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Comment Re: pointless (Score 1) 134

Just because you have a "smart" TV doesn't mean you're stuck using the "smart" bits. Plug in an HDMI cable or three to the video source of your choosing, and you never have to touch the smart OS stuff unless you want to.

Just because it has a network connection doesn't mean you have to connect it to a network.

Comment Re:Obsolete (Score 1) 94

Bots creating GoFundMe pages have replaced bums, no need to stand on the street holding a tin cup when you can create a bot to create an online story of distress and have it beg money for you.

That's what this article is about. There are two bots standing on the street corner holding their tin cups, jostling each other for position, and spilling half their money in the process. The AI is converging on a solution using cooperation, where each bot assesses the traffic, and parcels out the begging duty to the robot more likely to succeed with that particular potential donor.

In other words, "two bots one cup".

Comment Re:Mostly, send the snowflakes to Venezuela (Score 2) 191

Send the bigot to Venezuela and Somalia instead? Why keep those assholes around? Just because he's the CEO's college drinking buddy doesn't mean he's worth keeping around. Awww, did the executive whine when he got laid off, send him to Uzbekistan!

This is a WORKPLACE, you have to be part of a TEAM. If you start fighting amongst yourselves and shouting abuse because your mother never taught you how to behave in public, then you deserve to be fired.

Now let's sing along together. Uber(tm), Uber(tm), Uber Alles...

Comment Re:Kill the H1b visa people (Score 1) 329

Can I just write a description that ends with "and make it all fit in 64K, with a response time of 1ms, and zero defects." and this just magically happens? If not, then we're not out of a job. Sure *some* programmers will be out of a job, but I think the class of programmers in this position should already know that they're due to be outsourced anyway.

There's been this holy grail of automatic code generation by entering a design in some different way other than text (UML) and then clicking a button. And when something almost works but is amazingly impractical (Rational Rose) people get excited. Someone was actually bragging about using a tool which had "only" 100% overhead in its auto generated code (like saying that your diet is great since you only gained 50 lbs). And how do you even fix bugs in auto generated code? Do you assume that the design must have been wrong and start moving block around on a diagram, or do you dig into the obfuscated mess that the tool spat out?

I have on a few occasions spent time searching for code snippets online for something I needed to do. Hard stuff of course, the easy stuff I can just do in my sleep. But I would find lots of answers that were completely wrong for what I wanted, it was only for windoze, or a broken stackoverflow answer that no one downvoted, or dozens and dozens of repeated answers all copied from each other even though it was wrong, etc. If you're in a windows monoculture, doing some vaguely generic web app that every company in the world does, then maybe this works, but you can have trained monkeys with certificates do that too. Now ask how can you do that *better* than all the vaguely generic web app that everyone else does and put it onto a different platform then you have to do the leg work yourself instead of relying on code snippets from search engines.

Comment Re:Weak/nonexistent punishments for faulty notices (Score 1) 81

All patent applications are signed under penalty of perjury. However, the US Patent and Trademark office disbanded its enforcement department in 1974. So, you can perjure yourself on a patent application with impunity.

Unless it's testimony in a criminal case, or the perjury trap in front of a grand jury, or something they want to prosecute like lying on your tax form, the Federal government is in general lassiez faire about perjury, or even encouraging of it with their reluctance to prosecute, especially perjury committed by a so-called intellectual property holder.

Submission + - Google has demonstrated a successful practical attack against SHA-1 (

Artem Tashkinov writes: Ten years after of SHA-1 was first introduced, Google has announced the first practical technique for generating an SHA-1 collision. It required two years of research between the CWI Institute in Amsterdam and Google. As a proof of the attack, Google has released two PDF files that have identical SHA-1 hashes but different content. The amount of computations required to carry out the attack is staggering: nine quintillion (9,223,372,036,854,775,808) SHA1 computations in total which took 6,500 years of CPU computation to complete the attack first phase and 110 years of GPU computation to complete the second phase.

Google says that people should migrate to newer hashing algorithms like SHA-256 and SHA-3, however it's worth noting that there are currently no ways of finding a collision for both MD5 and SHA-1 hashes simultaneously which means that we still can use old proven hardware accelerated hash functions to be on the safe side.

Comment Re:Sterile and shattered. (Score 5, Interesting) 272

One thing you're forgetting is that these stars have very low gravity, so when they throw flares they get a lot further out into space than they do on the sun. Typically the incident radiation will be low for the reasons you described, but when a planet orbits through a flare it gets zapped really hard. Meanwhile, orbiting the sun, we are so unaffected by flares that when we saw one, we thought it was the Russians jamming our radar.

People who get excited about aliens living on planets orbiting dwarf stars are kidding themselves. These stars are a dime a dozen and make up more than 90% of all stars, their light is more strongly affected by planetary transits, and they tend not to gobble up their innermost planets when forming. It's no wonder we find exoplanets around them all the time. But there is nobody interesting living on any of them. You can really only trust type F and G stars with life. Larger stars explode so fast their planets haven't even had time to solidify, and smaller stars have to be hugged so closely that the planet is affected by the star's fickle weather patterns.

Comment Re:SubjectsSuck (Score 1) 204

Tomorrow there may be a new security library and the first language that uses it will be the "first" language to use a "modern" security library.

Pity the person who's been campaigning to include SSL into a language only to be told "we're deferring this because it's no longer modern enough so we will continue providing no security library."

Comment Re:Bullshit isn't the same as "lie". (Score 1) 388

The philosophy of logic - at least that is what the course was called when I took it. What you call BS others call "persuasion" - there are courses for detecting and/or implementing such techniques. You are correct in that it does not involve overt lies - but omission of fact, or redefinition of terms is definitely part of it. You are wrong when you state that you need strength of character to detect it, epistemological skills are essential.

Comment Re:The usual 2 Windows10 questions: (Score 5, Funny) 74

Dear potential user:
We don't understand your reluctance. Perhaps we have not sent you enough marketing literature. We will remedy this, and increase our presence here on Slashdot so that you don't miss out on any exciting Windows 10 announcements.

Microsoft Windows 10 Grass Roots Marketing Team

Comment Re: Great idea... But there is a problem... (Score 1) 303

visibility is a couple kilometers

First, thanks for your very interesting posts. Do you mean visibility at ground level or at the altitude where the pressure is 1atm ? If the former, then why did the Russian probes only show pictures with about one meter of visibility ?
Personally I really liked the idea put forward at the end of K.S.R.'s Blue Mars: put a gigantic thin (monomolecular) film at L1 between Venus and the sun to lower the solar input and let Venus atmosphere condense to the ground.

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