X Window System Turns 30 Years Old
You mean back before the 20-odd years of kernel 2.6?
Also, you gotta love the Slackware package management system: "Here's a tarball. Just untar it (as root) in the root directory and hope it doesn't clobber anything you care about."
Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs
"very recent versions of Chrome"
It's been supported for around a year now on the ARM chromebooks. Which, combined with their HDMI output, makes them great Netflix boxes for on the road.
Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work
Python plus Numpy. Plus Pandas if working with large amounts of data.
Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn
And sitting in a boring classroom for hours on end enhances their ability to learn?
How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?
That's because you are looking at climate models calibrated against that data that you are comparing to. Circular logic.
If you look at the predictions from past IPCC reports, very few of their predicted temperature profiles match the later observed conditions. That is a failure of the models' predictive power. That doesn't mean there isn't warming, just that the Earth's climate is a more complex system than can be accurately simulated with modern computing hardware.
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
About their unemployment plans?
We all would love a backend update (that's what most of us do), but I think it's clear that there would be a substantial net loss of users by changing the user interface so radically. That benefits nobody (except maybe the design team).
Is Intel Selling Bay Trail Chips Below Cost?
Because all the editors that cared left long ago.
The fucked-up beta is the latest fuck-up in a long decline. OMG Ponies was more usable than beta.
UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs
"Get off your arse and walk, fatso!"
"Put down the fork, you slob!"
"You're disgusting! No one will ever love you!"
"Be sure to vote in Council elections next Tuesday!"
Silicon Brains That Think As Fast As a Fly Can Smell
That's the last thing we need: robot overlords who keep taking shortcuts. Next thing you know, they'll kill all humans and then go bankrupt from ill-advised mortgages!
PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES
I don't know good your adb-fu is is, but it's not that hard to package and sideload a console program on an unlocked device.
That said, the definition of Linux distribution is that it builds an operating system around the Linux kernel, which Android does. It just has its own peculiar user interface.
Linux Voice Passes Its Crowdfunding Target
I'm sure all eight people who still buy physical computer magazines will quite excited.
This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America
Whelp, it's official. If Bank of America thinks it's a great investment, Bitcoin is going to expand rapidly to biggest bubble anyone has ever seen, and then murder several developed economies when it bursts. Look for the Countrywide Bitcoin Exchange coming soon!
Could be worse though, they haven't come out with a Beanie Baby Bitcoin yet...
Patent Battle May Loom Over 'Copenhagen Wheel' Electric Bike
Careful...hipster-hating is the new cool thing. And slavishly doing the new cool thing...makes you a hipster.
Man, I was hating hipsters years before it was cool. These hipster-hating hipsters are ruining everything!
Chinese Chang'e-3 Lunar Rover On Its Way After Successful Launch
Actually the Apollo missions did deploy a few UV telescopes on the lunar surface. They weren't much better than Earth-orbit telescopes, and so noone has bothered since. The radar is more interesting, but probably of limited utility given the power requirements to actually penetrate deep enough to see the layered mare deposits.
Where China is decades behind the US, Europe, and Japan is that they don't really release their science products. US missions legally must release all raw and processed data after a short proprietary period (typically a year). Europe and Japan take longer, but still do usually release all their raw data. China does not, and often waits until after the mission is over before releasing even highly processed versions of the data. The lack of raw data (and opacity of how it is processed) means that it is hard to compare to other sources, and belies any claim to actual scientific motivation.
Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million
Good. If it really easy to get a patent overthrown, only patents which are strongly defensible will be granted. And then everyone (but the patent trolls) wins.
Study Suggests Link Between Dread Pirate Roberts and Satoshi Nakamoto
Regardless if there was an official link, it is probably true that Bitcoin really took off when illegal/quasi-legal enterprises like Silk Road started using them. That's not to say Silk Road created Bitcoin or that all Bitcoin commerce is illegal, just that it would never have grown to real prominence without it.
Australia Spied On Indonesian President
Dell's New Sputnik 3 Mates Touchscreen With Ubuntu
It doesn't come with Windows or OSX.
Not exactly hard to do, but still exceedingly rare for laptops in the US.
FCC App Lets Android Users Measure Mobile Broadband Speed
What precisely are you afraid of? And I'm being serious, what could the app access that you find worrying? It does grab your location, but that is trivial for any law enforcement agency these days.
If this app helps the FCC ensure that wireless companies are honest, I'm all for it.
Venezuela: Cheap Television Sets For All!
Get it now, because no one in their right might is going to import electronics into Venezuela anytime soon.
Isn't vaguely socialist dictatorship great?
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