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Ask Slashdot: Can Technology Prevent Shootings? 1144

An anonymous reader wonders if there's a technological response to mass shootings like this Sunday's attack in Orlando, Florida: We're in for a sadly obvious debate now with all of the usual scapegoats, but instead of focusing on who's to blame, it'd be better to identify some specific actions that could actually generate real increases in public safety going forward...

If we're looking for radical changes in the way we live, does technology have a role? Is the answer smart gun technology? Mandatory metal detectors at night clubs? Better data analysis algorithms for the federal government? Bulletproof fabrics?

Share your best ideas in the comments. Could there be a technological solution to the problem of mass shootings?

Comment Re:Ugandans should set up wish lists (Score 1) 102

Look, every small town in the US has a Friends of the Library that collects and recycles used book. We could relieve them of their unsold inventory, load them into C5 Cargo planes and air drop them into every little village. When the book sellers complain, back a dump truck up and bury them in free books to sell.

The price would drop. Our land fills would thank us.


Lab-Grown Meat Is In Your Future, and It May Be Healthier Than the Real Stuff ( 274

An anonymous reader shares an article on The Sydney Morning Herald:Scientists and businesses working full steam to produce lab-created meat claim it will be healthier than conventional meat and more environmentally friendly. But how much can they improve on old-school pork or beef? In August 2013, a team of Dutch scientists showed off their lab-grown burger (cost: $435,000) and even provided a taste test. Two months ago, the American company Memphis Meats fried the first-ever lab meatball (cost: $23,700 per pound). Those who have tasted these items say they barely differ from the real deal. The Dutch and the Americans claim that within a few years lab-produced meats will start appearing in supermarkets and restaurants. And these are not the only teams working on cultured meat (as they prefer to call it). Another company, Modern Meadow, promises that lab-grown "steak chips" -- something between a potato chip and beef jerky -- will hit the stores in the near future, too.

Comment Re:Sad reporte' on my country's lack of balls (Score 2) 120

Bitching about it in the press us hardly something to praise. To paraphrase Stalin, "how many divisions does the press have?"

You get beat, you go back and clean up your act, plug the holes, and thank your lucky stars you didn't have to learn that lesson in wartime.

Comment Re:wtf is this article (Score 2) 264

Apparently it's some apologism for Windows 10, but an unbelievably poor one.

Look, anything from Ed Bott will always be along those lines. Ed Bott doesn't actually exist. His computer is has a direct link from Microsoft's PR department which submits all his stories. Oh, sure there is this guy who shows up at the office once in a while. But his salary is mysteriously paid via an obscure credit to ZDNet bank account, he's long ago forgotten his real name, he plays Microsoft Solitaire all day, then drives home to an empty house, watches MSNBC all evening and gets up and does it all again tomorrow. One of these days he will be reprogrammed, but today is not that day, and so the story remains the same from Ed, decade after fawning decade.

Comment Re:Why not capture with wireshark and analyze? (Score 0) 264

Sure, traffic is probably encrypted, but since your system is encrypting it, surely there's a way to discover the keys and find out exactly what data is being sent.

I personally don't have either the time nor the kernel hacking skills to pull it off, but I'm sure somebody could.

Son, take a few minutes to learn how encryption actually works so you don't embarrass yourself on the internet, mkay?

Comment Re:During or immediately after the attack (Score 1) 147

Searching to see if there are more terrorists engaged in a coordinated attack? Seems like a reasonable and responsible thing to do.

I, and at least 12,000 others was listening on police band (over the internet from 3 states away), and was able to watch on TV while listening to the scanner traffic, both apparently delayed by nearly the same amount.

On the scanner, several police units reported being "slow rolled by a car full of long beards". There were several different incidents of this with words to the same effect, "watching us closely", "seem way too interested", etc.
They even passed these car descriptions and plate numbers to others to be followed, but that was before the two terrorists were engaged in a rolling fire fight, and killed, and everybody seemed to focus on that.

So its clear the police believed at the time there were others (long beards) surveilling them. And it wouldn't be out of the ordinary for that to happen. Even the Paris attacker had returned to the scene to watch.

Ok, so the radio plane was flying around 2:30 PM (14:30) local time, very soon after the event. An attack is still in progress, for all they know. Can't think of a single reason to complain about this, other than that you know they practice and train for it SOMEWHERE.

Comment Too many tasks (Score 4, Funny) 325

Gaming in the living room? Dual boot? Tv?

This computer will never be ready to dd what you want. By the time you dual boot into linux someone will want to watch Netflix. Turn down that stupid gam, we are trying to watch TV over here. Dad, I need the computer for homework.
Honey what happened to my recipes and what does Ubuntu mean?

It wont work. Its a fools errand. She who must be obeyed will put her foot down. Buy her some nice-ish computer and sneak the gamer in later.


DARPA Working On Robotic Satellite Repair 16

jfruh writes: One of the aspects of the space age that sci-fi writers of the '50s couldn't predict was how much of our space activities are conducted by unmanned satellites rather than human beings. Now, DARPA wants to take that one step further, by building a robot satellite to fix other satellites. The initiative is being headed by former Space Shuttle commander Pamela Meloy. “Right now, we don’t build satellites to be serviced, but once we have that capability, then you can start seeing things like modular, serviceable satellites that become routine,” she says.

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