top Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman
Mjolnir isn't just any screwdriver! It's a sonic screwdriver of kick-ass! The hammer part it just sonically created.
top Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit
They have very strict rules for "giving" money.
First off, Gates only contributes as much money to the foundation as can be written off.
He "generously" gives to school districts. In exchange the school must only use Microsoft products. We will pay for the computers and initial licenses, but then you get locked into an agreement to pay Microsoft Licensing Fees, which means the Gates Melinda Foundation will pay %40 of the cost, and the schools have to pick up the back end 60% in a few years time. Gates still has substantial shares in Microsoft.
Some places they have built water treatment plants to treat the water that has been polluted by the factory built up the river. In quite a few of the cases, the factory built up the river was made by a company with investment money from the Gates Melinda Foundation.
They have also developed Common Core, to teach English and Math in the way that Bill Gates thinks it should be taught. Adopted in 46 states so far partially due to the $76 million to help adopt their philosophy. Common Core mandates that a far greater percentage of classroom time be spent on “fact-based” learning. Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point instead of Shakespeare. Freakonomics instead of Poe. Bill and Melinda Gates truly believe that population control is key to the future through artificial contraception, sterilization, and abortion initiatives. Regardless if you agree with this or not, the "charity" is making sure with its money, this is what your children are being taught.
about a month and a half ago
top Turing Test Passed
The only Texan I've met was this teenage girl that when she was old enough to drive she wanted a Ferrari, or a Pickup Truck. I couldn't help but think the dichotomy was very stereotypical Texan.
top Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"
It is illegal in Canada for a bank to charge any money for use of an ATM machine. (All Canadian banks I know of illegally charge for use of their ATM machines) The account at the bank may have a transaction fee that applies if using a teller, ATM from the bank, or ATM from another bank. The fee must be the same for all 3 transaction types. This is in the banking charter.
There are companies that are not banks that provide ATM service that are allowed to charge fees because they do not fall under the banking charter.
Also Credit Unions can have ATM machines, and they can charge fees, as they do not fall under the banking charter. As far as I know, all credit unions work together in Canada, at least BC and they have agreed not to charge for use of their ATM machines.
The banking charter provides protection to the banks and their customers in exchange for some restrictions. Credit Unions have more freedom in how they operate, but there is little government protection of them.
Oddly enough, all credit unions I know of follow all the statues of the banking charter, so that they have the option of applying for bank status. Banks are supposed to loose their bank status and charges laid on the people responsible for breaking the law. That being said, I read though the charter a while back and found that every bank I know of breaks every law in the charter daily. In the case of transaction fees, millions of times a day.
Why aren't they called on their illegal operations? I'd like to know that myself.
top Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs
I hated that Harmony remotes used Silverblight as well, but now Logitech has come out with desktop version of the software. (About bloody time) I think the online Silverblight site now redirects you to download the desktop apps, so I think it is safe for you to uninstall the atrocity now.
top Swiss Space Systems Announces Plan To Offer World's Cheapest Zero-G Flights
You must have missed the TPS Report. Slashdot Beta was also perfectly outlined in a TPS Report as well, but I guess no one payed attention before it was almost ready to release.
top US Government To Study Bitcoin As Possible Terrorist Threat
That is right. Eat your bacon! Eat LOTS of it! Muhahahaha!!!
Our plan is finally coming to fruition!
Errr, only look at the URL if you are in Canada. To everyone else, we're sorry eh. Just your nice friendly neighbors eh.
top Zenimax Accuses John Carmack of Stealing VR Tech
I have never seen Pepsi claim their blind taste tests are fair. This makes their saying that more people pick Pepsi in their blind taste test perfectly legal. Though I still think it is deceptive.
I took the Pepsi blind taste test. I would even say that the cold, freshly opened Pepsi tasted slightly better than the warm Coke that had been opened over a hour ago. I ended up choosing the Pepsi because I all of a sudden got the craving for the Juicy Fruit that they give you only if you pick the Pepsi.
How do I know the Coke had been open for over 1 hour and the Pepsi was freshly opened? I asked the guy. He said it was policy not to cool the Coke and make sure it was open at least 1 hour. Though they would sometimes cheat and only have them open for 30 minutes when things got really busy. The Pepsi had to be cooled and they were not allowed to use it if it had been open more than 5 minutes.
As for the Juicy Fruit, that was common knowledge here at that time. If you choose Pepsi, you got it, if you choose Coke, you didn't.
top Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans
Both the title and description are sensationalism. If you read the paper, the algorithm works at 98.52 on 1 of 5 data sets. We could also accurately say the algorithm is only 89.33% accurate. The score from the most difficult database. Much worse than the normal person.
