Denmark Now Supports EU Copyright Term Extension
So lets just all copywrite and trademark everything until we end up using Orewellian "Double plus good" because "awesome" has been copywrited until the end of time.
Using Prime Numbers to Generate Backgrounds
While it is isn't correct, I do recall being told in school that one is a prime because it is only divisble by itself.
Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?
IMHO, part of the problem is that professors are often economically and professionally invested in their pet theories. They derive grant money, consulting, and professional status from being an authorative expert on whatever it is. And authorative experts are "right".
It is taboo for a student or anyone who cannot match the peeing contest of academic credentials to question them. Even then, it often starts bitter battles that last entire lifetimes. Battles which have been known to fly in the face of logical, rational thought and mounds of evidence to the contrary. Why? Because someone has an absolute need to be "right".
During my academic career, I have often run into a great deal of trouble because I do question nearly everything. I don't care if it is printed in the text book. The book is often wrong and I have, in class, on more than one occasion been able to prove it. And in at least one case, the professor had written the text book :/
Ask Slashdot: Would You Take a Pay Cut To Telecommute?
I'm also guessing that anyone who leaves a child to "free range" won't object when you're spending your retirement money to bail him out of jail in about 10 years......
Just more lame parents who think plugging their kid in to a an electronic device or turning them out for everyone else to deal with is a fine idea.
And people wonder why I despise OPC (Other People's Children). It should be legal to slap the parents when the kids are being a brat in public.
Examples from my recent experience - While out having dinner a nice restaurant, I am assaulted by a child who is about 8 years old and who is busily clearing his parent's table by throwing everything from food to the condiment containers - mostly in my direction. When the salt shaker lands in my plate of food, I ask them to have him stop. Do they say anything to the child? Oh no! Instead, I get some crap about how he's expressing himself. I tell the father that if he doesn't want me to "express myself" he needs to get his ugly squealing brat under control because I'm pay just as much to eat there as he is. While I am dealing with the parents, the little miscreat has left her parent's table and moved to my table where she is now eating off my plate. At this point, the parents have the nerve to tell me "Oh, look she LIKES you." My response was, "Good, because you just bought my dinner. The veal and lobster really are quite good here."
While waiting in the ticket line at the movie theater, a couple and their children walk up behind me. They have two boys who are playing with yo-yos. Now that doesn't sound bad until I tell you that their "idea" of playing with the yo-yo's is to try to clock each other in the head with them. All the thrashing around, shoving, and fighting results in me be whacked with the yo-yo's. When I ask the boys to please stop because they're not just hitting each other, the mother starts screaming at me that I can't tell her children what to do. At that point, I tell her that she can either make it stop or the yo-yo's are going to end up in a very uncomfortable spot for her.
At a completely different movie theater and parents bring a toddler - barely walking - to Grindhouse. The poor child was so frightened she screamed though the entire movie and was still screaming as her parents sedately waddled back out to their car. OMFG! Who takes a child to Grindhouse????
Salt Lake City To Launch Mobile Payment System
So if I write something sufficiently sophisticated, I can bill everyone I walk past for a few cents.... NIIIICE!!!
Software Firm Looking To Hire Naked Coders
I You don't have to be worried about a naked man pulling a gun on you.
If he does... be afraid... very afraid....
Software Firm Looking To Hire Naked Coders
OMG! I work with coders.... and I DO NOT want to see any of them naked... EVER... *looks for brain bleach*
Microsoft, Yahoo Finalize Search Agreement
In a world where 20 seconds can mean keeping or loosing a customer, a decade is veritable eternity. And I agree with you wholeheartedly about Yahoo/MSFT and it being more about mail and other services. However, I see this as the one combination that is likely to give Google a run for its money. Google, IMHO, is a far greater evil than even the Borg collective. The Borg Collective is watched and monitored and known to be evil. Google purports to "do no evil" all the while your privacy is a vanishing memory. And who are they whoring all this data out to? We don't know. At least with the credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion, etc.) you can find out. What happens to it after it gets shared? We don't know. What all is in there? We don't know.
Google Visual Search Coming Soon to Android
And Google gets yet another stream of data on you. What products you're looking at... Comparison shopping by UPC... People are flat out willing ot sell their soul for a "free" service
How Does the New Google DNS Perform? (and Why?)
A couple of years ago I wrote a blog entry entitled "Google - The New Mark of the Beast" and was fluffled off as an alarmist. Now the truth about Google is slowly seeping out. For those of you who don't do data mining, you just don't realize how sophisticated its become. Google doesn't do anything unless it gets them another stream of data on their user base.
