×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

LessThanObvious Re:That'll stop the terrorists! (215 comments)

"Something must be done." What a dangerous phrase. We can't make big changes in response to every prank or misdeed. Someone takes a few shots at a power substation in San Jose, suddenly we need to secure the power grid nationwide. A drone lands at the Whitehouse, time to panic. We have to be prepared for real threats, but we can't treat every minor incident like a game changer. Unfortunately the reality is if you let the public within 1000 feet of the Whitehouse lawn there will be incidents. The security failures of late are due to the security outside the fence, not inside. The day is coming when you are going to have to go through airport style security screening to get near the Whitehouse and considering the level of FUD in the world I'm surprised it isn't already happening.

13 hours ago
top

Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

LessThanObvious Re:The genie is out of the bottle (204 comments)

People often prefer less regulation. People loving a new service doesn't make it legal. Uber is like smoking weed, lots of people love it and it varies in its treatment under the law. Calling Uber a ride-sharing service for most people is like calling weed medicine, it's only true in rare situations. I don't disagree with relaxing some of the laws around transportation, but it isn't fair to treat driving for profit with Uber or Lyft as somehow different than a taxi service. The distinction should be pretty clear, picking up a rider when you are going somewhere and dropping them on the way is ride-sharing, but picking up passengers and taking them somewhere you don't need to go, for profit, is a commercial transportation service.

yesterday
top

US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

LessThanObvious Re:buckshot (208 comments)

I'll take some Droneshot. Conventional shotgun ammo isn't designed to perform very well at 400ft which is the maximum altitude for legal drone operation in the US. As far as the military efforts, I'd go for some simple, but effective solutions that could be deployed via helicopter. One or two weapons for use in populated areas and another for battlefield operation should do it. Police on the ground could potentially use birdshot in a true emergency as is doesn't pose a grave risk when falling after expending it's energy, but the effective range would be something like 50 meters.

about a week ago
top

Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

LessThanObvious Re:Cool (224 comments)

Certainly not their privacy policy.

about a week ago
top

The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

LessThanObvious Re:Time for a UNION! (263 comments)

It's better this way. The free market determines who stays and who goes, who gets hired and who gets fired. When I've worked in union environments the relationship between workers and management has been bad. When employers are obligated to do things they wouldn't choose to do or keep people they wouldn't choose to keep it makes for a very screwed up adversarial relationship. Someday tech workers may not be in demand and there may be a reason to unionize, but for now I'd much rather work and know the companies that hire me, value me and continue to employ me because I deliver some value they want.

about a week ago
top

What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

LessThanObvious Less Google, more cowbell (324 comments)

Less Google, more cowbell. I consider it a win for society that we are not just running out to buy gadgets to wear on our faces. It was an interesting experiment, but it doesn't belong in daily life. I can't rationally justify why it bothers me, but don't ever expect me to be OK with people walking around with those on their faces. I prefer to live in a camera free zone as much as possible and not be confronted with one strapped the the head of some jackass at Starbuck's.

about a week ago
top

Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

LessThanObvious Re:The Dangers of the World (783 comments)

I would think CPS could be allowed to take such action on face value, but were the parents to petition a judge it could be very likely to result in a stay order or injunction on CPS as the case is an unusual and not well tested overreach. That of course means parents without ability to obtain a good lawyer would be screwed.

about two weeks ago
top

US/UK Will Stage 'Cyber-Attack War Games' As Pressure Against Encryption Mounts

LessThanObvious Re:Alternate idea (77 comments)

Any logical use of resources would be an improvement. War games can make sense, but only when focused on real world threats to things Government is actually supposed to protect. If they are trying to "strengthen the West's tarnished reputation following the Sony hacking scandal" that isn't the right approach. Private industry generally has to provide it's own security and there is nothing about attacks on Sony that couldn't hit any company any time from any source for any reason. Government could do well to have some robust and well developed defenses and procedures available to defend at the national borders, but that has limit use cases. Corporate America is on it's own and will only defend itself as well as it chooses to do so. People are still the weakest link in security and determined attackers will exploit the greatest weaknesses with the least path of resistance. Business is going to have to come up to speed in that it must be accepted that one user or one computer or one service WILL be breached. The question is from there, will attackers be able to cause a cascade of subsequent breaches with unchecked ability to steal data and damage systems completely undetected until the impact becomes obvious? I think any company can see the answer to that without too much analysis. So how import is it that it doesn't happen to you? Government cannot defend business from their own insufficient security and I personally don't want to pay the tax bill for them to try.

about two weeks ago
top

Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies

LessThanObvious Re:Only iOS? (70 comments)

It shows up on mine. I did not previously, but from what I understand it depends on the tower to which you are connected as much as the phone. I have already done Verizon's opt-out which of course does not turn it off, but rather just stops them from selling the data.

