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A Low Cost, Open Source Geiger Counter (Video) 43

Posted by Roblimo
from the be-sure-to-take-one-of-these-on-your-next-trip-to-chernobyl dept.
Sawaiz Syed's LinkedIn page says he's a "Hardware Developer at GSU [Georgia State University], Department of Physics." That's a great workplace for someone who designs low cost radiation detectors that can be air-dropped into an area where there has been a nuclear accident (or a nuclear attack; or a nuclear terrorist act) and read remotely by a flying drone or a robot ground vehicle. This isn't Sawaiz's only project; it's just the one Timothy asked him about most at the recent Maker Faire Atlanta. (Alternate Video Link)

Comment: And now the opposite view. (Score 2) 476

by khasim (#48224197) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Way too many people don't realize that our current economic and political system would not survive if critical thinking skills became commonplace.

Possibly. Although the same can be said of every other economic and political system as well. Which is a bit of a problem. People are messy. And each person has his/her own priorities and beliefs and weirdness.

We are destroying our own planet in the name of making 0.01% wealthy, and most of us, most of the time, are perfectly content to participate in the process in any way that pays decently and offers "interesting" work.

Just because someone exercises critical thinking does not mean that that person will come to the same conclusions that you have. They probably aren't starting with the same objectives as you.

Which is why companies DO NOT WANT real critical thinking skills.

They want people who think like they do and who come to the same conclusions that they do based upon the same information that they have.

Comment: Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (Score 5, Insightful) 523

by khasim (#48220231) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

And even without the law it seems fairly simple.

You do not INTENTIONALLY break equipment that you do not own. You do not do that. No matter how you feel about that equipment. Particularly when the person who now owns said equipment has no idea that there is a problem.

And I'd be wary of any company that could not understand that.

Comment: Re:Fuck that thief. Ebola is here. (Score 1) 63

by chad_r (#48219627) Attached to: Tracking a Bitcoin Thief

Oh my God! Ebola hysteria is imfecting other Slashdot threads! Why are they telling us it's so hard to spread! The only sensible solution is to prevent people from posting in other discussions after being in the daily Ebola discussion thread! Shame on the Slashdot administrators for not implementing such a trivial solution that would be guaranteed to stop the spread of Ebola hysteria to unrelated discussions!

Comment: Re:I guess you missed Kent State? (Score 5, Insightful) 139

by khasim (#48219361) Attached to: Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

Non-lethal weapons would allow protestors to protest without getting killed.

Protestors should be able to protest WITHOUT the police using either lethal or non-lethal weapons against them.

The important thing here is to take away the governments ability to kill.

Except that you are not doing that.

You are providing the police with pain-compliance (aka "torture") devices.

And as can be seen in many news reports, once the police/government has them, they will use them. And that use will not be INSTEAD of more lethal options. They will be used when the victims do not IMMEDIATELY follow the orders of the police. Even if those orders are illegal to begin with.

Those weapons will be treated as a "force multiplier". Not as a preferred option over lethal force.

Comment: I'd worry anyway. (Score 3, Insightful) 60

by khasim (#48212837) Attached to: Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw In Security Appliances

That makes sense on one level, but using telnet is a bad habit one shouldn't get into.

I agree. A better habit is setting up and using SSH.

Not only that but "defense in depth". Do NOT rely upon your perimeter defenses to stop all attacks. It only takes one person with a compromised laptop and you're cracked.

1) these were default passwords that everyone on the team knew

SSH can be set up the same.

2) the development VLAN is secured from outsiders

Until it is compromised.

Remember, in defense you have to be right on everything all the time. An attacker can just stumble into something you missed. Like someone's laptop that was brought in when it should not have been.

+ - Amazon base new AWS Directory Service on Samba4->

Submitted by Jeremy Allison - Sam
Jeremy Allison - Sam (8157) writes "

"The New AWS Directory Service
Today we are introducing the AWS Directory Service to address these challenges! This managed service provides two types of directories. You can connect to an existing on-premises directory or you can set up and run a new, Samba-based directory in the Cloud."

Best news for Samba all year !"

