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Submission + - How to store your data for 1 million years. (

Whiteox writes: Robert Grass and his team, which is exploring how to use DNA as a data storage mechanism, is one of several academic and commercial entities grappling with the challenge of protecting data against the elements over time spans stretching out to millions of years.
FTA "The idea of storing information on DNA traces back to a Soviet lab in the 1960s, but the first successful implementation wasn't achieved until 2012, when biologist George Church and his colleagues announced in the journal Science that they had encoded one of Church's books in DNA. More recently, reports the New Yorker, the artist Joe Davis, now in residence at Church's lab, has announced plans to encode bits of Wikipedia into a particularly old strain of apple, so that he can create "a living, literal tree of knowledge."

Impressive, but I wonder if our future selves can make life from our archived data?

Submission + - Poll Question: Your preferred OS 1

Whiteox writes: The hypothesis is that over the last 10 years there has been an apparent shift in the Slashdot community for preferred operating systems. Let's take a snapshot of the current user OS landscape out there for 2015

At home I use:

At Work I use:

Submission + - Candy Crush on Windows 10 installs (

Whiteox writes: Are games bloat? A PC news aggregator has reported that Candy Crush Saga will be installed all Windows 10 desktops. Is this the beginning of bloatware for the new OS? For that matter, how many Slashdotters out there regard 'free' games like this just the tip of the iceberg?

Submission + - Programming with computers

Whiteox writes: After a 25 year break from programming on MS DOS and Apple machines, I've decided to take it up again as a hobby for fun (and maybe profit). I had a knowledge of BASIC and macro-assembly compilers. When I dug up my old documentation, most of it was eaten by mice, water damaged — basically unusable. Years ago I tried to convert a compiled basic program to visual basic with disastrous results, so I realize that I need to retrain.
I'm not sure if *nix O/S is more suitable than WinX as a platform of choice either. Whichever way I go, I'll need good support from books and the programming community.
I'm looking for a language that has a short learning curve, good documentation and would lead me towards command and control.
What language/direction should I take?

Submission + - Domestic Network Expansion? Some strategies please

Whiteox writes: "The problem is which would be the most efficient way of increasing my WiFi capacity. I have approximately 10+ devices connected and I'm feeling the strain. I'm not sure whether I should buy a few more WiFi routers or firewall off some of the devices. Do you have any suggestions of how to proceed with a $500 budget.

I'm running a BiPac 7404VNPX which is a +2 modem/4 port LAN and 2 voip lines. All went OK until the modem part fritzed itself and so now I get internet access via another modem serving the BiPac."

Submission + - Softly goes privacy into the night. (

Whiteox writes: "With the passage of the Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 in the Senate yesterday, the Australian government gained the power to demand the storage of citizens’ personal data from telephone and internet usage at the behest of foreign governments. This was necessary, we were told, because Australia had to accede to the European Cybercrime Convention.
The convention, described by the US Electronic Frontier Foundation as “one of the world’s worst internet law treaties”, is designed to enable governments to investigate citizens of other countries for activities ranging from terrorism, fraud and child p-rnography to filesharing, political activism and dissent."


Submission + - WebOS: An Open Source Phoenix? (

Whiteox writes: "More info on the demise of the HP Touchpad and why WebOS was abandoned. HP wanted to get onto the tablet bandwagon and the easiest way of doing this was the purchase of Palm. However old hardware and the choice of Webkit which proved to be too slow were not the only reasons. Other factors like the loss of developer talent and poor app programming choices killed it.
Is there still life for WebOS? According to new CEO Meg Whitman, there is but I think she is hoping that the open source community will fix the issues, ready for a new HP tablet in 2013."

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