Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe
'close' to the speed of light? I suppose, compared to how quickly I can move, it's close.
Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches
I agree. When I write anything of significant length which, I'll have to admit, doesn't happen as much as it used to, I prefer one of my fountain pens. They're attractive and different, but mostly I just like the way they write. Neither one of them was very expensive.
Huffington: Trolls Uglier Than Ever, So We're Cutting Off Anonymous Commenting
I couldn't agree with this more. It is difficult sometimes though to put up with a view that is very popular but you consider to be incredibly naive, or wrong, or just stupid.
Ask Slashdot: Assembling a Linux Desktop Environment From Parts?
I like cobbling together my own desktop too... sometimes. I have a family computer at home with KDE, but my own laptop uses ArchBang which is really Arch Linux with Openbox. Openbox is very sparse though and you can use your own menus, taskbar, system tray, etc. etc. etc. I like the control and I like finding out what's out there and trying new solutions to the Desktop 'problem'.
A Pointed Critique of Thunderbird 3's Performance Compared to v.2
Interestingly enough, a 3.1.2 was released today ;-)
SCO Asks Judge To Give Them the Unix Copyright
There, fixed that for ya.
Do You Have a Secret Immunity To 3D Movies?
Back in the 80s I found out that I can't see stereograms. I though that there was something wrong with my stero vision. I can, however, see the new 3D movies just fine, so now I don't know.
Why Charles Stross Hates Star Trek
Someone claims they don't like Evolution and gives reasons why.
Evolutionists (especially slashdotters ;-) interpret his words as a hostile attack on their beloved icon, no matter what his intent.
250-Foot Hybrid Airship To Spy Over Afghanistan In
The best bet seems to be an AA battery.
Yes but, does anyone have a weapon that can fire an AA battery 20000 feet into the air. I'd pay to see that.
WPA Encryption Cracked In 60 Seconds
I don't know about that. When I scan for WAPs in town I get many that are unsecured. I don't think things have changed all that much.
200-Year-Old Cipher Finally Cracked
A code expert just cracked a code
The article says "After unlocking its hidden message in 2007". This is hardly 'just'. The solution was more recently published though. Interesting article.
WHO Declares H1N1's Spread Officially a Pandemic
Obscure? Nothing's obscure on slashdot.
Obscure? There's nothing obscure about Animaniacs ;-)
Windows 7 "Not Much Faster" Than Vista
I installed Windows 7 RC on a HP-Compaq D530 with 512MB of RAM. The install was so much faster than XP's it wasn't funny (I'm used to installing Linux off a DVD in 1/4 the time XP will install). When I tried it out everything seemed to be very snappy, even running Explorer, IE8, Media Player at the same time. Switching between them was very quick too. I use Linux almost exclusively, but I have to admit, Windows 7 looks pretty good (although I'm very unlikely to spend the money to install it on one of my machines).
A No-Touching 3D Computer Interface
Check out TED.COM if you want to see how its done ;-)
VLC 0.9.9, The Best Media Player Just Got Better
Geexbox is an excellent LiveCD media centre based on mplayer. Check it out, it rocks. Forget KB shortcuts; I use my ATI RF Remote with it. It even supports my TV card and allows me to watch TV. Network shares, local files, UPnP devices; they'll all work with Geexbox. They even have a customization gui that will remaster the iso with your personal pref.'s (runs in Linux or Windows).
Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Shrinking
...as we are adapted to current conditions
Would these conditions be the conditions in the Arctic where people have to deal with a very short growing season, almost no precipitation, extreme cold for a long period of time and days on end of almost continuous darkness for part of the year? Perhaps these conditions would be the extreme heat of equatorial regions with certain places getting almost no rain and others having a long, wet rainy season.
It seems to me that humans were designed very well for adapting to almost any kind of condition. If the conditions are too extreme we adapt them to suit our needs or move to more suitable areas.
Fastbooting Linux For Dummies?
I agree. It makes sense to get a special-purpose distro. for a specific purpose. DSL and other tiny distro's are great for a fast boot. FreeNAS for, well, NAS. Geexbox or Mythdora for media centre. That's often the best way to go and, you can't do this sort of thing in Windows XP (although Win.98 boots very quickly these days).
Toward the Open Company
If you look to anthropology you will see that we spend the overwhelming part of our history as tribal bands of hunter-gatherers, where nobody really had the means to force others work for them.
If you look back in history you will see (as far back as you can look) huge civilizations that, even though they might have each been organized differently, still had kings and other leaders who could tell others what to do. There were slaves and others who worked while some supervised and benefited from their labour.
Hunter-gatherers, my foot.
French Police Save Millions Switching To Ubuntu
... but solitaire and minesweeper are great training for stakeouts ;-)
Quick Boot Linux Hopes To Win Over Windows Users
It's also easy to configure XP to do the same thing. It's all in the 'Power Options' Control Panel applet.
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