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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Actually, I do RTFA Re:The police are terrified (685 comments)

And they are right to be upset about no-knock warrants in non-violent situations. That's just not what we're talking about here.

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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Please develop for my dying platform! (307 comments)

I tend to agree with you pragmatically. Which means I think there should be a lot of government regulation of the app stores. Cause there are only two. And it's almost impossible for someone to compete with them (maybe MS over the course of 5 years and $5B).

So the app stores should have to play fairer, because the market cannot autocorrect. For instance, maybe Apple shouldn't force bundling of their IAP ecosystem? Or have it's rates limited?

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Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

Actually, I do RTFA Re:why the fuck (101 comments)

Because they have the spectrum, and Google can afford to prepay for them to throw up a zillion towers. So those coverage maps will look really different soon. So that's good. Also, Google becomes a customer of theirs.

Bottom line, your question resolves to "Why would any company want to sell a bazillion units, albeit at much lower margins, to Google." And the answer is, a bazillion * small number = large number.

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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Please develop for my dying platform! (307 comments)

Net Neutrality means mandating that developers and services must create something that works on your dying platform?

Well, I mean, he never said that. (I know the article said he said that, but if you want to read what he wrote... It says that application and content delivery being platform neutral is an important principle to maintain a competitive ecosystem, and then echos a lot of the arguments for net neutrality.

And to some degree, he's right. Why does Windows Phone have such an uphill battle? No apps. Same for BlackBerry, and the new OS that Samsung just launched.

Now, there are a ton more technical challenges to ensuring all apps are automatically cross-platform compared to net neutrality. But, if it were easy and free, I would totally want that. And if it were a reasonable cost I would as well.

Bottom line, either we decide competition is good in the marketplace of cell phone OS's, in which case there is a definite benefit to reducing consumer locking, or we decide it's bad (for technical/interoperability reasons) and it makes sense to treat it like any other natural mono^H^H^H^H duopoly, with regulation of costs and fairness for all./p

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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Actually, I do RTFA Re:More proof (663 comments)

How about we get politics out of science and rely on the scientific method to determine if "Global Warming" is real or not.

The purpose of the amendment isn't to determine if global warming is real (and manmade) or not. It's to get congressmen to go on the fucking record as either (a) able to recognize science or (b) batshit crazy. So either you have to vote that it exists, and then lose a fucking stupid talking point/excuse not to do anything, or you have to go on record as a dumbass. Hopefully ambitions not to have "thought global warming wasn't real" dragged out in future elections outweighs desires to be "pure Republican"

5 days ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Actually, I do RTFA Re:It all comes down to payroll (263 comments)

I never quite understood why breaking up divisions like this makes any sense whatsoever. What's the benefit to considering the revenue that any particular division brings in? It seems like it will just lead to really bad assumptions like the above

It seems like divisions in general having their own budget seems... well strange.

5 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Observations from being a glass explorer. (323 comments)

the dorky looks and people freaking out because of privacy issues weren't an issue that we saw.

Because whenever I saw someone with Glass on their face, I avoided being in their eyeline. Apparently, I should have walked up to them and said 'Stop wearing a camera that in two years is going to live-stream your life, but more importantly, my life anytime we cross paths to Google, you fucking ninny. '

Seriously, you mentioned the things that bothered you. But the vast majority of people you bothered just got creeped out and avoided you.

5 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Size (323 comments)

Nearly every restaurant has had a security camera system recording 24/7 for a couple decades

Try going to a nice restaurant and not a McDonald's. At most, they tend to record the parking lot and entrance. Not the diners.

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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Size (323 comments)

Nonsense, you have some expectations of privacy, even in public. You do have fewer expectations of privacy in a restaurant than in your home, but you have some. When you use the bathroom, you are in a "public" bathroom. Yet you have more expectations of privacy there. Why?

5 days ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Bullshit (321 comments)

It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate. (Justice Abe Fortas)

Students have civil rights. They may be intimidated into not exercising them, but they have them. And when students decide to exercise them, the courts enforce them.

