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Comment: What the hell is up with the bias? (Score 1) 255

by Sydin (#49174049) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use
I don't feel like I've read a news article. I feel like I've read some undergrad's persuasive argument essay on why this movie isn't covered by copyright. What happened to giving readers objective facts about a newsworthy scenario, and allowing them to make their own judgements and come to their own conclusions? Hell, this isn't even an example of giving all the facts and then making the decision for us: the article spends so much time railing against the movie being protected from copyright that I don't feel as though I have a clear picture of what's actually going on. What an awful goddamn article, why was it put up here?

Comment: Re:why start after the fact? (Score 1) 219

by slamb (#48783725) Attached to: LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

Technically the continuously overwritten ring buffer seems hardly more difficult to implement.

One big problem would be battery life. There was a fatal police shooting recently which the police officers' cameras apparently did not record. One reason I heard was that they have 3-hour batteries which are supposed to last for a 12-hour shift. At the very least you have to keep a charger and spare battery in the patrol car to make continuous recording work. Better if you could actually make a single battery last the whole time and take away any plausible reason for not having a recording.

Comment: Re:If the money is used to hire much better teache (Score 1) 143

You (The US) already spends the most on education per student then any other nation and yet have some of the worst test results.

That may be true, but it's not going to teachers!. (Link describes North Carolina, but I think the same is true elsewhere.)

I don't think "throwing money at it" will make it better. Sure, teachers will take home more money but the test results clearly show this doesnt improve the quality of education.

This study disagrees.

+ - Russia goes after TOR's privacy; announces 4 million Roubles bounty->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec writes: Government of Russia has announced a 4 million Roubles (~£65,000) bounty to anyone who develops a technology to identify users of TOR – an anonymising network capable of encrypting user data and hiding the identity of its users. The bounty has been announced by Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) in the form of a tender titled “Perform research, code ‘TOR’ (Navy)”. The public description of the project has been removed now and it only reads "cipher 'TOR' (Navy)". The ministry has said in the tender that it is looking for experts and researchers to “study the possibility of obtaining technical information about users and users equipment on the Tor anonymous network.”
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Comment: Slashdot Beta: Day Three (Score -1, Offtopic) 341

by sl4shd0rk (#46185769) Attached to: California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

I've befriended what looks like a Borg icon last night and have named it "Taco". Taco washed ashore last night with the tides. A faint red glow coming from an eyepiece afitted to the head. The glow, a much welcome relief from the woeful CSS and monochromatic green and white hues thrust upon me for the past 2 moons. The glow seems not without it's own mortality however; it grows dimmer by the hour. I fear what will be left of my mental capacity if left to deal with "Beta" alone. Such a wretched creature... It knows NOT the decency of man nor the sense of reason. I am left wondering if Beta is to be living beast or.. dare I say.. apparition....

Comment: Slashdot Beta: Day Two (Score 3, Insightful) 180

by sl4shd0rk (#46173345) Attached to: How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors

..All sense of time has deceived me as the day has started out with thick clouds overhead. It is difficult to tell if morning or early afternoon. I've struck my head on something earlier as I collapsed, shortly after waking, and have no idea how long I've been out. An odd fog has rolled in from the north; cold and dank, reeking of stale piss. I wonder if there are others out there.. Afraid and confused.. Shackled to the same fate as I. This godforsaken Beta UI.

+ - NYPD is beta-testing Google Glass 1

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace writes: Venture Beat

The New York City Police Department’s massive and controversial intelligence and analytics unit is evaluating whether Google Glass is a decent fit for investigating terrorists and helping cops lock up bad guys, VentureBeat has learned. The department recently received several pairs of the modernist-looking specs to test out.

“We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes,” a ranking New York City law enforcement official told VentureBeat.

Comment: Slashdot Beta: Day two (Score 4, Funny) 204

by sl4shd0rk (#46173151) Attached to: Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business

It was a fitful night. Not much rest. The way the tragic events unfolded yesterday had left a type of brain trauma I've not quite experienced before. Whitespace.... gobs and gobs of it.. summaries taking up the entirety of my browser window..... the damn thing was relentless and sneaky; Sometimes redirecting to a familiar and sane UI, yet other times..... DEAR GOD MAKE IT STOP!!!!!...... *gaaack*... *AAaccck* *synack*... *thump*.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 writes: It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format.

+ - How Edward Snowden's Actions Impacted Defense Contractors

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: A new study sheds light on the attitudes of a very exclusive group of IT and security managers — those employed by U.S. defense contractors — at a time when national cybersecurity is under scrutiny. Most indicated that the Edward Snowden incident has changed their companies' cybersecurity practices: their employees now receive more cybersecurity awareness training, some have re-evaluated employee data access privileges, others have implemented stricter hiring practices. While defense contractors seem to have better security practices in place and are more transparent than many companies in the private sector, they are finding the current cyber threat onslaught just as difficult to deal with.

+ - Alternatives to Slashdot post beta? 8

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Like many Slashdotters, I intend to stop visiting Slashdot after the beta changeover. After years of steady decline in the quality of discussions here, the beta will be the last straw. What sites alternative to Slashdot have others found? The best I have found has been, but it has been a while since I've looked for tech discussion sites.

+ - Gates returns to Windows 7 after being unable to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade 3

Submitted by Artem Tashkinov
Artem Tashkinov writes: According to rumors Bill Gate's first day at his office in Redmond turned out to be a complete disaster mixed with ostensibly curse words no one had expected from him. He tried to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade but the updater failed continuously asking to reboot the PC. Microsoft's new C.E.O. Satya Nadella who came to help resolve the situation couldn't sort it out. In the end Gates said he would be returning to Windows 7 for the foreseeable future.

+ - Slashdot BETA Discussion-> 60

Submitted by mugnyte
mugnyte writes: With Slashdot's recent restyled "BETA" slowly rolled to most users, there's been a lot of griping about the changes. This is nothing new, as past style changes have had similar effects. However, this pass there are significant usability changes: A narrower read pane, limited moderation filtering, and several color/size/font adjustments. BETA implies not yet complete, so taking that cue — please list your specific, detailed opinoins, one per comment, and let's use the best part of slashdot (the moderation system) to raise the attention to these. Change can be jarring, but let's focus on the true usability differences with the new style.
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+ - Slashdot forces a beta site by default

Submitted by kelk1
kelk1 writes: As a poor submitter found out (, Slashdot ( suddenly forced a preview of its beta site without any warning on all its viewers.

Judging by the comments, the feedback was immediate and clearly negative.

I cannot speak for the forum moderation side, but my reaction to the front page was an knee jerk: "Oh no!, not another portal full of noise I cannot speed-read through." Text and hyperlinks are what we need, please, and as little graphics as possible. Think lynx, thank you.

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