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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

CanHasDIY Re:Amnesic? (142 comments)

The Amnesic Operating System.

Shouldn't it be amnesiac?

Nope - an amnesiac is a noun that refers to a person suffering from amnesia; "amnesic" is an adjective that means "exhibits properties of amnesia," which can apply to more than just the human psyche.

11 hours ago

Alternate Reality Game running at Hack a Day

CanHasDIY Image sizes (1 comments)

OK, not sure if this matters (never participated in one of these before), but I noticed that each image has a different width, but same height:

Image 1: 133 x 150
Image 2: 189 x 150
Image 3: 199 x 150
Image 4: 238 x 150
Image 5: 116 x 150

Not sure what significance there would be, if any... maybe something to do with satellite/radio somethings?

12 hours ago

Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

CanHasDIY Re:Good for him (90 comments)

Instant stop? You can stick your finger into the blade at full speed and it will stop before it breaks the skin.

There is such technology, known by its brand name as "SawStop," but A) it only works on table saws, B) adds at least a $1,000 premium to the cost of the machine, and C) is one-time-use - it destroys the blade and table if deployed (although, the fact that you can buy spare brake cartridges makes me think it doesn't completely destroy the table).

Better than nothing, but not really a feasible solution to the issue of people losing body parts to power tools.

13 hours ago

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

CanHasDIY Re:No... (310 comments)

If you have another way please share it

It involves pitchforks and torches, you still in?

Probably a rolling gallows, too.

13 hours ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

CanHasDIY Re:Over 18 (582 comments)

By that reasoning, I really wish you had voted for the current president.

Yea, I'll bet - misery loves company, right?

13 hours ago

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

CanHasDIY Re:No... (310 comments)

The ONLY way to stop this shit is to label all ISP as common carriers.

Oh, man... is that really the only way?

drops torch and pitchfork as he walks away despondently


Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

CanHasDIY Re:huh? (310 comments)

it seems like it's really good news for the people who stream Netflix on Comcast.

Soon that will be about 50% of the entire United States. You go with Concast or you go without broadband.

Once they hit that threshold, somebody should slam them with an antitrust suit, if not before.


Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

CanHasDIY Re:huh? (310 comments)

That's how the entertainment industry would LIKE people to consume their media. Paying them directly, then supporting them indirectly through ad revenue as well.

So, in other words, exactly like a cable subscription.


Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

CanHasDIY Re:Seriously (310 comments)

Thanks for nothing, Netflix. You broke the Internet. We won't forget this.

Yea, you asked for it by wearing those tight-ass jeans, whore. /sarc


IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

CanHasDIY Re:Over 18 (582 comments)

By that reasoning, I don't owe said debt, as no one I've ever voted for has actually been elected.

You don't owe the federal debt, actually, the entity known as the United States of America does. You are only affected insofar as the US might be unable to provide its current level of services at their current price, and are free to renounce your citizenship and move elsewhere.

Federal debt operates just like limited liability corporations debt would, in this sense.

Your reasoning definitely wins over OP's "you voted for it" nonsense.


IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

CanHasDIY Re:This happened to my wife (582 comments)

It was on NPR this morning.

Then it should be on the NPR website by now, and whoever is claiming this occurred should produce the evidence that supports their claim.


IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

CanHasDIY Re:Over 18 (582 comments)

10 year old debts DO NOT DISAPPEAR.

At 10 years in fact, the IRS is legally granted the power to charge you interest. 100%, PER DAY. Thank Al Capone for that one.

Al Capone was a legislator?


IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

CanHasDIY Re:Over 18 (582 comments)

It's a debt you agreed with by voting for the people you elected into office.

By that reasoning, I don't owe said debt, as no one I've ever voted for has actually been elected.


Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

CanHasDIY Re:Found one! (576 comments)

Since you're not going to bother scrolling back up the page to see what I mean, I'll go ahead and say it - that comment was in response to your strawman about Creationists.

