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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

Nemyst Re:Study financed by (184 comments)

That's far from all there is to it. The much bigger element is that cars are designed lengthwise - there's a much larger crumple zone at the front and the back than on the sides. In a T-bone collision, all that separates you from the other car's motor block is a fairly thin door and possibly some airbags.

9 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

Nemyst Re:You seem to think .NET is a language (241 comments)

Not even that, Visual C++ .NET is a broken aberration that I have not seen used anywhere ever (it's not the same as Visual C++, which is straight up C++). .NET is effectively C#.

13 hours ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Nemyst Re:Wrong way of thinking. (458 comments)

Perfect knowledge also doesn't factor the human element. Is anyone seriously gullible enough to think nobody'll try to game the system, or to alter/delay the information entered into the system?

yesterday
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Nemyst Re:No, They Haven't Called Me (218 comments)

We've also seen a sharp decrease in infantile mortality rates, disease spread, disease mortality, and much more besides in the past few decades. So aside from your fairly obvious strawman (not wanting to drive through long tunnels, really?), I would say that instant access can be a determining factor at some point in your life. And before you try to dismantle what I'm saying, I'm not implying that cellphones are responsible for all of that, merely that they are one of many factors. You'll be glad the person who sees you get into a car crash has a cellphone on them.

yesterday
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

Nemyst Re:What the fuck (215 comments)

This is Slashdot, submitters should know by now that nobody actually clicks the article links.

2 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

Nemyst Re:Short sighted (229 comments)

Yes, because users who tend to forget how to open an email attachment will of course remember to apply updates to Windows. Smart.

about a week ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

Nemyst Re:They're a resource, not a "problem". (307 comments)

Because then the kids who actually perform well feel like they're being punished by being straddled with someone who's not performing well (which may include people who'll never get it, people who don't give a shit to learn, and much more besides). Not all kids ardently desire to get matched with poor students to help them, and that's even more prevalent at a younger age where the students may not yet be articulate enough to teach properly. You frustrate the student who's good because they can't formulate good explanations and you frustrate the other student because they don't understand what the other is saying and they think it's because they're stupid.

about a week ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Nemyst Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

This is the police we're talking about. They should be held at a higher standard, not at a lower one. This is like saying that a physician found guilty of malpractice should only get a slap on the wrist for the first offence, and don't do it again you naughty naughty!

about a week ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

Nemyst Re:I smell something ... (153 comments)

Birth-control pills and many vaccines probably sounded too good to be true back in the day.

about a week ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

Nemyst Re:Things happen outside US!!! (183 comments)

Thing is, it's likely that this will have a negative impact (according to what happened in Germany, and that wasn't even a complete shutdown), but I very much doubt Google will be quick to come back when the Spanish go "Please forgive us!"

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

Nemyst Re:Hiding evidence (192 comments)

They've done plenty of scummy things along the way, but pretending they are the sole responsible party just makes you look stupid and unwilling to take responsibility for your own actions. Man up.

The problem with that assessment is that hindsight is 20/20. This is exactly like the radioactive cosmetics of the early 20th century. People gave radium and other such substances quasi-magical properties, but few, even scientists, suspected the damage. There was no way for you as a consumer to know that the product you were using could be dangerous. In the case of radium, there were enough quick deaths that the link was made publicly and usage fell, but for tobacco the side-effects took much longer and were actively masked by the companies. In both cases, someone saw a way to make a quick buck, and the consequences be damned. In the latter, though, they kept going after getting ample proof that they were killing people.

Don't blame the victim.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

Nemyst Re:Hiding evidence (192 comments)

So if the data were stored in manually-loaded magnetic tapes, the legal standing would change? Because that's exactly what you're saying.

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases Android Studio 1.0, the First Stable Version of Its IDE

Nemyst Re:What's wrong with emacs and make ? (115 comments)

Enjoy building a graphical user interface using nothing but emacs.

about two weeks ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

Nemyst Re:disease progression has a genetic component (172 comments)

You're right it's about genetics, but you got it the wrong way around. What's much more likely is that your immune systems were already very different and the strain you were infected with was more able to defeat your husband's immune system than yours. The virus was therefore more specialized, as the article says.

about three weeks ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

Nemyst Re:Oh I've seen this before... (172 comments)

Obviously the problem with Plague Inc. (and Pandemic before that) is that it's a videogame. Hint: a virus does not spontaneously and simultaneously evolve in all of its hosts, as it does in the game. It also does not specifically target host death, because that is detrimental to its spread and is thus selected against.

about three weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

Nemyst Re:Why no taxi company's app? (329 comments)

This. The taxi companies are all focused on the fact Uber and Lyft are working without regulations as if that was the reason for their success. Yes, having lower prices most certainly makes them more attractive, but that's not all of it. Getting a taxi is a terrible experience. If you're lucky, you can hail one, but if you need to call one up... Enjoy waiting for any amount of time between 30 seconds and an hour, the taxi never reaching you, you having no idea where they are, the taxi arriving as a tiny Yaris when you specifically asked for a large car because you have luggage, etc.

