Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):
Time with my wife. Material objects come and go, but memories are timeless and priceless.
How Did You Learn How To Program?
My first program was an HGR of a sword. Plotted the damn thing pixel by pixel because I didn't know about loops; I just sat down and started typing. I later wrote and ran a BBS - The Red Dragon Inn. Tried to write an online dungeon crawler called GrimaceGrounds, but I left the disks in the computer lab one day and lost months of work.
Then I lost my virginity and my interest in computers went all to hell.
GameStick Kickstarter Consoles Delayed To June
A console capable of 1080p output, has low-cost casual games, and doesn't require an always-on connection. Don't talk to me about graphics unless they're truly crap, because for me it's gameplay that matters. I have a PS3, but am done with Sony entirely. Nor will I be buying a new Xbox or a Wii U. The major console makers have taken enough of my money, and now they want to control when and what I can play - always-online and no used games. I'll be buying an Ouya as well as a GameStick, and I'll be buying my games through their console stores and i.e. Steam.
KDE's Calligra Office Suite For Android Released
The title implies a full office suite; at this point it's just a doc viewer. Let me know when 'Sheets' is ready; I could use a decent spreadsheet app for my Nexus 7, and Kingsoft doesn't do it for me.
Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?
Nope. My wife and I both have 2011 Macbook Pros, mine came with 10.6; her's, purchased about 2 months later, came with 10.7. I had a BITCH of a time getting 10.6 to install on her's, and I'm still not sure how I did it. The reinstall disk that came with mine wouldn't work, and getting it to boot from an external disk with 10.6 was a pain although it finally worked. The install never did complete successfully, but it did boot after manually shutting it down and I was able to update it to 10.6.8. All told it took me several hours and a lot of luck to get Snow Leopard to install.
I was also told by an Apple employee that the firmware won't allow versions older than what was originally installed.
Why Microsoft's Surface Pro Could Fail
I use Alfred for OS X. Alt-Space, start typing the name of the app you want. Much faster and easier than mousing over to the Dock or using a menu.
My GUI doesn't require me to type in an app name to run it, it just makes it easier to do so. Point-and-click isn't always faster.
Ask Slashdot: Which Virtual Machine Software For a Beginner?
I've been using VMWare Fusion on OS X for a few years to run WinXP & 7 as well as Ubuntu. It's gotten steadily better and faster over time, and I have no issues. I've also tried VirtualBox, used it on both OS X and Ubuntu hosts, and while it's good it's not as polished as Fusion. I've never used Parallels, but recent reviews tend to give it a slight advantage over Fusion.
I'd suggest that you try the demos for Fusion and Parallels, see if either is worth the cost or if the free alternative works well enough for your needs.
Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed
It might be 'easily' removed by someone who's comfortable opening a terminal window, but not necessarily the average user. As a distro that prides itself on ease-of-use I hope they provide an easier method than this, like a pref setting or manager app.
Gooseberry Launches Android-based Raspberry Pi Rival
They're getting very, very close to that price point. The VIA mini/micro ATX boards have run about $75 for about five years now. There's a number of $45 motherboards that with processor and ram clock in around $65.
How is ~twice the price 'close'?
Why You Shouldn't Write Off Google+ Just Yet
Facebook page has my name and age, nothing more, and I only visit it Incognito. No friends, no apps, and I think 1 like - a local news station.
Wozniak Calls For Open Apple
You're talking about the 'Breakout' incident.
Dish Network Announces Prime Time TV With No Ads
I'm all for advertising to pay for content. I have the option here on Slashdot to disable advertising, but have chosen not to because it's unobtrusive and helps fund a site I otherwise use for free. The problem with your line of thought is that with DishTV and it's ilk I pay twice for content - once on my monthly bill and once by having to watch the commercials that support free broadcast tv. All DirectTV seems to be doing is acknowledging this; can't say I'm sorry if it makes it harder for you to effectively bill me twice for content.
Adobe Introduces the Paid Security Fix
No, but I could have my identity stolen, bank accounts compromised, vital information about friends/family/co-workers/customers stolen, etc. Looking only at one extreme possibility (or non-possibility, as you used) is, well, pretty damn narrow-minded.
Garden Gnome Tests Earth's Gravity
Afterwards, did they blast it into space?
Psychic Ability Claim Doesn't Hold Up In New Scientific Experiments
I'm not saying it's true or that I believe, but given that roughly 75% of the universe is composed of stuff we can't measure - dark matter and dark energy - I'll still give it a bit of room for consideration. There's so much we don't know.
Websites Can Detect What Chrome Extensions You've Installed
It missed AdBlock but found Ghostery for me.
Why Tesla Cars Aren't Bricked By Failing Batteries
Did you even try a search?
Microsoft Taking Aggressive Steps Against Linux On ARM
Reboot from an external disk (i.e. USB stick) and run your antivirus from there. In this day and age of advanced malware, it's probably a good idea to do that every so often anyways.
Why Can't We Put a BASIC On the Phone?
I learned on AppleSoft BASIC, which had 'gosub' as well as 'goto', and we were encouraged to use the former instead of the latter and build our programs as modular as possible. Still had line numbers, variables were all global (and only the first 2 letters were relevant) so you had to be careful, but I was able to write a lot with it - a BBS for example. If a program became too big, I'd break it up and pass data between the sub-apps with a text file. This was the mid-80's.
How To Catch a Laptop Thief?
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