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Comment Re:why? (Score 4) 778

No. This is completely unacceptable. FireFox is my browser of choice, and I don't block JS, but there's no reason whatever I should have to go to a third party if I decide to.

What's next, I'll have to DL the HTML and strip the JS out of the source and run it locally?

Unless Mozilla changes these terrible plans, I'll have to use a different browser. There's no reason whatever to remove this feature.

My answer isn't no, it's HELL NO and fuck you, Mozilla. If you want me to continue using your products you'll grow a brain and think of your users, not your Google sugardaddy.

Submission + - Unclean at Any Speed 1

countach44 writes: From An article in IEEE's Spectrum magazine: 'Upon closer consideration, moving from petroleum-fueled vehicles to electric cars begins to look more and more like shifting from one brand of cigarettes to another. We wouldn’t expect doctors to endorse such a thing. Should environmentally minded people really revere electric cars?' The author discusses the controversy and social issues behind electric car research and demonstrates what many of us have been thinking: are electric cars really more envrionmentally friendly than those based on internal combustion engines?

Submission + - FTC Chairwoman Speaks on Growing U.S. Patent Problem (opensource.com)

ectoman writes: In a recent policy speech, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez indicated that the FTC might be preparing to seriously address patent abuse in the United States. Mark Bohannon, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Global Public Policy at Red Hat, has reviewed Ramirez's remarks, calling them "some of the most direct and specific to date from a senior US Government official regarding 'harmful PAE [patent assertion entities] activities.'" Bohannon writes that the FTC's proposed roadmap for patent reform "is both ambitious and doable," and he discusses how the agency could make its potential contributions to reforms most effective. The piece arrives one week after Bohannon analyzed other patent reform efforts currently ongoing in Washington—in a piece Slashdot readers have been discussing.

Comment Re:great quote (Score 2) 31

Indeed, and not just non-programmers. That's another beauty of open source; rather than having to write a custom module from scratch, find something that's almost and modify it to your needs.

Ten years ago or so when I was still programming, my boss' boss gave my boss a programming assignment. After working on it for almost a year without any success (wrong choice of language, I guess, she was more mainframe-oriented) she dumped it in my lap two days before the deadline. I hacked something together in time using mostly borrowed javascript.

I handed it to her boss, "Excellent!" he said. I humbly admitted that most of was stolen code I'd repurposed and hacked together. He grinned and pointed to a poster on his wall. "Plagiarism is when you steal a person's work. Research is when you steal a lot of people's work."

All Charlie wanted was a solution. I wound up with a promotion and a big raise.

Submission + - Ben Heck's plan to making gaming open to all (redbull.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Legendary DIY gaming guru Ben Heck has given a new interview in which he talks about the Access Controller, his modular controller for consoles that lets disabled gamers play with one hand, and how he plans to update it for the next generation of consoles: "I'm sure I will. At the very least people are going to want the accessibility controllers I build...People have already asked about them for the next-gen consoles, and that was at E3. When I was there, the thing I looked at the most was the controllers. The Xbox One looks pretty similar to what we have at the moment, but they finally fixed the D-pad."

Heck's not a huge fan of the new Xbox One console, and wasn't impressed with Microsoft's controversial used-disc policy, which it has now abandoned. "I think it was probably a game of chicken with two cars driving at each other, who's going to blink first? Microsoft probably assumed Sony was going to have a similar DRM [digital rights management], and I thought they were going to as well. And Sony didn't blink," he says. "The Xbox One has a lot of issues, but they should have predicted that. You don't have to be frickin' Nostradamus to predict the public would react like that."

Comment Re:Illegal power without Constitutional authority (Score 2) 180

He wasn't modded down. Roman mir posts so much incoherent schitzophrenic babble that his karma is in the toilet. Look at the moderation (click on the number on a comment to see how it was modded). He's at +1 now with 100% insightful. Moderation worked.

OTOH you should be modded offtopic. Moderation failed on your comment. It wasn't informative, it was incorrect. Mods, please pay attention! If someone's sitting below 1, don't assume he'd been modded down.

