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Submission + - SPAM: TSA or United Bans Comic Books in Checked Luggage for Comic-Con

schwit1 writes: San Diego Comic-Con has become so much more than just a comic book convention. But comic books remain the heart and soul of Comic-Con. In addition to attendees being there to buy comic books, vendors flock to Comic-Con to sell their comic books as well.

That’s why participants in Comic-Con were shocked to find a notice waiting for them at the San Diego airport after Comic-Con.


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Comment Suffer your choices (Score 1) 1

I'm sorry users of react, those that think the only way to write code in JS is to drag in yet another third party library, you accepted the license under which ReactJS was release, you said that you would include appropriate copyright notices within your application informing all your users that you've not written it all yourself (many customer's thoughts: what did I pay you for).

Users or react, you've also agreed to not wield your patents against your competitors simply because they too are users of react - what's that I hear you say, you've just given your competitors legal right to use your patents in a product that is competing with your own.

So to the users of react, if you did not read the license, perhaps you should have.

Submission + - Dadbot: How a Son Made a Chatbot of His Dying Dad

theodp writes: In A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality, James Vlahos recounts his efforts to turn the story of his father's life — as told by his 80-year-old Dad in his final months after being diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer — into what Vlahos calls "a Dadbot — a chatbot that emulates not a children’s toy but the very real man who is my father." Given the limits of tech at the time (2016) and his own inexperience as a programmer, Vlahos recognized that the bot would never be more than a shadow of his real dad, but hoped to get the bot to communicate in his father's distinctive manner and convey at least some sense of his personality.

Of the first time he demoed the bot for his parents, Vlahos writes: Emboldened, I bring up something that has preoccupied me for months. “This is a leading question, but answer it honestly,” I say, fumbling for words. “Does it give you any comfort, or perhaps none—the idea that whenever it is that you shed this mortal coil, that there is something that can help tell your stories and knows your history?” My dad looks off. When he answers, he sounds wearier than he did moments before. “I know all of this shit,” he says, dismissing the compendium of facts stored in the Dadbot with a little wave. But he does take comfort in knowing that the Dadbot will share them with others. “My family, particularly. And the grandkids, who won’t know any of this stuff.” He’s got seven of them, including my sons, Jonah and Zeke, all of whom call him Papou, the Greek term for grandfather. “So this is great,” my dad says. “I very much appreciate it.”

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What Happens If Climate Change Computer Models Are Wrong? 3

dryriver writes: I was reading an article about AGW recently that had the obligatory "current computer models predict an x.x degree increase in temperature by year yyyy if z action is not taken" type forward looking prediction in it. As I was reading that I thought "What if current predictive computer models are too simple or too flawed or too inaccurate to reliably predict what will happen to the climate 20 to 50 years from now?" What happens if the climate behaves in — to our current understanding — unpredictable ways and temperatures don't go up by say 0.6 degrees by year yyyyy as predicted by the best models, but rather by, say, 2.4 degrees? What if we THINK we are modeling the climate more or less correctly, but climate actually begins to change its behavior or become less predictable in various ways once significant warming has actually occurred? What if there are important phenomena, interactions or mechanisms that affect climate behavior that are not included in even the best predictive computer models because science is simply not yet aware of said phenomena, interactions or mechanisms? What happens then?

Submission + - Are accurate software development time predictions a myth? (

DuroSoft writes: For myself and the vast majority of people I have talked to, this is the case. Any attempts we make to estimate the amount of time software development tasks will take inevitably end in folly. Do you find you can make accurate estimates, or is it really the case, as the author suggests, that "writing and maintaining code can be seen as a fundamentally chaotic activity, subject to sudden, unpredictable gotchas that take up an inordinate amount of time" and that therefore attempting to make predictions in the first place is itself a waste of our valuable time?

Submission + - Police violently drag man from United plane after reportedly overbooked flight (

Mr.Intel writes: On Sunday, a United Airlines passenger was pulled from his plane seat and dragged off the aircraft — because the airline had overbooked the flight. Several passengers captured the scene and the disturbing footage appears to show that the man was left bleeding from the mouth after his face was smashed against an arm rest during the scuffle. Security are seen wrenching the man from his seat and then dragging him down the aisle and off the plane.

United Airlines gave us this response:

“Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologize for the overbook situation.”

Comment in my opinion (Score 1) 1

IMO, the best environment for a developer is one that doesn't treat them like a criminal who requires everything to be locked down. Further to that, as every developer is different, their environment is also different. Don't lock developers into one way of doing things for you'll make one developer happy and productive, and the rest will struggle and wonder why they have to deal with crap.

Give them a laptop, give them admin rights, tell them that they administer it themselves. Provide the software they request, and the services to function as a developer. If you need to lock stuff down, lock it down at the server.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What's the best environment for a developer? 1

Dorgendubal writes: I work for a company with more than a thousand developers and I'm participating in activities aimed at improving the work experience of developers. Our developers receive an ultrabook rather powerful but not really adapted for development (no admin rights, small storage capacity, restrictive security rules, etc.). They also have access to VDIs (more flexibility) but often complain of performance issues during certain hours of the day. Overall, developers want to have maximum autonomy, free choice of their tools (OS, IDE, etc.) and access to internal development environments (PaaS, GIT repositories, continuous delivery tools, etc.) . We recently had a presentation of VMWare on desktop and application virtualization (Workstation & Horizon), supposedly the future of the desktops. It sounds interesting on paper but I remain skeptical.

What is the best working environment for a developer, offering flexibility, performance and some level of free choice, without compromising security, compliance, licensing (etc.) requirements? I would like you to share your experiences on BYOD, desktop virtualization, etc. and the level of satisfaction of the developers.

Submission + - Texas feminist wants to fine men $100 each time they masturbate ( 1

mi writes: Rep. Jessica Farrar, a Democrat, has proposed a bill that would fine a man $100 each time he masturbates. The bill also imposes a 24-hour waiting period if a guy wants a colonoscopy or a vasectomy, or if he's in the market for some Viagra.

Comment Re:So what's your point? (Score 1) 3

Exactly, it is no big deal yet it is making front page news. I'm sure there are much more important things going on in the world, yet this major news company thinks the number of web sites that Trump's IT department has registered is important. Perhaps they should look into who owns or

This is nothing more than the privately owned media attempting to persuade the opinions of the people of the USA to oppose their elected leader.

Submission + - Author is a good example of why Mint is popular

miscbyproduct writes: I m a complete newb. I tried Ubuntu. 2 hr's & threw it away. Tried Mint. 20 mins and it was booting. Now rant all you want about this and that. But there is no denying the newbie friendliness of Mint vs U.... AND 1/2 OF YOU TOO! As several of you seem to have forgotten what it is like to know nothing, and are now stuck on knowing it all.

Comment So... (Score 1) 1

It appears that women are no longer allowed to choose the career they want, but rather the career where there are less women. Perhaps there are fewer women in cyber security because fewer women are interested in cyber security. FFS, let people be who they want, work were they want, in whatever industry they want.

Comment Microsoft product (Score 1) 1

The attack works only on Mac versions of Word (attempts to execute on Windows or Pages, Mac-based productivity software similar to Word, failed).

So the solution is to avoid Microsoft products (whether they're a target because they are vulnerable, or just because their popular isn't important). I also know there will be a lot of people in the "I need this for work because Pages isn't good enough" crowd, I say fair enough, but for everyone else, I'm sure it is a suitable replacement. Then there is always the Libre Office route.

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