top Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory
top 'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel
When I was in school I worked at a grocery store for 7 years. I never once saw somebody slip on a banana in the produce department. I did however see many people nearly break their necks slipping on grapes. Those things are slippery when stepped on. But then again, it was rare there was just a peel of a banana on the ground verses a whole banana. Grapes are very slippy, that's why you often see carpets on the ground around them in grocery stores.
top AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise
So ISP's want to give the "control" to the consumer, just like cable providers had given the control to subscribers in selecting their channels? And as time goes on the packages just get worse and worse, you mean that type of control? Where they will have "premium" web packages that will include faster response/load times for sites like netflix and youtube, but will conveniently put a related site like Hulu in a separate package. Just so you have to buy two packages.
THAT is definitely the kind of "choice" I want.
The internet should be OPEN for everybody.
top Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?
Currently I see no reason to have a smartwatch, it just seems like an expensive watch that relays notifications from my phone. I have no problem reaching into my pocket to grab my phone when needed. Everything these smartwatches can do, my phone can already do and usually better. This to me just seems like having a pager and a cell phone years ago, is it really necessary? I do see the potential for these devices, I just don't think they are there yet.
about a month and a half ago
top Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores
You’re on 16, all the way up, all the way up...Where can you go from there? Nowhere. What we do, is if we need that extra push over the cliff...Eighteen. Two more cores."
DiBergi: "Why don’t you just make 16 faster and make 16 be the top number, and make each core faster?"
Nigel (after taking a moment to let this sink in): "These ones go to 18 cores."
about a month and a half ago
top Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements
This is a horrible article.
First, you shouldn't have brought your phone on the raft in the first place. Leave it at home or in your car or whatever. Second, Are you that addicted to your device that you need to have a replacement instantly? It's a phone, not your life. Third, if it is that important to you, maybe you should purchase a second phone, for the next time you decide to take your phone for a swim and stop blaming companies for not backing up your stupidity.
top Even In the Wild Mice Run In Wheels
This wheel produced a constant stream of wildlife. Based on 200 000 animals, over 3 years, that works out to 7 animals an hour, or one every 8 minutes and 30 seconds, assuming it is in use 24 hours a day.
So why don't exterminators use a wheel to get rid of mice infestations? Create a box, which has a upper container for the wheel, when the wheel does a full rotation, the wheel floor drops away dropping the mouse into a lower level. Which can then be removed with the trapped mice.
top How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?
My download is currently 25mbit, which is fine for me 90% of the time. There is the odd time I max out the connection, so let's say 40mbit down would be perfect. Although it isn't the download that drives me crazy it is the upload. I currently get 5mbit up, which is crap for my home Synology NAS. Pictures are fine, audio is fine... but if I want to stream any videos, like home videos of my daughter to my parents on my phone, it just doesn't play smoothly, and if I want to copy it to their computer, it takes a good chunk of time, and renders any other connection to the NAS useless.
I understand not everybody needs upload capabilities, it would just be nice if the ISP had an "upload add-on package" or something where you can add upload speed at say an extra $10 a month. Currently for more money your download increases exponentially while your upload lags behind with increments of 1.5mb.
Just give me upload dammit!
top Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light
I like a system I saw in Mexico and I've heard exists elsewhere, where the green light flashes for a few seconds before turning yellow. Requires no extra signage, still gets the point across and makes for safer intersections.
A green flashing light is an advanced green here in Canada, if there is no "green arrow" indicating so.
top Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan
Eat well balanced and in moderation and you'll be fine. The most harmful things in your diet are sugar, (sucralose and fructose) salt and processed foods.
Protein is needed for the retention and development of muscle. Eliminating it while keeping your sugar intake high is a recipe for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and living a life of obesity.
top "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"
I would rather Slashdot like it is 1999, than deal with Beta.
top All In All, Kids Just Another Brick In the Data Wall
In Canada at least you can rate your teacher to see who is performing and who isn't.
top Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp
I agree, Dennis should have a stamp long before Jobs... He won't though because the average person doesn't know who Dennis Ritchie is while everybody knows who Steve Jobs is.
top Microsoft Rumored To Integrate Android Apps
2014 is the year of the Windows Phone! It will happen!
top Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost
What you mean like this?
Trust me, Canadians are well versed in driving on sheets of ice as well as snow.
top Ask Slashdot: Easy, Open Source Desktop-Sharing Software?
It is free, no account necessary and does what you need. It is web browser based so it doesn't matter what OS you are on.
Diablo 3 Expansion Announced: Reaper of Souls
...It's called Torchlight 2.
The real Diablo 3 in my books.
top Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?
I've been on the Opensuse/SuSE/S.U.S.E bandwagon since 2003. It works for me, and have no plans on leaving.
The only time I really was close to switching distro's was back when KDE 4.0 was released in version 11. It was a train wreak. KDE4 has really improved since that time fortunately.
top Researchers Develop New Trap To Capture Bloodsucking Bed Bugs
As having gone through a bedbug infestation. It is not pretty. It makes you paranoid, you see a spec of dirt on the floor and you swear it is a bed bug and your heart skips a beat. You get an itch while in bed, you think you have been bitten, you rip off the covers, and start searching.... this continues for MONTHS after the infestation is gone. I woke up many times to find my girlfriends on her hands and knees with a flashlight checking the baseboards, and drawers at 3am. The mental aspect of the infestation is much worse than physical.
So how did we get rid of them? We tried various techniques. Encasing our mattress/boxspring and pillows in bedbug proof cases. Putting the legs of the bed in bowls of water. Spraying multiple times, sweeping constantly. The spraying did reduce the numbers, but didn't eliminate them totally. The final nail in the coffin for them was going out and buying a clothes steamer, and steaming the mattress, boxspring, pillows, baseboards, and any other hiding spots in the bedroom. They have to be heated to a certain temperature (can't recall the exact temp at the moment) in order to kill the adults and eggs. So it was a very slow process to make sure they were cooked by the steam. We repeated this process every other day for over a week. At the same time we washed our bed sheets and clothes... ALL OF THEM, even ones we rarely wore and were still clean.
Of course we were paranoid that there were still eggs, waiting to hatch that we had missed... and we were just waiting for that second outbreak. Lucky for us it never came.
top Dropbox Wants To Replace Your Hard Disk
I purchased a Synology NAS and it creates my own "cloud storage" that I own...It cost me $400, plus $150 for a 3TB drive, I have another bay in the NAS which I will in turn into a 6TB RAID when the time comes (don't need that much space yet). I am not sure on dropbox's plans... but in the long run my solution is much cheaper for price per GB. AND..... I don't have to worry about somebody else owning my data, or my information being sold to 3rd parties or my data being lost due a company no longer existing. I can access my data anywhere... on my phone, any computer, and it is stored at MY HOUSE. It even backs up my machines to an external hard disk once a week, (no such thing as too much redundancy at the cost per GB of HD's these days) I can also stream my movies/audio to any of my devices, does dropbox offer that?
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