PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History
I need a new PC now as my current one is 8-9 years old p4 3.2Ghz.
If I could find something decent without W8 on it I'd get one. But as it is, I refuse to buy a W8 machine and be forced to buy W7 pro full price to replace it. Every store around here only has W8 systems on the floor.
How Safe Is Cycling?
Well, around here (Indy) it's dangerous because the bikes will ride in the traffic lanes whenever they want, ignore stop/yield signs (and sometimes lights) at will, and think they own the road by (seemingly deliberately) riding in and out of traffic. And I have seen my share of drunks riding bikes, cyclers riding no-handed while texting and using cellphones as they drift into car lanes oblivious to drivers.
Even on our dedicated trail (the Monon Trail) riders, runners, roller bladers they never yield to traffic where the trail crosses busy streets and there are BIG, clear stop signs for the trail users. It's just too much trouble for them to stop and jog in place, hop down from that bike or hit the roller brakes before crossing.
In the last 8 months the trail/road crossing near me I have already seen 3 trail users hit and one died because they did not even try to stop. I don't feel sorry for any of them due to their arrogance.
Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom
I'm probably in the minority, but I don't always drive to go somewhere, I go somewhere to drive. Rowing through my 6-speed manual is a heck of alot of fun.
I would pay a lot of money to be able to drive distracted, asleep, or inebriated legally. Right now none of those are legal and one isn't even possible.
Then just use a taxi or the bus, their cheaper. If you are traveling far enough to have time to get sleep/inebriated then a plane, train or bus will do the same thing.
Ask Slashdot: Setting Up Non-Obnoxious Outdoor Lighting?
What do you need a floodlight for?
IMHO there is way too much lighting - residential areas just plain don't need outdoor lighting at all; what's wrong with just carrying a torch?
Really? So I don't need to light up the places where criminals may hide where no-one will see them? There are no street lights at all in our neighborhood making it extremely dark on our street. There have already been several burglaries around here, it's so dark nobody saw anything.
Properly aimed and adjusted light/motion sensors won't be triggered by every little thing.
Blackberry 10 Sends Full Email Account Credentials To RIM
"When you enter your POP / IMAP e-mail credentials into a Blackberry 10 phone they will be sent to Blackberry without your consent or knowledge. A server with the IP 220.127.116.11 which is in the Research In Motion (RIM) netblock in Canada will instantly connect to your mailserver and log in with your credentials. If you do not have forced SSL/TLS configured on your mail server, your credentials will be sent in the clear by Blackberrys server for the connection. Blackberry thus has not only your e-mail credentials stored in its database, it makes them available to anyone sniffing inbetween – namely the NSA and GCHQ as documented by the recent Edward Snowden leaks. Canada is a member of the “Five Eyes”, the tigh-knitted cooperation between the interception agencies of USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, so you need to assume that they have access to RIMs databases. You should delete your e-mail accounts from any Blackberry 10 device immediately, change the e-mail password and resort to use an alternative mail program like K9Mail.
Clarification: this issue is not about PIN-messaging, BBM, push-messaging or any other Blackberry service where you expect that your credentials are sent to RIM. This happens if you only enter your own private IMAP / POP credentials into the standard Blackberry 10 email client without having any kind BER, special configuration or any explicit service relationship or contract with Blackberry. The client should only connect directly to your mail server and nowhere else. A phone hardware vendor has no right to for whatever reason harvest account credentials back to his server without explicit user consent and then on top of that connect back to the mail server with them."
Isn't having RIM's system login to your account a TOS violation by RIM or the same as hacking an email account? RIM should be sued for illegally accessing computer data without consent.
Why Microsoft Shouldn't Worry About Cannibalizing Their Userbases
That may have been true years ago, but not now.
Most new HW is supported in Linux now, it's harder to find anything NOT supporting Linux these days.
While it may be true that many applications are not ported to Linux, what "cutting edge" HW are you referring to? Nearly every printer mfgr. supplies linux drivers, digitizers; yes, cameras; yes, data acquisition; yes, cpu/motherboard; yes, wireless chips; yes, soundcards; yes, video cards; yes, etc. etc. And these are in ADDITION to all old HW some of which windows support has long been gone,
The Black Underbelly of Windows 8.1 'Blue'
It's no more abusive than cable/satellite TV is now and plenty of people think that's just fine (they pay their TV bill every month to watch ads).
What would lead MS to believe users won't gladly accept ads on their computers as well?
Firefox Takes the Performance Crown From Chrome
Wow, talk about an instant gratification society. You can't wait a WHOLE 3 SECONDS for a program to start?
Maybe you need to get off Windows. I run FF on my Linux system where I usually keep it running for weeks/months at a time. It takes maybe 3 seconds to get running and no OOM and no crashes (the rare crash is usually due to a plugin, and performance issues are almost always due to Flash/Java sites). My current desktop has had FF open for 9 weeks now and is using ~250M in RAM.
