top Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?
By default I get texts and emails on my watch, can set reminders and alarms and text by voice, and of course answer and dismiss calls which is surprising useful with a BT ear piece. But with some good apps like Coffee I can easily send texts, with a custom face I can see my steps and weather outside at a glance (important where I live in the winter). I hardly take out my phone a fraction as much as I used to except to type long texts or emails or occasional web browsing.
about a month and a half ago
top Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards
The body may look like a cross between a Dalek and EVE from WALL-E, but that sensor slit at the top looks totally Cylon to me. I hope it has a single sweeping red eye.
top Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found
All of your Linux servers could be auto-updating too. Our company had over 2000 Linux servers located all over the country updated in less than 24 hours of the bug being announced after we vetted the updates on our test servers.
top Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?
FoxFi has long been the defacto standard for non-root tether apps but whether it works varies by phone. But, I honestly haven't used it in ages as I always just root my phones (last 4). It was so easy to root my Moto X Dev that I have never looked back. But, even having the ability, I rarely use it. I just occasionally connect to my phone with my Android tablet, but never with a PC.
top Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film
I am also old enough, but don't you mean a Gunstar?
top Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?
Hmm, Du Hast blasting from my stereo activated by a motion sensor might just do the trick, or give me a heart attack some night.
top Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party
BASIC may not be the best programming language, far from it, but it was my first and it gave me the love of programming that lead to where I am today. I got my first TRS Color Computer 2 when I was 10 for Christmas and I will never forget typing in my first example program (and saving it on a tape) and then starting to experiment and figure out what else I could do with this wonder. From there I upgraded to a CoCo 3 and eventually QuickBASIC on a PC. With that I wrote an AI program that got me to an International Science & Engineering Fair. From there I went on to college to major in CS and learn some real languages. I have been programming in Java for some time now and am now moving into Android development. But, it all started with BASIC on my CoCo and I will always remember it fondly.
top The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary
There is a a web UI? I think gmail works great in Thunderbird via IMAP. It has full sorting and folders, everything you could ever want. The Android app is pretty good on my phone as well (although no sorting). I have never seen a web based email UI that I liked or used unless I absolutely had to.
top Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?
I don't generally stream or rent any movies. I usually buy one new Blu-Ray every 2 weeks or so. With that I get the physical media I can watch on my home theater system, and just as important to me with most movies I get an UltraViolet code. I then can enter that code and watch that movie on my phone and tablets and laptop as many times as I want with VUDU and I can easily download the full movies to these devices to watch at will. My tablet has a 32GB MicroSD that gives me a nice selection for a trip, and my laptop has a 1 TB drive that can pretty much hold as many downloaded movies as I care to, and I never have to deal with discs on the road. I am just not a renter. I would much rather pay full price to own fewer high quality movies that I can also play anywhere through VUDU than waste my money renting them for temporary use and needing a DVD drive or lots of bandwidth when I am traveling.
top Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
I am sure there are plenty of similar Grandma stories out there, but here is one from a Computer Systems Engineer who has been using Windows since 3.11. I still use my XP laptop regularly because it is the only thing that works perfectly for me for remote desktoping in to work. Our company uses a (major brand) firewall that has a few ways of connecting in via a RSA key. The first is an ActiveX based RDP client that works perfectly in Windows XP. This is what I have used for years. Well, I finally decided it was time and went to replace old faithful with a brand new top of the line laptop. I spared no expense. It has 16GB of RAM, Intel i7 processor, large SSD, a full HD touchscreen, and of course Windows 8. It boots in a flash and runs wonderfully (with Start8), until I try to get into work. The ActiveX client simply does not work. So, the alternative is a Java based RDP client. This works, but runs slower than molasses in January. There is also a wonderful new VPN client that should just allow me to run Window's own Remote Desktop client, but what? It also does not work in Windows 8. So, this leaves me with only having the Java client to run which is still just as slow on my new laptop as my old. So, therefore I keep using my old XP laptop for remote desktop. I know I can, and probably will setup a VM running XP on my new laptop, but I am still running XP so that rather defeats the point as well.
top Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?
I am still addicted to Borderlands 2 as well. I am currently stuck regrinding the Treasure Room in the Pirate's Booty expansion. I never get tired of opening all of those treasure chests and looking for new high end items.
top Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History
Firefox - Use New Private Window Chrome - Use New incognito window I also set my browsers to clear all history when I exit even when I don't use the private windows, more as a matter of house keeping than paranoia.
top Watching a FIRST Competition Robot Being Built (Video)
I helped mentor a first time high school team for the smaller FIRST Tech Challenge - FTC Block Party a couple of months ago and even that was a blast. We built a smaller 18" robot for collecting and dumping 2" bricks into baskets and doing a couple of other higher point challenges such as a flag raise and a pull up out of Lego MindStorms and Erector like Tetrix pieces. We did pretty good coming in 3rd out of 11 teams considering it was our first time ever at a robotics competition.
I hope they can eventually step up to the full size FIRST Robotics Competition at some point. We also had a guest team demonstrate their last year's Frisbee throwing robot at the event and it was pretty cool as well.
top Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business
Personally, I think there are only 2 brands left worth buying. If you run a business and want to buy a large batch of cheaper computers with good support, you go with Dell. If you are a developer or gamer and want to buy a top of the line laptop you go with ASUS. I am both and I am on my 3rd ASUS in 10 years from www.xoticpc.com and I have been perfectly happy with all of them. So, there are still good manufactures and sellers out there.
top McAfee Brand Name Will Be Replaced By Intel Security
I actually just had to uninstall McAfee Security Scan Plus which Adobe STILL tries to bundle with the install of PDF Reader and Flash Player from a relative's computer. I also noticed that Adobe also tries to bundle Norton Security Scan with Shockwave player. Interesting and obnoxious that they are trying to get you to install both competing products with the installs of their products.
top RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse
Although fictional, this is not a new idea. KITT from Knight Rider could do this back in 1982 with its Micro Jam system:
top Nvidia Unveils Its Own 7" Tegra Note Tablet
In no particular order:
Dangerous HD Galaxy on Fire 2 HD Dead on Arrival 2 Dead Trigger 2 Shadowgun HD Shadowgun: DeadZone Avengers Initiative Blood Sword: Sword of Ruin HD Ravensword: Shadowlands The Conduit HD SoulCraft Horn Asphalt 8
top How Did My Stratosphere Ever Get Shipped?
If you want a good Android phone with a physical keyboard pick up a Motorola Droid 4 if you are on Verizon or a Motorola Photon Q if you are on AT&T or Sprint. These are the best physical keyboard phones that have ever been made, and unfortunately, probably the last the way the market is looking. I still use and love my Droid 4 even though there are many newer and faster touchscreen only phones available these days.
about a year and a half ago
top Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks: Get a Visit From the Feds
I realize this is just a joke, but how about some working shell code:
wget -q -O /dev/null -U Mozilla "http://www.google.com/search?q=term1"
wget -q -O /dev/null -U Mozilla "http://www.google.com/search?q=term2" done about a year and a half ago
top Windows 8 Killing PC Sales
Although they do all include Windows, there are a lot of ASUS Zenbook Primes that mostly fit your requirements:
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