top U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'
Also, the text of the 1st amendment starts "Congress shall make no law". Nothing in there applies to private entity. The first amendment has *nothing* to do with this case.
top Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws
The title suggests that Google is fighting against distracted driving laws, but when you read TFA, it sounds like they are really fighting laws that ban Glass-like devices which, depending on your point of view, might not be the same thing.
When I'm using my phone to navigate in the car, I have to glance at the phone occasionally. If I had Glass active and it was showing some of the same things, I wouldn't need to look away from the road and (in theory) could be less distracted. IMHO, I would think a blanket ban on the device is premature at this point. If Glass is released to the public and the data shows that it causes problems, the it will be time to start the discussion.
top The Challenge of Cross-Language Interoperability
Separating the libraries to run in their own process is one way to get the same effect as different libraries with some benefits (clearer boundaries of each module, the ability to switch components seamlessly, and the possibility of splitting components over difference servers come to mind).
Any socket communication using a loopback address would not be an order of magnitude slower since it never goes out over the wire. There would be some overhead (copying the data from one memory space to another), but not that huge.
top Internet Infrastructure for Everyone
Not sure how an OS tuned to run on under-powered laptops would be a good choice to use as a server OS. What's the thinking there? Server OS should be stable, whereas if a laptop crashes, "turn it off and back on". It's just a totally different focus, IMHO.
top U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?
Voted a week ago. Simple fill in the oval paper ballot.
about a year and a half ago
top "Exploding" Termite Species Discovered
Not since SyFy killed it, anyway,
top Valve Will Let Gamers Pick Games To Appear On Steam
top Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg
Maybe I'm outside the norm, but I had two different offers the last time I looked for a new job (6 months ago), despite moving from another state and being just shy of 40. Of course, I keep up with new tech and had an app in the Android market, so maybe I seem young.
top Mozilla Releases HTML5 MMO
I know I'm feeding the troll here, but what application developers has access to threads (or sound or graphics even) in the 70s? First reference to threads I can find is SunOS 4.x, which came out in 82. The 80s is also when some sounds and graphics became available on many computers (Commodore Vic-20, Atari 2600, IBM PC, Apple II, etc). There might have been specialty computers that had those features, but nothing available for the average application developer in the 70s.
top Senator Wyden Demands ACTA Goes Before Congress
What you say may be true, but I don't think he expects to be able to change existing copyright law. IMHO he has two aims; to make ratification of treaties require Senate approval (as specified in the Constitution) rather than Presidential fiat; and requires that negotiations in these treaties be conducted in the open (anything we share with other countries must be made public).
Yes, I RTFA, but I'm not new here.
top AC and DC Battle For Data Center Efficiency Crown
Articles main source says modern AC and theoretical DC are about the same. By the way, he has a product to sell...
top AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves
Sounds like AT&T has only itself to blame.
top Sprint Orders All OEMs To Strip Carrier IQ From Their Phones
Like Sprint Nascar, Sprint Football, Sprint Zone, Amazon MP3, Blockbuster (they still exist?), NOVA, Telenav GPS (which appears to be cheap knockoff of Google Maps nav mode) and Qik Video.
While I'm glad the Carrier IQ stuff is going away, I'm still planning on rooting my phone when I have the time (like over the holidays; whee!).
top Researchers Say Carrier IQ Isn't Logging Data, Texts
This, especially more so in social media where descriptions of the subject of the link can be iffy.
top Setting the various household clocks ...
My microwave and VCR always show 12 o'clock, so they're correct twice a day regardless of DST.
top How often do you put pen to paper?
For me, it's cheaper to sign than use my PIN, so I sign, but most of the time, the signature is on a electronic pad, so no paper is involved.
top Ask Slashdot: Recovering Data From 20-Year-Old Diskettes?
Brute force of course! Just try all possible bit combinations until the checksum matches.
top Regarding timezones: I would rather live ...
I exist in all time zones simultaneously.
top When the Shuttle Atlantis launched Friday ...
I just started a new job Tuesday and was in training. Just no option to see it.
top Amazon Tests a Home-Delivery Service For Groceries
Peapod is still in operation, so it must be possible.
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