HP Launches Moonshot
Why did they call it Moonshot anyway? Do they mean it has the computing power that NASA used to send Neil and Buzz to the moon? I have a more powerful device in my pocket.
Blink! Google Is Forking WebKit
Big difference is that other developers besides Microsoft weren't allowed to embrace, extend, etc IE6. But here Google is allowing other opensource developers to do their own embrace and extend, so at worst the third part is likely to be a repeat of step 1: embrace, extend, embrace fork.
Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?
That's why my credit card has a low credit limit (I insisted the bank roll it back when they gave me a free upgrade), which I only use to pay for groceries and stuff I'm forced to buy online. I don't tie down my whole life to a single point of failure, and have at least three different payment methods for my bills and whatnot.
Microsoft To Abandon Windows Phone?
The summary is wrong, but I don't think it's FUD. It's more like trolling to get the clicks of all the Microsoft bashers and haters.
If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...
What's bad isn't the texting but the other things that person may be doing while he or she appears to be texting. A person texting in a restroom or public bath can use that as an opportunity to take naughty videos.
Should We Be Afraid of Google Glass?
True. The cellphone in your pocket (it doesn't even have to be smartphone) already has all the privacy-invading features of Google Glass. How do you know that person who appears to be texting on another table isn't already recording a video of your tryst? Wouldn't you also be alarmed if you see someone using a cellphone inside a public bath? GooGlass should be banned in the very same places where the use of a cellphone is already considered improper or rude.
Users Flock To Firewall-Busting Thesis Project
Well written response. You have a very good point. That circumvention only works well in governments with a
rather democratic judicial system where circumvention is not in itself a crime.
Ironically the system is likely to be more useful in Japan, which recently enacted one of the the toughest laws against online copyright infringement in the (relatively) free world, punishing even mere downloaders with jail time.
Live Tweeting the Symphony?
The label "classical" is itself ambiguous. Just look at the so-called classical music charts. Classical music is a catch-all for movie soundtracks, recordings by groups led by wand-waving wizards (a.k.a conductor), songs sung or composed by Italians, and music too weird to put in any other category.
Trisquel 6.0 'Toutatis' Is Now Available
The average Ubuntu user won't go to another GNU/Linux distribution. They're more likely to move on to another OS altogether, maybe another Unix-like system like the Mac or even Chrome OS if their needs don't go beyond Twitter and Facebook. An Android system would also be attractive since it supposedly also runs Linux. I've just been to a local store (southeast Asia) where they're actually selling an Android 4.0 netbook by some no-name Chinese manufacturer. So full circle even if in a small way for Google's smartphone OS.
Chrome OS Remains Undefeated At Pwnium 3
With its bigger screen, the $1000 Chromebook Pixel looks like a better table. Just be sure to close the notebook lid first.
Google Glass Will Identify People By Clothing
Agreed. The problem is with the second link to the science-ficulation of an obvious Mac fanboy, not the most unbiased source. For the benefit of those with (chiefly mobile) browsers that hide links, here's the naked url of the blog post that puts a negative spin on the largely positive New Scientist article:
This fashion ID technology sounds less creepy to me than the tracking already being done by the wireless devices you already can't live without.
Google Glass Will Identify People By Clothing
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Shuttleworth On Ubuntu Community Drama
I thought Linux was started by people who had nothing better to do. It wasn't like the GNU Project that Stallman started because he wanted to make then world a better place at least for fellow geeks if not for ordinary users. Linus started coding because he found it interesting and maybe he didn't have a girlfriend at the time. By the time he found a girlfriend (or she found him), he could no longer quit because it had become much more than a pastime, like a Youtube video that went viral and became big business.
'Bandwidth Divide' Could Bar Some From Free Online Courses
OK then one person can d/l the video and then sneakernet it to his or her pals and so on.
That effectively solves the bandwidth problem. I know, I'm from the Third World. We can buy cheap DVDs and. even relatively cheap hard drive collection of movies. The question is why the groups behind these courses aren't making available leechable versions of their courses. If I'm a teacher it will be easier for me to hand out thumb drives for students to copy rather than force them to use unreliable 2/3g Internet (assuming their families can afford something better than an SMS data plan). The thumb drives will be passed around, so hopefully only a few will be needed.
New Research Sheds Light On the Evolution of Dogs
Domesticated animals tend to look more immature than their more feral ancestors, this goes for humans, dogs, and the domesticated fox in your link. In the future we'll look like gigantic fetuses with puny limbs and oversize heads and eyes.
Debian Allows Trademark Use For Commercial Activities
The stylized bottle below the Debian swirl in the restricted logo practically explains the Debian philosophy. It's a gift from the free software genie.
CAPTCHA Using Ad-Based Verification
Time to dump Yahoo, I only still use it for the spam filter which it has been good at but if it expects me to look at ads I will stop using it.
The news was by Yahoo, not about Yahoo. The company could still be among those planning to adopt the technology, but this isn't mentioned in the news story.
The Patents That Threaten 3-D Printing
Wasn't there a story recently about some gene patent? The owner of the patent if I remember correctly was suing a nonprofit. Besides if a company decides to give away a product, wouldn't that qualify as commercial already?
California Professors Unveil Proposal To Attack Asteroids With Lasers
Injurious because hundreds were reportedly injured? Harmful perhaps? Terrifying like a terrorist bombing that wounds but kills noone? Not really that destructive, but lots of other nonlethal adjectives to choose from.
Evil, Almost Full Vim Implementation In Emacs, Reaches 1.0
I never liked that newfangled vim. It's far too... colorful. I usually swap it out for nvi, which is much more vi-like.
Funny, but I find vim to be the vi that's closest to visual!
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