top ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops
Netflix does adapt to low bandwidth by the obvious contingency of showing me terrible low bitrate streams. I'm on FIOS and used to get consistent beautiful HD so I feel entitled to complain.
top FOIA: NSA Contracts Stored In Paper Files, Unsearchable, Unindexed
If the last 6 months have taught us anything, it's that the contracts in question are likely in the format of Powerpoint slideshows.
top Judge Rules Apple Colluded With Publishers to Fix Ebook Prices
The NYT article is about dead tree books. The whole case is baffling though, given the unchallenged dominance Amazon enjoyed in the ebook market at the time, which Apple, B&N, etc have barely chipped into since. Also, most people who even casually follow developments in the field would tell you Amazon intends to run the publishing industry into the ground as soon as its convenient.
about a year and a half ago
top Flying Car Crashes In British Columbia
That's not the only thing wrong with the name. Take another look at it.
I-Tech Maverick SP Powered Parachute"
The first flying card
I get in will not be named after wild cattle. It might be name after the most loyal of tame creatures or one of the more sedate birds (preferably one that floats too). about a year and a half ago
top SOPA Creator Now In Charge of NSF Grants
I heard they contain deadly mercury.
about a year and a half ago
top The RFP and IT Logistics For Washington's "Pot Czar"
So big deal, 100... It is not uncommon for a science dept at a university to get 400 applications for a tenure track position.
Or even as many as 420.
top Ask Slashdot: Typing Advice For a Guinness World Record Attempt?
Also, the high score is clearly stored in a single byte so you'll just roll over if you break 256.
top NASA: Curiosity Has Found Plastic On Mars
"Cape Carnival?" Yeah, like he would have gotten away with the elaborate deception if it weren't for autocorrect.
top After Weeks of Trying, UK Cryptographers Fail To Crack WWII Code
Grandparent is getting OTP mixed up with ROT13. I do that all the time. It cost me my job once.
top Apple Maps Accidentally Reveals Secret Military Base In Taiwan
Thing is the only people who care (PRC) have their own satellites, probably more of them than anyone but the US and Russia. And you can bet they've photographed every inch of Taiwan. China's problem, then, is NOT to get images but to identify locations worthy of further attention. It could save them a lot of time to go on google maps and scan for areas with blurring or just suspiciously low resolution.
Note that this is a different situation from not wanting to let non-state actors i.e. terrorists get a look at what's on the roof of the White House. That may be misguided as well, but it's probable that Al-Qaeda has no other way to get that information. Also, it's no secret at this point that there's SOMETHING up there poised to shoot down any incoming plane, so we're not giving anything away by hiding it.
top Sweet Times For Cows As Gummy Worms Replace Corn Feed
Just don't tell them where the gelatin came from.
top HP Offers Free Access To OpenStack
Most of the services on Amazon's free tier expire after 12 months. That's still pretty generous though.
top 'Eternal' Solar Plane Stays Two Weeks Aloft
This isn't even close to the manned aircraft record. In the 50s some nuts kept a Cessna 172 flying for more than 2 months. When the generator gave out they hoisted up a small wind generator, taped it to a struct, and ran the power in through the cigarette lighter. Now that's what I call a record!
top USPTO Won't Accept Upside Down Faxes
Here how you do it:
Print out the image.
Put the image in a copy machine UPSIDE DOWN.
The image will come out of the copy machine right side up!
top iTunes Prohibits Terrorism
I can't find it on google, but I recall hearing about some jail where they published a 'Prisoner Code of Conduct' that prohibited inmates from committing acts of terrorism. I though it was the most hilarious thing I'd ever heard, but I suppose if it were true someone would have posted something about it somewhere online.
World of Warcraft Expansion Blocked In China
On the other hand, they have movies like Mr Vampire. That movie is crazy. I'm trying to think though, and of the Chinese movies involving ghosts and spirits and stuff I don't recall an skeletons. Chinese Ghost Story had some seriously anorexic claymation zombies if I remember right, I bet they were censored.
top Scientists Reconstruct Millennium's Coldest Winter
The chicken comb thing happens in the midwest. It's pretty much frostbite, and a caution that the same will happen to your ears if you let it. Of course, where I'm talking about the low temperatures are below zero, Fahrenheit, and the wind chills can be pretty extreme. Never heard of trees exploding-I wonder if someone had an ice storm and got confused about what actually happened.
top California Blocks RFID Implants In Workers
I hope they work better than the RF tags at the library where I work. I saw one of those, applied inside the cover of a paperback that burned through the front and scorched several pages into it.
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