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Twitter Grows Up, Adds "Promoted Tweets"

Jamamala In other news (149 comments)

Slashdot continues to publish Promoted Stories, which could cause some serious outrage from users who feel that CmdrTaco is attempting to deceive them.

more than 4 years ago

The Role of Human Culture In Natural Selection

Jamamala Re:Biologists haven't seen it this way for a while (337 comments)

Anything thing that removes a selection pressure is going to increase the rate of evolution, not decrease it. By removing that pressure, you have reduced the punishment for a bad mutation. Therefore, any new mutations are more likely to be passed down, increasing the observed rate of genetic change.

more than 4 years ago

Try Out Chrome OS In a Virtual Machine

Jamamala Re:Shameless Plug (289 comments)

Another shameless plug: I've got a thread going on here about what I've found - how to get a terminal, what packages are installed, keyboard shortcuts etc. Just a little bit more detail than what techcrunch and gdgt have been saying.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Denies It Built Backdoor Into Windows 7

Jamamala No worries (450 comments)

Just check the sou..

more than 4 years ago

Pigeon Turns Out To Be Faster Than S. African Net

Jamamala Re:Underwater Fiber (406 comments)

Perhaps the network is congested with traffic going to other continents travelling across the same networks as used for this experiment. Once the fiber is installed then this international traffic will be routed more efficiently to the outside world, lowering network congestion and allowing higher speeds to transfers between peers in SA.

about 5 years ago

Can the Ares Program Be Salvaged?

Jamamala But.. (245 comments)

I thought Ares died?

about 5 years ago

FBI Investigating Mystery Laptops Sent to US Governors

Jamamala Re:Your problem being? (329 comments)

Don't forget that the BIOS can act as a vector, and even that fairly exotic CPU rootkit that made the news a few months ago could be used. These are possibly lucrative targets - high enough up to get juicy information, and perhaps the malicious party imagined that they wouldn't be quite high enough up for them not to use the laptops.

about 5 years ago

Google Chrome For Linux Goes 64-bit

Jamamala Re:Chromium Not Chrome (168 comments)

Chromium does have flash support if you start it with --enable-plugins. It works pretty well, although admittedly I haven't tested the latest 4.0 builds or the x64 version.

about 5 years ago

Ten Ways To Destroy a Hard Disk

Jamamala Re:Become a plumber (289 comments)

I'm one of only 3 people qualified at my level in Mid Wales

So you could say that you're the only plumber in the vil-lage.

about 5 years ago

Cameron's Avatar Trailer Posted

Jamamala Re:Whet (278 comments)

I came here from my RSS feed purely to moan about this. Glad to see several beat me to it.
Also, in what must be a Slashdot first, TFS has actually been corrected!

about 5 years ago

Measuring Real Time Public Opinion With Twitter

Jamamala The Onion (54 comments)

Another case of life imitating Onion.

more than 5 years ago

IronKey Unveils Self-Destructing USB Flash Drive

Jamamala So (191 comments)

This thing can nuke itself from orbit?


more than 5 years ago

VLC 1.0.0 Released

Jamamala Re:Hardware acceleration (419 comments)

VLC supports hardware acceleration on nVidia G80 and higher hardware using VDPAU on Linux. As soon as ATI releases a XvBA driver, hardware acceleration should be possible through VAAPI.

more than 5 years ago

One Fifth of World's Population Can't See Milky Way At Night

Jamamala Re:Milky Way, hell... (612 comments)

There were a hundred and twenty six of us living in a cardboard box in the middle of the road...


more than 5 years ago

Software Bug Adds 5K Votes To Election

Jamamala Pseudocode (239 comments)

I posted a question yesterday about what was wrong with a simple program. No-one seemed to know so here's my attempt at writing that simple program. Feel free to tear my ideas to pieces. Hint: I am not a programmer.

print("Please enter your Voter ID")
scan, store as voterID
if (voterID == any value in array of legal voters)
then run the vote program
else {
go back to main }

print("Enter your choice of candidate")
scan, store as candidate
if (candidate == A) {
then record vote for candidate A
remove voterID from array of legal voters
exit }

elif (candidate == B) {
then record vote for candidate B++
remove voterID from array of legal voters
exit }

else {
go back to vote }

more than 5 years ago

Has Bing Already Overtaken Yahoo?

Jamamala Re:Amused by their general marketing.. (319 comments)

Bing is seriously a backronym for "Bing is not google"? Wow. Here I thought it was just one of the cheapest 4 letter domains they could buy... then they went and decided to "GNU" their name...

They didn't decide to do anything. A backronym can be constructed for anything.

A backronym is a reverse acronym, a phrase constructed after the fact to make an existing word or words into an acronym. Backronyms may be invented with serious or humorous intent, or may be a type of false or folk etymology.

more than 5 years ago

Sequoia Disclosing Voting System Source To DC

Jamamala What's so complicated? (100 comments)

I don't understand how voting machines can be so complicated that such gross errors occur. Surely it can't be much more than a glorified counting program that also keeps some sort of log about what it's done. I'm making the presumption that these programs are for some reason very complicated, and that's why errors like this are more frequent than they should be. Can anyone either explain why they're so complicated or give another reason why they seem to spew out so many errors?

(Aside from the witty "they're all programmed to vote for candidate X!" responses.)

more than 5 years ago

Could a Meteor Have Brought Down Air France 447?

Jamamala Re:Why cant the plane twitter? (884 comments)

I think the difference is that if an aeroplane is involved in an accident then, as appears to be the case here, all witnesses, both human and computer, are likely to be lost. In hospital theatres it's only going to be the person on the table who's likely to die, in which case you have an entire room of witnesses, plus any that were observing from a neighbouring room. Likewise, in a car accident witnesses are more likely to survive, both inside the vehicle and other drivers on the road. Material evidence (such as rubber on the road) is also much more likely to be recovered.

As for the privacy of the communications; that's obviously an issue. Perhaps all transmissions could be encrypted with a hash of the plane's tail number and a salt known only to the relevant authorities.

more than 5 years ago



Pirate Bay defendants found guilty

Jamamala Jamamala writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jamamala (983884) writes "News leaked early from the Swedish courts that all 4 founders of the Pirate Bay had been found guilty of "assisting in making copyright content available". This was later confirmed as official. All will receive 1 year in jail, and have been ordered to repay fines of 30 million SEK ($3,620,000) between them. However, Peter Sunde (aka brokep) has already explained that this decision does not mean the end of the line in this case: both sides have three weeks to file an appeal."


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