Visual Studio Gets Achievements, Badges, Leaderboards
Well the problem is that telling a programmer, "It's ok to use GoTo judiciously," is like telling a recovering drug addict, "It's ok to take that Vicodin if the headache is really bad." You might start of using GoTo judiciously and you may never end up abusing it, but there's a good chance you'll start using it to cure even your minor headaches and pains.
Google Teaches Computers "Regret"
"Man I knew I should have connected to that unsecured network last night... There's some shit even antivirus can't get rid off...."
Surveillance Robot That is Programmed To Hide
... their new covert robot that can sneak up on buildings...
Is that really so difficult? I surprise the hell out of buildings all the time. It's like they're never paying attention.
Anonymous Leaks Internal Bank of America Emails
n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility." - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
AT&T Sued For Systematic iPhone Overbilling
Isn't it a known fact that apple uploads usage data late at night? Not to speak to Att's overbilling, but isn't it possible that the phone did actually send/recieve data without user interaction?
With Better Sharing of Intel Comes Danger
Correct me if I'm wrong... but didn't the guy who linked the documents to wikileaks do so by comping the files to a CDR/RW disc?
Bethesda Criticized Over Buggy Releases
...There was a time that the main rallying cry of the console gamers who didn't want to play on PC was "it just works" when they put the disc into the console. But now, with the advent of online-enabled consoles, so much for that. Xbox and PS3 gamers are forced to sit through the old "ship now, patch later" setup...
I think you need to take off the rose colored filter off your nostalgia. There has always been buggy console games. There has always been good games that were ruined by game breaking bugs. Are there games that get released today that would have spent another month in QA 10 years ago? Maybe...
US Supreme Court Expected Political Ad Transparency
The problem is still with the organization of corporations. The management isn't at fault, because they're just the hired guns doing the will of the owners (stockholders). The stockholders aren't at fault because there's so many of them you could never apportion blame, and they can't know the ins-and-outs of every action taken by the corporation. Basically, no one is to blame...
"Coorporation n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility." - Ambrose Bierce
Thieves Use Vacuum To Siphon Cash From Safes
Looks like they really cleaned the place out.... *rimshot*
Microsoft Complaints Help Russian Gov't Pursue Political Opposition Groups
to open source, this is a prime example. Sheesh!
MS Thug: "That's a nice computer you got there. What's it running? Red Hat? You know it would be a shame if something were to 'happen' to it..."
India Now Wants Access To Google and Skype
Businesses bend over to comply with China because of it's massive population that they can exploit. Either to harness them as cheap manufacturing or to get their Internet dollars. India can't compete on either count. The reason RIM had to comply was they realized that they had the most to lose by not allowing India access. If India shuts out Google, Skype and all other VoIP telcom's India stands to lose the most.
I see this as India testing the waters to see how far they can push this. As soon as some big name stands up to them I see them quickly backing down.
Resort Attracts Men With Virtual Girlfriends
Electric Gonorrhea, the noisy killer!!!
State Senator Admits Cable Industry Helped Write Pro-Industry Legislation
When asked about criticism that he was 'carrying water' for the cable companies, Hoyle replied, 'I've carried more water than Gunga Din for the business community — the people who pay the taxes.
You can call me Naive but, isn't it the responsibility of the government to protect the people. Not the industries...
7 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Outbreak Would Fail
World War Z presented a very plausible "what-if" scenario for a zombie apocalypse. In the book the outbreak started in the worst possible location, China. There the infection spread quickly due to large population density. Thanks to them clamping down on communication channels and clever use of misdirection/misinformation the world didn't fully realize the zombie threat until it was gnawing on their front door and it was too late.
The book further makes the point that a zombie is a dumb and practically harmless if encountered alone or in small numbers. What caused the most damage was when the world panicked and basically made themselves zombie food.
The Case Against Net Neutrality
I don't get where this idea came from. The idea that in a free market, if one company doesn't offer a service that fits your exact wants/needs there will be a competitor out there that does. That's what everyone keeps saying right? Because, there's going to be someone out there trying to get an edge by offering you a better deal, right? Sure that sounds plausible in a free market. However, people are quick to forget that businesses will ALMOST ALWAYS do what's in their OWN best interest. If that means offering a consumer a better deal to lure em in sure. Problem is most of these 'deals' always come with a time limit. To lure you in and make you feel comfortable before it's back to screwing the consumer as usual.
What usually happens though is your big entrenched companies find a profitable model for the service. Other big companies come in and copy it and maybe add their own little twist to make them seem 'better'. Any small business that comes in and tries a more consumer friendly model will usually get crushed by the competition via backroom dealings and cutthroat business tactics. Then it's back to business as usual.
Anyone who tells you that the free market has the consumers best interest at heart is either stupid, or trying to sell you something.
Study Says Your Personality Doesn't Change After 1st Grade
Yes a couple people find themselves radically changed from when they were young and so obviously the study is totally bogus. Here's a thought, even if this study is true for 99% (well above what is scientifically needed for causation) of the population, the remaining 1% represents a huge number. By the way, introversion and physical activity levels was not a metric used in the study. The study doesn't mention anything about an introverted youth becoming an introverted adult... The attributes used were talkativeness, adaptability, impulsiveness and self-minimizing behavior. On the subject of impulsiveness:
Students rated as impulsive were inclined to speak loudly, display a wide range of interests and be talkative as adults. Less impulsive kids tended to be fearful or timid, kept others at a distance and expressed insecurity as adults.
The original article also doesn't state that it's impossible for a personality to change from a youth to an adult. It just states it's not very easy.
FBI Instructs Wikipedia To Drop FBI Seal
... Even just reading the FBI's correspondence you can tell they're seriously out of their depth.
What would you expect from a Bureau who's gotten by the past 9 years on writing warrants on post-it notes...
Prankster Jailbreaks Apple Store Display iPhone
I've taken to going to apple stores and queuing up the Friend Bar on all the macs near the genius bar. The average user wouldn't even notice a jailbroken iphone when they come in. I take pleasure in getting an average joe asking about the friend bar to apple employees.
Our Video Game Heritage Is Rotting Away
What about the time honored NES ritual of taking the game out, blowing on the cartridge, putting the game back in, pushing down, raising the game, lowing it back in, power on, power off, raise, lower, raise lower, power on and IT WORKS!! That's an experience you just can't get on modern consoles... Or what bout save game codes and how you would have em scribbled all over your desk on scraps of paper making your parents wonder if you were paranoid schizophrenic... memories...
Australian Cave Offers Klingon Audio Tour
Two "Klingon Scholars" isn't that something of an oxymoron?
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