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Comment Re:No, I'm really not (Score 1) 311

The thing is, I don't want to count on everyone having the latest version.

Yes you do. That way developers using those bleeding-edge features can find the rough edges and get them fixed, and you can use their tested descendants a year later. If those features aren't delivered to end users, no one can test and learn from them and they don't become mainstream.

Comment Re:Stalking Horse? (Score 1) 137

Thus for most normal Blackberry users (non-corporate), their secure end to end communications begin and end at Blackberry's servers.

That's not a definition of "end to end" that I'm familiar with. Beyond that, how does Blackberry's "network operator" setup differ from Apple's Messages where Apple handles the message routing and delivery, except that Apple devices encrypt and decrypt on the user's hardware (which is the normal definition of "end to end")?

Comment Re:Cue the flood... (Score 1) 193

" one has to wonder if taking away a little bit from fusion research and giving it to research for batteries and renewables might be a better use of limited resources."
Probably not. Battery research is already getting a huge amount of funding from commercial sources. Every cell phone, laptop, tablet, and power tool maker is putting money into batteries. All the incentives for development are already in place for batteries. Frankly the problems with improved batteries is one of chemistry and physics at this point and not one of funding.

Comment Re:Red Mercury = Wildly Batshit Insane (Score 3, Informative) 326

Dude you so fell for it. Red Mercury is very real and dangerous. It can take out an entire city with ease. It is a meta-stable nuclear isomer that when you apply a resonant magnetic field will cause a cascade release of photons in the gamma ray range powerful enough to act a trigger in e thermonuclear device. Even without a fusion device it would cause a large gamma ray event.
Thank goodness that ISIS is still wasting it's time with small terror attacks like the one in France. If they ever dedicated themselves 100% to the acquisition of red mercury they might destroy the western world.

Comment Re:Har har har? (Score 1) 231

Yes, but you save time by not indenting

I'm asking this seriously: what text editor do you use that you can easily not indent? I use Emacs (and Vim and Sublime Text and Atom) and automatically get thr correct indentation just by writing code like I normally would. If I type if foo: and hit enter, the cursor will be placed correctly for the next thing I type. This isn't Python-specific, either. I get the same behavior when writing C, Go, JS, shell scripts, and so on.

I love dealing with a language that's explicit about what I mean. Consider how incredibly dangerous it is to write code that's not actually indented the way it's meant to be executed. Lots of eyes looked at that C code and didn't notice that the formatting was inconsistent with its parsing. That would not have been a problem in a language that uses indent to describe intent.

Comment Re:Ever seen a ruskie car? (Score 1) 55

"In the very earliest days of NASA, since NASA was a civilian agency, NASA had a policy of using "civilian" rockets. Which meant that they had to develop their rockets from scratch rather than using modified ICBMs."

What the heck are you talking about.
The first satellite booster was the Juno-1/Jupiter-C which was based on the Redstone SRBM.
The Thor which evolved into the Delta was an IRBM.
The Atlas used for Score and any number of launches including the Mercury orbital flights was the USs first ICBMs
The Titan II was used for Gemini and evolved into the Titan III, Titan IV, and so on was an ICBM!

Comment Re:Har har har? (Score 1) 231

You know, as much as I hear that whine, in 16 years of writing Python I've literally never once been bitten by it. Yes, you hate having to indent your code the way you would naturally have indented it anyway, left to your own devices. Sure, writing at-a-glance understandable clauses is torture. Oh yeah, I too hate formatting my stuff the way my coworkers / teachers / project maintainers / colleagues expect to find it. But as much as I love writing the horrible, unformatted mess that you also enjoy, I just can't make this hypothetical copy-and-paste problem manifest itself in reality. Curse you, Python!

Comment Re:Another Twitter case study (Score 1) 518


Twitter is just one platform among many, and before it we've always given people public platforms to say dumb, career-ending things. You know, you can still (and always could!) say offensive things. The trick is to say it in such a way as to get your point across before others stop listening.

Dumb statement: Hitler wasn't all bad!

Better statement: Although Hitler committed great atrocities, it is important we remember he was a human and capable of good, too, so that we don't forget that danger always walks among us.

Same sentiment; more tactful delivery. This is what politicians are supposed to be able to do. That Kimmel was unable is a good sign that he should not be an elected representative. Lots of people have successfully used Twitter (and other social media platforms) to say lots of non-mainstream things without making legions of enemies.

Comment Re:Go easy on the Adderall prescription... (Score 1) 400

"I do have a gut feeling that some of the people who maintain them are paranoid and not really smart, so I don't trust them to have people on them for good reasons."
A paranoid not really smart person does not get to be the keeper of any watch list "at the federal level" in the US. Those tend to be weeded out since they also generate too much noise.

"You sound reasonable, but I have nothing that shows you are true."
You also have nothing that shows I am incorrect except that it sounds reasonable and frankly logical. The simple fact that most of the people that post on slashdot that they fear that they are on a watch list never get arrested or even harassed.

Comment Re:Go easy on the Adderall prescription... (Score 1) 400

"Resources are getting cheaper and easier, which means we can have more people on the list than ever before."
A huge list is not a good thing. You get way too much noise that way. That 22 year old upper middle class college student in Minnesota that uses Tor, posts on Slashdot, and looked up pressure cookers is not a threat and they do not want to deal with his noise.
He is of no more interest than I am. A white 50 year old computer programer that looks up how to make rocket candy and is a huge fan of aviation. We could be noise in the system but will be tossed quickly because we not going to be a threat to anyone.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg