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Comment Re:Not enough data (Score 1) 110

"See that bear over there laying on the grass? It's a dancing bear".
"It doesn't seem to be doing much of what we'd call 'dancing', is it?"

It's a dancing bear - the point is not how well the bear dances.

Anything Alice and Bob said while developing the encryption - the whole process of agreeing on how it works - was overhead by Eve.

The experiment started with a plain-text message that Alice converted into unreadable gibberish, which Bob could decode using cipher key.

Alice and Bob started with an encryption system and then developed one of their own.

Comment Re:How granular is "real time" and will TSA care? (Score 1) 73

You're requested to turn off all electronics during takeoff and landing,

Not anymore, not in the US.

but you can still use this app while you're in the air.

Does Delta provide WiFi or cellular for data while airborne?

If it were "Station" based like you suggest, then the entire passenger list would be calling Delta to report lost luggage even though their luggage is 4 feet below them!

Ummm, if it is "station" based, it would say "onboard", just like they are. And nobody is going to be calling Delta about a lost bag before they arrive.

It would be smart for the app to provide the actual plane's location while you are in flight.

Uhhh, what? Why?

Comment Re:Brick 'em (Score 2) 62

And this is how people are, they don't care that they are a danger to the whole internet and them being knocked off is a service to the world. What they care about is their stupid little gimmicky toy.

How people really are is that they don't know what the Internet is so they don't know that their "stupid little gimmicky toy" could possibly be a problem because of some distant and unknown infrastructure issue. It's not a deliberate decision to cause harm, and it's not selfish.

What you think is a "gimmicky toy" may be a security cam they use to keep track of the house while they're gone because they've had issues before. It certainly is NOT something that was sold with a big warning notice that attaching it to the network in their house, behind a cable router that stops everything else from getting in, will cause death and destruction, or problems of any kind to anyone. They certainly did NOT say "fuck you" to any idea of trouble and forge ahead maliciously.

And I'd hate to think that maybe they are thinking that YOUR use of the Internet is for "gimmicky toys" like "why do you need to run your own mail server when Gmail does it for free"?

So, maybe notch the venom down a bit and accept that the problem is not the fault of the people who buy the devices and use them as instructed. People don't need to be, and shouldn't have to be, leet haxor neckbeards with in-depth knowledge of the Internet to use a network-connected device. This is why the idea of having white-hat hackers brick the devices is so tragically wrong. As soon as they start doing that to protect their turf they lose any ethical high ground because they are hurting innocent people and not the ones who produced the faulty devices.

But they'll all call the manufacturer and complain, right? Probably not. They'll take the thing back to the store they bought it from (also not network experts) and get a new one. When it stops working again, they'll get their money back. They won't search out the manufacturer, and are unlikely to find who actually built and programmed it anyway considering it is probably a Chinese company to start with. For example, I have some internet power switches that I caught sending data off to China. Don't know who, and I have no idea who built them. I know the store I bought them from. That's where the trail to the culprits ends.

Comment Re:Reality (Score 1) 94

A year ago, my Comcast service would often drop out dozens of times a day (confirmed by my modem logs). Calls to Comcast service got me nowhere.

Did you call your local franchise authority to complain and ask for their help?

When I was fighting Comcast about a cableCard and what they wanted to charge (after saying it would be free), I called my local franchise specialist. HE called Comcast, and in about half an hour I got a call from Comcast Customer Resolution (or whatever it is they call the office where this kind of thing gets resolved) with a solution. (It's free.)

They expected legal action, and they still overwhelmingly told the Metro Council that they wanted Google Fiber.

If Comcast fails to meet the terms of their existing contract, sue them. The correct answer is not to unilaterally change the rules out from under the contract. Letting "other guys" just move your stuff because they want to put their's on the pole, too, is also not the right answer. Do you WANT service to drop out on a regular basis caused by people who move Comcast's stuff, or do you want to be able to keep pointing the finger at Comcast when it does? Be careful -- this finger pointing exercise was a major downside to telecom divestiture. It was no longer "call the phone company" to come fix your broken phone service. It became "that's a long distance problem, call your long distance carrier", or "that's a local loop problem, call them". Getting a bad line fixed was a major nightmare.

