'Twisted' Waves Could Boost Capacity of Wireless Spectrum
Try reading the article. The innovation is to use orbital angular momentum, NOT spin angular momentum (polarization).
Steve Ballmer's Head On the Block?
OK, let's forget the word "innovation," and say they're both stinking cheats and plagiarists. One difference remains, which is that Apple did it really, really well.
BitCoin, the Most Dangerous Project Ever?
the only interests it serves will be those industries that want easy untraceable ways to exchange value for illegal products or to avoid taxation. And once that's exhausted, I suspect it will flounder.
Wait, why would an untraceable, untaxable black market ever become exhausted?
Splinternet, Or How We Broke the Good Old Web
I think things like the internet are the greatest threat to human interconnectedness. It seems to me that the new trend is to congregate on exclusive networks, like the internet. The problem with the internet? Most content is invisible to non-members. Yeah, sure, it's not hard to get online...but what if I don't want to? Is the internet really giving me new informational content (I'm not talking about the social networking aspect) that was not available before in another form among people? No. It's just walling off the information from me.
Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Director: ... we're gonna have to make some changes. First of all, Franklin, you're no longer the girliest cadet here.
Franklin: Humph! We'll see about that!
New York Judge Rules 6-Year-Old Can Be Sued
When you have a 4-year old child it will suddenly be Stuff That Matters. Slashdot does not revolve around you.
What's Wrong With the American University System
Stop it. You're vastly overgeneralizing and you know it. I had maybe 3 sub-par classes during 6 years of undergrad at UF. Just because you hated your university experience, don't try to make some kind of sweeping statement about the rest.
To Ballmer, Grabbing iPad's Market Is 'Job One Urgency'
it won't be because the concept of trying to position themselves as "more of a PC than an iPod" is wrong. It will be because of institutional suckitude.
But that positioning is part of the suckitude. What MS is not doing, as others have already said here, is seriously reevaluating what a computer is and how it's being used—not how they think a computer "should" be used, but what the average non-/. user *actually uses a computer for.*
Apple's success is not wholly due to the functions and performance their devices offer. Many of their devices are behind the curve in any number of ways, and yet Apple can't keep them in stock.
OK, so why is that? Last year I had a minor but enlightening experience when a third-tier extended family member explained that the extent of his computer requirements are having a semblance of facebook on his old (non-"smart") phone. That's when I realized that the idea of the iPad, which was still a rumor at the time, could take off simply because a significant market segment doesn't need the do-everything computer of old, they need a media appliance.
Mark Twain To Reveal All After 100 Year Wait
All those emotions you felt looking at Starry Night were actually invalid.
??!?! Perhaps he was a raving lunatic and asshole. How does that "invalidate" the emotional reaction of a viewer of his painting?
Ubuntu on a Dime
I would have thought that too. And I think that's true for setting up a bare bones system that never changes. But most of the times that something has gone wrong, or I've had to change hardware, or upgrade software, everything has gone to hell on me and it turned into a big ordeal, even with Ubuntu. Obviously everyone's mileage varies here but there are no shortage of the same stories. I love Ubuntu, I really do, but the longer I've maintained an active system the more I've found my initial remark to be true, and it's gotten to the point where I might end up back with another OS. :-/
Google Preparing iPad Rival?
Doesn't anybody else find it funny that the only people claiming these things are "mindblowing" are their detractors?
Ubuntu on a Dime
As a friend of mine is wont to say: "Linux is only free if your time is worthless."
Study Finds That Video Games Hinder Learning In Young Boys
That's awesome. I know a Dane who learned his English from the first Monkey Island game; his insult swordfighting is unmatchable.
What Does Google Suggest Suggest About Humanity?
That is fscking terrifying! I take it there wasn't any permanent damage? D:
Blueprint For a Quantum Electric Motor
BrainPort Lets the Blind "See" With Their Tongues
Ask a synaesthete, there must be hundreds at least on /..
Navigating a Geek Marriage?
"The problem is communication! Too much communication."
Online Vigilantes, Or "Crowdsourced Justice"
You need to flex your imagination.
A kid fabricates a video implicating his enemy in some crime that would appeal to the barely restrained hatred of internet trolls, a hatred always ready to manifest itself. He recreates the target's bedroom, posters, etc., and makes sure the video finds its way into just the right hands, then riles his audience to a fever pitch. That kid wouldn't even have to be particularly malicious, just ignorant; he probably wouldn't even imagine it ending as badly as it could.
Look, this is no different than any other kind of fraud, except that the apparent solutionâ""internet justice"â"is being lauded instead of being more aptly compared to a crowd of pitchfork-wielding racists (for instance; replace with any non-internet, real-life trolls).
Online Vigilantes, Or "Crowdsourced Justice"
Good gods, fallacy heaped upon fallacy.
You speak in favor of "society." Your societyâ"the society that you believe shares your values. Just wait until that society's values change and they turn on you. You really think "today's sophisticated mob" (trying hard not to laugh at this) would last long, unrestrained, before picking up weapons? Have a nice life. Who modded this up?
For Airplane Safety, Trying To Keep Birds From Planes
The time is well nigh for a functioning deflector shield system!
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