Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?
"The Late, Great Lanet Earth" by Hal Lindsey.
Today, Everybody's a Fact Checker
Dullest Campaign Ever - NYTimes.com
"Finally, dishonesty numbs. A few years ago, newspapers and nonprofits set up fact-checking squads, rating campaign statements with Pinocchios and such. The hope was that if nonpartisan outfits exposed campaign deception, the campaigns would be too ashamed to lie so much.
"This hope was naïve. As John Dickerson of Slate has said, the campaigns want the Pinocchios. They want to show how tough they are. But the result is a credibility vacuum. It’s impossible to take ads seriously. They are the jackhammer noise in the background of life."
Prince of Persia Source Code Released On Github
I have a collection of 5-1/4" floppies that I've partially archived using an old PC. But I would rally love to use a 5-1/4" USB floppy drive to complete the process. So far I haven't come across anything - not even hints on converting a USB 3-1/2" if it's possible. Any suggestions?
Things That Turbo Pascal Is Smaller Than
The Turbo Pascal 3 family included three compilers:
* TURBO.COM, the standard compiler;
* TURBO-87.COM for compiling programs that would only run on a computer with an x87 math co-processor;
* TURBOBCD.COM that included a binary coded decimal (BCD) data type for highly accurate real numbers.
Initially, the latter two were additional products and had to be purchased separately. At 3.02A, all three compilers were included in the package.
Yes, I still have my 3.01A & 3.02A diskettes with manuals and will keep them 'til the day I die.
[Grr, didn't realize I wasn't logged in until after I posted the comment.]
Apple's Siri As Revolutionary As the Mac?
It may be revolutionary but for people who stutter - like myself - and others with speech impairments it's disconcerting.
Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It
Since switching to Windows 7 I'm no longer so concerned about how my Start Menu is organized. It's far easier (and faster) to simply type in the search box what I'm looking for and select it from the results.
Inside Netflix's WebKit-Based UI For TV Devices
Is this the same stack they use on their website? The same one that renders their website unusable on iPads?
Smithsonian Unveils 'Art of Games' Voting Results
Overall, I think it's a pretty good list. But where's the sports category? Beginning with simulators like the ancient "NFL Challenge" by XOR Software to the life-like playability of Madden Football, video sports games have been some of the prime drivers in advancing the state of gaming platforms.
Some of the early commercials for the Xbox and Dreamcast put a heavy emphasis on their NFL franchise games to demonstrate the new realism available. Without these, who knows how "Splinter Cell" and the like would've evolved.
Girl quits job on dry erase board, emails entire o
According to an update on gizmodo this is more likely a fake.
SketchUp 7.1 Architectural Visualization
First, the reviewer writes he was reluctant to read through "400+" pages of fluff; Amazon's website says it's 408 pages. So why does the summary state it's 113?
Second, if the reviewer guarantees the book is so worthwhile then why does it only have a rating of 5/10?
Plotting a Coup In the Internet Age
I just finished reading a fictional book with a similar plot. In summary, a defense contractor wishes to restart the cold and so hires a "perception management" (PM) consultant to whip up world hysteria against Russia via the internet by utilizing fake blogs & news reports.
AMD Multi-Display Tech Has Problems, Potential
Most of the activities I perform work better with multiple screens simply because I can have applications maximized on separate screens. Whether it be surfing the web, working with spreadsheets, or debugging applications.
As for gaming, a single, large screen would be fun. Add in left & right screens and it's even better.
What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?
I've used Avast (okay), AVG (slow), and Vipre (annoying).
Compared to those, Microsoft Security Essentials has presented me with the fewest problems (none in fact), runs the quickest from an old, trusty, 1.4 GHz Pentium with XP Pro to a newer HP Laptop with Windows 7, and more importantly, has stopped several drive-by trojan installs (one came from MSNBC of all places).
Don't even get me started on Symantec.
Are you working right now?
Q: What food group makes women desire less sex?
A: Wedding Cake
Inside the Windows 7 Launch Party Pack
I like it - can I use that on my posters? ;)
Inside the Windows 7 Launch Party Pack
I received my package yesterday and it had everything mentioned in the article plus balloons, streamers, and a few more goodies. Sounds like their package wasn't complete.
The way we're going to do it is I'll install a temp copy of 7 on my laptop, show a few things I know, and then let my guests play with it. We're also hosting a BBQ, playing some GH, RB, Wii Sports, and just plain chilling out.
I'm still undecided on whether to raffle off the single goodies (e.g. playing cards) or do some kind of trivia game: what kind of car was BG driving when he got hauled for the infamous mugshot?
After everyone's gone home I'll simply put my production hard drive back in the laptop and start using with my copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. :)
All in all, it should be a good time just getting together and hanging out.
Cops Play Wii During Undercover Drug Raid
More appropriate as a Law & Order episode :)
TiVo Relaunching As a Patent Troll?
We use it all the time. That's why we have both a Comcast DVR & TiVo (with Netflix) hooked up in the family room.
Science, Technology, Natural History Museums?
Even better than Pirates! at the Field Museum is the Dinosaur Exhibit, Sue, the world's largest, most complete and most famous T. Rex., and the Tsavo Lions upon which the film "The Ghost and the Darkness" was based.
Best Free Open Source Software For Windows
Or if you want pictures browse to the print view of the article.
DevX Diverts Marketing Dollars to Home Building
whitefox (16740) writes "The CTO of DevX announced on their corporate blog that in place of spending marketing money on an extravagant booth at Microsoft Tech-Ed to be held June 7-10 in New Orleans, they would instead make do with a 10x10 booth and put the money towards building a new home for some deserving family in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Some cynics might paint this a PR stunt; I agree and say we need more like this."
The Reverse Geocache Puzzle Box
whitefox (16740) writes "An enterprising friend of the bride & groom hands them a wedding gift. They unwrap it to find a locked, wooden box the size of a book with a small LCD screen and a single button. When they press the button, assuming a GPS signal is available, a message appears:
Bonsoir, famille Immel!
This is attempt 2 of 50.
What follows is an interesting story on the creation of a puzzle box that will only unlock itself when it's in the right geographic location and its presentation to the newlyweds. A follow-up sequel to the story is now available."
It's official - March 14th is National Pi Day
whitefox (16740) writes "The scoop from CNet is that the "The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a resolution introduced two days earlier that designates March 14, 2009 (3/14, get it?) as National Pi Day. It urges schools to take the opportunity to teach their students about Pi and 'engage them about the study of mathematics.'" I doubt it'll ever become a national holiday — but the Pi string in the article is pretty cool in a nerdy, sorta way."
whitefox (16740) writes "As reported by the BBC, computer science teachers at West Nottinghamshire College have created an education module for Neverwinter Nights that encourages disaffected or unmotivated students who play to increase their literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills through game interaction."
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