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


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

Comment #19 in the US - New Zealand extradition treaty (Score 1) 62

> US laws only apply to events within US jurisdiction.
> A company operating from New Zealand does NOT fall under US jurisdiction.

Extradition is governed by treaties, which are law in both countries. They tend to be either list type, which explcitly list extradictable offenses, or "common criminality" type, in which someone guilty of a crime can be extradicted if it's a crime in BOTH countries.

  The US - New Zealand treaty, which is law in New Zealand, is the list type. It says people can be extradited for specific acts such as "receiving or transporting unlawfully obtained money". (That one applies, via the Berne Convention on copy rights.)

> What you're implying, would make Saudi Arabian law enforceable in the US.

No for two reasons. First, there's no US-Saudi extradition treaty. Second, if there were, it would be either a "common criminality" treaty which applies to acts which are criminal IN THE US, or a list type, which lists the acts. Neither applies the law of Saudi Arabia, unless the US has the same law.

> should be enforceable

I'm confused. You started with. "US laws only apply ...", and "does not fall"under the jurisdiction"n making (very incorrect) claims about what the law -is-. Then right at the end you say "should be". Are you talking about what the law -is- or what you think it -should be-?

  Actually it's suprisingly common to confuse the two. I very often read people declaring what the law is, and explaining why it should be so. Of course those are two mostly unrelated things. You may have great ideas about what the law -should- be, and it's tempting to forget that has no bearing on what the law actually is.

On that note, my explanation above is concerning what the law is, not what I think I should be. I didn't write the law, I only read it.

Comment Re:If the singularity doesn't happen... (Score 1) 133

Did you actually read Aurora? It's worth examining his argument in detail instead of dismissing it outright. KSR suggests that a viable biosphere is a matter of scale that human beings may not be able to achieve even with access to large amount of solar or other energy. As for health, KSR muses that exposure to Earth's biosphere may be vital, even if a space shelter is otherwise well-shielded from radiation and endowed with artificial gravity.

Comment Which is no problem, unless internet or important (Score 2) 126

Having people writing scripts to make their job easier can be great. Sometimes you don't need to actually know what you're doing to write software.

It only becomes a big problem when either a) it's exposed on the internet, where hacker bots hit it a thousand ties per day (headline: Acme Corp exposes 12 Million Credit Cards) or b) the data is actually important to your business. Example you write "rm $file", that's no problem until someone puts a * in a file name and it deletes everything in the folder.

If it's going to be on the internet, or deal with mission-critical data or resources, it's good to have it done by people who know what they're doing, who know what the common errors are and how to avoid them*.

* Not everyone with the word "developer" in their title is qualified. Does their education include systems development, or do they have a chemistry degree?

Comment Stupid author (Score 1) 186

The Hyundai Genesis is reborn as the Genesis G80 and the Equus sheds its horsey homage to become the G90, which guarantees that I won't remember the new names. I'll just call the G90 the Model-Formerly-Known-as-Equus.

Ah yes - the new standard in "journalism". "I'm an ignorant jackass and don't like what someone had done - and my personal tastes rule!"

The G90 apparently has 10 more units of something over the G80. Perhaps it is 10 percent better. Ten percent bigger? Ten grand more expensive?

Look jackass, companies have been using alphanumeric model indicators just about forever. Nobody but you seems to be confused by them, go away and get the fuck over yourself.

Comment Re: Weirdly specific statement (Score 1) 55

What is the limiting factor? Buildup of CO2?

People need a certain amount of oxygen for their metabolism, you need to carry that much. CO2 effects the blood pH: too little and the body is too alkaline, too much and it's too acidic. So, you need to maintain a precise amount of CO2 and remove the rest. The scrubbers in the space shuttle were able to regenerate the CO2-absorbent material after use, so there was use of power but material wasn't consumed.

Beyond this, you need to control temperature and humidity. The other requirements than atmosphere for crew survival are that you water, feed and shelter the crew, maintain orientation, and maintain a G-force envelope that doesn't injure the crew.

Submission + - September 19th SpaceX Launch will be visible across California, Nevada. (

Bruce Perens writes: The nighttime launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 containing Iridium satellites at 9:49 PM PST Monday September 19th from Vandenberg AFB SLC-4 is likely to be visible across California and in some Nevada locations. Although Vandenberg has a landing pad for the Falcon under construction, this will probably be a drone-ship landing and some California observers might see two of the landing burns.

Comment Re:Science fiction != science fact (Score 1) 133

Umm, you are aware that that is science FICTION right?

Umm, you are aware that fiction (and especially science fiction) often serves to set up thought experiments, right? Why get on my case for thinking hypothetically, when it is a pretty normal human activity? In fact, science-minded individuals are more likely to do so than the average.

Comment Re:If the singularity doesn't happen... (Score 1) 133

IIRC, KSR depicted the colonized solar system as being dependent on resources from Earth, and workers on outer planets regularly returned to Earth to maintain their health. While humans could live on the outer planets for some time, they could not have maintained that residence without the mother planet.

Comment Re:If the singularity doesn't happen... (Score 1) 133

You might enjoy reading Kim Stanley Robinson's last novel Aurora which muses that life might be a planetary phenomenon: human beings are inextricably tied to Earth's biosphere and can never move beyond it. Even large generational starships might be unable to maintain a viable biosphere as waste like salt begins building up in the wrong places. (KSR was spurred to write Aurora in part by the critical backlash against his idealistic vision of terraforming in his famous Mars trilogy of two decades ago).

So if the Singularity never happens and human beings can never transition to machine bodies from biological ones, we're not going anywhere.

Comment Re:Misleading (Score 1) 140

The difference with aircraft being is that you have a central authority controlling and regulation what paths aircraft take, so no, it's not better.

What? You think you can drive anywhere? A 'central authority controlling and regulation what paths cars (aircraft) take' sounds one hell of a lot like a road.

Comment Not what you think they are (Score 1) 206

> What are these?

The first one is an Intel processor instruction. Nothing really to do with either Linux or viruses.

The second points out that executables contain unused bytes. In theory,there is space for someone to add code without making the file bigger.

The third never existed in the wild, as far as I can tell.

The fourth is a legit virus.

The fifth is another research curiousity - it allows root to break files. It's supposed to demonstrate a concept for a trojan, but instead if makes them not run at all.

The sixth is somebody's homework, which they titled "a good natured virus". Again, not a virus ever seen in the wild.

The seventh is in a language I can't read.

The eighth is the same site as the second - again talking generally about how someone could go about adding a trojan to an executable. Not a virus.

So one actual virus, in the first eight. I got bored after that. On the other hand, there are over 100,000 known Windows viruses.

Comment Re:Not drones (Score 2) 45

This might be the perfect time for some shotgun shell manufacturer to work on a 'drone load'. Magnetized steel to mess up the compass just before the final blow. Sized perfectly to powder light plastic objects but remain harmless to birds, pedestrians and real aircraft. Bonus points for being biodegradable.

Perhaps a Kickstarter?

Slashdot Top Deals

As of next Tuesday, C will be flushed in favor of COBOL. Please update your programs.