Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Comment I can see what they would want out of it (Score 1) 231

In Kent Walker's post, I can see what Google wants out of the deal: It prevents foreign governments to demanding servers and storage in their country and Google wants to keep them wherever they want to rather than where foreign nations demand them to. That isn't an issue that resonates with me.

He seems to think that I should be willing to abide by new additional copyright restrictions because they are offset by some fair use clarifications. I feel that copyright has encroached too far already and should be rolled back.

Finally he suggests the general public should have more participation next time negotiations like this occur, but doesn't say where they were this time when people wanted participation, or even access to what was being discussed? If they didn't help us participate this time why should the next time be different?

The post seems hollow and self-serving. I'm still convinced that the TPP is a bad idea.

Comment Re:Translated (Score 2) 451

Very few of the rear end collisions that this type of system protects against have fatalities. Even relatively few injuries compared to other accidents. What we are mostly talking about here would be reducing property damage (the car collided into) so insurance claims will go down (to the benefit of the ones collecting the insurance premiums) This will also be a boon to the companies who own the automatic emergency braking patents, as they get to license them to the other auto manufacturers.

Comment Re:Due to stupid security warnings, security (Score 1) 208

I think there is some implicit context you have in your head that isn't quite coming out in your written content, and then you are blaming people who don't aren't getting you. If you are talking about the "transform" "transfrom" typo, that isn't an issue with all scripting languages. It depends on the language's syntax, etc. If that is the error you, then Perl with "use strict" will catch it. Many other implicitly typed languages require you to declare variables even if you don't declare their types. If the "transform", "transfrom" typo wasn't the issue you were describing common to all scripting languages, then maybe now is the describe the universal flaw of scripting languages with words rather than a partial example.

Comment Re:Voluntary IP address submission? (Score 2) 323

You don't need to activate the product over the internet. You can activate over the phone. I haven't looked into it closely, but I'd check if the code the machine generates includes the MAC address. Or if it still includes it if you disable the network driver. Or which MAC address it will use if you add another network adaptor (PCI or USB) which you can throw away as soon as you are done.

Comment Applescript & Automator? (Score 1) 299

I don't think Applescript and Automator bridge the gap between non-programmer and programmer as slowly and as fluidly as Hypercard did. A non-programmer could start using Hypercard as a simple flat file database without programming. The sample Addressbook etc. Hypercard stacks were perfectly usable and there was a large quantity of freeware and shareware stacks that (inherently) came with complete source code. If someone had just a small wish for how it behaved differently ("I wish the addressbook had a nickname field:) many could be added through the GUI tools without programming. At some point, they may wish for behavior that involved changes in code, if they reached that point, the code had a fairly strong mapping to the concepts they had learned so far (stacks, cards, backgrounds, fields, etc) that they may be able to suss out what the code was doing and figure out simple changes. Once doing a fair amount of modification of the existing code, some may choose to strike out on their own and create something new.

Applescript and Automator seem to be more about simple automation of tasks. Which is a great power to give someone. ("Ugh, I hate doing this same drudgework every day|week|whenever_the_situation_bothers_me") but seems to me still a larger jump from non-programmer to programmer.

Comment Re:Missed the point (Score 1) 594

Saying "PDP" instruction set makes them sound all the same. C is very similar to the PDP-11 instruction set, Unfortunately, it was produced after C was developed. I strain to find similarities between the PDP-7 instruction set and C. Most of the PDP-11-isms that people see in C are the post-(increment|decrement) instruction variations and the MOV variations that dereference an address register.

A Map of the Universe, 10 Years In the Making 130

gabbo529 writes "Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have created a map of the universe called the 2MASS Redshift Survey. The astronomers put in 10 laborious years in creating the map and it is what they call the most complete 3-D map of the local universe (out to a distance of 380 million light-years) ever created. 2MASS Redshift Survey extends closer to the Galactic plane than any other map of the universe before it; the region is generally obscured by dust."

Are You Sure SHA-1+Salt Is Enough For Passwords? 409

Melchett writes "It's all too common that Web (and other) applications use MD5, SHA1, or SHA-256 to hash user passwords, and more enlightened developers even salt the password. And over the years I've seen heated discussions on just how salt values should be generated and on how long they should be. Unfortunately in most cases people overlook the fact that MD and SHA hash families are designed for computational speed, and the quality of your salt values doesn't really matter when an attacker has gained full control, as happened with When an attacker has root access, they will get your passwords, salt, and the code that you use to verify the passwords."

Submission + - RIAA's Tenenbaum verdict cut from $675k to $67.5k ( 1

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the Court has reduced the jury's award from $675,000, or $22,500 per infringed work, to $67,500, or $2,250 per infringed work, on due process grounds, holding that the jury's award was unconstitutionally excessive. In a 64-page decision (PDF), District Judge Nancy Gertner ruled that the Gore, Campbell, and Williams line of cases was applicable to determining the constitutionality of statutory damages awards, that statutory damages must bear a reasonable relationship to the actual damages, and that the usual statutory damages award in even more egregious commercial cases is from 2 to 6 times the actual damages. However, after concluding that the actual damages in this case were ~ $1 per infringed work, she entered a judgment for 2250 times that amount. Go figure.

Slashdot Top Deals

No skis take rocks like rental skis!