow your ideals -- it smacks of the totalitarian. If what Apple is doing is wrong the people will vote with their feet and go elsewhere. So far, it looks like the iPad's drought of pornographic and political cartoon apps aren't really hurting the user-satisfaction surveys. Or Apple's bank-balance.
New iPad Jailbroken Already
Just a show of hands: Has anyone here installed an app on their regular computer -- that is to say, a compiled binary that isn't a web-browser -- that allows them to view political cartoons or pornography? If you have, can you vouch for the experience over using a web-browser?
I think it's time for someone to take their tinfoil hat off.
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