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Dell Dumps Keyboardless Windows RT Tablets 186

jfruh writes "On Friday, Dell was selling Windows RT tablets for as low as $300. By this morning, the cheapest one on offer was $479. The difference? The only tablets they're selling now come bundled with keyboards, which may indicate that customers are finding even the Metro-focused RT version of Windows 8 too irritating to navigate by touch alone. (If you really want a 10-inch Dell tablet without a keyboard it looks like you can still get one on Amazon, at least for the time being.)"

Comment mine is the name of my first lan (Score 1) 458

Mine is the name of our lan, as I originally set it up back in '98--long before we first had wifi. I had a private domain set up on my Linux box, and used the initials of the users at that time, followed by "net".

We were also still using dial-up back then, and my box controlled internet access for the entire lan. Other boxes had scripts that would send a request for internet access to my box, and my box would keep track of the total number of active requests (local and remote), and keep the dialup on only while that number was greater than zero. And, of course, my box acted as a gateway. It worked pretty well for a quick-and-dirty hack.

Comment Re:Fix Minecraft x 1.6.x sucks donkey balls (Score 1) 178

I also find the constant need to get XP to repair items is makes minecraft "grindy".

Make an XP factory then. XP is one of the things you can automate pretty easily.

Try, e.g. a chicken, a hopper a few droppers and a dispenser. Chicken lays egg, mechanism fires egg, new chick gets added to the pile of chickens. Slow at first but the growth of chickens is exponential. Soon you have limitless chickens to slaughter for XP, food and feathers. Add more hoppers, dispensers and droppers to increase the fun.

With leads it's pretty easy to go collect a bunch of chickens to get started.

Once you get that up and running, you will never wander round with less than level 30 enchanted anything.

Once you have an Efficiency III unbreaking III diamond axe, you'll find you can mine vast swathes before needing to repair it. By then you'll have approximately infinite chickens to kill for XP again.

Comment Re:Suggests Meaning, Yet Lacks Any (Score 1) 458

One could argue that real words have to be both defined and in active use but then most of all dictionaries will contain non-words.

But if you change that "in active use" to "to have been in active use", then the objection goes away (not counting actual errors in the dictionary), and one can even drop the "be [....] defined [in a dictionary]" requirement. For, as professional lexicographers will be the first to tell you, our dictionaries are actually just an attempt to document the actual language, and nobody involved in their creation actually believes they're complete or perfectly accurate.

That said, I suspect that "cromulent" is further along the road to becoming an actual word than "embiggen" is. Even though it clearly started life as a (much quoted) nonce, cromulent is starting to develop a life of its own, as people who aren't even familiar with the source material are beginning to adopt it.

Comment Re:Wait...what? (Score 2) 208

which means the genes will actively spread in wild plants due to natural selection.

and we've seen how the introduction of rabbits, foxes and other non-naturally-occurring animals into australia worked out, and how japanese bind weed has worked out when introduced outside of japan.

i cannot begin to voice how insanely dangerous it is to put random genes into food crops like this. the nightmare i "made up" one day was these insane "time-bomb" crops, where crops can be planted and grow but the seeds it creates are sterile. "commercially" this is incredibly "valuable" as it allows total control over the supply. now imagine some completely insane person creating "generation" time-bomb seeds, which grow, seed, grow, seed then grow sterile. now imagine _those_ cross-pollenating with wild crops and other species. you'd be looking at a world-wide famine in 5-10 years as the time-bomb gene would be both latent and undetectable.

what really shocked me was that i heard *ten years ago* that time-bomb crops ALREADY EXIST.

Comment Re:A Series of Tubes (Score 1) 458

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) adopted aluminium as the standard international name for the element in 1990.

And recognized aluminum as a valid alternative three years later.

the US is pretty much the only country to use [aluminum]

Canada would like to thank you for your ability to pretend they don't exist. It's ok, they're used to it. You insensitive bastard.

In addition the man who discovered aluminium as an element called it aluminium.

At first, but he soon recognized his mistake and changed to calling it aluminum before he'd even finished isolating it. So, basically, those bastards at the UIPAC ignored the discoverer's own wishes.

Comment Re:Overlooking the obvious (Score 2) 570

Yes, it does.

Nah not really.

Are you asserting some meaning other than having been certified as a Open Brand UNIX 03 registered product, which MacOS X has been since version 10.5?

No, he's asserting that no one cares and it's a meaningless intensifier, because do you know what certified Unix with a capital U (TM) really means? It means certified not quite compatible with the market leader (Linux).

Comment Re:I thought OS X was Unix (Score 1) 570

I don't know if iOS is a certified Unix, but OS X is. Linux is not.

Honestly who the fuck cares?

To reuse an analogy from above, that's like claiming that all the quacking waterfowl that seem to like being fed bread in the park are not "certified Ducks(R)" because because the man from The Duck(R) Group(TM) has not been paid to come along and certifiy the ducks. The other reason to not care is that the duck certificiation man is not, in fact, an ornithologist and would happily certify a goose as a Duck(R)(TM).

Comment Re:Uh huh (Score 1) 570

Except for, y'know, Ken Thompson's original distributions like V7. Which are about as unvaried as you can get.

That was ancient history.

The reason for the truly astonishing quantities of cruft in autoconf was to deal with the irritatingly huge variety between the major unicies at the time, IRIX, SunOS, AIX, HPUX, Linux, Solaris, some BSDs, OSF/1 and the various unix like horribless that cropped up in greater or lesser compatible versions on various other obscure systems.

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The Steady Decline of Unix 570

stinkymountain writes "Unix, the core server operating system in enterprise networks for decades, now finds itself in a slow, inexorable decline, according to Network World. Jean Bozman, research vice president at IDC Enterprise Server Group, attributes the decline to platform migration issues; competition from Linux and Microsoft; more efficient hardware with more powerful processor cores; and the abundance of Unix-specific apps that can now also run on competitor's servers."

Comment Re: Update the constitution (Score 1) 426

have convinced lots of people that it's a bad thing.

The ECHR sufferes from exactly the same two problems as the US constitution. Firstly, the government basically ignores it half of the time and secondly the top judges who actually make decisions based on it are completely fucking insane half of the time.

It turns out that no matter how good a law or how well written, it is impossible to stop people from shitting on it.

The problem over here is that the bad decisions clearly at odds with the law are blamed on the law, not the judges. How do Americans consider things? From what I gather there is (rightly) a considerable amount of pride in the constitution itself so the blame tends to land more fairly on the judges.

Not that it makes any difference.

Comment Re: Update the constitution (Score 5, Interesting) 426

He also leaked documents about GCHQ, including some quite embarrassing ones (or hopefully quite embarrassing ones) that showed GCHQ was basically being partially funded by the NSA and acted almost as a subcontractor to them. The fact that one countries signals intelligence agency might be paid for by a different one is quite amazing and their attitude of "we've gotta make sure we deliver the Americans the goods" absolutely scandalous.

No, the British government has plenty of reasons of its own to try and kick Greenwald. Unfortunately Parliament has been much sleepier than Congress when it comes to GCHQ abuses. Hague lied in front of MPs and the entire country, and just like Clapper nothing has been done about it. Unfortunately the British Parliament doesn't seem to have an equivalent of Amash right now, so it may well be that the issue simply dies there in deafening silence. MP's are all too intimidated by the intelligence agencies to do anything about it, and sadly they have a long track record of illegal surveillance that started long before 9/11 (dating from the time of the battles against the IRA). Although Congress routinely wipes its ass with the constitution, at least it gives Americans a rallying point and something concrete to get upset over. The lack of one in the UK means it's easier for the government to walk over basic principles.

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