New York City To Get Manhole Covers That Wirelessly Charge Electric Vehicles
The charging stations could be embedded in asphalt or pads that lay on garage floors.
They lay... power-up eggs that the pac-man vans pick up? This makes no sense.
Ask Slashdot: Do You Use Markdown and Pandoc?
Okay, I'll run with that. So documentation is really just code that we run on users. Suddenly writing documentation has much more entertainment potential.
Ask Slashdot: Do You Use Markdown and Pandoc?
Also, programmers write software, not documentation.
I've been contributing to a project over the last 20 years (which happens to be a text editor) which has 80+ pages of documentation in texinfo. I'm not specifically recommending texinfo; it's what the project started with and it works. The point is, the build process renders a plain text version of the texinfo documentation, then a script reads the formatted docs to build several of the program source files, including hash tables of the commands, static text for the internal "help" commands, enums (it's C code), etc. You literally cannot add a new command to the program without adding it first to the documentation. It's a slick way to keep the documentation in sync with the code. The same idea could surely be implemented with many other document source formats. It's a step towards Knuth's Literate Programming without going overboard.
Programmers certainly can and should write documentation.
Ask Slashdot: Why Isn't There More Public Outrage About NSA Revelations?
The lower classes (the 98%) don't care about default because they see it as comeuppance for the robber barons who have all the money to lose anyway. It's only a catastrophe for those with something to lose. For the rest, it's an inconvenient equalizer. (Actually probably much more inconvenient than equalizing; hope we don't find out.)
French Police To Switch 72,000 Desktop PCs To Linux
Your first item of homework is to find out how the proverb "People in glass houses..." ends.
With a period!
Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?
I didn't realize how luck I was that Ubuntu quit supporting non-PAE (i.e. all of my) machines. I was forced back to Fedora/MATE (GNOME was jumping the same shark) and it's nice to just use the machine again. They drove me off before I had a chance to hate Unity. So, thanks for that!
Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long
I wonder if this is the same thinking that went into screwing up paging in Evince (a GNOME project). I find lately that middle-click in the Evince scroll bar does nothing, and left clicking causes a jump to that location (like middle-click is supposed to do, and does in other apps) rather than a page forward. And then there's replacing the menus with buttons on the right like chrome. Ugh.
Fortunately, I've moved to MATE (and mate-doument-viewer a.k.a atril).
I wish GNOME would switch to EBCDIC. Then we could finally sweep its dust from the floor and get back to having fun. Bye, GNOME.
Ask Slashdot: When Is Patent License Trading Not Trolling?
I have no problem with licensing of patents. What I find absurd is the notion of transfer of patents. If someone invents something they ought to be able to profit from it even if they don't produce. But what sense is there in allowing trolls to buy innovation rights from others?
"Patents: license them or lose them. No sales or transferes allowed." Soon as they make me king.
N. Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition"
It's a state politician screwing up a state law. Do you want federal politicians to be able to overturn state laws on a whim?
Since you mention it, the same Republican legislature (North Carolina) is pushing a proposal to repeal any local ordinances that go beyond federal regulations. This is their broad stroke approach to "doing away with anti-business regulation". This same bunch that's been screaming "states rights" for years is now doing just the opposite now that they've finally gained power.
Why We'll Never Meet Aliens
Humor detectors exists though. Most people have 'em. Obviously not everybody though.
Why We'll Never Meet Aliens
"Accelerating one ton to one-tenth of the speed of light requires at least 450 PJ or 4.5 ×10^17 J or 125 billion kWh, without factoring in efficiency of the propulsion mechanism. This energy has to be either generated on-board from stored fuel, harvested from the interstellar medium, or projected over immense distances."
Or you can borrow it from the future, where it will be generated conveniently enough in exactly the right quantity by slowing that one ton down. We just haven't figured out how to shift the energy equations in the temporal dimension yet.
Crowdsourcing Failed In Boston Bombing Aftermath
Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner.
Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns
Orth has also now switched his Twitter account settings to private.
...or as we like to call it, "not-always-on".
A Quarter of Sun-Like Stars Host Earth-Size Worlds
We've found evidence that our closest neighbor was once hospitable to life
Reuters' Matthew Keys Accused of Anonymous Conspiracy
So how would his knowledge of passwords from when he used to work there be of any use? Do they not immediately change all the passwords he had when he left the company? Did they let him keep his keys to the building as well? The real villain here is the victim's IT department.
An Ode To Skulpture
The saddest part of this whole story to me is the screenshot itself. I'm looking at it on a 10-year-old IBM ThinkPad T42, and there's considerable blank space in my browser window both above and below that screen image, plus my browser's title bar, menu, location bar, bookmark bar, my gadgets at the top of the screen, and my bar thingy at the bottom of my screen... The ancient screen is 1050 pixels high; the screenshot is768 pixels. Modern laptop displays are missing a quarter of their vertical pixels! Why did people ever stoop to buying this crap? Nobody sells any laptop with anything close to the 10 year old standard in vertical pixels in any reasonable price range these days.
I guess it matters more now than ever how good a UI is, because it has to work in such tight vertical spaces -- rather like a coal miner. With so many other aspects (pun intended) of computers improving year after year, this one thing -- vertical pixels -- seems to have taken a turn for the utterly stupid. It makes me sad.
Want a Job At Google? Better Know Microsoft Office!
Or do they mean Excel as in "Kleenex"?
I think the mean Excel as in "Charmin".
German City Says OpenOffice Shortcomings Are Forcing It Back To Microsoft
Word has an understandable formatting model. That is, all the formatting for a paragraph is stored in the paragraph mark. You can select a paragraph mark, copy it, paste it somewhere else in the document, and you have a paragraph formatted identically to the original. In OO, your text may take on different formatting depending on whether you backspace away a paragraph mark vs deleting it. No kidding. Also, there's no way to reliably copy a paragraph from one place in a document to another and retain the formatting without adding sacrificial paragraphs before and sometimes after the text you are trying to copy. Seriously. OO's formatting model is just broken.
Until this basic problem is addressed, people will -- rightly -- prefer using word. I've been fighting oo's formatting for years, and frankly, I'm sick of it.
Ubuntu Unity Ported To Fedora Using OpenSUSE
I say that as a dedicated Emacs user.
There is no other kind of successful Emacs user.
Unity follows the Emacs philosophy into the graphical desktop - the fewer times I need to reach for that damned mouse, the better.
Exactly the point. You don't need a graphical interface. You already know the names of all the apps you want to run. But my mother and father do need a graphical interface, and they don't know the names of all the apps -- however few they are. They can't touch type and look at the screen at the same time. They need to nudge the computer with the mouse toward useful operations. They could do that before, and they can't with Unity, or with the GNOME Shell.
So, no you aren't a lone voice, but you are in the extreme minority. If I want to run my computer from the keyboard, I'll open a terminal. I like the terminal. And I like a real GUI. I don't much care for screens that are too short and too wide playing animations in response to undiscoverable key strokes, which as far as I can tell is the point of both Unity and the GNOME Shell. (I know you were just talking about Unity, but personally I'd toss them both in the same bin.)
Scientists Resurrect 500-Million-Year-Old Gene Inside Modern Organism
Because what the world needs now is a better E. coli.
Science: Is there nothing it can't do?
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