top Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch
You mean like this?
Two of their engines have blown caught fire, or blown up on the test harness. This adds a third explosion. They have successfully launched 3 times. Thus 3 time engines have blown up and 3 successful launches. Depending on how you look at this you will get different percentages.
4 engines have been destroyed, 6 have operated to their objective. You could also look at it as there are 3 disasters and 3 successes. You could also look at it that there have been 3 successful launches and 1 failed launch.
The way I look at it is that Orbital has cost NASA probably a few billion dollars in failures, and thousands of man hours. Two of those failures have been this year. I would call that pretty abysmal.
top OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday
Windows 8 Start screen sucks for organizing lots of programs. If I go to someone else's computer trying to find the desktop icon can be difficult. Actually with the live tiles most things are the obviously with just glancing at them. According to research done by Microsoft, switching contexts is confusing and non-intuitive, which is exactly what the start screen is.
Metro applications I've found to be too simple to the point of being useless.
Metro apps have to be purchased through the Microsoft Store. If nothing else this makes Metro a non-starter.
Configuration. While this has gotten better with 8.1 and some patches, configuration is now all over the place. Is it in the control panel, do you need to get to it through the charms bar, or the Metro configuration. Basically it went from being fairly easy to find and change the setting you want, to trying to figure out which interface should be used and flipping through multiple screen on that interface to finally find the one setting you need.
Ribbons, nuff said!
Application and games not working. The Sims Medieval, Diablo 2 are the two I know about. Now Diablo 2 is quite a old game, but The Sims Medieval came out after The Sims 3 and The Sims 3 works. Then there is WinDVD Pro 2011. Now I understand that for most people this works. For me it did not because I "upgraded" from Windows 7 and Windows 8 sometimes misses installing some key OS files. I think this case was scripting.dll, or something close to that. Only way to fix this problem would have been to reinstall the OS from scratch. I tried everything else. There were some other programs that I was able to get to work in Windows 8 with compatibility settings that weren't needed in Windows 7.
While file copying, less memory usage and less CPU usage was nice, the reasons listed above, plus some others I'm not remembering right now made me upgrade to Windows 7 when I got a new machine. Basically I was spending a lot of time babysitting an OS, where the OS is supposed to help me get work done.
top The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone
Simple answer is YES. Everything will be monochrome soon.
Have you seen Microsoft's Visual Studio lately? It is mostly a monochrome mess. You get bits of colour here and there, but I'm sure the next version will "fix" this.
Heck, you can also look at Corel for this stupidity. I think it was Paint Shop Pro X6 which by default all the icons were monochrome. They patched it later to add colour icons and then patched it again to make the colour icons the default.
top The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura
My grandmother was given a iPod. One of the ones with the "innovative" wheel. She never has learned how to use it. A year later my aunt gave her a Creative Zen. Though the Zen was something like 1/5th the size, my grandmother was able to use it no problem. Creative labs had the Jukebox and the Nomad before the iPod. The Nomad could play MP3s, FM radio and could record sound. Their products were easier to use, cheaper, more features and better built. They just didn't have the great marketing of Apple.
For phones you just have to look at Palm and Nokia. Both had touch phones with nice interfaces and more features before Apple. Actually Apple basically stole the Palm interface. Again, Apple had better marketing.
You look at the iPad. Many, many, many tablets came out before it. Though in this case it was the interface and marketing that made them come out on top.
What did Apple innovate on? Marketing. That or they think innovate means to take from other people, make it worse, but prettier.
about a month and a half ago
top Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss
Good evening, London.
Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine- the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, whereby those important events of the past, usually associated with someone's death or the end of some aweful bloody struggle, a celebration of a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat.
There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there?
Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.
I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.
Last night I sought to end that silence. Last night I destroyed the Old Bailey, to remind this country of what it has forgotten. More than four hundred years ago a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives.
So if you've seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you, then I would suggest you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot.
top Euclideon Teases Photorealistic Voxel-Based Game Engine
One of the reasons the videos look fake is because the lighting is static. Light is never 100% static. Most people's eyes pick up on this and know that there is something wrong, but can't explain why. They just know it is fake because something looks wrong.
The other problem is that the movement is too linear. Even with a steady cam and rails, you still get small irregularities in movement and shaking. The video was perfectly going from point A to point B with out any flaws at all.
It is these, and probably other flaws I'm missing that tells us these computer generated scenes are not real, even though they are scans of actual places.
What I found funny was in Lord of the Rings there was this one fly through a valley. I though it was bad CGI, turns out, even though there was some CGI in the shot, it was the real model elements that looked fake. Going back frame by frame I realize the problem was that too much of the model was in focus and a lack of depth by dust particles was making it look fake.
top New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices
My 2012 Surface Pro "Cold Boots" in 2 seconds. Flash Drive. My 2010 netbook boots in 20 seconds. 5400rpm hard drive. A lot of the boot process is dependent on the hard drive, so a low end 2015, should probably boot as fast as a higher end 2012 machine. I put "Cold Boots" in parenthesis because Windows 8.1 almost never really cold boots. It uses a form of hibernate where it figures out what is exactly the same each boot time and stores an image of that on the hard drive, then just loads it into memory. That combined with UEFI makes Windows 8.1 boot really fast on new hardware, even if it is low end.
top New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices
One of the things Microsoft did right with Windows 8.x is reduce the memory it uses. So much so that it only actually needs up to 360mb of memory to run the OS while in desktop mode. That is up to, that is not at least. In this case the OS will definitely NOT be getting in your way. Actually, I've found Windows 8.1 is better to use on low end hardware as they have also reduced CPU use and optimized the start-up time.
2GB is enough for basic Windows use with running multiple programs. Of course depending on what programs you are using. I have a netbook that isn't officially supported by Windows 8. It went from 80 seconds start time in Windows 7 to 20 seconds in Windows 8. Programs launch and respond better now with the Windows 8. While there are many, many things wrong with Windows 8, it works extremely well on low end hardware.
Don't get me wrong, I hate Windows 8.1. Metro sucks, they messed up the configuration by having it spread all over the place. They broke multiple programs. On my last main machine it slowed down my boot time from 60 seconds to 90 seconds, though some of those problems were because I upgraded instead of fresh installed. The upgrade process is broken, it will upgrade you, but may forget to install critical OS files and will offer no way for you to fix it without reinstalling. Windows 8.1 feels like Windows Vista. They messed up the little things, which is what they got right in Windows 7 and is really important in your day to day usage. On my new main computer, old one the SATA controller failed, I upgraded to Windows 7, but my netbook, I wouldn't want to go back to Windows 7 on.
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.
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."
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