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Australian Law Enforcement Pushes Against Encryption, Advocates Data Retention

DarwinSurvivor Re:Reason to use end-to-end encryption (86 comments)

All I've been able to find is that they are removing it from their video and voice chat (hangout, google voice, etc) systems and that they may disable the federation system (allowing google users to chat with non-google users). Do you have any references to them closing the xmpp chat altogether?


'The Door Problem' of Game Design

DarwinSurvivor Killer doors (295 comments)

How did they forget the most important question? "If the door opens towards you, does it crush you into the wall?"

2 days ago

The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

DarwinSurvivor Re:Wake up! (172 comments)

Fair enough.

3 days ago

The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

DarwinSurvivor Re:Wake up! (172 comments)

That's not really powdered water anymore than a sponge is solid water.

3 days ago

The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

DarwinSurvivor Re:poison (172 comments)

I'm pretty sure if you "slipped" enough powdered alcolhol to kill someone into their cheeseburger they would notice the taste. Hell, at those levels you could probably smell it from the next room!

3 days ago

Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

DarwinSurvivor Re:You say tomato? (234 comments)

And how long did it take to fix it once it was discovered? Not only was this bug NOT fixed the first time (only hidden better), but it probably won't get fixed very quickly (if at all) and we'll have no way to verify they actually DID fix it.

With open source, you can see the change logs and verify that the version you are running is no longer vulnerable to the attack. With proprietary software you just have to trust them that they fixed it this time...

3 days ago

Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

DarwinSurvivor Re:Does the math work out? (192 comments)

There's a reason most bakers don't grow their own wheat and mill their own flour.

Bakers, as in a single person, no. But when a company like General Mills makes food, they generally do mill their own flour. Its just more cost effective that way.

4 days ago

For $20, Build a VR Headset For Your Smartphone

DarwinSurvivor Re:Instantly the most practical solution (50 comments)

I wonder how high he jumped the first time his phone got a notification while he was using it as a headset.

This sounds like a neat project for even kids to do.

5 days ago

Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

DarwinSurvivor Re:Well, If the NSA Can't Crack It, Ya Right (171 comments)

I don't know what's funnier. A broken link in a slashdot post, or someone trusting a slashdot post as the correct location to acquire said security software.

about two weeks ago

This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

DarwinSurvivor Re:That micro-floppy (275 comments)

In appearance maybe, but the technology itself is not even close.

about two weeks ago

First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

DarwinSurvivor Re:Useless for Electricity shills (187 comments)

All the "pictures" in TFA are computer renderings. For a road that, apparently, has already been painted you'd think they could have taken at least 1 photo of it.

about two weeks ago

Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

DarwinSurvivor Re:If this is not a bribery then I don't know what (133 comments)

Yes, I understood what you said. What I was implying was that your post could be read as a cover story for a pump&dump scheme.

about two weeks ago

Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

DarwinSurvivor Re:I can't use cloudflare, connection is insecure (151 comments)

Not sure about the branded Chrome, but Chromium on my arch machine shows one hell of a scary message about the browser down-right refusing to connect to it due to the certificate.

about two weeks ago

The Case For a Safer Smartphone

DarwinSurvivor Re:Time has come to programmatically disable featu (184 comments)

How about passengers on a train?

Um, GPS.

Do you have any idea how quickly GPS murders a cellphone battery? If I had to have that on every time I was carpooling, I'd never make it home before the damn thing died.

about two weeks ago

The Case For a Safer Smartphone

DarwinSurvivor Re:Human Nature? (184 comments)

So we should also outlaw conversations with passengers?

I am completely against holding a phone to your ear or texting while driving, but I feel that hands-free devices are fairly safe. As long as you aren't fiddling with them while trying to answer/make the call in the first place.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

DarwinSurvivor Stupid Question (737 comments)

Could this question be any more vague? "Society interrupted" and "no more computers" is the total of the description of our situation? How is society interrupted, did we forget spoken language, or did Facebook go down for a week? What does "no more computers" even MEAN? Does it mean they all evaporated? Does electricity (like what keeps your damn heart beating) no longer exist? Did an EMP destroy all the transistors meaning we just need to make more?

If the technology suddenly poofed or broke (massive EMP, etc), fine, fix or replace them it. I think you'll find slashdot users to be invaluable during a global technology rebuild. Did humanity simply have all of their knowledge of technology erased from their minds? If that's the case, those doctors are going to be pretty useless as well seeing as 99% of medicin was discovered thanks to some sort of technology. Or is the "electricity no longer exists" BS scenerio where nobody's heart would be beating anymore, rendering the rest of you just as "useful" as the slashdot community?

This question is just stupid.

about two weeks ago

CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

DarwinSurvivor Reliance (116 comments)

A team of CSIRO scientists has discovered the holy grail of aquaculture by developing the world's first fish-free prawn food: According to the article there is intense global interest in Novaq because it solves one of the farmed prawn industry's biggest problems — its reliance on wild fisheries as a core ingredient in prawn food. The Novaq formula is a closely guarded secret, but it is known that the product is based on microscopic marine organisms. Not only will the new feed introduce greater sustainability into a growth industry but prawns fed on the new diet grow 40% faster and are healthier and more robust.

Don't worry prawn farmers, now you'll only be reliant on CSIRO.

Seriously, who green-lighted this advertisement?

about two weeks ago

UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

DarwinSurvivor Re:OpenData (386 comments)

No, but my scripts sure find them a pain in the ass to parse! If you're going to spend the time to organize and release a collection of data like this, at least provide a csv version as well.

about two weeks ago


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