Why Run Linux On Macs?
So I can dual boot two actually useful operating systems.
Mac OS X for video editing, Linux for development - and nearly everything else, really.
How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?
We are already 'engineering the climate' - we're just doing it randomly and without plan.
If the price of oil goes down and everybody starts burning more of it, we're engineering the climate with more CO2.
If we chop down hundreds of square miles of amazon rain forest and replace it with cattle ranches we're engineering the climate with more methane.
If we want to start engineering the climate in a more directed manner, we MUST control these activities as well. Trying to control some of the strings while others are being yanked in a haphazard manner is not a practical approach.
The Kyoto Protocol has many critics - and with reason. It is clumsy, largely ineffectual and tainted by accusations of corruption. But real practical climate engineering will only be achieved by some sort international cooperation along these lines.
Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing
.. And this seems to be news every few months.
What is your computer most often plugged into?
Every laptop has one built in.
Birds Found Using Human Musical Scales For the First Time
Harmony in music is based almost directly on the simplicity of the ratio of the frequencies of notes in a chord.
Octave = 1/2
Fifth = 2/3
Fourth = 3/4
Major Third = 4/5
Minor Third = 5/6
and so on.
Their are certain cultural anomalies; For example our our preference for three notes in a simple chord (first, third and fifth) means that fourths are generally considered slightly more disharmonious that thirds, due to their relationship to the third and the fifth.
Also the intervals in most instruments are fudged slightly to make the work in any key. This practice started with Bach I believe.
The point, of course, is that it is not that surprising that harmony is more universal that human culture. The mathematics that underlies harmony is more universal than human culture.
Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'
The analogy actually fails because the original poster didn't RTFA. Or even the Slashdot summary in this case.
The cheesburger only has one contract. (The implicit one in the purchase.) Microsoft requires the purchaser of a PC to agree to a second contract with them AFTER the sale was completed and the goods received from a distinct vendor. (The shop that sold you the computer.)
NASA Asks Boeing, SpaceX To Stop Work On Next-Gen Space Taxi
These private companies are being restricted from their work by a court order. Thats an example of regulation, nothing to do with, "the invisible hand of the free market".
Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?
Can you cite any events or references at all to back up that incredibly vague statement?
This could be said of all the whole of Europe, the Near East and North Africa. There were two world wars just in the previous century.
According the Smithsonian The region had existed as 3 separate stable vilayets within the Ottoman empire for nearly 400 years. I'm not sure where you're getting your history from.
Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution
I see so many posts here using IQ and intelligence as if they were interchangeable synonyms. They are not.
IQ tests have no basis in science. IQ tests have never been benchmarked against anything except earlier IQ tests.
IQ tests cannot be proven to exclude cultural bias.
IQ tests cannot be said to measure intelligence in any precise way, unless you define intelligence as the ability to do IQ tests.
If you demonstrate that different races perform differently in IQ tests, you haven't proven anything about race and intelligence. You have only proven something about race an IQ tests.
The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry
... one in every four women actually will be raped in their life ...
Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman
... The industry needs fewer people like you, and more young girls.
Are you sure it's not just you that needs more young girls bud?
Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River
And this is news for nerds how?
Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E
As does this Mazda 2 prototype with 0.33 litre rotary engine. http://www.autonews.com/articl...
Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts
I wonder, was that sample of people take from a single city/state/country whatever?
Generalising this to a study of, "People" might be more than a little misleading...
The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers
The title (of both the slashdot post and the original article) is misleading.
The article cites one Eugene Spatford who observes that, "software makers churn out products riddled with vulnerabilities." That's not the security industry's fault.
He goes on to tell us that law enforcement is inadequately equipped and that criminals protect themselves by bribing government officials. That's not the security industry's fault either.
Of the tools the security industry does use regularly he says that, "We’re using all these tools on a regular basis because the underlying software isn’t trustworthy." Again that's not the security industry at fault.
And the solution?
"... an investment in computer programming education and a major move by software manufacturers to embed software security concepts early into the development process."
Sounds reasonable to me. Also sounds like a task for the software development community generally, NOT just those specialising in security.
Perl Is Undead
... it's just the way people use it.
Perl was designed as a powerful, flexible, loosely typed scripting language for munging text files and streams, and that's exactly what it is.
It's great for those scripts that you write for a particular task and never use again after the few days it was necessary. It's also good for writing glue code on occasion, to tie the inputs and outputs of other applications together, and when shell scripting just won't quite cut it.
The trouble was that it was such a useful scripting language people started writing applications in it. Then they had to jump on the object-oriented bandwagon, which was done clumsily. Sort of like gluing a dog to your horse so it can fetch. And yes, it can be difficult to read, but it doesn't have to be.
Use Perl for the tasks it was originally designed for. If you're going to write real applications, use a more appropriate language. Don't kick your dog because he can't sing.
Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid
What's surprising is that the same people who look down their noses at Wikipedia probably believe that the Encyclopedia Britannica was an accurate source of unbiased information.
There have been serious studies of the reliability of wikipedia as a reference compared with the Encyclopedia Britannica at least.
Although I am aware of irony of Wikipedia as a reference for the reliability of Wikipedia...
Man Arrested For Parodying Mayor On Twitter Files Civil Rights Lawsuit
Interesting. Illinois police certainly do have a repuation. I'm not actually from the U.S.A. but nevertheless Amnesty International sends me emails about petitions such as this one about the Chicago police .
Sorry if that looks like a shameless plug for Amnesty International (well I guess it is) but WTH, they do good work.
Turing Test Passed
The bar itself is illusory. Intelligence is not a discrete quantized quality, and certainly not binary in nature. It's a continuum. There won't be a point in time where "real" artificial intelligence is created.
One day we will stop arguing whether true artificial intelligence can be created and start arguing about when it happened.
Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"
Nor has he shown that books are not fungible. He has only shown that books are not necessarily fungible between titles. (Of course even that is debatable, as it depends on the personal sensibilities of the consumer.) Two copies of the same book are clearly fungible. This is implicit in the fact that Amazon sells "the same book" to two different people in two separate transactions. Presumably the two readers don't care which book rolled off the press first.
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