Comment Re:Legality (Score 1) 246

"The driver, who has to be there to help the truck get on and off the interstate exit ramps, moved to the backseat alongside a crowd of transportation officials to watch the historic ride."

What struck me most about this is not that there was a driver in this autonomous vehicle. That's normal. It's that he got in back with a CROWD of officials. In a truck like that, a "crowd" is what, ONE or TWO?

Comment Re:Just click on ADA accessible (Score 1) 329

If you are having font size problems due to readability, in general, a site-wide font size increase is recommended.

Thank you for your unsolicited recommendation. Given that most pages, and most sites, do not have font size settings, using a general solution such as the one I already spoke of is the best course of action.

If a specific article chose very small fonts, most sites have A symbols with a +/- font size increase/decrease that applies to the page.

No, most pages do not have such an option. Your experience with the sites you visit is not universal.

Or you can increase font sizes in general on Chrome and Opera and Firefox.

I think I already said that. Not for Chrome or Opera which I do not use, but for Firefox. Perhaps you remember seeing that somewhere and thought you needed to recommend that to me?

Now go Read The Fine Manual. I'm not here to solve your problems, grandpa.

I didn't ask you to solve a problem. I don't know what made you thing I had. I corrected your claim that most pages have such a setting by using /. itself as a counter example.

You managed to be civil for so much of that post, it is a shame that you couldn't manage 100%.

Comment Re:Just click on ADA accessible (Score 1) 329

No, I didn't turn off the menu bar. Had I somehow turned off the menu bar, 1. that's a browser operation which has nothing to do with /. "name at the top right", and 2. were it /. specific, I wouldn't have gotten a "name->options" button to click on at all.

What you are telling me about is a setting for the site, not a setting on a page. Yeah, some sites (still not "most") have saved settings for users with accounts. And a few have the per-page font option. That's not a setting on "most pages". It may be "most pages you access", but that's not a valid extrapolation to the rest of us.

Comment Re:Just click on ADA accessible (Score 1) 329

click on your name upper right - options - ta da! there it is on slashdot

Not on the page I'm looking at right now, not on the page where I read your reply, and not on the page I get when I click on my name->options. Zero for three.

On most web sites there is a font size (usually an A) and +/- next to it. Click on that.

Not on most pages. Some, maybe. Most, no.

Comment Re:Just click on ADA accessible (Score 1) 329

Seriously, there's even a setting on most pages to change the default font size, so the text renders in a larger font size.

Look on /. ... long pause ... no, it's not here. I've never seen one on any page, much less most pages.

Now, what there IS is a setting in Firefox (and I assume others) where you can set not only the minimum font size but what fonts are used for various kinds of text. Preferences->Content, Fonts&Colors->Advanced. And a small checkbox that says "allow pages to use their own fonts instead of the selections above" which should be unchecked.

I long ago had to set a minimum because of morons who thought that I should be able to read their fancy 3 point font. Where it doesn't always work, I think, is because "size=-1" gets around the limit -- a bug. It's sometimes interesting to undo those setting for a page just to see how awful it looks based on the designer's "vision".

This problem is not limited to web pages. "Art" has taken over the technology world, including many technical magazines and journals. Sidebars that are dark blue text with light blue background, for example, which means you cannot xerox the article even if it was readable. Or background images that have the same lack of contrast for the text. And while Wired did just fine with the circus layout they adopted, this format does not fit well with all kinds of magazines. "Eye catching" does not equate to "useful" or "readable."

Comment Re:Fair point (Score 1) 561

We already have some level of gun control in the US.

That's what I said.

I never said it would.

