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I still use XP because I haven't had the money to upgrade properly. My experience with Vista and 7 has been on work computers, friend's computers, etc..
xkcd has it covered as usual - I got used to launching stuff very rapidly by hitting Winkey + R + command + Enter. If I had to launch paint, mspaint. Windows update annoying me in the middle of a game? sc stop wuauserv.
Now the run function has been replaced with a "search bar" where I have to filter through a list of things when I already know what I'm looking for. (The names of these commands haven't changed since Windows 95, probably earlier.) I can't just rapidly launch command prompt and have it work because it'll hit a permissions snafu - I have to run as Administrator and authorize that via UAC because far too many idiot users installed bad crap on their computers and Microsoft compensated by adding in safeties that are good for your average end user but completely unnecessary for me.
Firefox has done the same thing. Oh hey, we're gonna add new functionality like tear-off tabs! Also, we're gonna have no actual option whatsoever to disable a feature that you may not want. People should not have to code extensions to disable stuff like this.
I'm a firm believer that if functionality existed previously (barring an extreme example like the xkcd comic), you should be able to restore that functionality. I'd get it if stuff was unnecessarily cumbersome due to legacy support (like how OSX made a lot of apps incompatible), but this is all really basic UI support that shouldn't take an inordinate amount of time or resources on the developer's end to continue to support.
Bradley Manning Makes Statement
Yeah, that goat farmer with an RPG in Afghanistan is an imminent threat to my ability to post shit to the Internet.
Patents On Genes: Round Two
Right, isn't a lot of this stuff done by figuring out how nature does it and then artificially replicating that process? Like gene therapy via retrovirus, for instance.
Anonymous Lists Sites. and VoIP Services, Blocked In the UAE
Maybe William Shatner has started ghostwriting for Slashdot.
Apple Exits "Green Hardware" Certification Program
The hangup is the "easy disassembly" requirement
Exactly, and that's because Apple treat their customers like shit in the long run. Everything is locked in and locked down.
A piece of hardware where you can't swap out the battery or facilitate easy repairs is an affront to the consumer.
fMRI Lets Israeli Student Control Robot In France With His Mind
Selling out the last vestiges of their journalistic integrity in exchange for page views.
Ask Slashdot: How To Add New Tech To Old Van?
It hasn't been said yet, but make sure to secure everything as strongly as possible. An amplifier or speakers in the back of your vehicle can quickly turn into a head-crushing projectile in the event of an accident if not properly secured.
Dotcom Search Warrants Ruled Illegal
MegaUpload is done and dusted
Yep, just like how The Pirate Bay got raided that one time and now they're gone forever.
Kim Dotcom has way more money than a bunch of technically literate Swedish dudes. He'll do the same thing TPB did, though. He'll rebuild the site and make it as difficult as possible to take down on a technical level.
Bryson Crash Reveals Threat of Headless Government
I recall Reader's Digest having an article about something similar not too long after 9/11. Basically, they said that if an attack hit Congress while it was in session, the entirety of the Legislative Branch would be paralyzed because, well, the whole country would have to have emergency elections. They advocated electing "backup senators/representatives" who would live in their home state and otherwise work a normal job who could be called up in such a crisis.
US CIO/CTO: Idea of Hiring COBOL Coders Laughable
"Point of Sale".
But yeah, it can go both ways pretty much.
Google Applies For Dot-LOL Domain
It'll just turn out to be a massive waste of money.
Hell, you can even take your average user and have them look at a website... almost no one takes .biz, .info, .us seriously. .com, .net, and .org is where it's at.
Certain 'Personality Genes' Correlate With Longevity, Says Study
Is it a bad thing that I read the description and realized I'm basically the opposite of all of those things?
Fuck it, there's probably nothing to this study anyway. Scientists don't know what the fuck they're talking abbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb
US CIO/CTO: Idea of Hiring COBOL Coders Laughable
When I told people that the space shuttles still had stuff like floppy drives and basically were equipped with computers from the 70s-80s, there were very confused. Why isn't NASA running the latest hardware?
