Geographic Segregation By Education
I really thought this was rather obvious, and that everyone already knew it, whether they discussed it or not.
FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage
I doubt there are any safe uses for a drone. Do we really want a remotely controlled small aircraft flying around our homes and communities?
NASA Beams Hi-Def Video From Space Via Laser
What? I can't even escape the internet on the moon?
Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015
Why would anyone want to start anything on Windows 8?
For the First Time Ever, the FAA Is Trying To Fine a Drone Hobbyist
We just can't have things flying in populated areas without hte proper goverment controls. Pigeons and starlings are next!
Scientists Give Praying Mantises Tiny 3D Glasses
It won't last. 3D has never managed to keep the attention of the masses, and mantis' will be no different. Soon, they'll be preying for normal vision again.
Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?
My wife and I are grandparents, although a few years short of the 82 mark. I'm hesitant to recommend any flavor of Windows to anyone who just wants email, a web browser, and maybe a spreadsheet or word processing capability. I've had fair luck getting older XP users to transition to Zorin, which I believe may be intended for that purpose. Mint Linux, which I use, would come in a close second.
But some Windows users just must have Windows, possibly because they think they're familiar with it. Being forced to use Windows 7 or 8 may change a lot of that.
Terrafugia Wants Their Flying Car To Be Autonomous
I've lost count of the number of flying car designs I've seen over the years. It's always seemed a good idea on the surface, but almost no one buys them. Is there a reason to believe this will be different? Other than a "smoke and mirrors" or "whisling in the dark" answer.
Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance
It strikes me that this is Oklahoma's business, and they can do it however they want to.
US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'
If Kerry can be taken in by climate change, there can't be much to it,
NASA Knows How Mars Got a Jelly Doughnut
Everyone knows Mars is just the Venusian's Area 51. It's just a remnant of some secret high tech project.
Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates
And who pays (and how?) for the initial students who will later pay the tax?
Fracking Is Draining Water From Areas In US Suffering Major Shortages
Everyone said they were no frackin' good!
Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share
Joe Stalin passes Hitler in popularity.
Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?
1) NSA MAY have broken the law.
2) He definitely broke the law.
NSA may need some government action, because it isn't clear if they actually broke the law, or some individuals' interpretation of the constitution. Mr. Snowden definitely broke the law, and needs to be prosecuted.
Any altruism which might have been his objective - and I question if there really was any - is way overshadowed by his blatent disregard for the law. He didn't just release information about spying on US citizens; he released a lot of other information which has nothing to do with whistleblowing. This man did severe damage to our country, and needs to be punished accordingly.
Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa
Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?
The de-duplicator is called a human.
The New York Times Pushes For Clemency For Snowden
Unfortunately, in recent years, the NY Times appears to have become more opinion than fact. It's a free country, and they have a right to that opinion, but they should label it as such.
Snowden signed an agreement not to reveal NSA's information, and broke that agreement. There are paths provided for expressing concerns, none of which he appears to have taken.
It was his choice to break the law. Having done so, he does not deserve special treatment. A firing squad, which I don't believe the law provides in this case, would be more appropriate.
How Healthcare.gov Changed the Software Testing Conversation
It does not sound to me as though known management tools were used. Did they sit down with the government personnel in charge, and present their approach, and what the site would look like (menus, flow, etc) when finished? Were there testable milestones, and a final presentation of working software? It sure doesn't sound like it.
Google Doodle Remembers Computing Pioneer Grace Hopper
I have fond memories of her. On the one occasion I got to see her in person, I was a member of a student ACM chapter, and she was our guest speaker. I remember that she had very strong opinions, particularly about IBM.
At the time, the System 360 was all the rage, and had blue cabinets. She brought an 8080 to the presentation in a small, blue plastic case, commenting that she'd heard computers came in blue boxes. She also commented (again about the 360) that it couldn't be much of a machine, since it spent half of its time talking to itself, a reference to the operating system overhead.
I've often wondered what she'd think of computers and operating systems today, particularly Windows and Linux.
R.I.P. Grace Hopper. You're a hard lady to forget!
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