Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


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 What year is it? (Score 1) 303

Theory X and Y is strong with this one.

Managers who continually look to put employees into their own egotistical context, rather than focus on performance are not ones I'd wish to work for.

Working for HP and Intel was never inspiring but IBM seems to be showing it's roots as an old behemoth of a company. I am sure they will do well in the 21st century with 19th century values. They have been around since the late 1800's, who dare tell them they are wrong?

Comment Re:It's not Google's responsibility... (Score 1) 332

As I must take responsibility for you...

We do have warning labels on bags that they cause suffocation, for adults who don't realize the danger to children.

It was done because we want to change things when they don't work. Google is not working as it was intended. It was intended to provide relevant results based on the search terms we put in. False information is not consistent with its core function.

A bag is meant to carry objects as a tool, not to suffocate anyone, although it could be used that way.

If you don't like the perceived change because it's something you can not accept, keep looking to things that re-enforce your false view of the world. Eventually when you are ready another answer will be waiting for you. It saddens me that you wish to waste the time you have, but it is yours to waste.

I will advocate warnings, as upon review, I believe you would as well.

Comment Re:Seems fine (Score 1) 332

Yes you can.

Data informatics is mature enough to with 80-90% efficacy sort out these results.

The velocity of change in the sources of who puts this data, these false stories, into the search results and clearly be differentiated by those other sources that work over a longer time frame. These tools exist in security data forensics, and they can be implemented as part of what Google presents. As you block them they will increase their "velocity" and other tactics that can also be quantified and filtered for, much like a recurring attack with changing variables.

Perhaps not implemented yesterday, today, but definitely if a priority within 3-6 months.

It's ok to be wrong, it's how you learn.

Comment The great disconnect... (Score 1) 332

So this is a concern to me and it's interesting to see how Google (and Facebook) will handle this. The bias that I have is that information is to "inform". I use these computer products to find out what I need, not what I want. But not everyone uses these systems the same way nor do they want the same things.

The new continuum of these folks (AltRight, give it a name) want validation on their identity and the world as they see it. At a certain point the hard decision is that their needs, perceived as they may be, can not be served by these products. The extreme example (and a biased one I will admit) is that you don't make cute cuddly pink guns, because guns are a tool that kill things, and focus on a gun that children can use is something we all agree (mostly) is not something that should exist.

The dilemma for these companies is acknowledging that these products and services they offer can not be used in a way that is inconsistent with the folks that made them, and it will just have to be what it is. If who you are is it at odds with a core product or service, then frankly that product or service can not (and should not) be re-engineered to serve those needs. They will derive no benefit, logistical or spiritual (yes, I went there) by using these products until they change who they are.

Changing who you are, whether it's 1st or 2nd or 3rd generational feminism, human rights, or smoking in public all are societal changes that there will always be folks who don't adopt. A search for truth is not something for everyone, but these products and services must, and will eventually, go back to the reason for their existence, even if it in the end it's perceived as the "biases" of those who made them.

The natural eventual conclusion is if these folks attempt to re-create an alternative that works for them instead of using the one's creating by those they disagree with; In the long analysis an "Alt-Right" Google will be no more effective than a Creationist Museum. It is what it is.

Eventually, by the long path perhaps, Google, Facebook and the like will come around to playing to the larger shared values as we all do, and also playing to their strengths and who they are.

Comment Focus on automated assembly (Score 1) 472

With all their design skills they haven't made a 90% or higher an automated assembly process yet? I wonder if they could send it as a kit you assemble... ;-)

I have a feeling the first manufacturing they ever bring back will be an automated factory. I could jest but it would be understandable if it's a satellite facilitating managed mostly remote from their existing facilities whenever that time comes...

Comment Re: Click Bait (Score 1) 232

No deal...

Because it's not just the news, it's what you do with it.

If you happen to be a group of folks trying to get Universal HealthCare (WHICH EVERY OTHER INDUSTRIAL COUNTRY HAS!).. (hold on... Got wipe off my screen...)

Then perhaps some errors or lies are understandable in context but frankly that sucked too. Unfortunately the core issue is a lack of compromise on (ANYTHING!)

Damn... I need a squeegee...

Comment Granted I'm a small sample size.. (Score 1) 232

But in reviewing all of the folks I have in contact with that are in the Trump camp, and researching at least 5 of them in the last 24 hours they are misleading at BEST!

