top EFF Reports GHCQ and NSA Keeping Tabs On Wikileaks Visitors and Reporters
Their defininition of 'journalist'
The distinction between "journalist" and "foreign propagandist" often depends on the government that's making the distinction.
top IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too
True, but a C64 with a floppy drive and monitor would exceed the 1000$ barrier as well.
It just so happens that 1984 was the year that I bought my C=64, and it cost $150. And also (a little later) in 1984, after getting bored of loading
Telengard from cassette, and really wanting to play Zork that I bought my 1541 from Toys R' US, for $150. That's $300. I don't recall the monitor prices (I used a used TV i picked up at a flea market), but I believe they were $300-$400.
top Why does Facebook need to read my Text Messages?
Once upon a time I was buying some SLR lenses from a Craigslist posting. Dude and I exchanged some phone calls about the price and condition and setting up the meeting.
About a week later Facebook started suggesting some random name as a connection. The name was vaguely familiar, but I couldn't place it. Then it occurred to the that random suggested connection had the same last name as Dude! Sure enough, it was his son.
The moral of the story is that the Facebook app trolls your call history for connections. That's too evil for my taste, and the app has been removed ever since.
To be fair, the app did ask for permission, but I always said no. But it would keep asking and keep asking and I eventually accidentally touched the wrong response. And while it claimed I could turn that feature off at any time, I never found the preference.
Like I said, I removed the app, and haven't really missed it.
top Building a Full-Auto Gauss Gun
Even so, a sharp projectile hitting your at 23MPH still isn't something to laugh at as the grandparent attempts to do.
23 MPH is about 10 meters per second. So this is about the same as a nail rolling off the roof and hitting your shoe as you walked by.
I think I could laugh at that.
top Dr. Richard Dawkins On Education, 'Innocence of Muslims,' and Rep. Paul Broun
even the otherwise very conservative Catholic church has no problem with evolution or the big bang.
Indeed. The so-called Big Bang theory was the work of a Catholic Priest,
Monseigneur Georges Lemaitre. In response he was elected as member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, eventually becoming its president. about a year and a half ago
top Twitter Censors German Neo-Nazi Group, Within Germany
That if somebody is being an asshole, I then tell him "Do that one more time, and I'll punch you in the nose."
Then you're the one committing the
assault, not him. (In the rest of your example he's committing murder, but you're still the assaulter.) about a year and a half ago
top Apple Planning To Build Private Restaurant
I've worked for big companies, and for startups. I have to say that on-campus dining facilities are pretty standard for big companies. We normally call them "cafeterias" but if you want to call it a restaurant knock yourself out.
Not to mention that Google's in-house chefs are a thing of legend. I really don't see what's news here.
top The Spanish Link In Cracking the Enigma Code
Not to diminish his part in the Enigma saga, but the Poles were reading it long before any other nation.
I'm pretty sure the Germans were reading it before the Poles.
(Note to mods: this is "-1 Lame Joke", not "-1 Pedantic"
top The Engineer Who Stopped Airplanes From Flying Into Mountains
It's nice to see real Engineers getting a bit of recognition for a change.
No. In the
Seattle Times. Like most stories on /., this is just a summary of an article that appears elsewhere. This is why you sometimes see people saying "RTFA" or "Didn't RTFA". These are hints that a poster who wishes to be knowledgeable about the thing that they're commenting on would actually read the fine article and not just the summary.
top Qt 4.8.0 Released
How do you pronounce a name like that?
I hate to feed a troll, but there's three schools of thought here:
Cue-Tee Cutie Cute
top Swiss Bank Has 43-Page Dress Code
If it's that important, why not just have uniforms?
In a way, they do have uniforms. The uniform is the method of dress spelled out in the dress code.Their uniform just has more variation allowed.
But what would uniforms save? You still need to tell people how to wear them. The US Air Force spends
about 160 pages (annoying PDF) telling people how to wear theirs.
top New Microscope Reveals Ultrastructure of Cells
Call me a Karma-Whore, but here's the clickable link:
top The Science of Battlestar Galactica
Ok, let's get one thing straight -- the Cylons "evolving" into human form was not "mind blowing". It just wasn't.
Agreed. it wasn't even new to the Galactica canon. We first see human looking cylons in "The Night the Cyclons Landed" two-parter (aka "the halloween episode" with a special Wolfman Jack appearance) of
top The First Photograph of a Human
really, the first picture of a human was porn, and not the picture in this article? That's awesome!
No. You made the mistake of reading the summary and thinking that somehow reflected what the fine article said. It's a common mistake here. If you actually take the time to read the rather brief article itself, you will find that the first photo of a human was in 1838.
top The Big Technical Mistakes of History
Who could have guessed that the Germans would pass through impassable terrain and precisely hit the single weak point between the strong Maginot Line and the first-string armies in Belgium?
The Germans, it seems, had no trouble guessing it at all.
top Mining EXIF Data From Camera Phones
399 images included the location of the camera at the time the image was taken, and 102 images included the name of the photographer.
Or, to summarize from the other point of view...
97.4% of images did of the camera at the time the image was taken, and not include the location 99.3% of images did of the photographer. not include the name ... "
top AT&T Moves Closer To Usage-Based Fees For Data
Charge for extra service for the offending 3%.
If someone buys "UNLIMITED" (all caps to match marketing material) access, shouldn't they be entitled to UNLIMITED (all caps to match marketing material) usage without being considered "offending"? That's like saying my family uses too much milk because we drink the full gallon instead of letting it go bad.
top "2012" a Miscalculation; Actual Calendar Ends 2220
We have a doomsday once every 365 days (except on leap years) when our calendar hits December 31.
I'm just being pedantic, I know, but our calendar (the Gregorian calendar) actually has a cycle of 400 years. The most recent cycle transition was in year 2000 (which was a leap year when it otherwise wouldn't have been).
Of course the rest of your comment is spot-on!
top Maori Legend of Man-Eating Birds is True
There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. That they may have been the architects of the great pyramids, or the lost civilizations of Lemuria or Atlantis. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive somewhere beyond the heavens...
top Battlestar Galactica Feature Film Confirmed
DS9 only got good when they hired 1/2 the creative people off of B5
Which creative people would that be? There were 110 B5 episodes. Of those 92 were written by JMS. All 44 episodes of seasons 3 and 4 were scripted by him.
because fox said (You guessed it) B5 is cancelled.
That would be a peculiar thing for Fox to say, as B5 was produced by Warner Brothers and aired in syndication.
not quite... what happened is that TNT agreed to pick up the show.
which is why the last season of B5 was crap they had lost 1/2 their talent and squeezed the last 2 years of story arc into season 4 to finish the series.
The only person I recall leaving was Claudia Christian who played Cmdr Ivanova.
Fox had nothing to do with anything.
Good post. Next time try some facts.
Snowgen has no journal entries.