Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory
That show hasn't been about science since around season 3, what has he been doing other than eating donuts in the catering truck? :)
Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service
What does that have to do with MSN, which has been free to use?
Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service
"Isn't MSN and Skype supposed to be merged??"
Indeed, however, it was possible to keep using the MSN client, if you - like myself - loathed the Skype client for the buggy, cumbersome, un-intuitive piece of poo that it is. I'm not sure if the Skype and MSN infrastructure was merged, though, but since they're now announcing a shutdown I suppose it wasn't.
Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
Mostly I just can't throw tech that works perfectly well away. So I end up with X graphics cards, processors, etc in closets everywhere and a ton of old IDE drives with "backups" on them.
Plus I actually own a stereo that doesn't stream from the network, isn't surround, doesn't have have any USB ports or anything else digital, simply because the amplifier is the first major purchase I ever made in my life and it (still after 20+ years) has completely unrivaled sound.
I guess printers should be on that list, too, since they see use like twice a year maybe and I could just print at work.
EU Warns Nokia Not To Become a Patent Troll
Nowhere does it say that Nokia cannot leverage it's patent portfolio and make a business out of that. The operative word in the Commission statement is "illegal". Being a patent-owning business (and nothing else) is not illegal, nor is licensing the property for considerable fees. Heck, suing for profit isn't either. So the actual value of this statement is minor.
Ask Slashdot: Which Google Project Didn't Deserve To Die?
I wish they wouldn't shut down iGoogle. I have been using this as my default browser page ever since it was introduced (I think), and I'm really happy with it. It lets me put everything I use most often and some handy newsfeeds that keep me informed during the work day all in one place. I really dont understand why they'd nix it, especially since it doesn't seem like it's a big ressource draw.
ArenaNet Suspends Digital Sales of Guild Wars 2
"The so called exploit was in fact an error on ArenaNet's side, leaving weapons at a low price from some vendors. Players saw this and started making profits buying and selling the items. Should players be penalized for errors committed by the game developers?"
That's the very definition of an exploit - you notice something odd that is probably not supposed to be this way, you realize you can get some sort of advantage out of it, and then you repeatedly go back for more. All exploits (almost anyway) are based on some error a developer made, so the seeming outrage of the submitter is in a word idiotic. The fact that this was an obvious error makes it even worse.
With one-time-only use of a cloning machine, I would:
Heidi Klum. There can be no other answer!
I most recently switched ISPs ...
"..called and by 1am, they had someone on the pole near my house working on it."
That really is quality service. Usually you have to put up a lot of singles for someone to work on the pole around 1 am.
Ask Slashdot: My Host Gave a Stranger Access To My Cloud Server, What Can I Do?
Truth is it's probably not worth it to file a suit, but if you can afford the fees and such and dont much care about the financial side of it, it's a good way to get peace of mind. If you dont want to be out of pocked, all you can do is take it as a life lesson and next time you get password reset emails, act on them. Personally I would take the "Half a month of hosting as a good faith gesture" as a slap in the face and give em hell for it.
What is Your position on Climate Change?
"We know it is humans because the observed warming fits with the warming expected from the extra CO2 emission we humans have generated lately. "
So what you're saying is we know it, because it fits with the assumption we're making?
Rather it seems the current assumptions about the effects of CO2 emissions are largely based on changes in climate that may or may not have any (significant) relation to said CO2 emissions.
The causation is in no way clear, but of course the models will show whatever you want them to based on whatever assumptions you want to make.
Massive Solar Tower Planned For Arizona
My initial question would be what happens when a hurricane lands near a 2600 foot tower perched on a giant greenhouse? Somehow the mirrors (concentrators) and water/oil tank configuration of solar power seems like a more resilient structure, if only for the fact that the mirrors are smaller and closer to the ground and you dont need a massively tall tower.
Osage Oppose Wind Power At Tallgrass Prairie
Everyone loves wind power, as long as the mills aren't located anywhere near themselves. This is the story every time a project is planned. Besides it's not like you can't just dismantle a windmill, it's not like strip mining that leaves permanent scars. If the world is ever to get serious about leaving oil dependencies behind people are going to have to take the good with the bad.
Personally I love seeing windmills on our coastline and I feel good every time I look at them. They are a MUCH nicer view than the smokestack from a coal plant...
Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?
Send a reply to email@example.com
Most domains still have some sort of mailbox for this.
Nintendo Pulls Dead Or Alive Over Porn Fears In EU
Easy, this is just the distributor being unreasonably worried - not the authorities actually requesting the game be pulled. Anyway hentai isn't even illegal in Denmark, so why should an upskirt shot of some animated broad be a problem?
Magicka Sequel Planned, Console Version a Possibility
By what criteria was Magicka an unqualified success? The game was so buggy at release it was basically unplayable for any length of time - for some it's still entirely unplayable. I think you'd have to set the bar too low to call that a success at all.
Nintendo Announces Wii Successor for 2012
Outputting crappy graphics in higher res will make no difference whatsoever - it can't very well output what the game wasn't designed to do. Unless we're talking some nifty post processing stuff (high AA at least), but that seems doubtful.
Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?
Wouldn't that imply that the movie was supposed to be funny? Or have some other redeeming features that make up for the pile of fail that it is?
You can't just say you're not supposed to take it seriously when there is no other way to take it.
The Decline and Fall of System Administration
I just thought it was amusing to post a headline with decline and fall both in the same sentence, when they are clearly the same thing in this instance. Should it actually have been "the rise and fall of ..." or "the decline of ..."?
Considering the sum of all of my storage devices ...
By volume most of my storage is paper
By importance most of my storage is DNA and cellular
By data amount most of my storage is (sadly) dangerously failure prone magnetic disks.
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