"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon
Your comment is more apropos than you probably realize, since the book cover shows Barbie's desk with a stuffed Linux penguin sitting on it. Maybe they thought including an easter egg for the real geek parents would help it sell?
Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos
One of the highest correlated factors to success as an adult is delayed gratification as a kid.
Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6
Wait, I thought hipsters were the guys who liked the new things? Like if you had an iPad and an iPhone you were a hipster, but if you had an old Android and a Lenovo laptop you were a legitimate human being.
It depends on whether a critical mass of the general population also likes said new thing. When they were the ones waiting in line all night at the Apple store, it was all good. Now that the same lines are filled with people sleeping in trash bags to immediately flip them to China's gray market, not so much.
Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter
RISC architecture is going to change everything.
The World's Best Living Programmers
"No exhaustive"? I think you meant: !exhaustive
Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches
Is "forcible rape" another category of rape like "legitimate rape"?
Statutory rape, taking advantage of someone who is passed out, and non-consensual marriages are a few examples of rape that aren't necessarily forcible.
Virtual DVDs, Revisited
This sounds like Aereo, which also provides a business model in which physical resources dictate the scarcity. Since they are currently preparing for a trial at the Supreme Court it's probably wise to hold off a bit.
the studios are leaving cash on the table
You must be new here; the studios have always been in the business of fighting progress as long as possible in order to protect existing revenue streams.
Mysterious Disease May Be Carried by the Wind
Sometimes results in "early death"? As opposed to those diseases that kill you when you would have died anyway?
Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius
You're misinterpreting my response. I very specifically said I agree that there's no evidence that he's a math genius, at least not yet. GP seemed to imply that he was making *everything* up though. Or maybe I misunderstood him too. All I'm saying is that his claimed ability to see things differently than everyone else seems to have credence.
Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius
The neuroscientists who have been studying his brain seem fairly convinced he's not making it up. Though calling him a "math genius" doesn't necessarily seem warranted (at least not yet... maybe it's a case where formal study will allow him to apply his abilities more specifically?), I don't think they would diagnose him with what they're calling acquired savant syndrome without some evidence.
Maybe read the book? Even the top negative review seems to give weight to his claim:
Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE???
I must have been using the wrong search terms.. I scoured NewEgg up and down for something exactly like that Edgerouter Lite but kept coming up empty. I knew there had to be something between some crappy consumer router that I prayed I could get a halfway-decent firmware running on, an uber-expensive business-class rackmount unit, and building my own micro PC. Many thanks, I'm ordering one now...
IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share
w3schools.com really? That's best data set OP could come up with??
As I was scrolling through this month-by-month tally of 10 years' worth of usage stats, trying to pick out trends, I just kept thinking to myself: if only there were some way to visually represent a large dataset of numbers and their relation to each other over time... maybe some color-coded lines or something... I dunno, just spitballing here
Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?
Uninstalled the app, started using FB via browser. For my low intensity usage it's still perfect. Also links to click and youtube embeds work seamlessly now.
Got no messenger installed too.
A thousand times this. The line for me was when my recent camera pics popped up in the app with a caption "do you want to post these to Facebook"? Uhh, fuck no Facebook and stop rifling your grubby mitts through my pics without asking me TYVM (Dropbox, Twitter, Google+ all have similar functionality but have an explicit settings for this).
This is also a weakness in Android permissions IMO: many apps ask for USB access to store their own data but that means they can read everything under /sdcard including photos.
Now I use the mobile site, plus Slice if needed. The only drawback is that apps which require Facebook to login now require an OAuth web dialog where I have to log in again, whereas before the Facebook app showed the confirmation with no re-auth required.
Kim Dotcom Just Launched His New Music Service With His Own Album
or Dotcom if they were on fire.
That would take a LOT of piss...
New Home Automation?
If he's running conduit there's no reason whatsoever to run all those unnecessary cables through it. The whole point of conduit is it makes it possible to pull whatever you need if and when you need it. I have conduit to at least three walls of each room in my house but I've only pulled cat 6 and tv cable to the specific walls I need at the moment. Why waste the money installing useless cable?
Because maybe then some broadband company later on will come buy up all your dark fiber. Profit!
Congressman Accepts BitCoin For His US Senate Run
Is this the same Steve Stockman who has this gem?
I didn't follow your link but if he accepts Bitcoin and he's a Ruby coder then maybe we finally have a chance at a tech-savvy congressman!
eBay Founder Pleads For Leniency For the PayPal 14
If an angry mob smashes up some shops fronts, but police only catch 14 people you wouldn't charge them with the total damage of the entire mob, as well as the cost of upgrading security to protect against an angry mob in the future. You would charge each individual according to the damage they actually did.
No, it's not just about making the target of the attack whole, there is also a punitive aspect in order to discourage others in the future. The actual amounts in this case do seem excessive, but it has to hurt enough that future "anonymous cowards" seriously think twice before jumping in. Part of the mob mentality is thinking "there are so many of us, there's no way they'll catch me" and this shows that's just not true.
Look, I dislike PayPal as much as anyone but vigilante mob justice isn't the answer and there has to be more than a slap on the wrist.
Review: Puppet Vs. Chef Vs. Ansible Vs. Salt
And it works, because many geeks are antisocial sorts who rather than organising their labour will happily walk over each other just to get that little bit of green. Then, when the race to the bottom has been reached, they'll bitch about everyone else being better treated, rather than stopping to ask why it happened and striving to improve their collective lot.
Organized labor? Uh no, we're too smart for that. I can't speak for everywhere else but where I live there are plenty of well-paying development jobs and I've never seen the type of behavior you describe among my peers.
Every sufficiently old once secure job is now tenuous or non-existent. What is secure today will be tenuous in a decade's time.
Yes, it is a field where you must keep your skills up to date and be willing to switch jobs if market or other conditions dictate. If you stay in one position too long and let your skills stagnate you do run the risk of becoming obsolete.
Microsoft Warns Customers Away From RC4 and SHA-1
Git is a great system, but it relies on SHA1. If SHA1 has feasible attacks, is git going to stay on SHA1 or will it move to something more secure? Can it even do so without breaking compatibility?
SHA1 as used in Git proves that a particular commit has the contents and the ancestors that the person with the repo says it does. It prevents two different people from saying, "this is what the source looked like at this point in time". So in practice, coming up with a collision attack in that scenario wouldn't be much use because whatever you come up with to generate the collision obviously isn't source code :)
That said, replacing it with something else would essentially involve rebasing the entire repo, which would certainly be inconvenient but not insurmountable. They could probably even have a backwards-compatibility mode where it recognizes both SHA1 and some other algorithm and clients could gradually switch to the next one.
Let me see if I understand you correctly. You have no problems handing over your SSL credentials to a web site so you can do remote admin? Does your employer know you do this?
I'm not sure which "employer" you're referring to; these are my own websites and yes I understand the security implications and take appropriate precautions.
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