That statement was from you but you attempted to imply that it was from me.

That is a straw man.

by khasim (1285) Alter Relationship on Monday April 14, 2014 @05:30PM (#46749083)

You mean like people who keep pointing out the evidence for evolution when Creationists insist that humans were riding dinosaurs 6,000 years ago?

Creationism isn't the topic of this thread, so what would you call the introduction of an unrelated topic, if not a strawman?

Besides, you're not really pretending you didn't say that, are you? I mean, since you, I, and everyone else on the planet can scroll up this page and see where you said precisely what you're denying you said, that action would not speak well of your character - the only people I've ever met who would deny a fact that staring them in the face are pathological liars.

For the record, here is my actual argument:

khasim: Yes, and by "zealots" you mean people who understand basic science.

CanHasDIY: No, I'm pretty sure the use of zealots here refers to those who are so fanatically devoted to their position that they'll inevitably drive people away from the truth, due to their overbearing assholishness.

If you want to posit an argument that OP meant what you claim he meant, as opposed to meaning what the term "zealot" actually means, feel free to continue to discuss, but I'm done letting you derail me with your non sequiturs and assumptions.


Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

CanHasDIY Re:Only in America... (303 comments)

There are many parts in the world where AMERICA (the sum total of North America, Central America, the Caribbean islands, and South America) is considered one single continent.

Well, the good news is, then, that our American (that's US American, btw) education system isn't as bad as it could be.

At least we teach our kids the proper names and number of continents, Sarah Palin notwithstanding.


Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

CanHasDIY Re:Good for him (90 comments)

There is something called "SawStop" that very rapidly stops the blade and, in the case of a table saw, pulls it down out of the way before it can do serious damage.


It's also one-time-use, and destroys both your table and blade. Still, a far sight better than losing a couple flanges, assuming one can even afford a SawStop equipped table - I've yet to find one for less than $1,400, whereas a comparable table without SawStop would cost a fraction of that.

And, of course, such a system doesn't work with non-table-mounted equipment, like handheld circular and reciprocating saws.


Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

CanHasDIY Re:Good for him (90 comments)

I can't help wondering if buying a saw with better safety features would have been a wiser investment though.

Like what? Toothless blades?

There's only so many safety features you can work into a tool before it's no longer useful (see: every discussion about DRM-ed guns, like, ever).

Aside from that, accidents involving circular saws aren't the only reason people need prosthetics.


Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

CanHasDIY Re:Found one! (576 comments)

Nah being a dick about it makes it more fun.

Fair enough (to each his own, I always say). Just don't cry like a bitch when someone calls you a zealot, if you're going to exhibit that sort of behavior.

Especially when the opposition is people like Jenny McCarthy. Its either make fun of them or cry yourself to sleep at night.

I prefer option 3 - not giving a fuck what some dumbass celebrity thinks. That tends to work out well for me in all arenas.


Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

CanHasDIY Re:Found one! (576 comments)

My mistake for assuming that I was talking to someone who understands what the words he uses means. Words like "straw man."

That would be your hypothetical straw man friends whom you claimed were calling Jenny McCarthy a "moron".

That's pretty bad when you not only can't remember what you yourself posted, but can't be bothered to go read the post again before responding. Since you're not going to bother scrolling back up the page to see what I mean, I'll go ahead and say it - that comment was in response to your strawman about Creationists.

If you're not going to bother paying attention to the conversation, perhaps you'd be better off if you stopped responding. That hole you're diggin' ain't gettin' any shallower.

What I said was that she (and the anti-vaccine people like her) do not have any evidence to support their claims.

Had you left it at that, I wouldn't have responded; but you didn't, you had to throw in an ad hominem for no particular reason.

Again, since I doubt you're going to take the 3 seconds to go re-read your original post, I'll copy & paste it here:

Yes, and by "zealots" you mean people who understand basic science.

