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Preparing For Satellite Defense

Herkum01 They are stealing from Japan (118 comments)

satellites equipped with grappling arms that could co-orbit and then disable expensive U.S. hardware

They watched Outlaw Star decided that they had uncovered a Top Secret military program and then decided to copy them verbatim. Can these guys do ANYTHING original?

about two weeks ago
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Saurabh Narain and His Homemade Lego-Based Rubik's Cube Solver (Video)

Herkum01 Common API (43 comments)

From watching the video he did not come up with the code for this device, but used code someone else wrote. So it is not like he did this from scratch.

Kudos for this kid for completing the project, but it is not quite as impressive as the article made it appear to be.

about a month and a half ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

Herkum01 Yeah Right (664 comments)

We have backup, guns, radio, jackets — all that stuff civilians don't have.

Except the will to actually use it. Recovering I-Phones don't get great media coverage or the adrenaline high that a drug-bust (or maybe an eviction notice).

Lets call it like it is, people don't trust police to take of these problems. After working with police officers a few times, too many of them are jerks. Not all of them, but enough.

about 3 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Herkum01 Re:Holy shit (467 comments)

I remember doing a project where if someone put in 3,000/year from age 21 till retirement could have a million in savings (on compounded growth of 10%). It is doable, though 10% growth is not going to be the norm in the near future.

about 3 months ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

Herkum01 Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

A photographer may have a copyright,(in theory), but the people whom he is taking pictures also have rights. If you think just taking pictures of something you can distribute however and to whomever you want you are mistaken.

about 4 months ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Herkum01 Re:Meat Bags In Space == Impractical (392 comments)

Yeah I know, with Earth being a type 13 planet, we are really screwed.

At least wait until we discover the mass for the higgs boson particle before we blow ourselves.

about 4 months ago
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Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

Herkum01 Facebook the new Microsoft (108 comments)

So lets say Facebook is the king of social media, but they are a one trick pony, they have their web site and little else. I guess they will buy their way into markets. Sound familiar? It is like he copied the Microsoft business plan, buy anything their competitors would be involved in.

It did not work for Microsoft, and it is not going to work for Facebook.

about 4 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Herkum01 Re:So what happens when there are no more jobs? (870 comments)

I think these guys live in the bubble imagining that things will auto-magically work out instead of it turning into the Roman Empire where everything just gets stripped to the ground.

Rome only did well as the plunder kept coming in. When that stopped, you are looking at bread and circuses and a matter of time before the existing system(whatever that may be) falls apart.

about 4 months ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Herkum01 Re:No expectation of privacy (405 comments)

The law also does not provide that the police officers can stalk you 24/7 without some sort of warrant.

The laws were originally written when there was no "Orwellian" state where you could anonymously watched/recorded in public everywhere. Lets no pretend incidentally stumbling onto a suspicious conversation is the same as monitoring EVERY conversation.

about 4 months ago
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Silicon Valley Anti-Poaching Cartel Went Beyond a Few Tech Firms

Herkum01 Do the crime, do the time (137 comments)

So, can look forward to anyone doing jail time? That is the really the only way this will stop. That or directly start suing the individuals who implemented the policies and make them pay. After that I am willing to bet once a few executives lose their hard won millions will be a little gun shy about conspiring to do anything.

Actually the more I think about it, the best way to reign these practices in is directly suing individuals. Once they can no longer hide behind the corporate veil, the less inclined they will be collude together.

about 4 months ago
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Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

Herkum01 Re:Is not going to work! (405 comments)

Sees like the solution would be to ensure that everyone in that family/household gets only 1 type of plates.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Herkum01 Code is not Bricks (716 comments)

To use the building analog, did they use an architect to design the building? Did they have engineers inspect the drawings to ensure that it won't fall down? Did they inspect the quality of their materials to ensure that could support their specifications? Or he just ask you to keep piling bricks and was shocked that bricks were falling out at the bottom?

Is code just a bunch of bricks? Bricks are pretty simple, they don't have to do anything but exist. Code is logic, and given some specifications you write something and hope the specs were close. Should you be blamed if we ask you to add 2 numbers together and complains about errors when he uses strings instead?

If your boss is asking you to work on your own time because of something like this, I would find a new boss. He is just trying to pass the blame and you would be a sucker to accept it.

about 6 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

Herkum01 Re:Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

I forgot to include the Sarcasm tag.

about 6 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

Herkum01 Re:Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

And for being lazy, you can tell my the huge amount of debt the countries carry

about 6 months ago
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Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

Herkum01 Re:Wrong (287 comments)

If this were done by the previous management, the stock price would have gone up and M. Dell would not have been able to purchase the company. Hence, leaving the company limping along was probably the plan all along.

Just another way management can screw over the stockholders.

about 6 months ago
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US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment

Herkum01 Re:Now the next step... (143 comments)

Patent trolls had gotten to the point of just threatening people and winning because only the biggest players could defend themselves. Couple this with the fact the PTO giving out dubious patents, and the low cost of suing someone how can things get any worse?

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

Herkum01 Where is my cut? (731 comments)

I notice that some try to appeal to the User's better nature to let the Ads on through. I wonder if perhaps, I don't know, PAYING the user to accept Ads should be part of the solution. Nothing like money to drive viewership!

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

Herkum01 Re:Nature's Hugs... (384 comments)

I was thinking more along the lines of "if you are condensing your learning into a few intense hours of study", drugs may help you get through those few hours. The problem is you really did not learn much because you are not going to retain it.

about 6 months ago

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