It rings true for governments and business alike - reliability and stability are important, and "good enough" is king. There's a pretty decently big local hardware store (7-8 figures of business yearly) that STILL uses the custom cash register and inventory software that they ordered in the 80s. Why? "It works, and unlike Windows PoS our software doesn't really crash or fuck up."
19-Year-Old Squatted At AOL For 2 Months
Easy way to put it - if you play the "incoming message" sound from AIM, most people would recognize it. That's significant cultural impact.
Hacked Bitcoin Financial Site Had No Backups
Government can't steal the $10,000 in twenties that you have buried in a watertight container under your uncle's barn.
You can't exactly print out Bitcoins and stash them somewhere, now can you?
Cash is the ultimate form of privacy.
Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?
It honestly depends on what it's going to be used for. If the end-user is getting their start in video or audio editing, I'd instantly recommend a Mac solely on the software that is only available on Mac. Garageband is fantastic to learn and really easy to pick up, and it's easy to move up to the more professional products when the time comes.
My efforts searching for a Windows equivalent that's as easy to use as Garageband (for my aspiring musician friends) has proven difficult. (Any suggestions would be appreciated.)
Dungeons & Dragons Next Playtest Released
What boggles my mind is the missed opportunity at iOs/Android apps.
Have one unit as the "DM". Other people in the same area/LAN can be flagged as players. DM can see everything, players can only see relevant combat data and their own character sheets. You could literally replace all of the paper with a well-written iPad/Android suite and they'd make boatloads of money doing it.
Unfortunately WotC seems content to just re-release the game every five years and clean up on the sourcebooks. It's vile.
As an explanation for the sheer depth there is in 3.5, did you know there's something on the order of 700+ classes and prestige classes in that edition? And that's just in the official sourcebooks.
Dungeons & Dragons Next Playtest Released
3.5 is pretty much the standard in my gaming circles, but Pathfinder (a.k.a. 3.75) is gaining traction. People really like what Paizo has done with the rules and the setting.
Facebook Releases Instagram Clone, Two Months After Acquisition
I think this represents an interesting dichotomy for geeks.
For instance, you might have the whole "going to dinner parties with the wife" thing in order to maintain a social norm. Meanwhile, you'd rather be in your garage tinkering with a Raspberry Pi or Arduino or something in your garage and making an anti-squirrel turret for your backyard.
As I'm getting older I'm realizing more and more that the hobbies I find intellectually satisfying are rarely something that can be plugged into a social component. As good (and intelligent) as my friends are, most of them wouldn't want to spend an afternoon learning something interesting in Perl or building a robot for the fuck of it. We go out for drinks or to a diner or something like that. I'm finding that I have to divorce "intellectually stimulating" from "social interaction" more and more every day.
No wonder we spend all of our time in the basement. It's the only place we can get any of the really interesting shit done, and almost no one wants to join us.
Neil Armstrong Gives Rare Interview
Or maybe because even most scientists (actual scientists, not armchair commentators on slashdot) can't find an actual utilitarian reason to build a moon base other than juvenile delight at living out their sci-fi fantasies?
Well, how about experiments conducted in a low-gravity environment?
How about telescopes and other such sensors that are capable of things we'd never be able to do on the Earth?
How about because fuck it, it's there, which is one of the most important driving factors in humanity?
Why did we climb Everest? Because it's the tallest mountain. Why does man try to skydive from ever-increased heights? Because we've never skydived from that high before. Why does the Heart Attack Grill make a Quadruple Bypass burger? Because honestly, a good cheeseburger has more calories in it than a month of your salary.
Filesonic removes ability to share files
Ihmhi writes "In the wake of the Megaupload takedown, Filesonic has elected to take preventative measures against a similar fate. The front page and all files now carry the following message:
All sharing functionality on FileSonic is now disabled. Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally.
Whether or not this will actually deter the U.S. government from taking action remains to be seen."
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Singing a song = 20 years in jail
Ihmhi writes "Evan Emory got permission to play an innocent song in front of a classroom full of children. He then recorded a much different song with sexually explicit material in the empty classroom, and edited a video together to make it appear that he's singing quite the perverted song to a bunch of kids. Putting it on YouTube may have been poor taste, but does he deserve 20 years in jail?"
Is Twitter Censoring #Wikileaks?