... Which you said in response to someone pointing out that there are zealots on both sides of the issue.

Question: have you yet bothered to go look up the definition of the term, "zealot?" Or are you maintaining that your personal definition is the "correct" one?

FWIW, I'm not the hypocrite who's putting up strawmen and accusing others of doing the same thing when they make the apparent mistake of responding.

Yes you are.

Sayeth the zealot. What strawman, specifically, did I put up? You'd be wise to avoid referring to my response to your Creationists strawman.

And you are "tone trolling".

Pointing out that you're acting like a petulant child who isn't getting his way isn't tone trolling. I've both asked you to present the facts which back your beliefs (which you have not presented), and suggested that you would better posit your argument using reason as opposed to irrationality and emotion. That you read this as "tone trolling" says more about you than it does about me, bud.

Like I keep saying, measles does not care about your feelings.

Herd immunity has precisely dick to do with how you present your argument.

And, again, measles does not care about your feelings.

And now there are outbreaks of measles because of the anti-vaccination people. Real people. Real diseases. Real damage. None of your hypothetical straw men needed.

Look, Brah, I don't care what you think about feelings, or damage, or strawmen, or whatever. All I care about is whether or not you can present facts that support your contention, and whether or not you're capable of positing said contention without exhibiting behavior that is indicative of zealotry. Thus far, you've failed to do either of these things, so pardon me if I'm not real keen on accepting your poorly thought out, emotionally charged viewpoint.

Now, if you want to present facts and discuss them like adults, I'm all ears. But as for this tit-for-tat farce of an "argument," I think I've said all that needs to be said. If you're still not getting it, that's your hang up.




Worst Idea Ever? Missouri DOT Considers Assaulting Speeders With 150dB Cannon

CanHasDIY CanHasDIY writes  |  9 hours ago

CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "The Missouri DOT has come up with a... let's say 'novel' solution to the issue of drivers speeding through work zones: Fire a 153dB LRAD sound cannon at their windshield.

MoDOT employee Michele Compton claims the device will only be triggered by speeders (however they choose to define that term), and that "The sound easily penetrates the windshield and well-insulated cab of a car, even overriding the vehicle's engine sounds and a radio turned up loud enough to jam to tunes at highway speeds."

Several people have brought up valid questions about the system's use — will it be able to tell if it's pointed at a car or a motorcycle, and compensate appropriately, or just blast the poor biker off the road? Aside from the obvious physical danger such a weapon would cause if deployed on a busy highway, there's also a more Orwellian component to be concerned with: Tasers were originally issued to police officers as less-than-lethal "deterrent" devices, and the scope of their use has crept into "compliance" territory. How long before the government is using the military grade weaponry such as the LRAD not to punish lawbreakers, but to control the populace in general?

Oh, wait, that already happened."

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants to "Fix" the Second Amendment

CanHasDIY CanHasDIY writes  |  13 hours ago

CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "In his yet-to-be-released book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, John Paul Stevens, who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court for 35 years, believes he has the key to stopping the seeming recent spate of mass killings — amend the Constitution to exclude private citizens from armament ownership. Specifically, he recommends adding 5 words to the 2nd Amendment, so that it would read as follows:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.”

What I find interesting is how Stevens maintains that the Amendment only protects armament ownership for those actively serving in a state or federal military unit, in spite of the fact that the Amendment specifically names "the People" as a benefactor (just like the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth) and of course, ignoring the traditional definition of the term militia. I'm personally curious as to what his other 5 suggested changes are, but I guess we'll have towait until the end of April to find out."

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GunGeoMarker App Finally Shows its True Colors (And They're Hideous)

CanHasDIY CanHasDIY writes  |  about 9 months ago

CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "The GunGeoMarker app for Android, which is probably the worst non-malware app ever thought up, updated in a way that completely changes the functionality of the program: instead of a garbage program that brings up a static map of your current location and only allows users to enter a single, 30-character-or-less post, the app now (via a button labeled, "What the Project Really Is: HONEYPOT" ) opens your web browser and directs you to the author's latest masturbatory blog post, in which Brett Stalbaum showers himself with praise for the success of the 'project,' as well as removing what little functionality existed in the first place.

