Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


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:Radio (Score 1) 303

by Creepy (#49112509) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"

Actually, it isn't quite that - artists get 10-20 cents a track after all expenses, which get taken out of their cut. Songwriters and all other studio jobs get a cut off the top and do not pay expenses out of their cut. This is how some studios stay afloat despite the recording artists not making a penny.

Comment: Re:Payment Gateway Access is No Accident (Score 1) 57

by Creepy (#49108783) Attached to: Iran Allows VPNs To Make Millions In Profit

Just because a packet is encrypted and outbound from Iran, they don't know the packet is necessarily VPN. There are some signatures that signify use of certain VPNs and they can get that with Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) according to forums I've read, but it also sounds like they would need to block them one by one including new and modified ones. Unlike viruses, though, some of those connections may be legitimate business or government ones.

Comment: Re:What ethical concern ? (Score 1) 199

by Creepy (#48983311) Attached to: British MPs Approve 3-Parent Babies

Eye colors other than brown are technically caused by a defective gene as well.

Personally, I think if you can alter genes to get rid of certain bad things, that child once grown would thank you for it. I would definitely thank my parents for breeding out my dad's asthma and my mom's allergies, which when combined made my mainly asthmatic reaction to cats so bad I can't even be around people that own cats without heavy medication, and even then, the sooner I get away, the better.

Comment: Re:Genetic engineering of humans is the future (Score 1) 199

by Creepy (#48983045) Attached to: British MPs Approve 3-Parent Babies

Just wait until we get the artificial womb (aka ectogenesis), a controversy I've been expecting since reading about such things in futurist-lit as a teen. I imagine just the controversy over gays being able to naturally have their own kids would just be the start of it, but the upside of any kids born from such a womb always having proper nutrition and not being dependent on bad habits of the mom (like booze, so no fetal alcohol syndrome) seems a good thing. I see religious zealots never letting this become a reality, though.

Comment: Re:Depends... (Score 1) 333

I think it also depends deeply on who makes the discovery. If we sent a ship to Alpha Centauri and found some pre-industrial or ancient peoples (intelligent, but less technologically advanced), I think we'd study them and do anal probes and stuff. Fear would depend on how aggressive and destructive the species was, and in this case could warrant a few nukes from orbit. An intelligent race of bunnies would probably strike less fear than an intelligent race of velociraptor-cyborg ninjas.

Intelligent life finding us may be an entirely different matter.

Comment: Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (Score 0) 458

by Creepy (#48943337) Attached to: Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

Well conservatives downright hate the poor - cuts to SNAP and food stamps tucked into the farm bill? Hell yeah! (yes, that is sarcasm)

My problem with liberals usually has more to do with the money. They want all these fancy social programs but don't want to pay for them, so the programs are doomed to go belly-up starting in about the next decade likely with Medicaid. If you want these fancy programs, either increase taxes, fix the broken corporate tax system so corporations pay taxes (most pay zero tax, 94% of US corporations pay less than 5%, and yes the tax rate is 35%), or make cuts (military spending would make sense, since we're not actively in any wars, yet Obama is asking for more spending here) to pay for them. I miss Clinton in this regard, but also hate him for burying the actual debt numbers that show money needed to be able to keep social programs running, mainly to garner favor of older voters (and every president since has continued this).

Comment: Re:not the point (Score 1) 375

by Creepy (#48925495) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Or security at all, really. X11 is vulnerable to packet sniffing as well (which still requires trust on the host). Really, the solution is use X over ssh, which is also how I start all terminal sessions, as well.I personally usually run from a Windows PC using XMing and PuTTY, but I'll occasionally use an actual box (I use a lot of headless boxes and VMs, though).

Comment: Re:Discussion is outdated (Score 1) 492

by Creepy (#48901539) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

I haven't written Pascal since a little after college, and that was mostly stub-ins for Mac OS 7/8 (basically, extending the GUI). Once I bought Code Warrior, though, the only thing I used Pascal for was strings I had to pass to and from the OS. The other versions of Pascal I used on UNIX boxes I remember had horrible device support (if you touched a device driver it would not cross-compile on different UNIX flavors). XWindows helped immensely for display drivers in that regard, but it still wasn't adopted at my college until the early 1990s. I have no idea where Pascal is at these days in that regard.

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 1) 492

by Creepy (#48900889) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

hmm... html <pre> </pre> tags used to work for that, but they seem to catch < as a comment now. I had to change those to & lt; (remove the space) to make slashcode not comment it; for example:

void main(a,b)
    char** bl;
    bl = new string("test");

    for (int x=0; x < 1000; x++)

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 2) 492

by Creepy (#48900785) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Also 22/3.0 with a bad compiler would be essentially be stored as (int)22 / (float)3.0 and then the int get converted to a float during runtime. I'm not kidding when I say I've seen that during memory inspections. My teacher in college recommended never mixing types and depending on the compiler for conversion and always using 22., 22.0, or (float)22 to ensure types were stored properly.

Comment: Re:Waffle much? (Score 2) 160

by Creepy (#48832627) Attached to: AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

It shows the transition - OpenGL has been a second class citizen for ATI/AMD for years and now is first class. With the PS4 using their chip and OpenGL they finally have a good reason to have extremely good OpenGL performance and dedicate development time to it, but I still remember when they wouldn't even support extensions.

nVidia has always had OpenGL as a first class citizen (for different reasons - CAD, then PS3, now mobile and Linux GRID arrays such as the one I use with VMWare VMs for GPU support).

Comment: Re:Hypocrites, liars and communists. (Score 3, Informative) 441

by Creepy (#48826711) Attached to: Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

The Koch brothers don't need to buy scientists - they bought climate denying politicians. The Republicans then put climate deniers in every environment and science role (and if you don't believe me, look it up yourself - just recently they added anti-science/climate denier Ted Cruz to head NASA and have had a climate denier running the EPA since late last year). I'm not saying jump two feet into cutting all emissions like some nuts on the left, but just give science an effing chance and see if it affects anything. These guys just outright deny it is and can happen.

Comment: Re: Any experienced teacher already deals with thi (Score 1) 388

by Creepy (#48807553) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

I also grew up in that era and basically with no instruction a few of us learned to write BASIC, then decided that was too slow and moved to assembly language. Not long after that we were cracking software. To say our knowledge was far beyond that of the teachers is an understatement, but you are correct in that those of us that did have that knowledge were few. Still, I went to advanced computer camp one summer and the instructor was laughably years behind my brother and I in skills.

It is not for me to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence. -- The Earl of Birkenhead