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Comment Re:3 years probation (Score 4, Interesting) 204

It looks to me like Eric Taylor's sentence wasn't for the swatting incident, and it was a plea bargain.

From the linked article:

A teenager hacker was sentenced in D.C. federal court Wednesday for a slew of cybercrimes committed against President Trump, Michelle Obama and former CIA Director John Brennan, among others.

Mr. Taylor and multiple co-conspirators are accused by the government of illegally obtaining personal information from high-profile victims and publishing it on a website, Exposed.Su, in 2013. He pleaded guilty last year to related charges and was sentenced at 2 p.m. Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss in Washington, D.C., The Times has learned.

Allegations against Mr. Taylor and others charged in the conspiracy were filed under seal, and Wednesday’s sentencing hearing was not listed on the court’s website. Details of the sentencing were confirmed to The Times by individuals familiar with the case but not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

Because everything is sealed, I suspect that the defense attorney's threatened to use the trial to dump into the public record everything that Eric et al had stolen, and that would be harmful to the high-profile people they hacked. Hence the light sentence and plea bargain.

Comment Re:tax profit yes but not to slow automation (Score 1) 387

but I don't just make up stories as AC did and then say "go watch and understand a movie" for life lessons.

You're right about that.
It's another forum curse that people like our AC just throws up some assertion and says "go see ", or book, without stating how or why it may support that assertion.
I'd like to know before investing 90 minutes whether the AC is telling us the Elysium movie shows us a future in which medical technology greatly extends our lives and health, or was the point that we should kill the rich people and take their stuff.

Another one we see here is the AC that makes some statement, and provides a web link to some article that contradicts their position.
Or the "just google it" response.

This was clovis responding to s.petry ^^^^^^
Dunno why my login went away

Comment Re:tax profit yes but not to slow automation (Score 3, Interesting) 387

You should watch and understand.. the movie Elysium.

Got it, you believe that movies are reality. Sadly I'm not surprised.

I've seen other's make that response on Slashdot when someone suggests seeing a movie, show, or read some book to explain some point.
Aw, c'mon people. You know perfectly well literature, movies, theatre, etc are a way to explore what-if scenario's, to make predictions, and to hold up a mirror to some aspect of reality that may not be easy to quantify. You use literature to conduct Gedankenexperiments because there's no way to do ABA testing on human society. The method is older than Socrates.

For example, suppose you were talking to someone who was thinking about morality and self-interest and you suggested they read Atlas Shrugged or something else that explores that topic, or even see a movie made from the book. Suppose they responded with "So you think books are reality". Would you think that person was being a retard or just a jerk? And it's not an XOR in this case.
Either way, saying that doesn't do anything to validate whatever point you were originally trying to make.

Comment Re:A moot point. (Score 1) 75

If your communications networks have just been taken out by weather then the situation is already past the point where information about the weather is even relevant because it's already too late to do anything except hunker down in the basement (and maybe kiss your ass goodbye).

I dunno. It could be handy if the cell towers were gone near you, but signals could be propagated from working towers at the edge of the incident through the mesh to those people in the path. I was once in the direct path of a tornado (only an EF2) that I knew was out there, but thanks to using satellite TV, the local weather station went "waiting for signal" just as things got interesting. It petered out about a mile away, but I had no way of knowing that and didn't know when it was safe to come out of my shelter. (Shelter means interior closet in this case).

Tornado tip from the south: When sheltering from a tornado always put your shoes on. If one hits your house, you won't be able to find any shoes, and you'll be walking around in rubble with no shoes on.

Hey, maybe an app could be used to track tornadoes real-time as the devices broadcast their gps coordinates into the mesh, until they suddenly then drop off the mesh ... or gain altitude.

"I felt a great disturbance in the Mesh, as if hundreds of devices suddenly cried out their coordinates, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."

Comment Re:first (Score 2) 382

I agree with ShanghaiBill, plus

And the inconvenience factor of buses increases exponentially if you have children and multiple destinations.

Note to the people who'll say kids can travel alone on subway, bus, etc now. That's sort of true, but they have age cut-offs, but many require that child have someone meet them at the destination, but I have no one to meet them. Plus, where I live, it's a stupid thing to do.
I also expect we'll have a solution from the self-driving sector to handle children. Whatever they come up with, a self driving car ride will be better then having a kid get on the bus, ride to the subway, then transfer to a second bus, and then walk a few blocks to their music class.

OTOH buses/rail is great for the large volume of rush-hour office-worker commuters all headed to and from downtown. It worked for me, and I use public transportation when going to places where parking is difficult to find. However, the self-driving car will also solve that problem.

I plan to name my self driving car Lassie so I can yell at it: "Go home! Go home Lassie!".

Comment Re:w00t (Score 1) 893

They're seriously floating Petraeus; you know, the general who pleaded guilty to intentionally leaking classified material to his girlfriend, and who is still on probation for that. The Trump administration has no bounds to its lunacy.

Well, at least Petraeus leaked to someone (Paula Broadwell) who happened to be a Lieutenant Colonel in military intelligence for the US Army and had clearance to see just about anything you can think of. For some reason the news always leaves out exactly who she was.
However, I'm not saying what he and she did was OK, because it was not OK. Even if you have security clearance you can't share or look at things that aren't in their immediate purview. It's just that it wasn't as bad as the press makes it seem.

Comment Re:Whipslash? A suggestion? (Score 1) 893

Nope you've got selective memory as the GP. There were daily if not multiple daily stories about the War in Iraq when it was still new. Same with a host of other political events.

