The Science of Solitary Confinement
restricted to cells of 80 square feet, not much larger than a king-size bed.. experienced symptoms such as dizziness, heart palpitations, chronic depression, while 41 percent reported hallucinations, and 27 percent had suicidal thoughts...
Add in paying rent of $3000/month for the privilege, and you've just described most of Manhattan.
'Write the Docs' is a Conference for People Who Write Software Docs (Video)
I was going to go, but there were no directions, so I posted to a couple of forums. I got two conflicting answers, and one guy who called me a dumbass for not knowing and suggested I start my own conference if I didn't like the one they were having.
Google Chrome 32 Is Out: Noisy Tabs Indicators, Supervised Users
If you're a user of startpage.com (google-based search that doesn't track you), you'll no longer be able to use the "POST vs GET" option, which I believe is the default, and which keeps websites from tracking your search terms.
For whatever reason, chrome 32 with POST vs GET will cause startpage searches to redirect back to the startpage.com home page with no results.
To use the previous version of chrome on Windows, look in your %APPDATA%/Local/Google directory. There should be an old_chrome.exe that you can run that links to the previous version.
Of course, when chrome auto-updates again, you'll lose that version. I've disabled the update plugin in about:plugins, but I'm not sure if that's sufficient to prevent updates.
CES 2014: Ohio Company is Bringing Military-Grade Motion Sensors to Gaming
Why does TFS link to a wikipedia article about rotoscoping, which (correctly) identifies it as a manual, 2D process?
But I guess we should be thankful that, if editors aren't actually going to catch such mistakes, they are at least doing us the favor of linking to documentation highlighting their errors.
PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES
Ford Motor Company announced they will be marketing a car that runs on both steam *and* a giant key that you turn to wind it up.
Seriously - wtf?
NSA Drowns In Useless Data, Impeding Work, Former Employee Claims
...how can I help?
No, seriously - I tried to start discussion in a previous "The NSA is sniffing your dirty boxers" thread about the possibility of an easy-to-use browser / email plugin / app / etc. that would encourage Joe User to increase the amount of "noise traffic" he generated. E.g., something that would tack a bunch of Terror Words onto the end of every email, but more practical and less scary to use. Encourage people to automatically participate in conscientious objection to surveillance the way that they reflexively download mp3's or jaywalk.
I think the only response was "emacs spook mode", which is funny, but not really the discussion I was hoping for.
Percentage of Self-Employed IT Workers Increasing
How many of self-employed (or non-self-employed) out there have to deal with "employers of record"? I'm not in IT, but I am in an industry where predatory third-party employers act as a means for companies to pass their payroll taxes, workers comp insurance, etc. on to their employees. My understanding is that this sort of thing is prevalent in IT as well, so I'm curious how many slashdotters who are in IT have to deal with this.
For those who are unfamiliar, the grift is this: Company A, rather than hiring worker W, instead contracts with Evil Employer of Record E. E "hires" W, and "loans" them out to A. Since W doesn't work for A, A doesn't pay payroll taxes, workers comp, etc. (A significant amount - something like 10-20% of salary.) This is where it gets fun: E, which is now responsible for those costs, passes them through to W by deducting them from W's pay. Often, they'll charge a 2% fee on top of this for the privilege.
All of the costs of being a 1099 contractor, with vastly diminished opportunity for tax deductions. Plus you pay the max % for unemployment tax and workers comp (those costs are on a scale, and self-incorporated person would generally come in at the bottom of that scale instead of the top).
In my industry, a lot of foreign visa workers and the less tax-savvy are caught in this scam. And the gov't (specifically, the state gov't) does nothing to stop it, because they're getting unemployment tax that they wouldn't get if the same workers were 1099.
Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0
Little Miss Sunshine Screenwriter Gets Nod For Star Wars: Episode VII
In fact, I had the titular line in the film. I wonder if I'll be asked back for Episode VII?
Ralph Nader Moderates One Last 3rd-Party Debate for 2012
Ford Tests DIY Firmware Updates
Screw official updates. I installed Cyanogenmod on my 2012 Fiesta, and now it goes ONE MILLION MILES AN HOUR.
