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Comment: Are things back to normal now? (Score 1) 257

by squiggleslash (#49496347) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

This sounds like the kind of reaction our glorious overlords were having to people landing on the Capitol lawn on September 10th, 2001.

A little miffed, patronizing, an official "We have our eye on you", but not guns drawn, no disappearances into Cuban prison camps, no insane over-reactions.

Comment: Re:Landing vs splashdown (Score 4, Informative) 340

Close to where I live are large intertidal mudflats. Every other summer some tourist drives a brand new four by four out there and gets stuck. And then, of course, the tide comes in. When the vehicles are recovered two or three tides later, they are insurance write-offs - the electrics, interior, and engine are all beyond repair.

You do not want to immerse something complex and expensive in salt water unless you really, really have to.

Comment: Re:Landing vs splashdown (Score 2) 340

Remember: seawater ruins everything.

One of those occasions where I wish I had mod points but don't. Mod the parent post up!

Seawater is extremely corrosive. Engineering the rocket engine to survive sudden immersion in seawater when very hot would add a great deal to the complexity and cost (and probably weight). And that's before you add the cost of engineering the rest of the vehicle to resist corrosion.

Comment: Re:Shows just how far the U.S. will go to get him (Score 2) 160

The plane of the President of Bolivia was not forcibly grounded.


Assange owes an apology for the President of Bolivia for Assange SWATTing him.

Either the President of Bolivia was forcibly grounded, possibly thanks to Assange spreading a rumor about Snowden, or he wasn't.

Comment: Re:Misplace anger (Score 1) 160

Why exactly are you posting stuff to Slashdot demanding awareness of Russia and China when you could be out helping feed the starving? Have you given all your money to Oxfam? No? Why not? You think wasting your time on Slashdot moaning about how someone's political concerns are slightly less important in your perception than some other political concerns, is more important than people getting food on their plates?

I expect an apology and an immediate commitment to help feeding the hungry.

Comment: Re:Google updates (Score 1) 179

by squiggleslash (#49452867) Attached to: Google Lollipop Bricking Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Devices

They can force manufacturers to use unlocked bootloaders if they want the official Google version. Microsoft (ironically they're changing this for Windows 10) requires manufacturers use unlocked firmware implementations for machines running the Intel version of Windows on UEFI machines.

There's no reason whatsoever why Google can't make the same thing a requirement beyond being scared manufacturers wouldn't go for it and would prefer shipping a version of Android with no Google services over shipping a device with a bootloader that's open.

Comment: I'm a little baffled (Score 5, Interesting) 121

by squiggleslash (#49443817) Attached to: Has Google Indexed Your Backup Drive?

So there are lots of people out there who are:

1. Enabling FTP on their NAS boxes.
2. Enabling anonymous access on this FTP service
3. Allowing their Firewall/Router to let incoming FTP connections directly to the NAS box.

I mean, the authors suggest those enabling FTP do not realize the implications, but how can you do ALL THREE and not realize the implications? Any one of those, particularly disabling anonymous access, would foil random search engines (and lazy hackers) trying to get at your files. But to do all three at once?

Comment: Re:Reason: for corporations, by corporations (Score 4, Insightful) 489

by squiggleslash (#49440743) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

Reason wildly swings between presumably corporate funded crackpottery and principled stand. Their expose of the Ron Paul Newsletter for example was highly respectable.

I just wish they'd stop trying to promote ideological arguments with faux reasoning. If you ultimately just don't want the state requiring ISPs provide something predictable when they claim to be selling internet access, then just say so. If there's a logical reason, mention it. There probably are some somewhere. But "Payola is good!" as a justification (it probably isn't, and it's not a comparable situation) is ridiculous.

Comment: Re:Why no deportation? (Score 1) 250

by squiggleslash (#49437323) Attached to: Verdict Reached In Boston Bombing Trial

Because us losing our values and ceasing to be a Democratic Republic under the rule of law is exactly what people like him are trying to get us to do when they bomb us.

If it turned out that the maximum sentence for killing three people and injuring hundreds of others was a heavy fine and six months of community service, I'd be in favor of him being sentenced to that. Of course, I'd also want the law changed, but...

As it is, he'll likely die in prison, he's not going to be let off if we stick to our values.

Comment: Re:These days... (Score 4, Insightful) 892

Moreover the OP missed (as did most of the readers here) a too-subtle point made in the summary: it's not about who's better at negotiating, it's about the fact that culturally we (usually) are comfortable about men being pushy about their salary, while women tend to be treated negatively if they do the same thing. It's likely not a conscious decision on the part of those they try to negotiate with, more an unconscious reaction to a difference in expectations, but ill intentioned or otherwise it does actually happen.

I know women I work with who are considered "difficult" by all the (male) colleagues around me, simply because they do actually try to get ahead. For the example I'm thinking of, there's literally nothing she does that isn't done by far less qualified male colleagues who end up in more senior positions. But nobody wants to work with her, because she's "pushy".

We're rewarding people of one gender when they negotiate a salary. We're punishing people of the other when they negotiate a salary. Surely even Slashdot's current infestation of MRAs must see the problem with that.

Comment: Flexibility, rich literature, deep culture (Score 1) 624

The reason English is is widely spoken around the world is not just that England had a long period of aggressive expansionism. It's also because English is an extremely flexible and expressive language, with a rich literature - literally millions of texts, many tens of thousands of which are fine works of art. Of course, this is true of many other well-established natural languages, from Farsi to Mandarin. But it isn't, and cannot be, true of any new artificial language.

I'd guess it would take any artificial language at least a thousand years of hard use by millions of people before it could become a contender to supplant a natural language, and by that time it would have mutated into a natural language.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"