Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?
Compare cell phone plans using Wirefly's innovative plan comparison tool ×

Comment Re: Morons (Score 1) 206

How about some male stereotype tests? Does this movie contain:

A male action hero who isn't good looking?
A male nerd who is good at talking to girls?
A fat guy who isn't the comic relief?
A cop who is happily married?
A gay action hero?
An asian guy who is a stud and doesn't know martial arts?

You know something all those male stereotypes have in common?

They generally have names and get to have a conversation with another male character about something other than a woman.

Comment Re:Is he going for irony, here? (Score 3, Insightful) 130


I think my Linux is more secure than my Windows, but honestly it only takes one exploit.

If the spooks or large organized crime want in, they're in. Small fry *may* be kept out by best practices, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Anything secret shouldn't be on a computer, let alone a computer on the internet. But then there's the eternal trade-off between security and convenience.

Comment Re:Who gives a shit (Score 1) 158

Irrelevant. I don't care about any of that stuff but I still hate people who don't have enough sense to block or log off.

Blocking doesn't work when you have someone like Milo Yiannopoulos who will send waves of individual followers to harass you. Hence the need for different approaches that can pre-emptively block those would-be harassers.

As for logging off... Well if someone is going to be driven off the service I'd prefer it be the people doing the harassment.

Comment Re:Extraordinary claims require ... (Score 1) 216

Indeed. But Occam's Razor only applies to a conclusion's relation to the information you have at hand. It is conceivable that if you collect enough information the same heuristic can lead you in a different direction.

It should be able to confirm his genetic relationship to his putative great-great-great grandchildren, and thus let a lower limit on his age. That and other documentary evidence of him and his descendants could make his age seem plausible. In a world with seven billion people, outliers can be very unusual indeed.

The thing is that age isn't the result of one thing. It's the confluence of multiple systems that only evolved to keep us going until 65 or so. With modern conditions that's closer to 85, but after that all our different systems start to fail, and fail hard. You need a lot of luck (and genetics) for each one of those systems to hold up.

Lots of people make it to 90, a few to 100, some exceptional ones to 110, if you make it to 113 you might be the oldest in your country, 115 and you might be the oldest on the planet, 120 and you're the second oldest person ever. And that's if you're a woman, if you're a man you can chop about 3 years off of each of those estimates. For a man to be 120 would required extraordinary scrutiny, 125 would be absurd, 145? You're looking at about 3 or 4 layers of exceptional outliers.

To make it to 145, you'd need a subgroup with unprecedented genetic differences. This isn't Usain Bolt running 9.58 when everyone else is 9.80, or East African's making 2:10 marathons look routine. This would be a sprinter running the 100 in 8.5, or someone else running a 1:50 marathon. It's just not something that happens.

Comment An auspicious date (Score 3, Interesting) 216

The Unix Epoch is 01/01/1970, this guy is recorded as being born 31/12/1870.

Perhaps someone was born 31/12/1969 and some function was trying to translate timestamps from one system to another.

One day before the epoch is a bit of an edge case, and timestamp conversions can be funky. So instead of subtracting 1 from the 70 the function subtracted it from the 19 and now you have an official, but nonsensical, piece of identification in the system.

Of course it clearly doesn't match the guy born in 1969, but surely someone noticed and "fixed" the problem by associating the record with it's rightful recipient, the oldest guy in the village.

Comment Re:Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 2) 364

There's also no reason that autoinjectors could not be modified to have some of the useful properties of regular syringes. For example, if part of the case of the autoinjector were transparent, users would be able to see how much of the drug remained just as with a syringe and thereby avoid partial doses.

Slashdot Top Deals

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser