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Comment: Applicability (Score 1) 153

by hidden (#45756569) Attached to: How Asimov's Three Laws Ran Out of Steam

I'll be the first to say that the autonomous killing machines scare me. But I don't think the 3 laws have anything to do with anything either. The 3 laws are based on having something that is smart enough to actually comprehend what it is looking at (a human) and what it is doing (hurting that human) As far as I know, all current "killer robots" are just computers following a set of rules fed in by some programmer, which is not the same thing at all.

Comment: Re:Uhm... No, it's just spam. (Score 1) 340

by hidden (#42306209) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Tell Non-Tech Savvy Family About Malware?

I'm sure there's some stuff like what you're talking about out there but most of phishing and scam crap I've seen seems to stay separate.

Facebook attacks stay in the facebook realm, spreading through sketchy timeline posts and using FB connect, and email attacks stay in email realm, attacking via addressbooks and sketchy email links.

this is just from my personal exerience though. milage may vary

Comment: Re:Uhm... No, it's just spam. (Score 4, Insightful) 340

by hidden (#42305491) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Tell Non-Tech Savvy Family About Malware?

When the from and to names are people who genuinely know each other, it generally means that one or the other of them's address book has been stolen. Less frequenty, it may mean that a third party (that they both know) had their address book stolen. Subby doesn't think his address book has been stolen, so that leaves the relative as the most likely victim.

Who we think the most likely victim is maybe be another story, but his logic seems fairly sound to me, if we accept the initial assumptions...

Comment: Re:Who is receiving the money? (Score 1) 349

by hidden (#40182013) Attached to: Canadian Copyright Board To Charge For Music At Weddings, Parades

Actually, it does. The people in the recordings do in fact receive royalty cheques from SOCAN. Mind you, I'm not sure exactly how fair the split is, or how much of it goes to "administrative fees"

The other thing that isn't very clear from the article is that this system is NOT new. SOCAN has always collected fees for radio play, and recorded music at public functions, shows, etc in Canada. All that's happened now is that the fee structure for certain types of event has been updated. (simplified, I think?)

Comment: Use smarthost mode (Score 1) 459

by hidden (#35272930) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is There a War Against Small Mail Servers?

Most mail server software is capable of routing the outbound mail through the isp's mail server in such a way that it gets listed as the origin. You get to keep running your mail server, but the spam labelling and port blocking issues all go away.

The only time this is an issue is if the isp's mail servers do some kind of filtering or mangling, but most of the ones I've dealt with don't

Comment: Re:You can't just count packages and draw conclusi (Score 1) 345

by hidden (#35169816) Attached to: Why Debian Matters More Than Ever

debian has a package called popularity-contest, which it asks to install when you do a new debian install. from the package description:

Description: Vote for your favourite packages automatically
  The popularity-contest package sets up a cron job that will
  periodically anonymously submit to the Debian developers
  statistics about the most used Debian packages on this system.
  .
  This information helps Debian making decisions such as which packages
  should go on the first CD. It also lets Debian improve future versions
  of the distribution so that the most popular packages are the ones which
  are installed automatically for new users.

Comment: Re:Technicalities of specs, vs reality (Score 1) 484

by hidden (#31207968) Attached to: iPhone's Liquid Sensors Can Be Triggered By Wintertime Use

Well, if my phone is in a purse or backpack, and I'm outside, the phone isn't going to get much benefit from body heat...

Even in my personal case - I carry my phone in the cargo pocket of my pants most of the time - so I'm sure it gets some body heat, but it's certainly cold to the touch when I come inside with it.

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