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Comment: Re:Many warmer periods in the past with no AGW (Score 1) 832

Pretending (against all evidence) that climate change is mostly due to "larger natural forces" that we're helpless against, is not going to make those changes go away. We can already see them beginning, it's very clear they will get worse, and we will have to deal with them one way or another.

Only by accepting responsibility, then tackling the effects we are ourselves causing, can we minimise the upcoming costs. Thankfully, independent studies have repeatedly shown this IS possible and effective, particularly if we act sooner rather than later, and in fact is significantly cheaper than allowing the worst of the changes to occur then trying to adapt.

Inventing a tsunami as an excuse for doing nothing when the plumber is telling you your bathroom is flooding because your pipes are leaking, is just foolish. When that flooding will spread to apartments below you as well, inaction verges on criminal.

+ - Now you can get an Office 365 subscription for $6.99 a month 1

Submitted by DroidJason1
DroidJason1 (3589319) writes "Microsoft has launched Office 365 Personal, a lower-priced subscription option for users who want to use Office on only one PC. You can even use it on the iPad or a tablet. Office 365 Personal is priced at $6.99 a month, or $69.99 for a year. Previously, the company offered a package that costed $10 a month or $100 a year for five PCs."

+ - Bullied Student Records Bullies, Gets Hit With Felony Charges For Violation->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Here comes another story highlighting the danger of schools "outsourcing" their disciplinary problems to law enforcement. As we've stated before, this does nothing more than turn routine misconduct into criminal behavior, which is a great way to derail a student's future.

A Pennsylvania teen, who claimed to have been bullied constantly (and ignored by school administration), made an audio recording of his tormentors using a school-supplied iPad. He brought this to the school's attention, which duly responded by calling the cops to have him arrested for violating Pennsylvania's wiretapping law. (h/t to Techdirt reader btr1701)

Maybe the future holds better outcomes, but for right now, everyone involved had a chance to stop this from reaching this illogical conclusion, but no one — from the administrators to their legal team to local law enforcement to the presiding judge — was interested in reining this in. In the end, it looks as though an innate desire to punish someone was satisfied every step of the way."

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+ - IRS: give us machine-readable tax formulas

Submitted by johndoe42
johndoe42 (179131) writes "Now that tax day is almost over, it's time to ask the IRS to make it less painful. All of the commercial tax software is awful, overpriced, and incompatible with everything else. Some people have tried to do better: OpenTaxSolver and a rather large Excel spreadsheet are tedious manual translations of the IRS's forms. I'm sure that many programmers would try to make much friendlier tax software if they didn't have to deal with translating all of the IRS instructions. Let's petition the IRS to publish computerized formulas so that this can happen."

+ - Please Put OpenSSL Out of Its Misery->

Submitted by CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot (671517) writes "Writing for the ACM, Poul-Henning Kamp claims that "OpenSSL must die, for it will never get any better." The reasons being that OpenSSL has become a dumping ground of un-organized contributions. "We need a well-designed API, as simple as possible to make it hard for people to use it incorrectly. And we need multiple independent quality implementations of that API, so that if one turns out to be crap, people can switch to a better one in a matter of hours.""
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+ - What good print media is out there that hasn't already died?

Submitted by guises
guises (2423402) writes "A recent story discussing the cover of Byte Magazine reminded me of just how much we've lost with the death of print media. The Internet isn't what took down Byte, but a lot of other really excellent publications have fallen by the wayside as a result of the shift away from the printed page. We're not quite there yet though, there seem to still be some holdouts, so I'm asking Slashdot: what magazines (or zines, or your newsletter) are still hanging around that are worth subscribing too while I still have the chance?"

+ - Cold War sneakiness: CIA confirms using Dr. Zhivago as a weapon->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "Interesting admission from the Central Intelligence Agency as it confirmed the long-held suspicion that it indeed had a role in publishing the first Russian-language edition of Doctor Zhivago after the book had been banned in the Soviet Union in 1958. The details: April 11th the CIA posted to its public website nearly 100 declassified documents that detail the CIA's role in publishing Boris Pasternak's iconic novel — 1958 Nobel Prize for literature — in Russian which gave people within the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe the opportunity to read the book for the first time."
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Comment: Re:Nothing Inherently Wrong? (Score 1) 531

by geekoid (#46759671) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Your software wasn't updates to win 8. How is the MS's fault?

Maybe you should check with the software makers of software you make before upgrading the OS?
"Talking about start up time, my main machine went from 50 seconds to 1 minute 20 seconds to start up."
People keep saying that, but no one can actually prove it and I have used it on 100's of machines and seen an decrease.

Comment: Re:Upgrade, don't update. (Score 1) 531

by geekoid (#46759649) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

I hepl run a server test group with 100 PC. Win 7 and win 8 machines. Performance wise win 8 is clearly better, stability wise we have only seen issues with 7.

" it likes to do things such as take multiple *minutes* before task manager appears on a core i5 machine with 8GB of RAM and 50% CPU utilization or less."
something is wrong with your machine. OR I build machines that are magic and just work faster then yours with the same basic specs.

" Linux is not an option for people who need to use real software."
yeah, all those server running linux aren't running real software.

You are clearly a whiner and hater and probably just making stuff up to make your self feel important.

Comment: Re:It's spelled out isn't it? 24 months support. (Score 1) 531

by geekoid (#46759613) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Just interface wise, everything under the hood is better.
I know someone that was t the meeting to decide whether or not to only allow metro. There were over 100 people in it. It was, apparently, a prime example of how a room full of smart people can talk themselves into a bad decision.

That said, I have found metro to be far easier and faster to use then the win 7 interface. A lot faster.
The people that seem to have the hardest time our people that can't break there think out of the antiquated directory/file way of thinking.
Obviously small data size, and an anecdote. So take it for what it's worth(nothing:)

+ - Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants to "Fix" the Second Amendment-> 1

Submitted by CanHasDIY
CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "In his yet-to-be-released book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, John Paul Stevens, who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court for 35 years, believes he has the key to stopping the seeming recent spate of mass killings — amend the Constitution to exclude private citizens from armament ownership. Specifically, he recommends adding 5 words to the 2nd Amendment, so that it would read as follows:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.”

What I find interesting is how Stevens maintains that the Amendment only protects armament ownership for those actively serving in a state or federal military unit, in spite of the fact that the Amendment specifically names "the People" as a benefactor (just like the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth) and of course, ignoring the traditional definition of the term militia. I'm personally curious as to what his other 5 suggested changes are, but I guess we'll have towait until the end of April to find out."

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