Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Spring Update, To Focus On Non-touch Devices
It'll be nice to use server 2013 without having to battle with a "touch screen optimised" interface.
I guess they over estimated how many people are running server 2013 on tablets.
Hackers Sweep Up FTP Credentials For the New York Times, UNICEF and 7,000 Others
May be related to something like this.
Fusion Rocket Could Take Us To Mars
Presumably it's not a way of generating power, but rather storing it. Who knows how efficient the generation of this plasma is, but you probably need to burn far more energy to create it than is produced when it is used.
Millions of Blogs Knocked Offline By Legal Row
What sort of world would we be living in if you couldn't make a big fat profit out of suicide prevention? Certainly not a world I'd want to live in...
Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House
Oh, don't get distracted by just this one piece of news when there's been so much more revealed!
Max 4 person multiplayer! Region locking for co-op games! No offline single player! No mod support what so ever!
Sure, this RMT auction house is the shitty icing on the shit cake, but lets not lose sight of the complete mess this game is going to be even without this feature.
UK Games Retailers Threaten Boycott of Steam Games
I'm pretty sure nobody walks into a retailer looking to buy a game, finds that it's not stocked then just completely gives up. No, you simply walk into a different retailer and look for it there. And if you can't find it anywhere, you think "well, that was a massive waste of time, I should have just bought it online". Like on Steam for example.
NASA's Space Balloon Smashes Car In Australia
Quite high if you had a car parked next to the launch rig. Which is what happened. If you bothered to click the link.
Google Italy Execs Convicted Over YouTube Bullying Video
Guilty of failure to comply with the Italian privacy code != guilty of criminal defamation.
NCSoft drops Game Guard from western launch of Aio
Truncated the last character of the title. Should be "Aion".
TomTom Sues Microsoft For Patent Infringement
But does anything actually come of these lawsuits? I read about infringement claims by trolls against large companies and by large companies against each other all the time, but they never seem to come to anything - or at least the outcome is never publicised.
Does anyone have some information on what percentage of technology patent suits get thrown out of court and how many actually end in settlement or damages?
Look Out, Firefox 3 — IE8 Is Back On Top For Now
Each tab is isolated from the others, so if one tab crashes, the entire browser doesn't go down. You can then restore the crashed tab, and when you do, it reloads with the information that had been in it when it crashed, such as a partially written e-mail. And if you were watching a video, the video will start playing at the point the tab crashed, not at the beginning of the video.
Cool as that seems in theory, doesn't automatically reloading the exact state that the tab was in when it crashed mean that it will probably just crash again as soon as you reload it?
Internet-Caused Mistrials Are On the Rise
What does that have to do with the Internet? Jurors can go home and read a newspaper to find out things that they're not meant to know too. If they want to go out and research things that they are not allowed to from home they don't need the internet to do it.
ISS's Node 3 Might Be Named "Colbert"
Half-Life Short Film Grabs Attention
I have the feeling they didn't literally mean "no time what so ever". They're not trying to apologise for the quality of the film because it was simply willed into existence.
It did take them some time - evidently it took them how ever long it took them to produce what they produced. The implication of "no time" being that they weren't able to put as much polish on it as they would have given more time.
One would also assume that as independent film makers and commercial directors they had access to the software already, rather than trying to include every single resource involved as part of that one film's budget.
US Becomes Top Wind Producer; Solar Next
Yes, pat your selves on the back. America (9,161,923 SQ KM) has over taken Germany (357,021 SQ KM). Good work.
Conficker Worm Could Create World's Biggest Botnet
It's poorly phrased. It doesn't create 250 domains per day, it CHECKS 250 domains per day. The botnet controller only needs to create one of those domains to upload new instructions.
The Exact Cause of the Zune Meltdown
I think slashdot ate your < in the breaking line.
Automated Scripts Overrun eBay Holiday Contest
The scripts aren't breaking any rules - TFA says that ebay can't decide what automation is legal and what isn't.
Ray Kurzweil Wonders, Can Machines Ever Have Souls?
The question "will machines ever have souls" is about as quantifiable as "will machines go to heaven".
It has no scientific definition. It's completely pointless to try to answer it.
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