Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox
If you can't install FREE SOFTWARE that's dead easy to install, fuck - I'd charge you $100 just because you're fucking useless.
Ray Kurzweil Talks Google's Big Plans For Artificial Intelligence
The simplest thing to do is simply unplug the damn thing. IT's not that hard.
We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia
Unless of course you want to send an email and feel confident that it's confidential.
Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?
is it is subject to infinite regress. Let's pretend we are in a computer simulation cooked up by some advanced race of aliens. Who's to say that the advanced race of aliens isn't also locked up in a computer simulation by an even more advanced race of aliens, etc. ad infinitum. Since there is no stopping there is no point in entering. The best response to these idiots is to simply not play the game. Walk away and ignore them.
National Ignition Facility Takes First Steps Towards Fusion Energy
I bet we're only 50 years from a real fusion reactor.
-Fusion reactor spokesman, 1960
Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata
like Rand Paul can do the right thing once in a while. However, if a Republican was in office, I doubt he would do this, because, basically, this is just political theatre. Political theatre is the offspring of when tragedy fucked kabuki bareback.
Why the Internet of Things Is More 1876 Than 1995
Adjusting GPAs: A Statistician's Effort To Tackle Grade Inflation
Grades are BULLSHIT. Grading should be as follows:
Extra credit can only be granted with a second prof reviewing the work. Since profs don't like doing that, it would be rare and would really require extra-ordinary effort.
IMHO, that would solve a lot of problems. Grades are this weird Prussian overhang. They need to go away.
A Corporate War Against a Scientist, and How He Fought Back
As far as it takes to smash capitalism and see the parasites hang.
Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials
In order to bring to public light a horrible truth. Therefore: he is a hero, not a criminal.
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
I would ask that Timothy et al please heed my note here.
First I would dispute this as being Beta software. I've been doing beta testing and QA for many years - now I teach audio and media theory, but I am still actively involved with software development. Slashdot Beta is actually Slashdot Alpha. Beta is feature complete. Whatever Slashdot is, is not. I go to Beta. I post a response. I get a notice that says:
You had mail. Paul read it, so ask him what it said.
Trademarks property of their respective owners. Comments owned by the poster.
Copyright © 2014 Dice. All Rights Reserved. Slashdot is a Dice Holdings, Inc. service
Well, (1.) I can't "had mail", and (2.) who the fuck is Paul?
And why do I still have to type fucking HTML code to format a comment? That's been a royal pain in the balls since like *forever*, and one of the least attractive aspects of this website, and yet THAT is still required to use in comments - there's no Rich Text editor, something even the dorkiest of third rate commenting systems has. So, you've "improved" the site, but not made it more usable.
So, I figure, well, maybe I should go look at the "mail I had", and lo and behold, I can't find the link to my account. I scroll up - not there. Then I realise I had CTRL-plus a few times to make things bigger (I'm in the process of getting new glasses, so I need to blow things up a lot so I can see them until my new lenses arrive). So: I go back to the old slashdot, and I see the horizontal scroll bar. I go to the new site, and the scroll bar is missing. Which is stupid and wrong. So, I figure "they can't have deleted access to my account" so I go CTRL-minus a few times and bingo - the link to my account appears. So I click it and I cannot find any link to a messaging or email feature.
So, at that point, I'm getting kind of pissed off.
So, I post some stuff in a comment, you know - contributing like the good scout I usually am. I type a line, put in a paragraph command, and what happens? IT CHANGES FONT! WTF?!?!?!
No - Beta is not a beta - It's mid alpha, at best. I appreciate slashdot wanting to be more friendly to mobile platforms - that is understandable. What you fail to realise is you CAN do both - just sniff out the reciever and feed it the version of code it needs. If you can do it for fucking IE6, you can do the same for iOS or Android. Lots of other sites do that, why can't you?
I have FREQUENTLY reposted slashdot articles on FB and other social media. I post fairly often - usually 2 - 3 per week. I have excellent karma. I am (way) old enough to know better - old enough to know good from bad and quality from dross. I regularly mod comments. This slashdot "beta" is bullshit. Laughably inferior software.
If this "beta" goes through with its present (dys)functionality, I will likely reduce my presence and activity here.
I'm sort of known for having posts that say "Dear (so and so) FUCK YOU!" Sometimes, I get moderated as flamebait or troll when I do that, but sometimes I get modded as +5 Insightful when I do that. I don't think it is terrifically insightful to say this, but it is honest and I do believe I speak for many others when I say:
Dear Slashdot / Dice / developers and designers
You want to improve things here? DO THIS:
1. Fork it so there is an iOS version, an Android version ,and a desktop version, just like you would modify your CSS etc by sniffing out the browser.
2. Don't change fonts when a paragraph command is entered.
3. I shouldn't have to enter HTML in the first place. RTF editors have been around for ages. Give us a nice simple one that recognises return character as a paragraph break, allows bolding and italicisation or BOTH AT ONCE by selecting text and clicking a button or two, and finally the use of text as a link by simply selecting the text, clicking a link button which brings up a text field for the URL with a "done" button. That would bring slashdot up to 1998.
