top Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s
It did! It was called the Department of Manure Vehicles (AKA horses) then.
top XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Has Already Become a Best-Seller
You've been hitting the "of beta" button. That means you become one with beta. Try something else if you want a different effect.
top Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?
GMail allows all sorts of variations on your email address.
Suppose it is email@example.com. Then firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com are also valid versions and will come to your inbox.
You can also add a + and any text after it: firstname.lastname@example.org will also work. Note that many places see "+" as an invalid email character, which means this isn't as useful as it might be.
top Why US Mileage Ratings Are So Inaccurate
The quote was "75-mph truth". I think the OP means "reality". Here in Connecticut, the freeway speed is usually either 55mph or 65mph... but if you go at that speed, you'll be passed by 80% of the traffic. The "normal" speed seems to be about 75mph.
I've been traveling at that speed with a cop car behind me (and lots of other traffic around doing the same speed) and wasn't pulled over.
top Florida House Passes Bill To Ban "Internet Cafes"
Red light cameras are a great example of over enforcement leading to massive pushback.
And then there's the fact that they appear to *increase* accidents at the intersections where they are placed.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/03/AR2005100301844.html about a year and a half ago
top Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster
Slashdot is not the place for speculation.
You're new here, aren't you?
about a year and a half ago
top Pakistan Lifts YouTube Ban For 3 Minutes, Finds More Blasphemy
Certainly: evil is in the mind of the beholder.
about a year and a half ago
top Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops
Is that you, Invisible Steve?!?!
top Hotel Keycard Lock Hack Gets Real In Texas
Actually, housekeeping staff keys are often set to expire on a daily basis. The first thing a housekeeper needs to do in the morning is to revalidate their card. If the card isn't revalidated in time, it needs to human intervention (other than the housekeeper) to be reactivates.
Source: I used to work for Onity's parent company (UTC Fire & Security, as it was then), and I worked requirements for some of Onity's newer products.
top Why Dissonant Music Sounds 'Wrong'
Bill Sethares has some nice work about this question, too:
top Dr. Richard Dawkins On Education, 'Innocence of Muslims,' and Rep. Paul Broun
Perhaps not bigotry, but he's certainly been labeled as sexist:
top Ask Slashdot: Securing a Windows Laptop, For the Windows Newbie?
If you're worried about your kid getting access to inappropriate things on the net, try K9:
top Former Australian Cop Wants Jail For Internet Trolls
You're new here, huh?
top Diaspora* Announces It Is Now a "Community Project"
Mod parent up! +1 Funny. No mod points left!
top A (Mostly) 3-D Printed Race Car Hits 140 Km/h
My sister is a lecturer (professor) in composite materials in Australia. Yes, they do!
top Google Employees Find 60 Security Holes In Adobe Reader
Google announces a new initiative: Google Document Format, for all your document sharing needs.
top Confirmed: Microsoft Says It Will Open Source VB 6
Click on the link in the story. It's been retracted. Nothing to see here, please move along.
top Data Retention Should Last One Year, US Gov't Tells Australia
Vote parent up! The AC is right: voting IS mandatory in Australia, unless you are resident overseas.
top Geek Culture Will Never Die...or Be Popular
Summed up in this Venn Diagram:
top Microsoft Patents GPU-Accelerated Video Encoding
Before we get a million "Adobe does this!" comments RTFA: "Microsoft applied for the patent titled "Accelerated video encoding using a graphics processing unit" in October 2004"
Far as I know no one was doing this in 2004
Still not enough information. Patent claims can change between the original filing and the version that gets granted by amending the patent application. It's done by trolls...
The practice of submarine patents was ended a few years ago, at least in the US. Check out
Submarine patents on Wikipedia .
The most famous of these were the machine vision Lemelson patents, which were thrown out in 2005.