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Comment The quote was shortened a bit. (Score 5, Funny) 282

"The general aim of these science fiction writers is to frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria,"

"...and believe me, you're talking to a man with a _lot_ of experience with psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria."

Comment She's not alone. (Score 5, Funny) 676

In other news:

- Donald Trump has been sending all of his email to a server in Mexico because it's cheaper than handling it in the USA.
- Chris Christie is still using Hotmail, and last week he had the entire service shut down for four days to spite everyone who hasn't endorsed him in the primaries.
- Ted Cruz was using the email address "" up until 2014. He insists he had no way of knowing it was Canadian.
- Jeb Bush has technically never received an email in his life. He has an intern print each item in his inbox and read it out loud to him. Sometimes he asks for pictures to go with it.
- Carly Fiorina also had her email printed for her, but she removed all of the printers from her office in 2004 as a cost-cutting measure.
- Rand Paul supports the abolition of mail servers entirely, and believes that each individual email should make its own decision as to how it is going to be delivered.
- Rick Santorum last received email in 2003 when his last name started being blocked by profanity filters.

Comment Blackstone's Formulation (Score 1) 392

What was it that William Blackstone said? "It is better that ten innocent persons suffer than that one guilty person escape".

So, yeah, go ahead. Give up some essential liberty in exchange for temporary safety. Everyone throughout history has always said that that is a good idea.

Don't want to know any of your own history? That's okay. Like some guy on TV said, "Those who cannot learn from history are just too awesome for it, so that's okay."

Comment Re:Edit one pixel - different hashtag? (Score 1) 177

Doesn't the hashtag of a picture change by editing one pixel? Or by removing one line of pixels?

I'm pretty sure that posting an image with the comment "#thisischildporn" is going to raise some eyebrows no matter what how much you change the image.

The cryptographic hash of a file, on the other hand, is usually a little more sensitive.

When dealing with image recognition you really want to account for things like the image being resized, colours adjusted, or borders being added and removed. In this case you would want to do something like take the image, rescale it to a fixed size, reduce the colour palette and then create a hash of the resulting image. This allows you to spot matches even if the image has been scaled down, blurred or watermarked, or, in some rare cases, replaced with a photograph of a giant watermelon.

We're still working on that last part and Her Majesty regrets the unfortunate incident involving the torch bearing mob at the farmers' market.

Comment Re:on page 2 (Score 1) 66

And I'm sure that every affected device has already been updated, in accordance with HTC's proactive support policies.

Since it has been patched, I'm also sure that there will never be any kind of mysterious regression where a future build exhibits the same issue. That could never happen.

Nothing more to see here, just move along.

Comment Re:wait, what? (Score 2) 391

The idiots in question had this to say about the quality of their digital data:

"Extremely high-purity Perfect-Surface Silver minimizes distortion caused by the grain boundaries which exist within any metal conductor, nearly eliminating harshness and greatly increasing clarity"

"Sound appears from a surprisingly black background with unexpected detail and dynamic contrast."

"All audio cables are directional. The correct direction is determined by listening to every batch of metal conductors used in every AudioQuest audio cable."

If that's your starting point for idiocy, the only next step is to start painting equipment with magic symbols to repel gremlins and evil noise fairies.

Comment Re:Don't buy the cheapest cable (Score 1) 391

This comes up whenever audiophile cables are discussed, but it's worth repeating: don't buy the cheapest cable.

I'm not sure if you read the follow-up article, but this bears repeating.

The cable that was used for comparison was the cheapest cable. In fact, it didn't even pass the Cat-6 certification tests done by Blue Jeans Cable after the even had finished.

But even with that nobody could tell the difference in the final sound quality.

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

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.

"Pok pok pok, P'kok!" -- Superchicken