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Comment: Re:Survival (Score 1) 426

by PopeRatzo (#48030809) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

I've been reading up about that story, and the city officials didn't really mention anything about the fact that it was a connected domicile. If their rationale was based, as the officials said, on the International Building Code, there's no mention of connected vs standalone domiciles in the IBC. So I really don't know what this was about.

It seems like they were looking for a reason to cite this homeowner, who has had other run-ins with housing before, mostly for capping off her sewers.

Comment: Yes..but (Score 1) 1

by geekoid (#48030773) Attached to: Are the world's religions ready for ET?

Yes they are 'ready'. They will use the same brain dead excuse they did when native were found. That they are heathen and the believer mission is to convert them, then if they don't convert, use fear to create an us(we're good and right thinking!) with them (bad and wrong thinking.)

I have heard people say that find ET would end religion, and I wish they where right, but cognitive dissonance is strong in people who don't learn how to think critically.

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Science_afficionado (932920) writes "At the current rate of discovery, astronomers will have identified more than a million exoplanets by the year 2045. That means, if life is at all common in the Milky Way, astronomers will soon detect it. Realization that the nature of the debate about life on other worlds is about to fundamentally change lead Vanderbilt astronomer David Weintraub to begin thinking seriously about how people will react to such a discovery. He realized that people's reactions will be heavily influenced by their religious beliefs, so he decided to find out what theologians and leaders from the world's major religions have to say about the matter. The result is a book titled "Religions and Extraterrestrial Life" published by Springer this month. He discovered that from Baptists to Buddhists, from Catholics to Mormons, from Islam to the Anglican Communion religious views differ widely."
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Comment: SQL Injection? in 2014?sheesh (Score 1) 18

by geekoid (#48030603) Attached to: Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software

Between January 2011 and March of this year, the four men and others allegedly hacked into the computer networks of Epic Games, Valve, Zombie Studios and the U.S. Army, as well as partners of Microsoft, using methods including SQL injection and stolen user names and passwords of company employees and software development partners.

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 1) 192

by Tom (#48030469) Attached to: Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

isn't this the mentality that's caused us to require fifteen safety stickers on a simple ladder?

No, it is the exact opposite.

Stickers and security awareness training and all this nonsense are attempts to put the responsibility on the user by telling him what to do, instead of handling the responsibility yourself by making sure that your product is safe.

As with all things, there is, of course, a limit. You cannot (with current technology) design a power drill so that it will work on a wall, but not on a hand. And if your user knows the master password that will destroy your company then he should be told to keep it secret. But you should also ask yourself if you really need such a gaping security hole or if you couldn't compartmentalise things better. Or if the power drill can be designed so that it only works if the user has both hands on the machine, to at least reduce risk.

Comment: Re:Asimov system? (Score 1) 243

by mcgrew (#48030435) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Overrated?? Asimov wrote over 500 books, both fiction and nonfiction. His stories were between the covers of all the science fiction magazines every month. And the trilogy you rate so poorly won a Hugo award (the most respected science fiction award there is, with the possible exception of the Nebula). He, Heinlein, and Clarke are are often considered to be the "Big Three" of science fiction authors.

Sheesh, judge the author of over 500 books on three. That's pathetic.

Oh, and in case you didn't figure it out, I've been a huge Asimov fan for fifty years (as well as Heinlein and Niven and most of the rest). I didn't care for Clarke, but I'd not call him unimpressive, I just didn't care for his style. If I cared for that style I'd probably love his work, but I don't.

Comment: Re:Slashdot news for Nerds (Score 1) 93

by geekoid (#48030379) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

". Discussing legal ramifications of a regulatory change seems pretty nerdy to me."
ANd there are a lot of site that specialize in law that are discussing it. /. is the worse place to discuss it because there are no experts here, and most people haven't even read the FCC ruling itself.

"Discussing legal ramifications of a regulatory change"
I don't think people spouting off their incorrect interpretation of the ruling and having no legal background actually count as a discussion so much as it is angry wankery

". I doubt that a sports site would be as interested in the legal aspects of the change;"
no, they have the same wankery going on on those site as slashdot does.

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