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Comment Re:Sans-Serif (Score 1) 125

Serifs on small displays or blocks of text are for readability. But for titles and headers, they are simply for style. There are two points of view style-wise. The first is that serifs are "classy" and sans-serifs are "childish". See the Wall Street Journal masthead for example. The other is that serifs are "old-fashioned" and "stodgy" while sans-serifs are "fun" and "exciting". This is obviously the view that Google holds, and they felt that their serif logo was holding them back. I happen to hold the former opinion, and think that this rebranding looks like it's made out of kids' refrigerator magnets.

Submission + - The MH370 Mystery Gets a Little Weirder->

schwit1 writes: It's been a month since a flaperon from a Boeing 777 was found a La Reunion beach and investigators still can't say definitively whether it came from MH370 or how it got to the island.

What was holding things up, it turned out, was that the ID plate that should have been attached to the inboard edge of the flaperon was missing. And that was not the only problem. According to the New York Times, Boeing and the National Transportation Safety Board found that the object did not match Malaysia Airlines' maintenance records. ...How the part found its way to a beach on La Reunion is another issue. The Depeche article contained a tantalizing hint. "According to a Toulouse aeronautics expert who requested anonymity," the article stated, "the element of the wing would not have floated for several months at the water's surface but would have drifted underwater a few meters deep." It's not yet known why investigators reached this conclusion, but one clue might be that the flaperon found on La Reunion was encrusted on every edge with goose barnacles. These animals are a type of crustacean that attaches while young to a floating object and spends its entire adult life affixed to the same spot. Since they obviously can only survive underwater, their distribution around the object suggests that the entirety of it must have spent at least several months submerged.

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Submission + - COMCAST to limit to 300Gb/month, or pay $30 extra->

An anonymous reader writes: Well, just received the email and after T-MOBILE, here we are: COMCAST is converting actual unlimited costumers' account to limited to 300Gb. If you exceed that, you'll be automatically billed $10 per 50Gb trunk.

Here its the email:
"We’re writing to let you know that we will be trialing a new XFINITY Internet data plan in your area. Starting October 1, 2015, your monthly data plan will include 300 GB. We’ll also trial a new “Unlimited Data” option that will give you the choice to purchase unlimited data for $30 per month in addition to your monthly Internet service fee.

The majority of XFINITY customers use less than 300 GB of data in a month, and therefore will not be affected by these changes. If you are not sure of your monthly data usage, please refer to the Track and Manage Your Usage section below.

Here are the details of the plan:

You’ll get 300 GB of data each month. If for any reason you exceed the 300 GB included in your plan in a month, we will automatically add blocks of 50 GB to your account for an additional fee of $10 each. We’re also implementing a three-month courtesy program. That means you will not be billed for the first three times you exceed the 300 GB included in the monthly data plan.

Here are the details of the Unlimited Data option:

If you don’t want a 300 GB data plan, the new Unlimited Data option is an alternative that provides additional choice and flexibility, especially for customers who use lots of data. You can choose to enroll in the Unlimited Data option at any time for an additional $30 a month, regardless of how much data you use. Enrollment in this option goes into effect on the first day of the subsequent calendar month. For additional information, click here.

Here are a few tools for you to easily track and manage your usage:

        Usage meter – Track how much data you have used each month with our usage meter.
        Data Usage Calculator — Estimate your data usage with our calculator tool. Simply enter information on how often and how much you typically use the Internet, and the calculator will estimate your monthly data usage.
        Notifications — If you are on the 300 GB plan, we will send you a courtesy "in-browser" notice and an email letting you know when you reach 90%, 100%, 110%, and 125% of your monthly data usage plan amount. You can also elect to receive notifications at additional thresholds as well as set up mobile text notifications. Learn more about notifications here. Notices will not be sent to customers who enroll in the unlimited data option.

If you have any additional questions about the new data usage plan,
please see our FAQs.

Thank you for being an XFINITY Internet Customer.


Please note that this is a consumer trial. Comcast may modify or discontinue this trial at any time. However, we will notify you in advance of any such change."

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Submission + - Gaming Computers Use a Truly Astonishing Amount of Energy

merbs writes: Worldwide, gaming computers suck down $10 billion worth of electricity (or 75 terawatt hours) a year. Given that sales rates are projected to double by 2020, that figure is expected to do the same. The study finds that while gaming computers comprise just 2.5 percent of personal computers worldwide, they account for 20 percent of global computer energy use.

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 3, Insightful) 275

Communism sucks, yes. But Communism != Socialism. Socialism certainly does allow for a reasonably free market. It just makes sure that said free market doesn't fuck over the people, and only takes control of or at least heavily regulates those things that would be detrimental to society to simply hand over to the free market, such as roads and healthcare.

Submission + - Google Releases Version 1.5 Of Its Go Programming Language, Finally Ditches C

An anonymous reader writes: Google today released Go 1.5, the sixth major stable release of its Go programming language. You can download Go 1.5 right now from the Go downloads page. This is not a major release, as denoted by the version number and the fact that the only language change is the lifting of a restriction in the map literal syntax to make them more consistent with slice literals. That said, Go 1.5 does include a significant rewrite: The compiler tool chain has been translated from C to Go. This means “the last vestiges of C code” have been finally removed from the Go code base. As for actual changes in Go 1.5, you’ll want to read the full release notes. Highlights include improvements to garbage collection, the developer tools, the standard library, and new ports.

