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Comment Re:What the fuck is with the snark (Score 4, Insightful) 118

I dont understand the authors snarky tone when writing this

The snark is that it's a pretty transparent attempt to get more pork for their state. Florida, Alabama, and Texas are the three states with major NASA facilities, and there are a lot of contractors who work in those states to support NASA.

Space travel is important. But a group whose business depends on government pork is likely not the most impartial group to be delivering that message. Porking NASA is how we got the Senate Launch System in the first place; NASA doesn't really want it, but it's being forced upon them by senators who want to keep government contracts in their state.

Comment Re:Wine-wrapped and broken games? (Score 1) 110

Where is that on Steam? Because it only shows Windows and Mac Steamplay, not Linux. Hence it's NOT on Steam.

EVE-Online used to have an official Linux client, but it was discontinued several years ago as there weren't enough users to justify the time & cost. That client used Transgaming's tech (i.e. their WINE fork).

Comment Re:"TV series" (Score 1) 438

Sure. But Netflix and Amazon are the equivalent first-run, top-tier channels for their programming. CBS All Access is the B-team; it's UPN/CW where reject shows go.

The fact that the show is premiering on All Access means CBS doesn't think it's good enough to run on their main channel, and that implies to me that CBS isn't going to give this the kind of resources they'd give a proper Star Trek TV show. Budget Star Trek, perhaps?

Comment Re:This isn't news (Score 1) 310

Furthermore, the FBI's own stats show that the ban/restriction on pseudoephedrine has made the problem worse.

It depends on your definition of "worse" and what is the first problem you're trying to solve.

In the Pacific Northwest, regulating pseudoephedrine has almost entirely wiped out local meth production. Prior to this meth houses were a massive issue; the aforementioned "dumbasses" were causing incredible environmental damage as meth houses themselves were all but inhabitable, frequently leeched out into the surrounding environment, and were extremely expensive to decontaminate and dismantle. Meanwhile said dumbasses were producing poor quality meth that was getting even more people killed.

Regulating pseudoephedrine didn't completely eliminate meth - and no one expected it to - but it has definitely made things better for everyone around here. I'd support it again in a heartbeat if it was brought up for a vote.

Comment DRM Does Work (Score 4, Insightful) 301

From TFS:

explains why cryptographers don't believe that DRM works

While I fully agree that DRM isn't foolproof, I disagree that DRM doesn't work. The reason DRM is being implemented is not to prevent all piracy ever - simply put, that's impossible - but rather to prevent common, casual piracy among low-skilled users. And to that end DRM works very well.

Any DRM system that's built half-way decently won't be possible to trivially bypass, and that's enough to deter casual infringement. You don't see people going Napster with iOS apps, you don't see everyone and their mother pirating DirecTV like they once did, and you can't pick up pirated PS4 games off of your local shady games shop. Why? Because the DRM systems that are in place are good enough that it's no longer easy and convenient to pirate this material. So casual piracy stops.

DRM shouldn't be implemented for a whole other host of reasons, least of all because it prevents users from fully controlling works they've purchased. But to argue that it doesn't work is disingenuous. It works to stop the most threatening form of piracy, casual piracy, and with every generation the underlying technology gets harder and harder to break.

Comment Re:"drones" eh? (Score 1) 58

VTOL changes things, so does cost of entry...

And the ability to receive real-time video so that you can fly beyond the line of sight.

Modern drones are not your old school RC planes, least of all because of how much more accessible these are to nimrods like the one in TFA.

Comment Re:Are these sponsored stories? (Score 1) 153

They keep saying submitted by "anonymous" and include a link in the title bar to the front page of the site that is hosting the article. Bullshit detector is going off full blast right now.

Not a Slashdot editor here, but I just assumed that they're finally going to improve how they're citing stories. Having the source for the story in the title bar is kind of nice.

Comment Re:Still have to pay RENT after you buy it (Score 4, Informative) 85

Whose lifetime?

The lifetime of the DVR. So until it breaks outside of the warranty period or becomes outmoded.

An All-In Plan (a) lasts for the lifetime of your TiVo device (not your lifetime), (b) is not transferrable to another TiVo device (except in certain warranty replacement/repair cases)

Comment Re:Still have to pay RENT after you buy it (Score 4, Informative) 85

One year is $150 that $360 is probably for the lifetime. Also the bolt comes with 1 year included.

Correct on the yearly plan. However for the lifetime plan it's worse than that. The lifetime (All-In) plan is $600:

The Bolt unit itself is another $300, so the total pricetag for a lifetime TiVo setup comes to $900.

Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 1) 345

Chase really has wonderful service. Card declined? Call customer service, it immediately rings to an American call center with people who have the authority to fix your problem. Five minutes later, the transaction goes through.

Indeed. They even tell you to call them collect when you're traveling outside of the country (you need to know how to do it, but it means they eat the cost of the call).

Comment Re:How it works? (Score 1) 143

Problem: "We're losing money on every student, but we make up for it with volume". Unless that $14k after-grants payment is actually enough to cover the university's costs for that student, getting more of them won't help.

Indeed. I don't see how this works unless they increase the student-to-faculty ratio. Basically add more students but don't add more resources.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1, Interesting) 956

What the actual fuck? He didn't create a bomb, he didn't create a hoax bomb

The issue is that the police and school don't know whether to believe him. After all, if it had been meant to be a hoax bomb and he got caught, this is exactly what you'd expect him to claim. So they have the unenviable task of figuring out whether this kid really did just bring a clock as he claims, or if he meant to use it as a hoax and got caught early. And for that matter whether they need to be concerned with copycats intent on causing a ruckus (as juveniles are so want to do).

Unfortunately he'll have learned the hard way that this wasn't a good idea. You have to take into consideration all of the dumb things other people can do, and this is at the top of the list of possibilities. His engineering teacher was smart to tell him to keep it put away. Shame that the alarm is what screwed him.

On the plus side this gives him a reputation with the students as a rebel. As a 9th grader coming into a new high school, that's not a bad reputation to start with. Especially at that age, the rebels tend to be popular with the guys and the gals. So he may yet come out ahead...

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb