WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up
WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up
>. Ma Bell was an evil monopolist until their forced breakup in 1984, which it turned out, didn't help much.
Really? How are you paying $2 to $6 when everyone else in America now pays a fraction of a cent? The breakup did in fact help. You do not need to lease/rent your telephones from Ma Bell, you can add as many phones as you want and you can pick your choice of voice carriers - including free VOIP providers if their offerings fit your needs. The "videophone" is now reality and most of us bave far more data bandwidth coming jnto our homes than the "fattest" arpanet links offered. There is no way whatsoever that the breakout did not help consumers.
NASA Wants To Go To Europa
> These types of projects aren't likely to get publicly funded because too much of tax revenue is now required to be spent on entitlements
That depends on how you use the term "entitlement." If you are referring to social security and medicare, you're off base because people literally are entitled to those programs after having been forced to pay into them.
If you're talking welfare in its various forms (for the people who are just lazy, not those who legitimately need it), pork projects, warmongering (welfare for Haliburton, etc.) then you're right - if we slash that wasteful spending then we could easily afford to explore the solar system and maybe even investigate "warp" technologies which have been legitimately theorized to be possible but impractical given current tech. Or, we could be spending the savings on green energy or fusion, since there is no legitimate reason energy should not be free for everybody on the planet by now.
NASA Wants To Go To Europa
Only if your neighborhood is inside a star.
(added to adjectives) on the inside; within.
Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad
No - right of first sale.
Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
I think you mean Windows XP Mode which is a VM appliance running inside a hypervisor. Windows XP mode is a full Windows XP installation.
"XP Compatibility Mode" is different in that it puts an app in a quasi-sandboxed environment but is not fully compatible with XP and earlier apps. What that does is fudge a few environment variables.
Microsoft needs to do a few things before they will win customers over, the biggest of which is to bring Windows XP Mode and a proper Start Menu back, and to a lesser extent the classic start menu and Windows XP Mode (installed by default to make it easier for users).
Classic Shell is a hack solution that works but it runs on top of the not-metro UI, and is something many if not most end users are either unaware of or too afraid to install.
She is best off staying on XP or moving to Win Pro. You can run Windows XP Mode on Win by hacking the bios image in VirtualBox but it is too much of a bear for
Oh and while we're at it Microsoft why the fuck.did you think.the Metro interface is a good idea on a g.d. server? (Win2k12 I am glaring at you!!!)
The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"
I use a simple solution: I simply brew less coffee when I want less. In fact I usually just brew espresso shots. mmmmmm.
Keurig creates a tremendous amount of waste and is a lot more expensive than conventional methods and that is the reason they are pushing it so hard - why sell you high quality beans in bulk when they can charge you 10x more for crappy grounds or freeze-dried coffee concentrate?
Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience
Well if the creation story is true then everybody certainly believed in him at one point, when "everybody" (according to Genesis 1-3) was comprised of two people who allegedly knew him personally. If that story is true (I'm a christian but I take Genesis 1-3 as very metaphorical) then indeed "recorded history" does include such a time. However I very much doubt it to be true. Otherwise, if a god does exist and the world was created in 4004 BC as Genesis claims (and if that account is "god-breathed"), then god is a liar due to creating the world in such a way that carbon dating shows the Earth is at least four billion years old and the fossil record indicates life has been around for hundreds of millions of years. I see no logical reason to take the creation story as literal.
Your Next Car's Electronics Will Likely Be Connected By Ethernet
Who says it has to be the same LAN?
Also: CAN can already be interrupted by infotainment systems, since some vehicles have actually used the head unit (the part of the stereo you control) as the CAN bus hub. Idiotic design.
Using Handheld Phone GPS While Driving Is Legal In California
It's certainly safer than navigating using a paper map.
Pine Forest Vapor Particles Can Limit Climate Change
Major Scientific Journal Publisher Requires Public Access To Data
I'd say that if they want the data to be publicly accessible without restriction, they should make the published journals publicly accessible without restriction.
Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?
They come from Pabst-guzzling white trash.
Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?
So, what you're saying is Microsoft designs for corner cases while alienating 99% of the userbase now. No wonder they are hemorrhaging market share lately.
Anyway, be it desktop or server, Classic Shell makes Win8/2K12 usable.
Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices
I hope that if you ever have kids (as if any self-respecting woman will let you stick your dick in her) I hope they turn out intersex and you decide to let the doctors conduct "normalization surgery" on them, then your kids grow up hating your guts because there is a 66.6667% chance you're making the wrong decision (there are three possible decisions: make them cosmetically male, cosmetically female, or leave them the fuck alone and let them decide when they're old enough to understand the implications)
XX/XY and CAH and pseudo-hermaphrodite here. My parents made the wrong decision which when I realized what it meant as a teenager I harbored anger toward my parents for years.
Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices
3. You have ambiguous genitalia
Google Earth's New Satellites
It probably is a single strip of sensors almost exactly like a scanner.
Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?
Well there are problems with /. but it has little to do with the look and feel.
