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Comment Re:Open to Questions (Score 1) 1310

How about proper SSL support? (Or in this day and age, TLS 1.2) The site's big enough where spoofing to steal credentials could be a problem. But you go to https://slashdot.org/ and get redirected to the non HTTPS site.

How about IPv6? It's kind of ironic how we get many articles about IPv4 space issues, and the nasty workarounds like carrier grade NAT, but Slashdot itself still doesn't support IPv6 (even sites like Facebook have good IPv6 support). As a tech "news for nerds" site, Slashdot should have had IPv6 support years ago. It'd be nice to have it now.

Comment Re:Forbes (Score 1) 118

Slashdot shouldn't be linking to the mainstream media at all. The Slashdot audience is generally made up of people not afraid of technology - make the link to a more technical indepth article. Just the Wikipedia article would be ten times better in this particular case.

The editors should act like editors and start replacing MSM links with something more suited to the Slashdot audience. We'd rather read something deeper than the (necessarily) watered-down-for-the-layman articles.

Comment Re:BMI is a poor tool (Score 3, Insightful) 425

Well, a small swath of the population. People with lots of muscle and little body fat are a very small minority of the population. For nearly everyone else, BMI is a perfectly good rule of thumb. For instance, looking around the room now I can see about 20 people, all of which if you calculated their BMI would give a perfectly good rough idea of where they fit.

Comment Re:Fewer telecom restrictions are just a start (Score 1) 59

Ouch. Their ADSL for 128k down is three times more expensive than my 50Mbit/s connection at home (which also has additions like static IP) according to the currency conversion at xe.com. Their 8 meg home ADSL costs more monthly than the median monthly household salary in my rich, Western nation - let alone Cuba.

Comment And... (Score 1) 249

Undoubtedly it's the content providers doing this, and then they wonder why so many people are still pirating their content.

I'd rather stream legally off Netflix but it's mighty frustrating when you're halfway through a series and it just vanishes from Netflix (but is still available on some other country's Netflix). If they successfully block VPNs, I'm probably going to cancel my subscription.

Comment Re:Eh, its not that much (Score 1) 278

When looking for a new monitor 4 or 5 years ago, I compared the Apple Cinema display against the equivalent specification Dell display.

Once things like taxes and delivery were added (Dell advertised without tax or delivery, and Apple with the prices included), the Dell display was within £5 of the Apple display (I don't remember if the Dell was £5 less or £5 more). The Apple display also had a built in magsafe charger which the Dell didn't.

If you compare like with like, often you'll find that the "cheap" brands are not actually any cheaper than the "expensive" brands. It's just the cheap brands also sell lower end stuff for a lot less.

Comment Re:They do run 'cleaner' when they're not sabotage (Score 1) 496

I thought while one of Volkswagen's Cxx people was busy throwing its software engineers under the bus that this indicated:

* either VW had absolutely terrible, terrible software auditing, and the executive was effectively unwittingly condemning his own company for such shoddy practises.
* or he was lying.

There is absolutely no way that a "rogue engineer" as the guy put it could do this kind of thing and get away with it, even if VW's software auditing is indeed terrible. It would have taken at least the collusion of other engineers and at least some of management. If they do have software auditing, the collusion likely goes much higher.

It doesn't surprise me that the Chaos Computer Club confirms this is the case.

Comment Re:Clean diesel is like clean coal... (Score 1) 496

It's a hell of a lot less than driving a car the same distance.

Including all the costs (including the CO2 cost of making the bicycle, its consumables such as innertubes and tyres) plus the energy burn of the bike rider (including the CO2 cost in making the food), the result is about 21g CO2 per km travelled.

Making the same calculation for a typical passenger car will show the total to be for a car to be about 160g CO2 per km travelled.

The only motorised transport that comes close to the cyclist is the French TGV train, because it's effectively nuclear powered and carries a lot of people at once.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 136

There are plenty of reasons why you might not verify a particular token is in use. For instance, we have a system which is highly distributed for which checking token uniqueness would be very costly (both to implement and at runtime). It uses version 4 UUIDs as an identifier (122 bit random), which is about 5.3x10^36 possible combinations.

You'd have to generate one of these every millisecond for tens of millions of years to even get to even a 50% chance of picking the same random UUID twice, given a good RNG. It's simply not worth adding the complexity to a distributed system to check for duplicates with those kinds of odds.

Comment Re:To summarize (Score 3, Interesting) 704

I got that going into Dallas from the immigration officer. First off there were only 3 immigration desks for an entire B767 load of people. Fortunately, for a change, I was near the head of the queue. Now I normally went direct to Houston (where I worked) and Houston had never been a problem, they looked at my visa, asked a two questions or so about my work (I was on an L1 visa) and stamped my passport. But Dallas was another story. The immigration officer was surly and demanded to see my L1 petition. Fortunately I carried it in my hand luggage, and he looked at it and told me "This is a copy. Give me the original" (it wasn't a copy, it had the ink stamp clearly visible of the US Embassy). When I told him he said it was up to his judgement whether he could let me in and next time I may be deported.

Let's not get into the US Embassy in London. When I got the visa I had to go for an "interview". This consisted of sitting in a huge square room with a bunch of other people for about 4 hours. They give you a number, like a supermarket deli (probably the same system!) and you go up when your number is called. The numbers are called in seemingly random order, so you can't read the book you brought because you suspect if you miss your number they won't call it again and they will force you to schedule a new interview. They also leave these "newspapers" around as reading material called "Going USA", the first half of which is dedicated to people who immigrated to the US saying how awful your home country is and how awesome it is they immigrated into the US and are now running a gas station, and the last half is dedicated to how we're not going to give you a visa anyway. Anyway, so my number was called some 4 hours after I got it. The officer asked me one question "how long have you worked for $COMPANY". I told him. That's all he wanted to ask. We could have done it by phone, or he could have requested that from my employer, but instead I have to waste hours travelling to London and back to be asked a simple question with two word answer.

But that's not the best one. Eventually my visa was converted to an H1 to extend my stay a year. It was approved in the US, and all the paperwork was done in the US, but because I had a vacation home I had to get a new visa put in my passport. The US Embassy in London does this. There's another form (requesting all the information you've already supplied to the INS) that the embassy wants. My employer game me the form and I filled in the few things that my employer didn't (basically the same questions on the visa waiver, including the one about "moral turpitude"), enclosed it with my passport. They refused my (already approved!) visa application because they said this form was out of date. So I go to the US Embassy's website and download the new form.

It is Exactly. The. Same. To the letter, *apart* from the issue date at the bottom. Exactly the same. Of course now I have a non-refundable flight ticket that I can't use because another round-trip time of my passport to the embassy means I have to wait another 10 days.

I think part of the problem is these immigration jobs attract certain type of "little Hitler" personality. I'm not saying all the immigration officers are like this (the ones in Houston for example have never been anything except professional and polite). It's not just the US that does this either. My next door neighbour is Albanian and she's exactly the sort of person we want to come to our country - she's well educated, she's an engineer, fluently speaks three languages - but was treated to a degrading Kafkaesque experience by the UK immigration authorities when she was moving here.

Comment Re:There are US DHS at London Gatwick?? (Score 1) 704

Actually it has benefits for passengers too. The DHS doesn't have this in the UK (it's likely airline staff denied the boarding, not DHS staff). But they do in Dublin. You clear US customs and immigration in Dublin, so on a Dublin to US flight you arrive in a domestic terminal having already cleared customs/immigration. This means you're much less likely to get held up and miss a connection and can have a shorter layover.

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