Spooked By His Sci Fi, FBI Looked Into Asimov As Possible Communist Tipster
I mean, some of them might be alright, but.....
Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie
Ken White over at Popehat seems to have nailed everything I would have said, and done it much better than I would have.
Ale To the Chief: White House Releases Beer Recipe
According to the blog post, Pres. Obama bought the equipment himself, and the staff works on it in their spare time. Now, the video and the blog are taxpayer funded, so there's that. But after seeing that recipe - totally worth it.
Ask Slashdot: Single-Handed Keyboard Options For Coding?
+1 - I've used the Nostromo for just this purpose, and it was easy. The one I have has three different toggled layouts, so you can shift functions easily. The D-pad also maps to eight different functions, if you need it. And it has a built-in mousewheel, which is all sorts of useful.
Mitt Romney To Announce VP Decision Via Smartphone App
On the one hand, I disagree very strongly with pretty much every policy proposed by Governor Romney. On the other hand, I like to hear things first and lord the knowledge over my colleagues. I also don't mind large political operations tracking my movements.
...Well Played, Romney.
Mitt Romney To Announce VP Decision Via Smartphone App
I can see why you posted anonymously. Well played.
Ask Slashdot: How To Add New Tech To Old Van?
...and whoever tagged this article with "Krieger" knows his stuff. Good work.
U. Chicago's Epic Scavenger Hunt Is Back For 2012
From the rules: "7. A Good Time. For a good time call (202) 762-1401." ...Did we just Slashdot the Navy?
Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do About SOPA and PIPA?
No. SOPA and PIPA authorize the Department of Justice to issue court orders. There is no hearing until after the orders have been executed, and no recourse until the entire website is already removed from the internet. The process is entirely administrative - the first notice a site owner receives is the letter they get after their site is gone.
So, unless you're lucky, you're now fighting a big media company in Federal Court with your source of funds (your website) shut down. This isn't tenable for the vast majority of site owners.
DigiNotar Goes Bankrupt After Hack
You sell one product, properly validated certificates, and now you can't sell that product. No income = bankruptcy.
Russia Close To Findings On Soyuz and Proton
Even if it could fly, all the shuttle could do would be to swap the 6 people up there for 6 different people. The issue is that the soyuz spacecraft already at the station have to come back to earth in October and November, as they cannot stay in orbit for more than 6 months without failing. Without new soyuz to replace the old, there would be no way for astronauts to escape back to earth - and, therefore, no astronauts.
1 in 8 Take Fake Phone Calls to Avoid Talking to Others
Speed dial #2 on my cell goes to my office phone - makes checking voicemail easy. And when the guy in the next office comes over to tell me about some damn facebook game he's playing now, I can fidget with my phone, hold down the number 2, and boom - my phone rings. "Oh sorry man, I need to get that."
Of course, if he ever notices that it's always the same number...
And as a bonus, I change the name from "Work" to "Santa" during christmastime. Scares the hell out of a kid throwing a tantrum when I threaten them with a long distance call to the North Pole.
77 Million Accounts Stolen From Playstation Network
2. The game companies that allow you to tie your forum account to your PSN account are irrelevant. None of them require you to give them your PSN password.
True - except that many of those 77 million people likely used the same password here as they did for those forums or for other sites. And that's where the real headache will be - and one of the best arguments in recent memory for proper password discipline.
NASA Announces Final Homes of Shuttle Fleet
The Air Force deserved to get one of the shuttles, even if it was the Enterprise. We still have the Apollo 15 CM, though - and that's something.
High Performance Gaming Mice Don't Perform
From a technical standpoint, looking at benchmarks and the like? It probably doesn't matter so much. The extra buttons certainly help, if the mouse is well-designed. But I'll tell you this - if I feel more confident because the mouse I'm using cost $80 instead of $20, then I'm going to play better. And that might be worth it.
Senators To Apple: Pull iPhone DUI-Check Alerts
The entire point of DUI checkpoints is not to actually arrest the drunk drivers dumb enough to pull up. The point is to show that, if you do drive drunk, big angry men with guns will arrest you. This is why they announce the checkpoints beforehand - check your paper or local news website, you'll find an article announcing checkpoints a day or two before they go up. It's not investigative, it's (supposed to be) a deterrent.
Hell, Indiana had a series of billboards - nothing but the image of an orange traffic sign that said "Drunk Driving Checkpoint Ahead". Of course, the billboards were everywhere, and there was no actual checkpoint - but again, it's (supposed to be) a deterrent.
If police forces do not want people knowing about the checkpoints, they should not announce them publicly. If it's a matter of the public record, then they can't fault an app for aggregating that public record.
How many microprocessors are in your home, total?
I humbly submit you can never have too many.
Nonsense. 640 should be enough for anyone.
Famous British Autism Study an 'Elaborate Fraud'
Seems to me that not taking a mercury-based substance is a good outcome, regardless of the other shenanigans.
China Makes World's Fastest Supercomputer
I mean, who ever expected that Skynet would speak Chinese?
Meg Whitman Campaign Shows How Not To Use Twitter
I'd love to see if her opponent pulls the trigger on an ad making light of this. "Jerry Brown is ready to make the tough choices. He's ready to fix the broken state government. His opponent, on the other hand... (cue tutu guitar man)"