That being said, it is much better than other publicly available algorithms.
top Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?
The first problem is security through stupidity that you see all over the place. This is where you are required to change your password every x months, or days. It has been found that the maximum number of password changes per year, without storing it, is 2. That is maximum. It is still recommended to have people change their password, but currently the recommendation is if you do, to set it to once a year. I think Microsoft on their server products has this set to 3 months by default.
Low maximum password length. While it is expected there will be some length limitation. I have found places that limit you to 8, or 16 characters. Space is pretty cheap these days, can't you afford to store 50 characters, or more as the maximum? Also there are some places that require you to have really high minimum number of characters. 12 as a minimum is too high, 6, or 8 I see as more reasonable. I am constantly boggled by the places that require exactly x characters.
My other personal favorite is only allowing alpha, or numeric characters. Honestly, why limit which characters can be used?
On the other hand, requiring at least 1 character from 4 different groupings is also a bit excessive. Having to require from 2-3 groupings may be okay.
Basically many of the problem I see come from putting limitations on password that make it harder for people to remember their passwords, while making it easier for people to guess the passwords.
Also if you have a forgot password feature with a limit of number of tries. Make sure you warn the person before they are locked out, so they can use the forgot password feature. There should be a limit on the number of tries of a password, as not having this allows people to brute force the password, which is one of the more common ways getting passwords.
top Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support
My Blu-ray playing software doesn't work anymore. An update to make it work with Windows 8.1 has come out, but that doesn't work because somewhere from "upgrading" from Windows 7 -> 8 -> 8.1 (Now on 8.1. Update 1) it did not install one of the core system files. My only option to try to fix this, install Windows 8 from scratch.
I also bought The Sims Medieval, which doesn't work in Windows 8. I think there are a few other games that worked fine in Windows 7, but no longer run.
There is also a whole bunch of hardware that was deprecated in Windows 8. I have it installed on my netbook which the screen resolution and Intel graphics are not supported. Mind you it runs a lot better, even though the battery doesn't last quite as long due to the screen brightness always being at 100%. On the other hand, it takes 20 seconds to start up now instead of 1 minute 30 seconds.
Talking about start up time, my main machine went from 50 seconds to 1 minute 20 seconds to start up.
Then there is the Microsoft Tax developers need to pay to sell their programs if they make a Metro Application.
While there are some good things like less memory usage, maybe faster start up, less CPU overhead, there are also many things inherently wrong! Enough that I plan to upgrade to Windows 7 when I have the time.
top Zombie Plants Help To Spread Bacterial Pathogen
The cold/flu causes us to produce additional muccus/sneeze/cough, altering our behavior which increases transmission rates. This doesn't mean we are zombies. I think it's a very interesting find, but a little ridiculous to involve the term zombie.
I'll remind you of that when the zombie plant is eating your brains. "Don't worry, this is natural for the plants to be trying to eat you. Nothing to do with zombies."
top Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password
Our local airport just got voted #1 in North America for the 5th time in a row.
The same airport that 4 police officers murdered a person in 2007. Nothing has been changed to stop this from happening again.
The police officer who fired the gun (tazer) said he only shot once. Inspection of the gun and the video of the incident showed that he tazered the guy once, then walked over to him and tazered him when he was down 3 more time. This officer was not licensed to even have the gun on him at the time. Witnesses say that he was talking about tazering the victim even before seeing him. This police officer was found guilty of perjury, which according to law means he no longer can be a police officer in this country. He is still working in another province today.
Three of the four officers were found guilty of perjury. One of them being the man in charge of the situation. He has since retired after killing another man by hitting his car. He was found to be guilty of obstruction of justice in trying to hide the facts of the accident as well. In two situations he was in charge where innocent men were killed and he lied about what happened in both cases and all that happened was he was force to retire.
The other two officers, one of which was found guilty of perjury are still working in other provinces.
This is only one of many stories about rape, beatings, murders, drug dealing and other serious offenses where police officers found guilty were allowed to stay on the force when legally they should be barred for life and many times should be in jail.
top Microsoft Circles the Wagons To Defeat ODF In the UK
Office 2007 only loads and saves a form of the transitional OOXML format that is incompatible with the standard.
Office 2010 can load standard OOXML files, it is unable to save them. It saves in a transitional format that is closer to the OOXML standard than 2007. The Office team released an explanation to the beta testers that they would not have time to be fully OOXML compliant for the release of Office 2010 and there were not plans to fix it after release.
