Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?
Not that I'm rating Microsoft's developers highly, but have you seen how much code out there does version checking with stupid things like osVersion.startsWith("Windows 9") ... checking for the presence of Windows 95 or Windows 98. https://searchcode.com/?q=if(v...
Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters
Picard? Is that you?
NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure
Disappointing that the Star Trek tie-in was mentioned but the link was omitted...
National Ignition Facility provides backdrop for "Star Trek: Into Darkness"
It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords
I think you meant: W0rldP4assw0rdD4y!
Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?
Not necessarily. A larger car can have bigger crumple zones. If its crumple zones are twice the size of the small car, then the acceleration that you'll experience in the collision is a lot less and so there's a greater chance everyone will survive (assuming that the relative impact speeds will be the same).
Don't let facts get in the way of a good story. :) While survivability is about equal for SUV vs SUV and car vs car impacts, studies have shown that in SUV vs car impacts the passengers of the car are 7.6 times more likely to die.
Armed with this information an autonomous vehicle trying to protect everybody should: (a) choose the impact with the least inertia for all concerned (i.e.: go for the car travelling in almost the same direction as the autonomous vehicle as opposed a car travelling in an opposite direction) and (b) for a choice of head-on impacts, prioritize impacting the car with a mass closest to its own. An autonomous vehicle biased towards protecting its own driver should target the smaller vehicle... but this will inevitably lead to "I've got the biggest autonomous vehicle" wars with people trying to protect themselves from other vehicles as we've seen happen with SUVs.
Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast
"Stop using your ISP's DNS" is not always the right answer.
If I use Google's public DNS servers it breaks content distribution networks like Akamai. For example, if I use Google Public DNS then *.phobos.apple.com addresses for iOS and OSX updates resolve to IPs inside NTT (Tokyo, Japan) and downloads are exceedingly slow (high latency, dropped packets, etc.). If I use my ISP's DNS server it just so happens they host a set of Akamai nodes and the *.phobos.apple.com addresses will resolve to IPs only 2 or 3 hops away, so downloads will saturate my SDSL connection.
Comcast should just acknowledge that they've fucked up and fix their servers.
'CandySwipe' Crushed: When Game Development Turns Nasty
Just a casual browsing of the iTunes App Store makes me wonder what the real story is. If you click on Show All Versions for each of the free/paid iPhone/iPad versions of CandySwipe they were first published in May 2012 (not even close to 2010), abandoned, then there were updates to all of them around 27/28 Jan 2014, and now there is all this debate. Was there a PC/Android version published earlier?
Australian Police Deploy 3D Crime Scene Scanner
Yeah, describing it as "handheld" is kind of misleading. The photo in TFA shows *just* the handheld part, there's a much larger piece of equipment attached via cable and worn backpack-style...
China's Jade Rabbit Fights To Come Back From the Dead
Should Jade Rabbit make a full recovery, it would cap another success for space exploration, which has seen NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, currently exploring the red planet, far outlast its expected lifespan."
Opportunity far outlived its projected 90 day operational lifetime. Jade Rabbit was supposed to go 3 months and has already gone belly-up just a month into it.
Linus Torvalds Gives 'Thumbs Up' To Nvidia For Nouveau Contributions
Not that I really want to continue with AMD under linux, but Linus should give them the middle finger too.
Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch
Or if you're me, the worst phone you could ever imagine (battery life, robustness, size, speech quality, too many button presses until i can do what i want to achieve).
I see you've never owned a Motorola RAZR then.
Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own
The scaly texture conceals small holes in the material where water is sucked in.
I think the /. editors have been sucked in.
Intel Releases 5,000 Pages of Open-Source Haswell Documentation
Put a hardware driver author in front of a documentation pack and a compiler, and tell him to write a driver, and he'll tell you to fuck off.
My how things have changed. I remember being handed register documentation for StarPort 16-, 32- and 64-port serial cards and being asked to write FOSSIL drivers for them. And I had to supply my own compiler and logic analyser.
Winamp Shutting Down On December 20
You haven't met the unholy abortion that is iTunes 11. Wish I could revert that update.
Google Bots Doing SQL Injection Attacks
Assuming you're actually serious, what happens when your page is requested with: ?id=0;%20drop%20table%20catalog;
Suddenly your query gets transformed to: select * from catalog where id=0; drop table catalog;
Stolen Adobe Passwords Were Encrypted, Not Hashed
If you only use hashing then, yes, you are open to Rainbow Table attacks because common passwords can be immediately exposed.
But hashing is not salted hashing. Best practice uses salted hashing with a unique salt for each user, thus making Rainbow Table attacks useless - you have to generate a whole new set of Rainbow Tables for each known salt which is a whole lot more work for an attacker.
Airgap-Jumping Malware May Use Ultrasonic Networking To Communicate
^^ This. You beat me to it.
Book Review: Stay Awhile and Listen
Warcraft: Orcs and Humans put real-time strategy on the map, and Diablo set the standard for action RPGs.
Bullshit. Warcraft launched in 1994, following Dune and Dune II (1992). The Dunes in turn were influenced by TechnoSoft's Herzog (1988) and Herzog Zwei (1989) on the Sega Genesis/Megadrive consoles. I'm sure there are plenty of other examples.
The Case Against Gmail
Yes, Thunderbird + Google Contacts add-on is the duck's nuts.
The Case Against Gmail
Don't tell all my iOS devices that then because they must have missed the memo. They're still using ActiveSync successfully to this very day ... and on *free* Gmail accounts.
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