A Dispatch From Outside the Prison Holding Barrett Brown
I am very sorry to say that it appears to be because the cold war is over and that the reasons we fought the cold war were being constantly repeated to us to justify the cost - "they don't have free speech, they don't have independent legal systems, they oppress minorities". Apparently now we no longer have that enemy we are fighting for those reasons its OK to openly do all the things that we were supposedly fighting against. Its very sad.
Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update
This is what I keep thinking but dont say.
Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update
I agree with you that you can do lots of entertaining things on a tablet or phone interface and that is great for domestic consumers. However they are locked out of any expectation of creative use of computing by the interface and applets. Its sad that it took only 20 years for the internet to become no more than a metro app.
School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA
I think you will find that they will squash you like a bug if you make a fuss. Is this really something worth fighting for?
Physics Forum At Fermilab Bans Powerpoint
In business you often present information on the status of something and then after a dialogue have to decide on actions. Without presentation of data this would not work. Powerpoint is ok as a means of showing data. A blackboard is ok for teaching abstract subjects but probably isnt suitable for subjects that require familiarity with physical objects. Anti Powerpoint crusades are a stupid concept, Powerpoint is fine for many applications.
US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'
Your money stinks, most of it is debt and we don't want it.
Half the world hates you with a passion for your criminal lack of morality and arrogance.
Typical for your response to be that you can always pay for the millions of deaths you will cause with a fine.
Your culture is revolting, lets hope the Chinese behave better than you because they are clearly the future.
Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up
I dont mind UI refreshes but I think that it will dumb down the discourse if the information density is decreased too much. But we live in an era where most of the audience growth is thought to be on mobile interfaces. The web is changing.
HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers
it will certainly destroy the value of their second hand equipment.
All of my home computing is three year old refurbished corporate stuff precisely because it does have decent bug fixing and driver updates. Quite apart from being less than a third of the original sale price to buy.
Lenovo support is still free.
Wonder what is going to be done with all the thousands of tons of useless HP equipment at the end of its three year life? I hear that landfill is pretty much full these days.
Is the West Building Its Own Iron Curtain?
It took us a decade to allow Nato to sort the thing out. The Europeans would have done it long before if they didnt have to ask permission from our American paymasters. The only reason
Americans get involved in everything is frankly because they have most of the weapons and soldiers that exist on planet earth. Its surprising that the American tax payer hasn't figured out that the reason they have shit schools and hospitals is because all the tax gets spent on cluster bombs and drones.
Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:
And interestingly a random poll of slashdot readers reveals that nearly 25% claim to have access to large telescopes inconvenient to carry or ones with even more light grasp and mass.
So that makes us different to the rest of the population - apart from not having a girlfriend and living in a basement of course....
So Slashdot is actually 'News for Nerds and backyard astronomers' from the sound of it.
Well I think its entirely understandable that the technologically interested have their own tools for accessing space.
I wonder if the same could be said of microscopes, I have one, but its nothing like the array of telescopes that seem to have come to live in the spare room..
Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?
Spot on. All those posts advising on what tools to learn are missing the point. The world isn't hiring people with toolboxes, its hiring people who know how to use the toolbox to make stuff. Concentrate on finding the right Stuff to become expert on and you will enjoy your toil and make money doing it.
Sitting in a basement learning how to use a bunch of tools will just see you end up on a production line making dog food. Which is OK if you like the all pervasive smell of dog food I guess, but probably wasn't in your plan for life when you thought that being an Astronaut might be fun.
Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use
Its "so bullshit" that the entire manufacturing output of the planet uses the Gaussian distribution, standard deviation and Cpk to make the things that keep sprats like you alive. Everything that is manufactured is measured on control charts - 3D printed livers, Nuclear fuel rods, gate oxide thickness on silicon chips, bandwidth available on your shared DSL line.
Now if some smart bastard like you can improve on 99.999% of the manufacturing worlds assumption that the central limit theorem will reduce everything to Gaussian then you my son are going to be very rich and famous. Let me be the first to congratulate you on deploying more sophisticated statistical tools worldwide and thereby increasing the efficiency and quality of every single factory on the planet.
Of course you might just be spouting your anally retentive opinion that you are disgusted by the fact that people don't use statistics in a precise way.
Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve
LEDs are just beginning to take off at sensible prices. Presumably we will now have to sit and watch the manufacturers go bust because of this political dick waving. Presumably we will also have to wait more years for efficient lighting to arrive meanwhile pointlessly burning energy to heat the outdoors. Frankly the planet would be better off if H5N1 wiped out human beings, it would raise the IQ of the planet considerably.
UK Benefits System In Deeper Trouble?
There is a reason why some USA detractors call it the Great Satan, some evil things are regarded as normal there.
After 22 Years, Walt Mossberg Writes Final WSJ Column
I have to say that that is the dullest list I have seen in ages. It looks like an Apple advertisement. No wonder they retired him.
UK ISP Adult Filters Block Sex Education Websites Allows Access To Porn
I am tired of illiterate morons running society, I sometimes wonder if we would be better off with an actual dictator instead of the establishment that runs it now. At least that would be a more honest arrangement instead of this bottom feeding so called democracy.
Happy 50th Doctor Who
Dont be silly, most of us have already watched it, twice. Anyway you can be sure that first post will keep changing.
Head of Silk Road 2.0 Says It Will Be Back In Minutes If Shut Down
Oh so very well put sir - and funny too
GCHQ Created Spoofed LinkedIn and Slashdot Sites To Serve Malware
Your assessment is incorrect. You focus on matters to do with military security and indeed the cold war is over and the old bugbear of communism taking over the world is defunct. However you are blind to the subject of this discussion. You are now a digital person and your existence is defined by what is on the Internet. The greatest and most free source of information ever devised. A source of information which is so free that secret policemen and all kinds of riff raff, state sanctioned and from private industry now own your digital persona. The question is when they are going to use it to enslave you, not if they are.
Enjoy your retirement in prison because of some data from your youth 50 years before. Remember me warning you.
Microsoft Admits Windows 8.1 Update May Bork Your Mouse, Promises a Fix
Win 7 has been screwed for a few weeks now for right mouse clicks to bring up context menus. The menu sometimes persists but usually it disappears when you release the mouse button. I hope those fuckers at Microsoft are aware that the bad experience they are giving their existing user base, particularly in the corporate world will come home to roost. If Microsoft software has become so utterly unreliable on the back of their efforts to turn their operating system into a mobile phone, then I have no real issues to moving to Google documents or any other trendy joke business software because its unlikely to be worse than Microsoft.
A mobile phone or tablet are suitable for some tasks, the one thing they do not do is creative things. So they are fine for people consuming or processing content but not for anything creative like Engineering, content creation, analysis, synthesis. But that's OK because we don't do any of those things in the West anymore.
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