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Comment: Um, Yeah... (Score 3, Interesting) 286

by Greyfox (#49372755) Attached to: Attempted Breach of NSA HQ Checkpoint; One Shot Dead
Crashing through a gate where there's a guy armed with a machine gun is a really good way to get shot, a lot. It annoys the guy with the machine gun, and he has a tendency to shoot things that annoy him. And he's not using the cheap Wal*Mart bullets, either. The last thing to go through your head, I mean, before bullets, would probably be "Wow, those are really some high quality bullets that guy is shooting me with!" I seem to recall that this sort of thing was fairly common back in the 70's and 80's with the hippies trying to disrupt the SAC air force bases. We seem to be having a spike in the crazy/stupid lately, where people seem to think that if you go crashing through a gate with a guy with a machine gun, they'll be nice to you or something. Nope. Not the case at all.

Comment: Weak Web Sites (Score 2) 159

by Greyfox (#49347019) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say
Most of those web sites are not one's I'm likely to return to anyway. Like a corporate web site for some company I clicked on a job posting for. And now it's asking me to create an account with my E-Mail address and a password. The only information in the account that the password is protecting is an E-Mail address, and I'm not likely to ever return to that site. At this point I'm already pretty sure I don't want to work for that company. If they bitch at me about the strength of the password I chose, that's really just going to make up my mind for me at that point. If I ever DO return to the site, I'm not even likely to remember that I ever created an account there, much less what the password was, so I'm just going to have to click on the "forgot password" link, anyway. I've had sites like this send me the original password in plain text, too.

Comment: Time for a HK47 Quote! (Score 1) 112

by Greyfox (#49325089) Attached to: Bring On the Boring Robots
HK-47, opining on torture
"Droids tend to blend into the background, like a bench or a card table. Mockery: Droid, fetch this. Droid, translate that. Droid, clean out the trash compactor. Part of the love of my function comes when the ‘furnishings’ pull out tibanna-powered rifles and point them at the owners' heads."

Comment: Re:Dumbest comment ever (Score 4, Insightful) 92

You sound like someone who's old. Or irrelevant. Were you one of those people protesting in front of air force bases in the 70's? Sure, a nuclear-armed Iran is a convenient boogeyman to wave around to scare the US public. Who's doing that? John McCain mostly. Let's apply our criteria to him. Old? Yup. He's practically yelling at the rest of Congress to get off his lawn. And irrelevant? Yep, pretty much. No one cares what John McCain thinks, except maybe some old people in Florida and Arizona and some irrelevant people at Fox News.

Nuclear weapons were a convenient boogeyman to wave around when you were a hippie in the 70's. "Oh, they're going to blow the world up unless we pour this goat's blood on the gate of the air force base!" Discounting the fact that making a nuclear bomb is really hard (Iran and North Korea have been trying for as long as I've been alive, despite the fact that the general concepts are simple enough for a teenager to grasp,) and making something to deliver it is also really hard. By the time you get done doing all that stuff, you may as well have just leveled a city with conventional weapons. We did a lot more to Japan with conventional weapons than we did with nuclear ones in WWII, by the way. But after all that, some very interesting politics come into play, which is why India and Pakistan haven't nuked each other. And you know, the longer a nuclear device sits, the less likely it is that it's going to work. Your nice pure plutonium core starts getting crapped up with hydrogen bubbles. And those things are already very finicky as Iran and North Korea are finding out.

So yeah, on a scale of things that are likely to kill you, nuclear war is simply not one of them. You're significantly more likely to be shot by a disgruntled co-worker or a road-raging jackass in a giant penis truck. His truck is very very big, his penis is very very small and he's angry! In fact if you asked 1000 random people if they worry more about dying in a nuclear war or to zombies, I'd be willing to bet most of them would say zombies. Which are fictional.

Comment: RMS Should Try Google+! (Score 3, Funny) 165

by Greyfox (#49321753) Attached to: RMS Talks Net Neutrality, Patents, and More
It's like an anti-social network! If you had some data you wanted to make sure no one would ever see, you could post it to Google+!

I saw some (i'm assuming) teenager post some angsty thing on a social page the other day and it occurred to me that we built this huge network that lets you reach out and speak to basically any other human being on the planet and people seem lonelier than ever. Odd, how that works...

Comment: You Know What It's Going To Take... (Score 1) 417

by Greyfox (#49312937) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought
The USA should already have started a massive water engineering project on the scale of the interstate highway system. We need to be able to reclaim much more water for regions that get too much in quick bursts and move it around the country as need arises. Clean drinking water is already starting to become one of our top concerns, and it's only going to get worse. We should be planning for it now and investing in our future, but no one is even talking about it.

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