top Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA
The problem in the US isn't the absence of such laws, it's the absence of oversight and enforcement of those laws.
Why would you enforce a law that has no explicit penalty, seems like a waste of resources
top Major Performance Improvement Discovered For Intel's GPU Linux Driver
... conceive of what function such a bit could have, without having some down side..
Power-save -> 0, Performance -> 1
top Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters
It's not a lot better, but some:
top Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?
Sure. Give them 2-3 weeks a season. 3 months off in the summer currently means that they spend the first month back getting back into the swing of schooling and relearning some of what they've forgotten.
Exactly, because children are simply portable memory storage devices. People forget that if you don't keep plugging them into school then they will discharge information and won't learn anything new.
top Federal Court Pulls Plug On Porn Copyright Shakedown
Have both parties pay into a pool managed by the court, legal bills need to be addressed to the court and each party can only spend half of the pool. Frivolous cases can still be reimbursed as with the current system, but you need to think more carefully about any money you spend since that money also helps your opponent.
top US Military Drones Migrating To Linux
I'm still waiting for it to be on their
orbiting brain lasers.
top Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected
* I can't use it on any of my many Linux machines.
Pipelight: Use Silverlight In Your Linux Browser To Watch Netflix, Maxdome Videos And More
top Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card
How about unusable outside the USA? In many stores in Belgium the staff does not even know how swiping works.
Really? I was in Belgium in February and I didn't have a single problem with it. Everyone took one look at me, knew they had an American on their hands, and did everything properly without hassling me one bit.
top Stephen Elop Would Pull a Nokia On Microsoft
The XBox unit is profitable.
You sure about that?
Microsoft Is Making An Astonishing $2 Billion Per Year From Android Patent Royalties
top Professors Say Massive Open Online Courses Threaten Academic Freedom
No, they're usually just better about not signing a shitty contract that says "we pay you shit _and_ we own all your efforts".
about a year and a half ago
top U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment
What if he's cheated on his taxes and his tax documents are on one of those other drives? Forcing him to decrypt the contents of the other drives could force him to incriminate himself for crimes unrelated to the original search.
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?
top Microsoft Office 2013 Not Compatible With Windows XP, Vista
use LyX instead and get a nice WYSIWYMean editor.
top Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'
But even if I did, I can go to any 7-Eleven in the U.S. and most credit unions in the co-op network [co-opfs.org] and deposit a check.
FYI, The CO-OP Network is for ATMs (triangle-ish symbol), the CU Service Centers are for performing financial services at a "partner" Credit Union (starfish-ish symbol).
top White House Proposes "Wealthy Tax"
Or better yet - how about we set the corporate income tax rate to zero? No reason for GE and others to offshore so much.
General Electric Paid No Federal Taxes in 2010
top Microsoft 'Ribbonizes' Windows 8 File Manager
Most people I've known who "hate" it stop hating it after I sit down with them for five minutes and just show them how to use it and make it work like they want it to.
Every time I use an Office 2007+ machine I have to re-learn how to use the damn thing. I use a lot of different software and somehow I can still remember how to use it even going months or years between uses, but for some reason I cannot do that with the Office ribbon interface. However, my main compliant about the ribbon really has to do with that it doesn't tell you what the shortcut keys are. All sane software for the past decade has had this nifty menu system that tells you exactly what shortcut to use for each operation, why exactly is it more convenient to force me to use the help to find the shortcut keys?
top Google Chairman To Testify At Antitrust Hearing
Ain't that the truth. Talk all you want about Microsoft; however, at least they have a real, live, functioning telephone number.
MS: What is the nature of your call sir?
Caller: We'd like to get a representative of your company to show up to a senate hearing.
MS: That'll be $200 for an incident report sir, would you like me to charge your credit card?
top Teen Builds Nuclear Bomb Detector
... Meanwhile, these guys have sufficient resources to start handing out equipment and lab space to enterprising teenagers for science fair projects!
A lot of funding agencies require a certain amount of your research budget to be spent on "educational outreach." It's likely that someone went "gee, here's a cool way to spend my outreach budget that won't require me to do anything."
top Pirated Android App Shames Freeloaders
You can't set traps for people even if the only way they would be harmed by it would be because they themselves are doing something illegal.
Not entirely true... At least in the US it is illegal for the
government to entrap you, but there is no prohibition on private corporations doing the same. You can, however, sue over just about anything here (and you can sometimes win said crazy lawsuits).
top Censorware Vendors Can Stop Mid-East Dealings
In other words, the current situation sucks, but it sucks less than most of the alternatives, and the only truly better alternative -where censorware is banned worldwide for all purposes- is never going to happen. At least transactions which take place in the open are known quantities.
That's not necessary, all you'd really have to do is ban country-wide censoring. If you passed an international law that essentially said "anyone may offer
optional crippled versions of the Internet, but no country may cripple the Internet outright" then you'd be golden. At that point all you have to do is make the punishment "we all agree worldwide to cut you off" and you're done, all this stupid crap is over.
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