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


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

Comment Re:Feminist bullshit (Score 1) 950

No. Really, no.

If you're attracted to someone and they are not attracted to you, and you act like an idiot about it, that's being creepy.

If you're attracted to someone and they are not attracted to you, and you continue to act appropriately around them, that's fine.

In particular, if you want to succeed in the modern work environment, you're going to need to learn how to be professional with people who you find attractive and who don't find you attractive. This really isn't a hard skill to pick up, it just requires a change in attitude around your co-workers.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 5, Informative) 108

There wasn't enough fuel to sustain orbit. The team responsible for this went to heroic lengths to keep it in orbit --- including at one point venting the spacecraft's helium to give it a final boost. This was all done so the probe could keep sending back data, which it did happily. In the end we got approximately four times the expected data we wanted from the probe.

Not bad for government contractors.

Comment Silly Rabbit. (Score 1) 105

Just make encryption that isn't ridiculously easy to crack illegal, or subject to severe regulation and taxation. Get an expert devoid of care for privacy (say, Dorothy Denning) to endorse the law on the Sunday Morning talk shows. Cast anyone who cares about secure encryption as a bitter and deranged malcontent. Tell people it's for the Common Good.

Problem solved.

Comment Re: Oh, Okay (Score 4, Insightful) 587

Wells, H. G. The Time Machine. 1895

Chambers, Robert W. The King In Yellow. 1985.

Lovecraft, Howard P. The Shadow Over Innsmouth. 1936

Lovecraft, Howard P. At The Mountains of Madness. 1936

Lovecraft, Howard P. The Shadow Out of Time. 1936

Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. 1949.

Gibson, William. Neuromancer. 1984.

Gibson, William. Count Zero. 1986.

Sterling, Bruce. The Artificial Kid. 1980.

Sterling, Bruce. Mirrorshades. 1986.

Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. 1992

Dystopian sci-fi is not a feature of Social Justice, it's a feature of sci-fi itself.

Comment Re:Get a T1 (Score 4, Informative) 536

He explored that solution, and it turned out to be a huge pain in the neck. Quoting Consmerist (first link in the OP):

Then there’s XO, which provides connectivity solutions for business. We confirmed with an XO sales rep that the company could, in theory, provide T1 broadband service (through CenturyLink). However, it would require that either Seth’s employer purchase the service or that Seth have a business license of his own. But even if that were possible, the cost would be exorbitant, starting at nearly $600/month with a three-year contract.

I could see his employer saying "no," and $600/month for 1.5 mbps is highway robbery.

Comment I imagine a pair of women... (Score 1) 522

...could make real names for themselves by writing, respectively:

  1. code for something kinda useful
  2. a RESTful web service exposing the above

Then every web page on Earth can pass the Programmer Bechdel Test just by consuming the web service.

However, I suspect that's not what the test is intended to accomplish.

Comment Re:Oh the irony! (Score 2) 155

-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK----- Version: PGP v. NSA-1 mQINBFPOzTUBEADT1kIEMY1Ix+9DyNfGHE9HPjLSI/Ybnsn/bbx8cWmeAktoYjBS q29mJ0tchjyG8KP38vlkvfNYKn80985a/p7ZKupxOm1dDyAn5TZguDG2fEgCYxcB FxfMjGKLEFOS6hlPVh/3bm7xEvRuB5P/5Wdch9/UK11qLE3hlDlhnT1zq82Sk4G8 OWnH8BLA8XuRAdwAdri7U2OmNPqCld EZ CRACK Qk7tYi0Rwc55c65U4gGSuY qw3QzQ6X4TecFO/jUPBnnVb5YcYKxVw75PYF6NnKbbsnDYJoNg8bpEP2SVC0FWNK 2rKYsGsbcco2/ruJuQsThVcuH3l07cAKaSzt+eb5+FWWzsojbSeXwD8yZocfPvEL eaa0 NO SERIOUSLY EASY TO CRACK bD9PDX3C5gyPj78mzDlhytLTCsdtL1Uqgm DTbIqgDPQBEnGr9Ny2XlIQ6AjuyuahBDl+ElmLnz0jI9bjt0vgAUGjmCCp71aioo MXZALwVBsdQH3w2BHQ8wU9sYtMlBPBMZz++oIQthmJ+Gb6myvMZCQ34M9TfpIv5i utAK2xBP/XfBl5BMYl6xNUHOxGhtBj/Pbzcwu/+Sk3mKkC4E2+aUKEjyzs6rDdDs pT+2B4A1nNXLU1PA+AfabdLnlvm7lMgzr30Waejcz4FbSdwCX8oN9UabBQARAQAB tCVBbGFuIEVsaWFzZW4gPGVsaWFzZW5AbWluZHNwcmluZy5jb20+iQJBB pIPGkZxLOFm59msUf9mBqw7rJEs/EqhQ2w== =7DhM -----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----

"Here's something to think about: How come you never see a headline like `Psychic Wins Lottery.'" -- Comedian Jay Leno