Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?
You've tried ultra bright IR but you really need flickering ultra-bright IR strobing at different rates and levels. A solid IR just sets things up for a better photo. Providing the camera didn't have an IR filter and did photograph IR a flickering IR would cause differing light needs within the exposure window which the camera would be unlikely to adapt to.
If you are able to link the timing of the flickering in with your own cameras you'd be able to shut it off momentarily (electronically) and grab the photo.
US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil
Not necessarily. The same could be said for the power of experience, leadership, morale, training or logistical support. The US military is neither Jedi nor Sith but they are pretty well led, trained and supported. Having the biggest guns does nothing to help you when you pull the trigger and it goes 'click' because you're out of bullets, didn't maintain it or forgot to flip the safety.
Watch Out, Amazon: DHL Tests Drug-Delivery Drone
Here they come. Order in Colorado, delivery in Florida.
JPMorgan Files Patent Application On 'Bitcoin Killer'
"Now we sue Bitcoin and shut them down. (whispers) They don't have lawyers? Excellent! (whispers) What do you mean they don't exist as an entity?(whispers) Distributed what?! (whispers) Damn those techies. They can't do that. Don't they understand real business?"
NSA Planned To Discredit Radicals Based On Web-Browsing Habits
Is there any bottom to this at all? Seriously, I expected them to be nasty, bureaucratic and invasive but it sounds like they were taking policy guidelines from conspiracy websites.
Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger LHC
How about the Superconducting Supercollider.. [pause]...[begins crying]
USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document
So this was the main feature in a recently published book. It's making the rounds because it is part of the press blurb. Indirectly Slashdot is being used to push the guy's book. Well done viral marketing dude.
Flash Mobs of Trading Robots Coalescing To Rule Markets
We did not have to storm into the NY Stock Exchange. We can use the internet now: http://i.imgur.com/SOkmiks.jpg
We also type faster than you.
Schneier: The US Government Has Betrayed the Internet, We Need To Take It Back
In the US the laws are so screwed up, reworded, artistically intepreted, overlaid with regulation and in some cases even secret that you probably can't even figure out if your employer is breaking the law without seeing a lawyer and even then it's going to be argued over long after you are broke, homeless and unemployable. We need a dramatic reworking of the ridiculously complex legal system that is supporting a sort of fear and confusion based collection of legal priests and the political patrons that can deploy them en masse to crush their opponents. Unless a common person can understand the laws they aren't likely to be able to completely follow them. Unfortunately change is not something likely to happen.
A Computer-based Smart Rifle With Incredible Accuracy, Now On Sale
Would genuinely like to hear from a pro gun NRA type.
Not sure I qualify but I think you would think I do so here goes:
Where do you draw the line between what is and isn't a firearm?
Does the 2nd Amendment allow (in your mind at least) a citizen to have a rocket launcher or a laser gun?
Cannon were not mentioned in the 2nd Amendment. Rockets were not mentioned and they were around (if relatively ineffective) when it was drafted as well. That would mean a rocket launcher would not be considered a firearm. As for a laser, the only ones that actually work as weapons are of cannon size so I would put it in that category. We have also decided that fully automatic weapons fit into the 'bigger than a firearm' category and their ownership should be restricted though they are a grey area so ownership restrictions are likewise grey. Calibers above a certain size also fit into the 'cannon' category.
What are you going to do when the technology of simple side arms develops to the point where you an take out a room full of people by pressing a trigger and letting you gun do all the aiming etc..?
Call it an IED, claymore mine or hand grenade. The comparison is obvious. The EU (and even UK) has had more problems with such weapons than the US and it only stopped when attitudes changed. If we ban such a thing and it is widely desired I expect we will be about as successful at preventing it from being sold as we are at stopping illegal drugs unless we too manage attitudes and expectations around it.
Not Even Investors Know What Google Glass Is For
I too would love that but the problem is it would require a terrific amount of data entry and modeling for a small return. At best we'll end up with Ikea instructions and most stuff will still include poorly translated Chinese.
Teachers Know If You've Been E-Reading
Next up: an app which automatically turns the pages and shares highlighting. (If this is used for grading or implicitly incorporated into paper/project grading).
North Korea Threatens US With Preemptive Nuclear Strike
It's useful to remember that missiles are the fast showy way to get warheads to targets. Smuggling is a much lower tech and more realistic (for them) threat. As for introducing the new leader to all the goods of the west, he apparently went to school in Switzerland from 1993 - 2000 so it's doubtful he hasn't seen such. He was 16-17 so I don't know about the strippers. He probably has all those he wants though.
North Korea Threatens US With Preemptive Nuclear Strike
>If the US decided right now to nuke NK the bombs would be falling within the hour. Everybody knows that. And NK surely knows that if they somehow lobbed one of their weapons at us the response would be, well...excessive.
Yes, millions of NK people the leaders don't give a crap about would undoubtedly be killed. Given the time required to find Osama and Saddam the bunker the leadership was in would probably be missed. China might well suffer extensive fallout issues. The US would suffer a catastrophe thousands or tens of thousands of times greater than the 9-11 attacks. This does not work out well for us.
This skips the possibility they will launch at a US carrier group, barren island or other non-continental target to induce terror but not civilian damage. We don't want them to have nukes for lots of reasons.
When Will We Trust Robots?
People trust robots around their kids all the time. It just depends on having the robot not look scary and to act in predictable ways. Don't believe me? Here are a jillion photos: http://www.proboticsamerica.com/photos.html
DoJ Admits Aaron Swartz's Prosecution Was Political
They didn't. They said an arguably political paper "played a role in the prosecution" . They don't consider the paper political or they don't consider it the whole motivation. It's a short paper, probably worth reading so you can make up your own mind how wrong they were.
Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?
>Law is a great thing until you realize you're on the wrong side of the line, at the wrong moment in time
Ever download something copywritten, participate in a fantasy football league or shower naked in Florida....criminal? If so it sounds like you were carrying a gun during the commission of a crime so the penalties are strengthened (ok not with the showering perhaps).
Law has progressed to the point where if you piss off a DA he can find something to charge you with. You are always on the wrong side when they want you to be.
California's Surreal Retroactive Tax On Tech Startup Investors
Hey let's push the state into exempting out of state companies so we can get the exemption too. Oh crap, we just screwed it up for everyone and wasted millions in legal fees for a ruling that will get us nothing. Who could have ever guessed California would take the money grab option?
A Humanoid Robot Named "Baxter" Could Revive US Manufacturing
Welcome to life as a small business. I hope you're good at finding work for your robot.
Meet "Ophelia," Dell's Plan To Reinvent Itself
V2.0, no doubt destined for Kickstarter momentarily courtesy of some local hacker, would probably have onboard storage for your data to deal with just such a concern.
After years of coexisting with ads in the interest of supporting content development I finally have to say no more. Today I enabled the stop advertising option on my Slashdot account and installed adblocker. Why? The proliferation of drop down page expanding banners. Am I the only one who finds this as annoying as the pop-up? How can advertisers profit from inventing advertising so bad it forces their audience to take these kind of actions?