Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface
"There are those who believe that life here, began out there...." -- Battlestar Galactica
A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes
Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these babies! (Sorry, I'm still on a retro kick.)
Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer
That's a distinction without a difference. The people in the private sector are wasting the investors / suppliers / customers money.
The difference is that the investors / suppliers / customers have a choice when dealing with a particular private company. We have no real choice regarding paying our taxes (assuming one doesn't want to wind up in a courtroom over it).
Ask Slashdot: Corporate Open Source Policy?
Or for the really, really bad ones, the dump had a bunch of 3rd proprietary libraries ripped out of it with nothing to replace them, so there was a bunch of poorly documented catchup work to be done before anything would come close to compiling.
Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic
Just so long as they don't stop them from making 50" plasma TV's before it's time to upgrade my current set!
Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh
Microsoft was signed up to port Windows NT and it looked like you'd be able to run Windows and MacOS (the two most popular desktop operating systems) and possibly some of the other less-popular ones (most of which were m68k-based) on the same hardware.
You left out OS/2, which Lou Gerstner hadn't given up on yet (although the nightmare of the PPC port helped him make up his mind). IBM at this point still had hopes of re-conquering the desktop market, and the CHRP (Common Hardware Reference Platform, aka PPC hardware design) was part of that. Alas, it was not to be. I have booted exactly one machine in my life - a small tower RS/6000 running AIX - that came up and proclaimed itself to be a CHRP machine.
IIRC, either Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 did, in fact, ship with a PowerPC install on the CD, alongside i386, Alpha and MIPS. Whichever it was was also the last of the NT line to support multiple architectures until 64-bit came along.
Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches
A family is reporting that a stranger named "Stan O'Neil" has invaded their home, apparently using a key to the premises, and is claiming to be their husband and father. The woman who heads the family says she does not remember ever seeing the man before, but could not name the father of her children or the person who gave her what appeared to be wedding and engagement rings.
Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches
I think if they attach your name to a blockquote in a story, they apply the "you own your own words" policy and leave it as-is without so much as a smug (sic). For those portions of the story they actually write themselves, it is not required that they spell or use grammar more correctly than CmdrTaco did.
Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland
I'd say that the "Portland" is the one in Maine that has a city in Oregon named after it. In fact ISTR that the Oregon folks lost a United Way bet to us a couple of decades ago in which they promised to change their name if they lost. Still waiting for that.
(Waiting for the folks on the English island that has all the cement to jump in...)
Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California
In what world can "any [individual] elected school board member fire all those teachers"? Any school board I've ever seen can only act as a body; individual members can't do squat.
At any rate, public education unions tend to be some of the strongest out there; it shouldn't be harder to release a teacher than it is to fire any other unionized worker. Tenure at the university level serves a purpose: to ensure the academic freedom of the faculty to perform the research they see fit by insulating them from the vagaries of administrations. I'd be hard pressed to find a full-time public school K-12 teacher who does meaningful research as part of their job.
Toyota Investigating Hovercars
What about off-solid-ground applications, where they are already used? I have an actual use case in mind for a hover vehicle similar to a DUKW, where it could go into hovercraft mode over water that is too shallow to use conventional craft mode, but with a bottom too shallow to use the tires.
However, the on-road applications face another stumbling block: the laws in my US state (and likely most if not all of the others) require all vehicles used on public roads to be exclusively propelled by means of power-driven wheels in physical contact with the pavement. No hovercraft, no strapping a jet turbine to the roof and throwing it in neutral.
Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?
If you want to broaden it out a little beyond superheroes and comic books, Fantagraphics did collections of the Foster-era Prince Valiant and the pre-Depression Little Nemo in Slumberland which are worth your time particularly for the artwork.
New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered
As an American, for that particular day, there is an added significance to the number itself as 911 is our universal emergency telephone number, similar to the European 112 or 999.
I would typically write today's date as 22 May 2014, but when I do so I am being consciously pretentious. Otherwise I'd use 5/22/2014 (I was the Y2K guy at my previous job; it cured me of 2-digit years for good).
Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man,' which made its debut in 2002, proved (along with Brian Singer's 'X-Men,' released in 2000) that superhero movies could appeal to the mass market, provided they were done right.
As opposed to, say, the $400 million brought in by Tim Burton's original Batman?
SCOTUS Ends Novell's Anti-Trust Cast Against Microsoft
WordPerfect 5 and 6 were a mess. WP pre-Novell had long made a habit of creating its own printer drivers, stemming partly from the fact that they supported so many wildly disparate platforms (they started on AOS/VS... now go look that up and get off my lawn!) in the pre-GUI era that they needed an internally consistent set of interfaces to work with. Once Windows started providing things like printer management, even in the 3.11 era, they had a hard time switching over and tended to GPF all over the place. I'm not absolving MS from any dirty tricks they may have pulled, but it's not like WP was building something that people outside certain vertical markets (they still rule the legal world AFAIK) couldn't move on from.
This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions
Watch the show "Connections" some time. If you're not familiar with it (and you call yourself a Geek?) it takes a historical view of how we got from there (the invention of stirrups) to here (telecommunications). Take that kind of historical perspective and then try to extrapolate forward from it. Don't forget to figure in the technological growth curve, socio-economic factors, human psychology, a hundred other things that I don't feel like compiling a list of right now...oh yeah...and a big, healthy dose of random chance (think The Mule in Asimov's Foundation Trilogy). If you get better than 5% accuracy on a 25 year prediction I'll be very surprised.
Connections, indeed. Should be required viewing before being allowed to have an account on /.
Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes
Any waiter happening to read this article just pegged you as a Canadian.
Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party
The first Microsoft BASIC I ever ran was on the TRS-80 in my high school; I ran something like
10 FOR A = 0 TO 1024
20 PRINT CHR$(PEEK(A));
30 NEXT A
and somewhere along the way it came out with "M I C R O S O F T"
Subversion Project Migrates To Git
... when Slashdot posted nothing but joke stories all day on April 1; it was the best way to catch all of them. Maybe they decided they couldn't top themselves after OMG PONIES!!!!! (which I missed), but just sticking in one joke stories amongst a bunch of uninteresting real ones is lame. There isn't even an article on the Google prank!
Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age
After all the 70's-era metric indoctrination I received (including weekly showings of "The Metric System" on PBS), I happily recognize that there are legitimate reasons in science and trade for the use of SI. However, beyond that, the fact is that there is no actual advantage in daily life between US standard and metric units. There's no functional difference between km and miles, and the decimalization of km doesn't mean a whole lot when you really think about how often you need to use the fact that there's 1760 yards in a mile (i.e., yes, it's easier to convert, but how often do you need to convert?) For scientific use the 100 degrees between the freezing and boiling points of water in Celsius makes sense, but Fahrenheit serves its intended purpose admirably: the range 0 to 100 is a reasonable coverage of the weather in the temperate zones of the world. There's no overwhelming advantage to making the switch, particularly in the USA where "because the rest of the world does it that way" is typically considered a misfeature.
"be the majority of voters"
In case you're wondering about an old posting of mine which contains the phrase "Remainder of my .sig:", the full .sig was originally supposed to be:
Those who would surrender essential liberty for a little temporary security may deserve neither, but they tend to be the majority of voters.
AFIAK, I am the source of that statement, with apologies to Ben Franklin.