Details Of FBI Surveillance In Lulzsec Takedown Emerge
ECHELON? Is that where the UKUSA searches for words like bomb, jihad, plutonium, assassinate, and anarchy?
Oh my God! Beardo - did they make you post that? Are you o.k.? Did they hurt you? Type "first post" if you want us to call the cops.
Last Day To Tell Google To Forget You
I'm using Windows Firefox v10, and this is not true for me. Open google tab, sign out, open youtube tab, sign in, refresh google tab = it's now signed in.
However, Chrome will allow you to open an "Incognito" window with Ctrl-Shift-N. The cookie-blocking feature of which seems to keep google signed out, even if opened from a signed-in window.
Virtual Reality Helmet Designed For Deep Space Surgery
Because with the latency, by the time they get around to actually cutting you open, you'll already be healed, and won't have to do the surgery at all!
Downloads of DoS Attack Tool LOIC Spike
Legally... You mean like this?
The RMS Tour Rider
Please don't be surprised if I pull out my computer at dinner and
begin handling some of my email. I have difficulty hearing when there
is noise; at dinner, when people are speaking to each other, I usually
cannot hear their words.
Isn't this a symptom of autistic spectrum disorders? I know it's trendy for everyone in the geek world to claim Asperger's these days... But I know that I personally can have trouble filtering signal from noise in crowded environments, and that such environments make me particularly anxious.
Libya Warns Against Use of Facebook
I gotta say, with the exception of this (and of course all things fashion-related), Gaddafi and I don't agree on much.
File Organization — How Do You Do It In 2011?
I had great success with Google Desktop Search (on windoze) for a while. It would index my mail, files, and web history (if instructed to) - and the best part was hitting one key to get an instant, minimalist search box with auto-preview. From there, you could jump straight to what you were looking for, or open a further page to narrow the search.
Sadly, it doesn't work with Thunderbird 3.0, and Google doesn't appear to care, or even to be supporting it anymore. So now I'm on a hodgepodge of GDS, Windows built-in search, and the sucky T-bird search bar.
I honestly can't believe that nobody has duplicated this Spotlight-esque functionality yet. I realize there are other desktop search options, but none of the ones I've come across have that one-key mini search that goes away as easily as it is called up. For an operation that I'm performing dozens of times daily, that's pretty crucial. It even replaced the file browser for me - much easier to call up the GDS box & type a couple letters than to grab the mouse and drill down into some directory structure - even if I know exactly where I'm going.
Wikileaks Movie Coming To the Big Screen
No kidding. Back when he took all the site's content offline to "concentrate on fundraising" (can't find the relevant slashdot story right now), I visited the site to try & donate. Not knowing anything at all about what sort of stuff they'd leaked, I was hoping to get a quick sense of it to make sure it wasn't a scam or conspiracy nut-job site. But of course I couldn't, because all the content was offline. I wrote Assange to (politely) suggest that simply hiding everything was perhaps counter-productive to the goal of raising funds, and that he should at least post an explanation or fundraising goal, to let people know how much they needed to keep operating. His response:
"I understand you wish us to save the world, suffer assassinations, work for free and pay for everything out of our children's heritage,
forever, but it is just not possible. If we haven't proved our committment thus far we never will."
I still admire the concept, and the dedication. But the dude seems like a total dickcheese. As noted in other posts, that doesn't mean he's not bettering the world. But I think he'd be serving the purpose (of giving a voice to whistleblowers) a lot better by not trying to be a celebrity, and perhaps acting like less of a douche. For one thing, it diverts attention from the actual content, and funnels it towards "Is Julian Assange a Terrorist?" style fluff media. How many mainstream media reports did you see on the actual content of the recently leaked cables? Me neither.
World's First Full HDR Video System Unveiled
o.k. - attention-grabbing subject line aside... I can't RTFA b/c it's slashdotted, so I don't know exactly what dynamic range we're talking about. But the much hyped Red Epic camera (sequel to the Red One) has full-motion HDR, and is shipping as of this month. Models with this feature range from around $10k to around $40k - so admittedly more prosumer than consumer.
It stores the extra data in a secondary video stream, so that you can tone-map in post. And apparently, it can be dialed up & down, so that you can trade off dynamic range vs. resolution (up to 5k) vs. framerate vs. compression. Pretty sweet.
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