Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"
So, what makes one's opinion more worthy then another?
Hundreds of other blokes going "Hey, this guy is right, that also perfectly explains $other_problem I was having". a.k.a peer review.
Vodafone Foundation Launches Cell Site In a Backpack
Well, we know this is Slashdot and nobody really reads the articles, but if people did they would find out that it used a satellite uplink.
Backhaul to Vodafone is through the Cobham Explorer 500 Broadband Global Area Network, with communications being encrypted through IPsec.
Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?
In that vein, it might definitely be more interesting to see how past "futurist" have fared.
For example The Distance Learning School, where Kurd Lasswitz extrapolated from telephone/phonograph/televison technology of 1899 how "remote teaching" could look like in 1999.
Two Ubuntu Phones Coming In 2014, Aiming For Top 50 iOS/Android Apps
If I want to run "the top 50 Android Apps" I would just get an Android phone. There is no real reason to have Ubuntu on a phone instead of Android if it's also targeted at the "Partners" and locks the end user out. I would like a Linux phone not because "it can do the same thing as Android", I would one want one if it can do MORE.
Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance
Well, one could use them in "lesser" competitions first. When I compare it to implementing a new OS version at the job:
1) Test in with test systems in test environments.
2) Install it on less important systems where downtimes are not mission critical.
3) Put it on the super-critical box that needs to run 24/7 or the company goes bust.
In this case of the Olympics there could of course have been the added "idea" that they wanted to surprise everyone with the super-secret new suit technology.
( On the for "Typical American" side of things, the FIRST thing that came to mind when I read the title was that some crazy patent-or-something lawsuit between Under Armour and Lockeed was blamed for the bad performance in some way. ;-) )
How To Take Control of a Car's Electronics, Cheap
but they've since disabled this security as it was "too troublesome".
Exactly that. You have to see the pro/cons of security. If someone has physical access to your car and wants to mess with you, all the CAN-bus security in the world won't prevent him from snipping the break lines, drilling a hole in the bottom of your tank, or loosening the tire nuts.
And seeing how "security" at my computer sometimes prevents the legitimate user from doing stuff, I would really hate to get a "unauthorized brake attempt detected" error message when I slam on the breaks while seeing the tanker truck pull out of the side street.
Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?
Online Storage for Families would be great.
A place where you can store the kids in the cloud while you go on holiday. Or something where you can permanently dump the in-laws without hating to store them at home where they take up valuable space. Something that puts them in deep hibernation would be nice, so that the food cost don't run rampant.
Dead Reckoning For Your Car Eliminates GPS Dead Zones
A car will have lots of random juddering too in counties with shit roads like the UK.
But that's not really *random*. Perhaps an updated Navigation system will be able to pinpoint your location exactly just by analysing the frequency of the potholes you drive through.
Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?
Exactly. Especially when something goes wrong, and basically the only "error message" you get out of SSIS is something along the line of "something went wrong. Dunno what, dunno where, but something did"
Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost
And it looks real pretty, too, when it burns.
Although that's not a mountain, just wool. But, when you thing about it, a lump of wool sometimes just looks like the "cloud" that just burned up here.
Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash
After all, it's the first step of automating management, and replacing all that management types with a bunch of shell scripts.
And who gets to write those shell-scripts in the end? Who? Exactly, we, the techies.
So it may be a slight inconvenience for a time, but in the end we will only have to do what the shell scripts we wrote ourselves are telling us to do. Sounds pretty much like paradise to me.
Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share
Well, even if that is just "two hard" in comparison to the "one hard" of using the start menu, I would still choose the option that is less hard. If a new version is worse than the old, then there is no reason to switch in my mind.
And when I see the user base at our company, which freak out if the icons on their desktop change place, I can say that for at least 75% of that user base "just start typing" is *definitely* "too hard"
Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?
Linux users, as the article says, spent "years of tinkering" into getting a desktop to work exactly like we wanted.
That was achieved after some time. At least in my case, since about four years I have a desktop that exactly does what I want it to do exactly the way I want it to do it. So there is no longer a need for any big changes.
It's not that we "want or don't want change", it's just that we want change where it is needed, not change just for changes sake.
First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening
So no we have come full circle, where other entities like companies also can have that sense of achievement of having their own TLD, without much practical value besides generating cash for ICANN. ;-)
Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?
And they weren't even "honourable" crooks. Some of the people that helped load the bricks onto the pallets where laid of right after shortly before Christmas. Duh. Of course when someone gets sacked right after helping the boss break the law, there is only one possible outcome. The boss will get ratted out.
Great Firewall of UK Blocks Game Patch Because of Substring Matches
In the UK (And basically EU/USA/etc...) there is a much more intelligent system of power in place.
In China the corrupt people hungry for power and money are still doing the public ruling themselves, making themselves targets.
In the "Western World" the corrupt people hungry for power and money keep pet "politicians" in power by buying them votes, so that these scapegoats can be replaced easily to pacify the masses without really jeopardising the power structure behind them.
Voynich Manuscript May Have Originated In the New World
You solved the mystery!!
Someone wanted to write a great book, but wanted to prevent Disney from getting it in his grubby hands, so they ciphered it.
Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken
CLAatu barada nikto.
How One Photographer Is Hacking the Concept of Time
And only if he didn't have any fun. If he did have fun writing the software, then he additionally saved the money for movie tickets, theme park rides, drinks in pubs, etc... that other people seem to have to PAY to have fun, so the cost for the device might even come out negative.
The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class
... new technologies freed up labour force?
When the "People needed to get food" shrank from 100% of the population to about 90% of the population when agriculture was developed that was a great boos for society.
When the horseshoe, the heavy plow and the horse collar freed up around 50% of the agricultural workforce around 1000AD that was also a great boost for European society. The same for the steam engine and later the internal combustion engine.
I think the one thing different now compared to those times is that the "freed up" workforce CAN'T do other things, because switching jobs to REALLY NEW things is to complicated these days because of a lot of red tape that prevents it. A lot of those historic job changes also required new "barter schemes" and/or new forms of government besides the already existing ones, (like the free cities that were founded in the middle ages as a place for journeymen and masters to make their fortune, creating a whole new class that hasn't existed before ) and that is something you can't get that past the existing tax collectors and governments these days.
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