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Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 127 127

And also, from TFA:

If he felt his actions were consistent with civil disobedience, then he should do what those who have taken issue with their own government do: Challenge it, speak out, engage in a constructive act of protest, and â" importantly â" accept the consequences of his actions.

He IS dealing with the consequences. That's why he left.

What Lisa Monaco is pushing for is martyrdom.

We are supposed to be a country of laws. We should not have officials demanding martyrdom of those who oppose their policies.

Comment Mod parent up. (Score 1) 82 82

What depresses me bout software is how often we JUST DO NOT LEARN!

And not just software. Look at security as well. And so many other computer-related areas.

Software development seems to be riddled with arrogant know nothings who think they can cut corners or reinvent the wheel because doing the right way isn't "7337".

For me it's more like ... someone "learned" one way of handing it when s/he was working ALONE.

Then that person never learned that the practices need to be changed when you are part of a TEAM.

And releasing your code to the public is being part of a team.

Comment Re:Ouya was all false promises. (Score 1) 88 88

you can turn any xbox into a dev kit of some level and any windows phone into a dev phone.

provided that you're willing to shell out your credit card number ;D. anyhow, you can develop on windows without giving a credit card number too.

aaaaaaaaanyhow, they originally marketed it as an open kind of box, while actually making it as closed as they could get away with without stomping on licenses of the stuff they used pretty much.

the whole marketing was to more or less market it as an "OPEN" "new kind" of console more akin to let's say a dos pc or whatever, but what the users got was a box that asked for their CC before letting to do _anything_. they got a box that felt more closed and more intrusive than a friggin surface(non pro).

Comment Re:Kickstarter forever (Score 1) 88 88

they didn't get screwed as such.

it was just that for some reason they were hyped up into thinking that an android box from company B would somehow be upermegasupadupacool compared to just any other android box(and usb controller) that's on the market and for some reason they got into thinking they'd get cooler games than on android even though it's the same frigging thing.

thing is, an used 100 bucks laptop would do the role much better. but majority of ouyas backers were people who have used 100 bucks laptop or two laying around anyways. it's baffling though why they got excited for it - a bunch of those are just hipsters "showing it to the man!"(ms/sony) without understanding what they're buying, what it's made from and why it's not sticking it to the man in the slightest.

Comment TURN OFF MMS (Score 2) 114 114

or never configure it in the first place to work.

that's your fix.

and slashdot editors: MMS IS NOT SMS SO FUCK YOU SLASHDOT EDITOR. it's not even remotely same technlogy.

mms is vulnurable? duh. how about sharing the image preview vuln(presumably) that's actually used since that has much more to it than just mms. but that mms implementation is exploitable is quite a bit less fatal/interesting than sms vuln.

besides than that I'm pretty fucking sure that 950 million android phones (total androids out there) don't have preview of mms in the notifications bar. only a subset has that feature. but the more interesting and potentially attackable route is through anything else that shows images.

Comment Re: Looking more and more likely all the time... (Score 2) 410 410

It will take a demonstration satellite accelerating through space before the physics community goes into party mode. Until you're in free fall and vacuum, there is too much scope for systematic errors to accept a result of this level of importance.

Comment older devices don't get patched.. (Score 1) 114 114

for iphone 4 as well? I don't think soooo.

anyhow... expect mobile networks to filter these messages in

either that or 400 million phones in use in asia will receive an attack today if the attack really works as described in the blurb (proof of concept that installs something or gtfo).

(if you browse on a mobile from asia you might notice that shitloads of adverts that try to exploit or trick the user into installing sw. even slashdot carries occasionally ads targeted to asia tha will just straight up open another page that will try to fool the user into installing sw and doesn't let the user easily press back. thats without clicking the friggin advert. it's like ad networks do no curating whatsoever of asian targeted ads)

Comment Compare to the Higgs boson (Score 5, Informative) 410 410

Looking at this another way:

When LHC were looking for the Higgs boson - a particle entirely expected by modern physics - they required a five sigma signal before they were satisfied that they had really found something.

This is a result not only entirely unexpected, but contradictory to almost all known physics. A two sigma (NASA) and three sigma (Germany) signal is not remotely enough to be convincing. At best it is convincing enough for someone to spend the money to further and better test it.

Comment Re: Looking more and more likely all the time... (Score 4, Informative) 410 410

People are so sceptical of this one because if true the implications are universe-shaking. It would completely overturn not just modern physics but all of physics since Newton. The claim is that the device violates conservation of momentum. Then via Noether's theorem this implies that the laws of physics are not independent of location in space. (Alternatively, the device is creating a beam of hard to detect particles via some completely unknown but low energy mechanism.)

Also, the device was first designed using a provably incorrect analysis - an analysis using standard physics determined that the device would produce thrust without reaction mass, violating conservation of momentum. As all the standard physics used in the analysis conserves momentum, the analysis must be incorrect. If someone adds up many even numbers and comes up with an odd total, we know they have made a mistake, even without examining their calculations to find out where. This case is exactly analogous. So if this device really does violate momentum conservation, it is a complete and utter fluke, and not by design.

If you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it.