top Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes
It seems to me that whatever political party can effectively use this data first, has a great weapon in its arsenal.
top How Facebook and Oculus Could Be a Great Combination
Business decision(s) aside, it feels completely unnatural that such a cool, grassroots company sold out to a behemoth monstrosity like FB.
I would really like to see FB taken down a notch (putting it nicely), and this I am afraid will draw more people to it, as this tech is very compelling. I don't want to have to use FB to play with VR on this level. Perhaps I won't have to.
Maybe Oculus did need the help referred to in the article, but couldn't there have been another way? $2B would be hard to turn down, but (imho) they could have gotten there another way, and maybe surpassed it.
just my $0.02
top Cameras On Cops: Coming To a Town Near You
I can already hear the excuses when the footage is "lost" over the one controversy an officer might have. Or (as previously mentioned), the camera magically shut itself off.
top Book Review: MODx Revolution - Building the Web Your Way
I have a client who wanted to implement ModX (Evolution, the prequel to Revolution). I took a look at it for them, and found it to be very simple to work with, and was quite flexible to be able to do what you needed with it.
It has its own coding standards, and allows for static templates or DB storage for HTML. It's definitely easier to use/customize than Joomla, and some of the other (more popular) CMS's. Out of the box, it just works, and works well.
Would I recommend it for everyone? Definitely not. I would compare its ease-of-use to WordPress, but I tend to like it better... if for no other reason than its not WordPress.
Just my simple 2 ... it's worth a look.
top Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers
You want to get rid of the TSA?
It's that simple. No, don't tell me you have to. You don't. You get enough people together and you all refuse to fly until the TSA is dismantled, and you know what'll happen? The airlines will get things changed in a hurry and the TSA will evaporate in a puff of invalid logic. It's that simple!
"Oh but it isn't and I have no choice and I need to fly and-"...
I can't agree with this more.
...and I've done my part, but not only for TSA reasons.
You can be guaranteed that if *we* all stopped flying to protest the TSA, the TSA would go away because the airlines would scream 'bloody murder'. You can also be guaranteed that this will never (absolutely never) happen, because people in this day & age put their (mostly petty -- a dying family member is not petty) needs before something as important and fundamental as this.
Wouldn't it be a good start if we all could pick a day (or a week, etc.) that no one booked a plane ticket in the name of TSA protest? It would send a message, at least, but wouldn't completely stop the craziness of what is happening today. When can we have a "no fly day"?
top Real-Time Gmail Spying a 'Top Priority' For FBI This Year
This is Slashdot which has a deep user base of highly skilled technical talent, hates what's happening to the Internet (etc.) via the U.S. Government (etc.), and collectively has the ability to do something about it.
Personally, I often find myself reading articles like this, and becoming very frustrated about it to say the least. The older I get, the more I have seen the encroaching government rules/laws/lack thereof which basically invalidates some of the most important parts of the Constitution. It's gone waaaaayyyy too far at this point, don't you think?
All of this has to be somewhat obvious and common in terms of how you feel when you read this. I don't think I am in the minority here, but I might be crazy.
With the long-winded intro above... there must be something we can do as a collective. There are a lot of great minds here, and a lot of talent which can out-think, and out-perform anything the government can come up with without breaking laws.
What we're lacking is organization, and a plan to do something about it. That could be anything from making sure the world knows what's happening, to creating secure means of communication, to outing politicians, and getting the media involved, to a lot of things we haven't thought of.
I'm ready for the neigh-Sayers, and the "it won't happen because...", but doing something is a lot better than watching this all happen and feeling helpless.
How do we organize? How can Slashdot come together to do something positive which stops this atrocious behavior by our governments?
Before we hear about how silly this idea is or how it won't ever work, who has actually tried on a somewhat large scale in terms of people?
I may be alone, but I am so tired of hearing about all the incredibly ridiculous things our government is doing to the people who pay for them to be there.
Well, it was worth a try... I'm ready to be shot down, but if I didn't say something, I'd just be a lemming like a good percentage of the clueless constituency.
Rant over... :)
about a year and a half ago
top Internet Defense League To Be Deployed Against CISPA
YES! this is exactly right. Women's rights, abortion, etc... are very surface and personal issues that hit home to a lot of people, but aren't really going to change no matter who is elected. They are not the relevant issues, nor will they change easily.
It's a smokescreen to get elected, and make the other guy look out of touch. When will people figure this out?
In the U.S. we've got to stop electing the "cool" guy who would be fun (and interesting) to sit and have beers with, rather than a leader who puts the power back into the hands of the people.
The road we are going down undermines everything that this country was founded on, and made it stand out from the rest (good or bad). One must admit, to a point -- we had it good for a while.
