How long ago did you last assemble a computer?
I never built or assembled a computer, but around 1977 I did build a computer peripheral - a video display driver with a whopping 786 kbits of memory - shift register, not RAM. An instrument controller was also part of it. Lots of toggle switches, thumbwheels, and blinking lights. Sonalert to signal state changes. It even came with a remote. Lots of mandatory soldering and wirewrapping. Custom manufactured crystal for the master oscillator. The blinking lights were the most impressive feature. The day that the banks of blinking lights were eliminated from computers is the day I stopped trusting them. Still don't.
My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...
I have a mix of CFL, halogen, and old-fashioned filament bulbs. The halogen is the shortest-lived, by far. The CFL has been doing fine for years. Interestingly, the filaments bulbs, by and large, are also doing fine after many years. The average age is well over 3 years (the longest interval in the poll) even for bulbs that get used every day.
NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen
In my area, our records predate the NOAA. We had the coldest season ever for Dec-March. We had snow in April. We had freezing precip. in May. June has been pretty nice, but we are about to head below normal once again. For anyone who has the idea that we need to cool the Earth back down, just go away.
Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots
Slashdot gives me the option to disable ads, but for the longest time I didn't bother, because - heck - it's what pays the bills, plus I even bought something once through one of its ads.
Then the obnoxious oversized ads and overlayed popups started appearing, and suddenly disabling ads became the only way to even see the site content.
Now, even with ads "disabled", I still get ads. Nice job Slashdot.
America 'Has Become a War Zone'
How much extra per month do I get?
Driver Study: People Want Fewer Embedded Apps, Just Essentials That Work Easily
I recently had a Ford Fusion as a rental. It was a hybrid, which I had never driven before, and it took most of a day of trial and error to figure out which combination of this-and-that you need to do to even start the thing. It had the Microsoft In Sync system, which I never figured it out. In fact, I couldn't even figure out how to turn off the radio - could only turn down the volume. On the plus side, it did perform quite well as a car (that driving thing).
Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?
The BOD must think it is comparable to selling lists of phone numbers to telemarketers, but the internet doesn't work that way. The total college student population in the US is of order 20 million - how are they going to get companies to pay attention to a diddly-squat ISP that wants to control access to 35,000 - 0.2% of the potential market?
The Major Theoretical Blunders That Held Back Progress In Modern Astronomy
The evidence was accumulating even before General Relativity was published and was largely in place by 1923 - all of Slipher's galaxy velocities (41 total), which were published in Eddington's book on GR. The predominance of positive velocities (i.e., redshifts) was well known. Had Einstein properly appreciated Friedmann's work in 1922 and at least made others aware of it, it is likely that the connection between a model of an expanding universe and the positive velocities would have been made around that time.
The Major Theoretical Blunders That Held Back Progress In Modern Astronomy
After creating the theory of General Relativity, Einstein came up with the first cosmological model - one that was static. This was 1916. De Sitter came up with an alternative, but also seemingly static, model in 1917. (De Sitter called them Models A and B). Later, Friedmann (1922, 1924) and Lemaitre (1927) came up with models of expanding universes, but Einstein judged both of them to be bad physics, even going so far as to writing a paper claiming that Friedmann's calculations were in error (a claim he later retracted.) Einstein's influence was so great that these models lay buried until 1930. Einstein wanted the universe to be static (and closed) so he could preserve his beloved Mach's principle. In the end it was a combination of Eddington, de Sitter, Hubble, and Lemaitre who broke the logjam.
It is also tempting to criticize Einstein for the introduction of the "cosmological constant", but since today it is considered to be one possible form of Dark Energy (the Lambda-CDM model), in this instance he gets a pass.
Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox
The fact that I actually agree with the FSF's position is irrelevant. Why is it that, the only time the FSF gets into the news, it is when the organization is spouting "Negative Waves"? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
Need Mo' Positiv Waves.
Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014
Today someone told me about how he once wasn't allowed to disturb a printer - because someone was using it to run a job doing an FFT written in Postscript. Apparently the large amount of memory available in the printer was paramount.
'weev' Conviction Vacated
If so, then I committed an unlawful act today. Did a Google, search, and soon I was reading a pdf file of section 9 of some code, but it referred to section 10. How do locate section 10? Oh wait - just increment the section number in the URL by 1. Oops - Federal prosecutors knocking on my door, ready to haul me off to NJ for trial. Dang.
OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks
Never trusted openssl - only use GnuTLS.
Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?
Agreed. Sideview mirrors let you see places a rearview camera won't. Handy to have in traffic on the expressway (a.k.a freeway in Western US).
How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370
It seems likely that the turn to the South was far enough West that it was out of range of any radar. In fact, the entire flight path has the curious property that it avoids passing over the territory of any country except Malaysia itself. Everyone want to imagine some onboard disaster cause the aircraft to turn back, but when you look at the path actually taken by the plane, it sure looks like it was calculated and premeditated.
The Rise and Fall of Supersymmetry
Web design was copied from /. beta. Surely you only read /. from an iPhone?
Bug In the GnuTLS Library Leaves Many OSs and Apps At Risk
Just downloaded the latest patched source code. Here's the summary:
find . -name '*.c' | xargs grep strlen | wc -l
find . -name '*.c' | xargs grep strcat | wc -l
Just as flawed as ever.
Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle
Consumer Reports has been reviewing cars forever, and I relied on them for my first two car purchases. Then I zeroed in on a Jeep (needed to get into the back country) and CR went out of its way to expressly say "DO NOT BUY THIS VEHICLE". I bought it anyway, and it was the best I've ever owned. Repair record was not perfect but still better than all those previously highly recommended vehicles, and the ergonomics were superior to anything I've have before or since. If that same model were still made today I'd buy another.
If you are looking to buy a new vehicle, ignore CR.
Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?
We all lose stuff. The real question is what inconvenience was caused. If it is not very high, just buy another and move on. It might irk you if you think it's expensive, but after a while the cost will fade into the background. Not worth obsessing over.
Naming All Lifeforms On Earth With Hash Functions
"Sorry dude, under the new naming convention you are: human.nerd.slashdot.sk999"
I think I just said that!
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