Oh, so I don't remember that? While you're at it, tell me about what I've forgotten about growing up in the 1950's that you remember for me.

Which Iraq war? I assumes you're talking about the ones the USA was involved in. Did you mean the 1990-91 one that took place 7 years before Slashdot was created, or the 2004+ one that happened when Slashdot was 7 years old? I'm kind of joking here, but I've been here since before UID's and remember perfectly well that political articles were around and well-attended. That's not what we're talking about when we say Slashdot has changed. It's the ratio of the kinds of things, and the average intellectual level of the posters.

Slashdot has always had a streak of silliness, conversations getting derailed by politics, and brain-damaged/LSD induced rants, and I love it for that, but what has changed is the ratio of people who contribute to those are blowing a vuvuzela in every single thread has changed for the worse. Also, there seems more children here now, lol.

OTOH, it's been interesting to see the shift in the kinds of tech threads with "new" things like renewable power articles, battery technology, genetic engineering, etc. I think they've supplanted the old OS threads. Look how seldom we have OpenBSD or FreeBSD comments now, much less an article.
Also, in the first several years of Slashdot, there were far fewer articles on smartphones than we have now, lol.

Comment Re:One is lonely (Score 1) 309

If they're going to allow concatenation which returns a different number value depending on the number base of the concatenated numerals, then we get to choose the number base. I don't recall their stating a requirement for base 10.

Just make the decimal number you offered be the number base, N.
N = fisted's number = 20747222 467734852078216 952221076085874 80996474721117292 752992589 912196684750549658 310084416732550077
So in number base (N), N= 10
in base 10, ten = 10
in hexadecimal, base (decimal16) then decimal 16 = 10 hex
octal, base 8, decimal 8 = 10 octal
base 2, 2 = 10 binary

in base N (fisted's number);
1||(1-1) = 10, which is N
1||(1-1) * 1 to use the required four one's

Yes, I should be, and am, ashamed for doing this.

Comment Re:One is lonely (Score 2) 309

And I can make any number I want with just ones and a single zero (if I want negative numbers or zero). Big deal.

But you cannot make any integer using just 4 ones, and that's what makes this a bit more interesting.
The summary uses the phrase "any number", but that is wrong. What they should have said was "any integer".
If the summary had correctly said "any integer", I doubt I would have read any further, and probably half the comments would not have been posted.

It's kind of a neat trick. If you already know what a logarithm is, you only need to watch from the 8:00 minutes in the video to 8:40 see the method.
The method uses only log, square root, and division.

BTW, making a googleplex by adding a long string of ones takes about the same amount of paper as their method that uses only 4 fours, depending on your handwriting.

Comment Re:Today Marks 50th Anniversary of Fatal Apollo 1 (Score 1) 87

Continuing this sad tale, we saw the loss of a launch because of faulty O-ring design caused by small, but significant, warpage from the weight of the vehicle resting on its side during the O-ring installation.

That's not what caused the O-ring failure, and the vehicle was attached vertically in the VAB, well after the SRBs were fully assembled and mated to the tank. The temperature at launch was below freezing, and about 25 degrees lower than any previous launch. The O-rings lost most of their flexibility due to the cold and failed to seal the joint as a result.

Sort of both and then some more.
The O-rings did fail due to loss of flexibility, but root problem was that the design of the joint was defective.
The joint design parameter was that the O-rings should not come into use - the joint should close and keep the gases from the O-rings. After all, they are "rubber" and rubber does not live long when exposed to hot high pressure gas.
The O-rings were to be backup, and in a perfect design backup doesn't come into play. There was also putty in the gap that should prevent the combustion gases from reaching the O-rings, but maybe failed as well.

When the joint was designed, it was believed that combustion pressure would cause the joint to close and form a tighter seal, but static pressure-testing showed that pressure caused the joint to rotate open and expose the O-ring to combustion gases. O-ring erosion was seen from the very beginning of the flights due to this flaw, (not all flights)

Low temperatures exacerbated the problem, the O-ring worked so long as the gap in the joint was NOT too narrow. Too narrow a gap and the O-rings can't move freely as the SRB and joints are flexing, and with the cold making the O-rings stiff, they failed to move and close in the place where the gap was most narrow.
As rickyslashdot pointed out, the motors were out of round due to shipping constraints, and it by coincidence happened that the place most narrow pointed at the hydrogen external tank. Also, when the main engines are lit before takeoff, the shuttle tilts forward and bends the solid rocket boosters. the assembly then bends backwards and oscillates at 3 cps. Oddly enough, this is when the SRB experiences the greatest mechanical stress. The puff of smoke seen on the pad at ignition happen at 3cps, so there's another factor in stressing the joints and requiring the O-rings to be flexible.

Thiokol began redesigning the joint in 1985, but didn't get it into production in time to prevent the Challenger disaster.

Here's a link to the commission's report. It has much detail and pictures, and fills in the gaps in my over-simplified exposition.

Here's the conclusion from the report:
"In view of the findings, the Commission concluded that the cause of the Challenger accident was the failure of the pressure seal in the aft field joint of the right Solid Rocket Motor. The failure was due to a faulty design unacceptably sensitive to a number of factors. These factors were the effects of temperature, physical dimensions, the character of materials, the effects of reusability, processing, and the reaction of the joint to dynamic loading. "

Comment clearly infringing on slashdot (Score 1) 185

The new Mozilla logon fooled me at first. I saw those dots and slashes and began clicking, expecting to land on my favorite web page,
But Nooooooo.
Their use of slashes and dots is clearly intended to confuse the average user into thinking they would soon be happily gorging on news for nerds, but it is a trick. Someone should sue them.

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