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Comment: Re:"Accidentally" (Score 1) 455

by Tiger4 (#47774519) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Machine vision come into play. One cop with a camera is no big deal. 1000 cops with cameras is a logistics nightmare, but still workable. 1000 cameras all linked to facial recognition, license plate recognition, wants and warrants databases, and so on become a powerful tool for tracking and detaining "undesirables" in a fairly large region.

Comment: Re:Take it Private (Score 1) 113

by Tiger4 (#47655543) Attached to: Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

Wiki needs to be purchased.

And the idiot knee-jerk reaction strikes again. *GONG*

Wikipedia, and the Mediawiki Foundation, ARE private. Private, not-for-profit corporations that are not state or public agencies of any kind. They have paid staff that do actual work to make the wiki better too. The "magic of contracts" has nothing to do with any of this.

If you're going to spout some half-baked ideology, at least try to understand it.

Comment: Re:It's not that much (Score 1) 442

by Tiger4 (#47609107) Attached to: Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

The Simpsons cast has been pulling this down (and more, now) for quite some time. And the main cast of Friends did too, for a shorter time, but still. the main thing they both had going for them was they stuck together. It is an ensemble cast, and the cast negotiated as a unit. "Take all six of us, and pay us all he big bux, or we all six walk".

Comment: Re:TOR vulnerable to timing analysis (Score 1) 52

by Tiger4 (#47568491) Attached to: Black Hat Presentation On Tor Cancelled, Developers Working on Bug Fix

Because TOR is designed as a low latency network, it is vulnerable to a timing analysis attack... Man, TOR has some big issues it seems..

So you're saying that because a theoretical attack method MIGHT be plausible, then a real world compromise MUST be in progress right now. Damn, too bad all those people on the Tor Project never thought to consider a Crypto 101 attack (I even saw it in a Hollywood movie). They could have saved themselves decades of work. Brilliant analysis!

Comment: Re:Actually it's both. (Score 4, Informative) 360

No. A water column height is proportional to temperature and pressure. Under standard conditions, you can get a column about 32 feet long before the water breaks to form a void. It is called cavitation, but in effect it is a local boiling effect. Boiling is when the vapor pressure of the water is at or above the local atmospheric pressure. Water vapor bubbles jump out of the water liquid. If that happened in the siphon tube, it would break the siphon, but again, the column would have to be pretty long before it happened

Comment: Re:Actually it's both. (Score 1) 360

The fluid in the siphon moves due to the relative differences in weight in the two siphon columns. The longer, heavier fluid column falls; the shorter, lighter fluid column is dragged up and over the top then falls in turn. You could see a similar thing with a chain or rope over the top of a pulley. The whole thing is driven by gravity.

Comment: Re:How do we address the weaknesses of Open Source (Score 1) 129

by Tiger4 (#46650957) Attached to: Interview: Ask Bruce Perens What You Will

More to the point, how do you reply to the criticism and practice that Open Source is worthless because there is no company to back it? I run into this all the time. First, no one stop shop to get tech support from if we have trouble.
Second, No company to go after for liability
And Third, no company to maintain regular bugfixes and general currency and freshness.

We don't have a policy against Open Source, we just have a standard the vast majority of (perfectly adequate) software can never meet

Open Source

FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback' 1098

Posted by Soulskill
from the they-can-compile-our-source-but-they'll-never-compile-our-freedom dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Richard Stallman has called LLVM a terrible setback in a new mailing list exchange over GCC vs. Clang. LLVM continues to be widely used and grow in popularity for different uses, but it's under a BSD-style license rather than the GPL. RMS wrote, 'For GCC to be replaced by another technically superior compiler that defended freedom equally well would cause me some personal regret, but I would rejoice for the community's advance. The existence of LLVM is a terrible setback for our community precisely because it is not copylefted and can be used as the basis for nonfree compilers — so that all contribution to LLVM directly helps proprietary software as much as it helps us.'"

Comment: Teach the students what a library is (Score 4, Insightful) 231

by Tiger4 (#46049307) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?

The students presumably want to learn things. If they don't they will only go there if forced. So, first, you show them what a library is and how it is used to access information. The staff, catalog, the stacks, how to request materials, and most important What They Can Find in the Books (and recordings and videos, etc). Once they see it as a living tool that they know how to use, they will tell You how it should be better set up.

Comment: Kindle (Score 1) 418

Every time I am tempted to buy a Kindle (like around Christmas season, for example), Amazon pulls this crap. Yes I know it was Disney the publisher that made the big decision. But the money went to Amazon as the provider to me. And if they retain the right to pull back anything I've already purchased, then I don't need to give them my money. And this isn't the first time. It may be rare, but so what? I wouldn't tolerate a bookstore coming to my home and pulling books off my shelves either.

Comment: Morality Engine (Score 1) 406

by Tiger4 (#45610257) Attached to: Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work

Even if I could develop a morality engine and install it in every device, system, and process I've ever worked on, I don't think I would. Not only is it too comnplex a problem, it subverts the morals of the user and substitutes my own. And I Know I don't have the far ranging vision to appreciate the fine points of every potential future situation to evaluate them properly. It is hard enough to do that well in real time, with all or most of the facts and evidence present for examination.

Any engineer, actiing responsibly, can take or refuse a job based on the knowledge at hand, and whatever moral framework may seem to apply. But predicting the future uses as well, no. It has been generally ruled out and rightly so. To do otherwise assumes people of the future are incapable of seeing their own situation and evaluating it for themselves. That kind of deprecation is as bad or worse than the kind of ancestor worship that says our forebears were smarter, wiser, more moral, etc than we are today. Still wrong, but at least in looking back we have evidence to back up (some of) the claims.

Round Numbers are always false. -- Samuel Johnson