"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci
Grant worked on robot battle shows before. MythBusters wasn't his first show. I guess he also has his modelling career to fall back on.
Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress
Or just clenching your butthole. That's the supposed trick against lie detectors, anyway :)
I somehow think it would have the opposite effect against this terror cam, but I'm not about to go on a killing spree, so I can't test it.
Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+
I can't say YouTube changed at all while they only allowed real names (but not really; I somehow managed to avoid it, having a short nickname already). There may have been a lower total volume of posts, but the remaining comments were like the cesspool we all know and love.
Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+
YouTube allowed a custom nickname too, if you were persistent. But as much as I tried, it never let me actually pick the the first 5 attempts. I now have 6 alternate identities which are *exactly the same 11-letter name*. But the 6th one stuck, and YouTube still logs in with it. G+ I only use to stay in touch with a minimal subset of developers, so my real name isn't a problem. I was confused by circles disappearing and being replaced with communities, though. It's not just their policies which need some tweaks, but also their interfaces.
Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses
A lot of tall women would reply to that!
Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs
It seems at least as good as most DVDs I have. Some DVDs have more trouble with uniform surfaces (skies especially). But yeah, if I were to get a permanent copy the Netflix stream isn't ideal :)
Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'
Anyone who watched Tim would have known, but this "article" was clearly posted by somebody who heard it from somebody talking to somebody else about it.
I tagged it "whoosh".
Roughly since 1963, actually. Described in a paper from 1962.
.NET Native Compilation Preview Released
Linq isn't missing from Mono:
All the WPF stuff definitely is, but a good chunk of .NET 3.5 and up is implemented. They haven't been assaulted by attack-lawyers yet either.
Scientists Demonstrate Virus That Spreads Across Wi-Fi Access Points
One orker on each side.
Meet the Developers Who Want To Build the Next Snapchat
I misread the title. Thought it said "Slashdot", not "Snapchat". Not sure which misreading was worst :/
Sony's Favorite Gadget Is Kinect
It's a frequent complaint from people in the US, but outside I don't think you get the scrolling ads without signing into a US account.
How To Develop Unmaintainable Software
Apart from the small size, that looked a lot like something I was stuck with for a while. The source for that project varied from 100MB to 250MB, because of slightly different customised versions for clients. It was written in an ancient dialect of BASIC that runs on no current system, so it had to be emulated. It could have been replaced in 6 months by two dedicated programmers for far less than it cost to buy the rights to the whole thing in the first place, but only one of us was that dedicated. There was a third guy, but he was of course an external consultant dedicated to knowing this system, and charging in limbs for maintenance.
It's possibly that the system I worked on was the code-bloated version of the accounting system above. It did both accounting and PoS tasks, and then some.
Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake
You don't have to. You can press the eject key on the keyboard, or choose Eject from the right-click menu :)
Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?
The funny thing is that even older devices (at least iPhone 4 and iPad 2, possibly others) which can upgrade to iOS7 don't have all those flashy effects. The backgrounds in popups are relatively flat, mostly opaque on my iPad, for instance. So no, it doesn't look like they activated effects my device can't handle in an effort to make me upgrade :)
Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7
Apple overall. The difference between those 4 companies making phones isn't great, either. They're all doing pretty well.
He Fixed 300,000+ Machines - America's Oldest Typewriter Repairman Dies At 96
Some repairs are pretty easy (replacing one simple part). Typewriters used to be pretty sturdy too, so many repairs would be of the simple kind. Somebody who's good can probably replace a cylinder in 5 minutes and a key in 15 (or less).
Amazon One-Click Chrome Extension Snoops On SSL Traffic
Occasionally something as simple as download links may stop working if you block Google Analytics, because the people who made the website are too stupid to simply parse weblogs for downloads. But other than that nothing of value is lost. Stock up on AdBlock, Ghostery and other goodies. Throw in Web of Trust for good measure.
Microsoft Integrating Xbox One Advertising With Kinect To Profile Users For Ads
Some of these "ads" on the PS3 are direct links to my most recently played games.
Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Old Copper Pair Technology?
My copper at home goes for 2.5km, and I'm lucky to get 11Mbit :/
I think copper is here to stay because the ISPs don't consider it worth upgrading.
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