top Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?
That sounds like something pretty basic that either Logitech or Microsoft would provide.
top New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids
I have a Sienna. I'm perfectly capable of yelling at my kids loud enough so everyone in the car can hear. Hearing my soft-spoken daughter in the third row is another story entirely. If the radio is on or a window is open, forget it. I'd like this system in two-way mode so she can talk to the driver and front passenger more easily.
top White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales
He should declare war on local car dealers. That'll fix em.
top Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?
http://watchshock.com/archive/... -- this one. How much smarter a watch do you really need? #getoffmylawn #forreal
top A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System
I'm in Israel with my family this month. We've had to go to shelters several times over the past week (f- you very much, Hamas). You can hear the difference between successful Iron Dome intercepts vs. the rockets that land (most, presumably, in unpopulated areas). The system is working and saving lives; that's good enough for me.
top DHHS Preparing 'Tech Surge' To Fix Remaining Healthcare.gov Issues
than having an intelligent discussion of the U.S. healthcare system with a bunch of 25 year old single Libertarians who, by and large, have never faced a personal or family health crisis in their lives.
Seriously, the amount of GOP + Cato institute propaganda I see in this thread is mind boggling. WTF people?
top BlackBerry Will Sell Itself For $4.7 Billion
Watsa may know a lot about investing, and I'm sure he has plans for the company, but I sincerely hope that restoring BlackBerry's former image/reputation/market share are not on his list. It can't be done, and you can quote me on that. Corporations are moving to BYOD on iPhone/Android, and the non-corporate market is completely lost to BlackBerry. How is Watsa going to make a profit on his investment? Selling off the corporate assets piecemeal, or selling the whole thing to a Greater Fool (sure, Ballmer would qualify..) or who knows. It'll be interesting to watch.
top BlackBerry Will Sell Itself For $4.7 Billion
In 2 years time, watch for this news headline:
"Fairfax Financial announces a $4.6 billion writedown on the value of their BlackBerry acquisition. Layoffs are proceeding. Fairfax Financial has announced plans to sell off all corporate assets including BlackBerry's patent portfolio. A buyer has not been identified at this time."
top Android Co-Founder: Fragmentation "an Overblown Issue"
As the owner of a non-upgradeable Android 2.3 phone (
Motorola Defy XT) I find that most apps I care about work fine on the phone... with the exception of all the new Google apps and updates to said apps.
GMail Google Now Chrome all of these apps are either not available, or are only provided in downlevel versions. You have to be running 4.x to get the latest and greatest apps.
Meanwhile, Google produces versions of their apps to run on iOS 6, which is available on every iPhone back to the 3GS from 2009.
about a year and a half ago
top Fox, Univision May Go Subscription To Stop Aereo
Wrong. Aereo provide DVR functionality (time shifting) and place shifting (although to subscribe in the first place you must live in the broadcast area).
top Dad Hacks "Donkey Kong" - Now Pauline Rescues Mario
Subject line says it all. I want this.
top Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?
Doesn't matter if he can understand his two-year-old code if no one else can. If he quits or gets hit by a bus, what then? I agree with above posters that this is something for his superiors to handle, not you. If it's affecting your work, point it out to them, and if they can't see the problem, perhaps it's time to look for a new job.
top Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense Shield Actually Works
Untrue. Wikipedia says:
>By 20 November, Gaza health officials said that 113 Palestinians had been killed since the operation began, of which: 53 were civilians, 49 militants and 1 a policeman
Note that is an estimate from a Palestinian source.
Carpet-bombing, or anything close to it, would have resulted in a far higher number of Palestinian deaths. Any loss of innocent life is tragic but these numbers show a commitment to minimizing civilian casualties on the part of the IDF. Unlike Hamas which intentionally targets civilians with their rocket strikes.
top After Recent US Storms, Why Are Millions Still Without Power?
Might have something to do with the fact that the population of the USA is far less dense overall than places like Western Europe (
map). In dense population centers like New York City, utilities are required by law to bury the power lines. Utility companies have a captive market - where else are you going to buy your power, so in the absence of legislation, they don't have an incentive to spend the huge upfront costs of burying power lines in exchange for higher reliability.
top iTunes' Windows Problem
Once I started using Downcast, I've ignored Apple's substandard podcast features completely. Only shame is that Downcast can't integrate with the builtin Podcasts category, so when I play via my car head unit, I have to put the head unit into "iPod hands on" mode and manually navigate to the podcast on the iPod touch.
top Ask Slashdot: Store Umbilical Cord Blood — and If So, Where?
We did this for all 3 of our kids. Here in New York it is free to donate and store, if you or someone else needs them, the cells are available. I have no desire to enrich the private banks.
top Can NASA Warm Cold Fusion?
top Kurzweil: Human-Level Machine Translation By 2029
Google Translate is now crowdsourcing corrections to its translations. You can see how this would help particularly for idiomatic expressions. With enough crowdsourced input, I don't see why it'd take more than 5 years to get to human-quality translations of most prose texts.
top Stuxnet's Legacy: Get Back to Basics or Get Owned
Actually, those centrifuges were never on the public Internet. Stuxnet was cleverly designed to infect the workstations running Step 7 PLC programming software, hijack the communications with the PLC to install its payload on the PLC. I don't know if the Step 7 workstations were on the Internet either; they may have been infected by sneakernet - USB keys, CDROMs, and the like.
top Adobe Evangelist Lashes Out Over Apple's "Original Language" Policy
Sorry, the ipod connector could not have been mini/micro USB. Unless you have some way to pass analog audio and composite video via USB without an additional set of a/d/d/a. Now, it could have been mini/micro USB PLUS analog line out/ composite out, but that's something else entirely.
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