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Comment Re:Chinese/Muslim preferences (Score 1) 269

Absolutely they are happy with Trump's tarring of Muslims and calls for Muslim travel restrictions. They YEARN for a horrible war.

They should be careful what they wish for. If you push the US hard enough, this or this happens.

Daesh thinks America is weak because we try to restrain our sociopaths and psychopaths. They don't seem to understand that we still have our sociopaths and psychopaths. We try to keep them on a tight leash. Push hard enough and—we stop trying.

Comment Re:Just don't buy HP (Score 2) 248

So has don't buy Canon. Oh and didn't Lexmark start this whole cartridge encoding thing? And then there was Brother's reputation for jamming more than a fruit preservative factory.

The only good advice is to use pencil and hope you never need to duplicate pages at home because quite frankly all printer companies have shown some level of dickish behaviour.

All wannabe's anyway, HP included. I bought a business-class Xerox color laser off-lease and it has never betrayed me. It's ridiculously large and overpowered for what I need, since I turn it on maybe two or three times a year, but it has 4 independent toner cartridges for CMYK and Just Works, Windows and Linux over the network (it has its own Ethernet port). Never dries out, can do color if I need it, driver supports black-only printing so I don't waste color toner needlessly, and it's built like a tank. Weighs about as much as a tank too. When I turn it on, it emails me to tell me how it's feeling. Vast statistics on page counts, drum age, toner quantities, etc.

Comment Re:Just don't buy HP (Score 1) 248

My Samsung CLP-300 color laser, on the other hand, jams every third page.

A little fine grit sandpaper applied to all the internal rollers will fix that. The rubber rollers get too smooth as they age and harden and begin to grip the paper unevenly, which causes jams. One grips, another doesn't, screws everything up. The sandpaper trick works for quite a while. When it stops working, you just replace the rollers and all is well. There are kits for HP and Xerox laser printer rollers. Might be something for Samsung too. The ones for HP run around $15 for the five or six rollers you need to replace (depending on the model).

Comment Re:Um fellas .... (Score 1) 78

I really think an example like yours (except including the addends), or some other easier to see but valid example that adds to a prime like the first example would be more illustrative.

My example without the addends is sort of the point, right? I don't know what the addends are, but I am absolutely certain they exist. There's a proof. Pick any huge odd number you like, and the same guarantee exists. I'm not mathematician enough to guess how difficult it might be to find said addends, and digging around on Wolfram Alpha long enough to find out sounds too much like work for this time of night. But maybe it's difficult enough to be useful. And maybe not. Encryption is generally built on the difficulties of prime factorization. I don't know how difficult it is to find a triple prime partition of a large odd number, and maybe there's a reason cryptographers prefer factorization to partitioning. Maybe it's difficult enough?

Comment Re:How to describe this to the non-technical... (Score 2) 227

But now imagine the cable company wants to cap the number of hours you can watch TV per month. You still pay the same $100 base price, but if you want to watch more than 30 hours per month, you'll need to pay another $10 for every block of 10 hours you want to watch above the base amount.

And since the cable company is delivering TV digitally over the exact same wire using the exact same hardware, this isn't a metaphor. This is a completely literal description of what they're trying to get away with.

Comment Re:Not even read? Obviously true (Score 1) 154

Would you say it's false that some young people who hack games in order to cheat may later apply similar skills to "cheat" the law, to be involved in "low level cybercrime"?

I say false, yes. The people I knew in high school and college who hacked games in order to cheat were the type who were already petty criminals to begin with. Chiseling little weasels that shoplifted and vandalized for fun and profit. Cheating in games came later, when they discovered they could troll people by doing it. I fully expected them to be cybercriminals (stupid word though it is), but it wasn't the cheating in games that led to it. It was their life-long habits.

Comment Re:How does TensorFlow solve this? (Score 0) 190

TensorFlow is an open source software library for numerical computation using data flow graphs.

Which is the basis of machine learning. Do you expect somebody to hold your dick for you while you pee, too?

Is this Slashdot or is this Gawker?

In the immortal words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, STOP WHINING!

Comment Slashdot doesn't read tech news anymore. (Score -1, Troll) 190

I see Slashdot is too busy bitching about SJWs and global warming to read actual tech news anymore.

In answer to both Bruce Perens and destinyland, Google has open-sourced the TensorFlow library and created a public API to access their pre-trained instance of the library. Both of these announcements were made to a wider audience in March at Google's NEXT cloud conference, but it was publicly known since at least November 2015, when it appeared on Slashdot with a link to the source on GitHub.

That Slashdot posting got 37 comments. You people should be ashamed of yourselves.

Comment Re:Fire the management that pulled VR support (Score 1) 637

Can they survive without the support of the developers that are threatening to drop support?

Very likely. There is no obvious VR killer app so far. Is one of the people currently running their yap likely to write it? Not really.

I like how the creators of Job Simulator are keeping quiet. The people who created a "game" called Job Simulator are looking at their jobs and their business and saying not a word. Go figure. It must be a highly accurate simulation.

Comment Re:The price is wrong... (Score 1) 51

... since they'll use it to spy on me, they should pay me instead.

All that effort to create the Alphabet name with the publicly stated purpose of being able to sell hardware while disassociating it from the Panopticon and every single upcoming product has Google in the name.

Is the Google brand really that strong, despite the Panopticon? Or is calling a company Alphabet really that dumb? Or has Google's attention span gotten so incredibly poor they can't remember why they created Alphabet? Or all of the above? Or should they have called it Cowboy Neal's Chips and Bits?

Slashdot poll!

Comment Re:Old School (Score 1) 114

Computers are shit at security because you can not see what is going on...

Uh, what? Yes you can. I very regularly punch the button that says "add this asshat's IP to the firewall drop rules" because I can see the pathetic script kiddie attempting to brute force the password on the SSH server for the Administrator account and it annoys me. Are they going to get in? No, my system is not at risk. There is no Administrator account. So do I really need to start dropping all packets from this assclown? Not really, no. But my monitoring systems are lit up, and that's just obnoxious.

Having said that, I'm on board with the one ton safe idea. Now if only I could afford the umpty-thousand dollars to get one...

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