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Comment Re: Forbes warning (Score 2) 71

Slashdot is getting more and more worthless by the day :-(

No, Slashdot is more and more going the way of Usenet (before it became a warez distributor). It was a much more efficient, easily searchable "forum" with a centralized content hierarchy making it easy to find new topics. But no user-access control.

When it was a mostly used by university students and other techies, peer-pressure still worked somewhat keeping signal/noise high enough to be worthwhile. Then computers became more user-friendly and everyone with an agenda discovered it and waged its wars there (or spammed it). No user-access control meant no way to exclude them. Thus in the end most people moved to the much inferior web-forums which had user-access control (and the ability to embed kitten pictures ;-).

When slashdot was still a site mostly used by techies - known (or feared) by the rest mainly for slashdotting - editors, submitters, commenters and moderators mostly had the same agenda: Read interesting stuff within tech and science (and fiction). But nowadays "the rest" has learned in three ways:

  1. Other sites emerged catering for the same audience (and slashdot went commercial) so the editors need to find stories which appeal to as much potential readers as possible.
  2. The web altogether has become a race for attention. So submitters now contain many attention seekers promoting their own sites/blogs irrelevant of relevance/newness because they want to be slashdotted (for financial gains).
  3. With a greater audience (and probably also the original techies becoming older and more opinionated) more people came wanting to push an agenda (or being paid to push an agenda) causing comments and moderation to deteriorate.

So, learning from Usenet, if you want to have your nice old slashdot again, you have to make a new service which at least at first is not attractive to or to complicated to use for the non-techies. Otherwise just be happy in knowing that yes, capitalism works in bringing all the good things to the masses ..... reducing their quality on the way ;-)

Comment Re:Size Differential (Score 2) 71

You might want to read the whole article, including the Mathematical Details
--- snip ---
... given two massive bodies in orbits around their common barycenter, there are five positions in space where a third body, of comparatively negligible mass, could be placed so as to maintain its position relative to the two massive bodies.
--- snip ---

Admittedly, the German version, which I read first, mentions this already in the summary.

Comment Re:The True face of Islam (Score 1) 965

Perhaps Islam is not a religion based on fear like Christianity.

Yes, a lot of perhaps and maybe. Because actually google shows quite a lot of fear in the quaran. Someone even made the effort to determine the ratio being "fear" mentioned in every 10th verse. And while the latter author is clearly an opponent of islam, the first source looks quite legit. I cannot see fewer mentions of fear there than in the bible. So much for "not based on fear like Christianity".

Maybe not doing something because it is wrong is more important than not doing something due to the consequences.

Oh, they do quote consequences. Yet as I wrote, they are all surprisingly utilitarian. That fits more to secular leaders than religious ones. Especially those having the power of a feared god behind them (see above).

Perhaps the Imams also do not think they speak for Allah as Christianity seems to so often.

Yet on other not so past occasions some of the highest authorities of Sunni or Shia Islam found it appropriate to call for a holy war or murder. That is rather a lot to ask for when not being authorized by Allah to do so. Yet when speaking out against barbarism, terrorism and the killing of innocents these "legal" formalisms are suddenly important? Or is it because infidels are not innocent according to the later parts of the quaran?

Comment Re:The True face of Islam (Score 1) 965

Indeed an interesting link you present there as proof that muslims condem terroristic actions. It shows they do but it also shows something you may not have intended.
The statements mostly follow along the lines of "does not represent islam or its principles", "is a danger to islam and muslims, too", "hugely damaging islam by giving it a bad image", "violates sharia law and human rights", "are crimes against humanity" , ....

Yet, even though most statements come from religious authorities such as imans, muftis, ... not once I read a statement such as
"These terrorist actions are completely opposite to the will of Allah. Everyone performing or willingly supporting them (including monetarily) will burn in hell forever."

It is interesting for two reasons:
First, assuming that at least most followers (maybe not the leaders) of ISIS actually belief in Allah, such a statement might have more weight with them than some reference to "western" human rights. And it might discomfort quite some people on the Arab peninsula.
Second, I start to wonder whether the reason is that there are too many verses in the quaran saying otherwise that even these authorities cannot say such a thing without being labeled as apostates.

Comment Re:India, Kenya, Paris...where next? (Score 1) 965

> there is rational basis for U.S. gun owners to want high capacity magazines, concealed weapon carry, semiauto rifles with features for convenient combat use.

While I agree that some armed people in a crowd could reduce the death toll, would you care to explain what you want with high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic rifles?

If you are caught in such an attack, you are not likely to have any rifle with you. Or do you typically carry one in a cafe or a rock concert? You will at best have a pistol with you.
If instead you think of hearing the news on the radio (much later than the police), gearing up in your garage, driving to the scene (slower than the police due to lack emergency lights) and then deploying your mil-spec equipment against the attackers, you will probably be killed by the already fighting police which will assume you are one of the attackers.
So there are no advantages gained by those extensions of your right to bear arms.

On the other hand having high-capacity magzines, (semi-)automatic rifles, ... will make it much harder for "normally" armed citizens to kill you should you go nuts,.

Comment Re:Benefit to end users? (Score 1) 688

> could the very word "permissions" get any closer to "privilege"???

Hey, at least they are fighting against priviledge escalation.
And don't forget the drives to move more code into user-space to reduce overhead.

So code is not so one-sided assembled as you make it sound. After all, all of it gets executed sooner or later. That merges.

Comment Those are not IQ test questions (Score 3, Insightful) 445

Obviously all the questions you posed are culturally biased because they all ask for knowledge (partially even of cultural norms).
IQ test do not ask for knowledge but the ability to process knowledge. I.e. they normally provide all the information you need. See e.g. .

Surely, one can train to be good at such test (simply doing them once or twice will probably enormously help as one then has some basic understanding on how they work). So there will be a bias towards parents who care enough to run their child through them at least once, which tend to be the middle-class and up.
But it has nothing to do with your made up questions.

Comment Re:Confused (Score 1) 69

Because it is a vulnerability NOT in Android but in 3rd party remote control software installed by HTC. Please RTFA.

Vulnerable components of these 3rd party mRSTs are often pre-loaded on devices or included as part of a manufacturer or network provider’s approved software build for a device.

For your car analogy: If "TurboTuning Inc." broke your Chevy while trying to make it able to go 200 mph, would you sue Chevrolet to fix it? Well, obviously in the U.S. ....

Comment FIFA did not take away the ball, but ... (Score 1) 212

And in addition the summary praises FIFA for

one thing FIFA realized that Microsoft didn't is that if you want girls to play your sport, you don't take away their ball!

Well they didn't try to take away the ball but tried it on the non-skimpy shorts and succeeded on the natural gras.
Now if that sets a standard on what the author of the summary expects from companies to do to entice women to come to IT ......

Comment Re:Bad sportmanship, or lawyers? (Score 1) 107

No, you may want to read that letter again: They are expected to ask for consent before flying. As I wrote: If one wants to do a record flight with such a clause in the loan contract, one would be well advised to get consent in writing before announcing it in the press (and awakening competitors).

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig