My wife does. To play Tetris online.
Which reminds me to find a HTML5 Tetris version...
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I like to read The Register for interesting technology news served with a very nice kind of humour. But I skip all the global warming and CO2 related articles. I looked into this one but had to stop after the first paragraph.
Why? Because I know it is rubbish. I do not care for hippies or Greenpeace. However I have a degree in atmospheric physics and have background in radiation transfer. I know exactly how greenhouse gases work and I see the authors of the climate related pieces in the Register do not have a clue.
CO2 is a gas which affects climate, like it or not. We have already increased its atmospheric concentration by over 40% and increased the temperature of the planet by about 1 K (which is consistent with a climate sensitivity for doubling CO2 of about 3 K and transient sensitivity of 2K - lower because the oceans are not in balance with the forcings which we observe as warming). By the wat this sensitivity means we should have 0.14 K/decade of global warming with the 2 ppm of CO2 added to atmosphere every year. How much do we observe in the last 30 years? Yes, exactly 0.14 K/deg so all the hiatus talk is pure crap (especially with global warming records in 2014 and almost certainly in 2015).
And even if we can ignore global warming (including its long-run consequences such as sea-level increase), there is another nasty effect of CO2. It is called ocean acidification. You an ignore it but creatures which try to build their CaCO3 skeletons in lower pH waters do not have this leisure.
Generally, it is usually not wise to deny whole branches of science. That is until you are a new Einstein or Darwin? So is this such a case or do we have a simple case of clueless journalism?
Just set media.autoplay.enabled to false (about:config is the page to go). It will stop autoplay in HTML5 videos... which do behave. For those which don't (like YouTube), the next released version of Firefox, ver. 41 set for September 22 release, should solve the problem for good. You actually may get it today as the Firefox 41 Beta (with all the caveats applicable for beta versions).
ECHELON did nothing to stop 9/11 not because of some absurd conspiracy. I believe the reason was rather the combination of low tech / paranoid terrorists and complacent intelligence agencies which listened to every international phone call instead of infiltrating the group which already once tried to blow up the WTC.
I'm surprised. You could have them with Microsoft PowerToys on Windows XP. With Windows 7 and 8 you had the choice of registry hacks (the underlying software was there since Windows NT) or third party apps.
So maybe they are a new thing but only to users with minimal IT knowledge and no geek friends.
"Still feel like MS peaked with Win 2000"
The Windows GUI peaked with Windows 95. I'm quite serious. Win95 was a shock, a quantum leap. The technology underneath could have been rubber bands and duck tape (as the number of crashes suggested) but the GUI simply shone. Look how it has been aped by every OS ever since, with the sad exception of Windows 8.
You mean the CLAW hypothesis named after its authors: R. J. Charlson, J. E. Lovelock, M. O. Andreae, S. G. Warren. The second one is the famous Lovelock of Gaia hypothesis. The paper was indeed published long ago (in 1987) and it is known to the authors of the new study (it's their Ref. 10).
However, it is one thing to postulate something and another to prove it with observation evidence. The CLAW hypothesis is being discussed ever since and no consensus has yet emerged. It even has been buried in a high profile paper 4 years ago: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature10580
So this new paper is just another tiny part of a long dispute.
What most people don't realize is that Manhattan Project was an answer to the research Otto Hahn and colleagues did in the Third Reich. Einstein wrote a letter to Roosevelt urging him to do something similar. So the real purpose of the project was to bomb Germany. Luckily for itself, Nazi Germany collapsed before the bomb was ready. And because it was ready and the war with Japan was still in full swing.... You know the rest of the story.
I now understand why I had problems installing WebEx. However at the webmeeting site there was a link to a "temporary" WebEx installation that did work. So apparently there is a Java free version.
With Java, if you must install it then at least change the browser plug-in to "Never activate". It is possible, at least with Firefox.
PS. Luckily, I do my coding in C++ with no Java attached.
On my latest Windows 7 (yes!) laptop, I installed neither Java nor Flash. The Web looks much better without all the Flash ads. Youtube works fine on HTML5. So do most news sources where I sometime watch a video. And I do not need to update both every second week.
Is my life too boring?
Microsoft bought the Nokia phone business to save Ballmer's face. There was no other reason. The platform was burning orders of magnitude more intensively than when Elop took over.
Nadella is not Ballmer so he needs no face saving moves here. He just wants to stop the money drain on the failed Ballmer/Elop project.
Of course we see in the blots things familiar to our brains. It's the idea behind the Rorschach's test.
However we still can have a few days of imagination, thinking out funny thing which the blobs might represent. My fun idea is they are Hebrew characters stating "I am who I am". That would be a true shocker, wouldn't it?
Funny thing but I have the same feelings seeing the multistorey clutter of stacked menu rows. I stopped using Microsoft Office 15 years ago (yes, in 2000) switching to Open Office and later to LibreOffice. I never looked back.
I realized how much I do not need this application when I bought recently a PC with a preinstalled Microsoft Office. I deleted it without switching it on, even once. I have no idea why people are paying money for something which offers them no advantage comparing to free software.
It seems the bug is only in kernel 4.0.* versions and therefore affects only Fedora 22 (which is in a beta version) and some fresh kernel updates on Fedora 21. A patch is already available:
Luckily for me I have only Fedora 20 boxes. I always prefer to wait six months before upgrading to the new version.
This comes after so many years when I had to deal with local trolls who wanted to move the company Web pages to something IE-compatible repeating the Redmont crap about IE being so secure and more standard than the standards themselves. Luckily the guys who had such views could not deliver any working code, compatible or not, so they usually vanished pretty quickly.
So you backup only one computer? I have a Linux box which is always on which I synchronize all my devices with. Yes, I could unmount remotely the volumes between the backups but I feel this is too much bother. Anyway, if the account doing the backups is allowed to mount them, where's the additional security?
The problem with my setup is that I sometimes use the box to for example do a quick Internet search. This is the moments when I am vulnerable. That's why I'll probably change the account owning the backup volumes and give my primary account only read access (I sometimes need the backed up files, after all). What's so wrong with that to vote it down?
If Microsoft is able to translate Skype conversations in real time, making transcripts is a piece of cake comparing to that. And that's rather useful for snooping agencies of all kind, isn't it?
However, considering the proverbial Microsoft software quality, what will the government read when you say "She was afraid she would bomb out of school"?
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