Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy
Well, according to the original article on La Repubblica (hint: I'm Italian), the judgement came from the Cassazione, so it is as definitive as it can be in Italy (I know, I know...).
Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)
I'm trying it these days (to refresh and improve my German), and I have to say I've become sort of addicted. I can't really vouch on the quality of their courses, since the only one available for speakers of my mother tongue (English for Italian speakers) isn't that good yet (fine for most lessions, but the more advanced ones have definitively weird italian translations that could throw you off a bit). Hopefully, the courses for English speaking people are better. The web interface for the courses seems to be well-thought (lots of easy keyboard shortcuts) and works surprisingly well, didn't try the mobile applications yet.
On the other side, for what I could see, the translations you are kindly asked to do "to repay" them are usually poorly-written descriptions of commercial articles/ads, nothing really interesting, and the related web interface has some rough spots (just some quirks, but they get distracting).
That being said, I believe it's still the best online resource I've seen yet to get your feet wet with a foreign language (provided you know English)
Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?
Vim for configuration files (because vi is everywhere and it's the same on all platforms).
Eclipse for Java code, because it does the job and because of the plugins that sometimes are required (but for large edits, I use GNU Emacs as an external editor - because it's faster).
After 20+ years in the field, I have to have a really good reason to try other editors. These fill all my needs.
First Phone Out of Microsoft-Nokia -- and It's an Android
Wish I had mod points. You made my day :-)
Nokia Unveils OLED Phone You Control By Bending
Uhm, perhaps it's just me, but other than when doing the pinch gesture to zoom in/out, I use my phone with one hand (a Samsung Galaxy S2). And there are other ways to zoom (albeit more awkward).
Mozilla Labs Introduces the Webian Shell
... whose first thought after reading "Webian" was "Debian for wabbits"?
Back in the day, I remember a setting on iBrowse (Amiga) that caused the browser to ask before accepting each and every cookie. I don't see that setting on my current browsers, though I may just be overlooking it
Firefox has such setting, with the option to ask what to do for every cookie a website tries to set/update (which quiclky gets annoying), plus an option in to remember your choice for all subsequent cookies from that website. It's there in Preferences->Privacy->History->Use custom settings.
Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Distro For Computational Cluster?
It has to have an X-windows server since we use that remotely from our Windows
Just to clear out a misconception that arises from time to time: you do not need an X server on a server exactly in the same way you don't need a web browser on your HTTP server. To understand that, you can think of an X server as a "browser" for the X protocol. On the server you just need some support libraries (which help applications in talking the X protocol).
Firefox 4 Beta 12 Released; Fixes Over 650 Bugs
its still better than the in-the-address-bar approach
Apple Releases IOS 4.3 Beta To Developers
Anyone else here miss the days when ios meant Cisco?
Not really, but reading "Apple" next to "IOS" still makes me rise an eyebrow.
NASA Names Best & Worst Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
I find it interesting that NASA showed no love for 2001: A Space Odyssey.
I'd say that's because of the story bottom line: human intelligence as a gift from aliens refusing any further contact until men can fly into space. And men creating their human-like intelligences. Fascinating? A lot (I still watch it in awe from time to time). Realistic? The possibility of that actually happening are frankly remote, but not plateally impossible (so that's why 2001 doesn't make it in neither category).
After IPv4, How Will the Internet Function?
It's difficult to manipulate binary digits in hexadecimal, too. I don't see any advantage to this.
One hex digit represents exactly 4 binary digits. One octal digit represents exactly 3 binary digits. A decimal digit represents... something between 3 and 4 binary digits. ;-)
OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback
It's HP-UX, not hp/ux. And the tool was "glance". And yes, I'm typing this from an HP 712/100 running HP-UX 10.20 and Netscape Communicator 4 Now, get off my lawn! ;-)
IBM's Question-Answering System "Watson" Revisited
The answer is 42.
How To Get Rejected From the App Store
Didn't Micro$oft have API's that they used and didn't want anyone else to use? Didn't they get lambasted for that?
Apple is not (yet?) a monopoly.
Quantum Teleportation Achieved Over 16 km In China
Since you cannot determine the state of an entangled particle, you cannot use it to "transmit" information until after you let the other end know, through conventional channels, what each possible state actually stands for
As far as I know (very little, please correct me if I'm wrong), you can't neither predict nor influence the outcome of measurements, but you can be sure they will be the same at both ends, unless someone is eavesdropping in the middle. The flow of measures can then be used as a one time pad to encrypt something at one end, transmit it over a conventional channel, and decrypt it at the other end.
NASA Finds Cause of Voyager 2 Glitch
M-x butterfly. Cosmic rays, but on purpose.
BSA Says Software Theft Exceeded $51B In 2009
So what kind of logic is that? If I point at your car and say "Give it to me" and you go "Ok" and hand me the keys then there'll be no theft
Poor analogy, indeed, since you can't create exact copies of someone's car for cents.
Free Software To Save Us From Social Networks
In a nutshell, I understand it as
- run your own server in your home;
- keep your data on it (on encrypted storage) instead of keeping it in some remote datacenter;
- use a policy to carefully select who can access to it (i.e. your friends);
- in case of emergency, unplug it from the wall;
- encrypted backups go onto your friend's servers.
Basically, Freenet on a wall-plug computer.
No Glasses Needed For TI's New 3D Display
But much more than 5% of the global spending power.
100 times more?
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