top 3D Printed Art Smaller Than an Ant's Forehead
That sculpture looks like it's about the width of more then a 100 ant hairs. Is a human hair more then a 100 times as wide as a ant hair? I know everything on ants is smaller but is that sculpture really no wider then a human hair? Honest question.
top Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?
...there would be no DST. There wouldn't be any time zones either. We'd all go Zulu (UTC). 12 hour clocks would earn you time in jail.
If someone on the opposite end of the planet says call me at 19:30 then you would call them exactly when they had expected to hear from you. You wouldn't need to worry about what time zone they are in, if they even have DST in that country or whether they meant morning or night. It would be hell to get used to, for our generation, but kids growing up with that wouldn't know anything else and it wouldn't be any more difficult for them to learn.
I know my generation would have to get used to their bank being open from 15:00-01:00 which would be normal daylight operations and people would b***h about it as being the worst thing ever for 5 years, maybe 10 (except military folk who are used to keeping 24 hour Zulu time ), but we'd adapt and avoid all sorts of issues with our fragmented and bi-annually adjusted time.
I've also heard +/- DST times severely increase depression so there's that to.
Vote for me as world leader if you like what you've heard.
top Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?
You can give it a lot of names that all imply the same thing. It is not a GPS unless you have explicit written permission to call it a GPS by the D.O.D. or you are creating a GPS receiver that falls within the scope of the licensing guidelines.
An Intel CPU IS an advanced micro device, in the broad scope of definitions, but we don't walk around calling Intel chips AMD and Intel has no right to do so. I could start a bottled water company that refines water from a mountain but I can't call it Mountain Dew either even if it is made from dew on a mountain.
I see no reference on the GPS Wikipedia page where it states GLONASS is a GPS nor do I see it on the GLONASS Wikipedia page where it states GLONASS is a GPS. Those would both be good places to take a hint.
top Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?
Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?
The answer is no. No it is not GPS If it doesn't use satellites. In fact, even if it does use satellites, it's not GPS unless it uses the data received by the USA DOD GPS satellite transmitters. GPS is a pronoun, a proper name. GPS refers to, specifically and explicitly, the DOD GPS satellite system and anything not relying on the signals transmitted by those specific satellites IS NOT GPS.
top Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?
I use a few different messaging apps, more then I'd like to use to but not everyone all uses the same one so I have to be diverse. WhatsApp is the only messaging app I have, outside of text messages (MMS), that allows me to send a video directly to someone. I don't need this feature often but when I do, WhatsApp has it.
if I had to pick a favorite it would either be Hangouts or Facebook Messenger due to the fluid nature that I can roam from my phone to PC to tablet, etc, during an active conversation and still be involved with the conversation without being bound to one device or being explicitly bound to just that app.
Both Hangouts and Facebook Messenger can be used via the Pidgin application on my Linux desktop, as well as other applications and OS's, though I have recently switched to the Hangouts extension for Chrome which auto starts when my window manager launches with a systray icron.
top High School Students Develop Linux Imaging and Help Desk Software
The correct link is
https://github.com/pennmanor/F... This is a typo in the story posting and I contacted /. admin to hopefully have them resolve this.
top The Forgotten Macro Language of HTML: XBL 2.0
HTML, XML, and really the whole SGML family kind of suck-- ugly syntax, annoying to hand-edit, lots of boilerplate, and the list of faults go on. The idea of writing actual programs in such a language is terrifying.
You cannot write programs in any of those. They are not programming languages. They are markup languages. That's why they all have ML in each acronym. It's short for "Markup Language".
about a year and a half ago
top Iceland Considers Internet Porn Ban
Agreed. Pornography is a career choice that these people willingly enter. I have a friend who's a female porn star and she loves her work. I don't understand how porn can be considered a violation of anyones civil rights. Let's pretend it is though through some weird black magic the rest of the world doesn't understand, how does it then become a violation of a female porn stars civil rights but not a violation of a male porn stars civil rights?
I'd like to know what they're smoking in Iceland. Can the "expert on pornography" please provide a list of which actresses they have interviewed who claimed porn was a violation of their civil rights and specifically which civil rights they feel were violated and how?
top Ask Slashdot: Spreadsheet With Decent Programming Language?
