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Super Bacteria Create Gold

DarkHelmet Gold Standard (180 comments)

I find some kind of satisfaction in seeing this sort of thing become widespread.
In this case, it would make a "return to the gold standard" be absolutely worthless.

more than 2 years ago

FBI Tries To Force Google To Unlock User's Android Phone

DarkHelmet Ars Technica Lnk (385 comments)


The one thing I found amusing about the whole thing is that PhD supposedly stood for "Pimpin' Hoes Daily". Then I read this:

Her $500 a night went straight to Dears, though, who "took care of her" in his own special way. As San Diego's Union Tribune reported, Dears found out the woman had spoken to a man who wanted to help her get off the streets. So Dears "beat her up in the back seat of his Cadillac and then forced her to get into the car's trunk, she testified. While in the trunk, she was driven from East Main Street in El Cajon to Hotel Circle in Mission Valley, she testified."

Major league asshole. I hope he gets the book thrown at him.

more than 2 years ago

Watch How the Moon Was Formed

DarkHelmet Sound (56 comments)

I can't help but wonder... why am I watching a NASA video where the crater's falling on the moon makes sound in a vacuum?

I know it's artistic license and all, but aren't videos like this reserved for nerds, who actually care about things like accuracy?

more than 2 years ago

Faster-Than-Fast Fourier Transform

DarkHelmet Faster Mersenne Prime Calculations? (271 comments)

From what I know, the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) uses a Fast Fourier Transform to quickly find the square of a number. This is a required part of the Lucas-Lehmer test (the test that determines if the number is prime).

If this form of FFT can do fast squaring, it will reduce the amount of time taken to find new, large primes.

This is a potentially exciting development in this field.

about 3 years ago

Are Brain Teasers Good Hiring Criteria?

DarkHelmet Re:Well, they're a good indicator of intelligence (672 comments)

How many job openings are there for 'hot chick pussy eater'?

From someone working in the adult industry, the answer is: quite a few job openings are available for that role.

about 3 years ago

District Attorney Critiques Gizmodo Emails In iPhone 4 Prototype Case

DarkHelmet Re:A tale of two cities (155 comments)

Yes, but the good news is that you get to pay him in imaginary currency.

more than 3 years ago

Cloud-Powered Facial Recognition Is Terrifying

DarkHelmet Re:For example, this is dangerous for women (286 comments)

I do work in the adult industry, although it's on the IT end, not the performer / production end. Nice to see you here.

For those of you who don't know, 2257 regulations force any pay-site owner to have documentation for all the actors on every single scene on their site. This documentation is supposed to certify that the talent is above 18 years of age. Some of the time, it's a release form.

Other times, it's a copy of the person's drivers license! So, what often happens is that anyone who wants to use 2257 solutions that integrate with the site's CMS are actually storing drivers licenses online.

So, often enough, in order to get an actress's real information (drivers license, phone number, address), it's simply a matter of licensing content online for the purpose of selling it.

I've often wondered how many adult performers have had stalkers from other people in the adult industry with easy access to this sort of information. I'm sure quite a few.

I feel for you.

Here's hoping that the 2257 laws get struck down, or at least amended with more reasonable provisions. These kind of laws don't only benefit stalkers, but also identity thieves. What worries me with the facial recognition patterns like what's mentioned in this story is that eventually someone will be able to upload a porn picture, and get the actor/actresses private information. I imagine something like this will be made illegal, but then again, identity theft isn't exactly legal either.

more than 3 years ago

Monthly Ubuntu Releases Proposed

DarkHelmet Seriously? (284 comments)

They must be smoking the same crack cocaine that Mozilla is.

Well, for what it's worth, free drugs may incentivize people to switch to using Linux on the desktop sooner.

more than 3 years ago

Google Adds Games To Google+

DarkHelmet Re:Google Apps? (161 comments)

What's worse is what are they going to do for people who are using a secondary gmail account just to be on Google+ for the moment? Are they going to provide a way of migrating your Google+ settings between a regular Google Profile and an Apps for Domains user?