Office 2013 is the first version of office to fully support loading and saving of standard OOXML files.
This is part of the problem that the OpenOffice team had trying to load .docx files was that they were implementing loading of the standard. The LibreOffice team continues to work on loading both the OOXML standard and 2007/2010 variances from the standard. Last I checked, which was a while back, LibreOffice only outputted standard OOXML files, which Office 2010/2013 should be able to load. I found using the old .doc format more reliable when switching between Microsoft Office and LibreOffice though.
top Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?
I have a friend that has Google Glass. I have tried it and found it to be very underwhelming. Right now it is really just a very expensive toy and in its current form I do not see it ever being really all that useful.
If you do get it, you should probably have an Android 4.0.3+ phone, so you can do SMS and GPS with it.
top Government Secrecy Spurs $4 Million Lawsuit Over Simple 'No Fly' List Error
They only have the metadata of this post with your IP address. The metadata probably includes the full http header chunk, which includes your whole post. Also probably the metadata of where that IP address was mapped to at the time of the post. Nothing wrong with that right?
That's okay, Mein Fuhrer... I mean our Prime Minister doesn't have CSEC illegally tracking the metadata here in Canada. Oh wait, thats right, they are!
top Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?
The other problem is what is a bug?
Consider with the brick wall that if someone climbed up on top of it and hurt themselves jumping off of it, that people would usually conclude the person was just being stupid, not that there was anything wrong with the brick wall. They could have put up barbed wire, or ledge that jutted out far enough to not allow climbing, or even just a sign saying no climbing. Was this design defective because it didn't have those extra safety features?
In software we are constantly trying to figure out how to stop people from doing stupid things they shouldn't be, but we are expected to have them there and if they are not, they are called bugs. In the software world, we are expected to have the sign, the barbed wire and the ledge, and don't forget something to protect people from hurting themselves on the barbed wire.
Sometimes enhancements are considered bugs. Other times people don't like how something works and those get filed as bugs. Going back to the brick wall, you make the brick wall out of red bricks, which is specified in the contract. The person sees the final wall and wants to change it to blue. I'm sure the individual builder does not have to pay for changing that. Even the company can probably ask for more money, or have it covered under fee for changes in the original contract.
Basically, as others have said, the brick wall is a bad analogy.
top How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?
Toyota came out with the original Prius in 1997. Hybrid Car. 16 years ago.
Lexus LS 460 in 2006 had the self parking car. 7 years ago.
I just got a new car. I would have liked to have both these features, but both were at a price premium I could not practically afford. Mind you, there are many people that buy over what they can afford not withstanding what they can practically afford.
Still many people are not getting these features, though they are becoming more common now.
Self driving cars are just starting to come out now. Previous history would suggest that it will be 10-20 year until it becomes practical for some people to afford these cars. Lets say there is another at least 10 years until these become affordable to most people. You will get quite a few people at that 30 years that will have just got a car with out self-driving, but would have liked to have gotten them, so they won't have one until about 50 years from now, which will probably be the practical earliest point where MOST people as the question states will have self-driving cars.
You will also have people that will refuse to get a car that drives itself because they want to drive, or they do not trust the car to drive its self. Thus I see the earliest tipping point more likely being 55 years out. There are all sorts of things that can happen between now and then that could push this back further.
Already having a car, Cost, and Trust I think will be key factors that make it a long time until MOST of the people have self-driving cars.
I do think at some point most people will have self-driving cars. I think it is a long way off. Could it be never? There could be accidents that cause government to outlaw self driving cars, so I wouldn't count out the people voting never.
I do think the people voting 20 years are delusional. Time and time again we see new technology and it doesn't start being affordable until at least 10 years, more often than not 20 years. Even it it were to start becoming affordable in 10 years, it will be at least 5 years more to be affordable to most people. Even if a person only has their car for 10 years, that means most people won't have the new tech until maybe in 24 to 25 years. And taxi companies aren't going to lower fairs because they got rid of the people driving.
So next 20 years, no way. 30 years, maybe, but only if government mandates it. 40 years its possible, but doubt probable. 50 years is being kind of realistic, but more likely more than that.
top Nokia's Elop Set To Receive $25 Million Bonus After Acquisition
On a big pile of money, surrounded by many beautiful ladies.
top PS4 Launch Date: November 15th
You could quickly check Futureshop, or Bestbuy's web sites and find out that it is $399.99, or after tax in BC $447.99. Different provinces will vary in taxes.
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