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Comment Re:RCMP staff should be sued and then fired (Score 1) 770

This wasn't about stopping taking pictures - the demand was to delete the pictures. Which he couldn't - it's a film camera.

Not that it's the point in the case, but with a film camera it is rather easy to delete your photos albeit at the expense of losing your other shots as well.

I suspect a few seconds of sun exposure is a whole lot harder to recover than deleted pictures on a DSLR, where you can just use a FAT undelete utility especially if no more pictures are taken afterwards.

Comment Bitcoins! (Score -1, Flamebait) 87

I suspect many millions like myself have thousands of HD5970 cards busy mining bitcoins which probably accounts for some of it. Hell I had to install my own array of diesel generators after I realized that silicon solar cells can't be vertically stacked well.

Anyway I expect my cache of BTC will keep my family and myself financially secure for generations to come, even if air quality may be somewhat degraded.

Comment Re:This is normal. (Score 4, Informative) 47

That safety zone is shaped like a pizza box and extends out 15 miles (25 kilometers) to either side, as well as a half-mile (0.75 km) above and below the station.

I wonder why it's shaped like a pizza box?

I guess the forward deflector array must be more effective on the vertical plane but anyone know for sure?

Submission + - Draft Executive Order seeks to sneak SOPA & PIPA in by the back door (

TrueSatan writes: In a way so underhand that few but the MAFIAA and friends could have contemplated it a new draft Executive Order seeks to implement an equivalent to the failed SOPA/PIPA regulations claiming that SOPA/PIPA themselves only failed due to "industry concerns". The order also gives a clear presumed guilty verdict against any who are accused of infringement.abandoning any pretence of "innocent until proven guilty".

Submission + - Nazi Budda Came from Space (

mattaw writes: "This "Indiana Jones" style story of Nazi's acquiring this ancient historical statue from Tibet began when scientist Ernst Schafer working for Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS was commissioned to search Tibet for ancient "Aryan" evidence. Himmler was said to believe the Aryan race originated in Tibet and was keen to recover objects from the area.

The icing on the cake is that the statue is made of real meteorite and that scientists have been able to identify the actual one as the Chinga meteorite that fell in the border region of eastern Siberia and Mongolia about 15,000 years ago."


Submission + - ASIC wants Australian ISPs to store all content visited (

nemesisrocks writes: "ASIC, Australia's version of the SEC, has called for phone call and internet data to be stored by Australian ISPs, in a submission to the Parliamentary Inquity into mandatory data retention.

Not only does the authority want the powers to intercept the times, dates and details of telecommunications information, it also wants access to the contents of emails, social media chats and text messages."


Submission + - OS Review: Windows 8 RTM (

An anonymous reader writes: I saw over on OSNews that ActiveWin posted a 45-page review of Windows 8 RTM, with a lot of screenshots. There is lot of controversy over the new OS if the metro-style apps will be suitable for a business environment, or flop like Vista did.

Submission + - Penetration Testing for the Masses 2

compumike writes: Every week we read about companies being hacked through insecure websites. Big companies have in-house security teams, but a new browser-based website penetration testing tool can scan, attack, and detect the biggest threats, such as SQL injection, XSS, and other vulnerabilities, finding holes in more than 90% of websites scanned — even in frameworks like Django and Rails. Can expensive security consultants be replaced by an army of machines providing website security for the masses?

Comment Re:Useful replacement (Score 4, Funny) 143

True, I normally use a 8-bit checksum for my hashing for best performance. On passwords in particular some people think hashing and password recovery are incompatible, but on the server I simply maintain a list of 256 complex looking passwords so a match can be quickly looked up and e-mailed back.

Does anyone know if that idea has been thought of before, maybe I should take a patent?

Submission + - Primes cycle around 42n? I need answers.

Cogent91 writes: "For all it's curiosity, the number 42 remains an honest mystery. From ancient Buddhists to Douglas Adams, it's held a significant place for ages. But why?

Some years ago I came across a pattern in that 42n plus individually the primes from 1 to 41 and also 25 creates a list of all possible primes. It's seemingly simple, but I've never found a single academic reference to this pattern. I've also checked it with scripts to several million primes, no exceptions.

What is it that makes that limited range hold true for all prime numbers? And is there an academic significance for this? I've been asking for years, but I'd love Slashdot's help in finally getting this answered!

After n=0, the relevant base is 1,5,11,13,17,19,23,25,29,31,37,41. 2,3, & 7 never repeat. Also, pushed into binaries it makes a great way to compress arbitrarily large primes! The programmer in me wonders about that trait's usefulness to cryptography..."

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