DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size
Whoo hoo! My 51" hdtv's EDID data says it's 7" in size. Everything's coming up Milhouse!
What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?
Seek to understand the various levels of abstraction available in any problem -- and to solve the problem at the appropriate level. It's a complicated lesson, and something that will take a long time to get right, but once you do, so many things fall out naturally, like clean and reusable code, the need for different languages and tools, design patterns, and on and on and on.
Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan
I've lived in places with the mailbox-cluster idea in Canada. Personally, I love it. It's especially great for parcels that would otherwise be left on a doorstep or taken back to a depot.
What happens here is that the mailbox-clusters have a a small number of large mailboxes. If you have a parcel, it goes in one of the large mailboxes. Then the key to that mailbox is put in your personal mailbox. You open it, take your parcel, and lock the key inside. Awesome.
E-Sports League Stuffed Bitcoin Mining Code Inside Client Software
This is one of those cases where hitting a score of 5 doesn't quite cut it. The double-standard here is pretty stark and depressing.
GNOME 3.8 To Scrap Fallback Mode
Have you even tried Gnome 3? There really are no "3D" effects. Just because it's using advanced features of your video card doesn't make it 3D.
The closest thing you'll see is that when you switch from a "Show me all my windows in an overlay" view, the windows will shrink/grow into place, which *in that tiny point of time* helps associate the zoomed-out tile with the window that's there.
Unity has some other plugins for 3D effects if you really want them, but they're hidden away because they're more like tech demos than real features.
Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen
http://www.amazon.com/Pilot-G-Tec-C-Rolling-3-Pack-35483/dp/B0058NNAG0/ref=sr_1_1?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1351738471&sr=1-1&keywords=pilot+g-tec-c4 in the states.
Amazon Kindle eBook Users To Get Refunds After Settlement
a) You and your wife will have more book than you did before.
b) If you would have bought those books anyways, Amazon will have lost the money you would have spent on them.
Indian Minister Says Telecom Companies Should Only Charge For Data
Voice is data. It happens to not be very much data, based on how we compress it. Charge it for what it is.
There is the little catch that we want it to be low latency, and in that sense it may well be worth charging a bit of a premium for it.
Ubuntu Gnome Remix 12.10 Arrives For Testing
Make it usable for morons but hidden beneath the surface is everything a geek wants.
So, kind of like Gnome-shell, a simple intuitive interface, with a plugin infrastructure that lets developers change just about anything?
Nokia: Google's Nexus 7 Tablet Infringes Our Patents
With all these companies suing each other out of doing business, exactly what is the impact on the economy? Can a weakened economy afford this kind of nonsense?
Of course, the law firms on laughing to the bank.
Ask Slashdot: Good Low Cost Free Software For Protecting Kids Online?
The internet is all about communication, be it with other individuals, corporations, etc.
Would you let a 7 or 8 year old talk to random people from around the world without supervision? No?
Then you may want to consider just making sure that there's a human with your children while they're using the thing, until they're at an age where you choose to trust them on their own for a bit. You'll be there to explain the odd random thing that happens.
GNOME 3.2 Released
You can have a task with an extension if you really want one.
That said, you really have to try the overview-style. Whack the windows-key, and you very quickly have almost the entire screen used to select windows, meaning you can see which one you're interested very easily and go to it. It takes some getting used to.... but the added bonus of the zoom-out view being live updates means you get the ability to monitor many windows simultaneously for interesting updates, without needing to throw in a different user-interface to clutter things up.
James Gosling Report of Reno Air Crash
Where does the quote "better than most of what is being reported" come from? It's not in Gosling's report, and if anything, what he reports is quite a bit worse than what the media is reporting.
Firefox Is For "Regular" Users, Not Businesses
Confirm/deny? I know 3.x won't upgrade to 4, but 4 should upgrade to 5 automatically, since it's a security release, yes?
Sound-Based System Promises Chipless Phone Payment
Doesn't mean replaying it would get you anything, if it's cryptographically sound.
RIM Struggles Continue
That was my first reading too.
ICANN To Allow .brandname Top-Level Domains
I would assume you'd just go to "apple". Hypothetically:
nickuj@work:~$ host apple
apple has address 188.8.131.52
apple has address 184.108.40.206
apple mail is handled by 10 mail-in14.apple.
apple mail is handled by 20 mail-in2.apple.
apple mail is handled by 20 mail-in6.apple.
apple mail is handled by 100 mail-in3.apple.
apple mail is handled by 10 mail-in11.apple.
apple mail is handled by 10 mail-in12.apple.
apple mail is handled by 10 mail-in13.apple.
Man Ordered At Gunpoint To Hand Over Phone For Recording Cops
Let's do the math.
Assume 5% inflation per year.
Every year, the dollar is worth 95% of what it was worth the previous year. That's 0.95*(value of previous year).
After 100 years, the value of a dollar is equal to (original price)*0.95^100. 1*0.95^100 = 0.00592052922, or about 0.6% of what it was worth originally.
It's funny how exponential trends work, and how counterintuitive the results are. But inflation really is the opposite of the classic "double the amount of rice on every square of the chessboard" analogy. Yes, "mild" inflation CAN mean you lose over 99% of your value in 100 years.
Upscaling Retro 8-Bit Pixel Art To Vector Graphics
I wonder if it would be feasible to cache these results.... by definition these sprites don't change appearance very often. If you could detect that sprite A is being drawn at point X,Y, and just draw the cached and pre-generated high-res vector art in the right location, would that be any more practical for real-time rendering?
Ubuntu Unity: The Great Divider
1) Here's the thing: Gnome 3 has been largely redesigned. A lot of features went away, because the developers don't want to bother supporting them. If someone wants to develop that feature, nobody's stopping them: All you have to do is do a gnome-shell extension. Then you can do icons and launchers and window-lists and whatever you want. Extra panels, drawers, crazy applets, whatever you want. But the onus is on the extension developer to maintain it, not the Gnome 3 devs who are focused on making the core desktop experience work well. If you come up with something that genuinely improves the experience, they might pull it into mainline, but that doesn't effect whether or not it's useful for you.
2) OpenGL is a problem? It better not be. If it is, your hardware providers are screwing you over. That's pretty crappy. Open-source radeon and intel support's generally worked well for me. Keep in mind they're not doing ooooOOo 3D effects. They're just relying on the drivers providing some basic acceleration primitives. If your drivers can't even do that, your options for running modern maintained software are going to keep getting narrower and narrower, regardless of your desktop environment.
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