The rendering speed has been more than adequate for me, most of the wait time is due to network latency or graphics intensive pages that take time to display on my system (no hardware GPU) regardless of the app displaying them.
Plus I trust the Mozilla foundation waaaaayyyy more than I would ever trust Google.
As always, YMMV
AMD's Open Source Linux Driver Trounces NVIDIA's
Would having an full-feature open source driver actually hurt or improve business?
In the high-end consumer market who cares about the open source driver other than the open source purist?
Hmm, "who cares about the high end consumer market"? What about the high end professional market? I have worked in several engineering departments where ALL development is done on Linux/Unix boxes and high end graphics are a must (EDA IC design tools for instance). I'm sure there are many more (closed source) applications that run on open source systems that need high end graphics performance and the engineers demanded the performance/features needed.
Every time I have tried to use the Nouveau drivers, it breaks my windowing system in some way I must tweak just to get working again (Ubuntu 12.04, CentOS, and a few others that I run).
I must be one of the rare instances where AMD drivers/cards just worked well for me.
Browser Choice May Affect Your Job Prospects
I created my resume in OpenOffice and just export it to pdf. When HR/recruiter requests a word format, I tell them I have no Microsoft systems at home (been 100% linux for >10 years as well) and to just copy from the pdf and paste into there word app. They kinda go DUH! and thank me for the suggestion.
I've managed to get jobs without problem for the past 10 years this way (I have had only 4 jobs in the past 20 years).
RSA: An Unusual Approach to User Authentication: Behavorial Biometrics (Video)
I went through this at Forum credit union when I signed up for and activated my online account there. I had to go through a "training" exercise by entering my password 5 times until the system was satisfied it found my "pattern" of cadence & rhythm of typing.
It has only failed to log me in a couple times over the years and all it does is make you answer your security q's when it fails.
Mark Shuttleworth Addresses Ubuntu Privacy Issues
I wonder if our servers will do the same thing since we run ~30 Ubuntu servers. Will I have to stop updating/upgrading my servers at the next version?
Hopefully this is limited to systems with GUI's installed and not headless servers.
Office 2013: Microsoft Cloud Era Begins In Earnest
No way you'd get me to use this service. At my last job, the company used Office 365 Live. It completely sucked. It is slow, especially if there is any latency or ISP trouble. Second, when they setup my Outlook account, it took 6 weeks for MS to get it to work right (something about how the account was created in the wrong context or something)
How To Use a Linux Virtual Private Server
X11vnc on the server and vncviewer on the client. There, your headless server can now run a GUI desktop for you.
A Gentle Rant About Software Development and Installers
Why does an HP printer driver software need an installer that runs for over 45 minutes on a fast (3+GHz) multi-core system? Almost as bad just to UNINSTALL it.
I can't imagine anything so complicated for a printer driver to take that long to install (heck I can copy an entire CDROM to disk in just a few seconds).
What the heck are installers doing while you watch the progress dialog box for 2 minutes that says "Determining Disk Space", when you can get the disk freespace from the dir command in .001 seconds?
With Pot Legal, Scientists Study Detection of Impaired Drivers
What "threshold"? If pot really has such an impairment effect, then why not just use the standard sobriety test. Who cares about blood levels, etc. until it is determined that a driver is impaired in a real-world test. If they fail the test or caused an accident, then go on to determine the THC levels for evidence to back up the sobriety test.
I have met some very stoned people that you would be hard-pressed to figure out they were even high, much less so stoned that their dexterity/reflexes obviously suffered. It doesn't even seem to make much difference whether they smoked one joint or 5, being stoned is so much different than being drunk that you can't even compare the two states.
Windows Phone 8 Users Hit Some Snags
I've had iphones since the 3G was released and have never had a lockup or reboot.
Anecdotal evidence I know, But it at least proves it's not the platform's fault but likely bad apps that cause the problems.
Executive Order Grants US Gov't New Powers Over Communication Systems
(e) satisfy priority communications requirements through the use of commercial, Government, and privately owned communications resources, when appropriate;
How is that not "seizing" private resources?
Executive Order Grants US Gov't New Powers Over Communication Systems
For supporting and voting for this supreme ruler. And you thought Bush was bad, we are all so much better off now. Transparency, my ass!
All the new taxes^H^H^H^H, err mandates are gonna really hurt this middle class citizen.
Time Warner Cable Patents Method For Disabling Fast-Forward Function On DVRs
Comcast on-demand has been doing to this us for some time (almost a year) now. I know they are describing a DVR here, but how much different is it from disabling commercials on-demand?
It is really annoying and will drive me away from them if it continues. Guess it's back to OTA and DVD's. Oh, wait there's OTH ATSC that can have the broadcast bit set so I can't record and and skip on my own there either. :-(
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