Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Note: You can take 10% off all Slashdot Deals with coupon code "slashdot10off." ×

Comment The central pro-escrow argument is idiotic. (Score 4, Insightful) 82

Why would criminals conform with laws that require them to use back-doored crypto, when they can deploy the real thing through their organizations, and leave the back-doored crap to the honest citizens? Criminals don't conform with laws (by definition!) and so they will use whatever crypto they see fit.

Comment Re:Equivalent to the energy of 20 atomic bombs? (Score 1) 68

If this "energy" measure refers to the original kinetic energy and not the impact energy, it is very disingenuous. We could likewise say that when a car pulls over from the freeway from doing 80 mp/h, to enter a truck stop, and then is involved in a minor fender-bender in the parking lot, it had the "energy of an 80 mp/h car". But, oh, science! Much of that energy was dissipated by earlier braking along the exit way, as well as panic braking just before the accident.

Comment Re:Isn't "Peak Stupid" writing about it. (Score 1) 100

Ah, but then we can supply the following counter-measure: put some good addresses into the list too!
The crackers and spammers won't know which are which.
If they use the list to perpetrate, then their IP address is immediately tagged as being malicious.
If they use the list to cull their own list of nonexistent addresses, then they inadvertently cull your good address also. So you win again.

Comment Re:What if it were Microsoft code (Score 2, Insightful) 191

The difference is that the code is distributed for free. No judge is going to award damages for the redistribution of something that is free. At least, not actual damages, like $$$ per infringing copy. The breach of the terms (like not redistributing the source code) could be translated to some punitive damages, perhaps. Probably the best outcomes you can hope for are: the violator of the license is either asked to stop distributing the software, or else to come into compliance: replace the GPL'ed part with a from-scratch workalike, so that the program is no longer distributed with any GPLed code, or else make the whole program GPLed.

Comment "Fiberglass" (Score 1) 82

Fiberglass is actually a composite made of epoxy (or other) resin, with glass fibers embedded in it for tensile strength.

Until you have a biodegradable epoxy to go with your biodegradable cellulose cloth, there isn't any point.

I don't think fiberglass itself is used for strength in other applications, but for its fire-retardant properties (insulation wool, glass cloth). Good luck with cellulose there.

Comment Fix bugs first, please! (Score 1) 169

For instance, it would be nice if the lastest version of Skype for Windows didn't sometimes freeze for 45 seconds at a time when merely sending an instant message, with no audio or video call in progress.

A translator for Skype? Bah, that just needs a fixed vocabularly of audio files consisting of "can you hear me now?" and "I cannot see you!" in 50 languages.

All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time.

Working...