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Comment: Re:Watermelons! (Score 1) 547

by Indigo (#47304325) Attached to: NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

I didn't know it was possible to stuff that many conservative hot-button phrases into such a small amount of text. "I don't care if the world's getting hotter, just end the subsidies and get the government out of my way so I can get rich, you damned Oreos, I mean Watermelons." Beautiful. *Slow clap*.

Comment: Re:Isn't hard drive access desirable? (Score 1) 361

by Indigo (#47028267) Attached to: How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

Thanks for that link. It was quite informative after a little additional Googling.

So, Mozilla's CTO / VP for Mobile says that the reason they're implementing DRM in Firefox is that the W3C has enshrined it in a standard, Google and Microsoft are already shipping it, and "not implementing the W3C EME specification means that Firefox users have to switch to other browsers to watch content restricted by DRM" like Netflix, Amazon Video, and Hulu.

In completely unrelated news, Mozilla's business partner Telefonica (TEF) of Spain, which makes FirefoxOS cell phones and either owns or partners with Brazil's iMusica DRM / content streaming business, requested that Open Mobile Alliance Forward Lock DRM be included in FirefoxOS, because their users can't download OMA DRM Forward Lock-protected ringtones, music, and wallpapers without it. The implementation for this is basically in approvals now.

Some people might find this relevant to the discussion. Now, this is evidently both a different technology (OMA DRM Forward Link vs W3C EME) and a different product (FirefoxOS vs Firefox Web browser). But it's the same company (Mozilla), and a group that has no issues with adding DRM to one product may have fewer issues about adding it to another.

Comment: News cycle (Score 2) 303

by Indigo (#46701361) Attached to: OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

Does anyone else see anything odd about the search results for this story?

I Googled "heartbleed" around 15 minutes ago and looked through 13 pages of results. I was looking for some info a little on the hardcore side, and the Google results were kind of surprising. There were tons of big well-known sites at the very top of the list - Fox, CNN, BBC News, Reuters and Forbes, etc; then a whole lot of mainstream "tech news" sites (PC World, ZDNet and so on) and blogs (HuffPo for example), then finally some more tech oriented or actual tech ones (YCombinator, Netcraft, StackOverflow) with a tiny sprinkling of blogs and relevant support forums (Cisco). US-CERT's listing was down on page 3 or so and honestly there just were not that many "hardcore" sites to be seen.

Running the search again after clearing cookies, the layout has changed a lot. The big news sites hits have slid way down (Fox News is on p. 3 now, for instance) with tech news and blogs moving up. All in all, the harder tech sites are floating upward and the less so are moving down. It's like the lava lamp version of a security scare.

Wondered what other Slashdotters think, it just seems a bit... strange, somehow. Don't these things usually bubble around in the tech community for a bit before surfacing in the mainstream world? It's like every big news site on the planet picked it up simultaneously, followed by the mainstream tech news site, and finally it began to filter down into the tech world. Could just be an artifact of Google's update cycle, but it definitely piqued my curiosity.

+ - Los Angeles Police Officers Suspected of Tampering with Their Monitoring System 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "An internal audit conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in March revealed that 'dozens of the [voice] transmitters worn by officers in Southeast Division were missing or damaged.' In the summer of 2013, this same division was found to have mysteriously lost 45% of the antennae placed on their cars to pick up the signals sent by their voice transmitters. The Southeast Division of the LAPD covers an area that has 'historically been marred by mistrust and claims of officer abuse.' For decades, the LAPD had been closely monitored by the U.S. Department of Justice, but a federal judge in 2013 decided to end that practice after being assured by the LAPD and city officials that the LAPD sufficiently monitors itself via dash-cams and voice transmitters. A formal investigation is currently being conducted to determine whether or not police officers intentionally subverted mandatory efforts to monitor and record their patrols."

+ - Land Rover's Transparent Hood Is The Kind Of Automotive Tech That Excites Us 1

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "Land Rover's Transparent Hood Is The Kind Of Automotive Tech That Excites Us

When we were kids, we were promised flying cars in the future, like The Jetsons . Well, now it's the future, and we don't have any flying cars. But Land Rover just unveiled some crazy new technology called the Transparent Hood system. It's brilliant in its simplicity, and yet quite complex in its implementation. Using a web of camera images and projectors, the Transparent Hood system projects the area just in front of and underneath the nose of the vehicle onto a head-up display along the lower portion of the windshield. Not only is this obviously breathtaking, but when it comes to off-roading—or parking in tight urban spaces—this could change the game. It will allow drivers to see precisely what's below them and immediately in front of them allowing precise placement of the vehicle's front wheels. The system also displays key vehicle data including speed, incline, roll angle, steering position, and drive mode. People, this is the future, and the future is now."

+ - Heroes of Hardware Revolution: Bob Widlar->

Submitted by szczys
szczys (3402149) writes "Aleksandar Bradic just wrote an epic post about Bob Widlar and his role in the early days of the modern IC industry. It includes a bit about the 1-finger salute which was so common with the early analog wizards, and covers his nearly mythological behavior when on the job.

If you're involved in electronics in any way this should be on the top of the week's reading list."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:NASA did not release the Apollo 11 Code (Score 1) 46

by Indigo (#46673829) Attached to: NASA To Catalog and Release Source Code For Over 1,000 Projects

Agreed 100%. Ron and his fellow volunteers have worked on this for several years, not only transcribing the Apollo Command Module and Lunar Module flight software from paper listings, but also writing the toolchains and simulators with which to build and run it. And not only for Apollo, but also for the Saturn IB and V rockets, the Gemini spacecraft, and probably other things I haven't found yet. There are lucid explanations of everything, and original project documentation as well. The site is a treasure trove of information for anyone interested in the software aspect of these great historical space missions.

Comment: Fuck beta (Score 5, Insightful) 149

by Indigo (#46198875) Attached to: Florida Arrests High-Dollar Bitcoin Exchangers For Money Laundering

The new Slashdot design is based on Windows 8. That fact alone, even aside from the numerous usability issues, indicates that the new owners have no fucking idea in the world what they've acquired.

Slashdot is a technology site, a geek site, an open source site, a programming site, an Internet / Web advocacy site. But more than that, it is a Linux community site. It lives and dies by its community. That community, by and large, is made up of passionate Linux advocates who can be whipped into a frenzy at the mention of Microsoft, who think Bill Gates is the Great Satan, who sincerely believe in free and open source software, and who implement that passion in their lives, hobbies, and jobs. Sure, not everyone here fits the mold. But that's the core of the community.

As one single data point, I work on simulators in the aerospace segment. We develop and integrate specialized, whole-system, software-only simulators, supporting software development when the hardware has limited availability or hasn't been built yet. Our user community is not large, but includes key technical people at well known organizations. Like others we interface with, our work has gone from Windows and Linux in the beginning, to mostly Linux, plus Windows if we have to. That's how we like it. Linux works for us - it's developer friendly, it's rock solid, it's quite deployable, and it lets us do what we need to do. And a bunch of us come to Slashdot to catch the news on Linux and other geek-worthy subjects, and discuss it with others.

And now the owners, having acquired this rather unique and valuable site, want to make it into Windows fucking 8 - the friendly, cuddly, but unusable Fisher-Price operating system that represents everything we despise? The mind reels. You might as well just make it a SEO parking page for Microsoft.

Seriously, DICE, do not do this thing. I know you don't care about the history, community, or shared values of this site, but this move will destroy them, and take the site with it. It will become a ghost town, abandoned by its residents, only visited by tourists and people that got lost on their way somewhere else.

"Gotcha, you snot-necked weenies!" -- Post Bros. Comics