Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales
True - I originally had it written as ".30" but decided to use metric and didn't think it through all the way. Although to be pedantic I never defined "7mm-class", which could very well mean 7.00-7.99mm (Wikipedia provides precedent here - it seems the people in charge of gun classification *do* fail to round properly).
However, we are quickly approaching recto-cranial levels of pedantry, so perhaps it's best if I just stop now.
Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales
I believed him without pictures. They'll slap Hello Kitty on EVERYTHING.
Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales
The simple definition:
An assault rifle is an automatic (including select-fire and burst-fire) rifle in a small caliber (either a short 7mm-class round like the AK47/M14, or 5mm-class round like the AK74/M16, although really anything below 12.7mm is an assault rifle). They are similar, but distinct, from the light machine gun (a squad-level weapon designed for sustained fire, using rifle-type ammunition usually from a drum or belt), the sub-machine gun (fires pistol rounds, usually smaller than an assault rifle), and the personal defense weapon (an overpriced SMG with proprietary ammunition, developed mainly for lucrative defense contracts).
An assault weapon is any gun that looks scary to uninformed people, generally defined based on some "points" system involving forward pistol grips, folding stocks, and the like. I'm pretty sure one could modify a Lee-Enfield No. 4 to be an "assault weapon", despite it's maximum rate of fire being under 40 rounds per minute.
To put is simpler:
An assault rifle is a military weapon. An assault weapon is a gun that looks like a military weapon.
Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots
My ISP-issued modem has built-in WiFi. They want to charge me $10/month to use it (they locked out admin access, obviously - first thing I tried).
Since I literally cannot get a different ISP without moving, I just dug out an old wireless router from my box of miscellaneous computer stuff and set up my own network. Based on broadcast SSIDs, either they let users pick their WLAN name, or literally everyone in the building did the same thing I did.
The ISP's name is "Telcom", not that it does much good. Last I checked, the top Google result was for a Somali ISP (who would probably have better service - the connection is slow, goes out every few months for no good reason, and the support is phone-only, 9-5 weekdays). Somehow they negotiated exclusivity with my apartment complex.
Australian Company Claims Laser-Based Quantum Crypto is "Unbreakable" (Video)
There is no perfectly secure system - there is ALWAYS a way to break it. Even one-time pads, which are mathematically as perfect as the source of random numbers they use, are subject to MITM attacks and to trying to break the random key (the Soviets tried to do this - even atmospheric radio noise isn't completely, 100% unpredictable).
And that's ignoring the fact that what you want to protect is information - the channel it's transmitted on is not the only place it exists. Is it stored anywhere? Is the storage physically secure? If encrypted on-disk, how secure is the key storage? If it's only in two people's memory, how hard are *they* to bribe? Or break - lead-pipe cryptanalysis is a pretty powerful tool.
Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs
If you want GPU acceleration that actually works somewhat as expected in LINUX, you need a relatively recent (but not TOO recent) graphics accelerator card and a popular distro such as Ubuntu / Linux Mint so that you have access to precompiled proprietary drivers (and an automated installer) that have actually been tested with that distribution (and still may break things when you install them even after they have passed testing). Mileage will vary on other distros but you will likely need the most recent release of the OS in order to get acceleration working without tons of effort. You will still need to use a proprietary driver if you intend to do anything more advanced than rendering 2d effects, and the desktop environment may impact performance if gl effects are enabled.
Guess what? Even on Windows all you get is precompiled proprietary drivers, and even with a far more limited set of supported systems things still go wrong.
If you manage to avoid breaking Xorg after you have installed the proprietary drivers, you will still find that performance is lagging behind equivalent setups in Windows, and rendering issues may appear in certain games that will not be resolved for at least one or more driver releases, typically not included with that particular distribution's release. This will force you to either upgrade to the alpha/beta/testing version of that distro or else try to compile your own proprietary drivers, either scenario including a significant amount of additional risk to your environment and potentially costing hours of effort to resolve.
Windows video driver updates still frequently have significant performance updates, and many games don't work right on release, requiring a driver patch to fix (mainly games sponsored by Nvidia/AMD not working on AMD/Nvidia cards, respectively). And WTF do you mean by "compile your own proprietary drivers"?
