IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts
"make sure everyone is getting taxed properly - particularly the mega rich."
Who do you think gets in to Congress? The Fox is in the hen house right now and there's a ruckus going on.
5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile
I'd argue this given how little a budget has been given to NASA when compared to things like the F-22 and F-35 programs the US Government runs. People who bedevil the space program aren't looking at the big picture of return we've gotten over the years. Yeah they always can do better but they already have done exceptionally well especially when compared to some military defense contractor spending projects that would dwarf NASA and have no return of value other then money spent in someone's district and a product that was substandard and/or delivered late.
Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility
That SystemD is bad for Linux not because of the technical merits but the political BS drama it's spawning. Technical wise I can see why server admins want to have the fine grain control of their start up through individual scripts. It makes sense to me even though I don't do administration. KISS is the order of the day and flat text files beat out binaries any day. Now for desktops SystemD seems fine to me for people who run out of the box systems.
Honestly the whole thing sounds to be a fix that works better for some things but is getting shoved in to other areas where it isn't needed, wanted, and maybe even detrimental to the operation of other systems. Kinda like when Ubuntu/Gnome went with more touchy modern interfaces on desktops when really it was tablets and phones their interfaces made the most positive impact while negatively effecting others on the desktop.
I think it's time for some people to get over the one size fits all mentality in the Linux community. Obviously other people have problems with it and it's going to end up tearing you apart in the long run while scaring off others who sit on the sides playing with the toys you folks made up to this point. That's going to leave companies like Microsoft grinning like a Cheshire Cat.
Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player
I was keeping an eye on this for the single player aspect. That seems to have vanished along with my desire to put any money in to this game. I loved the old version years ago and was looking forward to this being released. Oh well, maybe if they realize that life isn't just multi-player and put single player back in I would consider buying the game again.
US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors
Dork 1: LOL, I just invaded the Afghanistan instance! Look at em run! LOL!!111
Dork 2: OMG, I zoned in to the Russian instance! I'm so d3ad!!!1
Dork2 has died!
Russian dorks are invading Alaska!
Dork3: Guyz! WTH u m3ss w/teh Russians?!!1 OMG mah base!111LOL
Dork1: U got pwnd! LOL!!11
*Some generals face palm somewhere before the fan gets really dirty*
Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments
Initial apathy in looking for help turned in to shock of an outcome and now crying and being a sore loser after the fact while attempting to pass the blame from themselves to the FCC.
Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory
So if we're all photonic organisms who think we are biological carbon based then I'm going to get ready for the invasion by Chaotica's forces.
Here's to you Captain Proton. *Raises a beer*
The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?
When people use the biggest of things to see the smallest of things.
Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language
It's the closest thing you can get to something like BASIC from back in the DOS days on today's computers. Sadly it's not pre-installed with every machine like GW-BASIC was.
Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?
Feel free to wear a smart watch. It's not like your cell phone isn't already telling people where you are even when you think it isn't. Also go ahead and pay for it too, saves me some tax dollars when people pay for their own "spywear" as well as any fees for connectivity.
I typically start my workday ...
Start -> Day -> FeedHorse.exe
Start -> Day -> Breakfast.exe
Start -> Day -> Drive.exe
Start -> Day -> Desk.exe
Start -> Day -> WorkWhileEveryoneElseInMeetingsTalkingAboutWork.exe
Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?
A DOS based database I programmed to handle a video stores inventory from a rental storage building. I was just starting out and the guy who wanted me to write it didn't pay me for it but said it was a trial. That was the last time I programmed in a rental storage facility.
Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage
"3. The price of burgers and lattes will go up."
Tell me how this is a bad thing since that stuff helps contribute to the national obesity rate? People out of work because they can't sell fattening foods to other Americans from places like McDonald's? Oh the horror, people are going to be forced to healthier food choices and actually have to work to prepare a meal to save money.
Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015
I think it's more like people don't want to go to a third party to fix a product that should never have changed and require the fix in the first place. Especially after they paid cash for the new shiny car that has tile shaped wheels.
New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered
I installed an HP Dodo Rockjet Printer with my abacus and the stone tablet prints are really nice quality. Wilma really likes it as well and she prints out all her pictures to it.
Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17
Honestly I had more to watch on TV when I had to get up an turn a knob to change channels than I do these days. No cable for me.
Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?
And by mazes I mean mazes that can make your Nethack/Rogue happy bits twitch. Out of boredom I started making a cave and dungeon generator like the one Nethack/Rogue has. Here's the resources I used to put together what I have so far in Java.
Topic in General
Procedural Content Generation Wiki
BSP Dungeon Generation
Use one of the examples those places provides or do like I did and strike out on your own method to solve the problem of cave and dungeon building. I got a cave screen shot of one test generation.
My Cave Generator Output
Firefox 29: Redesign
When I switched my mother from XP to Windows 7 she had a heck of a time finding where things worked and how they worked again. This UI change that is spreading all over the software world to make things more touchy feely like is really not sitting well with me when I use it on a non-touchy feely desktop. Part of me is glad that I kept my mother on IE at this point even though IE is bullet riddled with issues of it's own. The UI is at least somewhat consistent to the desktop for the most part on Windows 7.
Man Builds DIY Cellphone Using Raspberry Pi
I'm sure there is better components out there but this is really cool and make me wonder if I could build my own 1960's Star Trek communicator at some point before I die and have that as my cell phone.
In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes
Won't help much if the game is just boring to people and/or expensive. Now if you told everyone to wear protective body armor when going out on the green and start aiming at each other then maybe you'd get your numbers up.
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