Comment Re:Thoughts (Score 1) 158

Part of the blame lies with the ITU for defining a pie-in-the-sky practically sci-fi (for the time when it was specified) standard as the next official milestone. That left all of the carriers in a tough spot, as they would be investing millions or billions in rolling out a brand-new technology (LTE) that would give them an order of magnitude speed boost, but would be forbidden from calling it a next generation technology.

Submission + - Researchers create Mac "firmworm" that spreads via Thunderbolt Ethernet adapters

BIOS4breakfast writes: Wired reports that later this week at BlackHat and Defcon, Trammel Hudson will show the Thunderstrike 2 update to his Thunderstrike attack on Mac firmware (previously covered on Slashdot). Trammel teamed up with Xeno Kovah and Corey Kallenberg from LegbaCore, who have previously shown numerous exploits for PC firmware. They found that multiple vulnerabilities that were already publicly disclosed were still present in Mac firmware. This allows a remote attacker to break into the Mac over the network, and infect its firmware. The infected firmware can then infect Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapters' PCI Option ROM. And then those adapters can infect the firmware of any Mac they are plugged into — hence creating the self-propagating Thunderstrike 2 "firmworm". Unlike worms like Stuxnet, it never exists on the filesystem, it only ever lives in firmware (which no one ever checks.) A video showing the proof of concept attack is posted here.

Submission + - Inside the Failure of Google+->

An anonymous reader writes: An article at Mashable walks through the rise and fall of Google+, from the company's worries of being displaced by Facebook to their eventual realization that Google services don't need social hooks. They have quotes from a number of employees and insiders, who mostly agree that the company didn't have the agility to build something so different from their previous services. "Most Google projects started small and grew organically in scale and importance. Buzz, the immediate predecessor to Plus, had barely a dozen people on staff. Plus, by comparison, had upwards of 1,000, sucked up from divisions across the company." Despite early data indicating users just weren't interested in Google+, management pushed for success as the only option. One employee said, "The belief was that we were always just one weird feature away from the thing taking off." Despite a strong feature set, there was no acknowledgement that to beat Facebook, you had to overcome the fact that everybody was already on Facebook.
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Comment Re:Troll (Score 2) 585

Sweden. Better example than Norway, because Sweden's economy is based in manufacturing and export of those manufactured goods, rather than dependent on a single intrinsically valuable but eventually limited natural resource.

On the other hand, look at how Norway handles their oil wealth, as opposed to other oil rich countries. Norway invests their oil money in the future of all citizens, rather than using it to line the pockets of the wealthy few.

Comment Re:I'm surprised (Score 1) 109

For better examples of liberalism at work, on the international stage look at the nordic countries, and how they somehow manage to stay at the top of the world quality-of-life indexes, and domestically

The Nordic countries have significant advantages over most of the world: great access to natural resources, a relatively small, homogeneous, well educated population; limited border access (and much of that is trackless wilderness); little need to spend much on research or defense (they can just mooch off the USA and others), and so on. They can afford to experiment with liberal policies that might destroy other country's economies.

The nordic countries have had liberal politics for decades. That's not experimentation. That's established policy. Norway has great natural resource wealth with their oil reserves, but Sweden has a much more manufacturing & trade oriented economy, with several major private companies that play on the world stage such as Ericsson, SAAB, and IKEA. And somehow these corporations are wildly successful in a country known for high taxes.

Also, investment in education is a liberal policy known to benefit society immensely.

The Greek political mess is due to massive entitlement, which believe it or not has nothing to do with liberal politics.

I don't believe it. The vast majority of entitlements in the USA result from liberal policies. Why would Greece be any different? Conservatives believe in balanced budgets and not going into debt except under very special circumstances: in their worldview, running a government should be no different than running a home. or a farm, or a ranch, or a business, at least from a financial perspective. This viewpoint is why so many people that actually have to manage budgets, support conservative politics. Those who routinely over-spend their means support liberal politics.

Conservatives believe in destroying revenue sources, and then spending all the money they don't have on the military. Over the last few decades, the highest deficits have been with Republican presidents, and the last time we had a budget surplus was during Clinton's presidency. Conservatives might run the government like they do businesses, so it should come as no surprise that Donald Trump's corporations have filed for bankruptcy four times.

look at the policies of Minnesota, and specifically how Minnesota has fared economically since Dayton became governor, compared to how Wisconsin has done since Walker came

As Paul Tosto notes in his article at NPR news, "Essentially, Minnesota has an advantage over Wisconsin in key growth sectors — education, health services and professional and business services. (Those sectors have also driven U.S. job growth, as the Wall Street Journal reported recently.) Wisconsin has a bigger stake in manufacturing, which has been in steady decline for years as a jobs creator. The Great Recession accelerated those changes and Minnesota benefited.".

Hence, liberalism has nothing to do with Minnesota's economic success.

Investing in education and health services is a liberal policy. Also, Scott Walker's "open for business" tea party policies were supposed to attract large corporations and therefore result in job growth. This hasn't happened. Meanwhile, a focus on investing in education in Minnesota (not a major source of jobs itself - you can only have so many professors) has resulted in a well-educated workforce that big companies see as more valuable than rock-bottom tax rates. So yes, liberalism has had a positive effect on Minnesota's economy while conservatism has only hindered Wisconsin's.

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