New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W
(OK, I can understand the use case of robotic vacuums for cats.)
Yes. It's for transporting the cat from one side of the room to the other.
TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes
TSA prohibits arranging your junk
I thought they did that for you?
Don't Want Google In Your House? Here Are a Few Home-Tech Startups To Watch
As is not at least linking to the single-page view.
(And who breaks pages in the middle of a sentence?)
The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence
I probably see a half dozen accidents a year avoided by someone taking the shoulder
because the car in front stopped too fast.
You mean "by someone taking the shoulder because they were driving too damn close to the car in front", I think...
Firefox 29: Redesign
Pale Moon has a 64-bit version.
Well, Pale Moon has a 64-bit Windows version. It doesn't have versions for 64-bit OS X or Linux. Or 32-bit, for that matter.
Given there's a fair number of non-Windows users on Slashdot — assuming Beta hasn't driven them all off, that is — it might have helped to mention Pale Moon is Windows-only.
Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced
So, how about FreedomSSL, then?
Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins
make: *** No rule to make target `me!'. Stop.
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
I vote for the return of OMG!!! Ponies!!!
Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?
Imagine a world where after 3 years the applications can't even run on your old system and you have to replace it to get new applications.
As a Mac user, I have to say that I don't need to imagine very hard.
Most users upgrade to a new version of OS X within the first month or so. App developers target the new version pretty much from the start, with old OS versions becoming unsupported fairly quickly.
And Apple's not afraid to cut off old hardware with a new OS X release, in order to avoid having to keep a load of legacy support code around. You generally get a bit longer than 3 years, though; 5 or 6 is more like it. And once you're cut off from new OS X versions, you're cut off from new versions of a lot of other software.
Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?
Since you're on slashdot, zero tolerance by an anonymous coward means you're getting fed ads.
Unless you're logged in with the "Disable ads" box checked and you also checked the "Post anonymously" box, of course :)
As for content providers having the right to display on my computer when I request their site: when I go to example.com, I'm requesting content from example.com. If that page has an include from doubleclick.net, I'm not the one requesting doubleclick.net — example.com is. They have no right to agree to that on my behalf, and I'm quite happy to take whatever action is necessary to enforce that.
Your last two paragraphs get to the point of the whole matter, of course: somebody who's deliberately blocking ads is not going to sit there and view them rather than look at a blank page — they're going to go somewhere else.
Perhaps if a large number of sites start requiring ads we'll see something like the piracy scene, where someone downloads the page with ads, copies the actual content out of it, and republishes that somewhere on the darker side of the net.
Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders
"git bisect start nopoop poop"?
Taiwan Protests Apple Maps That Show Island As Province of China
Some days it feels like it came from /dev/urandom...
Google Fiber Partially Reverses Server Ban
Why don't they just give you a NAT'ed address and be done with it forever.
This is probably one of the reasons for server ban clauses these days — if they do decide to go to carrier-grade NAT rather than, say, actually getting IPv6 working, then they can dismiss complaints of breakage with "you shouldn't have been running a server anyway"...
Two Years In Prison For Using Infrared Contact Lenses To Cheat At Poker
You could get an amphibious vehicle.
They don't always catch fire.
Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?
But what about the incomplete keyboard on the Macs?
On the laptops, yes — but just about every laptop seems to be the same, sadly.
On the desktop, you get a full keyboard if you spec your Mac with the wired keyboard. The wireless one is only available in the incomplete laptop style. (Why Apple can't make a wireless version is beyond me)
You may need to order direct from Apple, or buy through an Apple Store to do that, as anybody else selling Macs is likely to only have the standard configs, and I think only the Mac Pro specifies the wired keyboard as standard these days.
Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights
You're nuts. I've been driving a manual transmission for my entire life and was *never* told to put the hand brake on at a red light. In fact, I was specifically told not to, because it takes time to disengage and can impede traffic if you have it on when the signal turns to green.
I was taught to use the hand brake at a red light; mind you, I'm in the UK where the light goes from red to green via red and amber shown simultaneously, as a "get ready to go" warning.
Keeping your foot on the brake at traffic lights might have been OK before high-level brake lights were a common thing, but these days it's just a great way to annoy the guy behind you — especially at night.
(Aside: wow, I had to type — rather than just typing an em dash. It's only 2013 — who needs UTF-8 support?)
Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7
Apple could replace the home screen with a Goatse
Well, it certainly has rounded corners...
London Bans Recycling Bins That Track Phones
Just looked at my Nexus 7, running the production version of 4.3. That option is present, though it defaults to off.
Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off
If they are blind, deaf AND mute all 3 at the same time, then yeah, there is a problem
At this point you throw them to a pinball game and check their high score.
Ubisoft Hacked, Account Data Compromised
nowadays though, a read the manual copyprotection would be a refreshing change
Nowadays, getting a printed manual would be a refreshing change.
Even with console games, you're lucky to get a list of controls, with the rest of the docs appearing as in-game tutorials. Most of the booklet is dire warnings about copyright infringement, health warnings and other legal CYA.
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