I have and I know many of my co-workers and friends have, over the years, gone from working with the data sets via a programming language and a RDBMS and exported the result sets into a spreadsheet format. I don't know if this applies to your question but think about it, if your problems are the lack of programability in a spread sheet then why not take it from the other end and go straight to programming and export your final set into a spreadsheet. You can create an excel spreadsheet from just about any common language these days whether it be VB, C, Perl, Python, Java, PHP, etc. I'm pretty sure you can import from a Excel spreadsheet from all of those same languages as well if that's where you need to import your original data from.
top As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow To a Trickle
What label are you with and how much did they make off your streaming? I don't know how this applies specifically to streaming but music sales should be at a peak right now despite what the studios and RIAA tell you. I read a story recently which points out that the studios and the RIAA keep complaining that record sales are at an all time low as their argument for how piracy is ruining the music industry but then goes to highlight that yes, while record sales are at an all time low, music sales are not. The industries are raking in large sums of cash for individual song sales via iTunes, etc and their profits are steadily growing each year as they always have been. I don't know how this affects streaming but the point is if the artist makes x money on y service then the label / studio that the artist is with makes many multiples of x on y service.
If you're an independent musician who has no label then on the streaming service, look at the numbers of subscribers your streaming to and compare these numbers to other artists, both successful and low key. Additionally, I've never heard tell of any artist surviving solely based on the money they make through a streaming service. Streaming music is like the 21st century version of radio air time. No artist I have ever heard of has ever been known to make a living from radio time. What about sales (records, iTunes, etc)? What about concerts? What about merchandising? These have all been staples of the music entertainment industry for many generations.
If streaming media really is the 21st century version of radio air time then what has radio air time been to the music industry? Promotions! Radio play and now streaming is promotions. People don't know you so you play your songs on streaming media and while people are listening to a hodge-podge mix of Avant Cello they hear your work and say "Hey! I like this artists. These songs are great! I want to buy that CD / iTunes song" or whatever it is that you sell.
Sorry but while listening to someone complain that the money they make from streaming media isn't enough to survive on, I find this to be as empty and one sided of a view as the RIAA saying that pirates are ruining the entertainment industry because record sales are down. I believe you that you don't make enough there to survive and I believe record sales are down but it's only a small part of a bigger story or as far as the artist is concerned it's only a small part of a bigger story for most of them and if you want to make money then you should follow suit and sell elsewhere, as I mentioned sales, concerts, merchandise, etc.
This sounds like a guy complaining not enough people buy Pepsi to support his store that only sells Pepsi or not enough people need new alternators for a mechanic that only repairs or replaces alternators or not enough people eat ribs for a restaurant that only sells ribs. Expand!
Oh and one more thing. If you have done everything you can to expand into the other areas of profit in the music industry and you still don't make enough to survive, I hardly see that as being the result of dramatic changes in the evolution of the music entertainment industry but instead I realize that not every musician will be successful. Not everyone makes music that has a large enough fan base to survive. Another story old as the ages but some musicians put out great music that everyone wants and go on to success and some musicians don't and never become successful artists. Some musicians start off not making the right music and their success comes later with different styles that become more widely appreciated. Some musicians start off making great music but sell out or stop trying afterwards and start making poor music which leads to them falling out of popularity. Some musicians just never make it as successful artists and spend their days writing jingles for advertising or whatever. In the end their is so much more to the story then the sliver being complained about. I know of many successful independent and studio artists. I know of successful artists who used to be studio and now work independently (Trent Reznor comes to mind) but ultimately I know of many successful artists now who have succeeded from one way or another and continue to remain popular and when they finally retire they will have left a a big mark in their genre and will go on to a successful retirement from all of the work they've done but these are the exception and for every successful artist their are probably hundreds who tried and didn't make it. Make sure you keep a fall back option in case you're not born to be a successful music artist.
By the way, I'm deaf. Literally :-)
top Ask Slashdot: Name Conflicts In Automatically Generated Email Addresses?
