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Comment Re:Ermahgerd 1984! (Score 2) 416

I don't see a link to his actual comments but it sounds to me like he was just making an obvious joke: "kids today suck. I wouldn't mind killing them for their shoes, ha-ha" Dumb maybe, but cry for help or terrorist threat? I'd have to see a lot more to make me think this is anything other than a somewhat-offensive joke.

Comment Password manager? (Score 4, Informative) 339

Why not use a password manager and skip all that hassle? I use a portable version of KeePass, with both the app and my password database synced through Dropbox so I have them everywhere, including my phone. Random 20+ character passwords for every site and you can set expirations for every one so you don't have to remember when to change them, and all you have to remember is the master password. I don't understand why everyone in the world doesn't do this, it's just so convenient.

Comment tons of choices out there (Score 4, Informative) 147

X-Keys or Monome or any one of a million Control Surfaces, for starters. Or Arduino obviously. Personally I think that for a lot of applications the best solution is to drop the knobs and switches, take apart an old USB keyboard, and build a custom button-based interface using the matrix board. Interface it with hotkeys built into your app, and this way it shows up as a regular HID without needing specialty drivers.

Comment Re:TSA "Cancer Coffins" (Score 2, Funny) 202

Don't try to fool me. Everybody knows that chiropractic medicine is quack science, just like global warming or vaccinations for children. The truth is that subluxations are easily cured with a homeopathic bleach solution. And don't get me started on radiation. Just sleep under a crystal pyramid each night like a normal person and you don't have to worry about radiation. Or Thetans.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 1486

Although isn't it much of it demonstrable only to the experimenter? I'll never see or fully understand the LHC for instance, so I take it on faith that those experiments are valid and repeatable (or that they even happened) because I trust the source who tells me that. When I talk to some of the more religious people I know, it's interesting to listen to their terminology: they say they "know" there's a God, not simply that they believe or hope, precisely because they've experienced a change within themselves and claim that that experience is as real to them as any physical experience. I can't say that I deeply, fully understand either science or religion, so looking at each from the outside it's difficult to explain why I innately trust science more (which I do). I could argue that it's because science at least offers the promise of testibility: if I were to devote myself to it I would see that this method works in a repeatable way. But really, the religious folks often say the same, that if you accept it you will experience something undeniable and on the other end you'll know that God exists.

More than anything, I think this all just highlights the importance of critical thinking. Continually question and test the whole chain that leads from a system of belief to you. Because it's not just science that we sometimes have to take on faith, it's everything around us, from news and politics to the idea that what I can't see continues to exist when I'm not here, or that I'm not just a brain floating in a vat somewhere.

Comment Why try to beat obsolescence? (Score 1) 898

...that won't be obsolete in two years?

Strangely enough, I was just having this conversation this afternoon about how my mindset has recently changed to looking at laptops as a disposable commodity. Now I just find the cheapest one that meets my specs and expect it to last 1-2 years. For a basic browsing laptop, that means about a $300 laptop. It's like leasing for $12.50/month, which isn't a bad deal. Give it to charity or sell it for $50 in two years.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg