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


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Has anyone looked at the Pilot? (Score 2) 684

by nucrash (#49344795) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

I hate to throw conspiracy theory out there, but if the Pilot had made intentions to do dastardly deeds with the plane, perhaps this was a co-pilot trying to save lives at the sacrifice of 150. While I know this is unlikely, but there is the potential for this to be a thing.

Still, the Co-pilot would have probably said something on the flight recorder, so who really knows. Odds are in the favor that the co-pilot was an undiscovered nutter.

Comment: Re:Amazing post (Score 1) 485

by nucrash (#49327701) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

Apparently you missed the part where he worked out as well.

I think the thing that many of us have trouble with is wanting to change the overall processes to how we live. Sure, I can live without a computer for a day, but that second day I am going to want to have a all day gaming session.

Strangely enough, I seem to be open to some of these changes now that I am older. I don't care to game as much anymore and I do enjoy going for a walk every night when the weather doesn't completely suck.

Comment: Re:Dear Michael Rogers, (Score 1) 406

by nucrash (#49126447) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

I threw my hat into the political ring at the local level and started sparing by email with my local congressman. I found out he is in fact more interested in collecting his corporate donations and dismantling the EPA than anything else. I should ask him his thoughts on ruining business's opportunity to secure data? And if he is interested in securing a back door into encrypted data, that his emails and text messages between his interns that resulted in the dissolution of his marriage would likely be exposed to the public.

Comment: Re:Dear Michael Rogers, (Score 0) 406

by nucrash (#49126337) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

You mean the same guy who was selling weapons during the Iran-Contra scandal and then threw a future Fox News Corespondent, Oliver North under the bus.

Yes, he would never abuse power. He is all righteous.

Here's the thing, Orwell's main point still applies. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Comment: This has been going on for a while (Score 2) 232

by nucrash (#49047085) Attached to: Iowa Wants To Let You Carry Your Driver's License On Your Phone

I don't see this as any different than Apple pay at some point. If this would help officers obtain validity of the license faster, this might be a benefit.

I don't think this should be a requirement for Iowa drivers, but a perk of driving in Iowa.

The downside that I can think of is that in many areas of Iowa I don't care to carry a smartphone because the lack of coverage there kills batteries.

Comment: But I don't always carry my phone (Score 1) 128

by nucrash (#49037237) Attached to: Study: Smartphones Just As Good As Fitness Trackers For Counting Steps

I know I am counter to popularity, but I don't carry a phone that often. I am not allowed to use it at work, I only use it for tethering at school, and more often than not, I find myself trying to get away from the thing than keeping the annoyance of a device around. As opposed to my fitness tracker, no one questions me having it on, I don't get points deducted in class if I look at it, and no one every asks me to remove it.

Perhaps I am the niche, but in my case, the fitness tracker makes sense for me.

Comment: Re:Literally? (Score 3, Insightful) 645

by nucrash (#48999593) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

Fine, if we have to see what they other side is up to, perhaps we should see what we are up to as well. Do you have any idea how many Iraqis were killed during our invasion? I have heard some crazy numbers, but no real death other than a few leaked military videos. How many bombs have we drops, how many families have we burned?

The Jordanian Pilot was shot down, dropping bombs on ISIS/ISIL. He a lot of people in the process. Correction, he probably murdered several people. When you drop bombs on people, I am quite certain they don't instantly die. Many of the people bombed suffer in the process.

Not to say that ISIS is a nice group of people that deserve to be left alone, but if we are going to show horrific videos, let's show both sides instead of just the horrors of what they do. I am tired of seeing our bombs take off, only to have to go over to Al Jazeera to find out where our bombs dropped.

You are false data.