Anyone have good reason to believe there is an alternate carrier that actually has decent respect for privacy? I'd like to ditch Verizon as soon as my contract is up.

about two weeks ago
top

IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

LessThanObvious Re:Protectionism never works (482 comments)

I'm not convinced that Americans making less money would significantly better the lives of people in other countries. It is ridiculous I'm not convinced that Americans making less money would significantly better the lives of people in other countries. Much of the world economy depends on the US middle class spending every dollar of those inflated salaries on goods and services sourced from all over the world. I realize saying I want more for workers throughout the economy while acting to protect my own privileges seems like a self-congratulatory contradiction. If I'm an asshole for not being willing to take less on the off chance others can have more, so be it. Americans cannot end economic suffering by accepting more suffering themselves. I believe it's more practical to support economic activity in other countries and support rising wages globally. Restricting competition for local jobs, even if imperfect seems to me to be less ethically flawed than most of our trade practices where business often seeks win-lose deals rather than the win-win deals were both trade partners reap substantial benefit.

about two weeks ago
top

IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

LessThanObvious Re:Protectionism never works (482 comments)

( Being anti-H1B isn't protectionism.) Especially when other countries aren't just throwing their gates open to Americans. Last time I showed up to do a project in Canada I had to lie about the scope and they were clearly less than thrilled about my arrival. All developed countries that I'm aware of are at least moderately, if not highly cautious of allowing foreign workers. A playing field that isn't totally level, in this case is better than the alternative. We're busy telling our young people to go to college and get STEM degrees. We owe it to them to protect the jobs we are telling them are there and for which they are needed. I'm all for a robust global economy were all workers can earn a living in dignity, but not at the cost of losing the American middle class.

about two weeks ago
top

Facebook Targets Office Workers With Facebook At Work Service

LessThanObvious Re:More stuff done (112 comments)

I'm sure perverted ax-murders love Facebook. The cretins left on Myspace wouldn't be enough of a challenge. I've been with my girl for years and we are still not friends on FB. A social life is possible without FB, but it is hard being the last to find out a loved one died or your niece got married or had a baby. I plan to solve this problem by creating my own social network and allowing others to do the same. Perhaps the potential dates you speak of would have more respect if you could say "I'm not on Facebook, but you can join my network if you like", rather than having to say you can't come out from under your rock because you're afraid of corporations and the government or losing your non-conformist street cred.

about two weeks ago
top

Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

LessThanObvious Re:Perhaps at last an affordable mini PC? (180 comments)

Will I begin contemplating idiotic reasons why I need one of these in my car? Yes, yes I will. I don't know why in the age of laptops, tablets and GPS enabled smartphones, there is still some nerd sex appeal to the possibilities of trunk mounted PC. What possibilities at my command, what freedom from the confines of the factory "infotainment" system.

about two weeks ago
top

Facebook Targets Office Workers With Facebook At Work Service

LessThanObvious Re:More stuff done (112 comments)

They have already proven beyond all doubt there is no good reason to trust them. Why would anyone share the details of their professional life or business contacts with them? For some businesses this will be useful, but for the other 95% this is a terrible idea. It's a security risk that can't even yet be quantified. Data will leak, employees and customers will be poached, Phish will be speared. Nice try Facebook, but seriously fuck off.

about two weeks ago
top

US Central Command's Twitter Account Hacked, Filled With Pro-ISIS Messages

LessThanObvious Re:Other title sugestion (128 comments)

If communication is critical and false communication could result in the loss of life, twitter is not an appropriate resource. I'm sorry it's the only way to share info in a way the masses will listen, but it's just reality that there is no way to make consumer social media communications safe for state sponsored critical communications. In order to be remotely sane you'd at least have to have and extremely long complex password, 2FA and you need some mechanism where two authorized parties have to approve any message before it can be sent. Even at that without some special access and change audit controls and alerts it's a risk to involve a third party in communications.

about two weeks ago
top

Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

LessThanObvious Re:Grit? (249 comments)

