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!
The Yin and Yang of Hour of Code & Immigration Reform
Yes! Let's teach all the kids to be programmers! Who needs butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers? With a whole nation of programmers, Obamacare is just a sampling of the good things to come.
US Navy Launches Drone From Submerged Submarine
I knew the Navy's drone program was sunk.
Mediterranean Sea To Possibly Become Site of Chemical Weapons Dump
Be on the lookout for two headed fish!
Snowden Document Says Dutch Secret Service Hacks Internet Forums
News Flash! Intelligence agencies caught gathering intelligence! Film at 11!
The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?
We live in a remote area. There are two cell towers (AT&T and Verizon) in the county seat. They cover some, but not all of the local area. At our house, AT&T cell is blocked by a mountain. We get a little knife edge refraction signal, but you can't count on it. As far as using it for 911 calls, the idea is just silly.
If they get rid of the POTS, they pretty much get rid of phone service. Internet comes in by an rf link. We're pretty much the last house in the canyon we live in to get rf link internet or cell service. Everybody else uses smoke signals, satellite internet, or POTS.
Why doesn't the FCC do something useful, like bug the White House phones, and let the free market take care of the POTS demand?
Snowden Seeks International Help Against US Espionage Charges
Hang him, before he convinces someone important he isn't just a traitor in politically acceptable clothing.
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