top FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption
You don't deserve privacy because criminals don't deserve privacy.
top Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries
I'm Canadian and I'm very pro-science. Not because I'm left-wing or right-wing, but because my mother was a science teacher and I've basically absorbed it. I literally have no personal attributes that I can try to commend regarding my decent scientific knowledge.
Regarding the fucking article, I'm Canadian and I have a science education. A bachelors to be technical. I hated science courses in university. They were dry and the instructors had no interest in helping me. It was a night and day difference from my high school experience.
Back to the topic of this article, Canadians understand science to be the truth. We've got less religious disruption than the Americans, and probably many European countries. I told my mother a few months ago that "I need to tell you, growing up I didn't realize that scientific beliefs would be repeatedly questioned in front of me as if there were no experimental evidence" and she went off on some other tangent as mothers do, but I was trying to tell her that she is the basis of everything I believe in the world. My parents took me to church and it was obviously bullshit. My mom told me about chemical reactions and it made sense. I hate myself for not being kinder to my mother.
top Target Hackers Have More Data Than They Can Sell
They'll get to it. Right after they switch to metric
top Samsung, Apple Agree To Try Mediation In Patent Disputes
I was under the impression that the Taipei geeks were fiddling with the touchpad and display screen markets, out of their niche in ATM touchscreen displays (which wealthy nations ignored), and that when they were contracted by Apple to make Ipads they said "hey, check this out, we put a screen on it. And you can attach at telephone". And Apple said "heck yah make that" but nothing kept Samsung from doing the same. But that's a general recollection, I don't want to be cited as a source.
I don't remember it happening in that way.
Apple acquired a company called
FingerWorks that didn't do touchscreens, but DID do multitouch gesture systems.
Steve Job's vision for the iPhone was a phone that is a piece of glass. I believe capacitive sensors had been done before, but Apple's hardware+software expertise, combined with FingerWorks patents, created the gesture-based interface that now seems routine on smartphones.
To be able to manipulate items on the screen by touch -- incredibly responsive, intuitive gestures, it was a big breakthrough. Even tiny things like the little slider thing to unlock an iPhone was magic, it appeared like a physical latch because it followed your touch.
Swipe to scroll, pinch to zoom, etc etc, those gestures were from FingerWorks, AFAIK.
top Google Brings AmigaOS to Chrome Via Native Client Emulation
Please stop with cutesy loading messages (reticulating splines, fetching slippers, percolating coffee). You were too lazy to include an accurate bar indicating when the loading process would finish, and you are insulting our time wasted looking at your "jokes".
top Doom Is Twenty Years Old
Any tips on how to recreate that standard 1994-1995 486 experience aside from finding an old pc and installing win95?
Chocolate doom has built-in emulation of the adlib chip that was present on the ubiquitous soundblaster cards of the 90s
top Doom Is Twenty Years Old
that litigious asshole John Carmack
Holy crap there is a lot of bile in your post.
Doom was designed to be modded - you had the IWAD that stored the main game data, and you could load a PWAD with command line parameters. Those features were either put in by Carmack or blessed by him.
I'm intimately familiar with what the Doom community became after 1998 when Carmack released the source code (how many other companies do that?)
He was tremendously supportive of the community and personally replied to some emails I sent him over the years asking him about GPL licensing of old id stuff.
He's even got an account here on Slashdot.
The portrait you paint of him does not match anything I've seen or read about him, ever.
top Intel Linux Driver Now Nearly As Fast As Windows OpenGL Driver
How does microsoft do so much user testing and have no idea these products are going to be colossal flops?
I can't imagine the reasoning that went on behind the push for Windows 8:
"Let's unify our mobile and desktop interfaces, because we have a stranglehold on the desktop, people will gravitate towards our mobile offerings"
The public responds "we hate this" and they choose to do it anyway? Don't they do focus groups? Didn't they anticipate that people are disgusted by a touch interface on their keyboard+mouse system?
I'm fascinated and horrified but I'm also pleased because I am not fond of Microsoft, but what the hell do they think they are doing?
top French Court Orders Google To Block Pictures of Ex-F1 Chief Mosley
What happens at the nazi themed BDSM orgy stays at the nazi themed BDSM orgy!!!
top Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice
I knew there would be at least one comment downplaying this story.
This is a tiny move on Google's part with huge ramifications.
Android has been a huge success, I read that it has something like 80% of the market share of mobile devices, but that statistic was probably made up.
When Grandma opens an email on her tablet thing that her IT grandson told her to get so that he could stop supporting her Windows computer, she's going to be opening the word attachment using Google software - and then possibly editing it and sending it back - using Google software.
Microsoft gets nothing, they are removed from the loop.
The default office suite on Android could be as important as the default web browser on Windows - and we know what a ruckus that caused.
top Intel Rolls Out Raspberry Pi Competitor
How is a $200 board a raspberry pi competitor?
top How the Leap Second Bug Led Facebook To Build DCIM Tools
26*26*26*26 = 456976
That's basically half a million four letter combinations that companies are able to choose from, all nimbly-bimbly. Yet these assholes decide to use an existing term and
mutilate the wikipedia page that was around for four and a half years because of their arrogance
top Hackaday For Sale, Editors Seek Crowd Funding To Buy It
I've read hackaday for years.
A couple weeks ago on July 1st,
Caleb Kraft announced he was leaving and the site went for sale on the same day.
This was kinda suspicious for both things to happen at the same time especially because Caleb never explained why he left. HOWEVER,
Caleb has posted to his personal site that he's started a new job at EETimes.com. Not sure why that was worth keeping secret.
Still, the whole thing feels like the current owner is holding the site for ransom. The way it is being explained is that the profits from hackaday are being poured into other weblogs, but if this campaign is successful, a non-profit will be formed and advertising profits will be poured back into the site.
I don't understand why they don't just buy a new domain. The freakin site is made with wordpress, who cares, the community can migrate.
top Apogee Suing Gearbox Over Unpaid Royalties For
Duke Nukem Forever
Oh, you want a cut of the profits??
*rummages in pockets, produces crumpled gum wrapper*
about a year and a half ago
top Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say
When the economy melted down in Greece the price of food became a concern
http://www.infowars.com/desperation-greece-to-allow-sale-of-expired-foods-to-citizens/ about a year and a half ago
top 64-bit x86 Computing Reaches 10th Anniversary
This may not have been a 32/64 bit difference but VMWare taking advantage of AMD-V extensions in the athlon 64 processor:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86_virtualization about a year and a half ago
top AMD Tweaking Radeon Drivers To Reduce Frame Latency Spikes
Isn't it also an AMD CPU issue? Or is the problem simply much more pronounced with this particular line of Radeon GPUs?
Or was the CPU problem long corrected?
This article from TechReport in August convinced me not to go AMD for my next gaming PC:
top RIM Pays Off Nokia; Patent Dispute Settled
Both companies are struggling majorly and it's good they were able to resolve this so that they can try to focus on developing competitive products.
top Ask Slashdot: Math and Science iOS Apps For Young Kids?
Algebra Touch is an amazing app that demonstrates how variables work in algebraic equations, highly recommended. Maybe too high level for a 3 year old but it's about as mathy as iOS can get.
top Activists' Drone Shot Out of the Sky For Fourth Time
This is like insulting the girl hanging off Mike Tyson's arm. Dude, you're gonna lose.
Coincidentally Mike Tyson loves pigeons and one of the reasons he started boxing was his horror when hooligans found his coops and killed his pigeons.
Not relevant to this story at all of course, animal activists are stupid as hell
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