Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?
My manager totally shielded me from all the meetings and endless debates about business requirements. I wouldn't go to meetings for several days in a row. Just programming, music and beer. Now he's gone (resigned) and they haven't replaced him. Those were the days!
Facebook Lands Drunk Driving Teen In Jail
"Two of Cox-Brown's friends saw the message and sent it along to two separate local police officers..."
Some friends he has.
Internet Billionaire Creates Huge Physics Prize
That's not a huge physics prize, it's the biggest physics prize.
Ask Slashdot: How To Clean Up My Work Computer Before I Leave?
Use srm (secure remove). It will do 35 passes writing random data after deleting your files. It can take a while to run if you have lot of large files to delete.
LHC Discovers New Particle That Looks Like the Higgs Boson
I am glad they are being careful with their announcement and not jumping on it to claim 'I have found the Higgs Boson. Take that Tevatron!'
A New Record For Scientific Retractions?
During World War II, Americans were very keen and excited to get their hands on scientific data from the Japanese after nuking them, especially all the data from human experiments which were not feasible in US. When they got the data, they realized most of it was non-sense. They had been randomly doing experiments on humans without any clear hypothesis or theory and most of the data did not make much sense.
The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?
Will this affect desktop distros such as Ubuntu? Seems like a few Debian based servers have crashed.
Sale of Galaxy Nexus Banned in the US
I was thinking of buying Google Nexus phone this weekend. Woke up this morning to read this terribly sad news. It's still available on Google Play site. Is it advisable to still buy it while it is available (probably for a few hours)?
Certain 'Personality Genes' Correlate With Longevity, Says Study
And here we go again. Someone seizes the very first opportunity to disparage the entire geek community. Speak for yourself pal.
Google 'Wasting' $16 Billion On Projects Headed Nowhere
They have gotten too big. They could stand to lose a few pounds, I mean money.
Commercial Suborbital Balloon Flight Facility Takes Shape
Near Space Corporation? That's a terrible name for a company. Though it may be apt for what they do and their honesty is commendable but it also gives away what they cannot do - "Oh we actually wanna be Space Corporation but we have neither the money/technology nor balls to do it, so we're just gonna be content with Near Earth Corporation"
Ask Slashdot: How Do You Install Ubuntu On 30 Laptops and Keep Them In Sync?
Ask Canonical. If they can't give a good solution, they deserve to fail.
LibreOffice 3.5 Released
10000 sheets per workbook? Yup, lack of sheets was exactly what was stopping me from using Calc.
Defendant Ordered To Decrypt Laptop Claims She Had Forgotten Password
Seems strange that this showed up under it.slashdot instead of yro.slashdot. This itself seems an ominous sign of shifting trends. YRO category is becoming obsolete!
Customers Gleefully Mock Best Buy's $1,095.99 HDMI
If Amazon can sell a book for $23 million, what's wrong with Best Buy selling a $1000 HDMI cable?
Is the Earth Special?
No matter what rare combination of factors have given rise to life on earth, universe is so incredibly vast with an astonishing number of planets that the same combination of factors is not only bound to arise but arise a large number of times. It only means that it might not be easy to find life within a few light years.
Opera 11.60 'Tunny' Released With Ragnarök HT
Opera is one browser I have always wanted to like and make my primary browser but have never been successful in doing it. The browser is fast and has great features but a few things have always prevented me from making it my primary browser -
1. No RSS live bookmarks. Once I got a taste of live RSS bookmarks in Firefox, it was hard for me to read RSS feeds in any other way, no Google Reader, no RSS reader would do it. I don't want to open a separate window/program and pile up RSS feeds in there. I love it the way it is in Firefox. You just read them in a drop down menu off the bookmarks bar and they automatically get discarded as new ones come in.
2. Website compatibility - This may not be Opera's fault but nevertheless it works against them. Lot of sites still don't work right in Opera and some flat out refuse to proceed unless some other browser is used.
3. Per site default zoom level - These days screens have high resolutions. Lot of sites show up as very small text (Tom's Hardware is one, another in NY Times). In Chrome when you zoom a website, it remembers it forever. The next time you go to the website, Chrome shows it at the zoom level you set earlier. It remembers different zooms for different web pages. Opera has just one global default zoom setting that applies to all websites and actually lot of websites look terrible when zoomed in Opera (try Tom's Hardware). Also, Opera's rendering of input search boxes get screwed up when a web page is zoomed. Try editing a query on Google when the web page is zoomed and you'll understand what I mean.
If they fix these three issues, I would make it my main browser immediately. For now it has to be Chrome (sigh!).
Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?
The reason outsourcing does not give back the expected returns is because outsourcing companies employ fresh out of college graduates that do not have necessary experience and skill. They frequently lie about skills of team members to the US clients. They hire cheap fresh graduates, pay them good salary by Indian standards so those graduates stick it out and charge US clients lower than US market hourly rates so that it is an attractive option to the customer. Their main profit lies in the currency exchange rate between rupee and dollar. Foreign exchange is their real business, not IT services. They don't care whether they are programming or doing tech support in a call center or doing janitorial work, - as long as the difference between rupee and dollar is huge, they make money.
Ask Slashdot: Science Sights To See?
Maybe for you. Sorry to hear that.
Ask Slashdot: Science Sights To See?
Agree with you there. I like Big Bang Theory as a comedy but hate that they only strengthen 'the comic book nerd who never gets laid' stereotype.
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