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Comment Re:X allows us to use legacy programs (Score 1) 413

The contempt comes from the understanding that these users don't understand Linux. It comes from knowing what a treasure we have in Linux, and seeing all the "dumb" adopters wishing it were more like "that other OS". It's maddening. I can't wait until HaikuOS kicks in. We can direct them all there and be done with it. Also, "decent graphics" is subjective in the extreme. I guess it's about priorities. Some people can't tolerate a UI that's not super pretty. Some people think pretty is more important than Libre. Yet they still won't just go buy a Mac. Well guess what? Stick around with Linux long enough and you'll get what you want. Just look how far the various GUIs under X11 have come in several years. Imagine how nice and shiny it will be years from now. But I bet even then people will bitch about how it's just not good enough compared to "________OS". I don't _hate_ anyone for this assbaggery, but it sure if good and goddamned annoying sometimes.

Comment Smart Machines (Score 1) 125

I don't know about anyone else, but I am getting damn sick and tired of devices that NEED firmware. Why does every little peripheral need to contain LOGIC!!! I want DUMB machines, damn it! Why can't an SSD simply be a "mass storage device"?? Let the OS worry about wear leveling, etc.

Comment Re:Wow! Overwhelming negative response. (Score 1) 955

" you think it's okay to take Ritalin to give yourself a couple of hours of extra study time, regardless of whether it's been prescribed to you? (One of the side effects of Ritalin is that it keeps you awake a few hours after you've taken it.) And if you've done it, would you be willing to admit it in public?
Publicly admitting to a felony is probably a bad idea unless you're advised to do so by a trusted lawyer. The prohibition is in place to keep laymen from practicing medicine. Which not even MD's can do all that well. I would advise you slam a triple-shot Americano with a modicum of cane sugar as an alternative. Unless you really understand the pharmacology, and your own physiology, you're playing with trouble.

Hopefully, most scientists understand all the factors and are well enough informed as to make judicious use /or not use/ of "enhancement drugs"


Submission + - Journalist arrested for taking photo of CT Governo

reub2000 writes: Journalist Ken Krayeske was arrested for taking a photograph of Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell during a parade. Krayeske a pacifist, was on a list of "potential troublemakers" and his photo had been sent to cops on the parade route.

Submission + - Scanning Ajax for XSS Entry Points

An anonymous reader writes: Ajax code loaded in browser can have entry points to XSS and it is the job of the security analyst to identify these entry points. It is difficult to decisively conclude that possible entry points to an application can be exploited. One may need to do a trace or debug to measure the risk of these entry points. This paper introduces you to a quick way to identify XSS entry points in an application.

World's Largest Tropical Glacier Vanishing 462

Socguy wrote with a link to a CBC article about the rapidly disappearing Peruvian glacier known as the Quelccaya ice cap. The world's largest tropical glacier was a hot topic this past Thursday at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Glaciologist Lonnie Thompson, and a team of Ohio state scientists, produced the stunning news that Quelccaya and similar formations are melting at a rate of some 60 metres per year. While polar ice caps have commanded attention in the discussion of global warming to date, these tropical caps are crucial to the well-being of ecosystems relying on an influx of mountain stream fresh water.

Submission + - Search for New Autism Genes

iuvasago writes: "The largest search for autism genes to date, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has implicated components of the brain's glutamate chemical messenger system and a previously overlooked site on chromosome 11. Based on 1,168 families with at least two affected members, the genome scan adds to evidence that tiny, rare variations in genes may heighten risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). [Read More] from"

Submission + - How do you change careers into programming?

An anonymous reader writes: I have worked in tech support for the last several years, but find myself wanting to move on to something else — programming. I've written some small programs in my limited spare time but nothing particularly impressive; just functional stuff to make my life easier. I've spent a lot of time recently working through programming books, and feel I'm ready to make the switch in my career. That said, I don't have a CS degree, and find that responses to my resume have been along the lines of "Thanks, but we aren't hiring for tech support positions." Surely someone from the slashdot crowd has been in the same position — what would you recommend?
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AOL Now Supports OpenID 163

Nurgled writes "On Sunday John Panzer announced that AOL now has experimental OpenID server support. This means that every AOL user now has an OpenID identifier. OpenID is a decentralized cross-site authentication system which has been growing in popularity over the last few months. AOL is the first large provider to offer OpenID services, and though they do not currently accept logins to their services with OpenID identifiers from elsewhere, they are apparently working on it. The next big challenge for OpenID proponents is teaching AOL's userbase how to make use of this new technology."

MPAA Violates Another Software License 297

Patrick Robib, a blogger who wrote his own blogging engine called Forest Blog recently noticed that none other than the MPAA was using his work, and had completely violated his linkware license by removing all links back to the Forest Blog site, not crediting him in any way. The MPAA blog was using the Forest Blog software, but had completely stripped off his name, and links back to his site. He only found about it accidentally when he happened to visit the MPAA site.

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