A Handy Radiation Dose Chart From XKCD
I am now scared of bananas.
Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?
Heck yeah. Irix, was it?
SGI actually used to have that graphic interface as a free download on their website, but it's now a dead link.
That film was one of my favourites as a kid. Watching it again, after being more familiar with computers, looking at that Irix screen and recognizing folder names, you can see... oh yeah, it really is "a unix system."
Disarm Internet Trolls, Gently
This is the worst article ever and people who like it suck bawls.
Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?
"Is it right to buy a Chevy?"
How do you protect servers from a rogue Admin
Any kind of offsite backup would be the simplest (not always cheapest) guarantee that if somebody is vindictive enough to nuke your DB, you can recover all or most of it easily (and I've actually seen this happen). But you may want to look at this from a wider perspective and think what it is it you can possibly do that would drive somebody to become so vindictive. Now avoid doing it. When admins go rogue, something has usually driven to that. Generally, if people are treated with respect, even if they are being let go from a position, this is enough to ensure that they don't become vindictive.
Radiohead Helps Fans Make Crowd-Sourced Live Show DVD
Heck yeah. Nine Inch Nails totally beat them to the punch. By almost TWO years! KEEP UP, RADIOHEAD, YOU'RE LAGGING!
RIAA Wants 'Net Neutrality' To Include Filtering
Does this mean I won't be able to buy the Blind Faith album from iTunes?
DARPA To Turn Humans Into Batteries
When can I get my stillsuit?
Leaving a Comment? That'll Be 99 Cents, and Your Name
I would LOVE for cbc.ca to pick up on this. The comments on cbc.ca usually serve to accomplish little but expose rampant prejudice and ignorance across Canada. I swore off reading the comments after an actor from my hometown was shot in Mumbai and was interviewed in the hospital where he was recovering. A commenter criticized him have "hamming up" the interview.
Given Truth, the Misinformed Believe Lies More
Wow. They recently discovered the same thing about beliefs vs. science.
A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars
One of these days I'm going to remember that I need to add line breaks manually...
A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars
"arguing with teenagers is a zero-sum game"
I love this line.
Anyway, I completely understand and respect Jason Robert Brown's opinions and I admire that he has managed to make a living writing music and selling sheet music. That said, being a musician and composer who has worked on countless musicals, I've seen the flip-side of this equation. I have seen producers lose their shirts because of the prohibitively high cost of obtaining the rights to full scores (notably more than $4.00 a song). Simply put, it's not pretty.
Brown is right to defend his rights and defend his trade, however I think there is room for modernization in the copyright model employed by broadway show rights holders. Personally, I am a fan of (and often employ) creative commons licensing. I like the idea that if you're not going to make any money on my material, I won't either. This gives me and my material exposure (and hopefully a little popularity) and doesn't lose me any money. If, on the other hand, you're going to make a killing using my works, for sure I want a piece of the action. Most broadway shows do work on a sliding scale, however the scale does not slide low enough to accommodate most amateur productions.
The other issue with the current copyright model is that it is only concerned with short term gains. The actual term of a copyright before it is released to public domain is obscenely long. Obviously, this is to benefit the publishing houses. This means that even decades after a work is published, it can be extremely difficult to obtain the rights to put on the production. This has been shown to actually diminish the popularity of works since it is easier for amateur productions to find older public domain works, instead of fresher newer works (hence the continued popularity of Gilbert and Sullivan). Releasing works into the public domain (after the initial run) can help to boost the authors popularity and prevent them from dying in obscurity as so many composers do.
Should the Gov't Pay For Injured Man's Wii?
If you took the name "Nintendo" off it and told them it was a robot who monitors your exercise routine and helps you get in shape, they'd marvel at the cost.
UK Scientists Create a Three-Parent Embryo
I'm not sure to be disappointed that somebody already posted the same joke that I thought of, or relieved that somebody else out there agrees that it's funny.
Tsunami Warning From Space?
Wasn't this the plot of at least 2 James Bond films?
Health Care Reform
If the health care reform plan goes through then it signals the end of civilization as you know. Just look at where I am from, Canada, where we introduced universal health care in 1962. Since then, we've been living in barbaric fiefdoms, the likes of which have not been seen outside of the Hyborian kingdom.
Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?
Move to Canada.
Bill Gates Responds To Apple iPad
Didn't we see an article recently of a CEO stating that netbooks were on the way out?
The Wi-Fi On the Bus
I would have loved for this technology to have existed when I was in elementary school. We had ridiculous rules in place that even once we had arrived at school, nobody could leave any of the schoolbusses until all of the schoolbusses had arrived. It was a breeding ground for sadism.
Studies Find Harm From Cellular and Wi-Fi Signals
I gotta say that I was really disappointed that GQ printed the article. I normally have great respect for their journalism, however in printing this it seems like a cheap shot at selling more magazines.
S-4'N3 has no journal entries.