top RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft
keeping a wallet in a back pocket is a silly thing to do anyway - easy for (physical) pick pockets to lift stuff from there.
top Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland
How far you can see
depends on how high you are. At 10,000 feet the distance to the horizon is 122 miles, so 380 miles is over 2.5 the distance to the horizon. As for the word ''everything'' - what does that mean ? When they are that far away what they can see will be limited.
I think that someone is trying to bamboozle the senators who will be voting the funding for this.
top Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking
Exactly - I was wondering if this is all for show
... convince us Europeans that our data on servers in Dublin is safe from prying eyes in the USA. Once we stop worrying then it will be business as usual, but the heat will be off from the USA. Unfortunately: once suspicions have been raised, those who really care will not forget, so welcome to private pictures of cute pussies and of illicit love letters, but the stuff that they really wanted will, often, be located elsewhere.
top Samsung's Open Source Group Is Growing, Hiring Developers
I needed to replace my printer recently, I looked around for something that would work with CentOS 6 and the price of ink per page was reasonable. I was looking at a Samsung one - no mention of Linux; by the time that they replied to an email (10 days later) I had bought an HP multi function printer. So: they lost a sale because they could not be bothered to document what they had done.
The HP web site was excellent, each model of printer and what was supported by a wide variety of Linux distros. Unfortunately: I could not make it work, the support people said that it was a s/ware fault and then refused to do anything about it:
I sent the HP printer back and then bought a Brother printer - no problem, worked once I downloaded the driver.
top UK Authorities Launching Massive Child Abuse Database
Aisha went to live with Muhammad at the age of 9 or 10. A paedophile by today's standards. Was it that unusual in the 7th century ? I do not know. Beware trying to judge peoples in other times or places by your own morals.
top How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive
No, you do not have to write large amounts of data to break the drive - you can break it by causing one block to fail - an important block. On a file system one of those heavy write blocks will be: the super block, the index to the free list, the transaction log; in a database it is going to be parts of the index. All these blocks will have writes many more times than most of the file/file-system. These blocks are also the really important ones. Damage one of these and you don't lose data, but you lose the ability to access it.
top Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?
If one were to buy one of these, how would one proceed to fill up? Would it be a viable transportation option for a road trip?
Chickens and eggs; no_demand/not_viable to build hydrogen filling stations until there are enough cars -- people will not buy cars that might leave then stranded far from a hydrogen filling station. The (interim) solution has got to be dual fuel - a car that can run on either hydrogen or petrol. I don't see this as impossible, both burn a fluid to generate heat. If there are tax incentives on hydrogen (ie no/little fuel tax) then the number of these things will grow.
Petrol: note to those in the USA: I mean whatyou call 'gas'.
top Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House
That is why they need the moat - somewhere for the sharks to live in!
top Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games
Mod parent up.
top How To Anesthetize an Octopus
between them not responding to touch & them not being aware. Imagine what it would be like, sloshing about in a travelling container of water and not being able to use your suckers to anchor yourself to a surface!
top Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet
Look at other parts of life, where do we require that someone cannot be anonymous (warning I am a Brit, things may differ where you are)
If you publish something, eg a newspaper, a handbill, a poster (on a wall), these should all have the name of the publisher on them. This seems reasonable, you are saying things that many people will hear/read. If it is libelous then the person being defamed should be able to seek correction or sue you.
If you sell something: the name of the seller should be known, so that if it is not as advertised the purchaser can seek redress.
If you read a newspaper, handbill, wall poster then it is reasonable that you do so anonymously.
If you buy your lunch or a new shirt, you do not need to say who you are. (Large purchases, maybe)
If you talk to a friend in the street or on the train then you do not need to tell those around you or fellow passengers who you are.
So: does this mean the loss of a/c on slashdot ? If you are libeled by an a/c what redress should you have (if any) ? These are the sorts of questions that should be debated. But the loss of privacy in everything - 'No', the loss of privacy in some situations 'Yes'.
Note that you not liking something that someone says is
not the same thing as being libelous - if you really smell, get a bath don't sue me for saying so!
top When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem
when presented with the lack of evidence of religious assertions or evidence that contradicts a belief: they will deny what is going on or branch out on some tangent.
Few people are really objective and will cling to all sorts of positions rather than change their minds.
about a month and a half ago
top Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices
Where petrol costs ~£4.60 per US gallon =~ $7.30. About 60% of that price is tax, take away that tax you get about $3.
