Microsoft Confirms DirectX 12 Is Alive and Well, Demo Coming At GDC
...requires Windows 8.1 or better and Bing on the desktop.
Dirty Tricks? Look-Alike Websites Lure Congressional Donors
Fraud with clear intent: Time for the state DA offices to do their work. Federal agencies should be on this like flies on fresh horse shit.
Should Everybody Learn To Code?
Yes. but then I think everyone should learn the basics of critical thinking. Fundamentals of programming isn't that different from algebra and geometry, so junior high-schoolers should get a dose. If nothing else, they'll learn that programming isn't rocket science: It's a flexible tool which can be used to do rocket science and make Caturday-related goofiness.
It's Not Memory Loss - Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information
As an old English/Philosophy major who really loves Victorian-era literature, I reflect your resentment. What you choose to do with this reflected image is yet another reflection. I had to have science credits, took Biology classes and have benefitted both directly and indirectly ever since. Perhaps it's an attitudinal thing?
Half of US Nuclear Missile Wing Implicated In Cheating
I can do this:
Marijuana - check
Cocaine - check
LSD - check
Peyote - check
Mushrooms - check
Strawberry Daqarita - check
Ayn Rand Looney time - check
Do I pass?
The Scent Rhythm Watch Tells Time By Releasing Fragrances
Yes it does and it's really foul.
Open Source Is Not a Democracy
Same thing applies to window managers and DEs (Desktop Environments.) I'm a Slackware with Window Maker person myself, but there are a great many options in terms of window managers. DEs, not so much.
This reminds me of a 31 Flavors ice cream flavor called Lemon Meringue that I really, really (I mean REALLY) liked. For whatever reason, they stopped making it for a long time and when they brought it back, it just didn't taste the same. Did my tastes change over the years? Did the ice cream chef screw up the recipe? Didn't matter, it no longer did the trick. But then I found Hot Cocoa with the little marshmellows and the world was again ice cream heaven. The point of all this? There is no point, go eat some ice cream.
Open Source Is Not a Democracy
Every time a user chooses what distro to use, they vote.
Don't like the way a distribution does things? Use a different one.
Auto-Scanning the Names People Choose For Their Wireless APs
There is a wireless router in my neighborhood named "Snookums" which makes me afraid to know what they named their cat.
"Green" Ice Resurfacing Machines Fail In Vancouver
It's the Microsoft model: The release is the test.
Carriers, Manufacturers Are Strangling Android
Here is the Ars article from time past on the subject of just why Google decided on the ASL instead of the GPL:
DRBD To Be Included In Linux Kernel 2.6.33
They are called modules for a reason: You can add or remove at will, including whether or not you bother to build them at all. To say modules are "built into the kernel" is incorrect; module code is included with the kernel source code, but the modules themselves are only built and used if you choose.
As concerns the "insanity" of configuring a kernel, here again you have a choice: Use Ubuntu. But if you want a fast, lean, mean machine you really do want to craft your kernel to fit your specific needs.
NCSU's Fingernail-Size Chip Can Hold 1TB
Well, I thought that was pretty damn funny: The guy who marked you informative must be having a very sarcastic day.
Null-Prefix SSL Certificate For PayPal Released
Kirk: How is the messenger, Bones?
McCoy: He's dead, Jim.
Kirk: Well, I suppose our mission here is accomplished.
McCoy: Yes, I suppose you're right.
Ballmer: Don't Expect Simpler Licensing Soon
"Customers always find an approach which pays us less money."
That's okay Steve, Microsoft always finds a way to make clunky, insecure software: There is balance in the Microsoft universe.
Net Radio Exec Says "Don't Mention Linux"
...or make your Linux look like a Mac:
Forkable Linux Radio Ad Now On the Air In Texas
Actually, no. Not mentioning a specific distribution gives the vendor the option of providing what the customer needs after a quicky interview: Mr. Science Researcher may need something like Slackware or Gentoo but Ms. Small Business may need Redhat while Mrs. Quilt-at-Home would be served best by Ubuntu that dual boots into Win7 for her game-playing kid. Flexibility is a good thing all around.
A Galaxy-Sized Observatory For Gravitational Waves
...the little goofy looking gray guys were approaching my rear portal with what may have been a probability probe. Out of desperation to appear non-plussed I casually asked, "Is that a gravity probe?"
Dead silence, but the little goofy looking gray guys (LGLGG, or Luglugs) were twitching and the approach to my posterior was delayed. Occasionally one would tweet out a tune followed by much more twitching. It occurred to me: They were laughing.
At first I suspected they might be laughing at the my soon-to-be-even-more-desperate situation but then, on a hunch, I blurted out, "A gravity detector?"
Increased twitching and tweeting from the Luglugs suggested I had found a possible escape from a most certain -- and certainly uncomfortable -- probing. A few Luglugs were obviously having problems balancing, leaning into tables whilst twitching uncontrollably. I took the shot.
"An anti-gravity generator!" Withing seconds, all the Luglugs were splayed out on the floor, a twitching and tweeting mass of Luglug hysteria.
Later upon returning me home (un-probed,) the obviously exhausted Luglugs slammed the door in my face when I offered the phrase, "I love Gravity!"
The moral of my story: When one is about to get one's ass reamed by a higher intelligence, gravity as a concept may have some value. Otherwise, not so much.
Kernel 2.6.31 To Speed Up Linux Desktop
X works really good for what it's designed for and I'd hate to have to live without it. That said, what I also would like is a custom version for gaming which turns down or off features not needed for gaming. Wouldn't it be nice if users could build a custom X as easy as custom kernels?
Judge Won't Lower $5M Bail For Jailed SF IT Admin
Yup. Texas especially so.
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