Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology
Who's to say the super-computer or robot can't be the good guy? Or the hero's ally? Conflict has two sides, and technology could just as easily be placed on either. If movies place it more often on the bad side, that says something about, if not culture in general, at least the culture of people making movies.
Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?
"They want to be able to ignore the notifications every 5 seconds that someone posted a new tweet or your grandma sent you a hilarious forward. "
IMO it's better to cut down on the notifications in the first place. I only get audio notifications on my phone for a few classes of messages, and the rest are silent. I can imagine using a later generation of smartwatch to filter those even further so that the ones that are most important - let's say a text from someone I'm trying to meet at a crowded event, or an appointment reminder -- notify me in a way that's harder to miss than a beep in a noisy room or a buzz while I'm walking.
Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled
Ok, then how does the app know that you're on a bus and not driving?
F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013
"...but only 0.1% of those were on Google Play"
So that vast majority is practically all third-party installations (something which isn't even an option on iOS).
Google Chrome 32 Is Out: Noisy Tabs Indicators, Supervised Users
Do you actually need that question *every* time, or do you just want to build a list of sites that are allowed to persist cookies and let the rest drop off at the end of your browsing session?
Chrome doesn't have the ask-every-time option, but you can set it to only keep cookies until you close your browser, then add exceptions for the sites you want to persist. It's a bit clunkier to build up the list, but unless you're adding to it frequently, once you have the list it'll just stay out of your way and work.
Google Leads Among Consumer Tech Companies Lobbying Congress
Problem is, if Google doesn't spend the money, then the other companies that are spending the money are going to be heard, not Google.
Exactly. One of the big things to come out of the fight against SOPA was the realization that Silicon Valley needed to step up the lobbying if they were going to avoid being stepped on by Hollywood's lobbying.
Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile
California has a bi-annual smog inspection. Smog inspections have been shown to be very effective at reducing smog.
Hybrids and electric cars are exempt though, along with several other alternative fuels, really old cars (older than 1975 and still running), and new cars less than six years old. So CA only gets the data on older cars that are using the "usual" amount of gas.
If California were to implement the plan that Oregon is looking at, they wouldn't be able to use the smog inspections, because the segment they want to add is the same segment that's exempt from inspections.
Info Leak Wars To Get Messier
Considering this news...
Facebook Knows If You're Gay, Use Drugs, Or Are a Republican
I figure over-reliance on this sort of analysis explains why Facebook will show me ads for dating services even though it knows I'm married. I like all this geeky stuff, so obviously the advertisers assume I'm single.
Apple Now the Top PC Vendor, For Some Values of PC
Turbotax for iPhone & Android.
Apple Now the Top PC Vendor, For Some Values of PC
The Kindle Fire line is an Android tablet with a custom UI and comes with Amazon's app store pre-installed instead of Google's. It's in the same class as the Nexus tablets and iPads.
Ubuntu Now Available On the Nexus 7
There's at least one app out there that give you read access to USB drives without rooting. It's called Nexus Media Importer and runs $3. Obviously it doesn't apply to anyone installing Ubuntu, but for those who want to stick with Android & don't want to root their device, it can take care of simple use cases like loading photos from a camera, pulling audio files from a thumb drive, etc.
Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Journey
Yes, actually, Los Angeles and its suburbs do have a long history with aerospace. Look up JPL on a map sometime. Or type "Downey Rockwell Apollo" into Google.
Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Journey
I work near LAX, so I was able to watch the landing last month and walk out to see it on the ground today. They let the crowd get a lot closer to the shuttle than I was expecting: just one parking lot aisle away.
My own photos from both events: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/sets/72157631590634138/detail/
Perseids Meteor Shower Maximum Is This Weekend
Anywhere with clear skies, though as I understand it you can see more in the Northern hemisphere.
This is an event that takes place over several days and is based on the Earth's path through the solar system, so it doesn't matter what time zone you're in. Wherever you are, your patch of land will rotate into the right position at the same local time.
Chaos Monkey Released Into the Wild
Except they need to randomly turn off the network connection in their test envronment. It's amazing how many mobile apps assume you'll always have a solid connection and never be in an elevator, or walking between tall buildings, or the basement of a convention center, or any other place with a spotty or overloaded signal.
