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Comment: Re:Need a flash mob.... (Score 1) 515

by Java Pimp (#48581683) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

No, we don't need a flash mob to potentially get in the way, cause a scene or otherwise interfere with police business. But we do need more people recording and holding them accountable. If you happen to be there, by all means record it. But don't go actively seeking them out especially in large groups or otherwise provide them with a valid reason to enact an all out ban on the practice.

The police do have an important job to do and the majority of them are good people. But since there are those bad actors out there and we don't know who is who, we still need to have this ability to watch over them.


Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case 152

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
Bennett Haselton writes A judge rules that a county has to turn over the IP addresses that were used to access a county mayor's Dropbox account, stating that there is no valid security-related reason why the IP addresses should be exempt from a public records request. I think the judge's conclusion about IP addresses was right, but the reasoning was flawed; here is a technically more correct argument that would have led to the same answer. Keep Reading to see what Bennett has to say about the case.

Comment: Processing IDE (Score 2) 107

After being used to more powerful IDEs I was at first unimpressed with the Processing IDE. However, the more I mess around with it, it's not all that bad. It's what the Arduino's IDE is based on and where I was first introduced to it.

I could see it being a very good introduction to programming. Simple interface, easy to set up and tons of examples and tutorials. Write code, click "run".

Comment: Re:How about... (Score 3, Insightful) 482

by Java Pimp (#48050875) Attached to: Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

If I'm understanding correctly, this allows her to view a guy's profile and/or other info (Question of the day) and choose to allow him to see her picture while it is still not visible to everyone else. From what I remember, for other sites you could have a picture everyone could see or no one could see.

Of course, this gives a guy a bit of an edge since if he stumbles upon her profile and her pic is visible, he knows she's already looked at his profile and she's already somewhat interested.

Comment: Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 0) 92

by Java Pimp (#48037257) Attached to: China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons

The titles remain as a throwback to Usenet discussion threads. Mainly because Slashdot users refuse to leave that era and progress with the rest of the world. We fear change. Take the current uproar over Beta for instance. I remember a similar uproar the last time Slashdot had a major overhaul (which really wasn't all that major).

Comment: Common sense maybe? (Score 1) 421

by Java Pimp (#47983195) Attached to: Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Seriously, I learned this the hard way when I used to put my pencil in my front pocket walking between classes and forgetting to take it out before I sat down. You don't put things that don't bend in your pocket on the one place on your body that does bend with the most force. Bananas? ok. sausages? sure. Fish? unfrozen. Pencils and high tech gadgets? NO!

Comment: Coded Message (Score 1) 250

by Java Pimp (#47273409) Attached to: TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

"I am sorry, but I think what you're asking for here is impossible. I don't feel that forking truecrypt would be a good idea, a complete rewrite was something we wanted to do for a while. I believe that starting from scratch wouldn't require much more work than actually learning and understanding all of truecrypts current codebase.

I have no problem with the source code being used as reference."


Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026 275

Posted by samzenpus
from the go-to-mars dept.
An anonymous reader writes Elon Musk says that he'll put the first human boots on Mars well before the 2020s are over. "I'm hopeful that the first people could be taken to Mars in 10 to 12 years, I think it's certainly possible for that to occur," he said. "But the thing that matters long term is to have a self-sustaining city on Mars, to make life multiplanetary." He acknowledged that the company's plans were too long-term to attract many hedge fund managers, which makes it hard for SpaceX to go public anytime soon. "We need to get where things a steady and predictable," Musk said. "Maybe we're close to developing the Mars vehicle, or ideally we've flown it a few times, then I think going public would make more sense."

This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.