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Comment Re:Even Humans Cannot Hitchhike Safely. (Score 5, Insightful) 224

the outcome should not be unexpected

And there is the problem. Have we sunk so low that it should be expected that our society will not be civil? The robot made it safely across canada and parts of europe. It spent a week with a heavy metal band, people respected it.
Two weeks in america and its defiled. Makes me emberrased.

Submission + - Dice plans to liberate Slashdot and Sourceforge (

An anonymous reader writes: The current corporate overlords of both Slashdot and Sourceforge plan to sell off the properties:

The Company acquired Slashdot Media in 2012 both to provide the Dice business with broader reach into Slashdot's user community base and to extend the Dice business outside North America by engaging with SourceForge's significant international technology user community. The Company, however, has not successfully leveraged the Slashdot user base to further Dice's digital recruitment business; and with the acquisition of The IT Job Board and success of Open Web, the anticipated value to the Company of the SourceForge traffic outside North America has not materialized. The Company now plans to divest the business, as it does not fit within the Company's strategic initiatives and believes the Slashdot Media business will have the opportunity to improve its financial performance under different ownership.

Submission + - Dice announces plans to sell Slashdot Media (

cjm571 writes: DHI Group—formerly known as Dice Holdings Incorporated prior to this April—announced plans this morning to sell the combination of Slashdot and SourceForge. The announcement was made as part of DHI’s 2Q15 financial results.

Submission + - The First Airplane on Mars

braindrainbahrain writes: Undergoing research by NASA, the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-M (not-so-coincidentally named after German aeronautical engineer Ludwig Prandtl) program is developing an airfoil with the ultimate goal of flying in the Martian atmosphere. The program has flown 12-ft. span models, the Prandtl-D1 and -D2, in Earth's atmosphere to prove that the flying wing design could overcome adverse yaw effects without including a tail. A larger 25 ft. model will be tested shortly and further tests call for prototypes to be balloon dropped at 85,000 feet and later at 115,000 feet to simulate Martian atmospheric density. If all goes well, it could be deployed from a cubesat container after hitching a ride to Mars with a rover in 2022.

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Comment What the fuck?!! (Score 5, Interesting) 188

This is way off topic, but what the fuck is happening to slashdot. I just now noticed something blaring from my headphones on the floor. Apparently it was some kind of audio ad and for the life of me I didn't know which part of the webpage was playing it.!??!

Then I happen to notice that the 'busy circle' at the top of the chrome tab has been spinning for at least 5minutes. Are you fucking kidding me?

Here are two of them that I noticed. God only knows how many others were busy doing god knows what. ( and (I wont post actual links)

I can't stand the "slashdot is dying" meme, but I think I am close to moving on to another news aggregate. -Slashdot reader since ~2000AD

Comment Can you still claim copyright on your code? (Score 1) 135

If you are broadcasting your code live to millions (or hundreds) of people, can you still claim copyright? If you performed it in public it would seem anyone could use it.

I would assume you wouldn't use this service to flesh out your world changing video encryption code (you know, that 'middle out' idea you had)...

Comment Just half? (Score 4, Interesting) 70

I think that might be a liberal estimate. That number is 100% for me. I have been conditioned to immediately click the close button for every add that pops up. I don't even bother to notice what product is being advertised. I learned LONG ago that clicking on the flashy ad usually got me in trouble...followed by a format/reinstall.

I would like to know who does click on ads though. Someone has to be doing it on purpose. Curious minds want to know.

Comment Navy? (Score 1) 59

My first thought was why in the world would the navy want these capabilities, but then I remembered reading a story here that discussed the use of windows NT to run a ship. I suppose the navy is looking for the ability to take out opponent ships control computers?

Comment Re:You stupid bastards... (Score 1) 108

I couldn't agree more. Who's brilliant idea was this? I would like to think that 'we' have been trying to elevate the decorum of internet; away from trolling, abuse, and bullying. Having a ".sucks" domain has not use for anything but hatefull speech (or vacuum cleaners) and seems like a backwards direction.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Advice for domain name registration

codepigeon writes: Hello, Slashdot! I would like to ask for your advice on selecting a domain name registration service to use (possibly registration with website hosting?). The last time I registered a domain name was around 1999, so I am out of touch with the current offerings.

I have visited a few of the major players' websites. They seem (mostly) similar in prices and services. I have also seen both positive and negative reviews for those companies. I am concerned about being locked in, or surprised with hidden fees. (I paid $75US for a year of service in 1999, now it is only $10.99US?)

I have been trolling slashdot for about 15 years and respect the views of the users here more than anywhere else. I would love to hear your advice and/or warnings in this matter. I am looking to register a domain name for a development studio that is at the ground level (read: I'm the sole member). I have published a single app to one of the big app stores already and want to have a 'web presence' to publish information about my software and give users a place to submit complaints/requests. I currently don't see the need for any kind of major backend support for the website; simple html or javascript.

Which is the most trustworthy company to use for registration? Which ones have hidden fees or privacy problems?

Thank you.

Comment Garbage article (Score 1) 58

I think this summary was longer than the article itself. I was hoping to find what they consider as a 'cyber attack'. Do they count failed attempts at logins, port scans, pings...? Knowing how ignorant even some IT workers are, I could imagine many of those numbers are not actual 'attacks'. But hey, it sure sounds scary to mom and pop.

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