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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

whitefox The Late, Great Planet Earth (1365 comments)

"The Late, Great Lanet Earth" by Hal Lindsey.

more than 2 years ago

Today, Everybody's a Fact Checker

whitefox David Brooks (NYT) said it best (143 comments)

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."

more than 2 years ago

Prince of Persia Source Code Released On Github

whitefox 5-1/4" USB Floppy Drive? (101 comments)

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?

more than 2 years ago

Things That Turbo Pascal Is Smaller Than

whitefox Re:Not an EXE, it was a COM file, people (487 comments)

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.]

more than 3 years ago

Apple's Siri As Revolutionary As the Mac?

whitefox Except for stutterers (692 comments)

It may be revolutionary but for people who stutter - like myself - and others with speech impairments it's disconcerting.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It

whitefox Re:This is why I still use Windows XP (862 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Inside Netflix's WebKit-Based UI For TV Devices

whitefox NetFlix sucks on iPads (39 comments)

Is this the same stack they use on their website? The same one that renders their website unusable on iPads?

more than 3 years ago

Smithsonian Unveils 'Art of Games' Voting Results

whitefox Sports? (183 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Girl quits job on dry erase board, emails entire o

whitefox Fake (4 comments)

According to an update on gizmodo this is more likely a fake.

more than 4 years ago

SketchUp 7.1 Architectural Visualization

whitefox I'm confused (62 comments)

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?

more than 4 years ago

Plotting a Coup In the Internet Age

whitefox Similar to "The Whole Truth" by David Baldacci (183 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

AMD Multi-Display Tech Has Problems, Potential

whitefox I would go multiple screens (138 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

whitefox Re:Microsoft (896 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Are you working right now?

whitefox Re:Leaving in a bit (338 comments)

Q: What food group makes women desire less sex?

A: Wedding Cake

more than 4 years ago

Inside the Windows 7 Launch Party Pack

whitefox I'm not sure what they got... (267 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

TiVo Relaunching As a Patent Troll?

whitefox Re:It's Netscape VS MS Again.. (335 comments)

We use it all the time. That's why we have both a Comcast DVR & TiVo (with Netflix) hooked up in the family room.

more than 5 years ago



DevX Diverts Marketing Dollars to Home Building

whitefox whitefox writes  |  more than 4 years ago

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 whitefox writes  |  more than 5 years ago

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.
Distance 391km
*Access Denied*
Powering off...

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 whitefox writes  |  more than 5 years ago

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."


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