New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails
It's not even that. What if Snowden had reported it by telephone? How about a *typewritten* letter? Maybe be reported it in person. The whole email thing is a red herring.
Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?
...every minutae of a persons life is available to the world and in 50 years nobody will care unless you become noteworthy or famous or happen to have descendents who are into all that genealogy stuff..
Not true. Sociologists and all sorts of other people who study things that may be in those pictures (cars, architecture, clothing) would find those original negatives very interesting.
There are various institutions that take such media as donations. Here's just one example: http://www.chicagofilmarchives...
NSA Metadata Collection Gets 90-Day Extension
Which metadata do the NSA collect?
If you know that then you can "carpet bomb" them with useless metadata rendering the logging useless.
That will only generate more data points for them to use as "evidence" that you're a terrorist.
High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint
If you have a gun, you don't need a penis.
Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative
The entire premise of the article is bull. Are companies ever going to get off this fixation on specific programming languages?
No. Companies (at least the executives running them) look at their code base differently than technologists. They see the cost of maintenance as X$, and if it's written in ten languages, the cost of hiring ten people to do maintenance is 10X. If you say "one person can know ten languages" they assume such people are expensive and very hard to find.
They want a simple way to manage the cost of maintenance. Cutting the number of languages in use accomplishes that goal, in their minds. Therefore, this practice will continue at companies that don't have unlimited IT budgets.
Generally speaking, the more languages a programmer knows, the higher a salary they can command. What's unintuitive about that?
3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room
Since they have apparently reached the limit of human tolerance, one answer is to offer wider seat spacing for a little extra price on some flights. The remaining "dense pack" passengers then have no reason to complain: "If you needed more space, why didn't you choose our XL flight?"
Get ready for: "I chose the wider seat. It wasn't wide enough" or "there were no more available because everybody wanted one."
Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead
~3 birds each day seems like a lot of KFC for a power plant....
anyway, seems like the environmental impact is quite less than mining of coal etc etc, and more easily solved....audible chirps, clicks, etc to scare the birds away? Or maybe a little metal eagle or hawk statue on the roof..
Putting a roof over the array of mirrors would greatly reduce its ability to collect sunlight.
Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit
Autonomous vehicles don't have passports, so it won't be allowed across anyway.
Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption
Careful when you burn that phone--you might elect a new Pope!
Algorithm-Generated Articles Won't Kill the Journalism Star
Why not just skim the headlines?
Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?
The fault lies neither with Perl, nor even with the programmer's obfuscated code. The fault is lack of documentation and/or comments which explain the code.
NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin
He was performing a sophisticated CPU performance and RAM burn-in test. He should be congratulated.
The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say
"Great seller, would buy again, A++!"
Bloomberg's trading terminals now providing Bitcoin pricing
So their clients can perfectly time their next Silk Road purchase?
Stanford Bioengineers Develop 'Neurocore' Chips 9,000 Times Faster Than a PC
The software is probably still an issue.
Too many zombie processes?
Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech
There's also a surprisingly low percentage of female garbage collectors.
Since that particular job requires very little education, it would be far easier to start there when trying to close the gender gap.
You've obviously never applied for the position of garbage collector.
You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free
This is totally gonna drive Linux out of business.
52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year
Their facial recognition software is no match for my religiously-mandated Pastafarian collander mask.
Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory
A simple audio message saying "Look behind you!" whenever you switched to reverse would be much cheaper, and probably more effective.
Famous Paintings Help Study the Earth's Past Atmosphere
If it weren't for Seurat, we wouldn't have known that 19th century people were made of tiny dots.