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Comment After a "Who's Freaking Out?" Period of 24 Hours (Score 1) 319

For my currently installed OS's (Mac OS 10.10 and Windows 7) I usually wait to do an update until it's been out for at least a day to see who in the tech pundit world is freaking out, or posting that it eats all of your files. If there's no noticeable uproar, I assume it's probably safe. For a new OS releases, I generally skip every other one. So, Windows went from XP to 7, Mac OS went from 10.6 to 10.8 to 10.10. I like to give the big boys time to correct their mistakes with whatever newfangled crap they tried to fix (that wasn't broken) each time they release a major "upgrade".

Submission + - Windows 10 driver support for old hardware

An anonymous reader writes: The system requirements for Windows 10 are low which means a lot of old computers are going to be upgraded. My question to Slashdot is isn't there going to be a nightmare of incompatible hardware? Driver hell? People screaming from one end of the internet to the other because there computer doesn't work? Or maybe nothing because they don't have network drivers.

Submission + - North Dakota Proposes Ban on Natural Gas Flaring after One Year (bismarcktribune.com)

eldavojohn writes: A North Dakota lawmaker has proposed a bill that would ban flaring at oil and natural gas sites after one year of that site's operation. ISS footage has revealed that now large swaths of North Dakota are illuminated at night due simply to flaring from Bakken oil and natural gas drilling. Democratic Sen. Tim Mathern, proposer of the bill, said "It’s bringing a higher quality of life to western North Dakota, it’s putting an end to waste (and) it’s addressing the issue of climate change" and "This is taking a, what I’d call, a step-wise approach in addressing health and waste." In 2011, waste from global flaring equivocated to a fourth of the United State's natural gas consumption. The major difference between this bill and current law is that no exemptions whatsoever will be made. Mathern claimed that 30 percent of natural gas is flared in western North Dakota compared to the national average which is in single digits.

Should the Start of Chinese New Year Be a Federal Holiday? 307

First time accepted submitter CarlosF writes "Does Lunar New Year belong alongside those other red-letter days? Efforts to recognize Lunar New Year at the state and local level have been afoot for years. In 1994, San Francisco decided to close public schools on Lunar New Year, but this was largely a response to demographic reality rather than political pressure."

Comment Doomed (Score 1) 823

Sorry, but I'm pretty sure this is a permanent situation. Perhaps some worldwide catastrophe, were it to eliminate 99% of the population and allow for a "do over", might rectify the situation (at least for the first 75-100 years) - but, generally we're stuck with it. A better solution might be to make the rest of the populous smarter, and therefore not as obviously idiotic to the nerdy masses. Similarly, another possibility is that the entire population become nerds (been moving that way, slowly, for years). A skill to cultivate until such a time as we're able to execute the above: Biting your tongue.

Curt Schilling's 38 Studios Struggling Financially 158

medv4380 writes "38 Studios, run by Curt Schilling, is having a hard time paying its bills and employees. The gaming community hasn't been happy with the company since the issue with an Online Pass for Single Player Content, which we discussed previously. Now, 38 Studios has bounced a check intended as a payment on its $75 million loan from the state of Rhode Island. If the company defaults, Rhode Island taxpayers will have to cover the loan and interest, which could total nearly $100 million."

Sun Blasts Another CME At Earth and Mars 66

astroengine writes "On Friday, the sun hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) at our planet that sparked a strong geomagnetic storm and beautiful aurorae at high latitudes. Late on Sunday (EST), the sun unleashed yet another Earth-bound CME after an M9 flare erupted over a particularly active sunspot region — the CME is expected to hit Earth on Tuesday and Mars on Wednesday. This series of flares and CMEs have ignited the strongest period of solar storms since 2005, according to an NOAA space weather advisory."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Fate Saves Workprint of Manos: The Hands of Fate 94

SEWilco writes "One of the worst horror movies, Manos: The Hands of Fate, has come back from the grave. The work print was rediscovered during a move, and an attempt has begun to transfer it to digital HD medium." If you've never had the joy of watching MST3K's treatment of Manos: The Hands of Fate you're missing out on 90 mins of magic.

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