British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club
Yes, it's stupid, but it's optional and only exists for some ISPs. Hardly the great firewall of China.
Do you worry about the singularity?
And this is the wonderful world they created for us.
What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper
According to the article, the comment was added in revisions after peer review. It should have been caught before publication, but it's not the reviewers' fault.
One other thing: to catch this reliably, you need to have someone read through it who knows that it's the final version. Otherwise they may well assume that it's still an active question, waiting for views. And of course, you should always word your notes more politely!
We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello
We don't need social networks at all.
PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"
... there won't be any more camels.
Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug
The whole idea of inspecting the contents of arbitrary variables is a bug. Variables can contain any data the user chooses, and the fact that it happens to look like a function definition is none of the shell's business. Bash should have defined a single variable for the purpose in which all the function definitions are packaged up, or at least have defined a class of variables (e.g. BASH_FUNCTION_*) for the purpose.
Scotland Votes No To Independence
There has never been a referendum on independence in Scotland before. There were two referendums on devolution: the one in 1979 was narrowly in favour but failed because it did not reach the required 40% of the electorate, and the one in 1997 succeeded, establishing the Scottish Parliament.
On Independence for Scotland:
Shetland is *not* closer to Norway than to Scotland. Check on Google Earth. It's true, as is often said, that it's closer to Norway than to Edinburgh, but then San Francisco is closer to Mexico than to Washington, and Canterbury is closer to France than to London.
I think next winter will be:
Next: I'm going to toss a coin, which way do you think it will come down?
Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?
I predict a great increase in users' blood pressure due to constantly checking their heart rate.
How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids
They are not "dodecadrons", nor are they dodecahedral. They have a cross-section which is a dodecagon.
$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now
There are ads on Slashdot???
Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions
"Ireland" can mean either the island or the country called the Republic of Ireland, which is about 80% of the island. The Republic is not part of the UK, it is a completely independent country. Northern Ireland (the northern 20%) is part of the UK. The "Irish Free State" was the name of what is now the Republic of Ireland in the 1920s and 30s and is not a term used any more.
On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google
... if I'd ever heard of MetaFilter.
Dorian Nakamoto Officially Denies That He Created Bitcoin
If you were the maker of Bitcoin, you could afford it.
NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse
Usenet is much harder to control than web forums, so making it useless by posting endless rubbish would be attractive.
GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses
I know it will affect my future buying decisions.
But if you don't buy GM products, they will need another bailout. You have to pay them whether you like it or not.
Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion
Why does chess need a "clear and predictable yardstick for greatness"? It's a game, not engineering.
Do You Need Headphones While Working?
I only go to work to talk to the people there.
Linking Mass Extinctions To the Sun's Journey In the Milky Way
... is when we pass through the next one!
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