VA Tech Experiment: Polar Vortex May Decimate D.C. Stinkbugs In 2014
Loss of one species in an environment can have enormous ripple effects.
FTFA, Stinkbugs were first observed in the US in 1998.
Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters
Totally fine with that if allow anyone to lay cable.
Right now, only ONE cable company is allowed to operate in any one area. Which means they cannot compete with each other.
What about laying fiber? My cable choice between Brighthouse and FiOS shows this can be done.
Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest
I own a Nest thermostat and while it's a great and innovative device I don't see the company being worth $3.2B.
To be fair, we don't know what products Nest has in the pipeline that only Google and their other investment partners know about.
Also, remember, Google Ventures was a big shareholder early on in Nest - they may effectively be paying themselves quite a chunk of change.
How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School
Fortunately, not only did the founding fathers author the Constitution, they also transcribed their struggles in each side fighting for what they believed belonged in the Constitution. These were called the Federalist Papers, and demonstrate how completely wrong you are.
Not to mention the numerous state constitutions at the time that were worded more bluntly regarding the individual right to bear arms.
Cloud Storage Comparison: Benchmarking From Afar
Well, essentially that's the backend for Dropbox - they are a service built on top of S3.
However, if you don't need your files often, but rather just want a place to archive them, you can take a look at Amazon Glacier - an archiving and backup solution. You can even implement lifecycle policies inside your S3 buckets to automatically move files older than X days from S3 to Glacier, which is much cheaper.
How To FIx Healthcare.gov: Go Open-Source!
there isn't some mystical open source fairy that can tell you how to correctly predict load for a system like this and make all the infrastructure work the way you want it to.
You mean they haven't built an infrastructure whereby you can design and build your software to support a near-infinite level of scaling?
If only we lived in a world where Amazon Web Services and their competitors existed.
Geeks.com Online Shop Has Closed
Wall Street still keeps their stock price up because of rising revenues so Amazon can borrow money with impunity to make up for these losses. This allows them to keep dropping prices even when they are losing money. A small company cannot do this.
Sure they can, though likely they will do it through private equity, not Wall Street. The problem is that few small companies know how to dramatically increase their revenue by creating new industries like cloud computing, and reselling sunk costs like external fulfillment.
It isn't hard to raise revenues when you don't have to care about profitability or cash flow when setting your prices.
Do you really think Amazon doesn't care about profitability or cash flow? Do you believe their business model is, "Fuck it, sell it at a loss, Wall Street will bail us out?"
Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC
Back in January, the ENTIRE state of Florida was awaken by an emergency Amber alert sent to their phones:
The Glorious Return of the Twinkie
with rumored shelf life on the order of the time span to cool a white dwarf to room temperature
From the AP:
During bankruptcy proceedings, Hostess had said that its overall sales had been declining, although the company didn't give a breakout on the performance of individual brands. But Seban is confident Twinkies will have staying power beyond its re-launch.
As for the literal shelf-life, Seban is quick to refute the snack cake's fabled indestructibility.
"Forty-five days - that's it," he said. "They don't last forever."
Apple's War Against Jailbreaking Now Makes Perfect Sense
Whats wrong with IMEI blacklisting.
Carrier unlocking, and the fact that a locked out iPhone still makes a great iPod Touch.
Why DOJ Didn't Need a "Super Search Warrant" To Snoop On Fox News' E-mail
everybody thinks that as long as
they can drive to a ball game and have a beer everything is just fine.
And soon they won't even be able to do that.
Robotic Bartender Assembles Your Drink, Monitors Alcohol Consumption
Just have a bouncer at the door and disallow underage patrons.
A Computer-based Smart Rifle With Incredible Accuracy, Now On Sale
Where do you draw the line between what is and isn't a firearm?
Does the 2nd Amendment allow (in your mind at least) a citizen to have a rocket launcher or a laser gun?
A good question and one that comes up often. The United States Supreme Court has actually clarified the answer to your question in Heller v. DC (2008):
2. Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court's opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller's holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those "in common use at the time" finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons. Pp. 54-56.
Basically, if a firearm is in common use and not unusual, it shall be protected, but no, the "rocket launcher" would be considered unusual.
Mayer Terminates Yahoo's Remote Employee Policy
You're right... Remote working doesn't work when it's a small part of the team. The rest communicates via their usual face to face measures, and the remote worker is isolated.
When the whole team works remotely, though, the methods of communication change to accommodate.
A Tale of Two Databases, Revisited: DynamoDB and MongoDB
Did he compare MongoDB to the correct product then? I'd love to have seen him also include Amazon SimpleDB.
Experience the New Slashdot Mobile Site
Why would I want to do this?
Maybe you wouldn't. And maybe someone else does. That's why it's an option.
Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA
A typical register will have something like $50 in change sitting in there
Not in today's day of Cash Back on debit cards, they don't.
CC transactions often take just as long, if not longer than cash.
On what, dialup terminals? CC transactions can be nearly instant, and many retailers (Walmart, for one) notify you to swipe your credit card while the clerk scans your items, not afterwards.
Multi-State AT&T U-Verse Outage Enters Third Day
I imagine there isn't a single carrier that offers an SLA for residential customers.
Become a business customer, however, and they'll offer an SLA - over those very same cables delivering your formerly-residential account (I know, I used to have Road Runner Business Class with the same frequent outages).
In other words, you get what you pay for. Just like you can buy a First Class ticket with all the amenities of the 'glory days' of flying; every industry is embracing (or exploring) tiers of service.
Intel Leaving Desktop Motherboard Business
The real reason the desktop pc is on the decline is that it can be upgraded and made to last a very long time. Contrast that with a laptop, ultrabook, tablet or phone which are all disposable devices.
Well, no kidding. I know you didn't mean for this, but rather meant for an anti-corporate screed, but did you ever think that you are several years into this "decline," and the reason for the decline is exactly what you said? That is, the desktops people currently own have been made to last a very long time, thus don't need to be upgraded, and therefore, the desktop market has declined?
It's not because of "corporate desires" or "evil shareholders," it's because a desktop from 2009, for nearly all casual users of computers, works just as fine as one built today.
Wikimedia Moving Main Data Center To Ashburn, Virginia
Tampa hasn't been directly hit by a hurricane since 1921. Not to say it couldn't happen, but I just don't get the 'weather' argument. I remember the reassurances from Amazon Web Services last year when the 'Frankenstorm' headed for Virginia.
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