Ed Felten: California Must Lead On Cybersecurity
You mean all those industries that off-shored their IT and Security to the cheapest bidder can't secure their systems?
BIG FREAKING SURPRISE.
The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace
Yes - I've turned down two solid offers in 2014 (both with a minor 10%ish package increase but more interesting research, at least more interesting to me) because the position did NOT come with dedicated office space. I agreed to do a followup interview and stated in no uncertain terms the entire reason for me refusing the offer was the open layout of their lab. The 30-something HR person looked at me like I had just grown two heads. Depending on your career level and path, your mileage may vary.
Glowing Hobbit Sword Helps You Find Unsecured Wi-Fi
Or you could just use one of the dozens of Apps for Android or Apple that shows that and much more info about the nearby hotspots.
Why do people re-invent the wheel - poorly?
Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?
Maybe you just need to get a grip.
It's not your toys, it's not your electronics, it's not your friends, it's not your classes, it's not the radio/mp3/tv around you, it's not the 21st century - IT'S YOU.
Learn self discipline and control what and when and how you do things.
It's not that hard - people have been doing it successfully for centuries, until the fad to blame everyone and everything else for your own shortcomings became the norm.
In the old days (i.e. pre-90's) your parents would have taught you this, unfortunately now days your parents consider you to be a precious snowflake and didn't teach you squat, so you're on your own.
US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies
So robots are the solution to not having a pair and being able to fire upon any intrusion on a soft perimeter?
Just like a embassy, let the world know that we consider a 50 meter perimeter around ANY US vessel to be American soil and will act as needed (including weapons fire) to protect that perimeter.
There - problem solved. If the Cole (and it's Pentagon masters) would have had a pair back in the day, that cluster f**k wouldn't have happened. But hey, soon as a few more billions are spent, we'll have a fleet of rubber robot boats to yell mean things at people trying to damage our fleets.
Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?
You should use them to host various flavours of your resume, because once everything is settled in to the cloud, your employment will be the next thing to expire.
James Cameron and Eric Schmidt's SOI Grieve Loss of Nereus ROV
6 million to a billionaire is like me losing a $50 Toy RC Helicopter. Only I don't whine about it as much, or milk it for all the PR I can get.
Ask Slashdot: Can Commercial Hardware Routers Be Trusted?
So what exactly do you have to hide?
Just kidding (more or less) but really, what difference does it make. If NSA (or any other powers that be) wants to "get you", does it matter if they have "real data" they sniffed from one of your digital systems or not? If they truly want to arrest/harass/make you disappear whether they have real data or fudged data is rather moot.
So why worry? Either you're below their radar, and they can collect or not your precious data, or you're a target, in which case no matter what you do/hide/avoid won't help you in the long run.
Privacy went out the door along with all those AOL CD's - what's amazing is that people are just starting to notice (or care).
Microsoft Donates Windows 8.1 To Nonprofit Organizations
A free turd is still a turd.
OpenOffice: Worth $21 Million Per Day, If It Were Microsoft Office
With OpenOffice (and LibreOffice) even the most minor of updates REQUIRES a full download.
Apparently writing a simple update API is beyond the scope of the project (or skill set of the programmers - take your pick).
So assuming that each download is a NEW user (and therefore counts as if they were buying a commercial office suite) is complete bullshit.
Piriform Asks BleachBit To Remove Winapp2.ini Importer
If it didn't arrive by certified mail requiring a signature, ignore it. Don't respond, don't ask for more details. D O N ' T.
Email has no authority, no authentication, no traceability, nothing.
Responding just adds more burden to you - so don't do it - just ignore that email, and any future emails.
Until you get an official snail mail letter, preferably from a legal firm, relax they're just trolling for a easy fix.
Ask Slashdot: Best Console For the Kids This Holiday?
How many studies do you need that show TV/Computers/Consoles are BAD (bad bad bad bad bad) for young kids?
Get your kids a book and encourage them to learn to read well, remember well, and imagine well.
Then get them a rubber ball and teach them to invent their own physical games out doors.
The world already has enough fat, apathetic, couch potato kids (and parents). Get off your ass and teach your kids to use their brains and their body instead of just twitching their nacho encrusted thumbs.
Ask Slashdot: High-Tech Ways To Manage a Home Library?
I've used both their Book and Movie apps for several years.
For the book collection (with just under 8000 in four sections: technical/non-fiction/fiction/collectable) I have a relatively cheap (i.e. $120) cordless bar code scanner.
I've just moved my Video collection (around 700 dvd's) from their PC Application to their Cloud app (which I have mixed feelings about. Nice to have it on the cloud and shareable, don't have to worry about updates or backing up, but lose a handful of useful features - like loaning and list printing).
Cockatoo Manufactures, Uses Tools
Hope the bird has a good lawyer, I'm sure Apple thinks it invented the stick, so watch out birdy, the black turtleneck of the law is on your tail.
Pixar Names Main Studio Building For Steve Jobs
Selfish Rich Fuck had too many letters???
All this Saint Jobs bs is crazy. Did I miss the announcement about the Jobs Foundation (ya know like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) being formed?
Maybe it was pushed below the fold by the HUGE USELESS FREAKING YACHT news.
Microsoft Surface Pricing Goes Toe-to-Toe With Apple iPad
When your competitor has OWNED the market for several years, you don't MATCH their price, you blow it away.
Who would be dumb enough to pay the same price as a 3rd generation device to guinea pig a 1st gen device from a company that is known to suck at first releases?
And then there's Google's tablet for a dainty $199/$249
Microsoft really does suck at new things.
Ask Slashdot: How To Begin Work In IT Freelancing?
Just to clarify, what you're describing is web development or application programming - neither is really IT.
IT's purpose is to integrate technology (hardware and software) into the organization so that it aligns with the business model and goals.
Mostly it's designing, installing, maintaining the infrastructure to allow Tech to work for the business.
Coding is a very small part of that - especially in todays market where it is mostly out sourced.
Freelancing in IT is hard (except for the bottom feeders that help the mom and pop business shops and home users). Freelancing in Web dev / coder work is a dime a dozen - just join one of the hundreds of websites that specialize in cheap code work.
Ask Slashdot: To AdBlock Or Not To AdBlock?
Until the site owners stop pimping out their sites to any and all ad engines, I'll use Adblock, NoScript, Flashblock, and anything else I deem necessary to prevent my systems from being targeted by Malware.
If site owners would run their own tested and approved ad's, I'd have zero problem with that, but since they don't have a clue what crap is being passed out by their site, I have no moral problem blocking them all.
China Plans Manned Space Mission This Month
Might have a women crew member.
Won't disclose how long the mission will last.
Just another long line of China BS disclosing just the bare minimum to garner some "face" for their "great" space accomplishments.
Of course nothing that goes wrong will be reported. They're barely a step above NK for their PR releases, but wait, they prop up the US economy so lets all give them a rousing pat on the back.
So golf clap for China, they've stolen enough IP to duplicate what US/USSR did back in the 80's.
Battery-Powered Plasma Flashlight Makes Short Work of Bacteria
Which means with enough middlemen, the standard good old boy networking, and the proper paperwork, the US Military will be paying somewhere between $7000-$9000USD each in large quantities.
Yeah for the 1%er's!
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