Just add a virtual nose: http://www.wired.com/2015/04/r...
and the fact that normal usage melted it
I do have to point out that it wasn't "normal usage." The article says the laptop is designed to blow the hot air out from the bottom, but he had the laptop on a soft blanket so it couldn't do that. It would've gotten charred regardless of the OS if you're so stupid as to block the exhausts.
I'm all in favour of tossing the brat out. Besides, the water is starting to smell anyways.
In that case, even a password of 'veronica' should be strong enough to last until the breach is discovered (days?), the user notified
Considering how awfully many cases there have been where it has taken the company weeks or even months to notify anyone of the breach I'm going to have to disagree on that.
The plain simple truth is that complexity of a password is barely relevant at all when compared to the threat of an outright data breach at a provider. Who cares if your password is 'veronica' (your daughters name) or `myL1ttleBr0ny%` since an attacker isn't going to bother with brute forcing anything but '123456' and 'password' because they will get tarpitted by any reputable provider before they can guess anything out of a dictionary more than 5 entries long.
Your basis for saying bassword-complexity is irrelevant is that bad people would be doing online brute-forcing? They do matter somewhat when it comes to online-cracking, but the real relevancy doesn't lie there. The passwords matter when it comes to offline brute-forcing: the more complex the password the longer it'll take to crack it even if you have the hash for it. With good passwords and well-done hashing and salting you may end up cracking them for weeks by which time whoever you obtained them from will hopefully already have made their users change their passwords.
vi comes preinstalled in most *nixes, but it is just alien to your average user, and emacs - though it behaves more like what users expect - always ends confusing them because of the key chords
I'm not even an average user and I still have no idea how to use Vi or Emacs. At least Nano does what I want.
I don't know if you're obtuse on purpose or not, but I'll explain in any case: if a person wants to be able to take advantage of adaptive vsync, but they have an NVIDIA GPU their only choices are to buy into NVIDIA's lock-in or buy a new GPU *and* a new display. Both situations are anything but ideal.
"that didn't require monitor manufacturers to employ any proprietary add-ons, and that could be adopted by any GPU maker." -- I definitely like the general idea here, but NVIDIA trying to do lock-in and squeeze even more money out of people with requiring proprietary add-ons is only going to hurt the market; it forces manufacturers to choose either camp limiting markets, or both camps increasing costs. It's bullshit. NVIDIA should work with AMD and the other manufacturers on this, not against them.
Personally, I believe that all the issues you mentioned are only functions of time; given enough time all cars will be self-driving and all such issues will be solved. I do agree that all cars won't be self-driving any time soon, but I see no technical reason for why these things would suddenly stop advancing at some arbitrary point before such things can be ironed out.
How about the first bootup bit where you have to link your fucking admin account to a fucking online account?
You don't have to. You can just create a local account.
Second was that abomination of a start screen.
That's only a bother until you install a Start-menu replacement.
"When it’s not on the highway, one of the humans inside will take the wheel."
I agree with you. That quote right there pretty much undermines the whole "autonomously" - thing. Not to mention that it'll only be allowed to drive during a sunny day. Much, much less impressive than what the announcement here makes it look like. When the car can actually handle itself all the way from San Fransisco to New Your City (except for re-fueling), in any weather, night or day, including potholes on the road and construction work and whatnot *that's* when I'll be really impressed.
I guess Linus needs a new job.
I'm not sure this is a good thing. The extra melanin apparently gives the eye extra protection from UV rays. I guess if you live in the far north its no big issue but if you live in the southern hemisphere near the equator you may want to thing twice about this. That melanin is there for a reason
Good thing Slashdotters are protected, computer displays don't produce UV-rays!
I dunno about bloat, but after reading through the article I just don't see anything I'd need. I never liked mouse gestures, for example, and I don't need more keyboard shortcuts, I mostly just use ctrl+n, ctrl+w, ctrl+r and ctrl+s in Firefox and that's it. I also have no need to insert notes into websites or have an integrated e-mail client; I have separate programs for that if/when I need it. It just doesn't seem to offer anything for me.
I, for one, have been using Firefox from the moment it was first released and I used Netscape before that. I still do not feel they've "abandoned" me in any way, the browser is still full-featured and useable and better than any other browser I've tried. And yet, I haven't had to "wrestle" with addons nor have I so much as even looked at about:config, let alone changed anything there.