top The Human Brain Project Kicks Off
I like to think the editors at
/. would understand that the $ hasn't just rocketed in value.
Also, this was copied verbatim from the Fox News website. Over-valuing of the $ might be normal there but lets keep it off tech sites.
top Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?
I've taken out a subscription to Private Eye
http://www.private-eye.co.uk/. I find it funny and insightful and get much more depth of what's going on than I get out of the internet. In additional it feels good to be able to just flick through dead trees and spot something interesting. At £28/year it's not noticably expensive either.
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Best Pay-as-You-Go Plan For Text and Voice Only?
100 Minutes, 100 Texts and 400MB of data per month for free:
It costs £10 to get your sim card from them but you get £10 worth of credit for any calls or data you use beyond the free ones.
top RMS Speaks Out Against Ubuntu
How is getting more closed source software developed for Linux a step backwards? Does it prevent open source software from being developed? Does it remove OSS from repos? Does it prevent you from developing OSS?
top Workers Raise First Section of New Chernobyl Shelter
Have you got any links or books on this? There's a lot in this post that I wasn't aware of and I'd like to read more about it.
top CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Citing Affair
I'm just trying to work out where the IT / news for nerds connection is here?
top Ask Slashdot: Which Virtual Machine Software For a Beginner?
VMWare Player and VirtualBox are probably equally good for what you want.
The only real advantage of one over the other that I've found is that the free VMWare Player seems to pause traffic on the network connection every IIRC 2 minutes for about 5s. Not a huge problem but was something I noticed when trying to stress test some code. BTW, I was running Linux Mint as the client and Windows 7 as the host if that might have been the reason. When I tried on VirtualBox everything just worked without any trouble.
top The Information Age: North Korean Style
. These days, they've done away with much of the blood guilt that would kill your family
Have you got any sources to back this up? It doesn't have to be particularly authoritive as NK is so restrictive this would be hard to get.
Human Rights Watch reported in 2007 it was getting harsher: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/publisher,HRW,,PRK,45fff1b92,0.html
It may well have improved; I'd just like to read about it.
top The Information Age: North Korean Style
WTF, did you read his reply?
I'm sure he's aware that a cell tower near the DMZ could reach into North Korea. However, the only village near the DMZ is a propoganda village: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kij%C5%8Fng-dong where nobody lives.
Also, anything that transmits can be detected and located. You do know what transmit means don't you?
Yes you can create mesh networks in Africa because in Africa you can transmit without being hunted down and placed in a forced labour camp along with your parents, grand parents and any children you may have. If you want to learn more, read this book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aquariums-Pyongyang-Years-North-Korean/dp/1843544997
top Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?
Mandrake -> Suse -> Mandrake -> Ubuntu -> Mint
top Fair price for an unlimited wireless data plan?
I'm paying £10 a month ($15.62) for unlimited data, 250 minutes and unlimited texts:
That's without a contract.
top LinkedIn Password Hashes Leaked Online
Is there any reason why this passwords weren't salted?
top Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Beta 1 Released
Or install Linux Mint Debian edition with XFCE:
This gives you the benefit of Debian rolling releases and I found that my wifi worked out of the box just as it does on Ubuntu based distros. XFCE uses GTK 2, and should eventually move to GTK 3 when that API stabilises. This seems to be the best option for me for now, although I'm keeping an eye on Cinnamon.
top Canada's Internet Among Best, Report Says
Does anyone have a link to this report? It would be interesting to see the rankings for the UK and also their methodology.
I'd like to know how they define broadband. Is it >2Mbit/s or >10Mbit/s? What data limits are they comparing? When they compare pricing does that include phone lines if they are a mandatory pre-requisite to broadband access?
top Ask Slashdot: Does Europe Have Better Magazines Than the US?
Max Power closed down a year ago:
top New Online Dictionaries Automate Away the Linguistic Middleman
It doesn't detect that telivision is an incorrect spelling because there are so many authoritative examples of that spelling:
Google seems to do a good job of detecting spelling errors and automatically updating it's dictionary and of course it also shows you websites where that word is used. I don't really see what Wordnik provides.
top The Register Hacked
theregister.co.uk seems to be down but the same group has cracked ups.com and the source shows that they used a Microsoft product.
There you are, Microsoft aid crackers.
top Mars Rover Opportunity Surpasses 30km Driving
I like this.
This could be modelled in a similar way to the BBC where every 10 years it's charter has to go for review by politicians so that its plan for the next 10 years can be accepted. This could then include the funding that would be required for NASA to operate and then the politicians would have to keep their hands off it.
top The Future of Shopping
I first used these in the UK in Safeway back in the late 90s. Now that they've been takenover by Morrisons I don't think they have them anymore.
Waitrose still have them though. You just swipe your credit card and it tells you which handset to pick up, and then you do your shopping. Article from 1997: http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/articles.aspx?page=articles&ID=33232
Is this really a new thing in the US?
top Michio Kaku's Dark Prediction For the End of Moore's Law
The BBC brought in a fashion designer as the expert on the Fukushima nuclear power plant and its affect on the nuclear industry.
aembleton has no journal entries.