Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Stronger regs ? Try a better radar (Score 1) 214

by LWATCDR (#48920091) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Simple. A radio controlled quad copter would have about the same RCS as a bird and fly at about the same speed. To burn out the electronics you would put just about everyone around the Whitehouse in danger of being hurt. If it was a weaponized rc quadcopter you could blow it up over innocent people if it had not crossed the fence.
In other words too many false positives as far as the frying the electronics too much risk of collateral damage. The amount of power to fry a quadcopter would be high enough to do some real harm to people.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 547

XP was still for sale 24 months ago. People should not count support from launch but from end of sales IMHO.
It is the phone vendors and carriers that are not updating devices. It like blaming Linux for not updating a router that you rent from a cable company.
Google can not update those devices

Comment: Re:Urban legend? (Score 1) 282

Actually in 1957 an all out nuclear war with the USSR would not have a Doomsday for the US.
The USSR had no effective way to deliver nuclear weapons to most of the US. The SS-6 rocket took days to launch and they only had like 6 of them. Their bombers lacked the range to hit many US targets in the South and the US actually had SAMs and fighters that defended major US cities.
Add that they would have had to fly over Canada as well to hit US targets and most would not make it. Did I mention that a lot of US interceptors carried nuclear armed air to air missiles?
So New York, San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, and maybe Washington DC might have been hit but Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Jacksonville, Atlanta, and many others would have been fine.
Today things are very different but at that time number of targets that USSR could hit in the US was very limited and we would have hours of warning.
Europe, Japan, and Korea would have been a much different story.

Comment: Re:There's a whole industry based around Elite Pan (Score 1) 319

by GameboyRMH (#48913071) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

Maybe the new path to the middle class will be in selling doomsday bunkers to paranoid trillionaires.

Too late, this business picked up in a big way not long after the Great Recession hit. Wired had an interesting article and photo gallery on "luxury doomsday shelters" but I can't find it now.

Comment: Re:Escaping only helps you until a war. (Score 2) 319

by GameboyRMH (#48913017) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

Same here. This is the second time I've heard of NZ being used as the real-life Elysium, and the first time I thought it was a joke. NZ is going to be among the first of the first-world countries to revolt, they're not an economic powerhouse. 1%ers would land on their airstrips to find their compounds looted and burned, and walk right into an ambush ready to Gadhafi them, if they don't find an IED in the runway first.

Freedom Ship was actually a clever idea. Basically a floating Elysium station. If they're really clever they could even get protection on our dime in the form of a few battleships.

Comment: Re:Big Myth #1 (Score 1) 319

by GameboyRMH (#48912983) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

The iPhone was far from the first smartphone. It was the first dumbed-down smartphone-like toy. You could argue that it was the beginning of the end for real handheld computing rather than the shitty cable-TV-like experience that exists today.

The first smartphone was the Handspring Visorphone.

Comment: Re:Quadcopter (Score 2) 143

by LWATCDR (#48908279) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

Ahhh... No
From the Wikipedia
"In five coordinated attacks, the perpetrators released sarin on several lines of the Tokyo subway, killing 12 people, severely injuring 50 and causing temporary vision problems for nearly 1,000 others."
And yes that was without an effective dispersal system.
Yes sparky, terrorists have created chemical weapons and used them to kill and injure a lot of people.

Comment: Re:Is someone looking for a job? (Score 1) 80

by LWATCDR (#48906717) Attached to: SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

Boeing and Lockheed have been in the launch business for decades and have a proven track record.
SpaceX does not have a heavy launch system yet and a very short track record.
The Military wanted one supplier for all launches to get bulk pricing and SpaceX can not offer that yet.
As to the support they get... Yep if you have jobs in the district your Congress people will fight for you because it means votes party does not really matter.
Frankly that is their job. To help the people that voted for them.

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"