Stephen Hawking's New Speech System Is Free and Open-source
did anyone find themselves reading the summary in the Stephen Hawking machine voice? Every time his name comes up, I hear the voice.
Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting
"a failed justice system"
Show me the failure here... The grand jury found no probably cause to proceed. That's the way the system works, all available evidence is reviewed and a decision is made. Remember that whole 'innocent until proven guilty" bit? Also, show me where burning down your neighbors home/car/business makes any point other than that you are a lawless punk. Hey, next time I get really mad about something, why don't I go burn your neighborhood down, that should really get you on my side...
U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras
"We're not asking for perfect. We're asking for better"
You must live under a rock... The mindset in the USA these days from local government all the way up to Federal level is that all solutions must be perfect solutions and make everyone happy. So...nothing really gets done. Some places do seem to buck this trend, but I see it more and more.
This is what happens when "moderate" or "center" become dirty words. We're getting a nation of extremists that refuse to compromise. It's pathetic and embarrassing.
Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man
"Right. Because they totally don't pay attention to anything else. You know, like how many houses, cars, or basketball teams he owns."
Finding those things out requires conversation... If she says "thanks for the drink, I was just leaving" at the the first sight of your baldness, how will you get to that point? Assuming your idea of casual conversation does not involve screaming "I HAVE N HOUSES!!!" at her back as she walks away, of course...
Valve's Steam Machines Delayed, Won't Be Coming In 2014
given that after 7 years they have yet to release a conclusion to the cliffhanger ending of Ep. 2 for one of the biggest games ever developed is it any surprise that they won't be releasing SteamBox on time? I've long since stopped caring about Ep. 3 and I won't hold my breath for SteamBox. Even if it is released, will Valve ensure a steady supply of content for it?
Virgin Galactic Passengers May Just Miss Going into Space
"Getting to orbit is a lot harder, yes; but that's an actual achievement, instead of a publicity stunt. You can actually do useful stuff once you're in orbit. You can't do that from a jumped-up fairground ride."
You mean useful like going in speedy circles around the planet for 50 years? Or useful like building a giant space station for 3 or 4 people to go around in speedy circles after the bus has left? What marvelous uses!
Those newfangled aeroplanes were quite the jumped-up fairground ride in their early days as well.
Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry
"Innovation is always built on the back of others"
But when it's Apple, it's just a logical progression of technology. When it's some other company, it's all rape and pillage. double standards are fun.
Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code
Today's fish is Trout a la Creme!
Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin
"If that were the case, then you'd expect them to think the older, more valuable one sounded better right away, not the newer, less special one; so this seems to be a statement against confirmation bias."
Nahhhh. after spending a million bucks and being underwhelmed they do what anyone with buyers remorse does...they start imagining things.
Why Are We Made of Matter?
dark matter is the aether! they were right all along, take that Einstein!!!!
Why Are We Made of Matter?
HA! Funny to think that somehow there was 1 extra atom of matter and that made all the difference in which one dominated.
Is DIY Brainhacking Safe?
nah... probably Celcius...
"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"
Yes... get over it, please. Will we have another 20 years of this crap on /.? The only difference between MS and Apple is that MS took the 800lb gorilla approach. Apple is just as much of a litigious, strongarmed, asshole of a company. They just manage to be smarter about it, and to hide behind the 'we're so cool, trust us' image they've cultivated.
Not that it matters on /.. MS will be vilified for all eternity, while the flavor of the month companies will always get a pass because they take the time to lube up first.
"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"
"The thing I hate the most about their products they do not have a monopoly on: selling managers framework systems whose major purpose seems to be to coax the customer into a situation where buying more stuff is the easiest solution. "
Are you talking about Microsoft? or IBM? or Oracle? or Cisco? or everyone?
Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional
"Overthrowing an oppressive government (what the second amendment is about) requires modern military hardware. In this age, that means tanks, RPGs and military aircraft."
You mean like those guys in Afghanistan that have basically fought with limited means against 2 major superpowers until said superpowers had enough and left?
Personally, I don't think it would ever go as far as armed uprising. The federal government would rather see secession right and left rather than face the reality of another Civil War with modern weapons. The limp noodle backbone of Washington DC may come home to roost one day...
The Hobbit and Game of Thrones Top Most Pirated Lists of 2013
what would have made you happy? Michael Bay directing The Hobbit as a two hour explosion fest? You want to see shitting all over a beloved short novel? Try the Starship Troopers movie. Now, maybe 3 movies is a bit long, but at least it's being done by someone that cares about the source material. Did you ever think that sometimes the only way to sell this stuff to those sleazy execs is to give them a way to milk it?
It's incredible that people will sit around and bitch about getting too much entertainment at a time when most studios would be happy to give you a 90 min stinker like the latest Conan remake for the same price.
Possible Habitable Planet Just 12 Light Years Away
OBVIOUSLY, the Magratheans are staging the backup copy of Earth in anticipation of the Mayan apocalypse. To the best of my knowledge all of my friends are from where they claim to be from, so it looks like I'll be stuck here.
Huge Pumice Rock 'Island' Seen Floating In South Pacific
I thought Dr. Doolittle took care of that floating mess.
Valve Removes Right For Class Action Claims From EULA
You can probably lay this one at the feet of crap companies like UBISOFT. An actual Valve game will likely never be cause for a class action suit. What this is, is an attempt to protect themselves from being the scapegoat for OTHER publishers' stupidity. I'm pointing to the recent announcement that UBIPLAY or whatever it's called has been installing rootkits on users computers. It's not Valve's fault that Ubisoft slipped some crap like this into their installer and they are rightly concerned about being sued for it, even though they are just the delivery boy in this case. With this move, greedy class action lawyers will just bypass Valve and go after Ubi, which is the correct thing to do anyway.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Adding Free-To-Play Option In November
This is a good point. These new MMO's seem to be so dead set on being NOT WOW that they end up making mistakes Blizzard made years ago. If nothing else, WoW can show them what NOT to do, ever. No one expects 7 years of content like WoW at release. What's disappointing with most other MMO's is you've got 7 years of WoW to study, 7 years of failed WoW killers to study and they STILL can't get mechanics, interfaces and quality of life items right.
It's not like they are being tasked with inventing the MMO genre from scratch. It's really a pretty well defined game type. Imagine if someone said they were building the latest wonder car and then proceeded to ignore the last 30 years or so of automotive history. Recipe for failure.
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