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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?
It's a pretty niche app, but the Slashdot crowd has a pretty large percentage of retro-computer collectors, so I thought it might be worth a mention...
tapDancer is an Android app that encodes .TAP / .TZX and many more and plays the audio out through the headphone jack. You can either direct-connect your device or use a 'cassette CD adapter'.
...have been around for years. I know they don't generally share the road (except with hapless interlopers who have to get out of the way) but there's still been much knowledge gleaned there. So the 'science' is already eay more advanced than with autonomous cars, for example.
Bye Bye Aereo, For Now
...think that was ever going to last? C'mon now... really?
Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE
Firefox better watch itself. Trying to "nudge" people into creating apps that only work properly with their browser / OS may not end well for it.
Ask Slashdot: Resolving the Clash Between Art and Technology In Music?
While I agree most digital pianos do not have the greatest sound, VST plugins (particularly Kontakt) can emulate a piano quite closely using libraries that are gigabytes in size. It's not uncommon to see a MacBook chained to a digital piano during a performance.
Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights
there are virtually no stop signs, only round-abouts and "give way"s (yields). Never mind cycling, DRIVING is much quicker!
How the USPS Killed Digital Mail
Rather than continuing to bitch about how your darling child idea didn't work out, maybe you should just come up with something else and move on?
This is getting a bit old...
Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech
Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech
I think this comment thread does a great job of proving the point TFA was trying to make.
Of course, chanting "women are no good at IT" often and loud enough will cause women to shy away from IT as a career. Using that mantra as justification to not hire those foolish enough to continue pursuing it solves that problem too.
The reality is different. Plenty of women were programmers in the 1980s. Thousands of girls learned Pascal in the high schools of the late 1980s / early 1990s. That females are capable of being technologically savvy is indisputable.
The truth is, for a number of self-interested male reasons the IT of the last couple decades has drifted toward misogyny rather than away from it, like the rest of corporate culture. Why? Well, brogrammers, aspies and hustlers, for a start, each for their own reasons, don't like collaborating with women, out of fear of conflict, or the risk of feeling humiliated if shown up. They need to man up, but as long as the industry at large permits them to have their little male-only clubhouses they won't make any effiort to change,
Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks
i have a mint amiga 600!
Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?
also Apple ][, Spectrum, Acorn Electron, Vic 20, ZX81, Atari 800XL / 130XE, Amiga, Atari ST, Tandy 1000...
How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion
Many people become Christian because they worry about relevance. An after-life makes the here-and-now less relevant, and there's less of an onus on making your mark, you just "have to follow the rules".
The Internet creates that sense of permanence. You post photos, you document your life, you create music, images, apps, stories, blog entries, etc. etc.
People realise that blogging on Sunday morning makes them feel better than going to church, and there you go...
Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
If he was CEO of Coca-Cola, nobody would've really cared that much about his views on same-sex marriage. But in the tech industry, where there is a disproportionate number of gay, lesbian and transgender workers, saying to them, "I don't think you should be able to marry your partner" is not a great career move.
Yes, when he was CTO people cared less -- but CTO is not CEO, and CTOs are expected to be assholes. When he shifted from second to first place and became the face of the company, his past views then became a serious and unacceptable issue.
So it was only a matter of time before he would be forced out. And yes, there will still be all kinds of fallout, since he put himself under scrutiny. The tech community is a bit strange that way, but it is how it is.
New Australian Privacy Laws Could Have Ramifications On Google Glass
The exception here is if it's an event, or if the individual is behaving in such a way where they are making a spectacle out of themselves. Then, there's an expectation that you might be filmed if you're participating, and you don't have the right to demand your likeness not be published / broadcast.
However, just walking down the street doesn't qualify, and that's where Google Glass gets into trouble since most states expect that if you do take a picture of someone who isn't aware they're being photographed, and don't get their permission, you must obscure or discard their likeness, and essentially ignore their existence (for example, not look them up on-line). Obviously Google Glass is far less useful if it suffers from legally obligatory amnesia.
How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage
If this were to become popular, metro authorities would just raise fares to compensate.
Who wins then?
Britain's GCHQ Attacked Anonymous Supporters With DDoS
Law enforcement agencies do 'illegal' things all the time, from a cop speeding to a crime, to shooting an armed suspect, to kidnapping and interrogating suspected terrorists.
Yes, they can do this shit and you can't. Get over it.
Is the West Building Its Own Iron Curtain?
Australia has exit border control. You have to contact immigration even if you leave by boat. They will ask you your itinerary, residences overseas, and contacts overseas.
You can be prevented from leaving if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident and the authorities think you'll be negatively affecting Australia's international interests while abroad.
You can also be arrested and placed in detention if you don't have a valid visa (even if you're leaving!)
So no, the idea of a western country keeping people in, or tabs on them when they leave, is not unheard of.
Grand Canyon Is "Frankenstein" of Geologic Formations
For those who don't know, you can cruise through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River via Street (River) view... but who the hell is the guy in the sunglasses?
Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP
...if you were to loosely identify video game cabinets and consoles as computers (which of course they are.)
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