top Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
This problematic attitude of fixating on a woman from afar and then refusing to give up when she shows or tells that she is not interested, leads in many societies to honor killings, disfigurement by flinging acid on the woman and rape.
top Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work
Agreed 99% (except for your use of the word masquerading). I would prefer "forced to substitute for a proper application.. " or some such language.
top Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad
I've known some excellent programmers
.. Do you CS=programming?
top Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance
Actually the super rich and super powerful will have lots of flunkies to do things like carry their phone, make a call, take hard copy of e-mails etc. So they don't need to know about e-mail, ISPs and the like.
top How To Lose $172,222 a Second For 45 Minutes
So it's a not a glitch in the algorithm per se but a wrong integration by a technician which is basically lack of an automated procedure to upgrade and roll out important software.
top Google To Support Windows XP Longer Than Microsoft
Not sure whether it would be allowed (legal). I mean that AFAIR, the EULA said that windows (xp in this case) is the property of microsoft and even though the buyer bought a copy, they cannot disassemble, patch or modify it. Also you can't just sell your XP copy.
top Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. 1 Released in HTML Format
PDFs are static in the sense that you can't change the page dimensions once you create the PDF. Imagine, if the PDFs were created in book format (2-up) and you had scroll up and down to read the the text. The problem would be worse for people on the move who have to use tablets. OTOH HTML
The drawback with pure HTML (just HTML) is that it's not possible to bookmark a page.
In the balance, I would prefer HTML.
top Could Technology Create Modern-Day 'Leper Colonies'?
Not just in the sense of areas to avoid, but in the sense of having fewer modern conveniences that we might take for granted, these places already exist. This lack of facilities and conveniences engenders frustrations that eventually boil over and end up as neighborhoods controlled by gangsters or terrorists (as in the "les banlieues" of France).
Imagine the situation in the large and restless cities of Asia, Africa and LatAm.
Some of the facilities that they lack are - Access to banking, good sanitation and housing etc.
top Jeff Bezos Buys the
Looks like Bezos is diversifying his interests away from computers. So how long does he think Amazon will last"
top Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees
It isn't about unions.
It's about banks charging fees to their customers - who happen to be mass enrolled daily wage employees - with the connivance or at least knowledge of their employers. Banks should introduce a zero balance, no frills (and no charges) category for these accounts. It isn't about unions. Should it be about class action? OK
top India To Develop Military Robots For Warfare
As they developed and distributed the world's cheapest tablet to students.
.. As they built the best power infrastructure. ..
I mean, as an Indian I am really worried that off the cuff pronouncements with no real basis in facts and figures, or budget will soon become policy.
AFAIK, this gentleman (Mr. Avinash Chandar) is the new appointed chief of the DRDO. (Defense Research and Development Organisation) and this piece is from an interview hye gave when he took over.
This is not say that the DRDO hasn't done any good work. More and more their defense discoveries find applications in the public space.
top Hacker Exposes Evidence of Widespread Grade Tampering In India
Considering that for most students this is an important selection test, for which many students prepare single mindedly for at least an year,I wasn't surprised when the marks fall into a bi-modal pattern. I mean where people are programmed to study the same subjects in these mass teaching shops, you would expect this type of pattern.
This bears out the experience I had with a school in South India about 14 years back (when my son was a 12th grader and I helped his school analyses the results). Most marks were in the 90% bracket and a few in the 50% bracket (just pass). The 90% people are mostly well settled engineers, bankers, chartered accountants etc.
Secondly, ICSE ties up with most major newspapers and news sites to publish/link to a published copy of the web pages. CISCSE doesn't give direct access to their database and Mr. Debarghya Das (the hacker) has apparently looked at one such web site. This was in the electronic news in India yesterday.So while CICSE may claim that nothing really was hacked, they have been casual and careless in allowing easy access to everyone's marks.
PS: I am from India.
top Opposition Mounts To Oracle's Attempt To Copyright Java APIs
Since oracle v 7 (or 8), Oracle has released their data base products first on NT and then on Unixes (Solaris, HP-UX etc). Oracle's plaint will mostly help microsoft by attempting to finish off java.
If they finish off Java as an open source product we can only hope that oracle corporation doesn't get a cease and desist injunction for all past version of the API that are floating about.
top A Computer-based Smart Rifle With Incredible Accuracy, Now On Sale
Seems like a highly unstable device that will shoot only when it's aligned correctly. I wonder how well the borderline cases like not found after so many seconds have been tested. I mean, if a novice cant get it to shoot, he will usually reverse the rifle and try to look down the barrel.
top Ask Slashdot: Dealing With a Fear of Technological Change?
Dont accept the fads - like social networking - if they aren't your style but surely you can accept the improved interfaces, standardisation of packages, large app base etc.
top Has Google Shut Down SMS Search?
In India, it was on 10 th May at around noon. To me personally, it was very useful as a simple way that did nor infringe my company's computer usage policy and also easy on the pocket to keep abreast of cricket scores, train ticket (PNR) status, stocks etc. I got it that morning for some query and my post noon query gave "SMS search has been shutdown. You can continue to search the web at google.com on any device".
top Alaskan Middle Schoolers Phish Their Teachers
Wonder what was the exactbscam (or scams) to get past the teacher's guard.
top For Businesses, the College Degree Is the New High School Diploma
It's been there for a long time in other countries and now with the recession America too is catching up. (I m from India).
It shows the dumbing down of educational standards. America is on the verge of replacing quality with quantity - as we in India have due to the clamour for a BA (Pass) or even a BA (Fail) . It used to be said of America that you did not need a college degree to get ahead but that isn't apparently true anymore.
Looking at it from the point of view of employers, a college degree is probably a way to filter out those who don't know their 3 R s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_three_Rs and thus will need further "on the job" training before being able to work in an office environment.
about a year and a half ago
top Python Trademark Filer Ignorant of Python?
It's not stupidity but a business move.
If you read the original COMPUTERWORLD article, you will see that the PSF which he claims is a big US corporation, has just a one man office.
The "big American corporation" claim bears investigation too. While POBox Hosting Ltd is a small business, the Python Software Foundation -- although representing the interests of millions of developers worldwide -- is even smaller. Chairman Van Lindberg told me "the PSF is a very small nonprofit. We have one full-time staff administrator and a part-time accountant. All the rest of us are unpaid - we have regular jobs that we do each day and we donate our time to the PSF."
He also exaggerates his own position.
That "trading for 17 years" claim deserved investigation, so I took a look on Archive.org. His company bought the python.co.uk domain in 1997, and did offer "Python Internet Services" in 1997 and again briefly in 2004 (trading as "CheapNet" in between). After 2004, the domain just redirected to Pobox.co.uk (although Tim told me customers could request a "@python.co.uk" e-mail address). So while the company may once have had products with the name, their new cloud service, launched at the start of 2012, seems to have been a new departure.
about a year and a half ago
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