  Apparently the whole point of this exercise was to give an excuse for Stalbaum to demonize those with differing opinions, as well as justify some self-inflicted back patting. Kudos, I guess?"

MIT: One Step Closer to 3D Holography, Better Medical Imaging

CanHasDIY CanHasDIY writes  |  about a year ago

CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "Remember that scene in Back To The Future: Part II, where Marty is 'attacked' by the holographic Jaws? Researchers at MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics have gotten one step closer to such a technology: record-setting Optical Phase Arrays that can actively steer light, in the form of a 4,096-emitter array that fits on a single silicon chip. From TFA:

Chips that can steer beams of light could enable a wide range of applications, including cheaper, more efficient, and smaller laser rangefinders; medical-imaging devices that can be threaded through tiny blood vessels; and even holographic televisions that emit different information when seen from different viewing angles.

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Valve Pulls a Sony, Eliminates Right to Sue in Newest Steam Subscriber Update

CanHasDIY CanHasDIY writes  |  about a year and a half ago

CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "Per an article on PCGamer:

Valve has made some major changes to the Steam Subscriber Agreement, changing the way it handles customer disputes and banning any class action lawsuits over the service. In both cases, it informs us, this is for everyone’s own good – ours as customers, and Valve’s as a company.

The specific paragraph from [Valve's] blog post goes like this:

“It’s clear to us that in some situations, class actions have real benefits to customers. In far too many cases however, class actions don’t provide any real benefit to users and instead impose unnecessary expense and delay, and are often designed to benefit the class action lawyers who craft and litigate these claims. Class actions like these do not benefit us or our communities. We think this new dispute resolution process is faster and better for you and Valve while avoiding unnecessary costs, and that it will therefore benefit the community as a whole.”

Considering the decidedly less-than-noble motivations of others whose practices Valve is emulating (I'm looking at you, Sony... you too, EA), this submitter finds that statement dubious at best, as well as wondering what recourse, if any, current Steam subscribers will have to avoid being forced to either agree to get screwed, or lose access to our games."
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Verizon Wireless Goes Ahead With "Bucket" Data Plans

CanHasDIY CanHasDIY writes  |  about 2 years ago

CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "Previously, it was reported that Verizon was considering eliminating their current data plan scheme, as well as the grandfathered unlimited plans, in favor of a new 'bucket' plan in which up to 10 devices would share a data allotment. Verizon officially acknowledged it today, called the "Share Everything" plan, which will go into effect as of June 28, 2012;
according to USA Today:

Under the new pricing plan, a smartphone customer opting for the cheapest data bucket, 1 gigabyte, will pay $90 before taxes and fees ($40 for phone access and $50 for 1 GB). Customers can add a basic phone, laptop and tablet to share data for $30, $20 and $10, respectively.

Those of us still grandfathered into the unlimted plan will be forced to either sign up for Share Everything, or one of the tiered pricing plans currently in effect."
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New Samsung TV Watches You Watching It

CanHasDIY CanHasDIY writes  |  about 2 years ago

CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "Straight out of 1984, Samsung has unveiled a new series of telescreens with integrated cameras and microphones, complete with facial and voice recognition software. Best of all, there appears to be no physical indication of the mic and camera's status, so consumers have no way of knowing when they're being monitored, or by whom... and if you don't find the idea of a TV that watches you creepy enough, apparently Samsung's Terms of Service include a clause allowing third-party apps to make use of the monitoring system, and use the data gathered for their own purposes.

Nothing Orwellian about that..."

