Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Re:the futre. (Score 1) 245

by bloodhawk (#49179015) Attached to: The US's First Offshore Wind Farm Will Cut Local Power Prices By 40%

Not suggesting we have a better alternative. But so many things that seemed like good ideas at the time look bloody awful with 20-20 hindsight and a lack of understanding of the true costs. For the record I am all for harnessing wind and tidal power, but I still wonder whether we are just painting another coat of lipstick on the pig and praising it for its new found beauty.

Comment: the futre. (Score 0) 245

by bloodhawk (#49178853) Attached to: The US's First Offshore Wind Farm Will Cut Local Power Prices By 40%

I wonder if in another 50 or 100 years we will have people screaming about how thoughtless this generation was in taking energy out of the earths natural winds and currents thus altering long term climate. I know it is such a tiny proportion that is extracted, but still I do wonder. nothing is free, the cost is just not as visible.

Comment: Re:Buy some suntain lotion (Score 1) 230

> reporting vulnerabilities doesn't get you put in Jail, however manipulating sites without permission to look for them does

How orwellian of you. It is totally OK to report vulnerabilities but finding out about them, that's verboten.
So when Target and Home Depot tell you that they've never had a report of a problem, you know that means their sites are 100% secure.

of course it doesn't mean they are secure. That doesn't make it ok to try and break their security. Try going to the backdoor of banks and looking for a way to jimmy the door open to see if you can steal money, it won't matter whether you give the money you take back if you find a way in, or even if you didn't take any money, you will go to jail. If you want to help them do vulnerability scanning for free then approach them with your offering, if you can show you have the skills and background most will take a free offering of your labour, if not you can always out them as not even being willing to have their security checked.

Comment: Re:Buy some suntain lotion (Score 1, Insightful) 230

reporting vulnerabilities doesn't get you put in Jail, however manipulating sites without permission to look for them does. incidently the guy you linked did a lot more than "just" tell then just discover and tell them of a vulnerability, he exploited it and extracted a ton of information from their systems.

Comment: Re:Should come with its own football team (Score 2) 102

how the hell did you get marked insightful, even on here. This is EXACTLY the sort of welfare programs that government should be investing in, investments that lead to jobs for members of the public, investment that leads to higher income and the ability for the state to attract other corporations and investment.

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 464

by bloodhawk (#49143655) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

there was nothing special about laplink cables, they really were just null modem cables. used to use them a lot back in the day, still even have my 232 breakout box somewhere which I used to use. having said that you are way overcomplicating this. just get a USB to IDE adapter. fast easy and no need for ports that probably don't even exist on his current machine.

Comment: Re: Screw your laws (Score 1) 193

They don't get to decide that they just aren't going to follow the laws.

Obeying dumb "we said so" laws is dumb.

So you want companies to be allowed to pick and choose which laws they will obey? hmmm that will make for an interesting world, one in which I am sure the consumers will do well out of...NOT.

Comment: criminal organisation (Score 4, Interesting) 193

regardless of what you think of Uber's model, blatantly breaking a countries laws or incenting others to break laws is just asking for trouble. I am surprised more criminal charges haven't been brought down on the CEO's and other execs at Uber, could see some interesting tests of those extradition laws.

Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score 1) 193

Where do you live? some cities don't license many of those jobs. But in Australia nearly all of them are. Think it is the same in the US too, e.g. a quick search of the two obvious ones that I know regularly need city licenses showed up

Comment: No (Score 1) 141

by bloodhawk (#49125215) Attached to: Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter

Will any of you be jumping on this?


Holding out for the Apple Watch?


Waiting for wearables to get more capable?


I still wear a nice Tag watch, but it is more bling than an essential, I "currently" see no value in a smartwatch over my smartphone which I always have with me anyway and my phone has a much better size screen.

Comment: Re:amazing (Score 1) 279

by bloodhawk (#49122159) Attached to: Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Will Switch Away From Silicon For 7nm

Then you really have a seriously subpar brain. The human brain can perform an estimated 100 trillion operations a second. Even things as simple as typing a sentence take 10's of thousands of operations per second. If your brain can't even do a billion a minute you would be a drooling moron.

Build a system that even a fool can use and only a fool will want to use it.