top Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries
GP's point (and the point made in the summary) is still valid, though: Customers were still offered 2-day shipping, when the grounded planes and full trucks should have caused a red flag to be raised indicating that the offered delivery window will not be as dependable as it usually is.
top CryptoLocker Gang Earns $30 Million In Just 100 Days
So maybe a good backup situation (for individuals) would be:
1. Keep flash drive in USB hole
a. Leave it unmounted somehow
2. At backup time:
i. Mount the flash drive
ii. Copy files
top Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban
They promised that THIS time it's DIFFERENT!
top OpenSSH Has a New Cipher — Chacha20-poly1305 — from D.J. Bernstein
Guess I'll never know what it looks like.
top Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners
The article doesn't state what specific steps the country is taking to reduce crime. That would be much more interesting to read. Currently the article isn't much more than a page out of the IKEA catalog.
top Qcloud Puts Quantum Chip In the Cloud For Coders To Experiment
I'm neither a physicist nor a computer scientist, but if you can "hone [your] skills" using the simulator, why isn't it sufficient to have a fast enough simulation of a quantum system using a classical computer, and solve your problems on the simulator?
top Scientists Discover New Clues To Regeneration: How Flatworms Regrow Heads
Suppose you could cut a starfish into 5 segments, and they could each regenerate the missing 4. Which is the real one? How much of a body can one replace before it's a different body?
about a year and a half ago
top Boston Officials Did Not Shut Down Cell Network After Marathon Bombing
Boston slashdotter, here (as if that mattered). Anyway, wouldn't it be as effective to just disallow inbound calls/sms/etc? Allow people to make outgoing calls to call friends and family and all, but don't allow phones to receive calls.
top Is It Possible To Erase Yourself From the Internet?
It was Joe from News Radio.
top The Science of Game Strategy
I'm guessing "noughts and crosses" is "tic tac toe".
top The World's First Supercavitating Boat?
AND captain nemo called the nautilus "[his] submarine boat". I think he deserves to name it!
top Samsung Galaxy S3 Face Unlock Tricked By Photograph
ha! where are my mod points?
top Documentation As a Bug-Finding Tool
When I write little utility programs, I start by writing the words that will come out with "--help".
top Ask Slashdot: How To Allow Test Takers Internet Access, But Minimize Cheating?
So what happens when all the "original content" makers die off? If we just search the web, we'll only get old information. Let people figure out how to create their own OC by searching within and solving/exploring on their own, so that the future internet will have new information.
In the meantime, grade on the curve just to keep the education process moving.
top Least worthy tech-world cliches / buzzwords?
Standards are like toothbrushes. Everyone agrees you should have one, but no one wants to use yours.
top Ask Slashdot: Free/Open Deduplication Software?
There was a blog entry a while ago where on a 256MB RAM machine someone was able to dedupe 600GB down to 400GB and the performance was fine. This is much unlike ZFS which wants the entire dedupe tree in memory and requires gigs and gigs of RAM.
top Sprint Orders All OEMs To Strip Carrier IQ From Their Phones
If they are still collecting on 1.3 of the 26, then maybe it's a sample group of phones, for collecting service quality stats. 1.3MM/26MM happens to be exactly 5%. That's a nice round number.