What is the purpose of more gun control laws, if not to take guns out of the hands of true criminals? Your goal is to take them out of the hands of everyone?

Well you could've used this space to give us a reason,

You made the extraordinary claim, the onus is upon you to support it when challenged. If you can't imagine any use other than "killing lots of people", then that's your limitation (either deliberate or not). All I need to do is point to our constitution which tells me that I don't need to provide any reason at all to keep and bear arms.

Comment Re:Fair point (Score 1) 561

Ah, good. You do know there's also no evidence of any "actual attacks" by Bill Clinton, right?

No, I know exactly the opposite.

Lewinsky was consensual, by her own testimony.

Lewinsky wasn't claiming there was an attack upon her, nor is anyone else. Sexual harassment is a non-consensual situation, even if the victim claims she agreed to every second of the activity. Coercion doesn't have to be at the point of a knife. The fact that everyone agrees the acts took place is evidence, which you are denying exists.

Now we're finally getting down to business. Either we believe women or we don't.

Not in the criminal justice system. There it takes evidence. People keep claiming that Trump has committed rape and is a pedophile, without so much as a single day in court. It takes more than a she-said to convict someone.

The hypocrisy is not that anyone is excusing actual attacks for one side but not the other. The hypocrisy is that we were told that the women who came forward regarding Bill Clinton's alleged attacks were "bimbo eruptions" and "that's what you get when you drag a $100 bill through a trailer park". (And in the same kind of respect for women we got that it was "putting lipstick on a pig" regarding Sarah Palin.) When it is Trump being accused, the same people are saying "we must listen to every woman".

If you want to take sexual assault off the table for both candidates,

Who said anything about doing that? I think it needs to be proven before it becomes accepted as a fact. And I'm sorry, but one person telling 6 or 600 people that "Trump did this bad thing to me" doesn't make it any more true, and it doesn't mean that there are 6 or 600 people who can corroborate that bad thing. I can tell 6000 people today that you held me up at gunpoint last night; exactly zero of them can corroborate your action or lack thereof. People who think People Magazine is a source of legal advice and knowledge are naive at best.

Comment Re:Fair point (Score 1) 561

You miss something. Stoynoff told them Trump attacked her, at the time Trump attacked her.

No, I didn't miss anything. It was't at the time he attacked her, it was after, and all it was was her telling them. They have no independent knowledge of the incident and can therefore not corroborate it. All they can corroborate is that she told them something happened, which isn't a fact that is in question. We know what she is saying. What we don't have any evidence of is the actual attack.

Comment Re:Fair point (Score 1) 561

If you read that People Magazine story carefully, there are actually NO people who can corroborate the attack. The people that are mentioned in regard to the attack all report only what they were told by the reporter. They have no independent knowledge of their own to provide. The most they can corroborate is that "Stoynoff said Trump attacked her", and I think that's a fact that isn't in question.

The only true corroboration in that article is that the reporter and Trump "chatted in a friendly way" during a meeting between Stoynoff, Donald, and Melania. The "corroborating" witness comments that what struck her most about that meeting was that Melania was carrying a child and wearing high heels. I think "Donald slammed her up against a wall and stuck his tongue down her throat" would have ranked a bit higher than the sartorial attire of Trump's wife had it been observed.

Even Stoynoff claims that she and Trump were alone when the alleged attack happened. At that point it becomes a he-said she-said (or zie-said zie-said, if you will). If allegation is all it takes to prove guilt these days, then we've a plethora of allegations we can consider about both candidates, some of which have a lot more evidence than "she told me that..."

Comment Re:Fair point (Score 1) 561

but Trump actually raped an underage girl

Please cite the court verdict that proves this accusation. All I know of is one woman who filed a civil suit using a fake address for something that happened twenty two years ago. There is no evidence to back up that claim, and no lawyer or civil rights group bothering to help her.

Do you have the facts that could effect the outcome of this lawsuit?

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