'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official
That plan has worked so well for the US so far.
I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...
Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry
"Folk" music seems to be largely forgotten by history.
There are a great number of folk and ancient music groups and organizations out there, and people interested in it overlap widely with people interested in classical. Also, many very famous composers (Dvorak, Brahms) regularly integrated folk music into their work to bring it to wider audiences, well before the days of recording and Alan Lomax.
As for who will be remembered? It's hard to say. Bach was largely forgotten for decades before multiple revivals throughout the centuries. A composer that has limited popular appeal can have a deep impact on other artists and performers that we don't see until after the hype fades. Elvis will probably be interesting to historians, but the many black artists he pulled much of his style from will likely be as much or more so.
More Bad News For the F-35
Except Air Superiority seems to be one of the things the F-35 is failing at.
Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay
Lots of senators have given their support to the NSA, some on stronger terms then Feinstein. I'm in no way excusing her, I completely disagree with her on this, but this is clearly an effort to continue to polarize an issue that is sadly a failure by both major parties.
Winamp Purchased By Radionomy
Anyone know anything about Radionomy? I still use win-amp at work, despite the bloat. I like the small 'strip' interface I can put up at the top of my window and I really haven't found a replacement, so I'd like to know if I can expect things to get better.. or worse.
Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?
If something goes wrong, then there will be an accent. Such is the nature of any endeavor. Yet I'd be willing to bet a passenger in a self-driven car with no user interaction will be far safer then a car with total human control.
I think wearable computing will take off...
Hi there *pause* Bob! How are the *pause* wife and 404 not found?
Why CES Is a Bad Scene For Startups
If you are looking at a physical product I find it's MUCH easier to gauge both the product and the company by seeing the object, even if just a prototype, in person. Can it still be junk or vaporware if they have a booth and demo? Of course, even from major companies sometimes. But it's still vastly more information talking to a person, getting a card, and looking at the physical item then some random spec-sheet from a company you've never heard of.
Also sometimes searching through a stack of papers for that random product you remember glancing at 3 years ago rather then trying to search through browser bookmarks works a lot better, for me at least.
What i don't need though is a huge stack of paper spec sheets for every single product and iteration, that I can get online, thank you.
Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers
If you post about it, there will be a record of how we will find you. What you have to do is not tell anyone how you are looking, then not tell anyone when you -do- find them. That way, they will never find out in the future how they were fond in the past and try to avoid it when they travel back in time.
Logically, since nobody has ever posted proof of time travelers, that means they must have found some.
US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month
When someone comes up with a phosphor which can decently approximate a blackbody spectrum, let me know.
How long do your computer mice last?
It would almost be easier for me to list the ones that have broken then put a lifespan to them.
Ever since I have moved to optical USB mice, of the dozens that I have used at home or work, only 3 no longer work. Ironically 2 of those were "high end" mice. The budget Microsoft and Logitech mice seem to last forever. I only just replaced the original Microsoft optical wheel mouse my grandmother had after ~10 years of use after a button broke. My other ones of that era are still going fine.
EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet
People die every day because another driver is going unsafe speeds on the road, but despite what all those deaths add up to it's only in the most extreme cases of reckless driving is anything more then a ticket given.
I agree with the sentiment that this is a behavior is one that should be curbed for countless good reasons. This though is clearly a case where an arrest is completely inappropriate. A citation would likely have stopped the offender with a net gain for law enforcement rather then the cost of an arrest and the fighting and bad publicity that this is going to lead to.
Stopping the unwanted activity at a net gain to the tax payer seems like a much better deal to me.
Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Beautiful Network Cable Trays?
Yes, this exactly.
Keep the tray as small and unobtrusive as possible, you actually want to see as much of the cable as possible. Don't try to hide the but find a professional installer that will make the cables neat, tidy as possible. Belden and cables and others have a wide range of colors that you could offer and you could probably find a nice bold one to go with what the designer might like. It could actually be something of a feature if this is a design/tech kind of company.
A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP
It wasn't just that private people became interested after investment in the infrastructure. Government institutions like many public universities had a major part in making use of that infrastructure in a way that was interesting to private people.
Big companies aren't much interested in risky bets when they have a stable business, and little generally companies don't have the resources unless they have some other source of money. Big bets need to be made sometimes for big success, but the flip side is also sometimes they don't pay off. Losing bets once in a while isn't a failure, it's just the cost of progress.
Support For NASA Spending Depends On Perception of Size of Space Agency Budget
Why? The universe doesn't need us, and won't miss us when we're gone. Whether we're on one planet, or a million, nothing lasts forever.
Frankly deferring massive amounts of resources to putting some people in cans on a frozen rock will probably worsen our chances for progress and survival. If we are concerned about our fate and want humankind to do something interesting with our future we should be putting our money in research and pure sciences. I think some sort of manned spaceflight program is probably an important part of those sciences, but massive engineering projects as a monument to our narcissism just seems like a waste of our resources.
BBC Unveils Newly Discovered Dr.Who Episodes
At the time it was normal not to save TV shows. There was no home video market then, and for a long time not even really 'reruns'.
I'd bet that if you had some sort of time traveling box and went back to talk to people paying their TV tax then, they'd complain that the BBC would be wasting their money on all the storage of a TV show for no reason. Then you would have to fight some sort of robot men. At least I'm pretty sure how that would go.
HDMI 2.0 Officially Announced
Getting rid of other sorts of outputs such as analog, DVI or HD-SDI (which already had audio with video) certainly is all about DRM. We are forced to use HDMI, even where it is not the appropriate transport. It's a big, expensive problem for commercial and even some residential installations that now have to deal with short signal ranges and the extra points of failure that go with the two-way authentication protocols.
HDMI is being pushed, forced, in these areas that have nothing to do with having audio and video on the same cable for no other reason then DRM.
New, Canon-Faithful Star Trek Series Is In Pre-Production
The reboot is indeed more accessible, but only by making it yet another summer action movie. I'm not really sure what it contributes to the plethora of other summer action movies other then some familiar characters and some references and homages thrown in. Frankly, in fact, I think the last movie went beyond homage or reboot well into rip-off Territory.
I don't find anything bad about movies and other forms of entertainment that are made to have wide appeal. I enjoy a great many of them, but the change in direction of ST is only a gain for ticket sales, not for what made it a unique work. At the end of the day of course, studios are there to make money, so I don't begrudge them exactly, or think they are going to change on my smaller opinion, but I do think a loss more then a gain by other metrics.
Bradley Manning and the 'Hacker Madness' Scare Tactic
I think it's fair to point out here that the EFF are lawyers too.
If you are accused of committing a crime you didn't commit, but nobody believes you. I can't really imagine how grateful I would be for someone who's job it is to help me, whether he believes me or not.
Certainly I have no respect for a lawyer who uses lies and manipulation, and maybe there is something fundamentally broken in our justice system, but I think that the profession of a lawyer is at it's heart still an important one and a key to a just system.
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