Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


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:Ok then... (Score 1) 247

by Enigma2175 (#49197003) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

The quote didn't say that Colt, Smith and Wesson were guns. It says that they were men, which is true.

We all get that you're excited at the opportunity to be pedantic and show off your gun knowledge, but you should at least finish reading the goddamn sentence that you're referring to before hitting the reply button.

Did you know that every gun in the world is named after a man? Colt, Browning, Smith, Thompson, Kalashnikov... all men.

Did you read the quote? It's quite clear that the character is claiming those names are the names of guns as well as men. Or do you not know what "named after" means?

Comment: Re:Those without a timeline will be at an advantag (Score 3, Insightful) 209

Seriously? Read a book. Watch the History Channel

Why, so I can learn about "Ancient Aliens"? Or learn about how items are priced when pawned? Or keep track of the doings of "Swamp People"? I support your idea (learn history!) but watching the History Channel is one of the worst ways to do that.

Comment: Re:If you don't authorize it, it can't divulge inf (Score 2) 330

by Enigma2175 (#49040341) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens?

Yeah, because disabling it in SOFTWARE makes it impossible for the tv to activate it when your not looking right?
If you want to be totally safe, you need to cripple the hardware itself!

And how hard is that? In my home, the wifi is encrypted so if the TV connects via wifi, I simply don't give it the key. If it connects via ethernet, I disconnect the ethernet cable. It's not too hard to prevent the TV from phoning home.

As for the original question, at this time it doesn't seem like there are too many options for this. I bought a "smart" tv several years ago, I thought it would be helpful since I wanted to be able to stream Netflix without getting a third-party box. The interface is terrible, it's very slow and unresponsive. There haven't been any updates to the "NetTV" portion of the software, so pretty much the only thing worthwhile is Netflix - most of the other services it supports either are useless or don't even exist anymore. If the company cared about providing updates and staying current with services it might be worth it but there is no motivation for the company to provide software updates since they would prefer I just buy a new TV if I want access to current services. With things like Chromecast and FireTV, it makes a lot more sense to get a dumb TV and add the smart features you want via a cheap dongle rather than paying hundreds of dollars for the TV manufacturer to add the same hardware with a crappier interface to the TV.

Comment: Re:BitCoin's isn't a mature cryptocurrancy (Score 1) 148

by Enigma2175 (#49021235) Attached to: Alleged Bitcoin Scam Leaves Millions Missing

The problem isn't with the technology in general so much as its infancy.

No, the problem is with the technology, it depends on trusting the person it's sending money to deliver something. That is a flaw quite clearly. Unlike other technologies that depend on other methods to deliver like laws that can be enforced, Bitcoin is designed to make this difficult.

I don't see how Bitcoin is different than cash in this regard. If you are purchasing something without escrow then you will always run the risk of the other party making off with your money/property. If this happens, they still broke the law no matter if you were paying in cash, Bitcoins or Triganic Pu. If you don't trust the party you are doing the deal with you should take steps to protect yourself, no matter the currency.

Comment: Re:A Bitcoin scam? Impossible! (Score 3, Informative) 148

by Enigma2175 (#49021093) Attached to: Alleged Bitcoin Scam Leaves Millions Missing

It's more like a 419 scam. They are called 419 because that's the law that makes them *legal*.

The Wikipedia article seems to disagree with you:

'The number "419" refers to the article of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud.'

Nothing about them being legal, in most countries fraud is fraud. Do you have a citation that such scams are legal in Nigeria (or elsewhere)?

Comment: Re:No, he's not (Score 3, Informative) 222

by Enigma2175 (#48998609) Attached to: GPG Programmer Werner Koch Is Running Out of Money

PGP has brought incredible value to people, and thus its inventor should be rewarded properly.

However, this person is not the inventor of PGP, Phil Zimmermann is. Koch just wrote an open source program that complies with the OpenPGP RFC. This is certainly valuable and I do think that the community receives sufficient benefit from this program to support it financially, but Koch isn't an inventor, he is a programmer that implemented a public standard.

Comment: Re: Science... Yah! (Score 1) 958

by Enigma2175 (#48969187) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

Most soups compensate for not being calorie dense by having tremendous amounts of sodium. So unless you want to lose weight and keel over from a heart attack due to high blood pressure, "buy soup" is poor advice.

Not to mention them not being filling due to being mostly water.

Sodium doesn't necessarily cause a rise in blood pressure -- just like the title of this /. article says, don't trust shit you've read about diet and fitness. Here's an article about a new study that could not find a strong link between sodium consumption and blood pressure. That being said, it's probably still not a good idea to eat a ton of salt but it may not be as dangerous as previously thought.

Comment: Re:Twitter: Ran out of Hydralic fluid (Score 1) 213

by Enigma2175 (#48782493) Attached to: SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

Elon Musk @elonmusk "Grid fins worked extremely well from hypersonic velocity to subsonic, but ran out of hydraulic fluid right before landing."
"Upcoming flight already has 50% more hydraulic fluid, so should have plenty of margin for landing attempt next month."

That's odd, does anyone know why it would run out of hydraulic fluid? Usually a hydraulic system is a closed loop, are they constantly dumping hydraulic fluid from this stage?

Comment: Re:Don't fear the singularity (Score 1) 455

and the manual jobs aren't present, we're going to have a lot of well-fed idle people,

In this utopia, how do you get your food? Are the people who own the machines just going to give you that food out of the goodness of their hearts? Are they also going to provide housing and transportation? There is plenty of automation displacing workers now and all the benefits of it go to the people with the capital. Labor has not realized the benefits of the productivity gains that have happened in the past, what makes you think they will reap such benefits in the future?

Comment: Re:machines made by humans, amoebas made by God (Score 1) 455

Well, thank you sir, for your compliment AND for recognizing this "Slashdot mindthink" plus the usual illogical claim "if something can't be proven scientifically does not exist" (that my Greek ancestors -good enough scientist/philoshophers of their time- though as nonsence...)

If something cannot be proven scientifically then it is not affecting the world. If something has no effect then why concern yourself about it? God could certainly be proven scientifically, He just needs to heal a few amputees or part the Atlantic ocean. God's insistence on only healing people who's body might heal itself doesn't lend great credence to the 'omnipotence' claim.

When the miracles degrade from 'flooding the entire earth' to 'make something that looks vaguely like my son appear on a slice of toast' it's not surprising that the level of belief has fallen. It's curious that the miracle degradation happened concurrently with human's ability to measure the natural world, it's almost like ignorance of natural processes fueled belief.

Comment: Re:Okay, so (Score 2) 245

by Enigma2175 (#48365881) Attached to: ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

It's easy enough to configure your mail server to not send if the STARTTLS command is ignored. It should treat it the same as a server that doesn't support TLS. If someone is concerned about email getting sniffed they will configure their server in this manner and will effectively be unable to send any mail over these networks. This should certainly fall under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, it's basically a denial of service attack.

Comment: Cooled? (Score 1) 246

by Enigma2175 (#48356031) Attached to: The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

How does a space suit on Mars work? Show me how it is pressurized, and how it is cooled

Why would you need spacesuit cooling on Mars? It's not space, where the side facing the sun heats up and it is difficult to radiate heat, there is an atmosphere that is quite chilly. I would think that you would need spacesuit heating on Mars, not cooling. However, I'm not a rocket scientist, is there anyone who has definitive knowledge on this topic?

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?