top Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes
I know!! Its so simple: just land a little craft on a comet as it flies through our system! Come on people: its not rocket science!
top Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?
Which is better: vi or Emacs?
top And Now For Something Completely Different: Monty Python Reunion Planned
Don't get me wrong - I love these guys as much as anyone else. But isn't this going to be the exact opposite of "Something Completely Different"?
top The Golden Gate Barrage: New Ideas To Counter Sea Level Rise
...maybe put that brainpower into solving the actual global problem, rather than finding a bandaid solution to the local symptom....
top Facebook Home Flagship Phone, HTC First, May Be Discontinued
...the ONLY reason they have the number of users that they do is because everyone's friends are on Facebook.
People do not like Facebook. They hate the lack of security, the constant changing of format, the increasingly annoying advertising, etc, etc, etc.
One day (and I believe it will be soon), a viable alternative will appear and their collective mass of users will leave practically overnight.
No one loves Facebook. Its not cool. Its just where everyone is hanging until something better comes along.
about a year and a half ago
top $616.57 Three Strikes Verdict Cost RIANZ $250,000
Its been said that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
In New Zealand the price for file sharing is $616.57.
Seems about right...
top Schmidt, Daughter Talk About North Korea Trip
When your only tool is a hammer, all problems begin to look like nails...
top In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins
Its divine creators all the way down!
top Tenenbaum To SCOTUS: Let's Get This Debate Rolling
Can somebody please translate this summary to English.
I used the services of Google translate to change that unreadable gibberish into something much more understandable:
Provides a summary of responses to support requests, and Joel Tnanbhum ", in an attempt to court the thorny issue of damages in copyright law micropayment and MP3 files, Sony Music Entertainment, BMG Tnanbhum contrast, the U.S. Supreme Court notify".
In keeping with the spirit of Slashdot, for those interested in the technical details, I moved it from its original gibberish to Latin to Arabic to Japanese to Swahili to English.
You are most welcome.
top This American Life Retracts Episode On Apple Factories In China
top Google Asks Court Not To Enjoin ReDigi
From NYCL's site:
top Shmoocon Demo Shows Easy, Wireless Credit Card Fraud
Put her in jail for teaching others how to defraud the public!!!!
* Obvious to the credit card industry
top Symantec Admits Its Networks Were Hacked in 2006
...they were running McAfee at the time!
top What Do We Do When the Internet Mob Is Wrong?
Its Christmas Eve and I am really busy, so I only had time to skim the summary, but thats horrible that some kid got killed for his Nikes!!! Especially during this season its important we honor those killed so needlessly - even tho I am very busy, I am taking the time out to tweet in his honor, and post on Facebook my outrage at this kind of senseless violence! You all should do it too.
top Average Web Page Approaches 1MB
It remains the size of one of those animated "under construction" gifs.
top Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?
Agreed. This place has really gone downhill since Roblimo left.
Star Wars: the Old Republic Launches
Its an MMO which should last a long time.
You play for 2 years for example. You pay $60 + (23 * $15) = $405.
You think you should be paying 24 * $15 = $360.
Thats less than $2 per month over the life of the game, which could probably be made up with advance purchasing.
I don't see what you are complaining about.
top Mobile App Search: So Broken AltaVista Could Do It
+ doesn't work with google any more. The worlds gone to hell in a handcart.
top Tech Expertise Not Important In Google Managers
I didn't RTFA but if google is known for hiring some very smart, technical people, perhaps when they run into a problem, its not purely a technical issue. Probably the individual workers know their field pretty good (and are capable of simply googling for answers if they need a technical answer). I would think they need a manager for the other stuff that isn't just finding the best algorithm for a given problem.
top A Letter On Behalf of the World's PC Fixers
I think the problem is that if someone needs work on a $20,000 car, they can justify going to a "pro" and paying someone for 5 hours at $100 per. Or if they have a house worth $300,000 - then paying a plumber or electrician $1000 for a day is justifiable. But if you have a problem with your 4 year old computer that you paid $500 for, everyone knows its worth less than $100 now - how can anyone justify paying a "pro" to spend a couple of hours troubleshooting it. Its better to just go buy a new computer... unless you can con your friend "who knows about these things" to fix it for free.
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