One of the big deals about Uber for me is that their app and infrastructure makes the taxi companies look like pathetic dinosaurs. Calling a lift is easy, you can track their position in real time, if something goes wrong or if they're not responsive you can deal with that, you can pay through the app... It's just a much better user experience. Taxi companies probably never even heard of the term, and they're looking extremely stupid for it.

about three weeks ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

Nemyst Re:This is laughable... (455 comments)

We don't have to understand human physiology to be able to create an artificial intelligence. You're conflating two things. Our first AI is unlikely to resemble anything we know, much less a human-like intelligence.

about a month ago
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For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up

Nemyst Re:Early adopters (154 comments)

Yes, and a lot of students don't, be it because of shame from having to ask a question, pride in solving it themselves, or whatever else. If this new method of teaching provides better results, why not use it? Because you didn't have it and made it just fine, ergo everyone should just get on with it?

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Nemyst Re:Benefits, but still misses the point... (698 comments)

While this is a nice idea, and it will of course reduce the response time of law enforcement, it misses the point.

People take guns to school because schools are "gun free zones". They even have big signs posted around them saying, "You are in a gun-free zone".

So... the bad guy is assured that he is the only person with a gun...

If this were the correct logic, then Europe would be a warzone with daily shootings, since guns are mostly non-existent in a lot of countries. How weird then that the place with the most shootings happens to be the country that fetishizes gun ownership.

about a month ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

Nemyst Re:Great! More hipster hate. (176 comments)

we perform a service for society akin to that peformed by record or film studio executives - we watch shitty movies and listen to shitty music, so you don't have to.

Are you actually serious? How about starving the shitty movies and music out of the market by not giving them a fucking audience? You're part of the problem, not the solution.

about a month ago

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Mobile Device for the Software DIY'er?

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nemyst (1383049) writes "With the ever-increasing number of mobile phones and other similar devices, I've started to consider one. I've always been more of a PC enthusiast due to the obvious flexibility the hardware provides. What I wondered was: are there any devices that have some really solid open software? I constantly hear about rooting phones, but I'd rather find something where you don't actually have to circumvent measures put in place by hardware vendors and providers. It doesn't have to be a phone, as long as it's a mobile device with basic network support (wi-fi is fine).

Basically, is there any mobile device that embraces the DIY community?"
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How To Take Care of Hackers

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nemyst (1383049) writes "One of my friends is running a relatively popular online community, but he's run into a problem. With success comes the usual load of idiots and one of them, after being banned, decided to react by DDoS'ing the site. The person has been identified; name, address, all that. The problem is, what can he do from that point onwards? The guy's a minor, so that doesn't help. Can he get in contact with certain authorities that will actually do something? The attacks are costing him money and the community as more and more people leave due to the server being down half the time. I've looked about and so has he, but so far we've come up empty-handed. Unfortunately, getting a new, more powerful server is just about out of range (the current server is already costing a pretty penny). I'm sure there are sysadmins among the Slashdot crowd who have already dealt with hackers of that kind, so what did you do about it?"
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Invigorating a Gaming Community?

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  more than 6 years ago

FriendlyFire writes "It's been a while since I last drilled my forehead with this issue, but I think it's that time of the year again.

I'm running a relatively successful fansite (The Starport) of the game Freelancer with other active members of its global community, but we're facing more and more issues with a slowly decreasing amount of players. Of course, the game is some 5 years old, so it's a bit logical to see a dip in activity, but we're a dedicated bunch and I believe there still exists no equivalent to the game. Therefore, I'm making a call for help: what could we, as a group, do to help the game pick back up some steam? Microsoft is of no help whatsoever, having abandoned the game about a year ago; I've been trying to get them to update the fansite list on the game's website for months without success. We also emailed some magazines and websites, but most if not all of our cries have been left without response. We aren't on the edge of destruction just yet, but the game has so much more potential left over that I feel it's a shame to see its popularity decrease so much.

Slashdotters, what can we do to get it back on the tracks? What magazines should we email? How could we get a better response from Microsoft (their technical support is a dead-end)? Are there places to advertise that kind of nearly-abandonware-yet-still-purchasable game?"

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