Ask Slashdot: Can Bruce Schneier Be Trusted?
Why does someone who won't give a username get to the front page?
Why Does Windows Have Terrible Battery Life?
Watch the WWDC sessions on power management in iOS and Mac OS X. You'll get an idea of how much work Apple put into this over the last decade or so.
Math is hard.
How To Develop Unmaintainable Software
The nastiest project I ever took over was written in Perl by ten diferent programmers eah using diferent features of Perl
Linux RNG May Be Insecure After All
Linus always says Linux is perfect. Linus can be wrong.
New Unix Implementation Turns 30
I had the source code to Adventure The Colossal Cave in 1981. There were already several versions floating around.
New Unix Implementation Turns 30
> Starting this Thanksgiving I am going to write a complete Unix-compatible software system called GNU (for Gnu's Not Unix), and give it away free to everyone who can use it.
>To begin with, GNU will be a kernel plus all the utilities needed to write and run C programs: editor, shell, C compiler, linker, assembler, and a few other things
He started working on it 30 years ago so it must be available somewhere. Where can I get the GNU kernel? What hardware does it run on?
Early Surface Sales Pitiful
According to loopinsight.com Apple sold over 50 million iPads in the time it took Microsoft to sell 1.7 million Surface tablets.
Tim Cook May Not Know Why, But Samsung Is Winning in China
The US and China fought against each other in Korea circa 1951.
Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features
Start time has been slow for me on OS X
Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language
Verbally abusing someone indicates a lack of verbal skills in the sense that the abuser can't express yourself properly. It also shows a lack of respect for other people.
Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees
Cooking is not an option if you can't afford to live in a place with a kitchen.
Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders
This is an excellent explanation and defense of the Fifth Amendment:
Ask Slashdot: Is GNU/Linux Malware a Real Threat?
" I install system updates almost daily"
Seems to me.that any OS requiring multiple updates per week is a fail.
Jeremy Hammond of LulzSec Pleads Guilty To Stratfor Attack
" the government claimed that there were eight other outstanding indictments against me from jurisdictions scattered throughout the country"
How can they claim this without giving the person a list?
Android Users Get Scammed With In-App Antivirus Ads
Android is better than iOS because it's open. Android is better than iOS because it has more malware.
Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Ahead of Phone Tracking ?
Put your phone in an aluminum foil pouch. (See Faraday cage) Take it out to check messages/make calls.
Supreme Court Disallows FISA Challenges
The Supreme Court that says you can't sue if you can't prove you've been spied on and and FISA says you can't find out.
LinuxFest Northwest is Coming in April (Video)
Population is over 80,000.
It''s great conference - I've driven up from Seattle a couple times. In addition to Linux talks there are talks about languages and projects people are doing on Linux. One year I went to a talk by a guy who was writing a book on early computers (EDVAC I think)
Kaspersky Says Cyber Weapons "Cleaner" Than Traditional Weapons But "Much Worse"
About twenty years ago people were writing malware mostly because they could. I was working on a well known (at the time) product and one day someone joked that we write a virus that targeted our main competitor's product. This led to a serious discussion of what could happen if a team like ours of about 25 experienced professional programmers started writing viruses. It was not a pretty picture.
We now live in this world with Stuxnet/Flame/etc. It is even scarier now than it was tthen.