4. The white space looks all designery-ish, but it doesn't help me read it any faster.
That is all.
How To Take Control of a Car's Electronics, Cheap
Not only did it not recognise my return char, it fucking CHANGED FONT after using a paragraph command. WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT? This isn't beta software. This is mid Alpha, at best.
How To Take Control of a Car's Electronics, Cheap
I will type a line and hit return here:
And then type another line. I will now type a paragraph HTML command here:
And then type another line, followed by another paragraph code here:
This will prove to myself whether or not Beta, in all of it's innovative wonder, will finally allow Slashdot to recognise a return command.
That is all.
Snowden Docs Show UK's Digital Spies Using Viruses, Honey Traps
a ticker tape parade and $10 million dollars. His revelations are critically important to our time. It is imperative the US Govt heed him and his supporters, on both the left and the right. Because if they continuing pulling this evil bullshit, eventually, there will be another Snowden. Only, the next Snowden might not be so nice or thoughtful.
HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"
Write the app in Assembly. It'll take a while. But the look on their faces would be precious....
Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source
Are you like, retarded or something? Considering all the built in sexism and misdirected unevolved sexuality of so many computer geeks, and that being an *operant norm* for women nearly everywhere, and your experience has women coming onto you, therefore they don't get your time?
I think you're daft.
Through a Face Scanner Darkly
What Killed the Great Beasts of North America?
Humans are changing that, we're sucking all the sequestered carbon out and putting it into the atmosphere where it hasn't been since the dinosaurs. Before all the science deniers reply, this is scary because humanity was born in the ice ages of the Pleistocene we've never experienced a planet as warm as the dinosaurs where there weren't any ice caps and it was 100 degrees in the northern reaches of Canada (yes I know the continents were in different places so Canada was at a lower latitude).
No. during the age of the dinosaurs, Canada was pretty much exactly where it is today. Yes, it was A LOT WARMER (as in tropical) but as you note, the atmosphere had more carbon back then. Here'sa map of da woild for ya, ca. 100Mya
Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?
1. It's the SOFTWARE FIRST ,the OS is (mostly) irrelevant.
2. figure out WHAT you want to do in music and select the software that fits your needs from there.
3. Buy the hardware that supports your software the best.
Frankly, in terms of just "getting shit done" Windows (7) is basically as good as Mac. Linux isn't so friendly, but if the software you need to get shit done is only on Linux, then, you're on Linux.
Now, there is a caveat with the software first thing, which is, your interface. If the audio in/out device you're using is Mac only, then you're using a Mac. Etc for the rest. So, for example for my home studio, I have a MOTU Ultralite MkIII hybrid running on windows 7 HP laptop. It's a bit quirky, but the sound quality is excellent and the preamps are smooth - for the price, it's hard to beat. There is better, but it costs more. Luckily, the MOTU is Mac/Win, and I happened to have this HP laptop not doing anything, so bingo: instant home music set up.
For software I run Ableton Live Suite - the fullblown monster. Why? Because what I do is more performance /composition based. If I was in a band and I was recording through some big multichannel interface, I would go with ProTools, because that's what I learnt in school, and it's pretty much the "MS Office" of the audio world (in more ways than one...) I also use Audacity, which is the swiss army knife of audio editing (i.e., small, crude, but effective)
For monitors at home I have a pair of EVENT PS8 monitors. They're a little bass heavy, but over all, very good sounding at a very reasonable price.
I don't use a mixing desk, I have an AKAI control surface and a Yamaha (XS6) synthesizer. Between them, I have plenty of ways of making things happen.
At work, things are very different - I have a ProTools C24 console and an SSL mixing desk with Bryston amps and Dynaudio 5.1 monitors and a Mac Tower running Protools, AVID, Audacity, Melodyne, Autotune, and a pile of other gear (compressors, processors, etc.) But that's almost half million bucks right there. So, "let's not go there" and let's focus on what you're trying to do.
So, get yourself an audio interface and some kick ass speakers, FIRST. Then figure out what software you need, and that will guide you to the hardware. When all is said and done, what computer you use is trivial, both in terms of effectiveness and expense. I bought my HP laptop (an old i5 running win 7) for $300 used. It works FINE. Ableton Live Suite literally costs THREE times as much. My laptop is one of the cheapest pieces of gear I own (my speakers were $650). So, don't sweat the hardware. Figure out the kind of music you want to make and proceed from there.
Here are some general suggestions
1. Rock Music: ProTools / Logic / Whatever - Focus on microphones and a good compressor.
2. Electronica: Ableton Live. Get a good control surface (I don't recommend Akai - mine sucks...) and a good keyboard
3. Dance Music: I would suggest a combo of FL Studio and Ableton Live
4. Composition: Finale and (whatever: Logic / Ableton / ProTools / Reaper / whatever) Your main point is to generate good composition - the software is just there to make it do something, so it will be more a question of what softsynths you use...)
5. Experimental: Cycling 74 Max/MSP or Processing. You'll need to get a Mac for that.
6. Jazz: See Rock.
That should get you started. DON'T TALK TO SALESMEN. They will try to sell you things. Things you probably don't need. Focus on what your interests and skills are, and then build your studio around that.
VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage