Microsoft Urges Businesses To Get Off XP
So where are the free upgrades to Windows 7?
Pirate Bay Founder Suspected of Cracking
Misread the first link; this is duplicate. Oh well:p
Message In Bottle Found After 98 Years Near Shetland
That guy likes setting that record:p
If Extinct Species Can be Brought Back... Should We?
There are plenty of people who get irate at the notion of allowing human activity to result in the extinction of a species. Surely resurrecting such a species is merely an effort to undo the damage caused? As for species that died out naturally, well again - why not? So long as we're wise enough not to introduce a new predator into an ecosystem, or such like.
Universal Turing machine in Penrose Tile Cellular Automata
Next up: 4004 in a turing machine in hashlife.
Side-Effect of the Apple v. Samsung Trial: Increased Sales for Samsung
Law of unexpected consequences: Perhaps people are worried that Samsung devices will become unavailable?
Your PC Just Crashed? Dont Blame Microsoft
Although the soft error problem is real, and indeed is becoming more of a challenge, the fact remains that today's software is extremely brittle in that a single bit flip will very likely break it. The fact that programs such as memory testers are able to complete with no errors indicates that we have not reached the abyss of unreliability yet.
How to tell if your company is monitoring you at work
Same as with any interception. A few ideas might be:
* Check ps aux for programs that might monitor your activities (or the Windows task manager/process list/service list)
* Try HTTP TRACE and HTTP HEAD to see if there are any unexplained proxy servers
* Traceroute to see if there's anything fishy
Just make sure your employer won't have an objection to you doing these things first.
Hard drive makers recover, but prices remain high
It seems to me this could either be trying to recoup the cost of rebuilding the factories, or it could be manufacturers trying to exploit a situation that caused an increase in prices.
UK Data Breaches Up 1000% In Five Years
It's not surprising that as more data is stored on computer, and more of those computers have internet connections, more breaches occur. Though even I will admit a 10 fold increase is a lot. It would be interesting to know how these breaches are occurring.
Linus Torvalds Says Linux 4.0 could be out in Three years
Is it just me, or are version numbers accelerating?
Valve Finds Open-Source Drivers To Be Great
"able to look into Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver to understand how an operation is handled by the hardware, tossing some extra debugging statements into the Intel driver to see what's happening" - it is exactly this kind of thing that motivated RMS to start the free software movement - the freedom to tinker and improve! On a more pragmatic note: nice:D - Perhaps the interest of major video games companies will encourage hardware manufacturers (particularly those that do not currently do so) to help provide full functionality to FOSS drivers - something which no doubt the typical slashdotter would love. The optimistic among you would hope that this is the beginning of a world where a FOSS environment is properly supported - rather than ignored as "not the one everyone uses". The pessimist will probably see this as another example of either vaporware, or hypeware.
Robot Learning To Recognize Itself In Mirror
It seems to me that the "recognise itself" part could be done entirely with traditional computer vision techniques.
Step 1) Flip the image vertically to undo the transformation implied by the mirror
Step 2) Use a computer vision algorithm to identify the robot (just as it might be used to identify a coffee cup, or a picture of the Enterprise)
Step 3) (This being the most specific part) allow the robot to move, and to associate changes in the image with this movement
This is not "self awareness" as most of us would understand the concept; we would not consider it to be self awareness if we could recognise a puppet under our control.
I think the title is slightly misleading in that respect. It seems to me that the hard part is in having a computer vision algorithm that understands the concept of a mirror. A robot that recognises itself in a mirror is a very natural extension to that.
UK seeks to repeal 'SOPA-like' site-blocking
On the face of it, this submission may look like very good news (and I guess it is good news), but remember that (at least according to the article - I haven't checked this), the MPAA have already successfully used the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to achieve court orders to block infringement sites. If this is true, then in effect the government has merely agreed to repeal superfluous legislation.
Sea Chair Project Harvests Plastic From the Oceans To Create Furniture
Fuel economy issues aside, how do they plan to find these islands of plastic if they're in the middle of the ocean? A quick peak at Google Earth would suggest that the overwhelming majority of ocean is... well.... water, and it clearly isn't practical to meander around an entire ocean looking for something without a clue as to its location.
Raspberry Pi Arrives, With a School Debut In Leeds
You're absolutely right! The Raspberry Pi foundation is interested in a lot more than simply making a (very cool) machine available. The general thought is that a lot of parents are anxious about the notion of allowing their children to experiment on an expensive home PC (being able to experiment with root access, while not mandatory to learn to program, is useful to get to understand how the computer works) - that's part of the reason why the foundation developed the computer. The foundation is also working to create a library of educational materials that are intended to help children learn to program and find out about their machine, as well as promote and encourage changes to the teaching of IT/Computing/Computer Science.
Will Secure Boot Cripple Linux Compatibility?
Unfortunately, most complete hardware systems tend to come paired with software (i.e. the OS). The only people who get to choose their OS are people who build their own PCs. If this becomes too common, the only way will be if it's possible to build your own (much as people do with x86 PCs today). Of course, that still sucks for anyone who wants a mobile device, or who has old (eventually) equipment, doesn't want to build them selves, etc.
Will Secure Boot Cripple Linux Compatibility?
Unfortunately, most consumer hardware (at least when it comes to complete systems) comes somewhat paired with software (such as the OS). Have you ever tried buying a laptop without an OS installed (or with Linux as that OS)? How about a tablet without either Android (and no official way of installing your own distro) or Windows?
TSA Makes $400K Annually In Loose Change
Look after the cents and the dollars will look after them selves.
The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...
I occasionally create files with timestamps of 00:00 UTC January 1st 1970. Of course, I don't have to be The Doctor to do that:p
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