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CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

sticks_us The Slashcott (238 comments)

So where will everybody be next week?

Hacker news
Reddit ...?

Also, has someone volunteered to put up a slashcott update site (maybe with statistics on how well/poorly the site is doing during the blockade?)

Just curious.

about 7 months ago

Open Well-Tempered Clavier: a Kickstarter Campaign For Open Source Bach

sticks_us Re:Aack! Not on a piano again! (70 comments)

Don't forget a lot of "piano" music we associate with Beethoven and back was written on the harpsichord and organ. The piano didn't exist.

I'll assume you meant "Bach" -- Beethoven certainly played and composed for the piano
(See here

As far as the suitability of playing Bach on a piano (or any other instrument) ... this controversy has been around for awhile. Striving for "historic authenticity" in performance is a relatively recent phenomenon, representing trends in Musicology and research into the construction of period instruments (

Nobody probably thought much of someone releasing a recording of something like the WTC played on piano 50 years ago, but in today's artistic climate, it's regarded as being a bit tasteless, as Bach certainly wrote his contrapuntal keyboard works for the keyboards of his day (be they harpsichord, clavier, or organ).

1 year,2 days

OSI President Questions WebM Patent License Compatibility with Open Source

sticks_us Re:Mozilla (37 comments)


about a year ago
top Resets All Passwords Following Security Breach

sticks_us Re: The email from (35 comments)

hehehe, that's what I get for not RTFing entire A, I didn't see they'd inlined the entire thing in it. Derp!

about a year ago

Is Google Glass Too Nerdy For the Mainstream?

sticks_us Re:Too caught up on appearances (533 comments)

Don't forget your rations. Make sure you bring iron ones--and a lot of 'em, especially for wilderness adventures.

about a year ago

Ubuntu Phone OS Unveiled

sticks_us I'm probably misinformed here... (248 comments)

But I'm seeing two benefits:

1) If Canonical can get traction with the OEMs, maybe there will be more diversity in the type of hardware available. Might open up the "mobile OS hacking" subculture even further, allowing people to come up with novel, mobile GNU/Linux distributions.

2) Allowing devs to write/ship mobile applications in something other than ObjC (iOS) and Java (Android). I don't think it's possible or viable today, for example, to write a full Python mobile application and ship it. Sure, there are some pet projects out there that will, with some effort, let you kindasorta run things like Perl or Python on Android, but anything other than ObjC/Java are second-class citizens, currently.

Perhaps having Ubuntu begin to carve out even a little space here might help open the market a bit to more interesting and useful approaches to mobile operating systems?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Linux Desktop Environment For Hi-Def/Retina Displays?

sticks_us Re:xmonad (234 comments)

I'm also a full xmonad convert. I don't know how I ever got along without it, really.

Now you have me wondering how different life would be on a VHRD? Maybe it's time for a better monitor...

about 2 years ago

D&D Monster Study Proves Eyes Have It

sticks_us Re:I find that eyes without a face (196 comments)

Same here--that's when I usually go and hang out, maybe near the border of our province.

about 2 years ago

Internet Standards Groups Unite Behind Open Processes

sticks_us bleargh (38 comments)

Apparently nobody reads Padlipsky anymore.

about 2 years ago

The Programmers Go Coding Two-by-Two — Hurrah?

sticks_us Maybe this is a generational thing... (318 comments)

But most of the elder wizards of the programming community (at least the ones I know) tend to shy away from the pair programming mentality. Younger folks (especially people in their 20s) don't seem to mind as much.

I wonder if this has something to do with the nature of the people who went into programming 20 years ago (compared to today), or what...?

about 2 years ago

GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

sticks_us Re:dwm/xmonad/awesome (654 comments)

Someone here (in another thread, a few months ago) convinced me to try xmonad, and I haven't gone back.

It's seriously great once you customize it.

more than 2 years ago

Debian Changes Default Desktop From GNOME To XFCE

sticks_us Re:The what? (328 comments)

Don't forget slapt-get.

Very cool if you haven't tried it.

more than 2 years ago

Nearly Half a Million Yahoo Passwords Leaked [Updated]

sticks_us Re:I've used yahoo voice in the past (233 comments)

Nice. My bad for not reading the article thoroughly enough, thanks for pointing it out.

That doesn't mean Yahoo! gets a 'pass' though. For a company with as much talent/infrastructure/experience as they should have, this kind of thing is definitely a warning sign.

Enjoying my !yahoo mail right now :D

more than 2 years ago



We need to speak out against the TPP

sticks_us sticks_us writes  |  about 8 months ago

sticks_us (150624) writes "Lobbyists and officials from twelve countries, including the US, are currently bickering over the details of this massive international "free trade" treaty. They are creating the TPP to strongly promote Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and enforce draconian copyright law, which will hinder free software development."
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OpenBSD is dying (No netcraft necessary) -- Please donate.

sticks_us sticks_us writes  |  about 8 months ago

sticks_us (150624) writes "In light of shrinking funding, we do need to look for a source to
cover project expenses. If need be the OpenBSD Foundation can be
involved in receiving donations to cover project electrical costs.

But the fact is right now, OpenBSD will shut down if we do not have
the funding to keep the lights on.

