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+ - The GNU Manifesto Turns Thirty->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: It was March, 1985 when Richard M. Stallman published the GNU Manifesto in Dr. Dobb’s Journal of Software Tools. Thirty years on, The New Yorker has an article commemorating its creation and looking at how it has shaped software in the meantime. "Though proprietary and open-source software publishers might appear at the moment to have the upper hand, Stallman’s influence with developers (among whom he is known simply by his initials, 'rms') remains immense. When I asked around about him, many people spoke of him as one might of a beloved but eccentric and prickly uncle. They would roll their eyes a bit, then hasten to add, as more than one did, 'But he’s right about most things.' I told Stallman that I’d spoken with several developers who venerate his work, and who had even said that without it the course of their lives might have been altered. But they don’t seem to do what you say, I observed; they all have iPhones. 'I don’t understand that either,' he said. 'If they don’t realize that they need to defend their freedom, soon they won’t have any.'"
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+ - Ask Slashdot: Advice for domain name registration

Submitted by codepigeon
codepigeon writes: Hello, Slashdot! I would like to ask for your advice on selecting a domain name registration service to use (possibly registration with website hosting?). The last time I registered a domain name was around 1999, so I am out of touch with the current offerings.

I have visited a few of the major players' websites. They seem (mostly) similar in prices and services. I have also seen both positive and negative reviews for those companies. I am concerned about being locked in, or surprised with hidden fees. (I paid $75US for a year of service in 1999, now it is only $10.99US?)

I have been trolling slashdot for about 15 years and respect the views of the users here more than anywhere else. I would love to hear your advice and/or warnings in this matter. I am looking to register a domain name for a development studio that is at the ground level (read: I'm the sole member). I have published a single app to one of the big app stores already and want to have a 'web presence' to publish information about my software and give users a place to submit complaints/requests. I currently don't see the need for any kind of major backend support for the website; simple html or javascript.

Which is the most trustworthy company to use for registration? Which ones have hidden fees or privacy problems?

Thank you.

+ - Speaking a second language may change how you see the world->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit writes: Where did the thief go? You might get a more accurate answer if you ask the question in German. How did she get away? Now you might want to switch to English. Speakers of the two languages put different emphasis on actions and their consequences, influencing the way they think about the world, according to a new study. The work also finds that bilinguals may get the best of both worldviews, as their thinking can be more flexible.
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+ - Drone operator caught flying between two news helicopters at above 1500 feet

Submitted by Bomarc
Bomarc writes: KIRO TV news in Seattle, WA is reporting an incident where a person was flying a drone above 1,500 feet, and near (between) two news helicopters. There is video footage of the drone and of the person flying his drone above and between the two news helicopters (reporting on a local fire). The 10 minute video includes clear images of the drone, the operator recovering it.

+ - New evidence of child-smuggling in ancient Mayan human sacrifices

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: Isotope testing of the teeth of the skeletons of children found in a cave in Belize has found that none had come from that region, suggesting that the children were kidnapped from other neighboring communities before they were sacrificed to the Mayan gods.

Though the data is still being crunched (the full report will be published when Lorenz presents her thesis later this year), initial analysis indicates that the children whose bones littered the Midnight Terror Cave did not come from the surrounding Upper Roaring River Valley, where the cave is located, or even from Belize. In fact, the young victims appear to have been brought to this spot from as far as 200 miles away (an enormous distance in the 9th century), before being taken deep into the earth to have their beating hearts cut from their chests to appease any number of angry gods.

The article is fascinating not only for the profound archeological discoveries it documents but also for its detailed description of the science process itself. It’s also is brutally honest. Even though these results cast a poor light on ancient Indian culture, something that is very political incorrect in today’s world, the author minces no words, even if he does wring his hands a bit about these conclusions.

+ - White House Proposal Urges All Federal Websites To Adopt HTTPS

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie writes: In an effort to close security gaps that have resulted in multiple security breaches of government servers, the Obama administration on Tuesday introduced a proposal to require all publicly accessible federal websites to use the HTTPS encryption standard.

"The majority of federal websites use HTTP as the as primary protocol to communicate over the public Internet," reads the proposal on the website of the U.S. Chief Information Officer. "Unencrypted HTTP connections create a privacy vulnerability and expose potentially sensitive information about users of unencrypted Federal websites and services."

+ - Google finally explains why Glass failed->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Google's "Director of Moonshots" Astro Teller gave the final keynote of SXSW's explicitly tech-centric portion, in order to proudly embrace the kind of failure that's usually anathema to the tech industry.
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+ - Al Gore: Climate Change Deniers Should Be Punished->

Submitted by KermodeBear
KermodeBear writes: At the SXSW conference, Al Gore gave a speech in which he claimed that anyone who rejectes "accepted science" should be punished. No matter what side of the climate debate you prefer, the concept of punishing skeptics of any kind seems to return us to the times when religious institutions did the exact same thing to scientists and members of other faiths.

Should there be a consequence, aside from the disapproval of your peers, for those who reject any kind of "accepted science," or should we always be free to question the status quo and try to poke holes in commonly held beliefs?

