Wolfram Language Demo Impresses
I have a better language with a one-liner for web browsing:
US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate
Regular checkups can detect disease before it becomes serious. The health AND economic benefits are very high and you don't want people to hesitate, which is why you cover the costs. Saves money and suffering.
X11/X.Org Security In Bad Shape
I only watched the beginning at this point, but the presenter says something that does not bode too well for the rest. Speaking about how it was bad that the client side parser was insecure, especially for setuid clients:
This code was written in the eighties with the assumption that the server is trusted so there is little validation on the client side.
Well, of course the server is trusted. This is the code which runs on your local workstation. If your input terminal is compromised, you're so hosed anyway that it's not really worth considering exactly what hole they will be using !
Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth
And yet a value of 14K per 100K does not strike you as slightly implausible... There is an obvious transcription error, the comma is used as a decimal separator in many countries, so the number must be 14 not 14K. Still a big difference, but ... smaller. Don't let this stand in the way of your calling people crazy.
Malcolm Gladwell On Culture and Airplane Crashes
To add an anecdotic data point, I was circumcized as an adult (male), and if I see a difference at all in terms of sensations, it would be in the direction of (very minor) improvement.
I concur in saying that to put male and female circumcisions on the same plane is preposterous, the intentions and consequences are close to opposite. The term "female circumcision" is misleading and should not be used at all. "Excision" is used in French for the female mutilation.
Larry Page: You Worry Too Much About Medical Privacy
I find it very interesting that someone as intelligent as Larry Page could provide a statement so utterly disconnected from the reality of most people lives.
This is one more indication that in many cases, being separated from contact with ordinary people by richness of function actually affects your capacity to think "normally" or empathize.
This is one more element to show that letting these (otherwise perfectly respectable) people having too much influence on politics and government is extremely bad.
Ask Slashdot: Open Source For Bill and Document Management?
For what it may be worth, I have an all-in-one HP printer/scanner (model in subject). It's reasonably cheap, it is a good printer, and it has a double-sided scanner with auto-feeder which works really well.
I've scanned thousands of sheets with it recently (for archiving before shredding), and I would never have even tried it without the automatic scanning.
Disclaimer: not an HP employee, have no HP stock...
Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?
I'm surprised that no mention of this surfaced, but, "computer crashed while copying files and won't boot" means that you have a hardware compatibility issue. Either an actual hardware problem, or just that the Linux kernel does not like your motherboard.
Linux systems running on compatible hardware just don't ever crash (almost).
Whatever distribution you decide to try next, beat the crap out of the system before you invest any time in configuration, or store any important data on it.
Maybe this is just a kernel version issue, but I would be very uncomfortable using a system on which this happened. I'd try to search google for info about Linux + your motherboard model to see if other people have encountered problems.
US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day
If you read the letter to the end (yes I know...), after the tirade against the French workers, the main subject is subsidizing and unfair competition from the Chinese.
The guy complains against the US government too, and says he'll end up producing only from China and India.
So the French may not be working enough, but the Americans can break their backs all they want, the tires are still coming from China.
This is the important aspect, and it is one which is common to western workers, and more interesting than French- or US-bashing.
Professors Rejecting Classroom Technology
FOURTY TWO man ! It's bound to give you the answer.
GNU Grep and Sed Maintainer Quits: RMS and FSF Harming GNU Project
Let the brainy people discuss why C++ is such a bad language in theory and go back programming...
Polio Eradication Program Suspended In Pakistan After Aid Workers Shot
Exactly like hiding weaponry in an ambulance in time of war. Then all ambulances get shot at. Inexcusable. The people responsible for this should see serious retribution.
Researchers: PATRIOT Act Can 'Obtain' Data In Europe
If you store anything in "the cloud" without strong encryption then you're a moron anyway so who cares ?
Hiring Smokers Banned In South Florida City
Maybe there is this slight difference that alcohol will strongly affect the function of your brain, diminishing your reflexes and capacity for reasoning while tobacco just won't ?
Lexmark To Exit Inkjet Printer Market
> given that's the price now for laser printing for a quality company, Why would anyone buy an inkjet?
Anyone needing color maybe ? Supplies for small color laser printers are actually more expensive than those for inkjets.
How a 3-Year-Old Can Open a Gun Safe
You can't teach a very young child to swim because it doesn't float (bad bone/fat ratio). I wonder if the rest of the post might be just as insightful...
India Turns Down American Fighter Jets, Buys From France
The major reason for the rapid capitulation of French to Germany in 1940 is that we were crushed.
There were between 50 000 and 100 000 French military killed during the 2 months of the German invasion in 1940 (+ the wounded of course). The French army was vastly oversmarted and overpowered but it did attempt to resist.
Please read a bit of history and stop spreading nonsense. The vast majority of French people still deeply hated the German 20 years after the first world war.
UK Police Test 'Temporarily Blinding' LASER
Reading, Writing, Ruby?
The way to make programming cool is to pay programmers decently. Currently, if a plumber comes to my house, I pay more per hour than I would get as a freelance programmer. Why bother with the long studies and the headaches ?
TSA Doing Random Truck Searches On Tennessee Highway
Personally, I hope the TSA does expand to random traffic stops. I hope they start impementing strip searches for walking down the sidewalk. I want them to set up shop at the OWS rally near you. The faster they can provoke a full-out general revolt against their nonsense, the happier I'll be.
Things do not work like this. Ask the Germans. You must revolt before this kind of thing before it has become too strong. Now is the time.
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