God help you if you have a laptop with a hybrid intel/nVidia GPU system that is designed to use the intel GPU for common 2D tasks and the nVidia GPU for gaming or other high performance 3d rendering tasks in an effort to offer the best of both worlds (good battery life and high performance) which is an absolutely nightmare to get working correctly in LINUX.
Guess what? I've never seen anyone get that working in Windows either - in fact, I remember hearing that Windows itself dropped the idea after Vista, although AMD's Hybrid CrossFire seems to still be around. I just leave my Nvidia GPU on constantly - it turns off enough and drops the clocks enough that the battery life is not too horrible (or at least, it sucks because of the CPU or the display, not the GPU).
God help you if you are dealing with EFI or UEFI.
Because the pains of that are limited to Linux? I spent two weeks trying to get Windows installed on an EFI Mac. And I've had issues with old BIOS-based systems as well, mainly ones that don't boot from USB or CD (I still have an OpenBSD boot floppy in a box somewhere).
Firmware is a pain in the ass no matter what acronym they use for it.
These are some of the reasons why I bought a used Mac and stopped using LINUX as my primary OS.
Where you still have proprietary drivers, lower performance than Windows, frequent graphics bugs in games, no hybrid graphics, EFI and pretty much every single thing you bitched about. Hell, the new Mac Pro can't use CrossFire despite shipping with two GPUs - in OS X, one is hardcoded for OpenCL use, the other for OpenGL. I'm pretty sure Linux does better than that.
The fact that you think Linux is an acronym makes me suspect you of being a shill, but the similar failure on Nvidia (it's "Nvidia" or "NVIDIA", not "nVidia") makes me think you just don't really know what you're talking about.
Graphics has always been a problematic section, simply because there's enough demand for performance that they're willing to go to extreme lengths to get it. You don't see CPUs getting driver updates to optimize the performance of a single program the way you do with GPUs. Even back in the day (before my time, but I've heard the stories) it was like that, with weird memory layouts or display modes being set to try to get it.
Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots
You do need exceptions on medical grounds, though - people with a compromised immune system can't handle the vaccine. But once you have one set of exceptions, it's really hard not to provide exceptions on religious grounds, because religion has gotten so many exceptions for so many things.
Even if you did get it limited to "can only be unvaccinated on a doctor's orders", there's plenty of doctors who can be persuaded to bend the rules - look at the rates of approval for medical marijuana in states where medical use has been legalized. Of course, it's mainly affluent people who can find the right doctors to do that - coincidentally, it's upper- and upper-middle-class twits who are refusing to vaccinate.
Good plan, but it might not be a workable solution.
Cops Say NDA Kept Them from Notifying Courts About Cell Phone Tracking Gadget
The company that wrote the NDA should get charged with conspiracy to commit perjury, right? Maybe that's not the exact legal term, but it definitely ought to be illegal to write a contract requiring one party to commit a crime.
Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain
You don't get a lunar lander to the moon in Kerbal Space Program with a pair of solid fuel boosters
I was almost ready to take that on as a challenge, but the best I've done with pure solid-booster rockets in KSP is orbiting a satellite or manned craft, and that required no less than 6 boosters plus a stack of separators for the circularization burn. All stock parts, though - there's probably a mod that will get you to munar orbit in a single stage, but that's obviously cheating.
Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?
For all purposes:
Firefox, Chrome and Opera - I use separate browsers to keep home/work/porn separated. Install AdBlock on both Firefox and Chrome.
MPC-HC - I'm fine with WMP for music, but for video I need MediaPlayer Classic
LibreOffice - Because you can't do everything with plain text files
Notepad++ - Because there's a lot you *can* do with plain text files
7zip - Handles every compressed file format I've ever seen, except for one really old Mac-specific one I had to use once
Steam - Because at this point I have too many games to abandon Steam, and it really is good at managing such a big library
For work only:
Thunderbird - I used to be able to use GMail's web app, but now that I have two work email addresses I need a full-fledged email client
Paint.NET, GIMP, and Inkscape - for image editing. Paint.NET is useful for making quick edits, like rotating an image. I'm usually done before GIMP would have started up
PuTTY - Best way to connect to my fleet of Linux servers
Komodo - Best IDE for when files are stored on a remote server, as is common with web apps
MySQL Workbench + SQL Server Management Studio - Best way to test database stuff
If using Windows 8, also add Classic Shell Start Menu. It makes it *better* than the W7 start menu once you tweak it right.