Ihmhi writes "Is Twitter censoring the #Wikileaks hashtag, or is it just falling through the algorithmic cracks? bubbloy presents evidence that #Wikileaks has been just as popular as #Inception, yet it is nowhere to be seen in Trends. Student Activism presents a similar case. An apparent post from a Twitter employee states that
Hi – I work at Twitter on trends and other projects. Twitter hasn’t modified trends in any way to help or prevent wikileaks from trending. #cablegate was trending last weekend and various terms around this issue have trended in different regions over the past week. Trends isn’t just about volume of a term but also the diversity of people and tweets about a term and looking for organic volume increases above the norm. I hope this helps.
The fact that #cablegate shows up could mean that no foul play is at hand; however it is also possible that while Trends can be rigged against a hashtag like #wikileaks it would be more difficult to predict a hashtag like #cablegate."
Apple Blocks Palm Pre iTunes synching... again.
Ihmhi (1206036) writes "Apple’s latest version of iTunes (9.0.2) that rolled out Thursday evening breaks the Palm Pre’s ability to sync with iTunes software. The development should be no surprise to Palm Pre owners using iTunes, as it is the third time this year that Apple has disabled the Pre from syncing its multimedia with iTunes."
Government Spyware Puts Chinese Computers At Risk
Ihmhi (1206036) writes "China's mandatory "Green Dam Youth Escort" web filter software apparently has a series of severe flaws. In addition to not working on Linux or MacOS, traffic between the software and its servers is unencypted:
"We found a series of software flaws," explained Isaac Mao, a blogger and social entrepreneur in China, as well as a research fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
For example, he said, tests had shown that communications between the software and the servers at the company that developed the program were unencrypted.
Mr. Mao told BBC News that this could allow hackers to "steal people's private information" or "place malicious script" on computers in the network to "affect [a] large scale disaster."
For example, a hacker could use malicious code to take control of PCs using the software.
"Then you have every computer in China potentially as part of a botnet," Colin Maclay, also of Harvard, told BBC News.
Ubisoft Announces Beyond Good & Evil 2
Ihmhi writes "From Kotaku:
Closing out the Ubidays 2008 live conference, CEO Yves Guillemot left the audience with one final teaser: the next project from designer Michel Ancel. While the trailer stops short of naming its subject, we'd recognize that schnozzle anywhere. Why that's Uncle Pey'j of course! And look at dear Jade, she's gone and grown out her hair. The original Beyond Good & Evil had disappointing sales but is remembered by many as a cult classic. Beyond Good & Evil was meant to be a trilogy and the cliffhanger ending of the first game frustrated many fans when there was no sequel in sight. Let's hope Ubisoft treats this series better than some of their other properties."
YouTube rickrolls YouTube
Ihmhi writes "Coming in a couple years late on the phenomenon, YouTube has changed all of its Featured Videos on its front page to take the user to a Rickroll page. The video was posted by the very unambigous account YTRickRollsYou. This is smart scripting on their part as it shows real Featured Videos and injects the RickRoll link into every one of them; the real videos can be seen by clicking on the Featured Videos link."
Backing up media on a budget?
Ihmhi writes "I visited a good friend of mine the weekend before. He has a few binders full of DVDs and CDs burned which contain backups of his DVDs, CDs, and games. The original discs are all buried in storage in his house and he keeps the backup discs for convenience and so as not to degrade the originals.
When I asked him to bring up a movie on one of the discs, he received the dreaded "Data Error (Cyclic Redundancy Check)" while trying to read the movie off of the disc. We went through potential movies for about an hour, eventually throwing out a few dozen discs due to this error.
Obviously the media degraded and he (and I) are both rethinking our backup policies. That said, the questions:
1) What's the best way to backup data long-term (minimum of 5 years) on a budget? I'm thinking external hard drive, but making a file server on a low power PC seems like a good option as well considering we both have the parts lying around (sans massive Hard Drives).
2) If one or both of us were to go the fileserver route, would Solid State Drives last longer than traditional drives, or no?
3) If one or both of us were to go the fileserver route, would it be better to leave it off and only switch it on to copy data for use over to our main rigs, or would it be better to leave it on and read the data directly off of it?"
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