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My degree of colorblindness:

Nanoda I know one guy who will never know... (267 comments)

When I was in high school my Biology 20 teacher found an old book in the library with various colour blindness test diagrams in it, and thought it would be fun to pass it around during class everyone could check it out.
On the the guys at the back of the class (you know the ones) cheated on it.

about 6 months ago

Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

Nanoda Re:Though crime is here! (185 comments)

He had done nothing at that point, he had made no plans to do anything[...]

It might not be in the particular article linked above, but this guy was using police databases to research a bunch of women. I'm certainly not happy leaving people like that to their own devices.

about 7 months ago

Heartbleed Used To Bypass 2-Factor Authentication, Hijack User Sessions

Nanoda News: Not just webservers use OpenSSL! (59 comments)

News: Not just webservers use OpenSSL!

No kidding. My Synology NAS had a same-day update to patch this - my custom router firmware needed updating too. If there's a story for every device someone forgot might contain OpenSSL code, it's going to be a busy month.

about 9 months ago

Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

Nanoda Non-divisive "reality" competitions can be fun (465 comments)

After being incredibly turned off by "reality" shows that contain no reality at all ("Dangerous Flights" is the most egregious example I've seen lately), I was totally absorbed by Penny Arcade's low-budget reality show offering of Strip Search last year. (The site is slightly misorganized, but you can find stuff if you try).

The show was a dozen web comic artists in competition. The premise of a single artist being funded and supported by Penny Arcade for a year was motivational, and the simple act of appearing in an episode granted even the entrants ousted first an audience for their work. While it was clear the producers provided for the possibility of backstabbing and conflict, they didn't go out of their way to insert any, and in the end the show was all the better for it. I'd actually put PA's Strip Search above 90% of professional, high-budget, high-production-values TV series.

My point being, it's totally possible to structure an interesting show where game dev competition is friendly and rewarding for all, and producers with zero-sum on the brain don't exist. It just hasn't been made yet, apparently.

about 10 months ago

The Mystery of the 'Only Camera To Come Back From the Moon'

Nanoda _Only_ camera? (54 comments)

Sure. 'cept of course the one on Surveyor 3 that Apollo 12 brought back. The one that famously (but, I now see, apparently controversially) had viable bacteria in it after 2.5 years on the moon.

about 10 months ago

High-Frequency Trading For Your Private Data

Nanoda Only $0.0005? Great! (75 comments)

That's fantastic, 'cause I'll definitely pay $0.0006 to not see an ad. Someone show me how to buy up all my personal pageviews.

about a year ago

SSD Manufacturer OCZ Preparing For Bankruptcy

Nanoda Re:STILL not accurate and STILL misquoted (182 comments)

And I built 1 system with an OCZ Petrol and it vaporized the partitions 6 months later, so that's 100%. I think luck had more to do with success than anything.

I actually _was_ surprised to get a replacement Vertex 4 fairly quickly, which reminds me I should open it and flash it while the firmwares are still easy to get.

about a year ago

How Your Compiler Can Compromise Application Security

Nanoda Re:TFA does a poor job of defining what's happenin (470 comments)

What is "unstable code" and how can a compiler leave it out?

The article is actually using that as an abbreviation for what they're calling "optimization-unstable code", or code that is included at some specified compiler optimization levels, but discarded at higher levels. Basically they think it's unstable due to being included or not randomly, not because the code itself necessarily results in random behaviour.

about a year ago

How Your Smartphone Can Spy On What You Type

Nanoda Even worse... (77 comments)

it can spy on what you say!!!

Seriously, if my phone is compromised, everything else is pretty much moot.

about a year ago

PTSD-Monitoring App Captured the Psychological Effects of the Boston Bombing

Nanoda Re:Not sure what's more depressing (68 comments)

This was a standard clinical study with 100 fully-aware participants trying to improve PTSD diagnosis to help the incidents of suicide and psychological issues in returning vets. You've got plenty of other things to gripe about with PATRIOT / PRISM / etc., but for crying out loud this isn't one of them.

about a year and a half ago

GM Rice Passes Unexpected Benefits To Weeds

Nanoda Re:ok so that was cheesey (208 comments)

Or wipes out competing plants entirely. I read a book last month by Paolo Bacigalupi called The Windup Girl which involved a world where multinational conglomerates owned the genetic codes for engineered plants, and engineered plants were all that was left.

Pretty scary that things are getting even this close to that.

about a year and a half ago

"451" Error Will Tell Users When Governments Are Blocking Websites

Nanoda Re:woosh (255 comments)

They don't get it. The people who block your content in-line can send you back any page they choose, including a 404.

Of course they can. The idea is that those doing the blocking have been forced to do so, and thus can use this alternate error page to distinguish these cases, and show their users how much of the internet they're missing due to government intervention.
A standard 404 could be legitimate, and isn't going to help garner any group support for open-ness.

about a year and a half ago

It's Time To Start Taking Stolen Phones Seriously

Nanoda Re:Are you serious? (282 comments)

It's really for stolen phones .. just like the kill switch for the internet was for emergency purposes. This has nothing whatsoever to do with cutting off people's means of communicating effectively with each other.

Don't be asinine. Your cellphone can already be tracked, tapped, disabled, folded, spindled and mutilated. What this is about is centralising and sharing information about stolen phones so that the utility of stolen phones diminishes to the point that you walking around with an iPhone doesn't look like an easy 200$ target to ne'er-do-wells.

about a year and a half ago

South Korea Backtracks On China As Source of Cyberattack

Nanoda I... don't understand this at all. (125 comments)

On my home network, I use the private 24-bit block 10.x.x.x, in case I buy more than 16 million devices. Is the article saying that they decided to map public IPs they didn't own to internal devices? Notwithstanding the confusion such cases like the above would cause, this bank could conceivably leak banking data out to that Chinese ISP!

All the articles I can find are equally uninformative.

about 2 years ago

How To Bet Money On Your Future Success

Nanoda BRB, going to short myself (188 comments)

BRB, going to short myself and be lazy. I'm going to make so much money! Er... wait. :-/

about 2 years ago

NASA Loses Contact With Space Station Over Software Update

Nanoda Don't worry, it's not bricked. (111 comments)

Someone is going to have to hold down the button on the side for 10 seconds though.

about 2 years ago

State Dept. Cancels $16.5M Kindle Contract

Nanoda Re:$6600 per Kindle! (117 comments)

Having dealt with selling a government some hardware and services, I can understand charging way more. They don't just call up and order what's on the shelf like your other customers. They want studies and paperwork and certifications and documents and reviews and more paperwork and certificates and contracts and guarantees and the whole process takes a year for what takes your other customers a week.

Seriously, I'm all for accountability in government, but this is the kind of stuff you get for it.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Spammers You Know?

Nanoda Re:Block it and move on (333 comments)

After all the spam I've gotten in the past ~15 years? If I found out there was a spammer in my own city, I'd be willing to spend at least a couple of evenings trying to shut them down.

more than 3 years ago


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