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Comment: Re:Dear Canada.... (Score 4, Informative) 522

by Yaztromo (#48205149) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

No by getting the Muslim community involved and start turning in these idiots, the war on extremists is never going to be won unless the community that they belong to steps up.

Thus far, in every case that has occurred within Canada, the first alerts received by police about radicalized Muslims has been from Imams at various mosques.

The Muslim community has stepped up, and has been doing exactly what you extol. However, holding radical ideals isn't against the law in Canada; unless you can prove that a) an illegal act is being planned, or b) support is being given to an illegal organization, there isn't much the police can do except monitor the people involved.

The attacker from Monday's attack in St. Jean-sur-Richaleau was being monitored by police, and had even recently been questions by them. They had confiscated his passport, as he had booked a flight to Turkey (purportedly to cross into Syria to join ISIS/ISIL), but as he hadn't broken any Canadian laws, were unable to detain him. I have little doubt the way police were alerted to this person in the first place was via people at his local mosque.

Unfortunately, the police don't announce how they find out about the radicals they are tracking (news today has it that the RCMP is tracking 90 people for radicalist activities), in part to protect their sources. This is why you don't hear about it much in the media, but people on the inside know that it's been the leaders of Canadian mosques who have been at the forefront of reporting radical Islamic activity in this country.


Comment: Re:I never ever commented on the SCO issue in any (Score 1) 187

We knew what was going on when you ran your anti-IBM campaign, sometimes even positioning yourself as arguing on behalf of our community. It was a way to lend credence to IBM and MS arguments during the SCO issue. To state otherwise is deceptive, perhaps even self-deceptive.

Florian, you would not be devoting all of this text to explaining yourself if you didn't feel the need to paint your actions in a positive light. That comes from guilt, whether you admit it to yourself or not.

Go write your app, and if you actually get to make any money with it you can give thanks, because it will happen despite what you worked for previously. Keep a low profile otherwise because your credibility is well and truly blown and you can only make things worse. And maybe someday you can really move past this part of your life. But I am not holding out much hope.

Comment: Re:Um... okay...? (Score 1) 44

by Roblimo (#48199847) Attached to: The Bogus Batoid Submarine is Wooden, not Yellow (Video)

i kan(t) read:

You know very well that Tim hits various events and videotapes whomever or whatever he considers interesting. If we were paid for running "video ads," each one would be clearly marked "ad" or "sponsored content."

Should we interview you? Know someone else we should interview? Email me with contact info. Maybe we will.


The Bogus Batoid Submarine is Wooden, not Yellow (Video) 44

Posted by Roblimo
from the some-people-build-ornithopters-and-some-build-machines-that-flap-their-wings-underwater dept.
This is a "wet" submarine. It doesn't try to keep water out. You wear SCUBA gear while pedaling it. And yes, it is powered by a person pushing pedals. That motion, through a drive train, makes manta-style wings flap. This explains the name, since rays are Batoids, and this sub is a fake Batoid, not a real one. It's a beautiful piece of work, and Martin Plazyk is obviously proud to show it off. He and his father, Bruce, operate as Faux Fish Technologies. Follow that link and you'll see many photos, along with a nice selection of videos showing their creations not just in static above-water displays, but in their natural (underwater) element. Meanwhile, here on Slashdot, Martin tells how Faux Fish subs are made. (Alternate Video Link)

Comment: Re:Bruce, I know why u r disappointed. Let me expl (Score 1) 187

So, I see this as rationalization.

The fact is, you took a leadership position, and later turned your coat for reasons that perhaps made sense to you. But they don't really make sense to anyone else. So, yes, everyone who supported you then is going to feel burned.

You also made yourself a paid voice that was often hostile to Free Software, all the way back to the SCO issue. Anyone could have told you that was bound to be a losing side and you would be forever tarred with their brush.

So nobody is going to believe you had any reason but cash, whatever rationalization you cook up after the fact. So, the bottom line is that you joined a list of people who we're never going to be able to trust or put the slightest amount of credibility in.

And ultimately it was for nothing. I've consistently tried to take the high road and it's led to a pretty good income, I would hazard a guess better than yours, not just being able to feel good about myself.

The study of non-linear physics is like the study of non-elephant biology.