Some real problems:
* The mobile site doesn't work on either iOS (Safari) or Android (Chrome, Dolphin, Firefox, etc.), which are the two mobile platforms you need to support. Is it even possible to get to the comments at all on the mobile site? How?
* Unicode support is needed.
* Your editors suck and the news here is not timely and is often wrong. This is a non-technical issue which no amount of software or stylesheet change will fix. This requires that your editors actually do some work - some cursory spell and grammar checking, and some really basic fact checking.
* it is far too easy to lose a post in progress
Some things that are right with the current site:
* The ads are mostly unobtrusive. I have yet to see browser-filling popovers with a really puny (x) or [X] button to click in order to see the content
* the page resizes sanely with the browser window
* the comment box is a reasonable size
* it has an almost-perfect amount of white space - easy to skim and speed read on any screen
* the news category icons are quirky and amateurish. It somehow makes this site and the brand unique
* The moderation system, for all its faults, is one of the best if not the best for this sort of site. Peer moderation is ultimately what made /. what it is.
You're fucking up everything Rob and everyone else involved worked so hard to build and make a success. Stop fucking it up!
Want to make the site better? Fix the mobile site, fire your editors and hire editors who will actually work, and implement unicode since /. readership does extend beyond USA+Canada+UK
How To Take Control of a Car's Electronics, Cheap
I'm really not too worried about it, so long as any wireless connectivity is secured.
Old cars had zilch for security. Wanted to take off with it? On really old cars, just cut and twist a few wires, cross two more momentarily, and you're off. Not even a column lock to get in the way.
More recent cars? Hmm, prior to electronic keys (and keys with resistor values, i.e., GM ignition keys), slide-hammer the ignition and use a screwdriver to turn it, or if the column under the dash is acceptable, just pull and jumper a plug, and push a lever to unlock the column. You drive off in the car.
Now cars are more secure than ever. How are they stolen now? Easy: flatbed. It takes just moments, and no one second-guesses a wrecker driver on a public street or parking lot. Or, hacked, if the thief has time and the right tools to do it. It is more difficult than ever to steal and part out a car now, since components more and more often have to be "married" to the ECU/ECM and the key controller (sometimes part of the BCM, sometimes its own computer), and other components in order for them to work - but in order to marry the component (be it an ABS controller, head unit, nav unit, amp, etc.) the old component needs to be "divorced" from the original car.
What does this mean? Car thefts requires a whole lot more sophistication and funding, which leaves it to fewer and fewer players.
In any event, once you have physical access it is game over. Let's stick to locks since they have been keeping honest people honest for years, and security has gotten better than locks, even if the security is through obscurity or merely time.
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
Let's cut to the chase.
The bottom line is that readers here are your product, and the readers simply do not like the new beta for a number of reasons, including:
* Moderation (which is part of what makes Slashdot's unique brand so unique) is horribly broken
* You are making it look like a slick magazine. Another aspect of Slashdot's unique brand is the image for each story on the front page
* View levels is broken - it seems to be highest modded or all, with nothing in between.
* the wide, ever-expanding gutters are obnoxious. The story and discussion pages are mostly text; forget the gutters.
* You are following a common trend of using far too much white space - we know the site has to include ads and you are trying to make room for them on the page, but what we're happiest with is ads which are subtle (think google's adwords) rather than obnoxious.
regarding ads: many (if not most) of us block that crap because all too often PHBs who decide to include ads somehow think that by getting all up in our face that they'll convince us to buy their product, when in fact the opposite is true; if you try to block the content I am viewing, start blaring loud audio ads when I am checking out the site late at night, or are otherwise rude and obnoxious, we will take note of the advertiser and NOT buy their product. Online ad techniques which might work in broadcast (being obnoxious, loud, etc.) works against you online, because you're getting in the way.
Keep the ads subtle and cut way, way down on the white space.
Also, when checking out tech news we like the content crammed into a small area for easy, rapid skimming
We (the readers, who are your product, if you recall how publishing and broadcasting work) have made it clear many times that generally we like the site as-is, but would like to see some bugs fixed (such as enabling unicode) and a better choice of editors before a story is published - and maybe do some cursory fact checking prior to posting, and maybe post some more timely stories, instead of stories which were published days or even weeks over on reddit, etc.
Don't change the look and feel of the site; fix what is actually broken, and maintain your product (readership) marketability. By deploying the new beta site without addressing a lot of major flaws, you are going to lose readership, which makes your product (readership numbers) a much lesser value to your customers (the advertisers).
Oh, and the mobile site? Has anyone at Dice even TRIED slashdot on a mobile device? The mobile site simply does not work.
In the event that you lose your SR-71 Blackbird Manual
In the event that the previous owner of your SR-71 Blackbird didn't provide an owner's manual and you need to review the ignition procedure, or wonder why the engines cut out when you idle the engine, Lockheed and the US Government have thoughtfully provided the folks at sr-71.org a copy which is posted online in entirety. Once in flight, if you are entertaining thoughts of pushing your SR-71 past Vne you should refer to pages 5-8 and 5-9.
It's an interesting read, and it still amazes me that this aircraft was designed between 1957 and 1962 and its performance envelope has seldom been matched.