How long ago did you last assemble a computer?
I use an external Silicon Dust Home Run, which picks up OTA signals.
How long ago did you last assemble a computer?
A simple PVR doesn't need the bells and whistles of newer computers. I recently purchased the components and assembled one.
What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?
My only streams are from my subscription to MUBI.
If TCM offered me a streaming service, I'd certainly pay for it.
Favorite "Go!" Phrase?
In the game of go, calling Atari is encouraged among novice players.
New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation
So what are the value of Bob bucks when Bob dies?
German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks
Physician handwriting is as indecipherable as Navajo code talk.
The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI
Chess algorithms are a measure of the budding ability of programers.
When you can write a chess algorithm that can beat yourself at chess, ...
(When you can snatch the pebble from my hand, ... [Kung Fu])
Cybercrooks May Have Stolen Billions Using Brazilian "Boletos"
http://thebrazilbusiness.com/a... ... describes how to make and pay boletos
Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
Drivers should use whatever information is out there to avoid accidents.
I have seen leadfoots speed up when the count was low. Bad driving (excessive speed) is rewarded with more tickets and accidents leading to higher insurance rates . In light of this story, perhaps not enough tickets are being issued.
I have seen bus drivers slow down in similar situations. Good driving benefits everyone.
Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists
Marie SkÅodowska-Curie was Polish. Her friends and family called her Panni as opposed to Madame.
Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration
I cannot remember when I had my last tetanus shot, and my doctor's records don't show it. I, for one, would welcome a national registry that could keep better records than me and my doctor.
How Free-To-Play Is Constricting Mobile Games
I like old Avalon Hill strategy battle type games. We paid $60 each for them - and I'd buy modern computerized versions of them at the same price. Each player could use their mobile/tablet as his or her interface. Common elements (i.e. public information) could be displayed on a large TV or computer screen. Why aren't these games (re)made?
IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt
A large refund is a sign of poor tax planning. You are getting your own money back without interest. In light of this story, you may not even get your own money back if the feds take it.
Arrange your source deductions and installment payments so that you don't get a refund.
It would be better to owe $2K each year than to expect refunds.
West Nile Virus May Have Met Its Match: Tobacco
Nothing new here. I learned from watching Millennium that people of the future must chain smoke in order to stay healthy.
How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?
I remember a puzzle in OMNI some decades ago, where an alien had to transport the knowledge of the Encyclopedia Britannica in its space ship away from Earth without carrying any additional weight.
The solution was to transform all the data into a single rational number between 0 and 1 and to etch a scratch on the surface of the Alien's space ship, where the size of the scratch would correspond with the single rational number (say in inches or some comparable measuring units). It was apparently possible for aliens to etch and subsequently measure distances at the subatomic scale.
Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?
However you sort, make sure you staple them to keep your receipts in order.
This is particularly important if you subsequently enter them into an accounting program or even a spreadsheet.
Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution
Masks are magically thought to prevent everything.
A friend of mine caught a cab in Shanghai during one of its more scary bird flu outbreaks.
The cab driver wore a mask with a hole cut out of it for his cigarette.
Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?
Previous poster had the following signature:
MR ASICs. MR not. SAR CDEDBD transistors? YLB. MR ASICs
This should be replaced with Li'l B.
Mr Ducks; Mr Knott; Czar; C. M. Wings; Li'l B.; Mr Ducks
Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users
After spending all their money on cell phones, kids cannot afford to buy products advertised to them on Facebook.
The fact that Facebook's customer base is morphng into older folks only helps its business model of selling ads.
The Power of the Hoodie-Wearing C.E.O.
In a similar vein, I knew a prof who researched "Methods of getting out of having to do research" (I used quotes but this is really a paraphrase.)
I don't find anything wrong with such researchers. They are playing a game and earning a living.
My question is: How does such seemingly-ridiculous research get approved for funding? Can we not spend that money on greater good?
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