Gmail - your email - subject -content - to and from
Google Chat - content and other people
Google Latitude - your physical location and cell #
Google Voice - your phone number (which can be trivially tied to real identity including your address) as well as the content from your phone calls and messages
Google Docs - Your documents, power points, and spreadsheets
Google Chrome & Toolbar - Your browsing History
Google Search - if you're logged in this gets stored if not, it can still be tied back to you via IP address
With Google DNS, they can see what you're requesting even if you're not one of their users and they can start to build a profile on you even if you haven't signed up.
Microsoft Downplays IIS Bug Threat
Prolly is the default... Failure is not an option... it comes bundled with Windows. And the best fix for Windows... installing Ubuntu.
Freshman Representative Opposes "TSA Porn"
Every time I've seen them scanning osmeone its a hot chick with big boobs.... And all the guys are over looking at the screen... It's never Nanna or Billy Ray with his beer gut....
Unmasking Blog Commenters Not a Huge Threat To Freedom
My personal feelings agree with you. However, I find this to be incredibly valuable as this is an area that I deal in quite a bit. A friend of mine runs a quite popular local web site that I write for as a reporter. Many of the artciles deal with political corruption; negligence, malfeasance, or just outright stupidity of elected officials; and now we're going after the school board for just plain being tards.
It's quite useful for us to have the ability to harvest comments off our news blog for further investgation. However, I'm going to put up a disclaimer and point people to a web form that will email me. Set up CAPTCA so that the bots don't drive me insane and we should all be good.
Aspiring Massachusetts Teachers Fail In Math
OMFG!!! They were *supposed* to have learned this stuff in ELEMENTARY SCHOOL...... How is that a failing of the teacher prep? It sounds like a failing of the public education system.
Tiered Data Plans Coming To the iPhone?
I have all you can use data and it's not on an iPhone and I actually pay less than some of the iPhone users I know with their iPlans. I have unlimited data, unlimited text messaging, and unlimited minutes. I get that for $99.00 a month from my current carrier. Yes, there is an iPlan for that amount but you have to pay extra for unlimited text messages (another $20/month) whereas mine is included. And the voice dialing is extra ($5/month) whereas mine is also included.
Since more than one carrier is offering such a plan, that tells me that they *have* to be making money at it.
I would think that they'd be trying to rope in more users, particularly older users that don't burn a lot of minutes.
Front End Drupal
The biggest issue is that many of the CMS developers lay the page out for you. They hard code all of these little boxes. This one goes here at the top left. Under that is a banner.
It's *not* up to the designer to decide what goes where or even if its appropriate for the site to have even a given little box. All the designer can do with it is to try to "deal with it".
Worse yet, to move them around or remove them becomes a hideously painful exercise in hacking someone else's code base.
What OS and Software For a Mobile Documentary Crew?
It's not even that.... Most of the editing software is only going to run on either Mac or Windows. Depending on what your guys are used to using, they will need a platform that can support the way that they are used to working.
Given my choice, I'd prefer OSX. It's been absolutely seamless with every camera I've ever plugged into it. The OS comes with iDVD, which is hard to beat unless you do start getting into professional software. It also comes with Garage Band, which is good for all kinds of audio editing, not just music.
MS Word 2010 Takes On TeX
And Microsoft basically gives us Office. My personal copy is $6.
Gene Transfer Immunizes Against Monkey HIV Analog
We already have diseases like Scarlet Fever that cause the body to attack itself. In the case of Scarlet Fever, a strep infection (like strep throat) causes the body to attack the the valves in the heart because the protien in the valves is similar to the one on the bacteria.
Now you want to start bonding things to stuff and seeing what you can get it to attack... Why am I seeing cancer, kidney, and liver problems in the futures of patients treated with this stuff??
A History of 3D Cards From Voodoo To GeForce
I remember when we were big time because we had color. No movement... just more colors than amber or green. Whooo Hoooo! We were the shizzle!!! Especially with our 9600 baud modems!
Then we got movement too, not just pretty words on the BBS, because, yeah, that was before the "real" internet happened.
I'm working a new piece of fiction. Feel free to drop by and tell me what you think.
With the new year I have made a new committment to my
blog , to my fiction, and finally learning C++.
Hopefully 2006 will be a better year for everyone than 2005 has been.
I've been working on some fiction as part of a game mod I'll be releasing later. If any of you slashdotters are NWN fans, bop over and take a look. Feedback is always appreciated.