Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?
Sure, you can believe them that 7.5 million have enrolled. It comes down to how you define 'enrolled', which the government defines as "someone put an insurance choice in their electronic kart." That would be like CDW saying they sold 100,000 LaserJet printers, just because someone placed one into their basket. The reality is that that majority of the insurance plans placed into the insurance basket was never completed. And of those that did complete the process, many never paid their first premium, which ultimately gives us a much smaller number of ACTUALLY INSURED people via ObamaCare.
And how many are actually paying and thus covered? Less than 1 million.
Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again
...my apologies for the stupidity and protectionism being displayed by the auto dealers in my state. Ohio has enough problem without something this stupid.
Spectacular New Martian Impact Crater Spotted From Orbit
At first, it as purely anti-beta. But Dice's response to censor posts and ignore community opinion has made the problem anti-Dice. They seem to have no clue about PR, or nerds, or even effective web page design. Taking queues from healthcare.gov for how to design your own web site a Bad Thing (tm).
Dice seems determined to go forward with new UI, regardless of community opinion, so the time has come for the codefork.
The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden
Are you proposing that tampon ads inappropriate? The Ladies of Slashdot might find themselves wanting a new brand, you insensitive clod.
Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers
I feel sorry for the 15,000 workers about lose their job, Dell is walking a thin line and Michael wants to make sure that the company that bears his name stays around. Dell has become a bloated pig and unfocused. They are also not responding to customers demands where they should and expanding into markets that support their core strengths.
Ampere Could Be Redefined After Experiments Track Single Electrons Crossing Chip
This youtube video answered most of my questions about the kilogram.
Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.
Windows 7 does this...without the metro UI, no less. Press the window key, start typing. Very efficient.
Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak
Unless Amazon has injected their workers against their will, no one is forcing these people to work there. They knew what they were signing up for, agreed to the contract and now begin to complain that "its just not fair, we want more money."
Tough noogies. You signed a contract, you accepted the wage. Quit and work somewhere else if you are so ungrateful to have a paying job.
62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks
I expected more from this age group. With all of the awareness of shrinking natural resources, why anyone would choose printed books and their inherent danger to the environment. But, who cares that trees are cut down, thus adding to global warming, as long as I can have the feel and smell in my hands.
I expected more of this new generation.
Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Hardware Lab Bench?
I have a Jacob's Ladder on my workbench. My friends call me crazy or mad -- no, I am not angry -- but it is highly effective in disabling flash memory and such. And it makes this Bzzzt! sound that I love to hear.
Galileo Navigation System Gets Go-Ahead From EU Parliament
Electric Cars are to blame for Tax-By-Distance. Electric Cars don't pay petrol taxes. As more electric cars hit the road, taxes collected from petrol will keep going down, as the number of cars total continues to rise. Electric car drivers think they are getting a free pass, but they are about to get a rude awakening once the governments figure out a tax them equally. Roads are not free. They cost a lot of money to build and maintain, and those fat pigs called Electric Cars weighing as much as an SUV do as much damage to the roads SUVs.
MenuetOS, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly Language, Inches Towards 1.0
Why not? We have Windows Notepad, so why the need for anything other text editor? We have Microsoft Word, so why code ABIword? Why not create an entirely new OS in assembly? Because it can be done. We climb mountains for no better reason that because it is there.
Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well
...is the one not installed. Otherwise, don't make it a pain the ass to run when one is presented with, say...an enterprise app like ADP which requires it. This is sure to push Admins to move away from Firefox and give IE and Chrome more users.
Valencia Region Government Completes Switch To LibreOffice
They will now be teaching LibreOffice in all of those schools, not MS Office. Thus, in Valencia, no future Valencian employees in the government will require any new training.
Write Windows Phone Apps, No Code Required
Indeed. I have even come across old Lotus Approach databases. FileMaker is still used by some companies, as well. Microsoft will be able to capture the non-expert enthusiast to try something. Those that really like it will step up to the full SDK and get more advance.
Dell Dumps Keyboardless Windows RT Tablets
A keyboardless tablet can work fine for...
- watching netflix
- playing games
- reading your favorite star's latest tweets
- reading e-mail
Yeah, that whole aforementioned 'consumption'. But these devices have long since moved beyond the toy status. The lines of definition for what people thought a computer is now blurred. And now people expect even an Android phone to be a productivity device. And for that, a keyboard is just so essential. Ye olde QWERTY keyboard may be purposely inefficient, but it is faster and more accurate than any on-screen keyboard or voice system. In my own experiments with trying to be productive with an iPad 2, Droid 4 and Acer Iconia W700...I absolutely needed a physical keyboard to type anything out without error.
