California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets
I do not embrace change for its own sake, but I am genuinely surprised how much emotion some folks show every time Slashdot makes a change. I do not see how the new look breaks the discussion and moderation system. I am replying to a post, and I see rankings like Informative and Offtopic. It looks different, but that does not mean it has been broken.
I do have a comment. The wide column to the right is great for hosting side-bar issues, but these end long before a typical discussion thread, resulting in a significant amount of wasted screen space.
FreeBSD 10.0 Released
Back in the stone age when I ran a lot of FreeBSD -- say 4.x days -- there was a preference for installing ports instead of packages. The reason given was that compiling source on the target system provided maximum compatibility. Has the FreeBSD community shifted any, in favor of using packages (pre-compiled binaries)? Does the package installer pull in dependencies, and update them as needed, the way portupgrade does?
Nissan Unveils 88 Pound 400-HP Race Car Engine
I would go back even further. Pre-WWII cars had large displacement motors that produced far more power than could be put to use on dirt roads and the fragile tires of the day. I agree with the point that the move from the 1.5L formula in 67 brought faster speeds, exactly why the change was made. Lotus introduced wings; the FIA did more to ban them than encourage their use.
Physicists Claim First Observation of a Quantum Cheshire Cat
Ah, yes. Grad school, Saturday night, Old Milwaukee beer and Papa Del's Pizza. Lot's of both. Ice on the sidewalk. Exploding bodies going nowhere fast.
Stormy Alien Atmospheres May Spark Seeds of Life
Try to get a Republican to understand how formaldehyde and ammonia are essential to the creation of life. Go ahead, I'll stand over here and watch.
Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life
A new MMORPG?
Open Well-Tempered Clavier: a Kickstarter Campaign For Open Source Bach
Don't confuse the composition with the performance, or a particular edition of printed music. Bach's work is public domain, but a particular printed edition, or a recorded performance, are new works covered by copyright law. Open-Source derives its power from copyright law.
The last time I used a dial-up modem was...
I recall downloading multiple uuencoded files from USENET News and reassembling them to get a playing card size gif. Plenty of time to pop open a fresh beer. So often disappointed, but every now and them ...
Can Internet Pseudonymity Be Saved?
Also seen today on /.
"As part of a broader, chilling Chinese crackdown on Internet dissent, Chinese blogger Charles Xue appeared on Chinese state television in handcuffs on Sunday, denouncing his blog and praising government censorship."
Doubleclick Cofounder Responds to Patent Troll by Filing Extortion Lawsuit ... "The patent troll's attorney also made the claim that calling someone a 'patent troll' was actually a 'hate crime' under 'Ninth Circuit precedent' and threatened to file criminal charges"
Freedom of speech is constantly under attack, especially by those who want their freedom at the expense of yours.
SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs About 5%
Is 4TB representative? Or are you just putting more spin on this story?
Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom
Where I live we have a leash law. When you take your dog beyond your property it must be on a leash. But many people have small lots, or live in high-rises. People wanted dogs to have a bit of freedom, so the city built dog parks. Inside a large, fenced-in area a dog can run around free, just like they could always do when I was a boy. The dogs are happy, their owners are happy.
I foresee the day, not too far off, when all cars on city streets must be computer controlled. Folks who want to enjoy driving will trailer a car to a track.
BTW, I disagree with the post's use of "self-driving." If a self-made computer is one I built myself, then a self-driving car is one I drive myself. But where do we draw the line? Shifting gears? In my grandparents day, ignition advance was manual. No electric starter. So do the new crop of self-braking, accident avoiding cars still self-driven? They are certainly not autonomous.
Neanderthals Were the First To Use Specialized Bone Tools
If indeed calling someone a Neanderthal becomes a compliment, call that same person a politician instead. Language does evolve.
Administration Seeks To Make Unauthorized Streaming A Felony
Yep. Go into a store and shoplift a DVD, misdemeanor. Unauthorized copy via Internet, felony. Go figure. Credit Cory Doctorow, "Pirate Cinema."
Liberal Saudi Web Forum Founder Sentenced To 600 Lashes and 7 Years In Prison
So, you don't actually have anything to say.
Saturn's Tidal Tugs Energize Enceladus' Icy Plumes
Sounds like an interesting place to visit. Those geysers shooting up sound kind of sexy. How long until Sandals opens a resort there?
Ubuntu Forum Security Breach
I recall when open-source software was deemed secure. Windows was the paper tiger. What happened?
13-Inch Haswell-Powered MacBook Air With PCIe SSD Tested
Is there a way to connect an optical drive so that games that require them can be played? Sorry, don't know any specific titles, I ask on behalf of my two sons.
FLAC Gets First Update In 6 Years
I remember using mp3.com
Google Asks Government For More Transparency, Other Groups Push Back Against NSA
David Drummond got it just right. I do think wide scale monitoring should stop, but shedding some light on what really is happening is necessary to gain the voter's trust.
Big Government is more than just government. These are people, with agendas, who will abuse their power to achieve their personal objectives, wrapped in a shroud of doing what's right for the country. Then there is political party affiliation, where too often people are loyal to the point of treading on their opponents rights. Big Government puts power in the hands of individual people, and that is where it is abused.
Average latency to Slashdot.org?
At least you get a return. Where I work, ping is dead. Perhaps Carrier Pigeons do not pass ICMP.
For the boys
promises insights into game development process.