Scientists Link Deep Wells To Deadly Spanish Quake
Imagine a bucket hanging from a string that will snap once the bucket is full. You hang it from a branch, so that it will be filled by rain water.
Then, before it is full, you cut the string using a scissor.
This is perfectly analogous to what happened in Spain.
Why Are We So Rude Online?
Nope. Facebook has proven this. People say offensive shit from their facebook profiles.
Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets
You want the 11" MacBook Air. My 2010 model is still humming along fine, vastly outperforming all netbooks while taking up almost the same physical space. However, the Asus Transformer series would probably also meet your requirements - for less money. It's a 10" Android tablet with detachable keyboard/trackpad.
Stubborn Intel Graphics Bug Haunts Ubuntu 12.04
Not exclusively. (And in this case not at all since the Intel driver is open)
Bug-reporting is extremely important if you actually want to provide a high-quality product. Bug-reports can be seen along two axes.
- Whether your product is understandable to the user. If people consistently make mistakes , you've got a design issue somewhere. The usage of the product is obviously not sufficiently clear, or the documentation is not sufficient etc etc etc.
- Whether your product has bugs. In this case, getting a clear description of how you can reproduce the bug is key. These "submit error" pop-ups are popular for a reason - they can submit log files and stack traces, core dumps etc etc.
And some bugs are just plain hard to fix. They may also be a manifestation of a design issue, and those are rarely trivial to fix. I hope Ubuntu gets this sorted soon.
Can Anyone Become a Programmer?
Anyone can become a programmer at some level. Simple programming is like coming up with a recipe for a meal - you have some ingredients and combine these to create a hopefully desirable outcome. It's skill, but it can be learned. I mean, I was able to move the turtle using LOGO when I was .. 10? 11?
It does however take both experience and raw intelligence to become a really good programmer. Fully understanding trade-offs takes experience. If you go all-out on even small scripts, you'll waste time. If you just hack away at large projects without design and methodology, your lack of a coherent design will bite you in the gonads. Learning how to communicate effectively with end-users and non-technical team members is also something that takes practice and a certain mind-set. I've seen many, many bad solutions chosen by bright people. I've done some myself, also recently. And I'll make some more mistakes in the future. Why? Because communication is hard. Also for the other party.
Haiku OS Ported To Intel 64-Bit Architecture
x64 is misleading. The x86_64 still uses the underlying architecture and instruction set of the original Intel 8086.. Changing the name to x64 would imply the instruction set is different from that of x86 - and while the instruction set has been extended it still (as far as I know) still support the instructions designed in the 70s.
I personally find x86_64 the most descriptive designation for a 64-bit x86-processor.
Microsoft Unveils First New Company Logo In 25 Years
I bet Steve Ballmer made it himself!
Booted From Airplane For Wearing Anti-TSA T-shirt
You guys are losing the plot.
Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%
Hell yeah. Buy games from companies who care about their customers. The more money the nice companies make, the more incentive for the giants to mend their ways - otherwise they might one day become extinct as the nice companies will make so much money that they will out-compete the giants.
John Carmack: Kudos To Valve, But Linux Is Still Not a Viable Gaming Market
Windows market share is about 80%. Linux market share is about 1.5%. Politics is not the reason behind the lack of games for Linux - market analysis is.
If we want games for Linux, then we gotta systematically buy all good games that are ported to Linux. Otherwise, there will be no business case to port games to Linux.
OS X Mountain Lion Out Tomorrow
After upgrading to Lion, my 2008 iMac suddenly started dropping the wifi connection periodically, while my 2010 MacBook Air is rock stable. Anyhow, that's my experience. Anyhow, we'll need a bigger sample in order to determine if Macs really have more wifi-issues than Windows computers. Statistics matters.
Samsung Passes Nokia As Biggest Handset Manufacturer
Nokia was doomed several years ago. They ridiculed Apple while they failed to streamline Symbian app development, while they failed to research and develop touch-screen mobiles, while they failed to build a proper app store that was easy to use, while they failed to build.
