zentechno writes: Scientists in Saudi Arabia were able to produce negatively charged ions to attract, and send dust particles into the upper-atmosphere causing water suspended in the air to condense and fall back to earth. They did this 52 times, always when rain wasn't predicted (which it rarely is), so coincidence seems unlikely. It's been known for a long time that one of the reasons deserts are, well, deserts is not just the lack of rain, but more-so that the air carrying the water simply doesn't precipitate in those regions, carrying the water to areas where condensation happens naturally. This could mean an end to man drought areas, though note that the ionizers have to be placed in strategic locations to get the water to precipitate near where it's needed.
zentechno writes: Ars Technica has a security story from Secunia saying Apple has replaced Oracle as producing the most insecure software. This is based on the company's reporting of the number of security flaws. It also does NOT take into account the severity, or "install-base" of the flaw. Microsoft retains its spot as number 3.
As a 'security hobbyist' I find stories like this a bit offensive, and wish there were better, or at least more consistent "standards" for analyzing things like software security, which is certainly more than a one-dimensional metric. It turns the public view of serious things like the actual security of their ever-growing on-line world into a who-can-find-the-best-way-to-weigh-data for marketing reasons — not that the point of the article is marketing, for anyone other than Secunia — but seriously, should something as serious as how protected we are be left to tag lines?
zentechno writes: Cleaning out some VERY old boxes, in a long-untouched closet, and discovered my first supply of PC Games, some new back when 386's were new, and while there's (almost) zero use for these, I still think the cover art is quite cool. I found the original Zork (I), Zork II, Zork III (and the later released Zork 0), Enchanter, and Sorcerer from InfoCom, plus Star Trek "The Kobayashi Alternative" from Simon & Schuster, Pool of Radiance and Eye of the Beholder from SSI, Loom by Lucas Games, Nuclear War from New World, Annals of Rome and FireZone from PSS, Sidewinder from EA, and Defender of the Crown from Mindscape to name many. I loved these games, and wonder if there's any sort of serious collectors market out there as there is for vinyl album art — or is it just a personal thing?
zentechno writes: Balmer was speaking at a lecture to university students at the Corvinus University in Budapest, and was just going into his "warm-personable" act when an angry student, sporting a classic, if European long-sleeved homebrew "Microsoft = corruption" shirt, shouted some choice words in anger, and pummeled him with several eggs . I'm not sure what the student said (anyone?), but it obviously echoes of the classic Gates-pie gag , only a bit more "raw" on several fronts, and lacking other "ingredients." Balmer, clearly a bit wigged, shook it off with his usual pacing and humorous observations.
zentechno writes: Just thought fellow/.ers would appreciate this parody video showing how to get guys in Silicon Valley — you know, the smart, caring, artsy type. Having several friends who've married Mac-Men I guess their secret is out. I suppose it would work for Mac-Men anywhere, and Mac-Women, too. Has it worked for you? What's your story?