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Comment Full context and sound bites (Score 2) 235

Let's use full context here. Banning Muslims from extremest hot spots until we can improve how we vet them. Not much different from banning German men of military age from immigrating while at war with Germany.

...Or putting all the Japanese in Americans in camps. That was another great idea that helped us win the war with the Japs and the Jerries. Also, just to fully frame context of the time that you are getting your good ideas from, you should also segregate your colored soldiers from your white soldiers, and keep them mostly in manual labor and support roles.

Yessir, the 1930s and 40s were full of great ideas that we can mine!

Comment Conservative racist lies (Score -1, Troll) 235

That is a bullshit argument. Conservatives use this lie to cover their hate-mongering as simple, prudent policy, but it is pretty trivial to shoot down. If they are so concerned about enforcing immigration law, where is our wall to keep illegal Canadians out? There are plenty of drugs coming south from Canada, why isn't anyone getting worked up over that?

Selectively enforcing immigration law is xenophobic. Brown immigrants are apparently bad, white ones? not so much...

Comment Drake Equation == 1 (Score 3, Insightful) 258

... we also know things like warp drive are just not feasible...

Yet. Three hundred years ago, most of the mundane tech we use on a daily basis would have been considered to be impossible. FTL travel might be impossible via acceleration, but there are many ways to skin a cat. I think that if we don't accidental wipe ourselves out, we will eventually work out some way to travel between stars.

And there is alien life out there. The trick is just finding it.

Comment JUSTICE IS SERVED! (Score 1) 164

Modifying software/firmware on computers and devices that you don't own or have been explicitly granted access to is criminal hacking, and a federal felony. Your suggestion might work, but I suspect that the definition of 'white hat' doesn't include incurring hundreds of thousands counts of a felony activity.

Perhaps the word you were looking for is 'Vigilante'?

Comment Everyone is a moron to someone.... (Score -1, Redundant) 294

I understand it may get very frustrating to continually deal with mistakes that are, to him, stupid mistakes.

Clearly his code needs to be rewritten then. If people use your code for a decade and a half, and there are still problems after all that time with employing it correctly, who is at fault? The users, or the faulty design that makes it hard to use correctly? I am going to call out the code author here. A good coder will write code that makes it easy to employ correctly and difficult (if not impossible) to misuse.

Yeah, I just called out Linus. Come down off your thrown jerk-face, and fix your sloppy design. Coders who don't know Linux as well as you do shouldn't get tripped up by this sort of thing.

Comment Dont fuck with the feds. (Score 2) 72

What exactly are they going to do besides hem and haw at this?

They will hold a senate investigation into the matter, which anyone in the right mind should be terrified of. They will start issuing subpoenas to people in charge at Yahoo, and start asking them questions on national t.v., (which will likely be embarrassing and detrimental to Yahoo's stock price and reputation). Provided that nobody tries to cover anything up (Federal prison time for lying under oath to a senate investigation), the company might get off with a reprimand, provided that there aren't any laws that were discovered to have been broken. But Senators aren't going to sign up for this investigation to NOT prosecute people for covering this up, so they will be out for blood. There is a good chance that something will have been done wrong, and some larges fines will be implemented.

I predict that there will be a number of c-level and VP early 'retirements', when yahoo's board of directors boots people for putting them in the spotlight like that. Following the investigation, expect a few new federal hacking disclosure laws to hit the books next year. This will probably not go well for Yahoo, short their stock now.

Comment Mo Brightness, Mo Power? (Score 1) 86

from TFA:

NRDC and its consultant Ecos Research found that just a few clicks on a remote control could lead many 2015 and 2016 televisions from Samsung, LG, and Vizio to use up to twice the energy that consumers were told they would.

So, they are accusing the TV manufacturers of cheating on benchmarks, and they go on to say that if a user turns up the brightness, the TV will user more power. I just lost all respect for these clowns.

Comment spend $3billion? Good for him. (Score 1) 161

My initial reaction to this and the MS announcement was to look at the calendar, and make sure it isn't April first, since /. gets particularly silly around that time of year.

My second reaction was to not really care. I hear a lot about fancy pants billionaires buying and selling companies, and promoting crazy ideas, but rarely do they seem to have much of an impact on society.

I settled on: It is a good thing if the latest billionaire dick measuring competition is to see who can cure the most diseases.

Comment This topic hurts my head (Score 1) 537

Well lets see...Electric cars, encrypting communication to keep governments from spying on people, Working to find cures for cancer, and AIDs, mapping the human genome, exploring space and other planets, improving crop yields, working to reduce carbon emissions, identifying genetic disorders, building a vast world network to improve communication, are a few things that techies are working on that I can rattle off without really thinking deeply about it. Coders and network engineers aren't usually working on solving problems directly, but the infrastructure that supports solving problems much more efficiently. Most interesting problems require teams of people with differing backgrounds to get things solved, and not some single savant coder working on the perfect algorithm for 36 hours straight. Its kind of like asking Albert Einstein's auto mechanic what has he did to improve the state of physics. A lot and very little,depending on your POV.

If you are just asking a stupid question like what sort of cool Iphone apps are single handedly saving humanity from oblivion, I really don't know what to say to you.

Articles like this speak volumes about where Slashdot's editorial quality is going....

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