Probably not. So I'm going to be stuck deciding if I want to keep switching logins whenever I go on Google+, or actually try and re-add everyone that I have on my other account (and ask them nicely to share back with me).

Overall, the way they handled this has been piss-poor. They shouldn't be neglecting their Apps for Domains users since those are the people who are going to be the most loyal to what you're trying to do.

more than 3 years ago

Porn Industry Ready To Drop Flash

DarkHelmet And if my aunt had a dick she'd by my uncle... (249 comments)

I work in the Adult Industry on a Content Management System for paysites. We just demonstrated support for the iPad at the recent Xbiz show using H.264.

It's fine and dandy that one company has proclaimed that they'd get rid of Flash given the chance. That doesn't say much for the rest of the industry, now, does it?

I know there are a lot of Open Source Advocates on Slashdot, but let's face it: Paysite operators are in the game to maximize their profits. This is done by:

a) Reaching as many people and devices as possible.
b) Decreasing bandwidth
c) Minimizing disk space and hardware.

They don't care about the war between WebM and H.264. They only care about having their sites work with as many people as possible. In this case, HTML5 brings iPad support to their sites.

The problem here ultimately is that the codec war with HTML5 is still undecided. If you're going to use HTML5's video element exclusively, you're going to end up being FORCED to use two formats of video for all the browsers - one for WebM and one for H.264.

That's all well and good, but multiple formats takes up space. Granted a lot of pay sites offer multiple download options like WMV, DivX and Quicktime, but when it comes to watching a full movie in a browser, only one format is needed here - H.264. Let the browsers that support H.264 use the video tag. Let browsers that don't use a Flash player backup.

This still won't change after WebM has support within Flash because of the iPhone and iPad. As the mobile arena heats up, WebM will start to appear lacking without Apple support. Even though the iPhone is a small percentage of the total phone market, it says a lot when the CEO has one and wants his websites to work on it.

So in sum - flash isn't going anywhere. It will remain as a backup player for 5 years mininum.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Bans Sexy Apps, Developers Upset

DarkHelmet And? (492 comments)

Speaking as someone who works in the adult industry, I don't even know why this matters all that much.
It's not as if there's a browser within the damn iPhone and iPad. It's not as if it isn't possible to create an interface for your website that matches or surpasses what you can get out of an app. For my adult product, I've already done that.

All people want to do here is to view pictures and videos. It's nothing that requires native coding.

So you can't use Apple's payment processing system to sell porn to people? So cunting what? It's Apple's choice whether or not they want to have it on their store.

And while we're at it, a large percentage of the apps (my guess is over 40% of them) that are on the app store *can* be done via the web with the same level of effectiveness. The app store is an easy way to advertise and an easy way to bill for the functionality you're offering.

In fact, I wish there was *less* of the kind of apps that could have been done via the web.

As someone who a) sells software that's porn related and b) owns an iPhone, I'm not crying over this. There's still plenty of money to be made.

That is all.

more than 4 years ago

YouTube Revamp Imminent?

DarkHelmet DMCA Reform (297 comments)

How about calling for reform of the DMCA system on YouTube?

Currently, it's possible for a content creator to have his or her video taken down for copyright infringement from what is functionally an anonymous party. While YouTube's DMCA claim form DOES ask for name, phone number and address, none of these items are verified before YouTube goes ahead and takes these videos down.

Because of this, there's a lot of False DMCA action on the site from people who are only interested in suppressing others viewpoints.

Since people on slashdot for the most part care about Freedom of Speech, I urge you all to upvote the DMCA reform issue on there.

Thank you.

about 5 years ago

iPhone 4 Rumors Rumble

DarkHelmet Re:Breaking News! (119 comments)

What I don't understand is why these high resolution apps can't be for the next generation iPhone...