If you or a company you know are able to assist us, it would be
greatly appreciated, but right now we are looking at a significant
funding shortfall for the upcoming year — Meaning the project won't be
able to cover 20 thousand dollars in electrical expenses before being
able to use money for other things. That sort of situation is not

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Oracle Encourages CentOS Users to Migrate to Oracle Linux With Automated Tool

sticks_us sticks_us writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sticks_us (150624) writes "In an effort to lure CentOS customers into their world, Oracle is offering a Switch your CentOS systems to Oracle Linux script that migrates their OS to Oracle Linux. When run, it ('') downloads Oracle's base packages, changes your default repositories, and wham--you're running Oracle Linux! To convince the reluctant, they offer "the exact same bits our paying enterprise customers are getting," dtrace, and ksplice.

In exchange, of course, you give up whatever freedom you had (now that you're running Oracle's proprietary, closed-source software), and you're now sliding into Oracle's hungry grasp a bit further. Slashdotters, what do you think? Is it worth it?"

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Apple camera patent allows disabling features

sticks_us sticks_us writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sticks_us (150624) writes "By pairing an infrared sensor with the camera already on board, portable devices could receive data from transmitters placed, well, wherever. Beyond simply blasting out text and opening links like a glorified QR code, transmitters could disable certain features, such as the camera, to prevent recording at movie theaters and music venues. If completely shutting off the cam seems a bit heavy-handed, watermarks can also be applied to photos identifying businesses or copyrighted content..."
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New Nasa Satellite Crashes Into Pacific Ocean

sticks_us sticks_us writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sticks_us (150624) writes "At a news conference following the unsuccessful attempt to place the Glory spacecraft in orbit, a team from NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation, maker of the Taurus XL rocket, discussed the failure of the rocket's fairing to separate. The fairing, which covers and protects the spacecraft during launch and ascent, underwent a redesign of its separation system after a similar failure two years ago. The new system has been successfully used on another Orbital launch vehicle several times. NASA Launch Director Omar Baez said the countdown and launch went smoothly until the point at which they should have received data indicating that the fairing had separated from the vehicle."
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top Passwords Reset

sticks_us sticks_us writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sticks_us (150624) writes "Providing a model for responsible security practices (unlike a certain other recent example), this weekend SourceForge did the right thing. All registered users received this email early this morning:

We recently experienced a directed attack on SourceForge infrastructure ( and so we are resetting all passwords in the database — just in case.

Our investigation uncovered evidence of password sniffing attempts. We have no evidence to suggest that the sniffing attempt was completed successfully. But, what we definitely don’t want is to find out in 2 months that passwords were compromised and we didn’t take action.
So, we’ve invalidated all account passwords, and to access the site again, everyone will need to go through the email recovery process and choose a shiny new password."

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Are engineers particularly attractive?

sticks_us sticks_us writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sticks_us (150624) writes "Evolutionary biology suggests that women, at least, are attracted to hunks – men who have the physical prowess to defend the family. Pushing bits around is hardly aerobic exercise so engineers tend to strike out in that department.

But being a good provider has traditionally been another plus in the mating game. In that respect engineers are the ideal catch! In the US the average engineer’s salary approaches six figures, an astonishing five times the poverty guideline for a family of four, and twice the US median family income.

Meet the sex star of the 2000s: The engineer!"

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Tron Legacy: Cyber Zen and Open Source Evolution

sticks_us sticks_us writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sticks_us (150624) writes "It's difficult to sum up this movie. On one hand, we can say it's a solid action/scifi film. On the other, we can say it is an interesting mashup of cyber-zen, eastern philosophy and open source activism. They don't try to force the themes, but they are present and woven into the structure of the story. The main character, Sam Flynn, son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is a rogue computer programmer. Having inherited his missing father's computer company, which is something like a cross between Microsoft and Apple, he prefers to live alone and play dangerously."
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Samsung unveils wannabe iPad killer

sticks_us sticks_us writes  |  about 4 years ago

sticks_us (150624) writes "Samsung on Thursday unveiled a gadget at the IFA electronics trade fair in Berlin that it hopes will eventually rival Apple's highly successful iPad tablet PC.

The South Korean electronics giant's 'Galaxy Tab' has a seven-inch (17.8-centimetre) touchscreen, slightly smaller than the iPad's 9.7 inches, and uses Google's Android 2.2 operating system.

"Samsung recognizes the tremendous growth potential in this newly created market and we believe that the Samsung Galaxy Tab brings a unique and open proposition to market," said mobile communications unit head JK Shin."

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Draconian Software Licensing and USB Dongles

sticks_us sticks_us writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sticks_us (150624) writes "I came across this blog entry today , where the author is clearly unhappy with the language and restrictions used in a proprietary (non-free) piece of software (POS). I too, was surprised with the document's overall tone and the dismissive approach to the rights of the software user. As someone who doesn't use non-free software, I'm not familiar with these kinds of EULAs, but I want to ask: is this pretty much par for the course? Are RIAA lawyers moonlighting?"
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Linus blasts Apple, calls OSX 'Worse than Vista'

sticks_us sticks_us writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sticks_us (150624) writes "FTA: Torvalds was in Melbourne last week for the conference and was invited to pass judgement on OS X versus Windows Vista in a wide-ranging interview.

"I don't think they're equally flawed — I think Leopard is a much better system," he said. "(But) OS X in some ways is actually worse than Windows to program for. Their file system is complete and utter crap, which is scary.""


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