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Nokia Applies for Vibrating Tattoo Patent

CanHasDIY CanHasDIY writes  |  about 2 years ago

CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "Tired of waiting for the Pip-Boy or Omni-Tool to be invented? Never fear! Nokia is developing the basic technology needed to make your dreams a reality: haptic-feedback tattoos. According to the patent application, Nokia is proposing “a material attachable to skin, the material capable of detecting a magnetic field and transferring a perceivable stimulus to the skin, wherein the perceivable stimulus relates to the magnetic field.”

Basically, the process is the same as for normal tattooing; the difference is in the ferromagnetic ink.

Kind of brings new meaning to the term "embedded device," doesn't it?"

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U.S. Congress Quietly Criminalizes Protesting

CanHasDIY CanHasDIY writes  |  about 2 years ago

CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "From Huffington Post:

H. R. 347, better known to those in the DC beltway as the 'Trespass Bill' — potentially makes peaceable protest anywhere in the U.S. a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. H. R. 347, and it's companion senate bill S. 1794, make protest of any type potentially a federal offense with anywhere from a year to 10 years in federal prison, providing it occurs in the presence of elites brandishing Secret Service protection, or during an officially defined 'National Special Security Event' (NSSE). NSSEs , ( an invention of Bill Clinton) are events which have been deemed worthy of Secret Service protection, which previously received no such treatment... Past NSSE events included the funerals of Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, and the national security concern that was Superbowl XXXVI. Other NSSE protected events include the Academy Awards and the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions... HR 347 & S. 1794 insulates such events as the G-8, WTO and presidential conventions against tough questions and politically justified protests.


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New Android App Combines Business, Pleasure

CanHasDIY CanHasDIY writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "According to PCWorld, German IT firm Fraunhofer have developed a system of dividing a single Android smartphone into two; one for personal use, and one for business. The technology, known as BizzTrust, will be displayed at the IT-SA trade show running at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre until October 13; a generic explanation of the software is available in PDF format here."
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Obama and Romney respond to ScienceDebate.org questions - paraphrased

CanHasDIY CanHasDIY writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Converting candidate responses from legalese to English, please wait...*

Question 1: Innovation and the Economy:

BO: I plan on dumping at least twice as much money into corporate pocketbooks via the continued fucking-up of the US intellectual property process. Oh, yea, and I plan on hiring a shitload of STEM teachers to prep future patent lawyers, er, "engineers" for this task.

MR: Less taxes and regulation for businesses, more H1B Visas and foreign "trade agreements" that take jobs away from Americans.

Question 2, Climate Change:

BO: Sure, it's a problem, but I've already dumped a shit-ton of your money into the "clean energy" companies my buddies own, as well as attempting to set up a "carbon credit exchange" scam, er, system, that would have funneled even more taxpayer dollars into the hands of my campaign contributors - what the fuck else do you expect me to do about it?

MR: Probably bullshit, but I won't let my disbelief in the concept prevent me from using this as an opportunity to badmouth my opponent and recommend further redistribution of wealth to my also-rich homies!

Furthermore, since China doesn't give a fuck about the environment, I don't think we should either.

Question 3: Research and the Future:

BO: Uh, like I said before - more of the public's money given to corporations so they can privately profit; seriously, what don't you guys get about that?

MR: Agreed, with the caveat of, you guessed it, less regulation for the same corporations. After all, corporations are people, and if you can't trust people with your money...

Question 4: Pandemics and Biosecurity:

BO: ... Pass.

MR: Less taxes and regulation on business... Oh, and more public surveillance. How are we supposed to know who's sick if we're not watching you all 24/7?

Question 5: Education:

BO: Earlier in my administration, I proposed adding 100,000 STEM (science, tech, engineering, and math) teachers... just don't ask how that's going...

MR: Education is a serious issue these days... which is why I recommend busting teachers' unions, defunding public schools in favor of private "charter" schools, and of course, blaming the current abysmal state of education solely on my opponent.

