5 Out of 11 Crashed Unity In Canonical's Study
I think I looked at it for a minute or two, clicked on a couple things, then fired up synaptic and loaded awesome. If awesome hadn't been available I might well have opted for twm, it is indeed that bad.
US Has Secret Tools To Force Internet On Dictatorships
Instead of sat phones, just regular cell phones with built in encryption (should be configurable by user so someone can decide who to share info with). And solar powered mesh nodes, some of which go either to countries nearby which access outwards, or to satellites, or to whatever other relays might be made available. Maybe make it all wifi based. The hardware should be cheap enough these days.
Most Readers Don't Like Customized News
I have an iGoogle page with a number (25 at the moment) of selected RSS feeds in boxes (but no hamster gadget). Several of these are news feeds (general news, NY Times, BBC, Al Jazeera), some are tech (slashdot...), others are just interesting stuff (metafilter...). I guess this is customization (as opposed to personalization) and it works for me.
I used to have Google News open more or less permanently in a tab, but since their new look this summer, it has become less than useful for me and I don't think I've looked at it more than twice since they changed it (once was just now to see if it had become any better). I suspect this was personalization. (Well and twittization with the "popular" cruft and adization with the "spotlight" cruft.) To echo that New Yorker cartoon - "I say it's spinach and I say to hell with it."
FBI Prioritizes Copyright Over Missing Persons
So, "Without a Trace" would now be "Without a License". A thrilling hunt through thousands of wiretaps to prove that Little Johnny did indeed torrent "2012"!
Germany Takes Legal Steps Against Facebook
The hyperinflation certainly pushed things along, but I suspect that it helps to look at things as being a long war starting essentially with Napoleon, with smaller and larger shooting wars more or less interrupting a long period of arms building, Germany was falling apart by the end of the the first world war and the Versailles treaty didn't help, but I find it hard to see it as being the the most important factor. But I'm not a historian by any means, just someone who finds that flow of events interesting.
Unique ID In India Causes 'Fear of the Beast'
I've seen it suggested several times that if you're going to prison, finding Jesus is a Good Thing as it means that there will be guards, administrators and the like who may prefer to help out Christians as opposed to those of other religions or atheists.
SCOTUS Rules Petiton Signatures Are Public Record
This year in Washington state there are more than 50 initiative petitions filed. To actually get on the November ballot, each such petition needs 241,153 valid signatures. Most of these are unlikely to get anywhere near that, but if even a half dozen do, that leaves a million or so signatures to be verified between July and whenever the ballots are finalized (September?). Surely making these public would help remove invalid signatures, do it quickly and well - and how is this a bad thing?
Matter-Antimatter Bias Seen In Fermilab Collisions
That is not true at all.
Matter-Antimatter Bias Seen In Fermilab Collisions
You are correct in that.
First Superbugs, Now Superweeds
There's the solution then. Just have Monsanto sue everyone who gets superweeds on their property. Guaranteed win!
Another WW-I Chemical Site In Washington, DC
If you read very much about German preparations for the war (which they seem to have been working towards, though not in quite the same brutal way as the Nazis did a couple decades later) and the way that they (certainly Wilhelm and probably Moltke with Krupp stage managing more than a bit) managed the first few months of it, you may think differently.
All the Best Games May Be NP-Hard
There is a fun book on this topic called "Games, Puzzles and Computation" by Hearn and Demaine that is well worth a read if you're interested in puzzles or complexity.
Amazon Reviewers Take on the Classics
This is one of those things that many don't seem to realize. A book (or movie or whatever) may be great without you actually liking it. You see this in reviews all the time : "Worst movie evar! I was bored all the way through it." Reviews like these conflate the writers opinion with some kind of consensus opinion that has formed over time and usually built from thoughtful consideration of the subject. We all do it to some extent, but with time and education (good self education counts), we can separate out our personal reaction from a considered critical reaction.
For example, I quite like the movie "Jumping Jack Flash". But I also know that it is far from being a great film. On the other hand, "Rashomon" is a very very good film indeed, but I find it difficult to watch and don't like it all that much, though I can appreciate why it is considered great.
Bill Would Require Public Information To Be Online
PDFs are pretty bad for reading in many ways. All the paging bits (numbers, margins) takes up space and the margins and flow tend to be inflexible, so resizing a PDF reader window tends to just chop off bits or add whitespace on the edges. Worst are double column documents which (especially in PDF readers with noisy toolbars and on monitors that don't have lots of vertical resolution) often mean you need to scroll to read the bottom of one column, then back up to get the top of the next one, then down again. Aaarggghhh! (I just read a 130 page document like this, would have printed it, but it was just a draft).
Be nicer to have them in a well designed xml markup (I know, I know...) with support for real semantic markup (this term gets indexed, this one goes in the glossary, this refers to court decision X, this sentence refers to this marker in document Z) and a toolset to produce PDF, HTML and other formats as required. Support for reader generated annotations could also be useful.
US Immigration Bill May Bring a National Biometric ID Card
"Now repeat after me as we say our next three words in Turkish...
May I see your passport please? "
USPTO Won't Accept Upside Down Faxes
In the comments to TFA one suggestion is that the patent office people may not be allowed to modify the submitted forms in any way (which seems a good idea in general to prevent fraud) and that even a simple rotation of the text could be interpreted as modification, so they can't rotate the text.
Taking a good idea a step too far, I suspect, but such is the nature of bureaucracy.
Ursula Le Guin's Petition Against Google Books
I suspect that the publisher (and related folks) who own the rights to her works are wining and dining her, and in the process telling her how awful this whole situation is. A bit of operant conditioning as it were - training her that certain stances result in pleasurable times, do that often enough and I suspect the subject will not only support the conditioned stance, but even find better justifications for it.
Analysis of 32 Million Breached Passwords
US DOJ Says Kindle In Classroom Hurts Blind Students
At my university we get notes from the Disabilities Office, one for each student with a disability, saying what we need to be able to do to make the course accessible. I think that is becoming more or less standard practice.
2010 AL30, Asteroid Or Space Junk, To Pay a Close Visit
You mean Bruce Willis? (oblig Armageddon reference).
Here are the two (thats all) claims, which seem to me to cover almost anything as long as it has 81 things grouped in threes:
1. A psychological development system comprising triangulation,
categorization and interpretation.
2. A psychological development system comprising evaluating at least
three things in at least three ways in at least three levels that is
repeated at least three times.
And a description that reads rather like Madame
Blavatsky and achieves impressive levels of buzzwordy, symbolist vagueness. Just one sample :
The Triangle symbolizes the Personal Realm and relates to the
Qualitative Research approach...pointing upwards it stands for ascent
to heaven, fire, and the active male principle: reversed, it
symbolizes grace descending from heaven, water, the receptive female
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