Debian 8 Jessie Released

After almost 24 months of constant development, the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 8 (code name Jessie), which will be supported for the next five years thanks to the combined work of the Debian Security team and the Debian Long Term Support team. (Release notes.) Jessie ships with a new default… Read More »

Posted on 26 April 2015 | 12:29 am

Random Generator Parodies Vapid Startup Websites

A pair of Georgia Tech computer science students have created a Random Startup Website Generator that spits out a different jargon-laden startup website every time you click on the URL. Mike Bradley and Tiffany Zhang's project "serves as a parody of startups that have websites full of vague praise and little information about… Read More »

Posted on 25 April 2015 | 9:10 pm

Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law

The NY Times' Eric Lipton was just awarded a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting that shed light on how foreign powers buy influence at think tanks. So, it probably bears mentioning that Microsoft's 'two-pronged' National Talent Strategy (PDF) to increase K-12 CS education and the number of H-1B visas — which is on… Read More »

Posted on 25 April 2015 | 7:04 pm

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

The iPhone used to be the smartphone that "just works." Ever since the 4S days, this has been true less and less with each generation. My wife's iPhone 6 needs to be restarted several times per week for things like internet search or making calls to work. An older 5S I'm using also doesn't consistently stream to Apple TV, doesn't… Read More »

Posted on 25 April 2015 | 5:58 pm

FCC Chairman: a Former Cable Lobbyist Who Helped Kill the Comcast Merger

After Friday's news that the Comcast/TWC merger is dead, the Washington Post points out an interesting fact: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who was instrumental in throwing up roadblocks for the deal, used to be a lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry. "Those who predicted Wheeler would favor industry interests… Read More »

Posted on 25 April 2015 | 4:51 pm

Oculus Rift: 2015 Launch Unlikely, But Not Impossible

Earlier this week during Facebook's 2015 Q1 earnings call, the company seemed to suggest that a 2015 Oculus Rift release date was unlikely. At least, that's what a report about the call from Gamasutra indicated, saying, "It doesn't sound like Oculus will ship the consumer version of its Oculus Rift VR headset this year,… Read More »

Posted on 25 April 2015 | 3:50 pm