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The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

Lazere Re:I didn't read TFA (63 comments)

That's the point. When they know certain conditions, they can predict, with some level of accuracy, what evolutions will take place.

4 days ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Lazere Re:HAHA WUT? (278 comments)

My slashdot password does not need to be high entropy. I can probably use the same password for a soylentnews account. While it's true that if one gets compromised, they both do, guess what? I don't care. Nope. Not one bit. Facebook's different, email's different, my bank is different. What do I care if my pointless accounts get compromised? If you're using these types of accounts on computers you don't control, it makes sense to have easy to remember passwords and keep the high-entropy passwords for the actually important stuff.

about a week ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Lazere Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (443 comments)

You don't generally go to jail for 2nd one and murdering people in the 2nd one is called "an accident".

Actually, you do. If you kill someone because you were driving recklessly, that's called "involuntary manslaughter" and you do go to jail for it.

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

Lazere Re:Uh (278 comments)

OCZ?

about two weeks ago
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MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

Lazere Re:Why not? A crime is a crime (135 comments)

First, Copyright infringement is a civil matter and should remain a civil matter. Second, IP address and times are a terrible way to identify a person. With VPNs, proxies, dynamic IP addresses and carrier grade NAT, IP address is about the least reliable way to figure out who is doing something. The evidence we use for theft and breaking and entering is much more solid than the evidence given for Copyright infringement.

about a month ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

Lazere Re:What's the solution? (205 comments)

Well, it would.

about a month ago
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I prefer to settle down at night with a good..

Lazere Re:The last option is a hoax (139 comments)

Speaking as a non-geriatric, I've read more physical books in the last year than I have ebooks ever. Physical books aren't going anywhere for a long time.

about a month ago
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Lazere Re:Makes more sense than you give them credit for (504 comments)

500 customers from 1.3 million is pretty much a rounding error. You can't tell me that they are such a drain on the system that the power company can't pay the maintenance costs.

about 3 months ago
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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Lazere Re:Designer babies (155 comments)

They do, but in most western countries, there's this idea that anybody can make it rich, if they're good enough. If it gets to the point where the rich kids are inherently smarter/better than the poor kids, no amount of work will be able to lift a person up. They'll be stuck where they're born and that's it.

about 3 months ago
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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Lazere Re:Personal Drones (155 comments)

True, but we're already pretty far with personal drones. They don't need to have a gun on them to be dangerous. If the personal drone thing takes off, the government won't need to operate spy drones, the public will do it for them.

about 3 months ago
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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Lazere Personal Drones (155 comments)

Everybody having a drone is a horrible idea, kind of like giving everyone a gun is a bad idea. I expect owning a drone will be a "fundamental right" in the U.S. within 10 years.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Lazere Re:The clear winner overall is so obvious (702 comments)

I dunno. Sure, you could use it as a weapon if your house got broken into and then type up the police statement on it, but I've got an old LG flip phone that could survive the Model M beating.

about 3 months ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Lazere Re:most lego's are a rip off (355 comments)

Exactly. Take a tub of standard bricks (yes, they still sell those) and dump in 2-3 random licensed sets, the kind with the so-called "specialized" pieces. This is what I would call a pretty good set.

about 3 months ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Lazere Re:How would you like it? (322 comments)

If you work in retail or banking, you do. That was the case at my last job. Why is it recording gas station attendants who have the authority to do absolutely nothing is ok, but recording police officers who have the authority to shoot somebody if need be isn't?

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Lazere Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1116 comments)

Wow, you sure read a hell of a lot into my comment that wasn't there. All I was saying was, from a legal perspective, he'd have a hard time against Mozilla since most of the hostility wasn't internal. Mozilla can't control the public (if they could, that would be a huge problem). Perhaps he could get reparations from OK Cupid, but a fight against Mozilla would be far more trouble than it would be worth for him.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Lazere Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1116 comments)

It would be hard to argue that Mozilla created hostile working conditions. You could say they "knowingly permitted" those conditions, but since it was the public that created those conditions, it would be a hard sell in court.

about 3 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Lazere Re:There should always be contingency plans.. (307 comments)

I don't agree with your first point. Building colonies is something we aren't going to be able to test and perfect on earth or with robots. It has to be done off planet and it has to be done with real humans or we can't know if it will succeed. Second, a one way trip doesn't have to entail death from asphyxiation or starvation, it could entail dying of more natural causes after reproducing. Plus, it's not a very effective colony if we bring everybody back, is it?

about 4 months ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

Lazere Re:indeed (314 comments)

That's not exactly right. Nobody corrected you that quickly.

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

Lazere Re:The Founding Fathers are crying.. (284 comments)

I wouldn't be so sure about the false advertising angle. Best is an opinion, that's why advertisers love it. If Pepsi says it's the "best cola around", but you think that Coke is obviously the best, Pepsi wouldn't be on the hook for false advertising. In the same way, they may not be the best for your purposes, but if I wanted to see what the web is like for a Chinese national, Baidu would be the best choice.

about 4 months ago

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