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Comment There's something you have to ask yourself. (Score 5, Insightful) 213 213

Which is easier to believe: That a sophisticated criminal organization is involved in an ongoing plot to usurp your wife's identity and destroy her credit, or that the local cable company is run by a a bunch of half-wits who couldn't figure out how to cancel an account or correct false customer information if their jobs depended on it?

Or, perhaps that Slashdot is a good source for legal advice?

Comment Re:This came so soon after the SpaceX launch. (Score 4, Informative) 50 50

There are several docking ports on the space station. This diagram may help clarify just what goes where, although this block diagram may be easier to follow.

Dragon normally docks with Harmony, where the Space Shuttle used to park, while Soyuz and Progress would dock with the Zvezda, Rassvet, Pirs and Poisk modules on the Russian end.

Comment Re:"Other types of electromagnetic radiation" (Score 1) 529 529

There have been studies where people showed symptoms when a button was pressed and a red light went on to demonstrate that an antenna was transmitting, and the symptoms disappeared when the button was pressed again and the red light went off.

So you have proven through scientific study that some people are allergic to the colour red. Where's the problem there?

Comment Re:well done. (Score 2) 289 289

That would be when you click the "No, not now! I'm in the middle of giving a presentation to the board!" button, and then it responds with "Well, FINE. I'm tired of waiting and next time I WON'T ASK YOU."

Or when you don't respond quickly enough and it takes your lack of response as consent.

And then it decides to reboot on its own.

Comment Tha's a tough one there... (Score 5, Insightful) 289 289

Surely there must be a way to have avoided this.

Maybe Microsoft should set up some kind of... Lab. To certify the Quality of Hardware for Windows. And maybe they could make it really simple for vendors like Samsung to send them copies of drivers for certification so that Windows Update would be aware that they existed.

And maybe, instead of demanding millions of dollars in fees for this service, they could charge something simple up front like just $250 and then not cause any more problems. Then Samsung would have been able to run through a quick certification process and avoided all of this trouble.

Man, why does Microsoft make it so hard for vendors to get their devices supported?

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 289 289

You should've looked for XP-64 drivers and they would have installed just fine.

That's a funny one.

He could have found a magic unicorn to help install the drivers too. And perhaps the Easter Bunny could have delivered them, stored on isolinear optical chips too.

Come to think of it, the Easter Bunny has always been easier to find than XP-64 drivers, so perhaps he should have tried stuffing chocolate eggs into the disk drive.

Comment This is going to take a lot of testing (Score 4, Funny) 71 71

Now, as a competent, dedicated law enforcement professional who is committed to making this project work for the good of society, you're going to need to test it. Thoroughly.

You need a lot of pictures of people with tattoos, preferably not covered by too much clothing. And you're going to need to double check that the image recognition is correct for every match.

Once you've done that, you'll need to start applying the same algorithm to video sources. Again, with careful checking to verify that the system is working correctly.

Where on the Internet are you going to find a huge volume of images and video featuring people with exposed tattoos? And how, exactly, did you just convince the government that it was your job to spend all day watching them while calling it science?

Comment Re:unauditable code, nice (Score 2) 173 173

With modern certification mills cranking out millions of Java and .Net and Framework and Node.js and Shiny chimps, they've essentially guaranteed that it's unauditable by anyone not on a short list. +1 to you, Facebook.

Agreed. People on the short bus shouldn't be doing code audits. Leave the real programming to grown-ups.

Like punning, programming is a play on words.