Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon
The one I had written in 2003 would randomly change table margins when I add or select something. I mean freaking random where the only experience close is like designing a website in IE 6 where you do one thing and all the elements freak out and go apeshit.
So what makes you think this will look the same on the computers of all those people with Office who view your CV?
Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?
She was an IBM.
Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication
I'm okay with this as long as it is restricted to line-of-sight, in other words via LED or similar light transmission. That also removes some confusion issues, because if a car communicates "I'm stopping now", you know it's the car that you can see rather than the car 1km behind you that was hit by a stray radio amplification patch.
Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use
Two different results from the same data points. Have I misunderstood something?
I believe it should be mean absolute deviation from the mean, rather than from the next value in the list (this wasn't particularly clear in the summary or the article). So you have three numbers, mean = (1 + 2 + 10) / 3 ~= 4.3333, MAD ~= (3.333 + 2.333 + 5.666) / 3 ~= 3.778
There's another MAD, the median absolute deviation from the median, so you have for this data set median = 2, MAD = median(1, 0, 8) = 1.
Steam Controller Hands-on
Well, it's not like you're being steamrolled into accepting this as an input device. With an open platform, you should be free to use whatever input device you want.
Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?
Always introduce them to free software before the switch to Linux. It's far too much of a change to do both at the same time, and they'll reject the change entirely. Once they get used to free software on Windows, they can use the same things in the same way on Linux.
Death and the NSA: A Q&A With Bruce Schneier
That's a strong assumption that the upper bound is the math. We haven't seen the rest of Snowden's documents.
I think one of the points in saying this is what it leads to. If the upper bound is the mathematics, and the mathematics is weak (e.g. triple ROT13), then you can't get any more security than that. Well, you sort of can, but that's security through obscurity, or security theatre, which is a fairly weak stance to take.
MATE To Make It Into Debian Repositories
What iconography would you suggest replace the floppy disk for save? The down arrow and some bits? No, That's download.
Please explain how "download" is different from "save" from a naive computer user's point of view. In both cases, you have an object somewhere that can be considered transient / temporary, and you hope that by carrying out the operation you're transferring it to a more permanent storage medium.
Dark Wallet Will Make Bitcoin Accessible For All — Except the Feds
Would someone please explain what happens to BitCoins whose owners die without passing on their wallets to successors?
Until someone can work out what the password / key is, the bitcoins will be unable to be used by anyone else -- the value of the remaining bitcoins will probably increase. If someone *is* able to work out what that password / key is, then the value of all bitcoins will drop.
Finnish Team Makes Diabetes Vaccine Breakthrough
Hmm, I wonder if this explains the false positive results I got when trying to find genetic markers for T1D risk (chapter 5 of my thesis).
Battlefield Director: Linux Only Needs One 'Killer' Game To Explode
It's not FUD if it's true, it's simply FACT
You can make someone scared, uncertain and doubtful about your sanity by stating that they've got thousands of little hairs that they can't see on their face, and you enjoy cutting hairs that are very close to the skin using a razor blade. And then mention there might be a little blood involved, but you're game to give it a try.
My point is, it's perfectly possible to generate FUD by bending the truth (otherwise known by salespeople as "stating FACTs").
MuseScore Aims Make 50,000 New Braille Scores Available To Blind Musicians
Beethoven was deaf, not blind.
Valve Announces Steam Controller
I propose that Valve call this thing the Steam 'roller
Valve Announces Steam Controller
I'd be interested in using this as an input device on a desktop computer. If you configure the circular pads to act like the rubber nipples, with something like a logarithmic transform to increase precision for centre movement and increase travel speed for the edges, then I can picture this being more useful than a mouse. Couple that with multi-pointer manipulation, and you get your usual pinch / zoom / rotate movements that are becoming more common as a "everyone knows how to do it" input method.
Research Shows E-Cigs Might Be As Good For Quitting As Nicotine Patches
I don't know what those guys are doing to the tobacco in manufactured smokes, but it's something evil.
Current research (done by someone I was in biomedical science classes with) suggests that monoamine oxidase inhibitors may have a role in the increased addiction of cigarettes over plain tobacco -- although that article in particular suggests people using roll-your-own tobacco may have a harder time quitting.
Ask Slashdot: Speeding Up Personal Anti-Spam Filters?
there are million dollar companies that can detect it faster and even better than your OSS bullshit half assed script for free
The NSA, for example. Use a US server as your email service provider, and you get filtering for free!
Ubuntu Edge Draws Nearly $13M, But Falls Short of Indiegogo Goal
On KS projects, your donation is more of a pledge, which only goes through if the target is made by the end-date of the project.
Indiegogo allows you to set up "flexible funding" (not used for the Edge case) where all donated money goes to the project even if it doesn't reach its funding goal.
New Technique Creates 3D Images Through a Single Lens
Saarland University developed a reconfigurable camera add-on, the kaleidocam which can do 3D as well as many other things. It allows you to take a single picture that is split by the device into multiple images that appear on the sensor as an array of smaller images. Possible functions include:
- Multi-spectral imaging (including simulation of different white points and source lighting)
- Light field imaging (3D, focal length change, depth of field change)
- Polarised imaging (e.g. glass stress, pictures of smoke in natural light)
Of course, this requires a single shot using a fancy lens, whereas the Harvard technique needs two frames but "no unusual hardware or fancy lenses".
Administration Seeks To Make Unauthorized Streaming A Felony
Ah yes, the good old cat and mouse game of copyright law, making enemies of consumers. Would this mean multicast streaming is also illegal, even if you're not aware if anyone is watching? Presumably yes, but I'm sure if it is, something else will be found that skirts the law.
Breakthrough In Detecting DNA Mutations Could Help Treat Cancer, TB
The testing probes are designed to bind with a sequence of DNA that is suspected of having a mutation.... The probe is engineered to emit a fluorescent glow if there’s a perfect match between it and the target.
So it's a highly specific FISH? Or maybe something similar to SOLiD's NGS sequencing process?
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