Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year
on many sites you'll be met with messages such as: We've noticed that you have an Ad Blocker, as we're depending on advertisement revenue to provide you with free services - we will kindly ask you to turn your Ad Blocker off and reload the page to see your content.
If they don't want me to see their content, I'm happy to oblige. On the other hand, if I know the site's content is worth it and the ads aren't too obtrusive, I might turn it off.
Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead
audible chirps, clicks, etc to scare the birds away?
You would think catching them on fire would be a good enough deterrent.
Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft
Meanwhile, where are the list of 'problems' ? Can't find any ?
From an ARS article:
"The first is the issue of compatibility; users in the rest of Germany that use other (Microsoft) software have had trouble with the files generated by Munich's open source applications. The second is price, with Schmid saying that the city now has the impression that "Linux is very expensive" due to custom programming."
AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ
At least Amazon has a track record of making decent hardware. The existing Kindle products are pretty nice.
OCZ has a track record of making terrible SSDs.
AMD are giving these a 4 yr warranty, which means they must have some faith in them.
World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second
420*500*16 bit pixel depth*4.4 trillion frames per second = 1,800 TB/sec. raw, obvously, because i don't know if anything can compress that fast. my ssd can do 500 MB / sec. Is that close?
So, how much storage are we going to need for the next Hobbit movie?
With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal
Due the fact that the panama canal is now too small for modern tankers, something like this needs to be done. If only the US would step up and do things like this.. it's in our best interest! Monroe Doctrine!
The Panamanians are well underway to expanding and widening the current canal.
Ah, Comcast, where the 'Q' stands for quality! We're not happy 'til you're not happy.
Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive
they already bought the Music CD so the owner of these CD ripping automobiles are not stealing the music, and they are not capable of sharing those ripped CDs on the internet, it is just making it easier and safer for the driver because they can pay more attention to driving and not fumbling around with a CD collection while driving
No, you're not thinking about this the right way! Clearly people are buying these cars and then selling them pre-loaded with the music on them. The music is clearly worth more than the cars, so it's all a clever infringement scheme. /s
Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate
That is what happens when you suck too much water out of an aquifer. When the underground maze of tunnels is filled with water the land above is stable
No, aquifers are not holes in the ground. They are simply layers of porous rock/sand/gravel that allow water to flow through them.
Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java
It says it supports 3d blu-ray and menus... though I don't see where you would insert the discs (hopefully it's not just for rips)
On the site it says:
The box plays Blu-ray and DVD content as ISO files and movie folders, and also plays nearly all standard format videos.
So it looks like it's rips only.
Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims
I'm bandwidth-constrained. I'd prefer Windows didn't suck up bytes when I didn't ask it to. Is that so hard?
It's pretty easy to turn it off.
NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure
Again, why does this matter?
Because, technically correct is the best kind of correct!
Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh
Right, so this is the infamous mac os 7 era right? Powermacs? Where motorola code was emulated to work on PPC? Apple being led by non-jobs? When Macs didnt just needed a restart every 24 hours (like windows did) but would outright ruin there system install every other week?
That was the most shitty Apple period ever.
Yeah, I supported macs for an ISP back in the day. Saw many sad mac icons.
I typically start my workday ...
I show up at 8:00AM, so right between the 'Between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.' and 'Between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.' options.
New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure
No. Rooting will allow you to remove unwanted apps that are locked on by the manufacture or carrier, as well as give you access to the entire file system.
Using an alternate rom (ie cyanogenmod) will allow you to use different android versions, with different (or no add on) UI. These are things like touchwiz or HTC Sense. The permisions system for apps remains the same. Also, cyanogenmod and other ROMS may not support all your hardware or be stable (but then again some carrier builds are not that great either).
There are programs that when rooted will allow you to block access of apps to certain subsystems, giving finer grained control, but it is not automatic, you have to go in and do it yourself, and that is regardless of the ROM/android version.
Once you are rooted, on any ROM, you can install XPrivacy or PDroid to completely control application access to your data.
Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs
I'm not so sure it's even that stealthy.
Crucial Launches MX100 SSD At Well Under 50 Cents Per GiB
If you count to ten on your fingers are you working in unary or decimal?
Both the 1620 and the 1301 worked in decimal, store was available in 10's, 100's or 1000's of words.
Anyway, if insist on claiming that those decimal machines were "really" binary.
What about ternary machines? Where each "bit" position could have one of three values. E.G. Setun.
I'd argue that fingers are actually binary as well: two states, either counted (1) or not (0).
I never heard of the ternary computer before, that's interesting!
Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport
I can't remember the last time I was in an airport that didn't have free WiFi. But then I don't travel in the USA much.
This is my experience as well. I've travelled a lot internationally, and have had free WiFi everywhere. The last time I went through the US, I went through Dulles airport, and I think there was free WiFi there.
Crucial Launches MX100 SSD At Well Under 50 Cents Per GiB
I think those use binary coded decimal like the 6502/6510, which means it's still binary.
The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say
Just common sense. You don't write anything in an email that could be used as evidence against the company in a court case. Everything you write can and will be used against the company in a court case, no matter how much it has to be taken out of context. Much easier to just avoid some words.
If you know that writing "the car has a defect" can cost the company millions, while writing "the car has a condition" has the same meaning, and your fellow engineers know it has the same meaning, why would you want to write "the car has a defect"?
You know what would make more sense? How about resolving the "defect" or "condition" before shipping the product. If it's fixed, no one's getting sued.