Police Use James-Bond-Style GPS Bullet
I came here to say EXACTLY this. WTF? I thought this was news for nerds dammit?!?!
Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well
Indeed, never trust basic security to users. Better to keep a your workstations up-to-date & deal with the IT nightmare that is updating rogue workstations than to deal with the IT apocalypse of click monkeys.
Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'
It's often the wrong part. Sometimes there's two solutions to the same problem because there's two ways of people looking at the problem.
Who needs to pick a solution that everyone has to use when you can pick a solution that you want to use?
ArkOS: Building the Anti-Cloud (on a Raspberry Pi)
Until there's widespread FTTP (GPON or AON) it will be more pain than it's worth.
I have run a Linux server for years with just these services on ADSL & ADSL2. Mail is fine, even a Jabber server is fine, even private file hosting is ok, if a bit slow, but once you start hosting websites your ability to actually use your own Internet when you're home is diminished.
I was hoping that the National Broadband Network (NBN) would stay 93% FTTP here in Australia, but unfortunately with the change in government that's looking less & less likely.
Teaching Fractions: The Tootsie Roll Is the New Pie
While I know what one is, why are Americans commandeering reality? They can't even keep their government open, how the fuck are they supposed to keep maths consistent?
Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts
In Melbourne, until recently, the Telstra network in the CBD was essentially falling over. During lunch hour you were lucky to be able to send a tweet or even refresh your incoming tweet stream. One thing that did work is push notifications, which is the intention of this system.
I see it as a smart use of the medium. The key with emergency response is to have the same message spread on as many mediums as possible to ensure the message gets out there.
Anyone being snarky about this has no idea what they are talking about & should look at how current emergency systems work (read: redundancy).
Hulu "Kicking Back Into Action" Says CEO, Adding New Content
Anyone who modded you troll should leave this site immediately!
FFS, if you don't get that reference, hand in your geek/nerd badge!
Newest YouTube User To Fight a Takedown: Lawrence Lessig
Exactly it. No matter how much effort you put into music, most labels retain copyright over the works. Smaller indie labels don't tend to do this, but the big players all do it.
Then again, most of these synthetic bands/artists don't write their own music or lyrics, they're just glorified cover bands. Not to say Phoenix is like this, I quite like their music, but I'm not sure how I feel about their label now.
Internet.org's Slave and Helicopter-Powered Internet
I don't get it, there's so much better to beat Zuckerberg up about, hacking on him for a previously used domain just looks desperate.
Royal Navy Deployed Laser Weapons During the Falklands War
In fact, the British were very versed in sailing in the southern hemisphere by that stage, they'd spent over 100 years sending boats to where I live, Australia. ;)
James Bond's Creator, and the Real Spy Gadgets He Inspired
I always enjoyed reading MKUltra files/stories, it was like sci-fi, but real. Scary that someone green-lit all this stuff, has to take some belief in it, & these are the people "defending" the US.
Oh, & "The Men Who Stare At Goats" is awesome too. ;)
Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language
Maybe don't make "stupid fucking mistakes" publicly & you won't get humiliated publicly. Sorry, but if you're going to act like a moron, expect people to ridicule you as a moron.
As someone who doesn't suffer fools lightly, I'm with Linus all the way on this one.
Call it being a prima donna, call it being mean spirited, I call it "having no fucks to give".
Satellites Providing Internet To the 'Under-Connected'
I'd be hesitant to believe anything from O3b after they demanded a ban on National Broadband Network satellites here in Australia. They are an hostile company doing this to exploit people in a monopoly environment, not aid them.
Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?
The OP has it wrong. Extended warranties last 3 years, during the lowest chance of failure time, electronic devices will generally die in the first few months (manufacturer warranty) or after 3 years (after extended warranty). Add to this that extended warranties have convoluted terms that attempt to stop people getting warranty repairs.
In Australia, extended warranties are useless due to Australian Consumer Law, which protects consumers by making manufacturers repair goods if they fail before a reasonable time. Essentially, if there's an extended warranty available, the item should last as long a the extended warranty.
EVE Online Getting TV, Comic Book Adaptations
That's what I mean, so many levels in Eve, from corporate espionage, war zones, pirates, smugglers, & even civilians. Could be a great universe to write a series for, the capacity for some eye watering special effects is boundless. Cap battles, raiding squads destroying transports, even just a busy starbase would be impressive.
Again, all comes down to whether there's a good director & writers for the series.
EVE Online Getting TV, Comic Book Adaptations
If the right director is chosen, I dare say Eve could work as a great series. There's some deep stories behind the factions, & if the series explains why they are out there in New Eden, I have high hopes.
I used to play Eve, but got bored of it, I'd be far more interested in a TV series to be honest.
Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress
We prefer to drink alone anyway, everyone's just another fucking user.
In all seriousness, I've quit admin jobs due to stress, & would do it again if put in the same position. Luckily, I have a great boss now & a fairly cruisy admin job.
Ask Slashdot: Do-It-Yourself Security Auditing Tools?
Not true at all.
While humans are the biggest attack surface, they are far from the only one.
My suggestions are Backtrack Linux & a copy of The Art of Deception by Kevin Mitnick.
Backtrack has some great security auditing tools, however you will still need to understand exploits to test for them. The Art of Deception gives real world examples of social engineering & suggestions on how to plug those gaping holes called humans.
Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?
Is the person who did this Ask Slashdot fucking serious?
This part of Slashdot is becoming a joke. Buy some ear plugs & learn to fucking google.
Among Servers, Apple's Mac Mini Quietly Gains Ground
The question is, what's the processing or storage density of a bunch of Mac Minis vs a racked configuration?
I dare say that's where the companies are finding them profitable.
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