How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?
As is typically the case, the survey overlooks one of the most compelling reasons to run Gigabit: Latency (or as the plebs like to call it these days; ping).
Having an uber fat pipe is not really what most people need. Having a nice low latency (eg below 10ms) is what will really enable realtime thin client apps, cloud based n-tier apps (where part of the business logic layer is on the client), MOBAs and MMOs. I don't want Gigabit because I pump huge volumes of data (about 50Gb per month), I want Gigabit because I hit my latency wall several times every day.
I prefer my peppers ...
My partner and I are very fond of super spicy food, but we've backed it off as we're getting older. The backside doesn't cope so well these days :)
Anyway, here's a simple drink we invented for those who really love the sting of a hot chilli:
Jalapaccini (pronounced Hal-a-pa-chee-nee)
1 nip of vodka
1 nip of dry vermouth
1 piece of your favourite chilli (not the full chilli, just a piece about the size of an olive)
Its just like a dry martini - but hot!
In the first 5 minutes, the sting isn't fully released into the fluid, but after 20 minutes, its at about 70%. If you make up a little bottle of the stuff and leave it in the fridge overnight, all the flavour is released from the chilli, and you can throw the chilli away - though you might want to keep it for decoration. I tend not to cool it though, as its best served at room temperature.
Ask Slashdot: To Publish Change Logs Or Not?
We encountered the same problem, so a few years ago, we started running two changelogs. One of them is the full changelog, with every ridiculously miniscule change listed. This is made available to customers, but not promoted to them.
The other is the 'enhancements only changelog' - or what we colloquially refer to as 'the readme'. It only contains feature enhancements or significant bug fixes.
How To Hijack a Drone For $400 In Less Than an Hour
Begun the drone wars have
Brazil Announces Plans To Move Away From US-Centric Internet
I'm astonished at the posts in this thread that have been modded up, but just don't get this point. This is about the only one I've seen so far that is truly insightful.
The NSA's dragnetting is why we can't have good things. It will progressively push all other countries to legislate that information on their citizens must be hosted inside their borders. And Brazil's approach is the right one. They won't go after their citizens, or the big bad NSA. They'll just go after the businesses themselves. For companies like Google, this will be an inconvenience, but for any small company wanting to do international business on the internet, their options just evaporated.
Here's hoping that they'll get some international law in place to declare the NSAs actions illegal - and some decent penalties applied at a 'per capita' rate.
Chain Reaction Shattered Antarctica's Larson B Ice Shelf
OK. It doesn't sound like you're trolling, so I'll give a more useful post this time:
Check out this site. It has some really good material and references about the science behind this stuff.
You might also find this interview with one of the key scientists interesting.
I don't profess to be a climate change guru, but this stuff looks reasonably legit to me.
Chain Reaction Shattered Antarctica's Larson B Ice Shelf
City-Sized Ice Shelf Breaks Free Of Antarctica
I'd mod this up if I had points...
Sent To Jail Because of a Software Bug
We make software for Healthcare professionals. As you can imagine, the risk footprint is pretty ugly.
We have special testing programs that are targeted at protecting patient safety.
We also have insurance up the wazoo (a technical term). Our PI Insurance covers us for several millions of dollars per claim, and hundreds of millions for class actions. It is our single biggest insurance expense for the entire organisation.
I'm happy to say that in 18 years, we've never made a claim against it, and we've never been notified of any negative consequence on any patients.
U.S. Independence Day is a ...
I'm in the middle of repairing a customer's old XP machine that asks for an Adobe install every time you open anything to do with Explorer - so your comment is absolutely hilarious to me right now...
U.S. Independence Day is a ...
Terrible compared to what? Transformers?
Yes, yes... its got a bajillion plotholes, some of which you could drive an interstellar mothership through, but the eye candy is good, its got some laughs, and its kiddiesafe. I wouldn't call it terrible... just cheesy. Like Independence Day...
Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?
Since the Windows 3, there have been complementary products to supplement Microsoft's short-sighted approach to their OS.
Who remembers products like ICS, and the early CD-writer plug ins for Explorer?
They're still around, and as good as ever.
This one provides a Start button for Windows 8. Its very cute...
The problem is, if this is the most significant/compelling difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8(.1), why would anyone buy it? Microsoft's obsession with rationalising their product set down to one-size-fits-all will ultimately result in them losing all markets instead of simply continuing to dominate one. We all knew that Bill Gates departure from the M$ helm would result in its downfall. Its just painful to watch someone die of cancer.