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Comment: Re: First Post (Score 1) 447

by Gorshkov (#49254173) Attached to: Homeopathy Turns Out To Be Useless For Treating Medical Conditions

The FDA recalls or the drug industry (quietly) pulls 3out of every 4 or 5 drugs the FDA approves, because they have caused "unforeseen hazards", which is f'in laughable since they are supposed to be going through long drug trials to prevent "unforeseen hazards"

I really, really, REALLY want to see a citation for those figures you're throwing around.

Comment: how is this possibly news? (Score 3, Insightful) 580

by Gorshkov (#49042773) Attached to: Low Vaccination Rates At Silicon Valley Daycare Facilities

Of 12 day care facilities affiliated with tech companies, six—that’s half—have below-average vaccination rates, according to the state’s data.

In other words, half the day care facilities were below average, and half were above. Isn't that kinda/sort the DEFINITION of average?

Comment: Re:Can I have some of what you're smoking? (Score 1) 334

by Gorshkov (#48181583) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

A land-grab in the ocean? The Battle of Ellesmere Island?

I think there's about as much chance of having a small arms conflict in the Arctic as there is of Putin invading Greenland riding a polar bear. What exactly do you envision? Canadian troops invading Novaya Zemlya? The Arctic is unpopulated in a way that is difficult to describe. There is no one to shoot, and even getting there is a huge logistical problem. I'm pretty sure you've never been to the Arctic, but for the sake of argument, is there any basis to these ideas of yours?

It's when reading things like this that I miss the Cold War ..... :)

CFS Alert, on the northern tip if Ellesmere Island is an intelligence station (COMINT & SIGINT). I had two tours there, 6 months each, during the lat '70s.

During my 2nd tour, we had a base defense exercise. The scenario (such as it was), was that for some strange reason, the Soviets decided to drop a regiment of paratroopers to attack the base while the Bears flew overhead to rain nuclear destruction on North America. Our mission was to defend the base - specifically, the operations building - long enough to destroy all the classified material contained therein.

We were freaking squints, not frikking pongos ....... even so, they figured we should be able to hold out for 4-6 hours before being overrun. Personally, I think they were being optimistic.

Too bad they also discovered that it would take us 3-4 weeks to destory all the classified material .......

Comment: Re: May I suggest (Score 5, Interesting) 334

by Gorshkov (#48181507) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Full disclosure: I'm 56 years old, and still own a Lee-Enfield that was given to me by my father when I was 13, which originally belonged to HIS father. It still works as well as it did the day I got it.

I grew up in Labrador, hunting fishing and camping. I had two tours of CFS Alert, at 82 deg 30 min North. I've been to Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Churchill, Tuktoyuktuk, Iqualiuit, and very many places in between. Believe me, I've seen cold - but cold isn't even the biggest problem.

The Rangers are generally either Innu or Amerind. Technically, they are on duty or on call 24/7. Most of those involved in the Rangers still follow their traditional lifestyles - they hunt, fish, and trap for a living, and spend their time outdoors.

They don''t carry multiple weapons - they don't have the space or weight to spare, given the rest of their kit. That's why the Lee-Enfield has lasted as long as it has - it can be used to hunt for seal, moose or caribou, or defence against moose (ugly, nasty brutes - very evil tempered), wolves, or polar bears. You can hit a target out to about 350 yards or so - more than sufficient for any practical use, and long enough that you don't have to do extra laundry because a polar bear decided that you looked like a snack.

In the meantime - the rifle is carried around on your back while you're going through thick brush, getting banged and nicked as you go. It's sitting in the bottom of a canoe, or a kayak. it's getting banged around while sitting on the running boards of the snowmobile. It's in the bottom of a 12 foot motor boat while you go from island to island in the Arctic Ocean, getting banged around and covered with salt spray. It's stuffed where ever it can fit on the dogsled (yes, they are still used in some places). And after all that crap and abuse, you just have to pick the thing up, and it will hit what you aim at. No fuss, no muss.

Bottom line: Stand me in the world's best gun shop, give me unlimited credit, and tell me I can take one - and ONLY one weapon. I'll take the Lee-Enfield, every time. And I'll still be using it when every other weapon there has died of old age or just disintegrated because of the environment.

I pity the poor bastard that has to make the decision on the replacement. I'm just glad it's not me.

Comment: Re:Why just vaccines? (Score 1) 493

by Gorshkov (#47119343) Attached to: Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

People with any number of diseases are a potential public health threat. HIV comes to mind. But putting health records into one big database might allow for the types of research to identify patterns of disease that don't rise above the 1 in 1000 or 1 in 10,000 threshold that most studies are limited to. Picking on vaccinations rather than just linking all health records to a centralized database seems narrow and punitive rather that good public policy.

Except that you're not going to catch HIV from somebody standing next to you at the bus stop, just because they said hello to you and breathed in your general direction

Comment: Re:Hrm...fuck off (Score 1) 354

by Gorshkov (#46078511) Attached to: New Russian Fighter Not Up To Western Standards
Except, nothing according to ANY wiki can be considered to be anything but suspect. Personal (and professional) opinion is that they did exist. -- signed, somebody who has an honours degree in Soviet & East European Studies, and has used the name Gorshkov (yes, from the self-same Admiral) on the internet since the early '80s.

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