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Comment: Re:you don't want this (Score 1) 404

by phatStrat (#37318974) Attached to: Wicked Lasers Introduces Handheld One-Watt Green Laser
Exactly. I can't think of one good reason a regular consumer would want one or how they'd even use it. Far be it the day that we have to wear shades in public out of fear that kids are running amuck with these thing. Although I have a really strong urge to affix one of these on top of my pet shark...

Comment: Surely it's not the worst thing (Score 1) 247

by phatStrat (#32999962) Attached to: SFLC Wants To Avoid Death by Code

Sure, pacemakers and insulin pumps may run closed-source software. But there have got to be countless systems running critical aspects of infrastructure or even the military using closed-source software as well. Wasn't the Navy using Windows at some point in its ships?

Seems that the stakes are much higher in the latter although given the pace of medical technology/wetware innovation, having some sort of review or 3rd party testing worked into the approval process now rather than later would be prescient.

Comment: Re:You're solving the wrong problem (Score 1) 1092

by phatStrat (#28171601) Attached to: Making a Child Locating System

Two problems with this. First, it's a lot of work. Second, he wanted a solution that runs on Linux.

Seriously. This is slashdot. All problems must be resolved using overly complicated technical solutions requiring minimal socialization skills. When he can interface to the PTA using SOA, THEN we might have a better solution.

Comment: Re:The damndest thing with these stories today (Score 1) 508

by phatStrat (#27419789) Attached to: Conficker Worm Strike Reports Start Rolling In

It's so hard to tell which ones are too stupid to be true and so stupid they probably are true.

Not only is it hard to tell, it's scary that we can't tell the difference anymore. Just looking at yesterday's news:
* Honda Develops Brain Interface For Robot Control
* Cold War Standoff Over ISS Toilet

Fact or fiction? Maybe for whoever submit these stories it already was April 1...

Parts that positively cannot be assembled in improper order will be.