More Details Emerge On How the US Is Bugging Its European Allies
Well played, sir.
I agree with most of your assertions, but I think that there are grey areas, and that it is important to acknowledge them.
For example, if a friend of mine is having a conversation with a third person, I may sit in on the conversation without any intended malice. I may hear things that I might not otherwise hear. These things may alter my perceptions about 'how friendly is my friend'.
This is vastly different to bugging his house, but it is an example of me gathering information about the world around me. And I think the difference between the two is to do with a) being open and honest about the information gathering efforts; and b) respecting people's privacy, by allowing them to exclude me from their conversation - though that act would make me concerned about my 'how friendly is my friend'.
I think that there is a line between reasonable intelligence gathering and blatant spying - but that is not so well defined. Snowden has revealed behaviour by the US that is clearly over the line - I think that much is agreed. Whether it represents an act of war against allies, or is simply a bargaining chip at the next G20 summit is a debate that will never happen. Politicians are consummate professionals at not answering the questions that matter.
And that, I believe, is the point. Most western societies are fed up with their governments lying and deceiving them, but are hopelessly disempowered from changing anything. Governments are in the business of disempowering their people for their own good. I doubt that will change in our lifetimes.
Sony, Microsoft Squabble Over Console Features, But the Real Opponent Is Apple
Is it just me, or is the tone of this article and the use of superlatives suggesting that it was written by an Apple fanboy? Or worse, their marketing division?
The content may indeed be factual, but the tone makes me suspicious, and somewhat mistrustful of anything reported.
My view of touchscreen laptops:
Yes, I really like putting my finger in front of the thing I'm trying to look at. That'll really help me to see it better.
I also really like having to move my hand several inches instead of using a mouse and moving it a fraction of an inch.
I definitely herald the introduction of new data input devices, but this is probably one of the nastier ones. Only an advantage for a very narrow range of uses.
UK Police Now Double As CCTV Cameras
There are plenty of scenarios where the concept won't help - or could be misused/abused...
Having said that, those shortcomings do not invalidate the concept.
Whenever there are two police officers present, they would need to conspire to turn off their cameras (or delete the footage). That can still happen, but the likelihood will reduce significantly for each additional officer. And it only takes one officer with a healthy conscience to keep their camera rolling.
I don't think that there is a silver bullet, but steps that reduce the odds of miscarriages of justice are a step in the right direction.
As a side note, I'm pleased to see a general trend toward allowing citizens to record police activity. Hopefully, that will be adopted more widely over the coming years.
Vint Cerf: Data That's Here Today May Be Gone Tomorrow
And we're not doing it now with Apple products?
Tests Show That Deadly New Flu Could Spread Among People
Australian Police Move To Make 3D Printed Guns Illegal
You may well be right (I don't know the constitution well enough), but I suspect that the previous poster's sentiment may still be valid.
The NSW police would have to petition the State Government to get the laws changed.
Having said all of that, the laws in Australia that relate to firearms give the police quite broad powers. And IMHO, the appropriate steps for police/governments around the world is to legislate 3D printable weapons regulations that relate to the other laws in their jurisdictions.
We cynical folks in /. know that those laws won't stop all the 3D guns from being printed. However, that is the way things are done in our modern society. The government legislates, the police (attempt to) enforce. If and when the problem starts to get out of control, the police are granted heavier powers and they go on a 'blitz'.
I'm quietly pleased to see the police dotting their i's and crossing their t's on this one. The first thing any good scientist would do to validate the stories on the internet is 'build one and test it to see what happens'. Let's hope that no-one publishes a 3D printable nuke, eh?
"Dramatic Decline" Warning For Plants and Animals
Seems we're suffering from a bit of Climate Change Fatigue... which suggests that the less than 1% of credible scientists who doubt AGW have managed to sow enough seeds of dramatic dissent for the rest of us to lose interest.
Or perhaps, it is something a little simpler in the human psyche. Whilst we bemoan politicians who have no more future vision than the end of their current term, it seems that we too are particularly short-sighted about the future of this planet. I suspect that the majority of us look little further than how we're going to satisfy the physical aspects of Maslow's Heirarchy of needs.
When our life expectancies are extended to 1000 years (or more), and we face the very real prospect of living on the planet we are currently terraforming, we may take a slightly different view. Somehow, I doubt it. Most of the people alive today will live to see an increase of 4-6 degrees C... and yet, we're far more interested in gun control and the Kardashians.
I feel sad for our children (and their children) when I think about the world they will inherit from us.