Now, that said, schools have a lot more "legitimate government interests" then the government as a whole, and therefore can do things the regular government cannot (they are acting in the role of the absentee parents as well). But no, they cannot actually push forward to violate a student's rights.

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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Bullshit (321 comments)

Also, how nice you are about it. Not that social class, access to representation or manners should matter. But they do.

Politely refusing an order can often avoid being expelled/a police beatdown.

Which is why I never understood so many people's reactions to the police. They are humans. They are wrong. And if you're an ass they're just going to double down.

5 days ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Bullshit (321 comments)

It doesn't always stop them proactively. It takes time for someone in power, who cares to rule it unconstitutional and order it stopped and reversed.

Imperfect, sure. But I don't know how else to handle situations of overreach.

5 days ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Gotta react to the market (382 comments)

t no language can stop people from writing unreadable programs

While true, languages can encourage people to either create readable or unreadable programs. And which a language encourages has a lot to do with what you're trying to do in it..

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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Actually, I do RTFA Re:The police are terrified (685 comments)

I'm not sure why they shouldn't prep a raid. I mean, I don't want them outside eating doughnuts while I'm wrestling with a guy with a knife. I want them to come in and taze the fuck out of him.

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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Actually, I do RTFA Re:The police are terrified (685 comments)

Wow, you really object to the term "seems like". To reiterate what I said: a legitimate belief that they are rushing to the aid of people are being accosted by an armed intruder doesn't seem like a taking advantage of the slightest opportunity. And your response is "seem like" has a crazy low burden of proof, so even if I live up to it, you don't care.

Fine. Please replace "doesn't seem like" with "isn't beyond the shadow of a doubt" or whatever phrase you prefer.

Keep in mind, in the case we are discussing, the police believe (due to technical flaws in the the phone system) that someone inside the house called 911 and asked for assistance fighting off armed assailants. It's a situation I want them to take seriously.

5 days ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Actually, I do RTFA Re:The police are terrified (685 comments)

you think the current "Send in a two dozen man hit squad, guns blazing and don't even check the address, every time someone thinks of a bong or other activity" is okay.

The current discussion has nothing to do with drugs, or anything that remotely looks like abuse of power. (I said earlier that I didn't think using SWAT to deliver warrants for non-violent crime to people without a history of violence is wrong.) "SWATing" is using technical problems in the phone system to convince the police that someone is calling 911 from inside a house and is asking for immediate help dealing with an armed intruder.

I suppose I am such a toady that I think when the police are being begged by a citizen to come to their aid, they should rush into that person's house. I also think the technical problems that mislead the police should be fixed.

I'll defend that sometimes mistakes happen with regard to the address, under the "holy shit, if people had to execute policy perfectly for it to be a good policy, we wouldn't even be able to eat raw bugs" defense.

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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Wow... Just "no". (203 comments)

In what universe does a government website selling personal info to advertisers count as even remotely fucking acceptable???

Probably the universe where a bunch of assholes insist that the federal government not use in-house personnel to build this website, and instead outsource it to the lowest bidder... who is lowest because they valued and counted on this additional revenue stream?

Uncle Sam needs to retire.

Uncle Sam needs to get his ass off the bench, and stop outsourcing all it's functionality to private companies who do this shit.

Now, the government was complicit in allowing this. But I think that if it weren't outsourced to a company attempting to monetize everything, no one would think of this.

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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Actually, I do RTFA Re:address in question (685 comments)

Also, it probably wouldn't hurt to pepper your walls leading to your bedroom with portraits of Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Dick Cheney.

Hell, if you want to get laid, that's just good advice in general.

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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Actually, I do RTFA Re:The police are terrified (685 comments)

There's an awful lot of other police forces in the world which don't feel the need to go in in full armour and with guns blazing at the slightest opportunity. For example, I think the US is the only place where a SWAT-like force is used to serve warrants against nonviolent offenders.

I agree that no-knock warrants that are being delivered to people with no history of violence, and not suspect of violent crimes, is a bad thing.

But in this case, the police believe someone from the house called and said there are armed intruders in the house. This doesn't seem like "the slightest opportunity". This seems like an immediate reaction to a request for help in a life-threatening situation.

