Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?
I always just take the platters out, run a magnet over them and hang them on my wall. I play with the platters fairly often as well so there's not a whole lot of chance for any data recovery. Plus they look cool!
Why Twitter's T.co Is a Game Changer
Or you could just not click on the short link.
I mean...the host file solution would work to but it's not l like they can track you if you don't click on the link. And since you're already not clicking on the link maybe you shouldn't both with the host file.
ISC Releases the First Look At BIND 10
Mod Parent up.
Seriously, they're basically in alpha here and are opening up for help from the community. They're obviously testing their code like crazy, that's how they know their issues.
Why is everyone pissed that a bunch of developers are giving their time to develop a free project that is going to make the internet more reliable and safe in the end.
Too many armchair developers in here. "Years! I could rewrite Bind in my sleep with one arm tied behind my back!"
Coming Soon, Smartphone-Based Banking
Of course, I always want to steal from people that know who I am and where I live.
Coming Soon, Smartphone-Based Banking
Mod parent up, I'm on usaa and I've been depositing my checks using my iphone and now my android phone for about a year now.
US To Build Nuclear Power Plants
In short, that same article basically says you can use different thorium cycles to make bomb making much more difficult. This article is also fairly old. Wired did a more recent one (obviously not a scientific journal. http://www.wired.com/magazine/2009/12/ff_new_nukes/ )
From the article that line is taken from
"A more sophisticated thorium cycle would include a little U 238 - enough to make the resultant U 233/U 238 mixture less than 20% and therefor unsuitable for a bomb without (expensive and tedious) isotope separation. But then Pu 239 would be produced from the U 238 and the problems of the plutonium cycle would reappear. But the LANL group argues that although the problems of plutonium would reappear, they would be less serious because the mix would include a large fraction of the isotope Pu 238 (produced from the thorium) which generates a lot of heat and makes the mixture impossible to use in present designs and difficult to use in other designs. This was raised with considerable optimism by Coops (1995) and was discussed at an IAEA meeting (Altshuler, Janouch and Wilson 1997), but some scientists who are knowledgeable about bomb design insist that a bomb can be made with any amount of Pu 238. But to the extent that it is more difficult, this may be a non-proliferation advantage. "
Do Your Developers Have Local Admin Rights?
They're writing windows software. That may make your strategy a little more difficult. Also, most large companies have a problem with you installing your own OS on company computers...
Twitter Says Your Tweets Belong To You
Which means what? Nobody owns any content they post online?
Comparing Microsoft and Apple Websites' Usability
I'd like to see links for reference. I've been on a lot of developer pages and Im not sure that I know what you're talking about. I know this isn't wikipedia but 
Researchers Store Optical Data In Five Dimensions
Ever used multi-dimensional arrays?
I'm pretty sure they're called that because geeks want people to think that they are masters of the universe...
Konami Cuts and Runs From Iraq War Game
I disagree. My grandfather landed on the beach in Okinawa as a US Marine and I've spent a lot of time trying to understand what he must have gone through.
Reading With The Old Breed while I played through CoD5 was at times a very sobering and insightful experience. Obviously I don't think I "understand what war is really like" if I did, I would have that 1000 yard stare so common to those soldiers.
I don't know if my grandpa would approve or not but I found it to be a very interesting experience that gave me some insight.
Worst Working Conditions You Had To Write Code In?
It was terrible.
Should Google Be Forced To Pay For News?
This is how google search works. If you goto google.com and search for something they give you results. If Google has a tailored special kind of search just for your topic then they will provide a link to that tailored search..
For example, if you search for a swim suit model then they will add a link to search for that swim suit model using google image search
In a similar way, they offer a search specifically for news. Its true that they display ads on that page but you can return to search motivation. When you search for news are you trying to buy something or get information? The answer is get information, therefore you click on the news result, not the ad.
If a user actually wants to read a news article (the only reason they'd come to your news site anyway) then they will click on the news link. No wonder you're "notaprguy" you're way to oblivious to ever be useful in that function. If you are in marketing I cringe for however you work for because you obviously have clue what you're talking about.
Google doesn't force websites to be listed, if you want out then you can get out and Google could careless because anyone with half a brain recognizes that Google listing their content is WAY more beneficial.
Utah Mulls a Database of Bar Customers
Rape being above the national average probably has more to do with reporting. The Mormon church has a lot of safe guards and members of the church have interviews with their Bishop. Bishops are required to report cases of rape etc so it makes sense because there is a better system for reporting.
Also, before you assume Mormons have bad attitudes towards women consider that Utah was one of the first states to allow women to vote and sponsors the largest Women's service organization in the world.
It isn't all gravy of course. There are polygamist groups (no longer associated with the Mormon mainstream see LDS) that live in Utah and have very different ideas. However these groups also live in Colorado, Idaho, Texas and elsewhere (lots in Mexico).
Utah Mulls a Database of Bar Customers
I'm from colorado and live in utah and while Utah doesn't get as much skier tourism as Colorado its still significant.
Also, you may have heard of the Sundance film festival? There were also some Olympics in utah not too long ago?
That being said I do think the liquor laws are retarded. I don't drink (nor do I endorse drinking) but I do absolutely recognize and defend the right of others to drink. Having half the alcohol level just makes people drink more (so now they're fat AND drunk). And private clubs? This is a huge turn off to tourists.
Thank goodness we have Governor Huntsman...
IBM Building 20 Petaflop Computer For the US Gov't
At 6:18 pm EST IBM's super computer went online
At 6:19 pm EST IBM's super computer declared nuclear war on humans
At 6:20 pm EST there was a SEG FAULT and skynet must reboot to continue genocide
How Do You Stay Upbeat Amidst the Idiocy?
I think the hardest thing about being "The Computer Guy" is that people stop taking the time to think through problems themselves and just ask you.
That ends up making their questions stupid because they no longer need to think about problems.
What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?
I have a MBP that I've carried half way around the world and back and its running great after two years. I actually had it in my backpack when I got in a motorcycle accident.
When I pulled it out of my backpack the bottom half was actually bent about 8 degrees in the middle. I put the bend on the edge of a table and bent it back. It had trouble ejecting disks for a little while but after a month or so it "just worked"
Also dropped it down a flight of wooden stairs..no problem.
Your best bet if you're not going to get a MBP is to get an Acer. Its the most likely to break the fastest so you can buy a real computer.
1/3 of Amphibians Dying Out
Strange, and I thought the big threat was coming from the fungi that are devastating species.
Good thing they tied the threat to global warming, now we can all do something about it! ::smirk::
Matching up hotkeys for OS X and Linux
I use a macbook pro for my main machine but also have a Ubuntu desktop. I get irritated about switching between command oriented hotkeys and ctrl oriented hotkeys (cmd-a on OSX = ctrl-a on Linux/windows).
I've looked over a lot of forums and have found that Gnome doesn't seem capable of changing hotkeys while xfce and fluxbox can. The ideal solution would be a way to change system keys in X or at the system level that way I can keep compiz.
Does anyone have any ideas or know a trick to change system hot keys?