As for Windows RT, Microsoft has spent too much money to let it natural fail. We will see RT languish on for years and years why Microsoft's profits prop it up. They will offer enough money to bribe devs to write apps for it to keep it going. With Outlook coming to RT 8.1, that will address the business side issues.
Grim Picture of Polar Ice-Sheet Loss
I grant you that in the current state of Russia. But, even the Kremlin, faced with the potential of billions of dollars of investment potential, might even jump at the chance to develop the north coast. At the moment, Russia is in essentially no position to be a manufacturing powerhouse. But with that silly ice cap in the way...
Grim Picture of Polar Ice-Sheet Loss
With the Arctic Polar Cap melted, entirely new lines for shipping will be opened. Shipping goods from China and Japan to Europe and New York will become significantly faster, cheaper and safer. The shipping industry will be able to cut their CO2 emissions to a tenth of their current amount.
Additionally, Russia could see an industrial boom along its north shore. Factories could be placed up along that coast with easy access to Canadian, American and European markets and put a lot of Russians to work.
One can look at the loss of the Arctic cap as a disaster, or a boon. It all depends on your goals for humanity.
In a Symbolic Shift, IBM's India Workforce Likely Exceeds That In US
Your reading comprehension is poor.
"The lazy, poor and retired." I am listing three different classes of people that dependent on government entitlements. This does not preclude an individual being a member of more than one of the above groups.
In a Symbolic Shift, IBM's India Workforce Likely Exceeds That In US
My answer has the potential to come off as a troll, but here goes: socialism.
The political elite don't care as long as the lazy, poor and retired continue to the vote them back into power. Screw the working class that is currently paying taxes.
It is a short-sighted view that cause harm to everyone in the end.
Continued support of extant software?
To what extent should software companies be made to be responsible for older versions of their software? Should only certain software products be held accountable? I believe that operating systems should that special case.
I believe that Micro$oft has seriously dropped the ball when it comes to security problems we see across the Internet. Micro$oft has accomplished this stroke of genius with but one move...not releasing security fixes for their old OSes.
As much as Micro$oft and PC makers might wish, the entire base of computer users cannot all upgrade to the latest OS at once, leaving no sign of the old systems and software. The reality of the computing world is that old OSes continue to find homes and be used. Why? Because that old computer in your uncle's attic is only a 386, but heck if it doesn't run DOS and old educational games for your kid niece.
Worse still, there are installs of Win3.1, 95 and 98 in production environments, connected to a network, open for attacks by hackers to be turned into zombies. Am I advocating that Micro$oft spend their "hard-earned" dollars on old software? YES! They certainly have the resources.
I would be curious to find out how many of the reported zombie PCs are running these older unpatched OSes. Why attack new installs of Vista when you have so many other unprotected systems?
The Super Desktop PC
Here is my vision for the future perfect super desktop computer. Instead of the user having to worry about which architecture to buy, this super desktop will emulate all of them.
Virtualization software has come a long way and is proven to work. This technology is providing value NOW to companies with powerful servers running numerous OSes in their own virtual machine. So, just extend the concept to EVERYONE.
The super desktop will need a good processor, one that is effectively designed. The IBM Cell processor is currently the top of the heap. It is a top-to-bottom redesign of CPU design and really is the bomb. This computer would then run the OS Supervisor that provides the virtual environments.
Windows XP could have its own virtual PC. Ubuntu Linux could have its own virtual PC. OS X could have its own! Though, I sincerely doubt Jobs would support this. His ego won't allow OS X to run on something not made by Apple.
Don't like the x86 or PowerPC architectures? Make your own. Create your own virtual hardware for the OS Supervisor and then run your own custom OS on it. The IBM Cell has plenty of horsepower.
Technologies like SATA and SAS will give these numerous OSes enough disk bandwidth to keep them happy. Add in 4Gb to 16Gb of memory, as well. Every OS that exists seems to be so bloated as to needed 1Gb just to boot, anywho.
Hmm, with this idea, I could still have my DOS computer. Its virtual hardware would emulate a 3Com Etherlink III and SoundBlaster 16 card so my library of DOS games would still run.