Comment Re:Heat reflective clothing? (Score 5, Insightful) 104

It may be possible to create a fabric that doesn't let thermal radiation escape, but lets the air through so convection can cool the wearer

Cooling is the removal of heat. Your air conditioner blows hotter air out its exhaust than it blows cold inside. Either you'll be seen or will get rapidly hot.

Firefighters' gear keeps the firefighters cooler than they would without it because the heat their bodies generate isn't as hot as the surrounding air. Too long in that gear and they suffer from heat exhaustion.

Submission + - Gleen Greenwald: New Worldwide NSA Phone-snooping related Leaks "coming soon" (infowars.com)

dryriver writes: The NSA has a “brand new” technology that enables one billion cell phone calls a day to be redirected into its data hoards and stored, according to the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who said that a new leak of Snowden’s documents was ‘coming soon.’ Calling it part of a “globalized system to destroy all privacy,” and the enduring creation of a climate of fear, Greenwald outlined the capabilities of the NSA to store every single call while having “the capability to listen to them at any time,” while speaking via Skype to the Socialism Conference in Chicago, on Friday. Greenwald was the first journalist to leak Snowden’s documents, having travelled to Hong Kong to review them prior to exposure. “What we’re really talking about here is a globalized system that prevents any form of electronic communication from taking place without its being stored and monitored by the National Security Agency,” he said. While he underlined that the NSA are not necessarily listening in on the full billion calls, he pointed out their capability to do so and the lack of accountability with “virtually no safeguards” which the NSA were being held to. The Guardian journalist made hints that he was sitting on further details of the NSA’s billion-call backlog, which he’d keep under wraps until the documents full publication, which he said was “coming soon.” He additionally suggested future exposures to come from Snowden, while lauding the sheer risk the whistleblower took in revealing the NSA’s covert surveillance program.

Comment Re:Maybe its the HARDWARE (Score 0) 164

As for your flaimbait at the end, well your and idiot

LOL! I love the irony. Also, I'd have never seen the AC's comment if you guys hadn't pointed to it.

I don't understand why they're so surprised at this. The sun's radiation and magnetic field isn't stationary, why would the position of the heliopause be? Seems to me that an abrupt transition or an evenly distributed transition would be surprising.

Comment Re:Buying AMD (Score 1) 251

It's outrageous that anyone is dropping bug and security fixes for any software that's still in use. I have an old XP box on my home network that I use to digitize LPs and cassettes with. I'm desperately searching for a replacement for EAC that will work in Linux. Audacity won't quite cut it. With EAC I can record the analog, and five minutes later I have a CD.

Unless I find a good replacement I'll have to take the XP box off of the network and use sneakernet to get the music into the network.

When hardware outlasts software, the software is pretty damned shabby. My other tower is the same age and is happily running Linux, and still will be when the hardware wears out.

My car is ten years old, and if there's a safety defect the manufacturer will still fix it for free. Microsoft should keep issuing security updates until nobody is downloading them any more. EOLing a still useful OS is pretty damned sociopathic IMO.

Microsoft makes shoddy products and has terrible EOL policies. I hate Microsoft's products and policies.

Comment Re:Sheeple follow their games (Score 1) 403

And the fix is... Linux! Before you mod me funny, hear me out.

Pick a good Linux distro and install it dual-boot alongside whatever version of Windows you're running. In the installation of most distros you can add a separate partition; do so.

Alternately, you can run FDisk (which will wipe out all data) and make three partitions. Install your current version of Windows in one of them, then W8 on a second, and then install Linux on the third.

When you boot your machine you'll get a menu giving you a choice of (e.g.) Win 7, Win 8, and Linux. Use Win 7 or Linux for normal computing and Win 8 for the W8-only games.

Submission + - Want To Kick Cocaine? Try Ritalin! (isciencetimes.com) 5

An anonymous reader writes: The International Science Times reports on a New York study that took 18 cocaine addicts, gave half of them Ritalin and half of them placebos, and hey presto:

"They found that a single dose of methylphenidate normalized the brain pathways, increasing and reducing some of the neural activity between different networks of brain regions. ... [they] theorized methylphenidate may have boosted the brain's control over the automatic, impaired responses that may lead a user to compulsively seek a drug."

Wonder if that means that all those college kids using methylphenidate for study boosting are keeping their weekend habits from becoming regular using it. Better living through chemistry, indeed.

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