top Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?
Actually, that reminds me, I was meaning to ask on Slashdot if anyone has any advice as to which is the better editor, Vi or Emacs.
I'd love to know.
top GCHQ Intercepted Webcam Images of Millions of Yahoo Users
The document estimates that between 3% and 11% of the Yahoo webcam imagery harvested by GCHQ contains "undesirable nudity".
But what percentage was desirable nudity?
top Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US
The Day after Tomorrow was released in 2004.
top Mikhail Kalashnikov: Inventor of AK-47 Dies At 94
"I would prefer to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work – for example a lawnmower."
The Kalashnikov Lawnmower. The very best there is. When you absolutely, positively got to cut every motherf***ing blade of grass in the garden, accept no substitutes.
top Intelligence Officials Fear Snowden's 'Doomsday' Cache
The files are stored on the ISS, and can only be unlocked by a direct laser link communication channel.
Isn't that obvious?
top Berkeley Scientists Plan To 'Jurassic Park' Some Extinct Pigeons Back To Life
Bring back a mammoth.
* figuratively, not literally, please.
top Promising New Drug May Cure Malaria
... they'll all die of starvation anyway.
Maybe a bit overdramatic - but the truth is that overpopulation is every bit as much of a problem as climate change - if not more so.
One could argue these two problems may eventually even each other out - but I wouldn't like to think of that as any kind of positive solution.
about a year and a half ago
top The Billions In Mobile Ad Money Nobody Can Grab
Not really a mystery. M = 1000 in Latin
top Andromeda On Collision Course With the Milky Way
What size bomb will we need?
top Russia Threatens Pre-emptive, Destructive Force On US Missile Defense
I wonder if "destructive pre-emtive force" means exactly what we initially think.
Perhaps the Russians are hinting of something more subtle, a stuxnet style attack on the systems there.
Of course, I'm not suggesting for one moment they could actually pull it off...
top One In Eight Chance of a Financially Catastrophic Solar Storm By 2020
> if the shit really hits the fan,
Shit hitting the fan won't matter so much if the fan isn't spinning.
top New Video Brings
Portal To Life
That's all we need here. Gamma nazis
top P2P Music Downloads At All-Time Low
You mean lower than they were in, say, 1776?
top My $200 Laptop Can Beat Your $500 Tablet
"My used car is better than your new motorbike!"
Yes, your bike may look impressive and be good for pulling the ladies, but can it pull a caravan? No! Can you put fourteen crates of beer in the back? No!
top Why Doesn't Every Website Use HTTPS?
Ok... In reverse order of significance:
1. Expense (at least traditionally) of SSL Certificates. Although today that's not such a big issue, and an SSL certificate costs about the same as your domain registration. However, if you have multiple subdomains you still need a more expensive certificate.
2. Complication. It can be a highly confusing process for someone who's not an expert to do the certificate request process and the associated installation of the certificate. I know the first time I tried to do it, it went horribly wrong and I spent a day trying to sort it out.
3. Client Performance: SSL websites are slower than non-SSL websites. Not such a big deal again these days, but I remember when I had to wait it would seem forever for the images on my online banking site to load, cursing them every time for such a graphically-intensive SSL site.
4. IP addresses: This is a big one, if you host multiple websites on your server, and you only have a single IP address, you can't host more than one SSL certificate. So you need more IP addresses (which is not easy nowdays). Big deal for small company hosted websites, which are often on shared IPs.
5. Server Performance: A server that can cope with one million users per day using HTTP will not be able to cope with anywhere near that number of connections over HTTPS for obvious reasons. So you not only need a certificate, you potentially need a whole new server architecture to deal with it. Scale this up for a big business like Twitter or Facebook and you're talking implementation costs in high millions of dollars.
top Microsoft Recruiting For Next-Gen Console Development
Well, seeing as it's going to be a major INCREMENT of the X-Box family, I'd suggest the name Xcrement
top Making the Case For Microscopic Life In Meteorites
Truism of the internet. The more crackpot your ideas are, the larger you have to set your HTML border widths on your table elements.