RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores
Stock seems to vary a lot by location, at least near me.
I've gone in there a handful of times in the past year or so, and had the same experience every time. They always almost have what I want. They'll have some rare/old cable adapter, but it'll be M/M instead of F/F.
I think your suggestion for what they could sell is a great one, and I'd be far more likely to go back if they made the switch. Clearly there are companies who make money in that space. But I think it'll be hard to convince the Radio Shack execs/investors to do so, because it's a smaller market overall. Like most failing retailers, they want to turn it around around and start growing -- mere stabilization and acceptance of lower revenue is an admission of failure, in their eyes.
Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?
Hitting the link to Classic Slashdot in the footer should send you back -- or just try this link. Assuming you have cookies enabled, the choice should stick.
Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain
Looks like a mangling of this quote: "Automatic wing-flaps, that changed the wingprofile for extra lift or less drag. Adjustment automatic according to airspeed, throttle etc. This system was also capable of acting as an airbrake, or be used during dives. The same system also automatically lowered and raised the retractable landing gear." Source
I've tweaked the summary to refer to automation, rather than computers.
Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain
I've updated the headline to reflect this.
The Ephemerality and Reality of the Jetpack
We had to disable updates to most of the Slashboxes, including 'This Day on Slashdot' in order to fix an underlying issue in the code. The work should be completed soon, at which point we'll re-enable everything. Apologies for the inconvenience!
Inside the Billion-Dollar Hacker Club
Sorry, that preference should stick. Would you mind providing some details about your browser and OS so we can try to track this down? You can post it here if you're comfortable, or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?
KeePass is probably at the top of my list, too. There isn't much software I use on a daily basis that I'd really be annoyed at swapping out for an alternative, but this one would make things difficult.
Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'
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X-rays From Other Galaxies Could Emanate From Particles of Dark Matter
It's mainly those jerks driving Sports-Utility Starships. Those things are dilithium guzzlers.
Vodafone Foundation Launches Cell Site In a Backpack
Thanks for pointing that out -- I've fixed it.
Using Google Maps To Intercept FBI and Secret Service Calls
Whoever looks up contact information for an federal office on google map rather then on the federal office web site is a fool.
Or just not very tech-savvy -- like the majority of internet users. Maps has taken the place of a phone book for a lot of people. I'll commonly get restaurant phone numbers out of Maps and not think twice about. I probably wouldn't trust it for 'important' information, but then I know well how easy it is to manipulate certain data online.
Think of it from the perspective of somebody who's simply unaware that this information is not vetted very well. If the first 10 numbers you've gotten from Maps have all been right, why would you question the 11th?
Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's
We are indeed listening and making changes based on feedback, and at a faster pace now that most of the underlying engineering work is done. We'll put up another post in a week or two explaining everything we've changed.
In the meantime, if you want evidence, here's one example: load up the beta and look at the comments on one of the stories. One of the biggest complaints was that the comments field was too narrow because of the right rail (which was empty once you scrolled down a bit anyway). So we removed the right rail entirely on story pages, letting comments flow all the way across the page.
Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock
I prefer the lack of diplomacy, personally. It stands in stark contrast to most of the public statements Tim Cook makes about the company, which are usually run through the PR/Marketing polisher within an inch of their lives.
Of course, the skeptical part of me wonders if this response was planned, to some extent. Not necessarily word-for-word, but the result of some foresight: "What's a good response if somebody says this isn't helping our profitability?" The line about ROI for accessibility struck me as a bit too pat.
Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon
As with most things, pick the right tool for the job.
This always seemed like the best approach, to me. I have 5 commonly used devices/machines, and each of them has a different OS installed. Each serves its purpose just fine.
One of the benefits to using a variety of operating systems is that you become familiar with each, and can see the benefits and shortcomings of each. It's helpful -- not for ranking them by awesomeness, but for doing what you need to do quickly and easily.
Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington
The Science of Solitary Confinement
Some of them are violent prisoners, certainly, but a large portion are not. It's frequently used as punishment for nonviolent criminals, and also for 'protection' of inmates who are likely to be harmed by other inmates.
It's also, as the article points out, essentially torture. Do we want that even for violent offenders? I don't. I also don't want to take the risk of torturing somebody who was wrongfully convicted. As far as 'never being normal' -- well, even populations of violent offenders can have low recidivism rates.
Why We Need To Teach Hacking In High School
It's not the particular language that's important -- once you get beyond the basic syntax of a language, it's really about analyzing a problem and being able to break it down into logically ordered steps, and then manipulating algorithms to do what you want. Those skills are very broadly applicable, and useful whatever a kid's profession ends up being.
Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington Tomorrow 3pm ET
We'll post a new thread when the Q&A actually starts -- he's much more likely to see your question there.
'Obnoxious' RSA Protests, RSA Remains Mum
What would amount to a coherent defense, to you?
Situations like this are pretty hard to unravel. RSA can protest until they're blue in the face, but the nature of the accusation is such that their statements are already suspect. Add to that the level of distrust associated with the NSA, and the NSA's potential power over RSA. Evaluating any unprovable denial simply boils down to whether we trust RSA or not -- which is the same question we're already facing.
So, what about provable denials -- what evidence could RSA show us that would reinstate our trust? What if that evidence is damning in other ways? (Perhaps their decisions were spurred by incompetence rather than greed.) I'm not even sure exactly what that evidence should look like — documents can be forged or omit details communicated orally.
I dunno -- I'd hate to be in RSA's shoes.
Code.org Resurrects 'Flappy Bird' As Programming Lesson
I don't think there exists a good 'why' for games like this getting ridiculously popular. It seems every so often a game will hit a few social circles in just the right way, and enough people will talk about it that it infects other socials, eventually propagating to where it shows up on 'Featured' and 'Hot' lists, which sets off another round of growth.
At least this one's not another variation on Bejeweled (which was itself very derivative).
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