top Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?
"Real Programmers don't use GC" is a mantra that is responsible for 90% at least of production bugs, together with "=" being typed instead of "==".
top SpaceX Shows Off 7-Man Dragon V2 Capsule
Or do all programs run bugfree the day you write them?
top Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?
I cannot read a maths book or paper without writing on it.
Microsoft OneNote is cloud-based with syncing, has drawing tools, OCR for image content, handwritten comments, and even a Maths editor, and can organize your stuff. There might even be a symbolic calculator buried somewhere in it. I use it on a Surface Pro; to make the handwritten annotation part work well you really need the Wacom Stylus.
There are a bunch of PDF readers on the PC and Mac which can annotate. I think they all export the annotated PDF, and a couple of smart folders or Google Drive might be enough to maintain a synced system.
Unfortunately, this whole area is one where proprietary is ahead of open source - OneNote and InkSeine are masterworks.
top Ask Slashdot: DIY Computational Neuroscience?
Dave's course is certain to be interesting.
A good way to get up to speed in research IMHO is to look at the problems in publications, and try to reproduce the indicated work. You can do this with fairly old (5-6 years) publications too, usually at that point data sets etc are available.
top Online Journalism Is Becoming a Billionaires' Plaything (Again)
The freedom of the press belongs to the owner of the press.
top Activists Angry After Apple Axes Anti-Firewall App
Apple obeys Chinese law by not allowing their citizens to bypass censorship , and it obeys US law by providing private information on the Chinese users to the US authorities
top Water Discovery Is Good News For Mars Colonists
Yes, my foot probably contains about two pints of water.
top NSA Director Wants Threat Data Sharing With Private Sector
The NSA gets the info, then the CIA takes out selected individuals by lobbying, blackmail or if all fails
... - after all cmpetitors are an imminent threat to the american way of life ...
top DEA Argues Oregonians Have No Protected Privacy Interest In Prescription Records
The US has argued that the private records of the rest of the world can be searched and divulged at will - why should americans suddenly expect to be treated differently?
top Secret Court Upholds Phone Data Collection
If none of the tech-savvy phone corps objected to turning over bulk data, when the process gave them that opportunity, one can conclude that Americans are mostly happy to the surveillance, probably because it gives them an illusion of safety.
I have a tip for our sheepish friends: Appoint a dictator, totalitarian regimes are much better at policing than democracies.
top How To Foil NSA Sabotage: Use a Dead Man's Switch
If you like the law, or do not disagree with it, comply.
If you don't like the law, use the democratic process and try and get it changed. If you don't trust your government, elect another. And if all else fails, emigrate to China or Russia :)
top Thought Experiment: The Ultimate Creative Content OS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeOS "BeOS was optimized for digital media work and was written to take advantage of modern hardware facilities such as symmetric multiprocessing by utilizing modular I/O bandwidth, pervasive multithreading, preemptive multitasking and a 64-bit journaling file system known as BFS. The BeOS GUI was developed on the principles of clarity and a clean, uncluttered design.
The API was written in C++ for ease of programming. It has partial POSIX compatibility and access to a command-line interface through Bash, although internally it is not a Unix-derived operating system."
There's a reimplementation, Haiku
top NSA Can Spy On Data From Smart Phones, Including Blackberry
And now comes Act II where intercepted data can be shown in secret to a judge to obtain convictions without the defense being able to review same.
Then in Act III trials will be held in secret chambers with no defense.
top Schneier: The US Government Has Betrayed the Internet, We Need To Take It Back
Yes, one could have a stateful encryption with a very long state built into a threaded mail reader.
The idea obviously is not to make decryption impossible, it's to slow down mass decryption, thereby making mass mail searches harder and restoring a measure of civil liberties.
top Ask Slashdot: How To Diagnose Traffic Throttling and Work Around It?
They have to track every byte of every peer to peer transaction, in case someone is using modified clients to communicate. $
Also, they are ordered to retain every single phone sex conversation between non US persons, in case blackmail material is required some decades later for commercial or diplomatic purposes. about a year and a half ago
top The 'Linux Inside' Stigma
A "Brand" puts its corporate name behind every product - that's why branding works: The company's managers know that a mediocre product will impact brand perception and thus lessen their future sales of other products.
Look at it this way: Do you want a Mercedes Benz or a Mystery Car? The Mystery Car may be very nice but you need to test it. The Mercedes will probably perform. Now, do you prefer a Chromebook where Google says "This is our Flagship corporate laptop for Google Apps our execs use it, and we lose revenue if it doesn't perform", or a SlackwareBook which says "Entirely GPL, some hackers run this".
top China's Radical New Space Drive
yes, there was the famous "bolo propulsion" example, of a satellite made of 2 masses joined by a cable progressively making its orbit more eccentric. This is well known, and as stated only works in curved spacetime.
top Researchers: PATRIOT Act Can 'Obtain' Data In Europe
The NSA is welcome to my emails, if I can have free email
:) But maybe they are subsidising gmail and hotmail anyway ...
top Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen
top Shake-up at Apple: Forstall Out; iOS Executive Fired For Maps Debacle?
The rats are being thrown off the sinking ship.
top Slashdot wierdness
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