Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go
Most CEO's and Executive Level types are sociopaths.
Perhaps not "Most CEO's", but the position tends to attract them: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ke...
Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly
Finally, something that can be measured in Libraries of Congress! (284, assuming 540 miles of 12" shelving. (http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc79.htm) )
Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test
Artificial meat is going to happen at some point, well before it can surpass the filet mignon or prime rib. Right now, it just needs to be better and cheaper than Meat Slurry , then, market forces will accelerate the quality.
Trust me on this, the bar is set pretty low for it to succeed.
Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test
How much do you think that chicken and beef would cost if it weren't raised on corn-subsidized feed?
Supermarket price is not the true indicator of net cost of all products.
Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries
Sulphur Batteries?!!!? The exhaust is gonna smell like rotten eggs!
Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain
Coke hasn't copyrighted their recipe because recipes themselves are not copyrightable. http://www.copyright.gov/fls/f...
Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?
First and foremost, I want my kids to learn from playing games in addition to being entertained. And there's something to be said about the visual simplicity of older (classic) games encouraging imagination, just like books stimulate the brain more than TV and Movies. You could probably make an argument that the eye candy in today's game is distracting from the puzzle-solving aspects. Then again, newer games potentially have better puzzles... I don't recall much of a physics engine in my Atari 2600.
Fortunately, we don't have to make an either/or choice. But if I did, I would probably start with classic games.
Oh yeah. Obligatory to add "Get off my lawn". :)
Mark Zuckerberg Gives $990 Million To Charity
Citation definitely needed here.
This document https://docs.gatesfoundation.org/Documents/agricultural-development-strategy-overview.pdf from the gates foundation would lead one to believe that they are promoting local farmers, not suppressing them.
Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone
Solar might not achieve infinite continuous operation, but might allow for infinite distance with stops for recharging.
Said RC device might fly for whatever distance the charge allows, then set down on a rooftop or unobtrusive location and start recharging for the next leg.
Energy weight / density / rechargability may not be favorable today, but will certainly improve in the future.
Smithsonian Releases 3D Models of Artifacts
You jest, but there's probably a deeper conversation about property rights.... No one is up in arms about the wonton copying and reproduction of someone else's work since the original owners are long since dead.
But wait 100 years and see what happens when someone wants to recreate a 2013 -era Nike shoe.
Dark Wallet Will Make Bitcoin Accessible For All — Except the Feds
Watching a mattress full of cash go up in flames may seems like karma for not disposing of it properly. Burning it (and probably leaving the coils and remnants behind?) Not cool.
File-Sharing Site Was Actually an Anti-Piracy Honeypot
Now find out that TPB was a BSA sting operation.... THAT is real news.
So the Boy Scouts of America is really a shell organization for the government!? Holy Double Deception Batman!
Without Plutonium, Deep-Space Probe Missions May Sputter Out
It seems irresponsible to me to send a craft into space emitting unsafe radiation. U-238 has a half life of 4.5 billion years, U-235 700 million. (Sorry, I'm not an engineer and I'm too lazy to go look up which would be used in said spacefaring fission reactor.)
We'd be mighty pissed if some ancient alien probe showed up on doorstep spewing poison. (Although for all we know, said radiation might be sugary fuel to them.)
Can Internet Pseudonymity Be Saved?
The problem of abuse on forums and online can be solved with good moderation. Unfortunately, most online sites don't bother to have someone ban users or delete posts based on users abusive behavior.
A properly moderated site enforces civil behavior - psuedonym or not.
Keeping Your Data Private From the NSA (And Everyone Else)
Personally, I can accept that with technology advancements, the speed of which crime / terrorism / evil can adapt and execute has gotten equally faster. Countermeasure that do not keep pace have been or will soon be rendered obsolete. Therefore, losing some privacy may be a necessary evil.
The problem is the lack of any checks and balances to prevent abuse. If the NSA has to access my phone records because they have credible evidence that doing so may prevent a crime, no problem. By the time they apply for and receive a warrant or wiretap, it may be too late.
But the NSA employee who happens to disagree with my political beliefs, or is screwing my wife, or merely wants to discredit or inconvenience me (or worse) because he thinks I cut him off in traffic... those are the missing protections that need to be put in place along with the access of my data.
No, the Tesla Model S Doesn't Pollute More Than an SUV
Mod Parent +1 for use of a computer analogy in a discussion about cars!
How Did You Learn How To Program?
The Ti-994a was also my first, and really was a great machine for game programming, considering the era.
It supported sprites and collision detection. I remember writing a (poor) clone of centipede, and an original, adolescently-influenced game I called "Gasman", where said hero of the game was chased by baddies. You would vanquish said baddies by letting them get close on your tail and then... well, you can figure out the weapon system. I was 13 or 14. :)
From there came the C64, which will always have a fond place in my heart. Tasting the next realm beyond basic with "Peeks" and "Pokes", and eventually assembly language.
Great times, indeed.
Tesla Motors Repays $465M Government Loan 9 Years Early
Texas also has pushed back on the manufacturer-direct model
I especially take offense with this argument:
"When manufacturers discontinue a brand -- such as Pontiac, Mercury, Oldsmobile or Saturn -- auto dealers still remain to help the customer,"
In reality, if Tesla were to go out of business, individual mechanics would open shop assuming there was a business demand. If there wasn't any demand, then it wouldn't matter if the sale originally involved a dealer or not. (Unless said former-dealer was unclear on the concept of business.)
Fed. Appeals Court Says Police Need Warrant to Search Phone
That's very insightful. +5 for you,kudos. Except the example posted where the op supported a warrantless search wasn't arbitrary.. it had a defined circumstance (timeliness of knowing the data might save a life.)
Defense Distributed Has 3D-Printed an Entire Gun
Maybe my sarcasm detector is still spinning up this morning. Are you missing the probably inevitable outcome that when firearms can be replicated easily, at home or a dark basement, that it's going to be come *easier* for criminals to get them?
And your statement isn't universally true either. Mexico has very strict gun laws - it's very hard for law abiding citizens to get them. And that hasn't lowered gun-related deaths there.
The relationship between gun laws and gun crime involves other variables. Poverty... stable government... education levels...unemployment... culture... Honestly given the complexity involved, I'm not even sure we have a big enough sample size to truly build a reliable model.
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