Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


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:! surprising (Score 1) 762

by deraj123 (#29801573) Attached to: Car Glass Rules Could Impair Cell, GPS and Radio Signals In CA

We then also have to pay for all of those idiots hospital bills if they survive, and their funerals if they don't.

No, we don't. We choose to.

We have to pay for the cleanup of those crashes, the police to cordon off the area, the firefighters to put out the burning wreck, and we all have a longer commute to work because their brain takes longer to pick up from the roadway.

I'd be curious to see how much more effort it takes to cleanup a wreck, of the same magnitude, when the driver doesn't wear his seatbelt. I suspect it's not that much, but...I'd like to see the numbers. Do you have any links?

Comment: Re:malware (Score 4, Informative) 362

by deraj123 (#28642097) Attached to: Comcast DNS Redirection Launched In Trial Markets

Try looking at the entire service. So far as I have been able to tell, you can turn off every single one of their "features", giving you a simple, straightforward dns service.

And for those replying to you confused about the google thing - they don't

redirect requests to to their own servers

. What they do is provide a dns entry for that points to their own servers. These servers proxy the real to strip out some functionality that opendns found particularly offensive (I have not experienced the functionality, and can't say whether I agree or disagree with their views). However, like every other "feature" I've found at OpenDNS, you can turn this off. Yes, at first you couldn't. I stopped using OpenDNS for awhile. Now you can.

Comment: Re:Easy alternative (Score 1) 366

by deraj123 (#28457687) Attached to: Cows That Burp Less Methane to Be Bred

Natural != Good, Unnatural != Evil. Milk tastes good, it's a good source of calcium. I'm not going to stop drinking it just because no other adult animal drinks milk. Humans do a lot of things that no other animals do.

More importantly, cheese is like heaven...I suspect the only reason other animals don't eat it is because they haven't figured out how to produce it.

Comment: Re:What took them so long? (Score 1) 460

by deraj123 (#28397193) Attached to: ACLU Sues DHS Over Unlawful Searches and Detention

99.9% of the people complaining would be happy if the ACLU would say "Yes, it's a right, but the NRA does such a great job, we think our resources are better spent on the others."

And were they to do this, they would alienate a large portion of their current donor base. As nonsensical as it is, there seem to be a lot of people in this country that support what the ACLU does, and yet are absolutely against any form of private gun ownership. So, they alienate a large portion of their donor base. What happens? They lose money. Which means they can fight less cases. Not only has this not helped defense the Second Amendment at all, but it's harmed defense of the First, Fourth, Fifth, etc...

It's also important to note that, while the ACLU's position on the Second Amendment is offensive, they don't take any action on that position. Which makes supporting them fairly innocuous

Comment: Re:What took them so long? (Score 1) 460

by deraj123 (#28397125) Attached to: ACLU Sues DHS Over Unlawful Searches and Detention

The ACLU doesn't take 2nd amendment cases because it would alienate the majority of their donor base.

I support them because I am in fairly close agreement with them on the things that they DO support. Just because they don't support everything that I believe in doesn't mean they aren't worthwhile. Because I care about my second amendment rights, and the ACLU isn't interested in defending them, I also support the NRA.

Comment: Re:It's "experimental" (Score 4, Insightful) 587

by deraj123 (#28142551) Attached to: Java Gets New Garbage Collector, But Only If You Buy Support

I don't know...the release notes specifically say:

Although G1 is available for use in this release, note that production use of G1 is only permitted where a Java support contract has been purchased.

On the other hand, I was unable to find any specific mention of G1 anywhere in the licensing agreement. However, I did find this:

Sun grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited license without license fees to reproduce and use internally Software complete and unmodified for the sole purpose of running Programs.

If anyone is able to point out in the actual licensing where the quote from the release notes is backed up, I'd be interested. (text near the second quote there did allow for "exceptions" and "supplemental terms" - but I wasn't able to find any pertaining to G1)

The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at least until we've finished building it.