And for a first install, Ninite will let you automatically install about 90% of these. Very useful program.
Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?
Sorting things alphabetically, as in the original example, I tend to start with a bucket sort, with the number of buckets depending on how many things I'm alphabetizing. This works well because I don't have to keep any state in memory other than what buckets there are (and if things are bad enough, I can do two stages of buckets - often mimicking a binary search in reverse, if there's a massive number). Once I've gotten everything at least first-letter alphabetized, I go through with a mergesort on each bucket, or if I'm able to hold all the documents or books at once, I just do an insertion sort.
However, whenever I need to sort a deck of cards (to make sure it's a full deck, for instance), I just play a game of Klondike solitaire, cheating as needed. It's slower, sure, but more fun that way.
How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk
"Perilously close" only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
However, Soyuz 11 killed all on board via decompression after undocking from Salyut 1, making them the only casualties to actually occur in space - and even then one could argue that they were beginning the "descent" phase, although that argument would rely on a very loose definition.
Experimental Port of Debian To OpenRISC
FPGAs, I assume.
Yes, You Too Can Be an Evil Network Overlord With OpenBSD
OpenBSD is for Evil Network Admins. OK, I can accept that. So what would Windows be for? Lawful Evil, I would assume. Same for OS X. Extending that, Linux might work for True Neutral, or maybe Chaotic Good. HURD is obviously Chaotic Neutral or Chaotic Evil.
Find Along Chilean Highway Suggests Ancient Mass Stranding of Whales
No, the US Navy of course. This discovery pushes the first use of sonar back several million years.
Not to mention the invention of the United States.
Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is, by design, unregulated and unregulatable. That gives it strengths - the feds cannot seize your funds effectively, nor can your spending be monitored effectively. But it also gives it weaknesses - namely, the "banks" and other financial institutions are not inspected or insured, meaning they can "fail" rather easily either through mishap or malice.
Anyone who thought that something like this wouldn't happen is a fucking idiot.
But the fact that it could, and did, happen, just means the system is operating as designed, flaws and all. If you think the design was good, well, this doesn't change anything. If you think it was bad, now you have proof that one of the flaws can actually manifest, but that still doesn't automatically mean those flaws outweigh the benefits of the system.
Now, there is a good argument to be had about just how bad that flaw is. But so far we've had very few Bitcoin failures, too few IMO to really predict how frequently they will occur in the future. So that argument isn't going to be settled for a long while.
As for me, I'm still more concerned about speculators than about failing or fraudulent exchanges. I'll join up with cryptocurrencies once the waves of speculative investors die down - I trust them enough as currencies, but as an investment they're a horrible gamble.
Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles
My car, a Fiat 500, also uses Windows (WP7 IIRC) for the entertainment system. It has some very odd problems with USB support - it plays files just fine, but the ordering of them ignores folders and filenames, going only by when the file was added to the filesystem. If you had multiple copy operations going on while loading up your USB drive, that means it will jump around folders in a seemingly random way. Further, it means navigating by folder is broken - you can only go forward or back by track. Navigating by folder DOES work on the CD drive, if you have a data CD full of MP3s (or WMAs, I guess, but who uses those?).
And this isn't on some weird filesystem or even a non-Microsoft - I had freshly formatted it as FAT32, under Windows. It's literally the most common denominator of filesystems, yet they can't read it properly.
I had an old GPS system that experienced similar problems with its media player, under Windows CE 6. So I think this is not an application-specific bug, but one general to CE-based systems. So that's even worse - a filesystem developed by Microsoft isn't properly supported by a Microsoft OS. That's a poor sign of quality IMO.
Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?
Perhaps if DICE had used an IDE, we could have avoided Slashdot Beta.
Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices
Microsoft: Almost as horrible as Slashdot Beta
Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration
How many people keep the brake completely floored when stopped? I know I don't - I keep it down enough to stop the idling engine from moving me forward, but I don't doubt that my car would take off if I slammed down the gas pedal while stopped like I normally am.