top Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will
How do you feel about the current popularity of beards, and what can I do to make sure my own beard style is not incorporated into a proprietary system?
top FFmpeg's VP9 Decoder Faster Than Google's
Stop pulling examples out of your ass.
top Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?
I think you meant that both sync devices need to be on at the same time IF you want the sync to be immediate. Otherwise, BTSync will happily sync at the point where the missing device come online.
top The "Triple Package" Explains Why Some Cultural Groups Are More Successful
Would you rather be successful and miserable, or a happy failure?
I'm told that Hawaii, for example, has an odd vibe where a lot of people lead frugal lives with clapped out cars and McJobs, but they're there because it's a wonderful place to live. Do they deserve contempt for their lack of ambition? Praise for their ability to value the things that really matter? Respect despite having chosen a path we might not choose for ourselves?
about a month and a half ago
top OpenBSD Looking At Funding Shortfall In 2014
Each of you who clicks this link is only increasing their electricity bills!
top Japan To Create a Nuclear Meltdown
They need to make sure they do this somewhere where if it all goes wrong, nothing of value is lost, like maybe Croydon.
top The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class
> Those on low wages get generous benefits
Tune in to "Benefits Street" on Channel 4 to see what it's like on benefits.
If that's the kind of life generous benefits get you, I'll stick to working.
top Hawaii Desktop Stable Released, Powered By Qt 5.2 & Wayland
I guess when he rated the desktops it was a tie.
top Apple Announces iPad Air
It'll be free to get people like me who're still on older versions of the OS to upgrade, so they have fewer versions to support. I expect soon they'll announce no more support for Snow Leopard et al.
top Snowden Says He Took No Secret Files To Russia
"[...] a scribbled note with the password" was what the intelligence agencies reported. Greenwald denied it (on Newsnight the other day).
top David Cameron Wants the
Guardian Investigated Over Snowden Files
The double standard implied is that the Guardian deemed one way of obtaining data unacceptable (hacking into people's voicemail) but not another (downloading your employer's data onto USB sticks and then giving it away).
I would argue the public interest defence. If someone came to me and said, "on that voicemail is X's confession to the abduction and murder, even though he denies it in public", hacking it could be in the public interest, whereas fishing voicemail for gossip is not.
Similarly if Edward Snowden came to me and said, "on this USB stick is proof of illegal and pervasive surveillance by governments, which I've nicked", I'd at least look at it to establish whether there was a public interest case.
top US Now Produces More Oil and Gas Than Russia and Saudi Arabia
I wonder what this means for geopolitics... will the US continue to support the Saudis etc?
OTOH I expect we'll just see Jevons Paradox in action, which would mean we still need the Saudis.
top Snowden Shortlisted For Europe's Top Human Rights Award
Maybe he meant "uncontrolled dump"?
top OpenZFS Project Launches, Uniting ZFS Developers
(You seem to write well so you'll probably appreciate being reminded it's "garner" not "garnish")
top Intel Shows 14nm Broadwell Consuming 30% Less Power Than 22nm Haswell
Maybe there are power savings to be had in further reducing the randomness of rdrand?
top Are the NIST Standard Elliptic Curves Back-doored?
As well as reviewing the standards themselves, I hope someone is reviewing the processes which allowed these weaknesses to get into the standards.
top New System Propels Satellites Without Propellants
"While this might seem like the height of recklessness, this particular system doesn't use rockets or propellants"
... just magnetic fields, so that's ok then, good think there's no electronic equipment up there or anything!
(I'm sure they know what they're doing, it's just that the summary seemed retarded.)
top Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed
I've generally loved Apple's hardware design, but I've never been convinced they had beautiful, consistent UIs since the transition to OS X. For example, they went brushed metal for iTunes, for no apparent reason. This started long before Jobs croaked.
top Could Humanity Really Build 'Elysium'?
That's how I felt when I saw the Matrix, and I'm not even really a sci-fi guy. But I bet even Neuromancer isn't the first occurrence of this idea (if that's what you were implying), someone at the time will have said, "how is this new? It's just Jules Verne / H G Wells / X all over again" or something.
For many people it'll be the first time they've considered the possibility, or perhaps they just enjoy a chance to consider it again with others.
top LulzSec's Raynaldo Rivera, a.k.a. 'neuron,' Gets One-Year Prison Term
$600,000 is basically a sentence to a life of slavery isn't it? I don't know how much he could reasonably expect to pay back in a year; presumably even less than otherwise given a criminal record. $5K? $10K? But I suppose if that's the assessment of the damage he caused, how he's going to pay it back is immaterial.
How do these kinds of damages even work? No one's going to loan him that kind of money, so presumably the damaged party is going to have to collect over a period of decades?
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