Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"
I'm very curious how the racks caused delays. Were there too many that fell over damaging the servers? Perhaps the under performing vendors are being tortured for their failure?
Well, how about that, it appears that the word wrack (synonyms, ruin, destruction, wreckage, (v) to cause destruction) have been replaced by the word rack (synonyms: shelf, torture device, (v) subject to extreme stress).
Bah. My first attempt to be a grammar Nazi and I have to correct myself.
Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop
I gotta call you on that, man. Windows 98 and Windows 2000 were awesome compared to Windows 95 and Me (Windows 99?). XP only narrowly avoided the odd numbered curse because it was named XP instead of 01 or 1. I guess they fired all the people that made Windows Me. Then they brought them all back to make Windows Vista and, after they'd learned their lesson with Vista, they had them make Windows 8.
Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment
This is a good point. The only way they could have screwed up worse would have been to name it "Pinto", "Gremlin", or "Aztek". (The latter has been said to have been the worst car in all of history, responsible for the downfall of Pontiac.)
Now now, those were at least profitable cars. How about an unprofitable car for a name: Project Edsel. This car cost Ford millions of $$ in 1950s money. How's that for a bad project name?
OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default
I'd leave you for my lawyer too, if you let BTRFS microwave me!
WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up
From what I understand, it depends on the area of the country you live in. So it is possible to be on "T-Mobile" Straight Talk in some areas and "AT&T" Straight Talk in other areas.
In my area, it was possible (for a while) to run locked AT&T phones on straight talk. They've stopped, because some folks were taking the pay as you go smartphones, using them maybe a month, and quickly switching to Straight Talk.
Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?
If you are looking for awesome live CSS fidding (heh), then let me introduce you to this site .
Pure Awesome! Loadable, saveable, shareable. Even loads common JS libraries for you. I've even seen ExtJS examples on this site. Hope you find it useful.
Airgap-Jumping Malware May Use Ultrasonic Networking To Communicate
Just curious, was assembly tank game Tank Wars or Scorched Earth?
Everyone swears by Scorched Earth - there's even a Scorched Earth 3D version now, but I always preferred Tank Wars.
Full Screen Mario: Making the Case For Shorter Copyrights
I know I shouldn't feed the troll Woosh, etc... Ah, what the heck
Spoken like someone who never had the original one. Even while the thing was in it's heyday (late '80s), it had all kinds of issue starting. After about two-three years of heavy use, they would start with the flashing power light upon inserting a cart. Everyone always assumed it was the cart's fault, because if you took it out and blew on it or tried another one, it would work. Problem was with the female end inside the unit, the jaws would splay open after too many insertions.
That said, I'll give the parent a break — since I never owned a top loader, he may be right. My N64 still works (for now), but my SNES only starts its games about 1 in 10 times recently.
Neil Gaiman On Why Libraries Are the Gates to the Future
Historically, the list books you check out from a library have been protected. However, with the way the government is thinking about it, it is just metadata, since it isn't the books themselves. At this point, I'd honestly be surprised if they weren't mining that data also.
Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
Knowledge is Power
Absolute Knowledge Corrupts Absolutely
US Gov't To Issue Secure Online IDs
What a terrible acronym! How are we supposed to say FCXX anyway?
So, I came up with a better one for them:
Federal User Credential Keyfob (for Your Online Utopia)
Urban Terror Code Stolen
Dude, he was doing coke on top of his backup CDs - he doesn't sound like the sharpest tool in the shed.
New Evidence That the Moon Was Created In a Massive Collision
I'm guessing this happened before Flash Gordon's time. Who knew that 40's pulp sci-fi was based on facts?
Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%
I have to disagree with you. Free-To-Play is the ultimate DRM. Your game only exists as long as that game cloud is running. As soon as it becomes unprofitable, they'll pull the plug in a heartbeat. Just like that, your game is gone.
From the publisher's point of view, this is the best possible solution. Turn everything into MMORPG, MMORTS, or MMOFPS and start raking in the dough. As soon as v2 comes out, pull the plug on v1. Or better yet, make expansion1 that makes those playing the vanilla version lose every time. I can see more powerful guns in FPS-type games (like the Double-Barrel shotgun in Doom2), more powerful units in RTS games (like Krogoth in Total Annihilation:Core Contingency), and Monty-Haul Loot Drops (TM) in MMORPGs (like Dust of Disappearance in Curse of the Azure Bonds - that stuff rocked!)
Point is - I can still play Curse of the Azure Bonds more than 20 years after it was made. Yes, I still have a floppy drive in my computer, and an emulator is required. The Free-To-Plays will probably last 5, perhaps 15 if they are a runaway success. Future generations may not have access to them. Now where did that Adventurer's Journal run off to, I need to read Entry 37.
Man Tunnels Into GameStop, Steals Games
Don't forget Nesticle_Love's fast running, arcade stomping big brother, Callus_Love. He loved those Capcom games, back in the day. We should also have some consideration for Callus' cousin, Retrocade_Love. She was easy on the eyes - too bad she stopped running when Windows became an eXPerience instead of a year. She's really let herself go.
Capcom 'Saddened' By Game Plagiarism Controversy
Ah - a copy of Lost, I take it. I hope your ending was better than the writer's.
Zynga and Blizzard Sued Over Game Patent
Actually, I think Unreal Tournament (UT99) had an online ranking system (based on a DB) somewhere in the 2000s. Any UT players out there that can confirm this? It was called something like ngWorldStats, but my memory could be wrong.
FBI Alleged To Have Backdoored OpenBSD's IPSEC Stack
Not for $250,000, no. Might be worth a Netflix stream, though.
Stallman Worried About Chrome OS
The day I need my phone number in a phone book to look is the day I hang it up.
As for the CC/waitress example - the law (and the CC industry) takes a dim view of waitresses that charge themselves a little something extra with your card.
When Computers Go Wrong
Here, now. They actually intended those drives to be used in desktop computers. As such, they used a bearing oil that would degrade if it was used longer than 8 hrs a day, likely as a cost saving measure. That was their defense, at least. Shortly after that, they sold their drive division to Hitatchi.
Man Sues Rockstar Saying GTA:SA Is Based On His Life
Well, at least when you sued, they weren't trying to chop you up with a big Golden Axe.
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