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Comment: They are lying - and what about ARP resolution? (Score 0) 323

by peaceful_bill (#47200911) Attached to: iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking
I do not have any empirical data to back up this feeling, but considering the cozy and close relationship Apple has demonstrated with our friends in the NSA, this article strikes me as a dishonest attempt to fool us into thinking they actually care about privacy and security.

On a technical note, what does this do to ARP tables? How does that address resolution work?

Comment: Re:Focus on your studies as much as possible (Score 1) 309

A hard +1 on this. There is so much more to programming and compsci than php/mysql. What do you know about data types? Can you tick off some differences between PostgreSQL and mysql (especially the way MySQL deals with invalid data being inserted). What are two or three ways you can efficiently sort through a list?

Learn how to think like a programmer. For the love of god, learn to compile. Please don't pigeon-hole yourself into one or two toolsets. I speak from experience here, by the way. I'm prettydamngood with PHP/Mysql but wish I knew enough to transition to something a bit more modern.

Comment: Note: Researchers and NOT Research (Score 2) 457

I'm looking for the research and see.....none. The credentials of the researchers is impressive at first glance, but there is no research. This whole thing looks like a hypothesis without any real research. The entire premise is very interesting, and some of their ideas are worth PROVING. I can't wait to see the results.

Comment: several stoopid ideas here that need addressin' (Score 1) 561

by peaceful_bill (#36418818) Attached to: Why Doesn't 'Google Kids' Exist?
Hey Gents.

Director of technology in a big international school here. Several points need-a-clarification.

#1: so, so many parents are so, so different. We once held one of those "parent internet safety" workshops. We asked 15 mom's, "what would you do if you walked into your kids workspace and saw them quickly minimize a window". Guess what? We got 15 different answers, ranging from "death" to "ignore".

#2: We have several parents who simply need the technical skills to understand stuff like open dns and blocking at the router. We installed filtering software for them, and spend quite a bit of time helping them understand how to use these tools. see point #1, some parents need boku-blocking, other, none.

#3: the argument that parents should be watching their kids 24/7 to monitor and supervise their internet usage is bullshit. I've got a 2 year old, and I barely have time to keep my house clean. That being said, we use this safety PACT becuase many parents don't even know how to set rules with their kids about internet use in the house.

#4: we teach parents about safe search, and spend so much time talking about profiles, and helping parents talk to their kids about safe internet usage. This tool would be "another tool in the belt" for us folks in schools. Guys, parents aren't geeks, eh?

Comment: Future planning? (Score 1) 202

by peaceful_bill (#35960378) Attached to: Novell Completes Sale
Hello slashdotters.

Are system administrators migrating away from Novell? We run Novell at our school, and I'll start looking for alternatives if I have to. The issue is our 2 system administrators have years of experience with Novell. It is a stable, reliable platform, and works well.

I am concerned about software updates, security fixes, things like that.

Comment: Black Ice (Score 1) 142

by peaceful_bill (#34971608) Attached to: Is Retaliation the Answer To Cyber Attacks?
Seems pretty acceptable to me. As long as the attack is confirmed, and there aren't idiots at the helm. Didn't Israel do something like this? Pre-emptive assassinations or something that?

I wouldn't be surprised if big-iron IT departments didn't already do something like this. Not like it matters anyways, with corporate control of the internet looming (slashdot story of 2 tier internet access)

Comment: What if they mate with sharks? (Score 1) 177

by peaceful_bill (#34497948) Attached to: Scientists Discover Solar Powered Hornets
I certainly don't appreciate the off-color and rancid humor bellowing around this thread like a plague.

While I understand the role of levity and humor when contemplating our armageddon, I think a moment of serious discussion is in order here, you slackers.


The real danger here, in my considered opinion, is what happens when the inevitable occurs? A solar powered hornet mates with a shark. I'm sure many of you don't see this, but let me paint the following highly likely scenario:

1. Beach. Picnic. Very little breeze, about noon. Watermelon, ice tea, and some sweets.
2. As the cloud drift overhead, and some gentle music plays, as the light dances on the water a solared powered hornet (SPH) glances towards the water
3. There, in the water, is a shark, flexing his shark muscles and doing shark stuff
4. The hornet, smitten, buzzes over to the shark and there is a long, deep look between the two.
5. After a lovemaking session worthy of any major blockbuster porn flick, they leave, never to see each other again.


Fast forward whatever the gestational period for hornets is and you've got the ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE SCENARIO.


Screw wikileaks, friends - this is the story of the century.

Comment: Bartle Player types (Score 1) 465

by peaceful_bill (#30580896) Attached to: Graphic Novelist Calls For Better Game Violence
This conversation seems to be cyclical. Let us remember that people play games for different reasons. We have Bartle Player Types and Nick Yee's player motivations to frame this conversation. Some people like ultra-realism, some don't. Different strokes for different folks. I'm a casual TF2 player, where I aim bazooka rockets at my feet so I can jump higher. I guess realism isn't that important to me. I'm also a text-based gamer, and I enjoy playing muds and mushes.
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Graphic Novelist Calls For Better Game Violence 465

Posted by Soulskill
from the anyone-who-can't-take-a-few-rockets-is-a-pansy dept.
eldavojohn writes "Landry Walker (alternative comics creator of X-Ray Studios) has a brief opinion piece at Elder Geek asserting that all he wants for Christmas is more realistic game violence. While he acknowledges the world probably isn't ready for it, he wishes that getting shot in a video game was a bit more like getting shot in real life. From his piece: '... that's my problem with video game violence. Bullets are something we shrug off. Point blank fire with a machine gun is something that a tiny bit of flexible body armor and 20 seconds sitting on a magic invisibility inducing gargoyle can cure. Time and time again, I've heard people claim that they want to see a greater degree of realism in video games. But that's a lie. We don't want realism. We want fantasy. We want unlimited ammo and we want rapid respawns. We want to jump out of second story windows without a scratch. We want to dodge bullets and shake off mortal wounds without pause.' What say you, reader? Would this bring a new level of impossibility to video games or would there be a way to balance this out?"

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