Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack
These companies get hacked all the time. For everyone time you do hear about it they probably get hacked a half dozen times more that you don't hear about it. They have no incentive to publicize their mistakes and unless a regulatory agency is sitting next to each admin and developer there's no way to find out unless they admit it themselves, the perpetrators claim responsibility and show proof, or a third party uncovers it.
No data you give to a third party is safe, whatever you give out it's to plan what you would do if it got out rather than trust it to be safe and whether or not it's worth the risk of giving out in the first place.
Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud
If you are investing in the video games industry you had better know what you're getting yourself into. The notion that the words of the executives of the company has any bearing on the end result of a product they have no hand in, don't understand and is ultimately a subjective experience is absurd. It's like making investment decisions based off of Disney executives claiming Star Wars episode 7 is going to be the best Star Wars movie ever.
Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones
There's a ton of useful applications for stuff like this. You wouldn't use it for access in heavily populated areas but there's plenty of usefulness in disaster areas, remote areas and military application. Not every technological development is about getting Netflix to your home faster.
A drone that can fly above a hurricane could be available immediately after any natural disaster except for a solar flare. That could make relief efforts a lot easier, by allowing organizations to coordinate without needing satellite equipment or relying on possibly damaged/destroyed infrastructure.
In sparsely populated areas, consumer internet access could be provided at a much lower cost than laying down fiber across long distances for a very small number of users that will be obsolete by the time it is finished being laid. By default these areas will have mobile access as an added bonus.
In terms of defense, a robust network that can easily recover from an attack is highly valuable. With drones instead of fixed nodes you can very cheaply introduce redundancy into the system. Even if you had to launch a new drone, it's a lot faster than sending a guy out in a truck to find and fix a broken line. This gives you a potentially uninterruptible network.
New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands
There's a difference between the federal prohibition of all alcoholic beverages and telling someone to put their fucking phone away for 20 minutes while they operate a 2 ton weapon. One is an absolute ban and the other is requiring you by law to be a responsible adult and not partake in activities that have been proven to kill people while driving and to perform those activities at a safe time.
Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode
The 6 main characters in Friends were also making a million an episode before the turn of the century.
US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia
Every single slashdotter is an expert in infectious diseases. Guess I should edumicate myself with some more Tom Clancy novels to get up to speed.
Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
Amazon is a company that realized if they just stuck with what they had ten years ago they wouldn't still exist today and they're not so stupid to think that doesn't hold true today.
CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work
This is a major point that a lot of developers don't take into account when designing for a new medium. Taking into I/O bandwidth from player to device plays a huge role in the success of the product. This is why twitter is so popular, the limitation of the character input makes it more suitable for phones because you'll never have to type a lot on a crappy phone keyboard and the screen is the ideal size to digest the same volume of content. Add in the ability to use the smartphone's strengths such as mobility and posting pictures directly from the phone's camera as additional bandwidth from the user and it's a match made in heaven.
If as you can do with VR is reproduce a similar experience to a PC game no one will buy it. They'l just keep playing their PC games with their music on and reddit or youtube on their second monitor while enjoying a beverage. You have to offer a more immersive experience if you're going to limit multitasking and convenience. I think what's really going to have to improve for a lot of genres of games is a massive improvement in the quality of movement out of the NPC's, natural responses from them, the writing of the stories and the dialogue. I think if you're required to be totally immersed in the game you are experiencing and less detached than you can be to a computer monitor you're going to suffer cheese much less.
Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software
That's like comparing the postal service to penmanship. Utterly pointless.
Android Wear Is Here
I agree. It seems like such a trivial thing but when you consider that its primary feature is basically not having to pull your phone out of your pocket it needs to not introduce any hassle whatsoever to make it worth it.
Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks
It's not just that, but that we behave and socialize differently based on context. Cops being recorded conduct themselves differently, you talk to your best friend differently than you talk to a coworker on the job and to your boss. A workplace social network by default imposes the workplace context that causes people to limit their speech with any code of conduct necessary. Even if you try to divide it up by topic and level of formality, it is still recorded and under scrutiny. It's much better to get a close knit team behind closed doors where they can speak frankly to each other (whether that's vulgar language that's only deemed appropriate by all parties within the conversation or criticizing work done by colleagues outside the group) without fear of offending a third party.
Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better
It depends on what you consider happiness. If Happiness means constantly slightly elevated dopamine levels as produced by non impairing drugs, yeah it's not going to do a damn thing. If by happiness you mean fulfilled by the work you do, no marital trouble at home, no crippling financial issues or personal crises outside of work taking attention away or requiring effort that leaves the employee sleep deprived, then yes it will make a huge difference. Happiness doesn't have some special effect in and of itself, but it is an indicator that problems that can creep into work time are manageable or nonexistent and that the person is a least somewhat motivated to do their work, which will produce much better results than the opposite circumstance.
Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better
Happy doesn't mean never ever stressed or unchallenged.
Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant
From the looks of it it seems that this ruling only applies to the data stored on phones, not information passing over the network. This doesn't apply to the mass surveillance of communications and it doesn't mean that the FISA courts aren't going to blanket approve every single warrant like they have been for the past several years. All this really means is the police can't search your phone when they arrest you or during a stop to gather evidence against without first getting a warrant. While this is definitely a step in the right direction it isn't nearly as wide reaching as you would think.
2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase
Only morons deal in absolutes, and horrible analogies and delusions of living in a fantasy world where we conquer nations steal the natural resources and sell them to fill the national coffers like we're in a fucking video game.
Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's
"I think" doesn't merit a call to action and "denied" and "seriously discouraged" are two very different things, one of which would merit direct action to change how the college admissions and job application processes work and one simply a discussion with the aim of changing perceptions on gender roles and fighting ethnic discrimination.
Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's
You're asking him to prove a negative which is impossible to do without exhaustively looking at every single woman and minority applying for tech related jobs and confirming that not a single case exists, which is absurd. What we can do fairly easily is look at the demographics of people applying for tech degrees and look at the rates at which those people are getting hired and what kind of salaries for like for like positions and like for like experience. Women as a whole apply for far fewer Computer Science degrees so it's expected that they would make up less of the workforce in those fields. If minorities are applying for fewer Computer Science degrees we would expect to see the same thing.
Now, if there is evidence that minorities and women are meeting significant barriers to entry to get those degrees and motivated people are not being given an equal chance to get those degrees then we should take action to address that, but that comes long before blame can be laid at Google or Yahoo's feet. Not only that, but if certain demographics tend to show higher employment numbers that we aren't pushing to equalize the employment numbers in then by default we can't expect that we'd be able to equalize the numbers relative to population in other fields without the numbers equalizing there too.
In summary, as long as people aren't being denied opportunities based on their ethnicity or gender then diversity for diversity's sake isn't helping anyone. We should be working on identifying the cases where people are being denied opportunities they want to take and taking action there.
U.S. Democrats Propose Legislation To Ban Internet Fast Lanes
I'm actually not opposed to getting rid of the notion of net neutrality in theory. If private entities want to invest in their own infrastructure, compete in an open market and provide a service at the cost and convenience of their choosing then so be it. However you don't get to take billions of public dollars, setup monopolies and then fuck over your customers who have no other options because you made sure they didn't.
Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS
No you're totally right. Today's DRM is impenetrable and will hold strong for a thousand years. And all those content creators I'm sure will maintain the DRM for centuries and both abandon their products and fight piracy of them at the same time.
A Bike Taillight that Goes Beyond Mere Taillighting (Video)
If some more professional research and design was put into this it could be extremely useful for motorcyclists. When most people drive they're mostly just looking for other cars and a motorcyclist that looks extremely visible to a dashboard cam in the aftermath of an accident can easily go unnoticed by an inattentive driver. Something like a large red light bar at the top of the backpack that could triggered by the motorcycle's front and/or rear brake could give a night time rider a more similar profile to a car in poor light could them more noticeable and safer.
Some work could be done to figure out what kind of profile any additional lights and patterns could be used to make them more noticeable too.
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