top Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"
The Ayatollah's right. You can't sustain irrationality, autocracy and extremism against a tide of information and entertainment shared worldwide and without regard to gender. That's probably what he wants to do, so his policy is wise. But it won't last, even if things have to get (very) much worse before they get better.
top Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia
Not true. The Wimmin in my family consult WP daily, for likely 'facts'. But they can't post because their lifegiving-lifestyle would be 'original research', and what they want is exchange of experience (and anecdote). Things like 'MumsNet' do that well; it's not a competition.
top Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft
Most employees probably have a computer at home. MS dominance ensures it will be running Windows. Nobody non-tech wants to change their mindset every day they go to work. Surprised that Win8 didn't make Linux seem easy, though.
top Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation
So call it 'Bing Bong'. That should fix its reputation.
top Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?
Imam - it already works well in the most desolate parts of the world, and has for hundreds of years.
top Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?
It's hard, but if you are a real Pro, you will know how to fix it, and (more important) how to fix the situation that led to the failure. Then walk away, and your reputation will most certainly follow and reward you.
top Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold
Thanks for one sensible answer, more than half way down the thread. Now, can we all guess what is it about Norwegian supply that is so different? Different rules for things connected? Current limitations when most distribution is overhead, or run from more distant step-down, different lengths for charging leads... or what?
top Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?
Not a 'criminal', simply a 'traitor' - a traitor can have good motives (good enough for him), but we-all used to shoot a lot of 'em.
top Chinese Icebreaker Is Stuck In Ice After Antarctic Research Vessel Rescue
Some UK reports suggest that the 'scientists' and 'tourists' on this ship were ecofreaks seeking publicity to show that some previous explorer's route had become eco-wickedly ice-free. So... they got stuck in 'unforseen' thick ice. And so did their rescuers. And then they were evacuated thanks to an awful lot of gas-guzzling machinery - and still (today) can't leave the area. In the UK, we really do enjoy a good joke like this.
top Duke Univ. Device Converts Stray Wireless Energy Into Electricity For Charging
At school in the '60s, with a camouflaged 30-foot aerial and decent earth, I used a crystal set (extra bridge diodes) to charge a condenser, which ran a single-transistor amplifier for another crystal set. Or so I thought... but, it DID 'get Lux.'
top Taking Back Control of Your Data, With Fine Grained, Explicit Permissions
Ultimately-brave men are going right in to Somalia and other hell-holes to take out the nasties, while you-all are trying to make more difficult the work of the services which our taxes pay to protect us.
top In Praise of Micromanagement
Micromanagement is why Herr Hitler failed, when he had world-class Generals.
top First Few
Doctor Who Episodes May Fall To Public Domain Next Year
Just when I thought it was safe (at 65+) to come out from behind the sofa...
top Google Tackles Health
Doesn't S. M. Brin's (still-current) wife run a DNA testing outfit that purports to identify genetic predisposition to disease? Interesting market sector!
top Can Even Apple Make a Watch Insanely Smart?
We glance at a normal watch to see how much time is left, or how late we are. We don't much need to know 'timenow' in numbers. Anything 'digital' has the wrong metaphor.
top Snowden Gave 15,000 Documents to Glenn Greenwald; Obama Cancels Russia Summit
Don't EVER try playing chess with Russians. You will lose in some very unexpected way, and they will buy you a drink, and challenge you to swallow the whole gherkin.
top DNI Office Asks Why People Trust Facebook More Than the Government
Strategists must recognise that the Western model of 'Democracy' has failed. Governments no longer enjoy the tacit 'consent' of their political opponents. Not suggesting web-polls could replace the failed representation/lobby/debate model, but someting will have to adapt soon to avoid massive popular disengagement. What will evolve?
top Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize
In the Snowden mould, I would nominate Guy Fawkes. He betrayed his lawful government, maybe or maybe not with good reason, but it didn't work and he paid the (rather nasty) price. Plus ca change, as our last invaders would say..
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Permanent Preservation of Human Knowledge?
It's a splendid accident that humanity has self-awareness, but I would ask how much of the information to be preserved could ever have any relevance except to humanity with curiosity very like our own. Faulty descriptions of the universe? No. Understanding of our very own genetics? No. Ancient books of ancient 'gods'? Probably not.
about a year and a half ago
top Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death
Astonishing that they killed a respected (if unserviced) Brand like 'Altavista', and went on using a stupid (if Swiftean) word like 'Yahoo'. So it's not just Microsoft and HP that can get global marketing completely wrong.
about a year and a half ago
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