Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'
Consumers are cheap - this is evidenced by the number of consumers who never install a new version of Windows on their computers. How will Microsoft get people to subscribe when they buy a new computer?
Buy this new laptop for only $499!*
*Plus recurring $10/moy payments for the remainder of the computer's life
Yeah, that will sell like hotcakes....
Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth
Technically, it's not "on Earth", it's "in Earth".
I prefer "of Earth"
Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'
What's wrong with Wayland
Where to begin? Let's see....
I see what you did there!
OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review
I'm still on 10.6 or 10.7, but have they fixed the following bugs yet?
- UID 1000 is invisible/hidden at boot-up log-in selection. UID 500 and 1001 are visible, but for whatever idiotic decision, UID1000 requires typing in the username instead of clicking on it. Definitely hampers the WAF in my household.
- reintegrate MIT-Kerberos. Setting this up was an unnecessary PIA
Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages
...But how are you going to DDoS heartbeat.belkin.com if your captive computers are all behind Belkin routers?
Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?
Specs that matter:
Battery life (talk time/standby time/&c.)
Yield strength (can I run over it with my car?)
Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis
What's the nautical speed velocity of an unladen seal?
Comcast Training Materials Leaked
This is way too much effort, unless you happen to enjoy yanking some chains over the phone.
Here's how you quit Comcast:
(1) Disconnect every piece of Comcast equipment in your home.
(2) Load it in a box, and put the box in your car.
(3) Drive to the nearest Comcast customer center.
(4) Dump the box on the counter and tell the rep: "I wish to terminate my service immediately."
No one will argue with you. You have completely bypassed Comcast's customer retention process by doing this. Pay the amount due on your bill, get a receipt with a complete list of the equipment you've turned in, then go home.
The process Comcast has for this involves:
1) Finding a customer center that's open when you're available
2) Returning the equipment to the counter
3) Take a ticket
4) Wait 1+hrs while other people complain about their bills
5) Get confirmation from the customer service rep that your account is in good standing and now closed
Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
The problem is the GUI. People don't like X, and Linux people have no desire to give us anything else.
I seriously doubt the premise that the common user cares about X enough to not like it. The operating system is a platform for people to run the programs they need to accomplish certain tasks. Windows will continue to be the heavyweight champion because there is so much legacy crap out there which nobody cares to port over to other platforms. It's not a matter of saying that Linux has application A which is fully compatible with application B on Windows; it's a matter of saying that a user can accomplish everything s/he needs to within a single platform. For many of the people who make the decisions in the enterprise environment, that means people can accomplish everything they do in:
and *maybe* Word
Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity
Pic of the wheel ...
The first time when I saw the wheels I was wondering why the hell they spend so much money to send up a robot to Mars and then equip that thing with such flimsy wheels
And I did post question here on /, and there were people (NASA fanbois, perhaps) defending those flimsy wheels
I wish the wheels on my daily driver would last as many years without servicing as Curiosity's have.
The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router
If you call Comcast's customer service, they can put their new routers into bridge mode. This turns off its WiFi and other unnecessary features and makes it act like their old routers.
The fact that you have to call Comcast's customer support to change between router & bridge mode is a serious PIA. I got called in to provide tech support for some people we volunteer with and was stuck waiting for over an hour to make a simple configuration change. This is after previous calls getting dropped because the call center reps couldn't manage to transfer me to the appropriate (or even wrong) departments.
MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated
Not to discredit, but to clarify TFA:
While students at MIT and Harvard do cross-register, the logistics of travel from one campus to another limit the extent to which this is practical. Online makes it possible for students to take classes from across universities more conveniently.”
We're talking two subway stops. Or they can rent a bike, which are all over the place and very well maintained: http://www.thehubway.com/stati...
Or, shorter than walking from one end of campus to the other end of several large universities....
Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode
Sheldon shows classical Autism Spectrum symptoms.
Non sequitur. The show makes fun of Sheldon because he's an asshole and a smart ass.
Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company
In order for solar+battery tech to become a viable solution, there needs to be ways to move the electricity generated by the solar panels to batteries you want to use. I.e. co-locate the two (e.g. panels & cars at home; panels & cars at work) or network them together (e.g. panels at home, cars at work.) The first scenario isn't very likely considering the sun generally shines when people are at work and the concentration of vehicles at work will overshadow the electricity generated by panels at an office building. The second scenario begs the question "who maintains the grid." In the US, this is the power companies, who could presumably adjust their business models and charge network access fees instead of production fees.
Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk
Here I was, reading the headline as:
Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NSA Files At Risk
Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate
You mean where they've been at the highest point in a decade....
A decade is an awfully small sample size for resources which can have replenishment schedules measured in centuries:
Natural refilling of deep aquifers is a slow process because groundwater moves slowly through the unsaturated zone and the aquifer. The rate of recharge is also an important consideration. It has been estimated, for example, that if the aquifer that underlies the High Plains of Texas and New Mexico—an area of slight precipitation—was emptied, it would take centuries to refill the aquifer at the present small rate of replenishment. In contrast, a shallow aquifer in an area of substantial precipitation such as those in the coastal plain in south Georgia, USA, may be replenished almost immediately.
Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park
I look at it this way: I can pay $100+ a month to watch cable TV with commercials or I can pay $9 for Netflix, $8 for Hulu Plus, and nothing for my TV antenna for local shows. Yes, the ads on Hulu Plus are annoying, repetitive, and can't be skipped. But, I grew up in the 70s and 80s and have developed the skills to cope with ads and the lack of time shifting for local news. Millennial's milage may vary...
The problem is, how much of that $100 is your internet bill? Adding the TV channels to my Comcast bill added ~$30/mo to my bill, and that included all of the sports channels we would use (e.g. ESPN family, B1G, Tennis Channel, &c.) as well as HBO. Granted, we used a cablecard w/ an HDHR unit to avoid another $20-$30/mo and the headache of using their DVR (why the hell can't it output the video in a fixed format instead of switching between 480P/720P/1080i when channel surfing???), but spending $30/mo for TV at home was much cheaper than going to the bars to watch the same games.
Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year
Whoops, wrong tab. More relevant to http://yro.slashdot.org/story/...
Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year
Sure, people will bitch and moan. Why doesn't the city just apply an exorbitant tax to all sugary drinks, regardless of size?
Google To Close Its American Moto X Factory
I pay $194/month as a retiree for former-employer-subsidized healthcare....
Want to really help the American people? Pass the Fair Tax, which would put everyone back to work and they could then buy their own healthcare without the gov't getting involved in paying for it.
The "Fair Tax" sounds an awfully lot more fair when you're not spending 90% of your salary just to get by.