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Ask Slashdot: What Was Your Favorite Web Comic of 2012? 321

skade88 writes "It's time to do another year-end best-of roundup! Today's topic is web comics. What was your favorite web comic of 2012? Feel free to use the following categories, or make up your own. 1) Best overall web comic series of 2012. (Any web comic that produced content in 2012). 2) Funniest web comic of 2012. (This one represents the single funniest comic of any web comic series. Provide links!) 3) Best art in a web comic of 2012. (Web comic from 2012 with the most amazing art ever). 4) Web comic that was most relevant to you in 2012. (This one is even more subjective than the others)."

After 12 years of Development, E17 Is Out 259

The Enlightenment front page bears this small announcement: "E17 release HAS HAPPENED!" The release announcement is remarkably spartan — it's mostly a tribute to the dozens of contributors who have worked on the software itself and on translating it into many languages besides system-default English. On the other hand, if you've been waiting since December 2000 for E17 (also known as Enlightenment 0.17), you probably have some idea that Enlightenment is a window manager (or possibly a desktop environment: the developers try to defuse any dispute on that front, but suffice it to say that you can think of it either way), and that the coders are more interested in putting out the software that they consider sufficiently done than in incrementing release numbers. That means they've made some side trips along the way, Knuth-like, to do things like create an entire set of underlying portable libraries. The release candidate changelog of a few days ago gives an idea of the very latest changes, but this overview shows and tells what to expect in E17. If you're among those disappointed in the way some desktop environments have tended toward simplicity at the expense of flexibility, you can be sure that Enlightenment runs the other way: "We don't go quietly into the night and remove options when no one is looking. None of those new big version releases with fanfare and "Hey look! Now with half the options you used to have!". We sneak in when you least expect it and plant a whole forest of new option seeds, watching them spring to life. We nail new options to walls on a regular basis. We bake options-cakes and hand them out at parties. Options are good. Options are awesome. We have lots of them. Spend some quality time getting to know your new garden of options in E17. It may just finally give you the control you have been pining for."

Comment Re:Before anyone panics... (Score 1) 128

Oh, OK. After I start Steam, I usually left-click on taskbar icon and select game from my default Library tab. While I sometimes leave it running for days, I notice there's a tendency for the connection to drop, so I have to re-start it anyway. Costs me a couple of extra clicks, but the arthritis is not bad yet. [grin]


Submission + - A Conversation with Robert Watson (

CowboyRobot writes: "ACM's Queue magazine has a video interview with Robert Watson, founder of the TrustedBSD Project and a security researcher and open source developer at the University of Cambridge. George Neville-Neil, (who pens Queue's Kode Vicious column) discusses a wide range of topics with Dr. Watson, including the bridge between industry and academia and the importance of open source in software research, as well as CPU security and why applications, rather than operating systems, are increasingly the focus of security research."

Submission + - Hair: A Traveling Tape Recorder ( 1

kandelar writes: PBS recently ran a story about how some scientists are using human hair to trace where a person has been. The combinations of different isotopes in water make for somewhat unique signatures from place to place. These isotopes get placed in growing hair strands which can then be traced back to identify where a person has been.

Submission + - Advice Wanted: Celebrity Stepping on the Little Guy 6

SkydiverFL writes: "The attorney of a well known celebrity just called and threatened me. Years ago I registered a domain with the celebrity's name for a fan page (basically Although the fan page pays homage to this celebrity, does not sell anything, does not profit, and has no commercial ties to anything (no links to any other sites at the moment), he wants to rip the domain from my hands if I do not surrender it. His client wants to profit from the domain and it appears that I just simply do not matter. Now, because I genuinely do like the celebrity I agreed to entertain an offer from him, but that just lead to ICANN threats. This just sickens me! Because he has money I don't matter. What would you do?"

Submission + - Paypal joins the no class action lawsuit bandwagon in privacy statement changes (

Guru80 writes:

PayPal recently posted a new Policy Update which includes changes to the PayPal User Agreement. The update to the User Agreement is effective November 1, 2012 and contains several changes, including changes that affect how claims you and PayPal have against each other are resolved. You will, with limited exception, be required to submit claims you have against PayPal to binding and final arbitration, unless you opt out of the Agreement to Arbitrate (Section 14.3) by December 1, 2012. Unless you opt out: (1) you will only be permitted to pursue claims against PayPal on an individual basis, not as a plaintiff or class member in any class or representative action or proceeding and (2) you will only be permitted to seek relief (including monetary, injunctive, and declaratory relief) on an individual basis.