Washington Post, republican leaning but that was the best of the bunch. The rest were outright distortion and lies.

The one I backtracked about a white guy in Charlotte getting beaten at a protest back in September was barely covered by any other media outlet, except the right wing ones across the globe with no depth or context. I finally found a note in Charlotte news organization that had a paragraph about the full video that showed he may have been getting pulled away by some African Americans to try to protect him. No further articles could I find.

When I look through all of the links and news stories these folks have silo'd themselves with fake news.

If facebook won't own it, they get problems. Their "unlikability" numbers aren't so good if I remember.

Comment Color me Saddened... (Score 1) 332

There may be more to this article but if true I thought Mr. Gates had a better bead on things.

If you build an inter-connected world you can't find safety by removing yourself from it. We are beyond the point of no return. It's peace prosperity or bust.

He could make it himself much safer by giving his money away... which in a way he has I suppose.

Still bums me out. I have faith in humanity, I wouldn't be here without them... ;-)

Comment Meta - Comment - Moderation is broken. (Score 1) 1144

Except for 1 post about body armor, not 1 comment that was upvoted had anything to do with a technological solution which was the crux of the question in this post.

"No" 5 Insightful... REALLY!??!?

I don't want to compare to much to a website that shall not be named (rhymes with eddit) but I am quite disappointed.

Perhaps I expect too much.

C'est la vie.

Comment Breaking it down - thinking in text (out loud) (Score 1) 1144

You have prevention, detection, mitigation.

Prevention is blocked due to many issues, none of them logistics. Short answer, that resolution path is blocked.

Detection - How can you detect?
Embedded RFID or some other tagged indicator but much like RFID wallets that can be circumvented.
The key component to a gun, is the projectile. This idea is already trending in the discussions I see.
Again, you can't tag the projectile at the point of manufacture but perhaps you can detect its characteristics.

Idea - Open Source to detect gun/rifle shot with a high accuracy. This could get put in embedded systems or perhaps even android phones.
Better detection may allow for automatic reporting. It's a start.

Mitigation -
Weapons fire is a high risk situation. How can you reduce the risk with preparation? How can you allow for mitigation?
We've all read stories of "sleep gas" and stun grenades but what options are there?

Idea - A device to neutralize a situation that can be deployed with minimal risk to the first responders. Risk equals delay.

Sound would seem to be the best vector for delivery. Any non-lethal (preferably non lasting side effects) is another tool in their tool kit.
Again an open source option seems best to me, because it could be deployed via cell phones or existing sound systems.
As much as we hate "Don't tase me brow" any option is better than none. In this case it could be an option for the DJ or business owner to deploy to
clear the building. There are no lethal words or sounds as yet, only volume/amplitude.
If SWAT is equipped with the appropriate counter it clears the playing field of non-actors.

Last out there idea (perhaps for synergy):
An automated robotic aggressive response. A targeting mechanism that returns fire (possibly non-lethal) for the source of gunfire. Again, projectile's
are mass produced and static in their design for near 100 years. Focus on the technical sticking points.

(Since I've been me for a long time I wouldn't be surprised if the above isn't already well on its way if I googled for it. My hope is for discussion not awards or kudo's. I.E., don't nitpick my ideas apart just riff on it please.)

Comment This is not an IT thing (Score 4, Insightful) 420

I worked 3 contracts for HP.

Each of them ended the same way. After years of successful operation, and after a few failed attempts, they eventually handed the operations to another group either outsourced or over seas.

The very core of an IT person is employing automation. We work to handle more than we could before. We build systems and procedures that ensure against failure and allow for our obsolescence.

I've never minded it.

But this is no longer an IT thing. Any job can be outsourced and automated.

Comment Bias (Score 1) 286

"Nor is it enough to load up on batteries charged by solar on the ground, since that would add even more weight to the plane, vastly increasing the energy needed for takeoff."

Fuel Cells can rectify liquid hydrogen (and some other hydrocarbons), and you would have the same operating parameters as jet fuel: Lighter on landing than on take-off.

Solar planes may or may not happen, but the bias of the author seems pretty obvious to me.

Even though I would debate if plane that flies on liquid fuel derived from solar panels is really a "Solar Powered" craft but... Bias is still evident.

Slashdot Top Deals

But it does move! -- Galileo Galilei