Web Giants Form US Internet Lobby Group
I remember this being something that came up during the fight over SOPA: Namely, that while the entertainment industry is used to lobbying the government, the tech industry was fractured and didn't see lobbying as a high priority, so the success Hollywood had at railroading some of those crazy ideas just blindsided them. (Stacked hearings, deliberately ignoring experts, etc.) It became clear that something would have to level the field, and since we know the RIAA, MPAA and friends aren't going to back off on their lobbying (and we know the government isn't going to stop listening to lobbyists), the solution is a tech lobby.
Wil Wheaton: BitTorrent Isn't Only For Piracy
OK, perhaps someone here can provide some suitable legitmate and mainstream examples that we can cite then
Blizzard still uses torrents to distribute software updates in their games, right?
55,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked, Passwords Leaked
From CNet's article:
After Lamo and others found that at least some of the alleged account data had been posted on the Web last year and speculated that the list appeared to be compiled from various sources, including spam accounts, Twitter provided CNET this statement when asked for comment: "We've looked into this and can confirm that Twitter was not compromised. For extra precaution, yesterday, we pushed out password resets to accounts that may have been affected."
Congress Capitulates To TSA; Refuses To Let Bruce Schneier Testify
This is the same committee that wouldn't let any women testify in a hearing on contraception last month.
Apparently, if you know something about the topic at hand, they don't want your input.
IE8 - Time to Upgrade the Web
Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 yesterday, for Windows XP and Vista. So if you (or your friends, co-workers, or family) are still using IE6, it's once again time to think about upgrading or switching. (Assuming, of course, that you're not locked in by corporate policy or another piece of software.)
- IE6 is now two versions behind the current release.
- IE6 is almost 8 years old (it was released in 2001).
- IE6 is lacking in many capabilities that all other modern web browsers have, in web technology, in security, and in features you can use.
You can read a review at Wired, a write-up from the IE team, or a summary of technical changes from WaSP.
Of course, Internet Explorer isn't the only option out there. There's Firefox , Opera , Chrome and a host of other alternative browsers that are worth checking out.
If you're still running Windows 2000 or some other old version of Windows that can't run IE7 or IE8, I'd absolutely recommend Firefox or Opera. Either will be much better than IE6, both will run on Windows 2000, and Opera will even run on Windows Me and Windows 98 (but you really ought to move to something more current than Windows Me.)
WGA False Positive Experience
Back in July(?) 2006 when Microsoft issued an update to the Windows Genuine Advantage tool, I figured I may as well install it (I'd be forced to eventually) on my one Windows box. So I installed it, and rebooted, and the login screen proclaimed loudly that Windows was not genuine. (Well, not literally loudly, it didn't shout over the speakers or anything -- which would be an interesting deterrent, now that I think about it.)
This came as something of a surprise, given that:
- This was a Dell, not some no-name computer.
- It still had the original OS install, and no hardware had been changed.
- The previous version of WGA had reported no problems.
I logged in, did some searching on Microsoft's knowledge base, and found a link that said something like "Validate here." I clicked on it.
To my surprise, it told me my copy was perfectly valid.
I eventually concluded that Norton Internet Security had blocked the initial validation attempt. Because there was no desktop shell, there was no opportunity for it to pop up a notice and ask me if I wanted it to let the data through.
After that experience, I can't say I'm surprised that Microsoft found many of their false positives to be the result of security software. Admittedly, they were looking at registry changes, crypto problems and McAfee, rather than a transient error with Norton.
(Reposted from this comment, mainly so I can find it again easily without searching.)
I've noticed one aspect my Slashdot use has changed since Slashdot's CSS makeover last year: the way I quote.
I used to do it simply: I'd just surround the pasted text with <i>...</i> tags, and let Slashcode fill in the paragraph breaks. It served as a visual cue. In fact, since most people quote at the top of the comment, it's more aesthetic than a plain, default indent-and-nothing-else <blockquote>.
Since the CSS redesign implemented a visual style for <blockquote>, I've actually started using the <blockquote> tag. Sure, it's longer to type, easier to misspell, and means I have to add all the paragraph tags and switch from "Plain Old Text" to "HTML Formatted" -- but it looks enough better that it's worth the effort.
Yes, actually, I am a standards-based web developer. Why do you ask?
Meta Moderation Practices
I've been observing my decisions with meta moderation, and have noticed some trends:
- I let most positive moderations stand.
- If a post is funny, but not actually insightful or informative, I will generally mark the latter moderations as unfair.
- I'm a lot more critical of negative moderations than positive. I'll let some stand, but I'm much more likely to mark them as being unfair.