Intelligence measurement seems to me to be too focused on speed to be a good measure for everyone. I've never been very fast myself, but it doesn't limit the complexity or scope of what I can achieve. I haven't taken an IQ test since my teens, but at the time I remember being annoyed that I had to settle for a lower score than I felt I could have achieved simply because I ran out of time. A math tutor once told me he was a genius not because he could do something others couldn't, but because he could do the same steps very quickly. In my mind speed is one form of intelligence which can be very valuable, but it's a shallow measure. Particularly when judging student ability, speed can be a bad measure because students who are bored are often not remotely mentally engaged by the task at hand. That is where the grit factor comes in to play, by achieving the results even if it takes longer or proves more difficult in the focus and execution.

about two weeks ago
top

Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

LessThanObvious Re: Americans are really strange (703 comments)

While I don't find my life in America to be lacking, you are correct about the general brain washing. If you collect enough media pundits and politicians who believe their own bullshit it's possible get people to act completely against their own interests. The remaining population that understands the games they are playing is stuck piecing together the fractured and incomplete truth of our own reality. We can't really agree on anything in time to act on it and we don't have the ability to get any sustained momentum to affect change. The brainwashed are convinced that life would be good like it was in the 1950's if only we stopped writing welfare checks, lowered taxes on businesses, quit the socialist overreach and interference in the god given rights of the corporation, got the coloreds to know their place, deported the illegals, brought democracy to the world and got right with Jesus.

about three weeks ago
top

How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

LessThanObvious Re:These people scare me (319 comments)

It is something we have to approach cautiously, but it makes a lot of sense to look at the practical application of ideas. It's not unlikely that we will get to the point where something must be done and it will come at at time much to late to fix the issue by changing current carbon output. I don't know if it's possible to have an impact without a significant downside or insurmountable costs, but it seems like one the best areas to focus practical research.

about three weeks ago
top

Connected Gun Lets Anyone Watch What Or Who You Are Shooting

LessThanObvious Re:Don't put cameras on everything (138 comments)

A good hitman might appreciate it. Got a high profile target, what better way to achieve real time anonymous attribution prior to payment? This technology has no place outside the military. I'm a strong supporter of gun rights, but I see some serious risks to allowing this technology outside the military and every time a gun is used for evil it hurts the cause of protecting their legitimate ownership and use.

about three weeks ago
top

Bill Would Ban Paid Prioritization By ISPs

LessThanObvious Re:Fuck the libs! (216 comments)

Step 1. Talk publicly about freedom, Step 2. Vote only to protect corporate freedom, Step 3. Get reelected and repeat.

Net Neutrality is broad issue that deserves our unyielding support. The Netflix/Comcast debacle is a corner case that is debatable in some respects.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

top

Ask Slashdot: Is large scale video for entertainment a wise use of the internet?

LessThanObvious LessThanObvious writes  |  about 2 months ago

LessThanObvious (3671949) writes "In today's world services like Netflix, Youtube, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video are ubiquitous and generate a large amount of real time video traffic on the web. The question I put to you is whether or not this activity is a reasonable and healthy use of internet resources and is it a healthy social trend for the evolution of the internet? Is the internet to become a national or global replacement for broadcast television? Do massive video providers have any social obligation to cache content close to the users the serve to save WAN bandwidth? Do you believe the internet is prepared to absorb exponential growth in real time video along with traditional data traffic? Does there ever come a point when the internet has to split into functional zones whatever those may be (i.e. Business, Entertainment, Public, Government, Domestic, International, etc)? I do not mean for this to be a discussion of Net Neutrality, please set that aside in as much as it is possible in such a debate."
top

Ask SlashDot: What should the NSA be able to do without a warrant?

LessThanObvious LessThanObvious writes  |  about 6 months ago

LessThanObvious (3671949) writes "We have a general consensus in the U.S. and abroad that says the NSA has overstepped their boundaries in data collection and surveillance. The costs to liberty, free speech, privacy rights as well as economic and foreign policy costs outlined in the New America Open Technology Institute July 2014 Policy Paper — "Surveillance Costs" have been broadly discussed. It seems now that there is enough political inertia post Snowden and enough economic incentive to make changes to protect U.S. competitive position and international trust relationships for real change to come about. It is also pretty much a given that an organization like the NSA with a multibillion dollar budget is not going to simply dry up and blow away.

In a world where we are trying to defend our nation and others around the globe from highly sophisticated cyber-crime, cyber-attack and serious terror threats at home and abroad, it does seem that the NSA and other agencies have a legitimate role to play. Let's imagine a world where the NSA and other agencies rewrite the rules of when and where information could be collected, allowing for adequate transparency and protections for U.S. and foreign individuals rights. How can we find the needle in a stack of haystacks if they are no longer permitted to disturb the haystack?

Now under those circumstances what should the NSA be allowed to do without a warrant?"

Link to Original Source

Journals

LessThanObvious has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?