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Comment Re:How fast is this? (Score 2) 65

That's a very good question. An endoscope would have been my first thought as well. I'm not an expert, so I was wondering if the smaller esophagus of the infants who typically swallow batteries would make this more dangerous, but apparently that's not a problem.

A gastroscopy can be performed on short notice at most hospitals, and doesn't even require the lengthy preparation you would want for a colonoscopy. My impression is that the current system is just a proof of concept, and the full system would be more autonomous. The person in the video says the next step would be to add sensors to reduce/eliminate the need for external control.

Fun fact: apart from infants, prison inmates are regular customers for gastroscopies. They pack a razor blade in some bread, swallow it, and call a guard. Their expectation is a lengthy hospital stay after a surgery, but in reality they're back in their cells a few hours later.

Comment Re:Seems to be an SSL issue? (Score 1) 202

My ISP indeed seems to be involved. I no longer get the SSL error message, but that's because DNS requests for thepiratebay.se now resolve to 0.0.0.0.

What my ISP tells me:

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: thepiratebay.se
Address: 0.0.0.0

What Google's DNS resolver tells me:

$ nslookup thepiratebay.se 8.8.8.8
Server: 8.8.8.8
Address: 8.8.8.8#53

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: thepiratebay.se
Address: 141.101.118.195
Name: thepiratebay.se
Address: 141.101.118.194

Well, this is sad. I am now completely unable to access TPB... *cough*

Comment Re:Seems to be an SSL issue? (Score 1) 202

(replying to myself; sorry about that but when we can't edit or amend our posts...)

Others have reported no connection problems with a fully updated Firefox. I'm using the latest version of Firefox on Linux (courtesy of Kubuntu), and I'm browsing from central Europe. I don't know if that makes a difference. Chromium also displays an SSL error. My provider is UPC.

Comment Seems to be an SSL issue? (Score 3, Interesting) 202

It's true that I can't connect to https://thepiratebay.se/ in Firefox, but the error message doesn't really indicate anything that would make me look for a conspiracy:

Secure Connection Failed

An error occurred during a connection to thepiratebay.se. SSL received a record that exceeded the maximum permissible length. Error code: SSL_ERROR_RX_RECORD_TOO_LONG

The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified.
Please contact the website owners to inform them of this problem.

I see these warnings from time to time... maybe they just messed up their SSL config.

Comment Re:I still don't understand how this will work (Score 1) 265

I work on a big site with several car parks. How will I describe to the car which one I want to park in.

Ideally, the car will drop you off at the main entrance and then drive off to park itself somewhere out of the way. When you need it again, you tell it to pick you up at the door again. If you don't leave any items behind, it doesn't even have to be the same car - they could be exchangable, like taxi cabs.

But you're right, some form of precision input for destination/route control will be needed. It's not always "go from A to B", but maybe "turn around so we can fill the trunk" or "try to get a place in the shade", etc. Voice control should be fine for most of those.

Comment Re:Can anyone explain to me why... (Score 2) 180

Islamists are responsible for about 5% of terror attacks in the US and 2% in Europe.

This page has some sources, but also states: In January 2015, The Economist compiled data regarding deaths due to political violence in western Europe since 2001. These data show that the death toll associated with Islamist terror is particularly high, especially when compared with the low overall proportion of religiously motivated attacks reported by Europol.

The list of incidents on that page seems to confirm this.

Comment Re:Whiplash et. al. Interesting moderation article (Score 1) 1092

I see what you mean. Marking controversial posts for easier moderation (or meta-moderation) does look like a useful improvement. I wasn't trying to suggest that every facet of the moderation system should be chiseled in stone, just that the features that make moderation in Slashcode unique and useful shouldn't be messed with without a very good reason. I should have made it clearer that I was addressing changes/fixes in general, not your specific suggestion.

Another potential improvement is to let moderators undo an accidental moderation without having to add a nonsense post. That's a feature many people have requested, but it also opens up the potential for abuse if not implemented carefully (e.g., using time limits etc). I don't see that problem with what you described.

Comment Re:Whiplash et. al. Interesting moderation article (Score 5, Insightful) 1092

Please be very careful when trying to "fix" moderation on Slashdot. This is one of the features that work reasonably well, compared to other sites. There's always room for improvement, but there are dozens of more rewarding fixes and changes than the moderation system.

This site is already a technological anachronism; we stay for the comments and the discussion. If that breaks down because of half-assed fixes to the moderation system, it's good night.

Just my 2 cents.

Comment Re:Anything the US does is suspicious (Score 2) 287

In case you forgot, the nonproliferation treaty states that aside from the "nuclear weapon states" (China, France, Russia, the US and the UK), no other nation state should receive, manufacture or acquire nuclear weaponry. [...] Who's disallowing them? Everyone.

Except for some countries who never signed that treaty: India, Pakistan, Israel. North Korea is also no longer a signatory (they withdrew in 2003). Shouldn't there be sanctions against the other three?

Let's not kid ourselves here: North Korea is a farce.

Agreed.

The best possible thing that could happen for NK and the rest of the world would be a slow transition towards democracy and a complete reconstruction of its political sphere (including eliminating all current military and political personnel, up to Un himself).

You're talking about eliminating ten million people (in the military alone). 40% of the population. Please specify which method of "elimination" you had in mind.

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