'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel
To paraphrase Feynman, all accurate science is good science because despite how meaningless you may think your findings are, someone in the future may come along and do something wonderful with them. Keep asking 'why'.
How Did You Learn How To Program?
I learned in summer school in the 1970's on the old MECC timeshare system in Minnesota.
My kids are now a product of the same school district, and due to a changed world, summer school
offerings are now limited to remedial courses, and so they have less opportunity to learn programming
at school than I did.
USPS To Launch Line of Smart Clothing
Since they are trying to strengthen their brand awareness, they should have a catchy advertising slogan for this new clothing line.
I'd suggest "Go postal!"
Ask Slashdot: Really Short Time Wasters?
A hand of bridge is a good choice, because each is like a puzzle to solve.
I keep alive an old Handspring Visor PDA for this sole purpose.
Don't tie up the bathroom stall when people are waiting though :)
What EMC Looks For When It's Hiring
EMC is the new CA
Surface Pro Sold Out; Was It Just Understocked?
All the pro-Surface stories I've seen over the last few months don't pass the sniff test.
They all give me the impression that MS marketing is pulling out all the stops for this one,
sensing serious implications if they fail.
MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign
(It has already been pointed out that Google moved the old behavior into what they call "Verbatim search", found under "Search tools")
I agree with your sentiment--IMHO this is telling of changes within Google. Geeks drove Google to the top of the search engine precisely
because of the ability to locate only exactly what you want. Apparently within Google the marketers have wrested control from the techies, falling into the "more search results must be better" trap.
Has Lego Sold Out?
My 15 year old stopped with the legos about 3 years ago (I will always remember the day he had $20 of birthday money to spend and ultimately chose a CD instead)
At least in our house, after one of the fancy kits got built once, the instructions were promptly lost or eaten by the dog, and all the legos ended up in 1 giant bin. Then the real fun started (the creative part)
Ask Slashdot: Hackable Portable Music Player For Helicopters?
To answer my own question, it appears that you can install on real devices provided you pay the $99/year fee. Still rubs me the wrong way as it seems like an artificial restriction that I can't run what I wrote on what I bought without giving apple more cash.
Ask Slashdot: Hackable Portable Music Player For Helicopters?
Are you sure? Last time I looked into this, you could write the software using an emulator but the only way to actually get it onto any device (including your own) was via the app store approval process.
'The Hobbit' Pub Threatened With Lawsuit
Zaentz can't dance, but he'll steal your money
Watch him or he'll rob you blind
'Honey Stick' Project Tracks Fate of Lost Smartphones
About 10 years ago I was driving along a gravel road in rural Minnesota and spotted a phone in the road.
During the first few hours I made a point of answering this phone so that I could get the word out that
the owner's phone had been lost. Almost without exception the people who called refused to believe that
I wasn't the owner of the phone playing some trick on them. Then I was accused of stealing the phone
and later of wanting money for its return. Seriously, I was verbally attacked by these morons for simply
trying to arrange a place for its return. Eventually I told one of these people which gas station I was leaving
it at, and simply left it there with a confused cashier. The whole experience was surreal; I felt like I had been
sucked into this person's life. It would make a good movie plot I think. Needless to say when I see an apparently
lost phone now, I just ignore it and walk away.
A Third of World's Spam From One Russian Man
King's Dark Tower Series To Be Adapted For Film, TV
If you like Stephen King, and don't mind reading long serials while getting the feeling that nothing will ever be resolved to your satisfaction, I'd say go for it.
In my case I gave up after a book or two because I personally don't like the feeling that nothing will ever be resolved to your satisfaction.
Should Developers Have Access To Production?
Agreed, and I think it depends on your environment and what type of staff you have and how qualified they are.
For example, if a required service has moved to some other TCP port and production is down because of it, you can wait hours
for a solution, or a well-qualified and trusted developer can edit the port setting in the deployed code and get everything
back up in minutes.
How To Behave At a Software Company?
Don't wait until immediately before before code freeze.
Your code will have to interact with the rest of the system and by waiting
until the last minute you are potentially introducing integration issues into
the mix at the worst possible time.
Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot
In Hollywood movies, the bad guy always draws first, and the bad guy always gets shot. QED
The First Robot To Cross the Atlantic Ocean Underwater
Did no one else else immediately think of Gilligan's Island? Granted that robot _walked_ across the bottom of the _Pacific_ Ocean. Maybe I'm just showing my age.
Facebook To Preserve Accounts of the Dead
What about people who aren't actually dead, but have jumped the shark?
Bug Means High School Students' Schedule Errors May Last Days
A couple of years ago when my daughter showed up for middle school orientation, all of her 6th grade class had been given slips of paper with the WRONG locker combination.
Mayhem ensues. One can easily imagine that schools aren't experts in tasks like this, although you can certainly argue that they should be. Probably some poor teacher with half a clue about technology was assigned the task of distributing locker combinations, and no one bothered to check before the slips were handed out. Ultimately there's no accountability for stuff like this so the situation is not likely to change any time soon.
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