12% of federal judges are 80+ years old
When the Constitution was ratified in 1789, the average American lived to be 40.
You might want to look up "infant mortality" and "bathtub curve" before citing completely meaningless "facts" such as this.
Hint: you have 100 people. 50 of them die before they turn 1 year old, 50 die at age 80. What age did the "average" one live to?
Bruce Schneier vs. the TSA
bet they didn't even think to talk to Teller about this.
I'm pretty sure he wouldn't say anything.
US Marshals Saved 35,000 Full Body Scans
Oppressive behavior just creates terrorists, it doesn't find or defeat them.
Perfect! That's just what the government needs to justify all this bullshit!
2010 Geek IQ Test
Can someone clear this up for me? I keep hearing the two differ. Some tell me they're a geek but not a nerd. Some the opposite. So what is what? Where can I find _the_ definition to point all others to?
Nobody writes it down. If you have to ask, you don't need to know.
Watch the movie "Wargames" (The original 1983 one.) Wait for the scene when David goes to the university to talk to Jim and Malvin, and observe the characters. Jim is a geek, and Malvin is a nerd.
Windows Phone Permanently Modifies MicroSD Cards, Warns Samsung
Try reading the Article.
Now Engadget have discovered that the Windows Phone OS makes permanent changes to a card that can prevent it from being read, written to or formatted on any other device.
Google Says 3rd Parties Would Be Liable For Java Infringement
Microsoft promises to take legal responsibiliy in the case of patent lawsuits resulting from use of their platform
What does that have to do with copyright claims?
Answer: absolutely nothing.
How Hulu, NBC, and Other Sites Block Google TV
Through contract law, just like every other contract ever written.
TSA To Make Pat-Downs More Embarrassing To Encourage Scanner Use
Come on, what real proof is there the rule change is to be more "embarrassing"?
It's utterly stupid on the face of it if you think AT ALL
Exactly - the utter absurdity that this could be in any way about security is the "real proof".
South Korean Cartoonists Cry Foul Over Edgy Simpsons Intro
That's the thing about the corporate system that many people fail to realize. It's very easy to get a corporation to change what they're doing if there's a coordinated effort by consumers to choose not to buy from a certain manufacturer until practices are changed.
That's the thing about the corporate system that corporate apologists people fail to realize. It's almost impossible to get a coordinated effort by consumers because the corporations have so more damn money than individuals, and can drown out any opposition to their pracices.
US Objects To the Kilogram
How often do you Google yourself?
I like to think the past tense of Bing is Bung.
Wouldn't it be "bang"? You know, like "shat" is the past tense of.. umm. never mind.
LSE Breaks World Record In Trade Speed With Linux
It's a great server OS, sure, but lets look at this realistically:
- the Windows / .NET trading system was based on Windows 2003 and SQL 2000, and was deployed in 2005.
- the Linux-based system is under development now, to be deployed next year.
- the Windows / .NET trading hardware has been upgraded continuously because it was unable to cope with the load.
Just based on that, you'd expect substantial performance differences from just using newer hardware.
Sure, except for the part that the both are running on new hardware.
Chances are that the original kit was certified as a part of the solution, and hasn't been replaced since.
"Chances are" - except that is 100% wrong. They had problems since day 1, which were blamed on the hardware, so they've been constantly upgrading it trying to fix the problem.
Even ignoring the hardware and the OS, one would expect 90% of the performance to be determined by the application, not the OS. Decisions like writing the software in .NET versus C or Java, or using a special-purpose Java runtime would make a huge difference, irrespective of the OS.
The old system was written with the help of MS. They were the ones that said that .NET was the best way to implement it, and they even touted this in their press releases.
On top of this, the software stack is completely different, and developed by a different team. Just about every design decision, small and large, will be different.
Of course it's completely different - that's the entire fscking point.
Linux 2.6.36 Released
That would be enabled by default in Mach. /me ducks
US Elections Dominated By Closed Source. Again.
Citation needed, from a reliable, non-biased source.
Every True Scotsman knows that any source that is reliable is alwayes biased, and vice-versa.
Steve Jobs Lashes Out At Android
I can see the source code for Android
Which (incidentally) is why it's open, and apple's offering isn't.
'Officer Bubbles' Sues YouTube Commenters Over Mockery
They are trained to take control of situations and something silly like not respecting their authority and blowing bubbles can sometimes escalate quickly into something worse.
So, a cop sees you doing something he doesn't like (say maybe dancing, or listening to music) and decides you're not "respecting his authority" - it gives him the right to come over to you and harrass you?
This cop had a choice - he could have just ignored it. The female cop that was talking to the protester has no problem, why did Officer Bubbles have to stick his nose in it?
Ontario School Bans Wi-Fi
Eat well, exercise and get regular chiropractic adjustments [...] You'll never get heart disease or cancer.
And how much of that will be due to the last, rather than the first two items?
Jesus, you sound like the adverts for sugar-laden cardboard which claim their product is "part of this healthy breakfast"..
President Obama To Appear On Mythbusters
Why is math education important in public schools?
The vast majority of students will not be mathematicians or accountants, and will not have any opportunity to reinforce the information they learn, and hence will forget it all by the time they are 20.
Why is english education important in public schools?
The vast majority of students will not be writers, and will not have any opportunity to reinforce the information they learn, and hence will forget it all by the time they are 20.
Why is history education important in public schools?
The vast majority of students will not be historians, and will not have any opportunity to reinforce the information they learn, and hence will forget it all by the time they are 20.
Why is physical education important in public schools?
The vast majority of students will not be althletes, and will not have any opportunity to reinforce the information they learn, and hence will forget it all by the time they are 20.
You can apply this argument to pretty much every school subject - so your question is really "why do we send children to school"?
Home WiFi Network Security Failings Exposed
My Wi-Fi has no password, and that's a purposeful choice.
Which doesn't mean it's not unsecured. It just means that it's unsecured on purpose.
Supposed you have a bicycle. You chain it to a lamppost. It is now secured.
Supposed you take the same bicycle and decide purposely to not chain it to anything. Just because you decided not to chain it doesn't make it magically secured. It's still unsecured, you just made the decision not to secure it.
The World's Fastest Lawnmower
(Assuming a pinto can go 96 mph)
Of course it can - make sure you have 1/2 tank of gas, and have someone whack the rear bumper with a sledgehammer. I'm sure parts of the pinto will reach 96mph. :)
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