This road we're on has been taken countless times before in other ways, and it has never, ever ended well.
about a year and a half ago
top Smart Ice Cubes Tell When You've Had Enough Alcohol
We would have used these for "How-fast-can-you-get-those-cubes-to-turn-red" parties.
about a year and a half ago
top Texas High School Student Loses Lawsuit Challenging RFID Tracking Requirement
I actually went to the website, and if you read the FAQ:
"Q. What does this pilot cost and what is the projected additional revenue expected?
A. NISD will spend approximately $261,000 on this pilot for the two schools and expects to realize $2 million in additional revenues."
about a year and a half ago
top Original Batmobile To Be Auctioned For the First Time Ever
I always LOVED that car, and yes, I'm old enough for it to be the definitive Batmobile.
I'd love to pull a Bat-turn on I-10 one day.........again, but in that car rather than my own.
It's the definitive Batmobile to me also. I was old enough to still enjoy the (first rounds of) re-runs, and see it in an "antique" auto museum close to the area I grew up. I remember making a point of touching it, to see if it was a real car. Ah, the good old days.
about a year and a half ago
top Water Bottle Fills Itself From the Air
Well, damn... while glancing over the headlines, I somehow got it in my mind this was a Black Friday deal, and was about to avoid it.
top It's Hard For Techies Over 40 To Stay Relevant, Says SAP Lab Director
I'm 48, self-employed, and spend a good deal of time putting out security fires, and/or filling in the gaps that the younger, (very) less experienced guys didn't think through their solutions.
As one of my roles, I am the "go-to" guy for organizations which have development staff, but only have 1/2 of the required talent, if that makes any sense.
The more companies begin to understand / evolve online, the more open their eyes will be when they realize they've had their first SQL injection, etc. This is when people like us come in -- but the key to our success is keeping up with constantly changing technology, and doing it well.
top Woz Worries Microsoft Is Now More Innovative Than Apple
It seems the pendulum is swinging back towards Microsoft. If you live long enough, it will swing back (or away from MSFT) again.
It reminds me of the days when data was stored on main-frames, mini's, etc. with distributed green-screens... it went to PC's (stored locally), and now the cloud, then...
It's the pendulum.
top Why Coding At Fifty May Be Nifty
I'm 48, and wish I had another 24 years to do all of the things I want to do coding-wise alone. I haven't learned it all yet, and still want to know how everything works.
It's a great lifestyle after all this time. I own my own firm, work from my home office, get out to the boat on Fridays and work from there if needed (during summer), and make my own time to work on my own terms.
Coding at 48 is great!
top Ask Slashdot: Ideas For a Geek Remodel?
Don't forget about lighting, and some of the REALLY cool things you can do with LED's.
For about $25 (US), you can pick up 16 foot reels of bright LED RGB lights (30-60 LED's/meter). They come with remotes, so you can control color, brightness, effects, etc.
I've done some very cool access lighting in strategic places around the house, and it's pretty awesome.
The low-hanging-fruit, of course would be in the kitchen with under-cabinet lighting. It's even cheaper with one-color (white) LED's... It took about 30 minutes to "install", and the ROI is huge. Especially with the wife.
top Hiring Smokers Banned In South Florida City
Why not impose a tax on smokers... somehow affecting their paycheck?
Don't create more laws making nicotine illegal. We've had enough liberties taken from us. Personal responsibility is going out the window, imho.
Randomly test employees (or somehow find a way to separate the smokers from the non), and penalize the smokers via a "tax". Smokers still have the choice, but also have incentives to quit. The additional cost to health care, and testing would be covered by the tax.
Perhaps not realistic, but certainly more mature than simply making everything illegal, and eliminating yet another choice.
top New Content-Delivery Tech Should Be Presumed Illegal, Says Former Copyright Boss
I mean... really?!?
Still aghast that this could be coming from someone in such an influential position.
The kicker is that this could actually happen. After what's gone on over the last 11 years, not much surprises me anymore.
top Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?
Exactly the same there, with a short detour into BSD somewhere down the line.
top Space Shuttle Items For Sale Soon VIa GSA Auction
They're just making sure you actually *read* the article before commenting.
top Ask Slashdot: How Did You Become a Linux Professional?
In the early 90's (1993 or so) I started a small ISP in the midwest (playing out of my house) which grew fairly quickly. After about a year, I brought on partners, and hired employees, as well as found office space.
I had a couple of high school and college age guys who came by to help us out, and play with our large amount of bandwidth. They convinced us (1995/1996) to try Linux (Slackware, I believe) for our DNS and mail. After many attempts to show us how stable, and great it was. Eventually, we began to use it in production, and it was terrific for so many reasons.
Eventually I had to learn command-line, and how it all worked, and I spend much time learning the 'right' way to do things. Joe (the text editor) became a good friend.
From there, we eventually sold the ISP, and I went to work for the company that purchased us. I've been heavily involved in Linux administration and development ever since.
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