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Comment Re:Thanks for nothing (Score 1) 570

FWIW it's extremely customizable. You can put the menu bar back, and bookmark bar, and put the tabs back on the bottom of the bar.
Also (as of the current plan...) it doesn't change your prefs, it keeps your pre-upgrade prefs on these things (except maybe the menu bar, since tbh menu bars are useless on a browser)

Comment The case of Gears of War (Score 5, Informative) 398

When Gears of War's PC port was first released, it was:
1) buggy
2) crashy
3) released A YEAR LATER than the xbox version
The crashy part was fixed, iirc about 2 months after release by a patch.
As you can imagine, the sales for this port were a little slow. Video game companies being video game companies chalked this up to piracy. To them the fact that the game was a shitty port released a full year after the original with dated graphics and all couldn't have POSSIBLY been a reason.

When time comes around to release Gears of War 2 - cliffyB says there's no plans for a port because the first one was just pirated too much...

Comment Digital distribution has been needed for a while (Score 5, Interesting) 406

The RTM of windows 7 has been out for 2 months now? 3 by the street date of Oct 22nd.
This time is of course used for manufacturing, marketing, etc.
Meanwhile they should be offering fully updated ISOs directly on the windows site for everyone and anyone to download - the OS itself contains its own validation so there's no harm in letting anyone download it. Then you buy your key digitally with a steam-like system, this would even benefit Microsoft by serving as a key registration system.


Transformers Special Edition Chevy Camaro Unveiled 299

roelbj writes "Automotive stories are few and far between on Slashdot, but today's news from Chevrolet might just make a few readers' mouths water at the chance to own their own Bumblebee. Today at Comic-Con, General Motors officially announced the 2010 Chevy Camaro Transformers Special Edition. The $995 appearance package can be applied to LT (V6) and SS-trim Camaros in Rally Yellow with or without the optional RS package."

Comment Re:Pictures versus digital photos... (Score 1) 345

Extremely difficult, but it is purely a matter of technical skill. The intent when photographing a painting (in this manner at least) is to capture the original as perfectly as possible, and to NOT add any artistic variation. It takes skill yes, but a display of skill is not by itself art. There was a Star Trek episode about this very thing when Data was painting, or playing music - while I don't recall the details of the episode(s) I do recall there was some implication that he had a perfect technical skill, but lacked artistic ability.
It takes a lot of mathematical skill to solve certain equations, but I wouldn't call the solution art even if it was the solution to a Millennium Prize problem.

Comment Re:This isn't a Robin Hood story (Score 5, Insightful) 345

That depends on the reader being at or near the geographical location of the painting. When reading an article about the Mona Lisa on Wikipedia, I expect to see a photo of the article in question for purpose of discussion, not "to see this painting, please visit the Louvre in France"
I'd simply go elsewhere to find a picture.

Comment Re:Here's a thought... (Score 1) 856

I wasn't too sure whether to mod you up (anyone advocating safe driving certainly should be heard) or reply with a disagreement..

1) Perhaps the bycyclists should start footing that bill?
How about bike registration and insurance if you have >13" wheels and ride on any public bike lane. The insurance would be some $20/year anyways, it's not like there's much potential public liability.

2) while I advocate better and safer driving, if a road is 45 around a bend, I go 45 (I interpret 45 around a corner as being a bend in the road, not a literal street on to avenue corner). No slower, no faster, everyone going the same speed is the safest possible condition, whatever that speed may be.

Comment I like the "no vote" option (Score 5, Interesting) 315

On a somewhat more serious matter than this poll, I have always thought federal election ballots should always include a "none of the above" option.
This would give us a quantifiable measure of dissatisfaction with the choices. I think it would also increase voter turnout, possibly with "none of the above" gaining some kind of majority as a form of protest.

Comment Re:Cancel or allow ? (Score 2, Interesting) 220

The 'dimming the desktop' isn't just to catch the users attention. When a UAC prompt comes up it does so on the secure desktop, where mouse and keyboard can not be manipulated by a program. For example, when using synergy I was unable to interact with the UAC prompt without using the local keyboard/mouse.


Artificial Gecko Adhesive, Now In Experimental Glue 102

thefickler writes "Scientists at the University of Dayton have created a peel-on, peel-off glue which mimics the wall-climbing abilities of Spiderman. The substance, based on the feet of the Gecko lizard, is three times stickier than existing adhesives. The material is so strong that a 4×4mm pad would be enough to hold a 1.5kg object such as a hardcover book. However, it's likely too expensive for consumer use: one British scientist calculates that a single Post-it note using the glue would cost around a thousand dollars." We've mentioned the possibilities of synthetic gecko technology several times before, including as applied in this wall-climbing robot; commercial applications have seemed just around the corner for a while now.

Google Browser Sync To Be Discontinued 195

Dude With An Afro writes "What could have been a great Google project is now history. For those who never used it, Google Browser Sync was a Firefox extension that synchronized your bookmarks, web history, browser sessions and passwords across multiple computers by temporarily saving them to Google's servers. According to the Google Browser Sync team: 'It was a tough call, but we decided to phase out support for Browser Sync. Since the team has moved on to other projects that are keeping them busy, we don't have time to update the extension to work with Firefox 3 or to continue to maintain it.' For all of those who fell in love with Google's Browser Sync, our only hope now is to resort to poorly maintained 3rd party extensions without Google's blessing." While it was undoubtedly a useful utility, the argument can also be made that it wasn't the most secure extension in the world, what with having your personal data kept on Google's servers and shot around the internet.

Toddlers May Learn Language By Data Mining 213

Ponca City, We Love You writes "Toddlers' brains can effortlessly do what the most powerful computers with the most sophisticated software cannot: learn language simply by hearing it used. A ground-breaking new theory postulates that young children are able to learn large groups of words rapidly by data-mining. Researchers Linda Smith and Chen Yu attempted to teach 28 children, 12 to 14 months old, six words by showing them two objects at a time on a computer monitor while two pre-recorded words were read to them. No information was given regarding which word went with which image. After viewing various combinations of words and images, however, the children were surprisingly successful at figuring out which word went with which picture. Yu and Smith say it's possible that the more words tots hear, and the more information available for any individual word, the better their brains can begin simultaneously ruling out and putting together word-object pairings, thus learning what's what. Yu says if they can identify key factors involved in this form of learning and how it can be manipulated, they might be able to make learning languages easier for children and adults. Understanding children's learning mechanisms could also further machine learning."

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