Oracle Broadens Legal Fight Against Third-party Solaris Support Providers
I... eh... what? Oracle owns MySQL, not PostgreSQL
EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem
This discussion needs a soundtrack and we're so lucky that the perfect one already exists. I'm of course talking about one of the most "what do you mean it's not awesome?" pieces of music ever made, Canvas Bags by Tim Minchin.
US Killer Robot Policy: Full Speed Ahead
"Ascending some stairs," you say? E-LE-VATE!
Criminal Complaint Filed Against Facebook After Girl's Death
And facebook does business in Italy? So Italian courts have jurisdiction over facebook. They can argue US 1st amendment all they want, it's just not relevant.
Mozilla Delays Default Third-Party Cookie Blocking In Firefox
California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated
And so another salvo was fired in the war on general purpose computing.
Suspect Arrested In Spamhaus DDoS Attack
Sometimes I wish we lived the Schlock Mercenary universe where people could be executed for grand spamming.
Extended TeX: Past, Present, and Future
If you don't want your images to float, then don't use the figure environment.
The whole point of figure, table and other floating environments is that they float. If you don't want it, just use \includegraphics.
See also: TeX.SX: How to influence the position of float environments like figure and table in LaTeX?
Extended TeX: Past, Present, and Future
Don't. Put. Periods (or spaces) in filenames for anything to be read by TeX. Stick to [0-9a-zA-Z_].
9th Circuit Affirms IsoHunt Decision; No DMCA Safe Harbor
Is it best because a user making a legitimate parody or review is likely to get a strike on their account because the automated ContentID system cannot tell the difference between a straight copy and what ought to be fair use?
Is it best because hateful crazies can get your account closed with a flood of phony copyright complaints?
Adobe To Australians: Fly To US For Cheaper Software
Importing UK Blu-rays into USA? Did you also import a player for them? Otherwise, I don't see how you're not in violation of federal law (i.e. the DMCA) whenever you're watching one of them (Blu-ray region codes).
Go To Uni, Earn a Degree In Drones
I can get a diploma in Zerg showing I can drone hard? Awesome...
*Reads submission again*... oooh. That kind of drones. That's a lot less awesome.
What Is Your Favorite Polearm?
Ravager +6. Vorpal, baby! It's the only way to roll... d10s.
Planescape: Torment Successor Funded In 6 Hours
"Press 'X' To Not Die"? WARNING: TVTropes link!
DHS Can Seize Your Electronics Within 100 Mi.of US Border, Says DHS
And that map isn't even complete. It's missing some 100 mile radius disks centred at inland international airports.
CTO Says Al-Khabaz Expulsion Shows CS Departments Stuck In "Pre-Internet Era"
That's a fixable problem. For example, you could read this article by phk in ACM: https://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=2030258
In particular note:
Clause 1. If you deliver software with complete and buildable source code and a license that allows disabling any functionality or code by the licensee, then your liability is limited to a refund.
Hands On With Ubuntu For SmartPhones
cat ~/mail/contacts/* | grep [...]
You earned yourself a Useless Use of Cat Award!
Skype Hands Teenager's Information To Private Firm
Yes. People would do well to read Bob the Angry Flower's guide to the apostrophe... you idiots!
More Than 25% of Android Apps Know Too Much About You
I really like the name that phk (of FreeBSD and Varnish fame) came up with for permissions required for apps like that: chernobyl bits.
It has a really nice ominous and "this is wrong and you shouldn't do it" ring to it.
Free Online Education Unwelcome In Minnesota
It is corruption because whenever money and opinions intermingle there is always a shift in perception on the part of the recipient. We humans are social animals. We cannot help but think "he helped me, I should help him".
Even if it doesn't sway the recipient's opinions, it causes the perception that it has. Part of the reason why Congress has such a low approval rating (lower than the US going communist for crying out loud!) is that people perceive that representatives are bought and paid for by special interests and whatever personal opinions and principles they might have had have been sold for filthy lucre long ago.
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