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Comment Re:The real insult (Score 1) 387

NASCAR is a sport the same way two idiots punching the living shit out of each is.

Just because it is stupid doesn't imply it not a sport.

If you have a winner/loser, and viewers, it is a sport (regardless of how dumb it is.)

So if I'm playing football in the park with friends and nobody is watching, it's not a sport? But somehow the same activity becomes a sport the minute a non-player shows up?

Comment Re: Damned Lies And Politics (Score 4, Insightful) 202

So now we know for sure which are the propaganda mills in "mainstream" news. I read anti-encryption articles on at least CNN, MSN, Fox, and Infoworld. Are there any others worthy of mention in this context? They are now off my list of "reputable news" sources, though they may be useful for staying up on current events... take it with a grain of salt.

The BBC: Paris attacks: Silicon Valley in crosshairs over encryption
Some gems from the article:
"And I do think this is a time for particularly Europe, as well as here in the United States, for us to take a look and see whether or not there have been some inadvertent or intentional gaps that have been created in the ability of intelligence and security services to protect the people that they are asked to serve."

while attitudes towards creating government backdoors were "hostile", that atmosphere "could turn in the event of a terrorist attack or criminal event where strong encryption can be shown to have hindered law enforcement". Paris may just be that event.

Also, some jackwagon New York prosecutor is calling for legislation mandating phone manufactures use weak encryption and provide backdoors for law enforcement:
A New York prosecutor is calling for federal legislation to weaken smartphone encryption

It's just ridiculous. Intelligence agencies and police have unprecedented data and location tracking on nearly every person in the world and it's STILL NOT ENOUGH for them. They will never be satisfied, even if every person in the world provided them a 24/7 video feed they would demand constant brainwave scans to "protect our children". It's time to say enough is enough and remove the people in favor of a surveillance state from a position of power, either by voting them out of office or voting the people who appointed them out of office.

Comment Whoever gets there first and works them (Score 5, Insightful) 239

I think it should be handled like mineral claims are (were) handled, if you get there first AND you work the claim then you get the proceeds. I don't want it to just be "got there first" or corporations/nations will just go claim everything without any intent of actually extracting the resources. Obviously what constitutes working the claim would need to be determined but that shouldn't be too hard. The problem is that the US can't just legislate this on their own, there needs to be agreement from all nations, or at least all space-faring nations.

Comment Re:The old talent doesn't understand the new stuff (Score 1) 229

Take for example something like handbreak. Unless you *knew* what it was. You would have no idea what that thing did (video editing software).

And even if you know the name of the program, you still may not be able to find it. If you search for 'handbreak' you won't find what you are looking for because it is spelled 'handbrake'. That's something that's easy to see in a menu but hard to recognize when your search fails.

Comment Re:Copper or FO cable? (Score 1) 273

Is anyone using any transcontinental copper any more? I would also assume that if it is possible to tap deep-sea FO cable, that they have done the same already.

I'd like for someone who lays down FO for commercial work to chime in on the feasibility of either a passive or active tap of such deep-sea cable.

Here is an article on current undersea cable eavesdropping, according to it fibre cables are currently being monitored.

Comment Re:Gotta wonder. (Score 1) 223

You're not the reason this is happening, and you're not the people they're targeting. The majority of your old-school RC pilots are the ones who pay attention to the Academy of Model Aeronautics guidelines and whatnot, and generally know how not to be an idiot when flying. What the FAA is worried about is daddy dropping $60 for a Syma X5C to buy for junior's sixteenth birthday, and then junior flying it over the bleachers at the homecoming game and someone getting smacked in the head when he loses a blade by flying too close to a lamppost.

The problem is that the regulation is going to affect the former group of people more than the latter. The people who already follow the regulations and fly responsibly are the ones who will actually register and the people flying in stupid places are the people who aren't going to register. The only thing this is going to accomplish is the headlines are going to change from "A drone crashed on the football field" to "An unregistered drone crashed on the football field".

Comment Re:There are parts of the world (Score 1) 74

where I wouldn't dare venture with such things as implanted RFID chips.

Want to use your implanted RFID chip to access your bank via ATM? What's to stop criminals from cutting off your finger and racing to the nearest ATM before your finger and the chip become non-operational? Probably the PIN you also use to authenticate, but still.......

Ummmmm, the same thing that keeps them from stealing your card and doing the same thing? Yeah, stealing an ATM access device is already a problem, though not a huge one. What makes you think it will become a larger problem when the device in question is implanted? Seems like it would be a more difficult robbery with greater legal repercussions than a simple mugging.

Comment Re:Dear SJW morons (Score 1) 781

5-digit Slashdot userid numberAh haha, I know where you work, friend; did you author the utility of which I speak? Silicon Valley campus, or north of here?

It's a fairly common hex string, here is what Wikipedia says about it:

0xDEADBEEF ("dead beef") is frequently used to indicate a software crash or deadlock in embedded systems. DEADBEEF was originally used to mark newly allocated areas of memory that had not yet been initialized—when scanning a memory dump, it is easy to see the DEADBEEF. It is used by IBM RS/6000 systems, Mac OS on 32-bit PowerPC processors and the Commodore Amiga as a magic debug value. On Sun Microsystems' Solaris, it marks freed kernel memory. On OpenVMS running on Alpha processors, DEAD_BEEF can be seen by pressing CTRL-T. The DEC Alpha SRM console has a background process that traps memory errors, identified by PS as "BeefEater waiting on 0xdeadbeef".[19]

Comment Re:The solution is simple (Score 2) 394

What is wrong with leaving the city? Why should a magical line drawn on a map make a difference? Why do people want to make cities into insular bubbles that don't interact with the rest of the region? But commercial buildings in the suburbs, and residential buildings in the suburbs, and then people will live in the suburbs and have a higher quality of life than living in the city.

Or just stop teaching people that they must have a job in the city and no where else, get rid of parochialism. That's a major problem in so many cities. People want to be in the city limits even though it cames with more drawbacks than advantages, the demand makes the housing prices skyrocket, it drives out the middle class, it drives out people with families, it destroys the public schools, and the only reason for it is that some people care about having a desirable zip code.

In most places, that has already happened, then the new real estate "out of the city" becomes desirable, because the highly paid workers that work at the company that located outside the city want to live close to work. For example, Microsoft isn't located in Seattle itself, it is in Redmond. So Redmond real estate becomes pricier because all the borg drones want to live near the MS campus. All the tech companies aren't located in San Francisco, they are located in Silicon Valley so more housing is built there and so it becomes a massive nightmare of urban sprawl rather than the higher-density housing you get when the company locates within the city center. Amazon is a bit of an exception as it is located in Seattle proper, but many companies that are moving into a given area locate in the existing suburbs for many reasons (taxes, local workforce, cheaper real estate, etc.). In many (most?) cities the problem isn't gentrification driving lower income people out, it is all the well-off people (and many of the companies) moving to the outlying areas leaving mostly poorer people living in the city centers.

Comment Re:Can't take the heat? (Score 1) 688

I post to Slashdot maybe one every few years... and it still can't convert line breaks to <br>'s?


It does if your posting mode is "plain old text", and as far as I remember it has always been this way, even before you created your account.

You must have something else selected as your default posting mode, try clicking the Options button and see what mode you are using.

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