A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?
Wikipedia is a business. Donations to it should be viewed by the donor as paying (although voluntarily) for service. It's not like giving money to the Red Cross and then finding out some administrator make a million $ per year. The staff can use the donations for anything it chooses. If you don't like how they are spending the money you give, don't give and don't use their product.
This whole open source movement has created the idea that all software should always be free for anybody. Unless you always have an army of software engineers who want to use their talent for no pay (thus decreasing the value of that talent), then you have to pay something to get quality stuff. While you might get something for nothing for awhile, I doesn't work over the long haul.
Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures
Take all the drives that have signs of failure, put them in a testing environment where you can read and write them all day but don't care about any of the data on them and see how long it takes for them to really fail. That will give you an indication of how reliable the SMART stats are at predicting real disk failure.
Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?
Somehow, I don't think we are talking about old Hollywood movies sold in VHS format here. Probably home movies of weddings, vacations, etc..
The cloud can help you get your stuff archived and accessible from anywhere, but it can be expensive and takes forever to push a ton of data to someone's cloud storage. Even then, it becomes a data management headache..."now where did I put that video of little Billy's 10th birthday party...is it on Dropbox, Apple's iCloud, company XYZ's cloud, or ???"
It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights
I think I read somewhere that traffic lights are designed so that it is impossible for both sides to get a simultaneous green light. They have some kind of physical switch that enforces this. In other words, even if the system is hacked, you can't make cars crash by changing all the lights to green. That doesn't mean that a hacker can't cause some problems by making the lights stay red for 10+ minutes or other such mischief.
Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?
Free software is....well...free. The people who wrote it don't get paid. That means they generally only want to do the "fun stuff". In my experience as a programmer, all the grunt work (error checking, documentation, well formed error messages, etc.) is generally avoided by coders until the company says "you have to do X, Y, and Z before we can ship this product and customers will pay for it. You do it because you are paid to do it.
FOSS software has no such motivations so all the "not fun" stuff goes largely undone. Some free software is great. A bunch of it is garbage. Without a profit motive, why should anyone be surprised that most of it is half-baked at best.
Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be
...And why don't companies spend as much time and money making sure the software is working? It is because no one wants to pay for software anymore. We will shell out big bucks for fast processors, flashy screens, tons of memory and disk space...but we want complicated software for ZERO dollars. Don't get me wrong, I like a lot of open-source software and it can be a good business model, but when there is no money to be made in good software development anymore, why are we surprised when its quality is low on the priority list for companies that make it.
Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash
...And if every gas company just happens to coincidentally charge $20 for each gallon of gasoline, then we are all in trouble because we would have to pay it, right? And if every worker just happens to coincidentally demand a base salary of at least $100,000 then small businesses would have to pay it because they would need the workers, right?
No. The real "free market" does not work that way. Someone will decide to sell you gas cheaper, and then everyone will compete on price until the price reflects the true market value. Likewise, enough workers will settle for less until the right price for labor is reached. Businesses who adopt "antiworker policies" will lose them to companies with better policies. (Until the government starts demanding all kinds of regulations that drive out competitive behavior...)
Black Death Predated 'Small World' Effect, Say Network Theorists
The "small world" nature of modern travel is a double edged sword. Yes, infectious diseases can spread rapidly and can quickly affect people over long distances, but because societies are constantly interacting with other societies, a large segment of the population is able to develop immunities to a large number of pathogens. When Europeans first came to the Americas, large numbers of the native populations were decimated by smallpox and other diseases. Because they had never been exposed to these diseases before and had no immunities built up to defend against it, a whole villiage would be wiped out within a short time. I have heard that far more Native Americans died from diseases this way than were ever killed during wars.
McAfee Regrets "Flawed" Trillion Dollar Cyber Crime Claims
So by your reasoning, if someone steals your car, phone, computer, money...it isn't a loss...because it was someone else's gain??? Even by your calculations, there are real global losses when individuals and companies figure out that their property rights are not protected and thus fail to produce something of value in the first place because the chance of it being stolen are so high.
Study Finds 3D Printers Pay For Themselves In Under a Year
These things will really take off when you can easily reproduce that $500 part that is broken in your oven, dishwasher, furnace, or AC unit. You know the parts that only cost about $10 to manufacture, but because only the appliance maker can make them, they charge an arm and a leg to replace.
Ask Slashdot: Tags and Tagging, What Is the Best Way Forward?
This is exactly the problem that lead me to develop a whole new data management system. It turns files into objects called 'Didgets' (short for Data Widgets) and lets you tag them any way you want. Unlike extended attributes on files, these tags let you find your data fast and easy without something like Spotlight or Windows Search indexing all your metadata into its own database (taking a few hours to do each time). I can import my whole boot volume (about 500,000 files) and can then find anything in a second or less. "Find all JPEG photos with tags Vacation=Hawaii and Year=2011" will give me all my photos with those two tags in less than a second. It can do that if there are 5 photos that match or 50,000. Check out DidgetMaster.blogspot.com for info and video demonstrations.
Most Kickstarter Projects Fail To Deliver On Time
The mechanism is certainly in place. The problem is that too many inexperienced entrepreneurs don't know how to use it correctly. The guy starting the project has to know about most of the "large quantity" issues up front and plan for them. Too many projects get delayed because they didn't plan for them and now they are stuck dealing with many of the issues enumerated by tlhingan.
SSD Prices Continue 3-Year Plunge
At $.90 per GB, SSDs are still about 15 times more expensive than the same amount of hard disk space. Forget about trying to put your 2 TB of data on SSDs. I like the trend of reduced prices for SSDs. They are finally affordable enough to put my most active data on (e.g. boot files, applications), but if you think they will be a viable complete substitute for hard drives anytime soon, think again.
Voyager 1, So Close To Interstellar Space That We Can Taste It!
Imagine all the scientists surprise when this thing crashes into the "solar system wall" with lots of stars and galaxies painted on it just like Truman did with his boat in the "Truman Show".
Linus Torvalds Will Answer Your Questions
Backwards compatibility and support for legacy software, hardware, and archaic architectures can be a great stumbling block for innovative endeavers. Adoption of new technology requires a huge improvement in order to make the pain of migration bearable. Since the bar is often set so high, we tend to get more incremental improvements rather than revolutionary changes. How can this change?
The Deepest Picture of the Universe Ever Taken: the Hubble Extreme Deep Field
So, how do we assume that the light we are seeing in the picture followed a straight line? In other words, could one (or more) of the galaxies we see in this picture be ours (the Milky Way). If the light our sun emits can eventually loop back on itself, we could look in any direction and see ourselves if we looked far enough.
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