top New VR Game Makes You a "Hollywood Hacker"
Other than the 3D, sound and smell gimmicks, does going to Central Park do anything that a
top New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression
Maybe this would be good for use with MJPEG for video editing.
top JMS and Wachowskis Teaming Up for New Netflix Funded Scifi Series
A $60 appliance will get you Hulu+, Amazon, & Netflix. So you don't really have to fixate over whether or not desktop Linux supports Netflix.
It's not 2005 anymore.
I want to use my single 50in monitor as a Linux desktop while I am utilizing an online video streaming service to watch video in a window (which I can make fullscreen if I like). I do not want to buy and use an HDMI capture box.
about a year and a half ago
top Shuttleworth On Ubuntu Community Drama
Meanwhile, the typical Linux distro now has dconf, network manager, polkit, systemd, and worst of all dbus. Some more capability has come about, but it has become pretty inscrutable to the admins with a bourne shell scripting level of understanding. More advanced programmers appreciate some of the additional structure, but shell commands to script some capabilities are no longer easy (complex dbus-send commands, non-obvious configuration location and no longer human readable content) or impossible.
And the alternative to the inscrutable command-line interface and configuration files is an inscrutable GUI, which may or may not work properly, and is dependent on a massive desktop environment, and may be completely redesigned at any point.
Minority Report's Legacy of Terrible Interfaces
FSV is a 3d filesystem viewer like the one in Jurassic Park
top Ubuntu For Phones To Arrive Next Week On Nexus 4
I figure the Nexus 4 is a low-end 2014 smartphone, the target for Ubuntu.
top Virgin Mobile To Start Throttling Broadband2Go
If the throttled speed is 256kbps, that isnt much worse than I usually get on Sprint EVDOrA. And hopefully the (poor) latency doesnt get worse with throttling.
top This Is a News Website Article About a Scientific Paper
Breaking News: Some Bullshit Happening Somewhere
top Google Acquires Metaweb
stuff that requires hard AI or tons of human labor and thus won't be happening any time soon.
top Teaching With Robots
A robot can be more engaging than a video, and in some cases even a human lecturer; and a robot need not necessarily be able to understand language to provide some valuable interactivity.
top Firefox 4 Beta 1 Shines On HTML5
The opening handshake is intended to be compatible with HTTP-based
server-side software, so that a single port can be used by both HTTP
clients talking to that server and WebSocket clients talking to that
server. To this end, the WebSocket client's handshake appears to
HTTP servers to be a regular GET request with an Upgrade offer
top Microsoft Out of Favor With Young, Hip Developers
He was afraid that web browser would make the operating system irrelevant, and that's exactly what happened. Think about it. When was the last time someone said, "Hey check this out! Go download this application..."
Sadly I hear that all too often from iPhone/iPad users. I hope Android will steer away from native apps over the next few years.
top The Safari Reader Arms Race
haha, I guess you don't remember AOL, Compuserve or Prodigy.
top Chameleon-Like Behavior of Neutrino Confirmed
photons are oscillating electromagnetic fields,
and they have no mass and travel at the speed of
light. Why do they get a free pass?
Having a spatial trajectory which looks like a
propagating sine wave does not necessarily mean any
oscillation or movement in the direction of time.
why is it that particles travelling at less than
light speed must have mass? This always seems to be
presented as a given; is there a line of reasoning
behind it that I'm unaware of?
Maybe everything is moving at the same "light" speed
through a 4D (Minkowski) space, and "mass" is the
property which gives something the ability to move
more (than zero) in the direction of forward in time.
top Matplotlib For Python Developers
I've heard quite a few people here on Slashdot talk about how useful Python is as a substitute for MATLAB. Honestly, I don't get it.
I think there are many programs built on MATLAB which could be
as easily and effectively built on Python and associated libraries.
I do not see scipy/numpy/ipython/matplotlib as a dropin replacement
for the MATLAB interactive environment, because they are different (even if equally capable).
Python is trying to be a language for both hard core programming, and scientific programing.
I do not feel like it is trying to be either. I think it is trying to be as suitable as it can for both of those things without compromising elegance.
I don't want to load 20 modules before I can begin coding. I just want to input my algorithm and get a result I expect (not 5/2=2).
Since I can trivially make a file "mystartup.py" with import statements like "from __future__ import division" and run the interpreter as "python -i mystartup.py", this seems like a non-problem to me.
top PowerPoint of Afghan War Strategy
But nothing speaks to this more than the spaghetti-bowl PowerPoint slide of the US Military's strategy in the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
Projecting a diagram onto a screen does not make the diagram a PowerPoint slide.
The complexity of that diagram has nothing to do with PowerPoint.
top AT&T Moves Closer To Usage-Based Fees For Data
Energy (content) can presumably be stored, where bandwidth (transport) cannot. The price of Internet access is (predominantly) for the transport of content, where energy price is (predominantly) for the content itself.
I think it is fair to say Python is a C-Style family language.