It would be so great if NASA could send a follow-up mission after Spirit and Opportunity -- another rover, equipped with a feather duster and a winch and cable, to extract these guys from their respective predicaments and revive them. Call it ... oh, I dunno, Rosie?
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Apple hardware quality
I have a Macintosh Classic II computer -- the last model with only a black-and-white screen, I think, but it did come with an 80 MB hard drive -- in a box in my basement where it has been sitting, "stored", for a couple of decades. I pulled it out and dusted it off a couple of years ago, just to see if it still worked at all.
It booted up just fine and ran the old software (MacWrite, MacPaint, ClarisWorks, etc.) as if it was still 1992! (No internet access, obviously; no NIC.) To my astonishment, the dot matrix StyleWriter printer that I bought with it still works perfectly too, ribbon and all. Pretty impressive! Makes me feel better about the hefty $$$ I had to fork over for it back then.
Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed
Best laugh of the morning (so far)
"The experiment was originally touted as a study into the potential ways astronauts might be able to live in space during long missions. Being able to grow cotton could help clothe space explorers, Liu Hanglong, a professor at the school of civil engineering at Chongqing University, who is leading the bio-experiment, previously told the South China Morning Post."
Hmmm -- might have put my finger on why the experiment per se didn't accomplish very much. Maybe put a plant biologist in charge next time?
One more time - with feeling
If you're (still) running Office 2010 on an older 32-bit system, then yesterday's update will break all your Office apps -- again!
Instead of the familiar and desired splash screen, you'll get a little window with a message that says "Entry Point Not Found : The procedure entry point GetDateFormatEx could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll". And then ... nothing.
Same old, same old; this happened a month or 2 ago with KB4461522. This time the offending update is KB4461614; uninstall that and all will be well in your (admittedly somewhat antiquated) world once more.
Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.
"Actually a gun is NOT involved in every mass murder. IED's, poison, cars, plains, etc. are often used in mass murders."
Look, I'm all for making a good argument by heaping on the examples, but I challenge you to produce a single instance of a mass murder in which a prairie or grassland or steppe or anything of that genre was ever used as the murder weapon.
IBM Watson dishes out 'dodgy cancer advice', Google Translate isn't better than humans yet, and other AI tidbits
Re: Oh Goodie
""Oh look, FF isn't running slow enough."
I essentially abandoned the ESR stream at about v52.3, finding it bog-slow with multiple tabs/windows, and simply reverted to v50 with updates turned off. I rechecked periodically but found no improvement -- until now, when I tried v52.9.0 ESR and found that to be a huge improvement over its predecessors. It's crisp and snappy again (with all the same add-ons/plugins) and I haven't seen the slowdowns in startup and page-rendering I used to.
Well done, Firefox developers! Seriously.
MS reps in general
Why do all MS senior reps come off sounding the same? They all speak in broken sentence fragments with tenses that don't agree with one another, half-finished thoughts left hanging, jargon and acronyms everywhere, and not a coherent thought in there. Not one of them seems to have a consistent, cohesive train of thought. Is is just me, or is this why they always come off all over-hyped and "oh, I'm sure we have a solution for you somewhere in our bag of tricks; let me just rummage around and pull out a few vaguely-related concepts and half-baked notions for you and then you can spend the time to figure out whether or not they'll actually do the job"?
Honestly, I read what these people have to say and am left in no doubt whatsoever as to how they made their way up the corporate ladder. If only Microsoft hired more for development acumen than for an ability to spout catchphrases ...
Re: I think I can summarize what's pissing off the other commentards
+1 for the Feynman reference (although, to be perfectly pedantic about it, he didn't invent the term; there was a great National Geographic article on cargo cults sometime around the end of the '60s or early '70s, and Feynman's reference in his '74 Caltech commencement address was specifically to "cargo cult science")
As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots
"Zuckerberg noted that as long as there's money to be made from the data his $448bn business collects, the Cambridge Analyticas of the world will be all too happy to take it.
'We are not going to be able to go out and find every single bad use of data,' he said."
No one is asking you to do that, Mark. It would have been nice if you'd done anything to prevent the blatantly obvious ones, though.
Re: C’mon Elon
"Bet you can spare at least one older model Falcon rocket to send the genius to his final resting place."
And give it a trajectory that will make Prof. Hawking the first man to leave the solar system, forever to wander among the stars that so engaged his imagination and excited his curiosity.
let's think about this a bit more
"At the advanced level, the driver is able to summon the vehicle back to a pick-up point, rather than wasting the time saved by having to trek around the car park hunting for the auto auto."
I can see exactly the way this is going to go: self-important gits will summon their vehicles well ahead of time so that they don't have to wait even a single second before jumping in and zipping off to their next destination. This, however, will cause a choke at the pick-up point because their vehicle will be sitting and waiting for them to emerge, blocking it and backing up everyone else behind them. Brilliant! (And bloody typical.)
With a human valet, at least, there's a rate-limiting step involved and a queuing mechanism to regulate this sort of behavior to some extent.
"Independent forensic auditors from Stroz Friedberg were on site at Cambridge Analytica’s London office this evening. At the request of the UK Information Commissioner’s Office, which has announced it is pursuing a warrant to conduct its own on-site investigation, the Stroz Friedberg auditors stood down."
In other words, they'd already finished the "auditing" job they were sent in to do.
Re: Maybe not the time to bring it up, so I'll keep it short.
Letters, words - "none of them new, just packaged together."
Shakespeare, Shelley, Byron - just a bunch of repackagers. Nothing new there, merely a "sensible evolution of chucking together existing ideas".
Kudos to Mr. Baylis for his own "repackaging" -- more than the vast majority of his critics could manage, I daresay.
Users don't have any control?
"The users do not and have not ever had control of the tiller, not at Mozilla and not anywhere else."
Read through the comments above and you'll see all kinds of users voting with their feet. I'm on the ESR branch but when my essential extensions stop working, I'm gone too. Unless a company like Mozilla truly has a death wish, it does need to be responsive to its users. Or die. Jury's really out, this time.
"Nope. The router isn't involved because the attacker pretends to be the router, as such the router is taken out of the equation."
Sorry, but I think the router IS, in fact, fundamentally involved. If not then why are (responsible) router manufacturers frantically issuing patches for their devices?
Re: Canada-headquartered Bombardier
"The 220% is of course ridiculous."
Boeing actually suggested "only" 80% duty in their original complaint filing. The U.S. Department of Commerce itself inflated that to 220%.
It would be interesting to know what calculus the DoC used to arrive at this because, according to Bombardier, "more than half of the [CSeries] jet's components are made by U.S.-based companies, and the jet's manufacturing supports more than 22,000 jobs across 17 U.S. states". Someone's foot has a nice red laser dot on it.
Re /. seems to have recovered
Hmmm - not for me. Got kicked out in the original outage. Now seeing a "404 File Not Found" on my browser tab and a "503 - Service Offline" message on the page when I try to log on again. Message follows:
"Slashdot is presently in offline mode. Only the front page and story pages linked from the front page are available in this mode. Please try again later."