Question 6: Energy:

BO: Hey, I mentioned giving fuck-tons of taxpayer money to my buddies who run "clean energy" companies, right?

MR: I disagree with my opponent; I think we should be giving fuck-tons of taxpayer money to the oil companies my buddies run instead.
Can I getta 'Keystone Pipeline,' anyone?

Question 7: Food:

BO: Food safety was pretty fucked up when I came to office, so I made new rules that changes what qualifies as 'fucked up.'

MR: More government regulation and taxes. Hey, if those agri-business chumps want the same deal I give the oil and pharmaceutical companies, they need to pony up some campaign bucks, ya dig?

Question 8: Water:

BO: My administration has invested millions in fresh water conservation and restoration efforts. Granted, these programs would have existed anyway regardless of who held this office at the time, but hey - I do, so I get to take the credit. Suck it, Bush.

MR: Disband the EPA, less regulation on businesses, privatize the 'fresh water industry'.
What could possibly go wrong?

Question 9: The Internet:

BO: I promise to ensure online freedoms, granted they don't run afoul of all the new intellectual property and civilian surveillance we have/are coming up with.

Ha ha, remember when I told you I was going to veto CISPA? Suckers...

MR: The internet is for businesses to make money off of. Period. End of discussion. If you're somehow, some way preventing businesses from making as much money as possible from the internet, my administration will come down on you like fucking Mjölnir, you filthy fucking anti-capitalist pirates.

Question 10: The Ocean

BO: Funneling money into the Gulf to try and fix the problems caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Also, I'll again take credit for several state-level programs I had nothing to do with.

MR: Government should handle this, never you mind. Seriously, we got this one, and unless you work for the government or the industrial fishery complex, it's really none of your concern. Now fuck off, peasant.

Question 11: Science in Public Policy:

BO: Science is, like, important, so I try to have my decisions guided by science. The decisions I let the media get wind of, anyway. Probably not a whole lot of science to, say, monitoring the communications of every American, so we just do it.

MR: Stupid nigger doesn't even know what 'science' is... If he did, he'd know the Earth is only about 6,000 years old, man rode dinosaurs, and Darwin was a Marxist.

Question 12: Space:

BO: Dude - Under my leadership, NASA put a fucking SUV equipped with some serious instrumentation on MARS. More in the works, stay tuned!

MR: Hey, so long as the military industrial complex and my campaign-funding buddies can make shitloads of money off of it, why not?

Question 13: Critical Natural Resources:

BO: Rare earth minerals are expensive, and the Chinese don't seem to keen on cutting us any deals, so my administration is looking into alternative materials that can be gathered domestically. We're also working on some electronics recycling programs that show real promise - stay tuned, more to come.

MR: Government regulation is the problem, not material scarcity; deregulate the mining companies, and the rare earth minerals will flow from the ground like water from a busted hydrant. Oh, also - Drill, baby, Drill!

Question 14: Vaccination and public health:

BO: Look, a lot of people don't get the proper vaccinations because they're just too damn expensive. So, I (and by I, I mean Congress) passed the Affordable Care Act, which... uh, which... OK, so it doesn't really do anything to get prices down, and in fact will likely increase the price of healthcare due to the compulsory insurance purchasing requirement... can't win 'em all! :3

MR: Less regulation for the pharmaceutical industry, and forced inoculation for the entire populace. Small government, you know?



Setting up a Gmail account -- funny things

CanHasDIY CanHasDIY writes  |  about 2 years ago So, I'm making a Gmail account for my in-law's business, and I'm to the part where you have to create a password. Just for a giggle, I entered 'fuckgoogle' into the box - here's where it gets funny:

Password - as soon as I got to the 'l' in the password, the strength meter jumped all the way to the top, but when I entered the final letter, it jumped right back down to the weakest.

Date of Birth - will only let you create an account if the DoB is between 1 and 150 years ago.

OK, so not that funny.

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