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Comment: Re:To answer the question directly (Score 2) 57

by gman003 (#47552527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

If I was feeling especially paranoid, I would probably hurl the thing into a cauldron of molten lava

The device cannot be truly destroyed by any means we currently possess. The flames of an ancient wyrm could perhaps unmake it, but such dragons are not to be found in these parts. I suggest gathering a fellowship to carry the tablet to the mountain Amon Amarth, in the dark pits of the land of Mordor, and cast it into the fires of Mt. Doom in which it was forged. Only then can we be sure that it is unmade, completely and utterly, and will trouble us no longer.

Comment: Depends on how broken it is... (Score 1) 57

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47552421) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?
If it's just a screen connection issue, ADB/fastboot should be enough to wipe any internal storage good and hard.

If it's more broken than that, you'll have to go inside. If something has come loose that you can put back into place, you win. Otherwise, you can either pray for a friendly JTAG connection or physically destroy the flash chips.
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Journal: Mars, Ho! Chapter Thirty Six

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I got woke up early again, about five thirty this time. Fire in passengers quarters number forty seven. God damned drills, but I had to get up and inspect forty seven anyway. I put on a robe and trudged down there.
Yep, just a stupid drill. I noticed that Tammy was in the commons with the German woman as I walked past on my way back home. It was still early enough that I could still get another hour's sleep or so.


Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government 83

Posted by timothy
from the you-can't-look-there dept.
hypnosec writes with news that India's Central Bureau of Investigation has ordered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Google for violating Indian laws by mapping sensitive areas and defence installations in the country. As per the PE, registered on the basis of a complaint made by the Surveyor General of India's office to the Union Home Ministry, Google has been accused of organizing a mapping competition dubbed 'Mapathon' in February-March 2013 without taking prior permission from Survey of India, country's official mapping agency. The mapping competition required citizens to map their neighbourhoods, especially details related to hospitals and restaurants. The Survey of India (SoI), alarmed by the event, asked the company to share its event details. While going through the details the watchdog found that there were several coordinates having details of sensitive defence installations which are out of the public domain."

Comment: Re:The only good thing (Score 1) 384

Cigarettes and other form of tobacco are problematic since you are SUPPOSED to get addicted to them following the manufacturers instructions, hopes and dreams. Alcohol, it can be argued, you are supposed to 'enjoy responsibly' (and only get addicted to if you have some form of mental or genetic deficiency).


* to all you young folk who have never seen a real cash register, that's the noise the device makes when it rings up a sale.

Comment: Re:You are one ignorant jackass (Score 1) 211

by mcgrew (#47549375) Attached to: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

You, sir, are an abusive moron who is obviously not intelligent enough to realize that the Mars rovers are spinoffs from Apollo. Were it not for Apollo there would be no Hubble, no Martian robots, no ISS, none of the space exploration done today. Obviously unlike you, I remember Sputnik. We can thank the Russians for Apollo.

Now crawl back to 4chan where flamebait like yours is welcome. Where in the hell are the moderators?

Comment: Re:My experience with hydrocodone... (Score 1) 384

Unfortunately, the sense of energized hyperfocus is something that wanes as you develop a tolerance to them. They still improve focus and energy thereafter; but it's never that dramatic again. It wouldn't entirely surprise me if some people get into trouble by chasing that effect and moving to increasingly large doses. The low-dose oral amphetamines are pretty harmless (conveniently tested on children, for safety!); but once you hit the maximum dosage that a responsible doctor will prescribe any further attempts are likely to go increasingly badly...

Comment: Re:Taking responsibility? Ha! (Score 5, Insightful) 384

I suspect that this conversation is a lost cause; but it's worth pointing out that that is one of the reasons why public health types get twitchy about prescription opiates.

Among those otherwise without access or interest in fairly serious drugs, an attempt at pain management following injury or illness can be a compelling introduction to the exciting world of stuff that's pretty close to heroin with better quality control. Not everyone develops a habit, of course; but it's an introduction that can happen regardless of circumstance.

Comment: Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (Score 1) 620

by TheRaven64 (#47549141) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

The reason that most extensions exist is that there is (or was) no way of implementing things that people want with standard C. Inline assembly is one example. All modern C compilers support it, but GCC and Microsoft's compilers use different syntax (most other compilers implement one or the other, sometimes both). Without it, you require that every time you want to use even a single instruction of platform-specific assembly code, you must write an entire function and call it.

Atomics were another big reason for extensions. Prior to C11, if you wanted atomic operations, you needed either assembly or non-standard compiler intrinsics. Efficient vector support is another one.

No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.