Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language
I hate that I can't build a string by doing "Foo" + i (where i is an integer) [...]
Try the following:
"Foo %s" % i
Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos
I thought there was a certain discrepancy between their middle school talk about manhood and their using the Goatse guy symbol in the green infochart (bottom right, above the "male nude selfies")...
It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)
Reminds me of a good friend of mine who after an evening spent binge drinking got on his bicycle, put both feet on the pedals (without pedaling) and tried to turn the grip on the right handlebar, thinking he was on a motorbike. At that point gravity took over and ended the show.
After Knocked-Down Damages Claim, Apple Again Seeks to Ban Some Samsung Phones
As much as Apple might prefer otherwise, nailing the execution is not a patentable achievement, [...] (emphasis mine)
Also, Pontius Pilatus might claim prior art...
Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car
Marchionne is a whiner. FIAT has a history of living off public money for the past 50 or 60 years. During the past years Marchionne has repeatedly requested money from the Italian government in a way that I wouldn't hesitate to describe as extortion: "Either we receive [amount of money] from the government or we close shop and move to a different country; think of all the workers!" In spite of all the subsidies and tax cuts and whatnot received, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have moved their fiscal base to London and their legal base to Amsterdam last January. So they receive money from Italy but build the cars and pay their taxes elsewhere. Brilliant.
In my eyes Marchionne is now trying his game in CA: whine about "unfair legislation" and request subsidies to "level out the field".
Orca Identified As 103 Years Old
Please ignore, posting to undo wrong moderation.
How the USPS Killed Digital Mail
...And what would Outbox do when your Aunt Sally sent you a birthday card with a $20 bill in it?
Send you the scan and pocket the bill. D'oh.
NASA Honors William Shatner With Distinguished Public Service Medal
Not to take anything away from Shatner but it was James Doohan (Scotty, for the whippersnappers out there) who inspired a lot of people to become engineers. Shatner was more the alpha-male-chasing-the-girls type.
Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down
Hugo Chavez, Fred Phelps, or Jane Fonda would be very bad choices as business leaders because they come with a ton of bad PR.
There's a deeper problem than bad PR with two of those people. Just sayin'.
I prefer my peppers ...
Obligatory reading: Texas Chili Cook Off
MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet
I noticed the missing ) in your first post; it actually bugged me and would have haunted me all night had you not posted a correction. Thank you.
Oh, and here is the opening ( to the closing parenthesis above.
Debian Considering Long Term Support for Squeeze
[...] but particularly with devices running at remote locations, I admit to a bit more paranoia and skepticism.
Reminds me of upgrading a famous rpm-based distro in the nineties, it ended more often than not with a fresh install.
I find Debian's upgrades to be painless. Last week I upgraded remote servers (sitting in another country) to Wheezy; the whole process went so smooth it was nearly disappointing. These servers have now survived a few Debian release upgrades without ever seeing a remote hand.
Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8
GP never said it was right to take code in whatever form. Leaking a released build so that some "journalist" could publish a sensationalist headline and a few screenshots is one thing. No company can "make billions" off that. OTOH, leaking the source code of a proprietary OS could yield some money. Both ain't right (from a moral and a legal standpoint), but the distinction is important in order to assess the damage done.
To answer your question: If you give one of my software projects in binary form to a company I might be miffed. If you give them my source code rest assured I will be seriously pissed.
Police Say No Foul Play In Death of Bitcoin Exchange CEO Autumn Radtke
I worked as a proofreader for a newspaper at the beginning of the 90s, and the rule there (and at all other regional news outlets) was that suicides were never reported about. This unwritten rule had been established after a series of copycat suicides.
Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds
Any decent MTA will be able to handle aliases, this is by no means limited to internal mail systems. When you write to email@example.com, the destination SMTP server will look that address up. If it does not exist the message will be bounced with an error, if it is an alias for real.address@example org it will be delivered to just that account.
Rome Police Use Twitter To Battle Illegal Parking
To put those numbers into perspective: In 2011, 2.5 million traffic citations were filed in Rome, about 45% of those have been paid. In 2012 the number of citations dropped to 2.2 million of which 39% have been paid. (source)
The Changing Face of Robotics
Manna: Two Visions of Humanity's Future (also available on the Kindle) explores two different possible outcomes in a world with ubiquitous robots. Quite an interesting read.
RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance
The modern political arm of "Christianity" reminds me of what Gandhi (a Hindu) said. He said, "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians; they are nothing like your Christ."
This in turn reminds me of "The Second Coming", a novel by John Niven that I devoured a few months ago. The author paints a very different picture of God and Jesus, and both make it quite clear they can't stand Christians. I found this to be an excellent book, full of comedy and at the same time serious (and researched) stuff to think about.
From an interview with John Niven: "[...]if God and Jesus exist then surely they would be only Love and know only Love? The last thing they would be is these fearful, forbidding, judgemental figures that the religious right in America hold them up to be. They'd be dudes you'd want to hang with, as I'd put it in the novel."
DNA Detectives Count Thousands of Fish Using a Glass of Water
Two decades ago I worked in a small team of “fish counters” to earn something during my time at university. This team was from the local government’s department of environmental protection and headed by a biologist. We’d drive up to a river, pull out our portable generator, drop one pole in the water, and walk in the river with the other pole, stunning the fish between the poles (they don’t die electrocuted, they are just stunned for a little while). We’d fish them out with nets, place them in large buckets and bring them on land, where the biologist counted and classified them before returning them to the river. His reports were then mainly used to assess the damages after an environmental disaster.
Once we were called to a spot where an oil truck had ended up in a mountain river. While we approached the place we wondered how that could have happened - the road was straight, no obstacles, excellent road conditions. But when we arrived we understood: right before the spot where the truck had left the road was a huge billboard with an underwear ad, featuring a nice young lady in a thong and nothing else. The driver must have craned his neck until the truck touched down in the river.
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