Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?
Cut the poor guy some slack. He clearly has been living with a slow internet connection and hasn't quite figured out that bandwidth and learning don't scale linearly together.
Development To Begin Soon On New Star Control Game
If you didn't like the game, you clearly don't have a sense of humor. Here, watch these Monty Python vids and then come back and play the game again. It really will help.
Amazon Selects Their Favorite Fake Customer Reviews
I'm reading this while wearing my three wolf moon shirt. It's the best shirt in the world, if only it glowed in the dark.
Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?
Many companies won't give more information than this. I know Intel doesn't for legal reasons. That's why I list my employers, but my references are colleagues I've worked with.
IE Flaw Lets Sites Track Your Mouse Cursor, Even When You Aren't Browsing
Here, I'll RTFA for you, hopefully you're not too lazy to read this reply :)
It's dangerous if you're using virtual keyboards, as they can then track where your mouse is and potentially work as a keylogger.
The ThinkPad Goes Ultrabook — ThinkPad X1 Carbon Tested
Um, the W's are Workstation grade laptops. They come with high end graphics cards meant for heavy CAD use, quad core CPUs and 32G of RAM, and high res screens. My w520 is fully loaded and kicks serious butt. It's in the same league as the Dell Precision and HP Elitebook W series laptops.
Ask Slashdot: How Do You Securely Store Private Information For Posterity?
Easy, just write them on post-its and attach it to your monitor at work. It's the most secure location there is.
You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA
...with the body turned all the way around with the free hand hitting the screaming kids in the back seat.
Bufferbloat — the Submarine That's Sinking the Net
My wife had very strict requirements in the naming of our kids. She scrutinized every suggestion I ever made, just to see if there was some strange connection to technology that I was trying to sneak in there.
When it came time to name my son, I managed to massage the suggestions in such a way that his initials came out to be TTY. As she mulled the name over in her head, she said, "Hmm, TTY. I've heard of that, what does that stand for?" I replied with an uninterested voice, "Um, I think it stands for teletypewriter. I think they use it for deaf people on phones."
That didn't sound very geeky to her, so she let it slide. To this day, she doesn't realize how awesome it is that my son's initials are TTY :)
IETF Drops RFC For Cosmetic Carbon Copy
You could always use "Forward", which includes the original message along with the list of original recipients.
China Hits Back At Google
The war between China and Google will certainly become more interesting when Google develops its own nuclear weapons. They probably have all the information they need to complete them, all they have to do is... google it.
x86 Assembler JWASM Hits Stable Release
"January 2010 is an exciting month for x86 assembly language developers"
Somehow I have a hard time imagining a bunch of x86 assembly programmers getting excited. I've done assembly on a lot of different architectures, and I can't say "excitement" was ever a term I'd use to describe any emotions related to it.
"Oh wow! There's a new tool that might make some poor saps lives suck slightly less! This is such an awesome month!"
Is CentOS Hurting Red Hat?
When I worked at RH, I never heard anyone say anything bad about CentOS. CentOS is a good community member. As they rebuild and test packages, they find lots of bugs themselves. They either fix it themselves and send the patches upstream to RH, or file bug reports. Again, it's like having free QA.
And RHEL is after a different market than CentOS. RHEL is for companies that need the insurance of support. These companies need to know that if something goes wrong, someone will be there to help them fix it, or come out and fix it. Sure, you might be able to get someone on a community mailing list to solve the problem, but that kind of support is kind of hit and miss. You need better insurance than that if you've got projects being delayed because of a major issue.
CentOS also has the benefit that the rising generation of geeks without $$$$ can get experience using a RHEL-like OS. So when they start working for big companies who need RHEL, they already have all the expertise they need.
RHEL also has some things that don't make it out to CentOS. RHEL's Satellite Server is nothing short of amazing when it comes to managing large networks of RHEL boxes. They took their up2date server, which all RHEL boxes register with to get updates, and then made that a separate product. So instead of RHEL boxes registering with RH, they can register with their own satellite server to get updates. And with that, they've added all sorts of provisioning options, so you can push out all the updates from the server. Or you can have a group of computers all be installed, upgraded, downgraded, etc, without having to physically visit each system or even manually log into each one. You can control everything from the satellite server.
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