With so many privacy policies changing to include such wording, does it really hold any weight if some obscure and buried opt-out option isn't checked?

Comment Re:Before anyone panics... (Score 1) 128

"Steam's always running...."

Huh? How does it hide from top?

When I start it via Desktop shortcut, it shows up in taskbar and system monitor process tab. When I right-click and exit it from taskbar, it's gone. Do you mean to say it's hidden or masked as another process?

"/home/myusername/.cxoffice/Steam/desktopdata/cxmenu/Desktop.C^5E3A^5Fusers^5FPublic^5FDesktop/Steam.lnk" is the command for the shortcut. Is there something in there that I should be leery of? [sorry 'bout the control codes, didn't edit or look them up]

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Submission + - Verizon draws fire for monitoring app usage, browsing habits (

An anonymous reader writes: "We're able to view just everything that they do," Bill Diggins, U.S. chief for the Verizon Wireless marketing initiative, told an industry conference earlier this year. "And that's really where data is going today. Data is the new oil."

Submission + - Pacemaker hack can deliver deadly 830-volt jolt ( 2

angry tapir writes: "Pacemakers from several manufacturers can be commanded to deliver a deadly, 830-volt shock from someone on a laptop up to 50 feet away, the result of poor software programming by medical device companies. The new research comes from Barnaby Jack of security vendor IOActive, known for his analysis of other medical equipment such as insulin-delivering devices. Jack said the flaw lies with the programming of the wireless transmitters used to give instructions to pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), which detect irregular heart contractions and deliver an electric shock to avert a heart attack."

Submission + - Beware the Rings of Pluto 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Christian Science Monitor reports that scientists are planning a new route for NASA's New Horizons space probe as it approaches a potentially perilous path toward Pluto through a potential set of rings that may create dangerous debris zones for the NASA spacecraft. New Horizons is currently about 1,000 days away and 730 million miles from closest approach to Pluto but given how New Horizons is currently zooming away from the sun at more than 33,500 mph, "a collision with a single pebble, or even a millimeter-sized grain, could cripple or destroy New Horizons," says project scientist Hal Weaver. "We need to steer clear of any debris zones around Pluto." That's why researchers are making plans to avoid these hazards if New Horizons needs to. "We are now exploring nine other options, 'bail-out trajectories,'" says principal investigator Alan Stern. New Horizon's current plan would take it about halfway between Pluto and the orbit of its largest moon, Charon. Four of the bail-out trajectories would still take the spacecraft between Pluto and Charon's orbit. The other alternatives would take New Horizons much further away from Pluto, past the orbits of its known moons. "If you fly twice as far away, your camera does half as well; if it's 10 times as far, it does one-tenth as well," says Stern. "Still, half a loaf is better than no loaf. Sending New Horizons on a suicide mission does no one any good. We're very much of the mind to accomplish as much as we can, and not losing it all recklessly. Better to turn an A+ to an A- than get an F by overreaching.""

Comment Re:Don't care. (Score 1) 108

Thanks, guys.

I'm getting killed by user agent (1 in 46k), plugins (unique), and system fonts (1 in 82k). Were I to switch to, for example, Win7, the big three browsers, and a small common set of plugins I'm guessing it'd be a lot better. Instead, like a thorough-going idiot, I run 64-bit Linux, Opera, and what I had thought to be a standard set of media plugins. I hadn't intended this to be useful for some un-bidden data miner. I've been totally naive about fonts; so far as I knew I just had the standard package that came with Ubuntu.

Sheesh, this is kinda weirding me out. Ah, well, life on the modern Web, eh?

Comment Re:Book(s)? (Score 1) 5

Thank you for a candid reply; I can see where you're coming from. My intentions were honorable also, if clumsy. I wish you well in your quest.

Had I a simple answer, particularly something as simple as a book list, I'd give it. I read through the entire thread before writing this to see what others thought. Oddly enough, I've read all but maybe a dozen of the non-tech books (and only a few of them) given and found something of worth (even if it was just simple enjoyment at the story-telling) in many of them. Finding something that would jog your creativity without risking upset of your 'center' is beyond me. (I've a personal stake also - if I could find a book that gave me a recipe I could execute to lift me above the poverty level in my 'golden retirement years' I'd use it.)

I'll not single out the handful of posts that struck me as relevant to your situation - I believe you can do that.

I'd be curious to know, in six months, what you found, how it worked, for your situation and for you.

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