Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers
I currently have over a dozen passwords I have to keep memorized for accessing various systems (each with their own unique login IDs and passwords), many of which are changed every 3-6 weeks and do stringent checks on previously used passwords. That's just for work, and not including the dozen or so username/passwords I use online in my personal time. Seriously, it's time to rethink passwords because if you don't like that I write all this shit down in a spreadsheet that I print out and stuff in a binder, well, it beats the other guys post-its on their monitors.
Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan
What I find interesting is that both the vegans (Fuhrman, McDougall, Ornish) and the low-carbers (Atkins, etc) all get great results for their patients, and the common factor seems to be the elimination of SUGAR (a carb) in the diet.
'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official
I'll have to check it out, but I have a hard time believing it'll be worse than Skid Row in downtown LA. it's like the walking dead, people just milling around streets, in the streets.. yep, that's a dude pissing in the middle of the street while giving me the finger, good job man.
Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Fake Papers
Maybe I should stop right there in case someone gets a bright fucking idea.
White House Takes Steps Against Patent Trolls
You know, a few years ago it was kinda "unheard" of that the major corps would go at each other for patent issues, due to a sort of weird MAD scenario. Everyone would cross-license and be done with it. But with the latest rounds of patent cases, you'd think the companies would start hiring small armies of researchers to not only investigate entire portfolios of their competition, but also their competitions' applications for new patents.
Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?
Thank you, Mr. Dewey, for further enlightening everyone that we are just replaceable cogs in the machines of industry. Wear it out and replace it when done.
California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction
I actually had to check precipitation rates vs. rice acreage. There are some "desert" areas being farmed, but the heaviest seems to be in actual regions with decent rainfall. I mean, you are aware that california has many different biotopes, right? Them redwoods sure don't grow well in Los Angeles.
Similarly, you should see what kind of precipitation rates those farms in the Great Plains get. If it weren't for fossil water....
Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?
I still have a stack of strategy JRPGs for the PS2 I'm working through (mostly NIS America stuff.. Currently on the Disgaea series, with the Atelier Iris series in tow).
And I still have a windows xp machine that is only for my midnight insomnia Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri runs.
Finally, World of Warcrack.
A New Car UI
Design a big, friendly, easy to use, uncluttered interface.
Music Industry Is Keeping Streaming Services Unprofitable
This is very true. In the Indie world, it can be more amenable to the artist and I hope that the music "industry" figures out that, hey, treating artists like more than chattel can be profitable to both sides of the equation. When folks ask who does it right, I point at Dischord Records out of DC. They have a very limited focus (DC based punk/post-punk bands) and have very simple terms with all costs listed up front and full accounting. Once that number is reached, it's 50/50 after that. They don't do merchandising (bands do their own merch... and get all the profit, as well), etc. But, that's a label that's run by people passionate about the music they release and aren't trying to impress anyone with their 2000sq ft loft condo they just bought for $1.5 million and drive $150k luxury cars.
Music Industry Is Keeping Streaming Services Unprofitable
I dunno about that. A good label curates a catalog that I can use to discover "new" music, can help with setting up shows, and what not. Distributors, now that's a different story.
Government Secrecy Spurs $4 Million Lawsuit Over Simple 'No Fly' List Error
My only thoughts on this are the massive lawsuits that result. "AHA! YOU ADMITTED IT! IT'S TIME TO SUE!"
Enlightenment E19 Pre-Alpha Released
I ran across /. similarly to the gp while looking for information on enlightenment. I just googled raster enlightenment redhat rant and google returned a link to a /. article about it. Clicking it, it took me to /., but the BETA site. Okay, I've yet to look at the beta and now I fucking understand why everyone is complaining about it. /. beta.. is HORRIBLE. Jesus god, if /. actually pushes it to production, it'll be digg (ugh) and reddit from here on out. Sorry dudes.
Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams
I can't wait until some douchenozzle decides to remove the diffuser and blinds a bunch of people.
House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls
I now have this image of a deaf person being beaten down/arrested by a flight marshall for having a sign language conversation via video call....
Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business
I've worked on my Sony TRxA series subnotebooks and I agree that they're rather frustrating. But they don't compare at all to the time I had to disassemble a 12" Powerbook G4 to replace the harddrive. I wish all laptops were as easy to work on as my Thinkpads, but we can't have everything in life.. :(
The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer
I like software development. But when I go home, I do other things than write more code (write/record music, write/shoot/direct/edit short films, cook foods, breed fish, exercise/martial arts, spend time with my SO, etc). Apparently, to some developers, this means I don't take my job seriously and I shouldn't be in the industry because I'm not spending every moment living and breathing code. I don't even own a github. And frankly, if that's the expectation, I'd rather not work in that sort of environment.
Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching
/* kids are basically taught to do what they're told in matters that are critical (e.g. civics, science), but to be overly-creative in superfluous matters (art, sex, etc). */
First, art and sex are not superfluous. If they are, you need to reassess your life's priorities.
But more importantly, Art, Music, and Drama departments are usually on the "hit list" when schools go looking at their budgets, deciding what to cut. I WISH we were encouraging more kids to be overly-creative in those so-called superfluous matters, because those art kids end up being the philosophers of your generation. If you haven't noticed, Art, Music, Literature, Drama are all bastions of "liberal democratic thought" and are thus on the chopping block, just like STEM. Both foster unfavorable "group think."
FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'
/* Historically, BSD licensing has created some big problems */
/* companies taking software, adding major features, and then providing it as part of their own Unix without feeding the changes back into the central tree */
I don't see this as a problem, and neither do many others.
What Makes a Genius?
Invariably, we also see throughout history that these laser focused artists and creators are preyed upon by the vultures. The swarming businessmen, promotors, managers, who give their charges "the best they can" (i.e. a fraction of their actual value) whilst proclaiming to the world that they themselves are the true producers and behind closed doors they opine how if only they could get that last fraction of a few pennies from "those leeches, those damned artists."
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