top How English Beat German As the Language of Science
Except that Latin is only the "root language" for Romance languages and, last I checked, English is not one of those. Yes, we've borrowed a great deal of Latin words and created our own imaginary Latinate forms, but this is not something that other languages, such as German, couldn't do either.
about a month and a half ago
top FBI Plans To Open Up Malware Analysis Tool To Outside Researchers
The FBI will soon be releasing a link to Jotti.
top Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running
This should be illegal.
top Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?
Not sure what you should do about local backups, but I think you should consider off-site storage in additional to whatever local backup plan you come up with. If you trust cloud services (or the videos are not too sensitive), you can sign up for something like CrashPlan which offers unlimited backup to the cloud. It is a pain transferring that much data back and forth from the internet, but the idea here would be that the cloud backup is your "last resort" in case something happened locally.
Enough with backups. Now for the fun part: set up a Plex server and have it catalog your videos. Then, stream them to any device that you own. Instant enjoyment and easy of access for all those old videos.
top Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet
Oh yes, I am familiar with this iptables malware. I once had a machine running using ipchains, but iptables somehow made its way on to my machine and pretty much just killed ipchains functionality. I could not get it working again no matter how hard I tried. In case it modified my kernel, I even downloaded the latest from kernel.org (2.4.x) and compiled a new one, but to no avail.
I gave up and went to Windows.
top Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?
It's free and pretty powerful.
top Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again
Yeah except HIV is not communicable via saliva, sorry.
top CMU System Lets You Get To the Good Parts of Video, Fast
It'd be nice to have this for watching movies and TV shows. There's only probably 15 minutes worth of good content in any given TV episode, and maybe 30 minutes in a movie!
top Xanadu Software Released After 54 Years In the Making
Slashdotted!? We must make note of this-- a page hasn't been Slashdotted in almost a decade!
top GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch
Faulty firmware? Are you referring to the brake debacle a few years ago?
I think it's been pretty well established by know that it was all media attention driving that and Toyota really didn't have anything wrong with its vehicles.
top Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick
Per the internets, the curving is done in movie theatres to help avoid the pincushion effect from the projector. Since we are talking about TVs and not projectors, the pincushion effect is irrelevant.
Curved television displays aren't "largely" a gimmick-- they're just a gimmick.
top Iranian Hacker Group Created Fake News Organization For Social Engineering
Yeah no proof Iran had anything to do with it... except when you look at the WHOIS information for that domain.
top Massive Botnet "Indestructible," Say Researchers
I, for one, welcome our new indestructible botnet overlords.
top Hacker Group LulzSec Challenges FBI
I'm guessing those accounts for which there is no provided passwords were those with 'strong passwords' that did not fall to a dictionary/brute force attack. Good for them! And that just shows that having a strong password is a good idea.
top Chapel Hill Computational Linguists Crack Skype Calls
top Robots Successfully Invent Their Own Language
I wonder how long until a prescriptivist control-freak robot develops to rule over the language and erase all usage that it disagrees with.
top Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile
This sounds very, very bad.
top Former Senator Wants to Mine The Moon
but what's with the title of this story?
"Former Senator Wants to Mine the Moon"
Wouldn't it be more informative and important to mention, in the title, that he is one of the few people to actually walk on the moon?
"Apollo Moonwalker Believes We Should Mine Moon"
Or, if you really want that Senator in there...
"Former Senator, having walked on the moon, now wants to mine it"
top AMD Launches Fastest Phenom Yet, Phenom II X4 980
That's not too bad actually-- but why have a number that stands in for the clock speed instead of just having the clock speed itself? It makes comparing CPUs of different brands difficult because there is absolutely no correlation when it comes to the "stand-in" number.
At least when things were always done in mhz, it was relatively easy to "approximate" how fast two chips were compared to one another within the same family line or even amongst different manufacturers, provided you were at least somewhat familiar with the performance of the product lines in question.
Are the stand-in numbers of today just some fancy marketing gimmick or do they really have some deep-down meaning? I guess in the end it doesn't matter too as long as there are hardware review site to point people in the right direction. Still though, not having to look up everything all the time feels a bit nice.
top AMD Launches Fastest Phenom Yet, Phenom II X4 980
I agree-- the numbering and naming schemes in use nowadays are ridiculous and sometimes hard to decipher. In fact, ever since they stopped posting the clockspeed next to the processor it's been confusing.
It's too bad we can't revert back to the old usage where it's just the processor name + clockspeed... with the addition of how many cores. Yes, it was never a perfect system (not all makes of processor have equal performance at a given frequency), but it sure as hell was better than how they do it now.
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