top The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor
I believe he's referring to the Citizens United ruling - unless Comcast and SBC have a religious objection to competition (A real possibility, I suppose).
top Are the Hard-to-Exploit Bugs In LZO Compression Algorithm Just Hype?
Are you trolling?
There are many good use cases - as is illustrated in TFA
Configure your kernel and rebuild if you don't want the benefits.
top Clearing Up Wayland FUD, Misconceptions
I went digging after reading this article, here's the only thing I've found:
Mir in Kubuntu
Halfway down, he compares the two - it doesn't look like there's much concrete info about Mir though.
Summary: Philosophical differences in development style, server-allocated buffers vs. client-allocated buffers.
about a year and a half ago
top What's Actually Wrong With DRM In HTML5?
This is one reason I think HTML5 is just a joke. HTML used to be about presenting information, but in HTM5 it's being turned into an application platform. Sort of like the difference between a Postscript viewer and the latest Adobe Reader.
top Brain Scans Show the Impact of Neglect On a Child's Brain Size
"I think therefore I am." That is a rather bold assumption even more so if the inverse is implied that things that don't think, aren't.
I know your trying
really hard to perform reductio ad absurdum here - unfortunately you seem to have failed to understand the meaning of 'am' in this context. A little reading; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cogito_ergo_sum
Please, don't be so arrogant as to think that you've caught descartes by the tail based upon one out-of-context word. (There are many other things that you can argue against with regards to him!) Likewise, don't go bashing philosophy like you know better - smarter men than you have been thinking about these things for thousands of years. There's a reason why philosophy exists, you employ it every day when you decide upon the morality of things and the merits of certain ideas. We LIVE philosophy and, just as a small example, you wouldn't be able to enjoy the freedoms you have now without the philisophical underpinnings which were fleshed out into unalienable rights, now held up by most governments and legal systems throughout the world.
top Huawei Offers 'Complete and Unrestricted' Source Code Access
Or they could, you know, take down the entire australian network in an instant by sending a command to all of the rooted routers. (Not an optimal situation especially because these routers also are going to be handling the phonelines too) Think about having the ability to cut off all communication in an entire country - that's a HUGE strategic advantage
They could use these routers to identify specific targets of interest. State sponsored hackers would then have the ability to remove/obfuscate logs to make it so that they're impossible/very very difficult to trace or perhaps even to frame others.
top Ask Slashdot: To AdBlock Or Not To AdBlock?
AC was me, forgot to add in my original post - They also sponsor community events, and offer all of their programming for free (Pretty self explanitory as its radio) I wouldn't have become such an evangelist for them if I had to pay to hear/see/do these community events first. They have to and do PROVE their value.
top Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?
Veniss Underground. If you havent read it, check it out.
top GNOME: Staring Into the Abyss
Uhh... then click on the applications tab and hunt around for your application - just like a normal menu. I really don't understand what makes a drop down menu so appealing to you unless you're just complaining because you don't want to try something new.
Admittedly, it would be nice to have applications grouped by their uses/have the ability to type in 'text' and have every program on your computer that handles text come up - they should have had that down a while ago. But seriously. It's not rocket science to use Gnome 3. It's actually really easy and launching programs is about 10 times faster for me now that i can do it with my keyboard only. I also find myself missing the upper left hand corner mouse flick to get an overview of running applications whenever I'm stuck on windows - I keep subconsciously doing it because it's easier than mucking around with a traditional task manager.
top Raspberry Pi Model A Makes First Appearance
top Artificial Neural Networks Demonstrate the Evolution of Human Intelligence
It's times like this when I think about what I would say if a religious fundamentalist came up to me and asked me (and, yes, I know I have a tendency to over-dramatize my thoughts) "What has your precious science given you?" to which I would reply "Doubt."
Now here's where I get to how this involves your post; you seem awfully sure that there is no God - even to the point where you're claiming to know the intricacies of the universe to the extent that you can apparently claim to know every point in time from the universes beginning to its end and the whole of existence within it.
