GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD
>I simply predict that in the future there will be two platforms -
> GNU/Linux and SystemD/Linux.
Actually, they should be called GNU/Linu-x and GNOME/Lenna-x
DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications
> His real crime was ending his sentence with a preposition.
Ending a sentence with a proposition is something up with which I will not put. (Sir Winston Churchill)
Email Is Not Going Anywhere
> EVERY mobile device and OS that matters comes with an email client,
> do ANY of them come with a Facebook or twitter client out of the box?
Unfortunately, yes. And in some cases, not only do you have to jailbreak the device to delete Fecesbook/Twitter, you have to load a new ROM like CyanogenMod, because they're baked into the firmware by the @$$hole cellphone companies. Do not confuse a pristine Android phone with the crap that you'll get once a cellco has "branded" it.
Correcting Killer Architecture
Speaking of Toronto, here in Canada we have this thing called "winter". Snow falls, sticks to buildings, turns to ice, and eventually falls off. This can be dangerous... http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ame...
Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White
What is the available hiring pool? According to to the National Center for Women and Information Technology http://www.ncwit.org/ in a PDF document http://www.ncwit.org/sites/def...
14% of 2010 Computer Science undergraduate degree recipients at major research universities were women. This compares with 37% in 1985. Why blame Apple?
Besides what qualities do women provide that men don't? Intuitive GUIs? Did you know that Melinda French (who later married Bill Gates) pushed "Microsoft Bob" into production, and that Julie Larson-Green pushed through both the MS Office Ribbon and the Windows 8 Metro interface?
Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?
> Almost free communication to anywhere on the planet
> is an enormous thing, and it's just one thing of many.
So some guy from India can call me for free, claiming that my linux box is infected with a Windows virus; not to mention all the robocalls about the free cruise to the Bahamas that I've won.
Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?
> Pluto is a planet. The definition of a planet is arbitrary, and always will be.
If you can find an astronomy textbook from the 1830's or early 1840's, it'll list 11 planets...
Ceres (discovered 1801)
Pallas (discovered 1802)
Juno (discovered 1804)
Vesta (discovered 1807)
Uranus (discovered 1781)
As time went on, more and more asteroids were discovered. Today, there are a few hundred thousand asteroids. To keep the number of planets at a manageable number, the asteroids wwere given their own class. Similarly, there are now almost 1300 http://www.minorplanetcenter.n... known objects in Pluto's vicinity. If you want to think of the solar system having 1300 planets, be my guest.
Scientists occasionally make mistakes, based on incomplete data. When more info becomes available, they correct those mistakes. E.g. they junked the Aether theory http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A... after the Michelson-Morley experiment.
There was *ALWAYS* major doubt about Pluto's planetary status. This article from 1934 http://blog.modernmechanix.com... is an example.
> So that Pluto ranks as the largest asteroid,
> rather than the smallest planet;
BTW, it's worse than the article suggested; Pluto is actually less than 1/10th the mass of Titan.
> and the dipshits who insist that a kilobyte is 1000 bytes.
So you think the ancient Greeks were dipshits? And the French who introduced the metric system? The real dipshits are the people who arbitrarily change the meanings of words after thousands of years..
Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic
One of the major arguments for IPV6 was that it would eliminate the bloated routing tables that are almost as much of a problem for IPV4 as addresses being all used up. So why does Comcast need 32 ASN's?
How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads
> Primarily because the school boards aren't in the business of
> writing textbooks or funding the creation of the same.
Classical English literature
you can get Shakespeare's works *FREE* from project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/ebook...
http://nineplanets.org/ (yeah, the website name is an anachronism) *FREE* and since it's a website, you don't need to order and pay for a new edition each time new discoveries are made
Tree of Life Project http://tolweb.org/tree/
Dinosaur Specific http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/d... *FREE* and since it's a website, you don't need to order and pay for a new edition each time new discoveries are made
For those fundamentalist schools who don't believe in evolution Project Gutenberg has the King James Bible and the Douay-Rheims version
A school district should be able to get a good chunk of its needs free off the web. Most of these sites will easily give permission to download and duplicate. Instead of handing out 16 KG of books to each student, hand out 16-gigabyte USB keys to each student with the necessary e-books and/or mirrored websites.
Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?
Explained at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...
X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration
Is Lennart paid by Redhat or by Microsoft?
