Monthly Archives: March 2015

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?

New submitter recaptcha writes Today one of my fellow workers has announced he has found another job and will be leaving our company in two weeks’ time. This is all above board and there is no disgruntled employee scenario here;

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Book Review: Drush For Developers, 2nd Edition

Michael Ross writes As with any content management system, building a website using Drupal typically requires extensive use of its administrative interface, as one navigates through its menus, fills out its forms, and reads the admin pages and notifications —

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Microsoft Considered Giving Away Original Xbox

donniebaseball23 writes While the term ‘Xbox’ is firmly implanted in every gamer’s mind today, when Microsoft first set out to launch a console in 2001, people weren’t sure what to expect and Microsoft clearly wasn’t sure what approach to take

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Developer of ‘Banished’ Develops His Own Shading Language

jones_supa writes Luke Hodorowicz, the hard-working developer behind the townbuilding strategy computer game Banished, has designed a novel GPU shading language and written a compiler for it. The language has been christened ‘Shining Rock Shading Language’ (SRSL) and it outputs

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Why America’s Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

HughPickens.com writes According to an op-ed by Fareed Zakaria in the Washington Post, if Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country’s education toward the teaching of specific, technical skills,

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Cetaceans Able To Focus Sound For Echolocation

Rambo Tribble writes A recent study from Denmark has determined that porpoises, dolphins and whales can focus the sounds they make, described as “clicks and buzzes”, when hunting. This appears to exceed even the capabilities of bats. One researcher described

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EU Commission Divided Over Nation-Specific Content Blocking

jfruh writes In theory, the European Union is supposed to act as a single national market. But one area in which practice doesn’t live up to theory is geoblocking: Europeans may find that a website they can reach or content

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License Details Hint MS Undecided On Suing Users of Its Open Source Net Runtime

ciaran2014 writes With Microsoft proudly declaring its .NET runtime open source, a colleague and I decided to look at the licensing aspects. One part, the MIT licence, is straightforward, but there’s also a patent promise. The first two-thirds of the

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X-37B To Fly Again

schwit1 writes The May 6 Atlas 5 launch will carry one of the Air Force’s two X-37B mini-shuttles on a new mission in space. “The Air Force won’t yet confirm which of the Boeing-built spaceplanes will be making the voyage.

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Control Anything With Gestures: Myo Bluetooth Protocol Released

First time accepted submitter Legendary Teeth writes The makers of the Myo Gesture Control Armband (Thalmic Labs) have just released the specs for the Bluetooth protocol it uses. While there are already official SDKs for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android,

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