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Comment What happened to slashdot? (Score 4, Insightful) 377

Virtually every top comment is a victim-blaming shitfest.

"Ooooh CRIME he's a hacker! Arrest the victim!"

"Every security expert encrypts every piece of technology they own regardless of circumstances! It's his own fault!"

".. and they ALWAYS take every possession with them everywhere they go, and never lock anything in their vehicle, because they're infallible! Clearly he's not an expert!"

"That poor thief. ;("


Comment Re:False premise (Score 1) 501

Yep. And if anything, it's getting worse.

At least modern PCs truly are better; they're almost always faster, cooler, quieter, consuming less energy, etc.

Whereas, I'm still using a Note 3 with CM13. While I am quite happy with the performance, I would like a better camera with manual controls and more RAM. But there's nothing I can upgrade to without sacrificing something.

As far as I can tell, the Note 3 was the last device made with a removable battery, MicroSD slot, temperature, humidity and barometric pressure sensors, AMOLED screen, 10,000mAH battery compatibility (ZeroLemon), GPS and a full 9dof IMU package. Some new phones came close (the v20 tempted me) but lacked a few of these features I use every day.

I fear that once this phone dies, I'll just have to find a used one on eBay to replace it with. The frustrating part is that I have no budget on this one; I'd pay $2000 to get a state of the art replacement that "does it all" and upgrades the CPU, camera, storage, etc.

Comment Re:How's that different from open source software? (Score 1) 114

Open source is always better than closed source.

I mean, it's not even worth arguing. You have one more vector of insight into what's happening.

Compiled binaries can be corrupted, and you can end up with a compromised compiler, kernel, or even, theoretically, hardware.

Nevertheless, open source software is always more trustworthy (assuming equal stated functionality, of course).

Proprietary, closed source: score zero. You have literally no idea, and no way of investigating. You operate on total faith.

Open source software: score not-zero. You have a chance at achieving security. You operate on as much faith as you feel comfortable with.

Comment Re:The Illusion of Capacity and Greed. (Score 1) 635

Blind people, through necessity, can develop mental abilities that seem superhuman like echolocation and rapid aural comprehension, being born blind doesn't seem to be a factor but losing your sight whilst still young is, which is in line with Neuroplasticity. Naturally this is in response to some kind of trauma that renders part of the brain useless without anything to do, and so it rewires itself.

The keyword you're missing here is some. Some blind people can develop mental abilities that seem "superhuman."

And therein lines the problem. Some is not all, and that is the OP's point. We need to find ways to accommodate those who cannot be trained to enter STEM careers.

Comment Re:When did /. become so negative nancy? (Score 1) 90

You must be relatively new here, Slashdot has never been a place where people universally gush over every bit of tech that is mentioned in the news. Especially for solutions in search of problems.

Sorry man; calling you out on this one.

My UID is 253895. I was almost certainly been posting on this site before you knew of its existence.

Slashdot used to be fantastic. It used to be frequented by optimistic, enlightened engineers, scientists, and technologists. The discussion was fantastic.

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