The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record
> The Heartland Institute skews the data by taking two points
> and ignoring all of the data in between, kind of like grabbing
> two zero points from sin(x) and claiming you're looking at a
> steady state function.
Totally, 100% false. I'll give the poster the benefit of the doubt, and assume they don't know what they're talking about. Check for yourself...
1) download the file of monthly anomalies from ftp://ftp.ssmi.com/msu/monthly...
2) import into a spreadsheet
3) take the slope() function for the 3rd column for the range Sept 1996 to June 2014
You get a very slightly negative result.The slope() function uses *ALL THE POINTS FROM THE START TO THE END*. I repeat, the submission is flat out wrong.
TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes
China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US
The ultimate combination
Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting
> I throw people out of the theatre all day long for using
> their cell phones... There are places it should be legal
> and my business or home is one of them.
Try covering the walls of the theatre room with aluminum foil or tin foil. It's not exactly a new idea http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...
> In 1836, Michael Faraday observed that the excess charge on a charged conductor
> resided only on its exterior and had no influence on anything enclosed within it.
> To demonstrate this fact, he built a room coated with metal foil and allowed
> high-voltage discharges from an electrostatic generator to strike the outside of
> the room. He used an electroscope to show that there was no electric charge
> present on the inside of the room's walls.
Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History
I'm a fan of pre-Beatles oldies rock music. Every so often, somebody comes up with a "Greatest Hits Of All Time" list, and it usually seems to go back no further than 10 or 15 years before the list was published. Similar for history. Many such lists are better described as "the most influential people of recent times".The most influential people are founders of major movements religions (Jesus, Mohammed, etc) and political ideologies such (Karl Marx, etc)
And then there are leaders of states/empires, who led their empires to triumph/defeat. Too numerous to mention, going back to Biblical times through today
Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage
> Point is, if you don't just grab the cheapest item on the shelf, there is a surprising
> amount of domestically-produced goods in Walmart (excluding clothes).
One thing I've noticed about Walmart is that they seem to be almost the only place here (Toronto, Canada) where you can get neutral-coloured T-shirts that you're not ashamed to wear to work. All other stores have "branding" splattered all over their T-shirts, e.g. Nike "checkmark", Tommy Hilfiger, AeroPostale, etc, etc. I do not want to be a walking billboard for a manufacturer. At least not while I'm paying them for their product.
The Coming IT Nightmare of Unpatchable Systems
> Total BS. Phones should last 20 years. The old land line ones last 20+ years.
> The only thing in a modern phone that doesn't have a 20+ year life span is the
> battery and that is not through not trying.
I got a Nokia 6015i "Candy Bar" phone in 2006. http://nokiamuseum.info/nokia-... Back then, it could talk to the network (Virgin Mobile Canada) over 3 protocols; analog, 1XRTT, and I forget what else. Now the display only shows 1XRTT active.
I rarely use it, so I don't need anything fancier. I'll keep it until my carrier no longer supports it. They've already sent me an offer of a "low-cost upgrade to a faster phone", but I ignored it. With all the buzz about 3G, 4G, 5G, etc, etc, and VOLTE, I don't think 1XRTT will be around several years from now, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car
> How can the state of California guarantee that without price controls, then.
The same way they guaranteed retail electricity prices in 2000/2001 without guaranteeing wholesale prices http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... Oh... wait.
Rising Sea Level Could Put East Coast Nuclear Plants At Risk
Source data is at http://sealevel.colorado.edu/ The graph shows an average rise of 3.2 mm / year. You can download the data in ASCII format, suitable for plotting at http://sealevel.colorado.edu/f...
Note that this includes a fudge-factor called GIS (Glacial Isostatic Adjustment). They give a long-winded explanation. tl;dr they've added a 10% fudge factor. From http://sealevel.colorado.edu/c...
> We apply a correction for GIA because we want our sea level time series
> to reflect purely oceanographic phenomena. In essence, we would like
> our GMSL time series to be a proxy for ocean water volume changes.
> This is what is needed for comparisons to global climate models, for
> example, and other oceanographic datasets.
So they talk out of one side of their mouths about how much sea level is rising. Out of the other side of their mouth, they admit that their numbers aren't really sea level rise.
Another question... what type of effing idiot approves nuclear reactors located such that a sealevel rise of a few inches, let alone a few feet, would cause problems? Anybody ever heard of tsunamis (like at Fukushima)? They're rarer in the Atlantic, but they do happen.
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