Seems evidence to me that God exists, and his Slashdot SN is geekoid.
top North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights
I should also point out that it was technically illegal for Indian religious leaders to practice ceremonies until 1978, although they had already stopped prosecuting for these 'offenses.'
top North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights
You must be joking, right?
As recently as 1990-1994 American Indians have had to fight for their ability to consume their religious sacrament.
Prior to 1930 the US had a policy to systematically destroy Native American religions and culture, and you're complaining about the Federal Government asking that ALL religious effigies be moved to private land?
Get over yourself! I bet you also believe there's a war on Christmas!
top Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps
Good joke, but you do realize that there are all kinds of ciders, right? I just had to reply to you with a sig. like that. ^
top Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients
Wish I had modpoints!
This is what any doctor SHOULD do. I suspect that a lot of doctors have a bit of an ego and don't like actually including the patient in their decision making. Those are the kind of people that never should have gotten into medicine - they put their ego above their responsibility to their patient.
top Teenager Tries To Hire Hitman Via Facebook
The point is, that there are a lot of people who do/did take martial arts classes, and almost nobody in situations where they are inebriated/shocked use those skills. Not to mention, the chance that the assailant has a firearm or knife is higher than you randomly walking around with one on the off chance that something bad is going to happen. Watch Penn & Teller's Bullshit, season 8 episode 3. It covers the reasons why it is mostly useless. Sure, it pumped up your ego to the point that you think you can take on 5 guys at a time, but everybody has daydreams about how they would handle a situation like that. Unfortunately in practice, when you're shocked/scared/being taken to the ground/shot/stabbed etc. you don't really have the wits or the time to think about the proper hold/hand position/fulcrum.
Sorry - martial arts for self defense are, you guessed it: Bullshit.
top An Open Letter To PC Makers: Ditch Bloatware, Now!
Other than the audio, you really should be able to do all of that with minimal fuss (depending upon the streaming format that your stereo uses of course). Docx is a slightly more complicated matter, but thats just installing a converter. Your Ipod can sync with the native music player, and you can have your library set to your Itunes music directory (though I have no idea why you would want to use that software.) I haven't personally tried installing a webcam, but I would assume that most webcams are supported. Since you haven't already bought one, you can get one that you know beforehand is compatible.
Sorry about my lack of formatting!
top Statistician Cracks Code For Lottery Tickets
Mother Theresa was a fraud, and for that matter died after having amassed a lot of money that NEVER went to helping the poor and needy. But, yes, she was successful. Hell, she even convinced you and at least 1.166 billion other people that she was a saint!
top Microsoft Makes Chrome Play H.264 Video
Err... Rejected? I have to say, I don't know what world you live in. You see, 'normal' people when confronted with historical facts - and having kept up with american politics would probably pay attention. Just because you can use silly red herring arguments to say that in many cases you can come to ridiculous conclusions (which, by the way, any intelligent person would immediately throw out as preposterous) doesn't mean that our representatives haven't repeatedly demonstrated their willingness to support increases to copyright terms and continue to aggressively support 'intellectual property protections.' Inevitably an intelligent person comes to the conclusion that the world isn't binary, there are gradients, and that whether people are intelligent or not, they can come up with logically sound however factually and historically inaccurate statements that do nothing but stroke their ego and support the foundations of their personal ivory towers.
Yes, you CAN use historical and modern events to predict trends. Scientists do it all the time, its part of the scientific method. I'm sorry to say, only an idiot would place fingers in their ears because they don't agree with a particular argument. Now please, use your logic wisely in the future.
top Playstation 3 Code Signing Cracked For Good
My understanding is that every PS3 game is signed with those keys. Therefore, invalidating them through a firmware update would mean that every PS3 game to date will no longer work.
They already have a list of all genuine games signed by the now compromised keys. They could potentially release an update that used new keys but also accepted the old keys provided it had signed something on the already known genuine list of games.
Then it'd be just as easy to make your signed executable look like one of the old games. At this point, they're borked. This is why they should have stuck with the 5 year console cycle.
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