Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
For the out-of-band Slashdot experience (mostly headlines), follow us on Twitter, or Facebook. ×

Comment: Re:The short answer is nothing (Score 1) 97 97

If a company wants your name, there is not a lot you can do. I know an individual who owns a two letter domain name. Till now he has refused to sell it.

That said; if a company want to sue you, it will most likely be dealth with on a US based trandemark. If you want to defend it, you will need to have deep pockets to even try and hope your pockets are deeper than those on the other side.

This will mean that you need to risk all that money with an uncertain outcome.

So the best think you can do is register it as a trademark.

Comment: Not really illegal (Score 1) 101 101

If they don't get punisched, it is not realy illegal. It is like those crazy old laws that exists where you can not walk a pig on sunday during a storm.

The laws still exist, but nobody actually will be prosecuted or punnished if they do it. It is just too much of an issue to remove these laws.

Comment: What are YOUR conclusions? (Score 1) 313 313

When I read it, many will say 'robots are unsafe'. I read 'robots are safe, because only NOW does it happen for the first time.'

That said, replace robot with machinery and these kind of things happen all the time. People are where they should not be. People do not follow safety procedures for various reasons. People die.

It is realy nice how it is written in a way that is clearly intended to bring up an idea of a robot willfully and with determination grabbed a person and killed that person. If that were the case, I do not condemn the programmer, I aplaud him for being the first to have made AI a reality.

Comment: Re:Misleading Title (Score 1) 313 313

Replace 'robot' with 'machinery' and it suddenly isn't news at all.

The fact that a robot moves in more directions than e.g. a forging press does not realy matter.
He should not be there while the thing was operational. That means either he giot an ok, while it was not ok to go (By his own or others decision) or somebody turned the machine on, while it should have been off.

The 'robot' is the the 'on the internet' we see with other things. So, indeed as sad as it is, nothing new here,

Comment: Again proof who they work for (Score 2, Insightful) 192 192

I am talking about the FBI : "When it affects multiple companies and cities, it does become disturbing,"

What I read is "When it happens to citizens, we don't care."

So apperently they cut of the wrong company or the wrong CEO and now they are disturbed. Before that? Meh.

Comment: Re:Holy fuck ... (Score 2) 476 476

Have you been in a coma for 15 years? Let me give ypu a short history lesson:
Some idiots flew into the twin towers on purpose. Afganistan was invaded to kill the terrorrists.
Irak was invaded to kill the same terrorists, but it was really about weapons of mass distruction, but actually about oil.
We have always been at war with Terrorism.
For our own safety; subpoenas do not excist anymore.
War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.

Comment: Re:if that's true, (Score 1) 476 476

"typically", so they can be anything, including the person next to you on the metro or you for the person next to you in Starbucks where the router is down.

So suddenly they are surfing on your limited data bandwith and you don't even know it. Nice.

I would think that I say who has access to my network. This goes far beyond 'we own your hardware our software is running on" and even that is not debatable.

Comment: Re:College is to get a diploma. Education is a bon (Score 2) 132 132

If I were a company I would rather hire you with a 100.000USD debt than somebody with a 10.000USD debt. The power I have over you is 10 times that of what I have over the other person.

That means I can presss much more extra hours out of you without any need to pay for a longer period,while the other person might easily say "Fuck this, I quit."
This will not work in each an every situation, but in general? Hell yeah!

Comment: Re:Why force her to do something she doesn't want (Score 1) 245 245

To me it does not look as if he is pushing her anywhere. She wants to do IT, but not Java or coding in general. He is trying to help find a solution.

As somebody else suggested, Project Management or Business Analist.

OTOH the information is extremely limited. What she should do is write dwn what does DOES like and what shoe does NIOT like. Brainstorm. Perhaps she lies to be more social and then she could perhaps help elderly about the Internet. Or she perhaps she wants to do more networking or she likes more tinkering with the hardware itself.

Does she really want to go into IT, or is that 'just the best option' to get a job? For all I kn ow she likes to give guided tours for tourists in her city.

So she should first see what she REALLY wants to do and what she really does NOT want to do. This is a process that needs a lot of thinking and hard work as you need to re-thik everything and it is hardest on the partner to accept that change.

Comment: Re:Just run your own (Score 2) 147 147

I use an alternative DNS server, becausde the ISPs in my country are orderd to block certain (torrent) sites. As I already give enough info to Google, I use servers I found on
With you can find witch one are closest,

I used to run my own, but after a re-install I did not yet bother.

What I think is strange is that nobody has made an easy local DNS server (for Windows) e.g. just a program that listens on port 53and only fromlocalhost and is just a DNS server. So no additional (local) zones. No additional things. Just a stripped down caching DNS server.

Just point to as DNS server and done. No other changes should be needed. No kill of domains.No nothing should be needed.

Comment: Re:Reminds me of hands-free cell phones (Score 1) 195 195

People get accidents when there is a bee in the car, when changing radio channels, when talking with the kids in the back. When people get distracted, they do not notice other things. That is basically the definition of distracted.

When I drove in Argentina, I saw a sign called 'vado'. My Spanish was not good enough to know what it was, but I knew if they put a sign where I was (in the middle of nowhere), there is a reason for it, so I better slow down. It was a bridge out of order and I had to wade though the water. Not an issue, but it would have been if I had not reduced speed.

I could see a HUD doing something similar. When a red triangle pops up I know I need to pay attention. I need to slow down and have time to asses the situation.

Now if this happens each time I go a bit over the speed-limit, it will not have any effect. If it is because I get to close to the car in front of me, then it can be useful.

And the reason cellphones are singled out is because they are use way more then you have a bee in your car or you change the channel. Not per person, but in general. That means the duration of being distracted is much, much longer, resulting in a measurable increase.

news: gotcha