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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Actually, I do RTFA Re:The police are terrified (685 comments)

They do have to follow due process with radar. The Supreme Court ruling that guarantees you need a warrant (or exigent circumstances) is old enough to date. Or listen to Justin Beiber. Or whatever teenager-related thing you want to use. I understand that most people assume the worst, but there's definitely a legal requirement that exists that people assume doesn't.

Neither the radar nor the kicking isn't being done to invade privacy. The kicking is being done because they believe there is an armed assailant attacking the family, and they are coming to help. I don't know what world you want to live in where "dear police, please help keep someone from killing me" gets a response of "I'm sorry, that would interfere with your civil liberties to... fight the invaders off yourself."

At least with the radar, the police are less likely to have to bust down the door. At least with the radar, the police^H^H^H^H^H SWAT team is less likely to get surprised rounding a corner and shoot someone. Heck, it may even turn more attempted SWATings into "hostage negotiation"ings.

Bottom line: When someone calls 911, the police are supposed to respond. We can obviously say that bad responses are bad. But you need to provide a better alternative solution. Because otherwise, what you are arguing for is "the police shouldn't respond to 911 calls". And I think you have an insurmountable burden to demonstrate that, and haven't even begun to attempt to meet that burden.

(To preempt a deliberate misreading:) Not that people should be forced to rely on the police, they should be able to defend themselves. But some people opting to defend themselves shouldn't release society (thru the police) from an obligation to assist.

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Why would you teach your kid to brush his teeth - there's an app for that.

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  about 8 months ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "

Have you ever tried to teach your kid the "Bass-Stillman" brushing technique — the technique that dental professionals would try to teach your child if they thought he could handle it?

That's the question asked by Brush Up, a new mobile game with a bluetooth-enabled toothbrush. They purport to be able to train your child to brush his own teeth. They seem to back it up, as they used NIH (National Institute of Health) money to run a year long study.

Interestingly, they hired a developmental psychologist, because apparently you brain handles brushing your teeth differently when you are younger.

Their website has some information, but they seem to have put a lot more effort into their Kickstarter page.

Would you trust your child to bring a tablet/phone into the bathroom as they brush? Do you think you can teach better than a game? Or will parents not ask themselves any of those questions, and just buy it to get their kid to brush his teeth without a fight?"

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Fluke Donates Real Multimeters to SparkFun as goodwill gesture

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  about 10 months ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "We recently heard about the confiscation of a delivery of multimeters to SparkFun for infringing on Fluke's trademark. One common thread in the discussions was the theme that Fluke should have let that shipment through ("lawyers" argued about the legal ramifications of it) as a goodwill gesture to SparkFun and the Maker community. Well, Fluke did one better. They announced they were sending more than $30k worth of official multimeters to SparkFun for them to do whatever they want with.

SparkFun is most likely going to give them away.

A great example of win-win-win?"

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Microsoft loses final appeal in EU Antitrust case.

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "Being a convicted monopolist in Europe may be not as sweet a deal as in the United States. Microsoft has been forced to allow blanket licences to its server protocols[Free registration required]. Although they will still be raking in the money (at 10,000 euro upfront and 0.4% in royalties), it seems paltry compared to the almost 6% royalty rate they used to insist upon. And Microsoft has already paid 1 billion euros ( $1.43 billion US ) for the privledge of appealing to this stage, with a possibility that they will owe another 1.6 billion euros more.

Since they are having such a bad day, I thought I might as well advertise where you can purchase access to their proprietary code to make up for it. Curiously enough though, that site is down."
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Our ATM is broken, so you go to jail?

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "A short while ago, slashdot featured an article about possible criminal prosecution for people who took advantage of faulty slot machine software. At the time, many people drew an analogy to an ATM that dispensed too much money. Well, apparently, that too may result in criminal charges. Interestingly, although they suspect that someone may have tampered with the ATM, they are considering charging anyone who withdrew money from the ATM.

This also provides an interesting rejoinder to 'if they can build a secure ATM, why cannot Diebold build a secure electronic voting machine.'"

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