I do not like expensive petrol, but I do realise that we need to cut the amount of carbon based energy that we use - climate change might not affect me, but it will my kids.
about a month and a half ago
top Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords
Why the flying hell would anyone not put a strong password on something that's constantly streaming video of inside your house?
The product manual probably does tell the owner to set a password, but most people do not read the manual as most people do not read an EULA before clicking to say that they agree to it. The vendor might be able to make setting a password one of the set-up steps, but if they did they would greatly increase the number of support calls that they get when people forget them. Even if users set passwords: most of them would be trivial or the same one that they use for this on-line banking.
about a month and a half ago
top EFF Hints At Lawsuit Against Verizon For Its Stealth Cookies
If Verison is fiddling with the packets going back & forth does it not lose its 'data carrier' status and become one with the end user ? So: if Disney/... sues an end user for downloading it's lastest film: then Verison should be part of the lawsuit as well and liable to pay Disney for the ''theft of its IP''.
.Verison cannot have it both ways, it either copies bytes and the user is 100% responsible or it fiddles with them and so is aware of the content and is thus vicariously liable for any wrong doing.
about a month and a half ago
top HP Unveils Industrial 3D Printer 10X Faster, 50% Cheaper Than Current Systems
I my old printer died (low usage so the ink jets clogged - Brother). I bought an HP Officejet since HP
claimed that in worked with RedHat 6 (I run Centos 6 which is the same thing). The only support available have admitted a ''something wrong going on in the code'' and and go quiet when I asked when they would fix it a week ago.
In a couple of days time I will return it to where I bought it and buy something from a different manufacturer.
I hope that they will provide better drivers that do what they claim for this 3D printer.
top 16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office
predicting the weather will be a breeze
top Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security
A few years ago I had a jacket stolen from a restaurant. The crooks walked round the local car parks pressing the button on the key-less entry fob until my (ex) car flashed its lights. Easy job for them.
I reported it to the police, got a video of it being stolen from a camera - the police were less than interested. I was then told that it had been seen on an auction site - by the time that the police got round to visiting it 3 weeks later the guy claimed to not remember anything about it & that was that.
top Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease
So...what you're saying is that people with impressive titles aren't to be trusted, and impressionable people need to be protected from believing the wrong things?
No, there are many people who have impressive titles who can be trusted. Just because some cannot (or are misguided) does not reflect on the others.
I am not saying that they should not say what they will say: however it is likely to be used to lend undeserved credebility to what they say -- this may then be used to sway those who do not have enough scientific insight to treat it with suspicion. The same is true, unfortunately, with some commercial product advertising [[ think food suppliments ]].
top Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease
Mod parent up.
They will also find a speaker with an impressive title that implies that he is a respected scientist and try to give the impression that serious/rational scientists believe their fairy stories. It might not get far with most slashdot readers, but it will sound good and 'may be right' to many; most people do not have much understanding of science - these are their target audience - the masses, not the educated minorities - enough to keep the collecting plates full at the churches.
top Slashdot Poll suggestion on energy saving light bulbs
Alain Williams (2972) writes "How long had the last energy saving light bulb that you replaced been working ? * 0-1 months; * 2-4 months; * 5-8 months; * 9-14 months; * 15-23 months; * 2 years; * 2-3 years; * 4+ years; * never had one fail; * I eat carrots you insensitive clod!." Link to Original Source
top Jewish school removes evolution questions from exams
Alain Williams (2972) writes "Religious sponsored ignorance is not just in the USA,
a school in Hackney, England is trying to hide the idea of evolution from its pupils. Maybe they fear that their creation story will be seen for what it is if pupils get to learn ideas supported evidence. The girls are also disadvantaged since they can't answer the redacted questions, thus making it harder to get good marks."
top Detained David Miranda loses legal battle
Alain Williams (2972) writes "The BBC
reports that the nine-hour detention at Heathrow Airport of an ex-Guardian journalist's partner has been ruled lawful. David Miranda lives with reporter Glenn Greenwald who has written articles about state surveillance based on leaked documents by Edward Snowden. At the High Court, Mr Miranda claimed his detention under anti-terrorism laws was unlawful and breached human rights. But judges said it was a "proportionate measure in the circumstances" and in the interests of national security."
top Study doubts quantum computer speed
Alain Williams (2972) writes "The
BBC reports that a new academic study has raised doubts about the performance of a commercial quantum computer in certain circumstances. In some tests devised by a team of researchers, the commercial quantum computer has performed no faster than a standard desktop machine."
top Work begins on hardware to aid Edsac replica recreation
Alain Williams writes "Plans to rebuild the pioneering Edsac computer are a step closer to completion as parts that will form its metal chassis start to be manufactured. Edsac — Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator — ran its first program in 1949 and was created to help scientists at Cambridge University." Link to Original Source
top Man makes Tardis that looks bigger inside
Alain Williams writes "A US-based Dr Who fan has built a model of the Tardis designed to look bigger on its inside than its outside. He used blender to create the inside that can be seen when viewed with a smartphone." Link to Original Source
top Proposal for new HTTP code for censorship
Alain Williams writes "Some ISPs return a code of 403 Forbidden when they have been ordered by court to prevent their customers visiting a URL. Tim Bray proposes 451, an appropriate reference to the dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This could be fun: censors often don't like being exposed for what they really are!" Link to Original Source
top Apple drops 'thermonuclear' patent bombshell
Alain Williams writes "Apple has launched a new patent assault on its competitors, first granted to the American Mathematical Society in October 1912, subsequently renewed, then acquired by Apple at an unknown date. The first entry among the patent's Claims describes "A quadrilateral having all four interior angles of 90, opposite sides that are parallel, and congruent diagonals that bisect each other."" Link to Original Source
top Actress sues Amazon over her age on its IMDb site
Alain Williams writes "An actress has sued Amazon.com for more than $1m (£639,000) after her age was posted on its Internet Movie Database. She says revealing her age on the site will lose her acting opportunities. So is her career dependent on lies ?" Link to Original Source
top Kodaks' patent spat threatens photo web sites
Alain Williams writes "The fallout from a patent dispute between Kodak and web photo site Shutterfly could embroil many online image sites, says patent experts. Kodak claimed it owns patents regarding the display of online images that is being infringed by Shutterfly." Link to Original Source
top EveryDNS.net forces Wikileaks offline
Alain Williams writes "EveryDNS claims that the DDOS affecting Wikileaks "have ... threaten[ed] the stability of the EveryDNS.net infrastructure", so they have stopped Wikileaks DNS. How true was this DDOS affecting them, or were they leaned on ? This stinks." Link to Original Source
top UAE 'moves to suspend some Blackberry services'
Alain Williams writes "The move comes amid UAE concerns that data from the devices is immediately exported offshore and managed by a foreign organisation. The UAE's telecoms regulator, TRA, said last week the devices could therefore pose a threat to national security. It follows an alleged attempt last year by the state-run telecoms company to install spyware on Blackberry handsets." Link to Original Source
top Slashdot poll suggestion
Alain Williams (2972) writes "''Job control: largest job number''
When you hit Ctrl-z in an app and type ''jobs'' you will get a list of job numbers in square brackes, eg '''', what is the largest number that you have seen ? (I currently have 20 on one of my ssh sessions). Options * 2 * 5 * 10 * 20 * 20+ * I don't control my jobs"
top TomTom joins Open Invention Network
Alain Williams writes "TomTom has joined the club that help to protect Open Source from the nuisance of patents. This raises the stakes. How will M$ reply ?" Link to Original Source
top How many network interfaces
Alain Williams writes " tcpdump -D will tell you how many network interfaces you have on your machine.
What is the number ?
Mine is 12."
Link to Original Source
top Why Apple Won't Allow Adobe Flash on iPhone
Alain Williams writes "Basically because they want to continue to control everything that is run on an iphone — ensure that people have to buy stuff at their itunes store." Link to Original Source
top MS Virus takes out 3 London hospitals
Alain Williams writes "3 London hospitals have had to shut their IT systems for 24 hours while they are disinfected from a MS Virus. When will these people ever learn ?" Link to Original Source
top UKUUG continues court action on OOXML
Alain Williams writes "
UKUUG is continuing with its legal challance of BSI's action in approving OOXML. The next step should a hearing in front of a judge. They need funding to help with the action."
top Get scared RIAA
Alain Williams writes "More bands are putting music up for free/cheap download. Looks as if the meme is catching on. How long before the RIAA is down to it's last musician ?" considering Link to Original Source
top PHP 4 end of life announcement
Alain Williams writes "Support for
; security fixes will cease after 8 August 2008 which will be 4 years after PHP 5 was released. If your applications are not PHP 5 ready you have a year left — time to get coding & testing!" PHP 4 will end with this year
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