Compared to the Droid, the screen on the iPhone is lacking. Apple might be looking to compete with them.

more than 5 years ago

US McDonald's Wi-Fi Going Free In January

DarkHelmet Re:Man, If I had a nickle... (376 comments)

Ugh, first I'm surrounded by assholes, and now I find they're trying to copy my behavior.

Now say goodbye to your two best friends...

more than 5 years ago

Yet Another Premature Declaration of Email's Death

DarkHelmet Time to Adopt the Spam Form for this: (266 comments)

Your post advocates a

( ) technical ( ) legislative (X) market-based ( ) vigilante

approach to replacing email. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work. (One or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws which used to vary from state to state before a bad federal law was passed.)

( ) Spammers can still use the service, so it has no benefit over email.
( ) Mailing lists and other legitimate email uses would be affected
( ) No one will be able to find the guy or collect the money
(X) It is defenseless against brute force attacks
( ) It will stop spam for two weeks and then we'll be stuck with it
(X) Users of email will not put up with it
(X) Microsoft will not put up with it
( ) The police will not put up with it
( ) Requires too much cooperation from spammers
( ) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once
(X) Many email users cannot afford to lose business or alienate potential employers
( ) Spammers don't care about invalid addresses in their lists
(X) Anyone could anonymously destroy anyone else's career or business

Specifically, your plan fails to account for

( ) Laws expressly prohibiting it
(X) Lack of centrally controlling authority for messaging
( ) Open relays in foreign countries
( ) Ease of searching tiny alphanumeric address space of all email addresses
( ) Asshats
(X) Jurisdictional problems
( ) Unpopularity of weird new taxes
( ) Public reluctance to accept weird new forms of money
(X) Huge existing software investment in SMTP
(X) Susceptibility of protocols other than SMTP to attack
( ) Willingness of users to install OS patches received by email
( ) Armies of worm riddled broadband-connected Windows boxes
( ) Eternal arms race involved in all filtering approaches
( ) Extreme profitability of spam
(X) Joe jobs and/or identity theft
(X) Technically illiterate politicians
( ) Extreme stupidity on the part of people who do business with spammers
( ) Dishonesty on the part of spammers themselves
( ) Bandwidth costs that are unaffected by client filtering
( ) Outlook

and the following philosophical objections may also apply:

(X) Ideas similar to yours are easy to come up with, yet none have ever been shown practical
( ) Any scheme based on opt-out is unacceptable
( ) SMTP headers should not be the subject of legislation
( ) Blacklists suck
( ) Whitelists suck
( ) We should be able to talk about Viagra without being censored
( ) Countermeasures should not involve wire fraud or credit card fraud
( ) Countermeasures should not involve sabotage of public networks
( ) Countermeasures must work if phased in gradually
( ) Sending email should be free
(X) Why should we have to trust you and your servers?
(X) Incompatiblity with open source or open source licenses
( ) Feel-good measures do nothing to solve the problem
( ) Temporary/one-time email addresses are cumbersome
(X) I don't want the government reading my email
( ) Killing them that way is not slow and painful enough

Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

( ) Sorry dude, but I don't think it would work.
(X) This is a stupid idea, and you're a stupid person for suggesting it.
( ) Nice try, assh0le! I'm going to find out where you live and burn your
house down!

more than 5 years ago

Google Acquiring VP3 Developer On2 Technologies

DarkHelmet FFmpeg support (133 comments)

As a developer using FFmpeg, I run into problems with our clients trying to encode / decode VP6 and VP7. I'm hoping that Google will subsequently offer open source implementations of these. It will make my life a whole lot easier.

more than 5 years ago

Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

DarkHelmet Re:Megaman!! The most awesome awesomness ever! (1120 comments)

Seconded. I would be really happy if Capcom did with Mega Man 2 what they did with Super SF2 Turbo HD Remix. Give Mega Man 2 HD graphics and new art, and give the soundtrack to the OCremix crowd.

more than 5 years ago


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