top FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading
I guess with criteria like that, the FBI isn't going to have a cybercrimes division. Awesome. Seriously though, where the hell are they going to find people with IT skills who match these ridiculous criteria. The definitely won't be pulling the best and brightest of computer hackers.
top Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?
If you're lazy like me, just buy pre-terminated 30m cables and run them from a switch in the roof or basement, (or a cupboard if you're really fancy) to wall plates scattered throughout the house. You can go up to 100M in length and it saves on crimping. Anything less than Ethernet is a joke and will be flaky as hell. You could also drop a ton of money on some Xirrus wireless but really for same cost, Cat-5/6 Ethernet is much better.
top Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"
More likely 5 years of bad policy followed by bankruptcy. He wasn't right on everything but damn Ron Paul nailed foreign policy. Pull out of the Middle East, engage in trade, and stop trying to throw military force at problems. This can only end in economic collapse and death.
top FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous
I've been saying this for years now, attempting to crack down on piracy will unleash a massive darknet the likes the government cannot even imagine. Everything they are used to seeing is going to go dark. And the fools only have themselves to blame.
top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premieres On Linux, 2 Years After Windows
It's all irrelevant anyway, AMDs Open Source support sucks, and hasn't been stable. Nouveau's Open Source support is actually better. Go look at the Mesa Matrix
http://www.mesamatrix.net/ Nouveau supports more OpenGL features on their open source cards than AMD does. The only thing that's been holding the Nouveau cards back has been power management and even that's not a huge issue, http://nouveau.freedesktop.org... notice that power management is almost complete on all current gen cards going right back to the Geforce 3/4 series! (admittedly Geforce 3/4 has stalled in part, but the other cards are all close to completion) So the legacy support level is fantastic as is the current card support.
Nouveau has been also very rapid at making all features available to the newest generation of cards very quickly. I expect that by this time next year, they will have working OpenGL 4.2-4.3 support, and power management will be completed. Whether Nvidia has posted meaningful contributions to the project or not is almost irrelevant. The reality is that open source Nvidia is coming and it's going to be great.
top Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"
Interesting that Noone brought this up, in addition to medical tech advances things like occulus rift will allow old people to travel the world from their beds. I could see a drone mounted with cameras being a popular occulus rift application experiencing flight by just throwing the headset on and going for a ride. There's always more options than bring stuck in a bed unable to move.
top ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
Awesome, no maths, no advanced weapons targeting control, no ballistics targeting... Should be interesting to see if they can hit the broadside of a barn without maths. Meanwhile we'll continue to precision bomb these idiots.
top Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users
This is all because in the 1990s the government allowed FOXTEL to goto the USA, and buy up exclusive licenses to all new and back catalogues from every major media company in America. They spent billions on it and at the time everyone thought they were overpaying.Turns out they very smartly bought themselves a monopoly position in media, one that has effectively locked out all Australian competitors (All the local media services are shit, from the PSN movies, to Xbox Live, to Quickflix.) and the government hasn't had the balls to call them out and break them up for it.
top SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card
8k UHD video does exist... NHK in Japan was broadcasting the Olympics in 2012 at 8k resolution in Akihabara. There's always a need for more capacity.
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top Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?
May I introduce you to Gentoo, where you can block X as a dependancy across all packages and run your distro completely headless.
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top GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD
Frankly I don't see much in the new Gnome that makes it worth bringing to any platform. I just wish the same effort being put into making broken UI concepts work on various gnu projects was put into GNUstep and GNU projects.
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top Why Munich Will Stick With Linux
I run Linux as a desktop environment at work in my job as a sysadmin, the only time I ever fire up a Windows VM is for goto assist sessions. RDP/VNC/TeamViewer work fine for remote desktop, vmware web view works fine for server admin, I use Office 365 Web and OWA for e-mail, and I have had Evolution configured for Office 365 exchange support. The groupware stuff is a total myth, it works.
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top ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science
Is the single most bullshit answer ever. Are you people fucking serious? When has having children ever been a hindrance to entering a field such as medicine, law, or science? Women do all of these jobs without issue. That is the dumbest answer I've ever seen. It's also sexist as hell, I'm a guy and I'm not stupid enough to follow that line of reasoning.
Lack of interest maybe, social stigma, quite possibly, there's also a huge battery of people saying no no no no no don't do STEM, only guys can do it. It's the man's field.
Personally I think it's a lack of parents encouragement. Guys giving up computer time to their sisters, social sexism against women, and a lack of desire due to the above from women themselves. I work for an IT company, it's honestly a hostile workplace. If we ever hired a woman we would get sued to shit for the stuff I hear every day at work.
top Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical
Why would they bother to support a UN treaty? They're like the biggest rogue state on the planet.
top Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
Nope, Microsoft don't provide many drivers for most hardware. Linux is supporting far more platforms/hardware drivers directly in kernel compared to Microsoft. All the Xerox/HP/Canon/NVIDIA/ATI/Intel/Philips/NEC/Toshiba/TV Tuner/Sound drivers for windows are third party drivers. It's no longer a Microsoft vs Linux issue, it hasn't been for a long time. It's all about the apps. Windows itself is incompatible with many pieces of hardware (forced obsolescence) Mainly because third parties decided to drop support around 64-bit or a newer Windows version.(I'm looking at you HP, dropping network scanning from windows 7 64-bit on certain printers) The same manufacturers who refuse to support Linux funnily enough don't support their Windows products well either. The hardware support claim is a furphy. All the large scale corporate printers/photocopiers/POS systems I've encountered have full Linux support. The only thing holding Linux back is stuff like frontline service applications written in
.NET/Win32 that aren't getting ported over. More OSS software that can drop in and take over corporate software deployments is what's needed. Samba 4 and OpenExchange server are BIG steps in the right direction and we are seriously evaluating these for corporate widespread deployments.
top Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up
Isn't this just another problem for encrypted darknets to solve?
top F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data
Frankly at this point, I'd rather the Chinese have my data to be honest. They won't share it with the Australian/Five eyes governments, and since I live ina Five eyes country, that works better for me. It's not like they'll put me in a prison from China for some BS they find on my phone. My own government on the other hand is much more likely to screw up my life using my own private data.
top Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17
The crash scene is a crime scene and all the bodies and bits should be left in place. Russia lost all credibility the second they started moving bits around.
top DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue
Clearly some rights just aren't worth protecting because they come at too much expense.
top NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"
You've got it backwards dude... Unix Sysadmins have long ponytail hair... Everyone knows that. Just checkout Johnathon Schwartz to see what I'm talking about.
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