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Comment: Re:Celebrities are targeted more. (Score 1) 622

by Gibgezr (#48132385) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Scrameustache has hit on something very important, and all this talk of "security of the cloud" and "hacked accounts" is missing the message by focusing on the technology.

Folks, it's not the technology.

Any famous actress who takes nude pictures, whether with a cell phone or a Polaroid instacam or a 35mm film camera, needs to realize that those photos may become public in the future. Celebrities taking nude photos is a high risk activity, regardless of the technology involved.

Comment: Re:quake 1 Reaper Bot (Score 1) 93

I don't recall Reaper bots learning opponent play styles. They did learn to path around new maps (the guy who wrote the AI had a day job writing routing routines for network routers, and he applied concepts from that to game pathing), and they had a simple finite state machine that allowed them to tarck enemies, search for enemies, engage in combat using techniques like circle-strafing, disengage from comat if canditions like health/armour/powerups/weapons were unfavourable, etc. As far as I remember they treated all players the same, though.

Comment: Re: Imagine the good they could have done.. (Score 1) 610

The poster you responded to above did not say anything negative about athletes, musicians, actors or models; he just pointed out that you don't necessarily need intelligence to succeed in those fields. Since you couldn't parse the message, it's obvious your strengths lie elsewhere as well, and that's cool, but maybe you don't want to poke a wasp's nest of intellectuals and take them on in their home turf.

Just a suggestion.

Comment: Re:cram lots of people in a confined space (Score 1) 819

by Gibgezr (#47846027) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

This is an announcement from Genetic Control:
"It is my sad duty to inform you of a four foot restriction on humanoid height."

[Extract from conversation of Joe Ordinary in Local Puborama]

"I hear the directors of Genetic Control have been buying all the
properties that have recently been sold, taking risks oh so bold.
It's said now that people will be shorter in height,
they can fit twice as many in the same building site.
(they say it's alright),
Beginning with the tenants of the town of Harlow,
in the interest of humanity, they've been told they must go,
told they must go-go-go-go."

Comment: Re:Define technology (Score 1) 231

by Gibgezr (#47835083) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

I loved launching homemade hot-air balloons made from dry-cleaning bags, straws, toothpicks and birthday candles, as well as alternative heating experiments with Sterno and aluminum foil. Protip: camping fuels like Sterno are poor choices. They do burn at a very high temperature and don't weigh much, but the downside is twofold:
1) They burn so hot that the hot air near the flame is so much hotter than the air at the top of the bag that they tend to turn over easily.
2) Combine #1 with the fact that, unlike birthday candles (which go out when they drop from the sky), Sterno keeps burning.
I accidentally napalmed the local cop shop one night. Oopsy.

Comment: Re:seriously? (Score 1) 251

by Gibgezr (#47768725) Attached to: TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Wait a sec, you are a Slashdot reader, but don't concede that Brian Krebs is a respectable journalist specializing in computer security issues? I hereby revoke your nerd card!

Seriously, Brian Krebs is the gold standard of reporting on this stuff. His prominence as an expert who constantly exposes the computer criminal underworld is unparalleled in journalistic circles, and is the reason that he actually has been the target of attacks by the aforementioned underworld denizens. As for dismissing his professional investigative reporting because it's on his "blog", I will point to his previous highly successful 14 years as a tech/security reporter for the Washington Post.

Dismissing Brian Krebs as a hack because he reports via a blog is like dismissing Bruce Schneier's thoughts on some new encryption algorithm because he wrote about it on his blog. Would you feel differently if I had linked to a Fox News video?

The flow chart is a most thoroughly oversold piece of program documentation. -- Frederick Brooks, "The Mythical Man Month"