Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Re:Sackings and investigation required. (Score 4, Interesting) 108

by Builder (#49093565) Attached to: Scotland's Police Lose Data Because of Programmer's Error

This can't be restored because the police do not want it restored. The are under investigation for abuse of stop and search powers, and racial profiling. Suddenly all of the reports that they have to file after each stop and search are gone. IT error my ass.

Comment: Re:Also take aim at... (Score 1) 779

by Builder (#48963001) Attached to: WA Bill Takes Aim at Boys' Dominance In Computer Classes

I think it's a little worse here in the UK than I've ever seen it before. Right now, teachers are being suspended if someone they live with has anything show up on their vetting.

Live with a guy who got a DUI 5 years ago ? Get suspended. Live with a guy who had an assault charge (note - charge, not necessarily conviction) brought against him? Suspended.

The government say that they've told the schools to use their discretion, but the schools have learned through issues like the Baby P fiasco not to trust that and will simply enforce the very letter of the new guidelines.

Comment: Re:The DEA is just doing their job (Score 1) 577

Hmmm - in the UK, I would list the following: Cigarettes, alcohol, unhealthy fast food and cars. All of those kill more people than guns here.

And that's despite tens of thousands of privately held guns. We have very few murders that use legally held guns here.

Comment: Re: don't use biometrics (Score 1) 328

The article has changed since I first read it from 'charged with' to 'accused of'

The Metropolitan Police said the men are accused of taking an oath of allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) militant group and arranging to buy a handgun equipped with a silencer and conducting "hostile reconnaissance" of a police station and Army barracks in London using Google Street View.

Comment: Re:don't use biometrics (Score 1) 328

A number of men in the UK were recently charged with terrorism offences. One of the charges was for 'aggressive hostile surveilance using Google Maps'.

Got any streetview maps that include anything deemed sensitive in the UK ? Your skin a little brown? Don't use a fingerprint for auth here then!

Comment: Re:I hate to be this guy... (Score 2) 188

by Builder (#47935147) Attached to: NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

Firstly, where do you plan to evacuate a significant percentage of the world's population to ? Secondly, how are you going to decide who is worthy of evacuation and who has just put his gun down and is hiding with the locals to make sure he can carry on the abuse and oppression in their new location ? Finally, how are you going to get this food to them ?

Food nutrition or availability isn't the problem - the problem is identifying valid recipients and then getting it past every government agent, checkpoint thug and warlord into the region.

I've worked in strange places in Africa and I've seen a lot of this first hand. The only fix is for people to organise and setup governments that are fair and have their people's interests at heart. That won't happen without massive amounts of education and people believing they can change things, and vested external interests stepping aside so that this can happen. I doubt very much that this will happen in my lifetime, short of a massively powerful nation deciding it is in their best interests.

Watching China's march into Africa is very interesting to me for these reasons.

"The only way I can lose this election is if I'm caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy." -- Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards