'weev' Conviction Vacated
Yeah, "Don't Make New Laws Unless You Have To" looks like copping out, but is actually something I completely support. When new laws are made, it usually just makes things more complicated, may create unintended/unforeseen consequences, and so forth.
The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary
I'm reading this at work, where my computer is already muted. Joke's on Slashdot.
The NSA Has an Advice Columnist
You and your co-workers could ask [the supervisor] for a team meeting and lay out the issue as you see it: “We feel like you don’t trust us and we aren’t comfortable making small talk anymore for fear of having our desks moved if we’re seen as being too chummy.” (Leave out the part about the snitches.) Tell him how this is hampering collaboration and affecting the work, ask him if he has a problem with the team’s behavior, and see what he says. Encourage him to come directly to the employee in question if he has a concern (rather than ask a third party to gather intel for him).
Trust is hard to rebuild once it has been broken. Your work center may take time to heal after this deplorable practice has been discontinued, but give it time and hopefully the open cooperation you once enjoyed will return.
Ironic, Big Brother.
Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices
If you can make it this easy for people to share who they share their gender preferences with, why can't you let me customize which advertisers and apps can and can't see what portions of my data, my friends list, and can post on my behalf?
I guess I will continue to not like anything on Facebook and not use apps.
Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You
Yes, but sometimes it's over responsive. In this case, allergies. The only true long-term healthy solution to allergies is to physically move somewhere else; even if that means another city/state/country.
Or allergy tolerance shots. I get injected every week with a dose of what I am allergic to, in order to slowly build up my allergen tolerance and lower the amount of drugs I need to control my symptoms. It's to the point where I can now have pets!
Japan To Tax Online Sales Of Foreign-Made Content
The reason consumers are buying digital merch from other countries is because it is cheaper. Entertainment moguls have an even tighter stranglehold on Japan's entertainment business and pricing than even the RIAA in the US and prices for music, movies, games, etc are all much higher, on the order of 50-100% higher. If you try buying a song in the Japan iTunes store for instance, a song that is 99 cents or $1.29 in the US app store is ~$2 in Japan.
So I'm sure what the Japanese people are doing, as an example, is switching their iTunes "home" location to another country and buying iTunes cards from those countries, saving costs and getting equivalent merchandise.
This scheme does not make for easy tracking and taxation on the Japanese side...
Many UAVs Vulnerable To Directed-Energy Weapons
When did a directed energy weapon become a "cheap tool"?
Sorry, I initially read NERF guns... anyone can make a mistake. :)
Gunman Opens Fire At LAX
According to TFA, he was shot in the chest multiple times before being taken into custody. I don't think bringing him in alive was their top priority, but I agree that it is unusual and will be interesting to hear what he claims his motives were rather than piecing it together by scraping it off of his Facebook page and his Guns 'R Us receipts.
Fighting Paralysis With Electricity
Anyone who has played Pokemon knows that Electric attacks *cause* paralysis!
Fukushima Nuclear Worker Accidentally Toggles Off Cooling Pumps
If this was a Kinja-powered news site, the comments section here would be full of Homer Simpson images, animated gifs, and memes generated just for this news story.
Thank goodness this isn't powered by Kinja.
Horse_ebooks Is Human After All
Nothing like an ad hominem arguments in formus to bring out the best thinking and engagement on the topic at hand. Here, you may need this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem
Encrypted Email Provider Lavabit Shuts Down, Blames US Gov't
Also from the front page:
What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company.
This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC
Defending the constitution is expensive! Help us by donating to the Lavabit Legal Defense Fund here.
He leaves a link to donote to their legal defense fund. In other words, he's still fighting it, but in secret shadow court.
Hybrid Hard Drives Just Need 8GB of NAND
What this means is that "Gamers are not normal users," and they can cost-save their standard line by going from 7200 to 5400 and charge the same, and create a new Gamer/High Performance line and charge a lot more for it, if they aren't already doing that, while eliminating the lower-tier 7200 line that was doing "good enough" for most Gamers or high end users.
In other words, if you like 7200 cheap drives, buy one now or hope that competition won't follow suit.
New Shrew Has Spine of Steel
The researchers don't yet know how its strength compares to that of S. somereni.
In other words, they are currently writing up a research grant proposal that allows them to travel the world stepping on shrews. FOR SCIENCE!!!
Cisco To Acquire Sourcefire For $2.7 Billion
Did anyone else read "Sourceforge" and start to worry about everyone's (1st/2nd/3rd) favorite code repository?
EFF Sues NSA, Justice Department, FBI
Electrical Engineering Labor Pool Shrinking
Mod parent up, there is so much truth to this. I am an EE in the US (CompE actually), but between the real-world experience and painful interviewing process, it became clear that supply outpaced demand and competition for even the least appealing EE jobs was high. And of course, over time talent supply flows to where the demand (and pay) is higher.
Personally I left the field, got my MBA and joined the ranks of evil in the corporate world where there was more demand and money...
The Glorious Return of the Twinkie
It's part of the new dual-currency system they're introducing in the US off of the highly successful Free 2 Play game system model and gamification of real life. Dollars can be earned through normal gameplay, mega-dollars can only be purchased by the Rich or Politically Connected and are required to unlock the best stuff in the the game.
US Charges Edward Snowden With Espionage
You mean the pre-order list for the Xbox One with always-on Kinect?
Megatokyo Gets a Visual Novel Game
I'm disheartened by the mostly negative comments I'm seeing on Slashdot on this. The comic itself isn't bad. The art, while heavily influenced by manga, is nice and unique and has evolved since he started, which is something you don't see much in anime/manga these days outside of something like One Piece. The story wandered a bit but flows better when you aren't reading the page a month that it now updates.
Yes, Fred and his wife have had health problems preventing frequent updates and I am not going to be his apologist, and no I have not read the comic regularly in years, but I think this project has serious potential. He started the comic with heavy influence from the visual novel genre and this could be the ultimate expression of the comic... he may even have a chance to straighten out some story elements. The ability to look at the same story from more than one character's perspective with different play-throughs and multiple endings sounds great as well.
Also, he has a team of developers working with him, he's not doing it on his own, so they should be able to keep this on track. Also, with any luck, one of the stretch goals will be to hire an art assistant (I mean he's blown through nearly every other early stretch goal in a day, why not?).
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