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Comment: Re:and when the next one has a bomb? (Score 1) 235

by grep -v '.*' * (#48917371) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

This [] is a 4-lb payload drone that doesn't look more than 1 meter wide. ... A M18 Claymore [] is 3.5 lbs, so this drone could carry one without issue.

!! That's really cool! Home-brew, huh? Neat.

But I can't do that -- my cheap $100 drone doesn't hardly carry any weight. I guess I'll just add razor-blades to the propellers and slice the watermelon by running into it. Once, anyway.

Comment: Re:DVD (Score 2, Insightful) 250

by grep -v '.*' * (#48917297) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
Even with "scratch resistant external media", I use 10% of the disc space for redundancy and recovery by using Multipar. It's a PAR2 compatible program that handles subdirectories. I've also bought but haven't used in recovery mode ISOBuster, a program that can handle the internal disc structures to try to recovery from corrupted media.

I have manually changed files and parts of files and had Multipar recover the originals; I have not yet physically scarred a CD/DVD/BR to see if it's recoverable via ISOBuster. It's supposed to work, though.

Fair (not archivable quality discs) BDs cost $0.50 for 20GB effective or $25 for 1TB, this is comparable to hard drive prices. They'll handle drops better and if one goes bad, you "only" lose that media (20G) vs terabytes. It's much slower, smaller, and write-once, though.

(OMG -- 20G is "small"?? I remember having things fit on a single 256KB 8" floppy. Much better than paper tape, though.)

Comment: Re:Finally. A Google plan I can get behind (Score 0) 101

My ISP has only ONE JOB: connect me to the web without getting in the way.

Assuming that they use lasers for communication to Sprint and T-Mobile: all it takes are a few half-silvered mirrors somewhere as a R/O tap and SpGoogle(TM) is ready for your business! Use the web as much as you want and they'll make sure your data goes exactly where it's supposed to.

But I just don't know where they are going to place the sharks that are attached to all of those lasers. Guarding the Google Barge, perhaps?

Oh, that's been moved or depreciated, you say? That's just what they WANT you to think. You haven't seen Google Cloak, have you? (Well, for that matter NO ONE has -- but that's kinda the point.)

Now, tie that with their autonomous cars that "no one wants" and you've got: -- KnightRider! All it needs now is RoboCop to change the flat tires.

Comment: Re:Wonderful (Score 1) 496

by grep -v '.*' * (#48798861) Attached to: Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

Between the two of them Muslim scholars and Catholic monks are pretty much single handedly responsible for salvaging much of the collective knowledge of the classical world.

THIS. This is the only use I can think of for religion, in saving knowledge for the future. (See? It's not totally bad!)

"[In the time of] the classical world" - So, what have you done for me lately?

(Yes, cap-Science isn't enough all by itself either. The real Golden Rule works, too. But I'd still rather all of us try to figure things out than assume everything was completely determined for us millennia ago.

Of course, that's the trick: science is how all of nature and the universe works, religion is how humans should live and relate with each other. Completely different domains. Guess that's why I'm an introvert!)

Comment: Re:It's a first... (Score 2) 108

I did not know that -- it's very sweet; good for them.

Now, I do have an off-topic question: When God finally arrives and brings back everyone from the dead:

a) Does that also include cremations? (Probably so -- just add water.) Dismemberment? (Super Glue.)
b) Will He do it more than once? I can just see Gene waking up in the shadow of the moon, and then immediately expiring because of the non-existent atmosphere and cold. So is this a one-time thing, or does God hit Ctrl-Alt-Del repeatedly until it finally works?
c) God brings back to Earth all of the travelers that have managed to escape Earths' gravity. (Sounds kinda like a shepherd -- "That's not your yard, get back over here. Stupid sheep.")
d) God doesn't bother. "You really want to leave? Have at it." (Wonder if any lawyers will take it up with Him since their potential clients are missing out.)
e) Does that also include video-game characters? NetHack, Mario, Gordon Freeman, etc? (What about PacMan and GLaDOS?) And what about Sweetie?

Enquiring minds want to know

Comment: Re:Less accurate statement (Score 1) 303

by grep -v '.*' * (#48728591) Attached to: Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

You can shorten something so far for clarity, but if you go to far you end up with less clarity.

I see what you did there!!

... I only wish it had been intentional.

how sometimes you make a program a little more verbose so that a different programmer coming across the code later can understand it.

Oh, like comments? You can write insanely complicated code and as long as it produces the results you had intended, it's correct. But it helps the programmer behind you if you then also write "War and Peace" describing how it works. "It's Magic" is too short.

Comment: Re:In before the trolls (Score 1) 172

by grep -v '.*' * (#48559271) Attached to: Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

Open Source ... merely guarantees that all of the bugs can be found.

Well it seems like Closed Source "merely guarantees that all of the bugs can be found" by crackers. (NO, they're not hackers.) They seem to do a pretty good job of finding and exploiting problems withOUT any copy of the source for reference.

(Well, I presume they don't. Maybe Bill Gates has a whole independent second fortune that we don't know about. Or: how DID Balmer afford to pay $2B for a bunch of guys walking around while bouncing a ball?)

A list is only as strong as its weakest link. -- Don Knuth