Making a deal with Microsoft was just an act of desperation. They were already bleeding profusely from the consequences of all their dumb-ass decisions made around 2005-2007 when mobile internet was beginning to take off. The Ovi store could have been launched in 2005-2006 with over-the-air app downloads. Had Nokia remained on the leading edge and focused on making their products better from a consumer-point-of-view, then Apple would have had a much harder job in invading the mobile phone market.
But Nokia was not focused. Apple and Google had them for lunch.
The Rise of Developeronomics
And: Excellent developers require excellent leadership to perform well! Without excellent leadership (that understand what system development is, how to separate the wheat from the chaff and how to organize system development), the effort of developers will go to waste.
The magic happens only when excellent developers are managed well.
Woz Is First In Line For iPhone 4S
Jobs wasn't a very nice person. Not only do I understand peoples' dislike of the guy, I share it.
Oh please. Of course, I've never met Steve Jobs, but still: Sure he was a very demanding boss and unscrupulous strategist, but that would not automatically make him a bad person in all aspects of life (unless you consider moneymaking and bossing all there is to life)
Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs
Oh bullcrap. There are plenty of us slashdotters who use Apple, and we vary from pleased users to Apple fanatics.
Anyhow, you are completely missing the main point: However much you may or may not choose to dislike Steve Jobs, his company has always been pushing towards making computing grandma-friendly.
On the other hand, FOSS software sadly focuses too much on the feedback from the already-clued-in people. That way, we've created a separate reality in which we thrive - but only until we encounter that other reality. The dreaded user who just don't get it!
Ask Slashdot: Best Long-Term Video/Picture Storage?
Automatic offsite backup services like Crashplan, Mozy, Carbonite etc ensures your data will survive both media failure, theft and fire. You may also choose to keep a local copy of your media, because downloading hundreds of gigs over the net takes a while. But: I'd first put my money into one of these providers, and if I felt I still have too much money then I'd consider a NAS/Time Capsule kinda solution as a supplement.
And never, ever, ever exclusively store data you care about on DVDs and external hard drives.
For the first time in history, our pictures and videos can live forever - completely without quality degradation. It's amazing. And it's disappointing how few people take opportunity of this.
(Of course, you should take care to double-check your new computer can play back whatever media formats you have used - and convert if necessary. )
How Microsoft Can Lock Linux Off Windows 8 PCs
That's actually quite interesting. If "tablets" are found/ruled to be a separate market from computers and phones, then maybe Apple can be ruled a monopolist and therefore be ordered to open up their product.
Researcher Builds Life-Like Cells Made of Metal
Hah. They'll be subject to evolution, so that'll only last for a while.
Adrenaline May Damage DNA
Adrenaline is not about stress. Adrenaline is more about panic.
But yes, your statement is correct: Stress is debilitating to the body. Being in a permanent state of stress means your body tries to put on weight, your state of mind is not easy-going like it when you're not stressed, your immune system is affected etc etc. (Also, there is good stress and bad stress. The stress you impose on yourself is not too harmful, which is why many highly driven people enjoy excellent health)
Massive Botnet "Indestructible," Say Researchers
There really should be no problem
- Performing a backup
- Wiping the machine
- Installing a clean OS
- Updating the OS
- Installing proper security software
- Re-importing data and applications from backup, and have the security software handle any nasty stuff in what you're importing.
That there is a problem wiping a machine is a serious security issue. There are a myriad ways which different kinds of malware use to hide themselves and bounce back up after surviving a round of security scanning. The malware itself is continuously self-updating.
If I were to engineer a package system, all files within a package (program) would be checksummed, and the list of checksummed would be PKI-signed in order to prevent the malware from hiding its misdeeds by altering the checksums. Of course, this has been done several times in Linux-land. Microsoft has Windows 8 coming up. Let's hope they finally fix their design.
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