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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

Jaime2 Yes (161 comments)

Their method of destructive scanning allows for internal detail to be accurately reproduced. They aren't destroying it for the fun of it, they're destroying it to see it's internal structure. The DRM-like behavior is just a side-effect.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

Jaime2 Re:You're picking your tool before your problem. (264 comments)

For pure data entry a straight up server side web application is usually the best choice. You don't need to support multiple client installs, just the server instance.

Web apps are great for when you need an app to reach everyone on the Internet. Web apps are almost never the best choice if you have a captive audience. The challenges of deploying desktop apps are pretty small and approximately equivalent to the amount of effort needed to keep up to date with the march of progress in browsers. With a native app, you get to choose your own technology rather than be forced to use JavaScript for the UI tier and you get a much better user experience with less effort.

about two weeks ago
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Aircraft Responsible For 2.5% of Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Jaime2 Re:Time to end it (232 comments)

Sure... and have a substantially poorer quality of living because you can't get nutrition you need during the part of the year that your part of the world is too cold to farm.

Aviation only seems to cause way too much pollution if you don't consider the alternatives.

about three weeks ago
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Aircraft Responsible For 2.5% of Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Jaime2 Not Surprising (232 comments)

The mode of transportation that is chosen when travelling very long distances. The article even gives an example where Flying from Denver to NYC results in a net gain over choosing to travel the same route in a Toyota Prius.

The summary seems to suggest that you should not fly if you want to be environmentally friendly, but the opposite is true.

about three weeks ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

Jaime2 Re:Biased summary is biased (335 comments)

You would wager that the author of the study didn't think about something that simple? Also, one of the main points of that article was that injury rates at similar intersections without cameras were also going down and any reduction seen wasn't due to the cameras, but due to other factors such as safer cars. The increase, however, was only at the camera intersections.

I find it to be a dubious claim that cameras reduce T-bone collisions. No one T-bone's another car while paying attention. The level of inattention required to get into a T-bone accident precludes the likelihood of factoring a $300 ticket into the situation.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Monitoring Hacking Targets For Retaliation

Jaime2 Re:If the government can't defend you... (96 comments)

Nope. The person you are attacking back against is likely another victim whose hardware has been commandeered. In this case, your attack will do nothing to harm the perpetrator and will probably harm a bystander.

If retaliation becomes the norm, then an effective method of attack amplification will be for a small entity to attack a large entity and frame the intended victim for it.

about three weeks ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

Jaime2 Re:Biased summary is biased (335 comments)

Most studies show that red light cameras work

Yet, only 11 days ago, there was a study posted here that shows that they don't. There have been many reviews of studies that showed safety benefits and the reviewer almost always finds that some other change caused any observed benefit that was attributed to red light cameras. Most commonly, the yellow light duration is lengthened, leading to a reduction in tickets and a reduction in accidents - but it is presented as the cameras changing people's behavior and leading to reduced accidents.

about three weeks ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

Jaime2 Re:It depends... (335 comments)

there is never a time when there is no safety issue to speeding. NONE.

Not speeding on the I-95 near of New York City is very dangerous. You are much safer to travel the same speed as the majority of traffic, which means you are safer to speed.

about three weeks ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

Jaime2 Re:Stop playing games with the courts ... (349 comments)

Consumer's wouldn't be very happy if business told them they couldn't resell a product at a profit just because they bought it when there was a good sale, or if they couldn't split a meal because they bought the larger dish instead of two smaller ones.

No, they aren't happy when video game publishers restrict resale of purchased games or when restaurants don't allow meal sharing. This is just another example of the business model that the RIAA pioneered - make your business model into law and let the government enforce it.

about a month ago
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Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

Jaime2 Re:Rubbish (336 comments)

I agree that this wasn't the reason I was expecting to hear. Why would a random hacker group care to help Sony and Microsoft improve their security? I was expecting them to say "We shut them down to show buyers how dependent their consoles are on the service." I could have at least sympathized with that message.

about a month ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

Jaime2 Re:About time (179 comments)

I'd believe you, but computer monitor resolution was on an upward trajectory until 2005, when consumer HD took off. Since then, it's been nearly stagnant for nine years. This is simply the progress we should have seen a long time ago.

about a month and a half ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Jaime2 Re:fight it out in court (481 comments)

That's way more depressing than it is useful. Just cooperate to the extent you are required to by law, and no more, and the amount of hassle will be kept to a minimum. Even a psychopath won't shoot you for being too quiet.

about 2 months ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Jaime2 Re:Wouldn't time be better spent... (481 comments)

Their first concern is to not get shot in the head.

That's a bit paranoid. Cop isn't even in the top 10 jobs for on the job fatalities. Also, most cop fatalities are from car accidents - yet they refuse to wear seat belts. old citation to show this has been known for a long time newer citation to show that nothing has changed. If they wore seat belts at the rate the general public did, being a police officer would be a pretty safe job. Police don't need to violate the fourth amendment to be safe.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Jaime2 Re:Subaru Impreza (195 comments)

If you really want to have fun with a Subaru, do this to it.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Jaime2 Re:liability? (195 comments)

why would any automobile manufacturer in their right minds allow the customer to flash their own firmware?

Because that has nothing to do with their liability. As long as they make the lamest attempt to prevent modifications, their PR department and legal team will both simply say "the customer had made unauthorized modifications to the car". The most common reason to lock stuff down is to create a captive market that they can sell to. Tens of thousands of people are driving with tweaked computers in their cars, yet all of the "car software bugs" you see on the news are on unmodified vehicles.

My first 2014 Mazda 3 was so buggy that they gave me a new one. Some of the bugs had safety implications - it caused me to be unable to see the speedometer and gave me false GO TO THE DEALER NOW, YOUR CAR IS HORRIBLY BROKEN messages.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Jaime2 Mazda (195 comments)

Current Mazdas use OpenCar for their infotainment system. Wireless is enabled by default and the root password is out there on the Internet.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Jaime2 Re:Which part? (195 comments)

Unfortunately, most of the stuff mention in the OP aren't controlled by the ECU. Windows, lights, starter, really anything other than the engine aren't controlled by the ECU. The climate system is wired to it, but only so that the ECU can adjust the radiator fans to handle A/C load.

BTW, I'm certain of this because I just used the ECU/engine from a WRX to build a custom car.

about 2 months ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Jaime2 Re:I prefer this rewrite (561 comments)

So, she replaced one set of unfortunate characters that shouldn't be used as role models with another set of unfortunate characters that shouldn't be used as role models. The new book's subtitle looks like it should read "Don't become a computer engineer because you'll have to put up with this crap for the rest of your life".

about 2 months ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

Jaime2 Re:Bad Headline as Usual (335 comments)

The first robot is just a module in the "other possible robot". If a hypothetical "infinite memory and infinite time" robot can't do it, what chance does a real robot have? An answer of "yes" wouldn't be all that useful because you would still be left with the question "how hard would it be?". An answer of "no" is useful because that answer will apply to any real robot of any capability.

about 2 months ago

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