Climate Skeptic Funded By Oil and Coal Companies
Well, I haven't heard of most of those, but yeah, Greenpeace is at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to environmental organizations.
If you've ever wondered why an organization like Greenpeace is so against nuclear power, this is why. They get big bucks from the oil companies.
Chinese City Wants To Build a Censorship-Free Hub
You should probably see a doctor about that cough. You're coughing up HTML.
Wildfire Threatens Los Alamos Labs
So what you're saying is... These fires were set by some pyro to check for spies?
DVRs, Cable Boxes Top List of Home Energy Hogs
I have a Motorola box from Comcast, and yeah, it does the same thing sometimes.
There IS a light on the LCD panel that lights up when you push a button. It stays lit until whatever that press did is processed. (Of course, if it does buffer the presses, the light doesn't light up.)
I've found that rebooting the box (i.e. unplugging, plugging back in) fixes it immediately. But you have to wait for it, and you lose the guide information.
US Senate Votes For Repeal of Ethanol Subsidies
You're confusing the Senate with Congress. Remember, Congress the both the House and Senate combined.
Democrats currently have the majority in the Senate. Since the Republicans have the majority in the House, this bill is highly unlikely to pass there.
What LulzSec Logins Reveal About Bookworms, and Passwords
There should be laws created to impose massive fines for sites storing plaintext passwords.
Be careful what you wish for--if that does happen, you should probably expect a whole lot of ROT13 implementations...
Siemens Fixes SCADA Flaws
Cool. Glad to see they fixed it in short order. I am anxiously awaiting the time when these fixes are put in place. I'll set my clock for... 7 years. That should be enough.
Thomas Drake Innocent of All Ten Original Charges
US reaches plea deal in classified leaks case, Associated Press (as carried by Yahoo! News). From that story:
Thomas Drake will plead guilty to exceeding authorized use of a computer, a misdemeanor, and the government will drop 10 felony counts that could have sent him to prison for the rest of his life, according to court documents. In return, prosecutors say they won't oppose a sentence that spares the 54-year-old Maryland man a prison term.
- Exceeding authorized use of a computer: guilty.
- All other charges: dropped.
- Jail time: unlikely.
I'd find a .gov source for you, but I don't know where to look.
Want iCloud With Windows? Ditch the XP
You have to consider your demographic, though. The former you might see from your average Slashdot user, but for most people, the response might be "I need a new computer", because I doubt most people have the operating system and the physical machine separate in their minds.
Of course, I note you said "euros", so I assume you're in Europe. The general attitude may be different from here in the US.
Percent of my work life spent in meetings:
But seriously, the poll is about work life
Hahaha whoops. >_>
Yeah, I see the word "work" now. Not sure how I missed that.
But yeah, I guess NaN would be a more accurate response. :P
Percent of my work life spent in meetings:
I'm unemployed, you insensitive clod.
Is Bill Gates the Cure For What Ails Microsoft?
Have they found some type of middle ground of the IT landscape that makes them immune to bubbles and fluctuations in the market?
Well, they're certainly immune to bubbles and fluctuations in the consumer market--IBM mostly sells to corporations now. Microsoft is doing its darndest to target the "hip" consumer crowd (think Zune, Kin).
Human Brain Places Limit On Twitter Friends
Obligatory QDB quote. http://qdb.us/303821
<Arang> fax, have you heard about the whole brain size-herd size primate theory?
<Arang> basically, the size of primates' brains corresponds directly to the size of their social group
<Fax> don't humans come out to be 50ish?
<Gral_Work> Oh, the monkeysphere?
<Arang> the tiny little gibbons and whatever have like two friends
<Arang> I thought it was 150
<Fax> it's been a while since I saw that article
<Fax> so i dunno
<Arang> wiki says 150
<Gral_Work> 150!??! Well, you people are almost taking up a 3rd of it. I'll have to make some reductions.
<Gral_Work> Arang! You are no longer people.
Germany To End Nuclear Power By 2022
A giant underground cave, built for longevity, and permanently sealed? Sounds like something from a video game...
Linus Renames 2.6.40 Kernel To Linux 3.0, Announces Release Candidate
So Linux 3.0 is on its way... Which makes me wonder--given that it's a major increment for something that has traditionally been very stable (in terms of API/ABI, etc.), is Linus going to allow breakage or incompatability with 3.0? Or is it just a "yeah, it's been too long, let's just bump it for numbers' sake"?
FSF On How To Choose a License
None that I can think of off the top of my head.
What I would do is label it CC-BY-NC-ND, then make it explicit you make an exemption for using your characters or whatever.
Or, you could go the usual route, and say "copyright 2011 Sasayaki, all rights reserved", and then just ignore/support people when they're all right with you.
(Of course, if you really expect your project to go anywhere, you'd be best off with a real lawyer.
Senate Passes 4-Year Re-Up of Patriot Act Provisions
Yes, the vote was 74-13.
It took more digging than it should have (neither Slashdot nor Bloomberg gave links or dates; good going, guys), but here's some pertinent info:
The bill is S.1038, passed May 24, 2011. It was sponsored by Harry Reid, and cosponsored by Mitch McConnell.
I can't see a way to see the actual vote on either the Senate or Library of Congress pages, so here it is from the Washington Post. Votes for: 40 Republicans, 34 Democrats. Against: 3 Republicans, 9 Democrats (and Bernie Sanders, Independent).
As always, please contact your Senator and tell them how you feel about how they voted. Find their information through here. (Remember, a written letter carries a hell of a lot more weight than an email. A hand-written letter will probably go right to the Congressman's desk, rather than their staff.)
And FYI: The House version, H.R.67 is still in subcommittee. The House and Senate versions will have to be reconciled before they're passed. You should probably write your Representative too.
Upscaling Retro 8-Bit Pixel Art To Vector Graphics
EvilHom3r over on Reddit seems to have mirrored the paper (as images) here.
My verdict: Yeah, it looks all nice and smooth, but with all upscaling, it's basically interpolating data. The original just didn't have that much detail, so you can only get so much out of it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
(Oh, and it makes all text look pretty bad. Kinda Comic Sans-y, if I can say that without invoking instant hate.)
Muon Suite To Be Kubuntu's Software Center
Linux has had good package management and delivery for a long long time, all it's been missing is a good, navigable and appealing front end for it.
I like using apt-get. Fast, accurate, and simple. >_>
Wikipedia Edits Around the World
Well, I can tell you it's not Aperture Science. They're in Michigan or Cleveland, depending on who (and when) you ask.
SheeEttin has no journal entries.