I admin the mail servers for a company with two domains for email. Almost all of the company is under the main domain as firstname.lastname@example.org and the few in the other domain is mostly for business reasons (marketing). Anyways, we haven't had this problem. There's one common last name that three unrelated employees have now and probably 12 employees total since I started but with different first names so yeah, no conflicts. This is all beside the point, the suggestion I would make to help keep things legible and minimize (but maybe not eliminate) the conflicts is to use a sub domain relative to the user, for example at a company we could use email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. I know most companies probably wouldn't like this but it's better then email@example.com. I'm sure for a university it would be more aptly accepted then at a company. Haven't given any thought on how you would segregate the sub domains at a university but I leave that to you. Maybe offer choices like it could be set by their major or user selection of fun sub domain names to add such as @comp-sci.university.edu for majors and choice sub domains like sports.university.edu or poetry.university.edu or whatever. I'd say given them a choice for the sub domain via a web page would be efficient and just don't show the choices for sub domains already used by students with the same first/last name. I'm just brain storming here. It's an idea you could use, or not. Hope it helps.
top Ask Slashdot: Best Pay-as-You-Go Plan For Text and Voice Only?
"assistive communication device" sounds like a disability. If so you should speak to the providers yourself as they typically offer better deals for people with a disability. Case and point, I am deaf and with both AT&T and now Sprint I don't pay what a hearing person would pay and get a good deal. I don't know if that is a disability for sure for you since you didn't elaborate and I'm on a plan instead of pay as you go but it's worth it to talk to these companies and ask for the specialists in this area and find out what your options are if she's disabled. If she is disabled, make sure you find the specialist for it and don't take the word of someone in general support. Both Spring and AT&T have departments for just this and general support doesn't know all of the details.
top Rejection of Reality: Apple Denies
Doesn't sound like a game I want but I checked anyways to see if Google had it or not, if it was rejected, etc. Nope they didn't reject it and it's available on android.
top Futuristic Highway Will Glow In the Dark For Icy Conditions
Good point at the snow plows but wouldn't glow in the dark paint be equally useless when snow covers them?
top Futuristic Highway Will Glow In the Dark For Icy Conditions
I've seen this in New York (years ago the last time I visited) and it's almost everywhere where I live now in South Florida from the Florida Keys to at least West Palm Beach and likely beyond. We have these little plastic reflective mounts spaced regularly on the road / lanes to show the lines and at the same time it creates a light thumping as you drive over them to provide tactile feedback that your changing lanes. They are about 2 inches by two inches, reflect white on one side and red on the other so you can see red on them for the oncoming traffic lanes and white on the lanes you drive in (just based on which direction they mount them on the road). They work great. They have been around forever. The glow in the dark paint seems like it would be re-inventing the wheel here. I just got back from visiting Toronto where I grew up and I wish they had them there as these really help with night driving, lane identification, etc even where there are no street lights.
top Ask Slashdot: What Was Your Favorite Web Comic of 2012?
I feel like it's a tie between XKCD, Diesel Sweeties, Questionable Content and Amazing Super Powers.
top Ask Slashdot: Good Linux Desktop Environment For Hi-Def/Retina Displays?
I was going to say wasn't this pre 2003? I thought I remember hearing about OSX being Unix in 2000 and seeing as how I moved from one location to another in 2000, if I remember hearing about it at that location then I'm pretty sure it happened pre 2001 (Where's Stanley Kubrick when you need him?).
top Global Warming On Pace For 4 Degrees: World Bank Worried
Benefits? I have lived in Ontario and Miami both several times. Toronto gets hotter then Miami in the summer. The earth is on a tilt and the areas that get the coldest where winter is seasonal tend to get the hottest in the summer season.
top Whose Cameras Are Watching New York Roads?
I absorb your argument (on the placement of cables), and, in fact, agree with it completely. What I hadn't considered before replying initially is that you don't see this downtown which is right on the bay. Most of Miami's cables were put in place a long time ago. They didn't put them underground either because the technology wasn't available at the time or it was too expensive. Why do they still exist? Probably because replacing them with underground wiring would be too expensive.
I'm not from Miami and I honestly have never liked the city. I agree regarding how blighted the average street is. I live in a good neighborhood, one of the few where I don't have to worry about running into drug dealers, hookers and general thugs plus homeless people begging for money 2 blocks from a homeless shelter. This is not a city worth visiting. I'm only here for work. Miami is a cesspool.
top Whose Cameras Are Watching New York Roads?
Oh and also the city of Miami Beach as well as the beach in Fort Lauderdale and all similar areas in south Florida (and probably all eastern sea side cities in Florida) are on what is known as the barrier island. It's basically a small width of land running up the eastern coast that ranges in width of 3 city blocks to 20 city blocks with the ocean on one side and the intercoastal waterway canal on the other side.
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