An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly
But it's not just about the source... it's about the community, the support from the original authors, the available knowledge and comprehension that transcends wiki docs, as well as having a team large enough to be able to realistically continue its development in the foreseeable future. To lose these things abruptly doesn't mean that all the source code was deleted but rather that the virtual ecosystem was.
How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms
Never had to buy a TI-84, but this (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Bisha.TI89EmuDonation&hl=en) looks interesting, and is far cheaper ($3.74 CAD).
New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster
Name all desktop and mobile combinations which (a) include all contemporary desktop and mobile options, and (b) which don't include shitty desktop and mobile options.
Impossible, you say? Then your point is moot.
Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?
I grew up on Ultima IV and V, and when Ultima VII (Black Gate + Forge of Virtue) came out... well now. I'll just happily exist in this virtual world forever.
What's After Big Data?
Think Minority Report-style marketing.
UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January
...we will forget how to drive. Do you really want someone who hasn't driven in months or years to suddenly wrest control of the car during an emergency situation and expect the outcome to be better than what the computer could handle?
Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage
Let's see if it sticks...
Incidentally, it's just been mandated that Ontario's minimum wage will go up to $11 from $10.25. Nice to see the peons slowly catching up to inflation right before it takes off again.
Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn
There's nothing obligatory about xkcd
Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17
I find since having gotten rid of service from the local cable provider (die! Rogers! die!) over 3 years ago, having exactly zero channels to choose from takes comfortably out of "entertainment multiple choice", and into the realm of defining my own style of entertainment, whether from an online provider (NetFlix when they have good content, or other web providers who offer it, if it's interesting), DVD/BluRay (if I want to own it), and other sources for anything else I want to watch.
A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software
Open source released software.
Don't like the new version? Fork it yourself, and fix it yourself.
Or stop whining.
Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash
Strongly recommend reading/buying this from Kindle (for less than a dollar). It's a great and important read.
The Geekiest Game Ever Made?
Way geekier, cooler, and prettier.
Spin Glasses is just nerdly.
Google Brings AmigaOS to Chrome Via Native Client Emulation
Google fanbois don't need emulated lemmings...
Soviet Union Spent $1 Billion On "Psychotronic" Arms Race With the US
Assassin in stealth
Assailant from Hell
Impervious to damage
Computer on board
Engaged in war
Maybe not a mutant, maybe a man
Not a cyborg
Call him Psychotron
Godspeed in glide
Battle plan running
A killing machine
Just downright mean
And forever gunning
Maybe not a mutant, maybe a man
Target to destroy
Arms in employ
Full assault fire threat
You will terminate
Life systems disconnect
Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone
It's almost like they're building a network... in the sky...