Ask Slashdot: Spreadsheet With Decent Programming Language?
For instance, suppose you need to run a regexp function over the 12nd column of a matrix; usually I save data as a CSV, cat file.csv | perl -ne '@a=split/,/; $tmp = $a; .... ' > new_file.csv, load the new CSV, check for errors, debug, repeat... sometimes is just a one-time task I need to do.
You should have a look at awk, it's exactly the kind of job it was made for.
Ask Slashdot: Buying a Laptop That Doesn't Have Windows 8
But not nearly as good as most of the alternatives, if you want it to work like Win 7. If you still long for the days of XP and earlier, though, then go for it.
Ars Technica has tested some of them here: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/01/help-ive-got-windows-8-and-i-miss-my-start-menu/
Mozilla To Enable Click-To-Play For All Firefox Plugins By Default
If you run NoScript only to block Flash, then you might want to have a look at Flashblock instead: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flashblock/
Or perhaps QuickJava: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/quickjava/
Ask Slashdot: Where Are the E-Ink Dashboards?
They do exist. See this video:
This interview explains a bit about the technology, mainly what the constraints are in terms of PPI:
More on colour displays:
Matrix and segmented displays:
Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Team To Write Good Code?
A nice essay, however it has nothing to do with being able to convince a team to write good code.
Not directly, no. But sometimes (often) it's management you need to convince first, and in that case this is a good way to go about it.
As for the rest, I absolutely agree: If the team isn't motivated then that's the place to start.
Google Fiber Draws Startups To Kansas City
You already can: Crashplan and Backblaze will do exactly that.
Slashdot Asks: SATA DVD Drives That Don't Suck for CD Ripping?
The differences lie in ripping speed, error correction handling, caching, lead-in/-out awareness and so on. Yes, the final result should sound the same, but one drive may be able to do it much faster than another (despite having the same speed rating), especially with poor quality discs.
One thing that's important in a drive, if you're serious about it, is whether it can read the lead-in and lead-out. Some CDs actually have sound there and without a drive that knows how to handle it, the rip won't really be complete. It's not terribly common for CDs to do this, but it does happen.
Toshiba Pursues Copyright Claim Against Laptop Manual Site
You might want to learn the difference between a User Manual and a Service/Repair Manual. If you want to know how to change the motherboard, those user manuals you linked aren't going to be much use.
Linus Torvalds Advocates For 2560x1600 Standard Laptop Displays
Frankly, this is something I've never understood. I mean, I've got a bloody netbook (a Dell Latitude 2110) with a mostly-normal keyboard, yet even 15" or bigger consumer laptops have absolutely crazy keyboard layouts with the keys all over the place, or, as you say, even missing.
It's almost as if they try to make them as user-hostile as possible.
The IDE As a Bad Programming Language Enabler
Why do people always lump notepad/vi/emacs together?
Probably because they've never truly tried to use Emacs or Vim. Of course, actually getting Emacs to do what you want, the way you want it, can be a bit of an adventure...
How To Add 5.5 Petabytes and Get Banned From Costco
Besides that, anyone that thinks they can run a company with this business model and survive is a business moron, or a scam artist trying to make a quick buck. This is 90's dotcom level idiocy at it's finest. Unlimited storage for $5/mo? Unlimited bandwidth too I guess? Completely 100% unsustainable.
Seems like it's you that's the business moron, as they're actually profitable. And until that $5M funding they got this year, they had been growing entirely through that profit. You can find all the details on their blog somewhere.
Also, they're not the only ones to do this. There's also CrashPlan (and others I assume) that offer essentially the same thing at about the same price.
Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro seems like it would suit you.
I believe it's supported by CM as well.
How a Lone Grad Student Scooped the FTC On Privacy Issue
Here's the full story on how they figured it out: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/magazine/shopping-habits.html?_r=4&hp&pagewanted=all
Quite interesting (and a little scary), actually.
Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce Someone To Star Trek?
I was asking myself the same thing recently. Here's what I found:
Windows 8 and Screen Resolution: WXGA Still Most Popular
Let me introduce you to the Dell UltraSharp monitors: http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/sna.aspx?c=us&cs=ussoho1&l=en&s=soho&~topic=ultrasharp_monitor
High-quality IPS panels that can be adjusted every which way. 24" and smaller can pivot as well.
Not terribly expensive, and if you buy them on Amazon etc. they're usually a good deal cheaper.
EU Targets Apple In Ebook Investigation
While B&N doesn't operate in Europe, Amazon most certainly does - in fact the Kindle is absolutely everywhere this Christmas, here in France.
Are Google's Best Days Behind It?
Eh, both "..." and + worked just fine last I checked.
Microsoft Curbs Wi-Fi Location Database
You're probably thinking of Apple. They used to use Skyhook, but then decided to use their own tech.
CSS 2.1 Becomes W3C Recommendation
The big difference with CSS3 is that instead of one huge all-encompassing standard it's broken up into modules. Each module goes through the process independently of the others.
Two modules (colors and selectors) are currently Proposed Recommendations, with eight more being Candidate Recommendations.
IMSLP Taken Down By UK Publishers Group
For domains you could try Gandi or Hover, both of which generally get high marks.
Gandi is a French company, so that should give some protection against trigger-happy US companies.
As for hosting there's certainly plenty to choose from, but I'm quite happy with WebFaction. It's even one of the few shared hosts that tells you how much memory you can use (upgradeable). As long as you don't intend to do reselling they're hard to go wrong with.
It's a UK company, but their servers are in Texas (at The Planet).
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