Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election
What is Belgium doing in your list of stable countries ?
The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks
WTF ? That's a covert communication channel, not an attack.
At least the original source gets that right. But what idiot writes the slashdot version of the article?
Oldest Known Star In the Universe Discovered
Even better, if the universe is 6000 years old and this star is 6000 light years away, it must be from the beginning of the universe, which is exactly what these researchers discovered. Scientific proof of the bible!
Comcast Apologizes For Super Bowl Porn Glitch
> I googled "Porn" and nothing came up
React to some Viagra spam to solve that problem
Seagate Firmware Update Bricks 500GB Barracudas
If you have another computer you can also do a PXE of a freedos image to which you copy the firmware and update program. Nowadays i first have to resize the standard floppy image though (since the firmwares are getting so damn big). Then leave that setup around and simply update your floppy image whenever you need to do a new firmware upgrade, select PXE boot in your boot setup and do the update..
Perl 5.10, 20 Year Anniversary
Yes. defined or is one of the most useful practical changes of perl 5.10.
Maybe it's clearer when you realize it will mostly be used as "or otherwise use this default". Now a lot of existing code uses || for that purpose, and too often people don't realize that doesn't work the value was 0. But handling the 0 case properly makes the code very ugly.