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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Nemyst Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (202 comments)

It's the nice thing about American politics: equal opportunity corruption. Everyone gets their fair share!

20 minutes ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Nemyst Re:In after somebody says don't run Windows. (459 comments)

What's next, are you going to start talking about how there's a worm hidden in everyone's ring 0? Look, as much fun as it is to fantasize about a super smartly designed virus which "tells windows not to report it" and "doesn't show up in the registry editor" (why a virus would have to write in the registry in the first place is beyond me), they're unlikely to be on your computer. All those botnets you keep hearing about? They're far, far more likely to be built off CatPicturesScreensaver.exe than from some crazily smart drive-by which is completely undetectable and doesn't do anything... until the doomsday comes.

This isn't to say that "visual cues" and "checking stuff" aren't ridiculous, but you're also not a character in a Bond movie.

2 days ago
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Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

Nemyst Re:Really Neat (139 comments)

Wait. They're slowing the group velocity, which isn't what most people think of when they read "velocity".

Group velocity is the speed at which the signal carried by a photon propagates. Essentially, if you look at a moving sine wave, group velocity is the speed at which it's moving. We already know that this velocity can be altered and can even be faster than c. This is different from signal velocity, which is the speed at which the individual photons carrying the signal propagate. Each photon is also a wave thanks to particle-wave duality, so the wave you're analyzing when you look at photons is the wave embodied by every photon you catch. You can't have faster than light communication even if group velocity is higher than c because the signal is still only going at c. The little packets carrying the wave travel slower than the wave's oscillation, essentially.

Altering group velocity is neat and cool, especially doing so in a vacuum, but it's not what a lot of people here believe.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Nemyst Re:Religious reasons? (650 comments)

Quite frankly I don't see why religion would be held to a different standard from any other reason people can think of to not get vaccinated. If someone doesn't want to be vaccinated for ideological reasons (say, Big Pharma conspiracy theorist) or because their religion says no, they should be treated the same way: as a potential danger to others. If it means Disney wants to fire them, well, they should be able to, for both of them. To do otherwise would be discrimination!

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Nemyst Re:I want silent vehicles (792 comments)

Which means you'll have variable sound levels for 15-30 years as old cars aren't upgraded to the less noisy sound requirements. Thanks, but no thanks.

3 days ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Nemyst Re:So what was the result?? (438 comments)

If you remove significantly from the second question, then it loses all meaning. Humans could contribute 0.000001% and the answer would still be "yes", but they'd consider it not to be a problem because it's so small.

4 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Nemyst Re:Lower Level != "Complex" (637 comments)

You want them to learn the abstract concepts of programming. With C, you quickly get bogged down in memory management, notions like pointers, the complete lack of object-oriented programming, awkward functions and weird workarounds like variadic functions. You can learn that stuff after you've understood what a loop is and how variables work.

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Nemyst Re:C# (637 comments)

You can also now use C# to build for Android with Xamarin, which is a platform I find very attractive for learning. You have clearer boundaries, better structure and a much cleaner API than what fully-fledged OS's provide.

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Nemyst Re:Javascript (637 comments)

I dislike Javascript as an intro course because it's not strict enough. It's better, I find, to start with a stricter language and remove constraints once you're familiar with them. Otherwise, you'll get used to the language doing magic typecasting and to building objects haphazardly, and when you get to a language which requires class definitions and has strong(er) typing, you'll be confused and have to relearn everything. When you do it the other way around, you'll have a tendency to be more structured and to rely less on the language figuring out what you wanted to do.

I still think the best languages for starting out are Java, C# or Python, probably in that order (if Microsoft's open source thing pans out, I'd place C# above Java).

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Nemyst Re:my vote: (637 comments)

My problems at this point with Java are A) it evolves very, very slowly and B) Oracle. I was far more confident in the language before Oracle took it over.

5 days ago
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Nemyst Re:Emoticons work. (219 comments)

Never let Linus near Unicode glyphs. The emoticons he'd produce would probably cause a rift in the space-time continuum.

Fortunately, Slashdot doesn't support Unicode, so we're safe.

about a week ago
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The Free Educational Software GCompris Comes To Android

Nemyst Re:in case you're wondering (75 comments)

First time I hear about it as well and surprise surprise, it's another open source project with a terrible name! Every single time, they think they're clever, but just end up being inane.

about a week ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

Nemyst Once (217 comments)

I have no issue with them being able to call me without legal repercussions... once. After that, it's their job to update their robocall lists. I've informed them that they no longer have the correct number. Any further "mistakes" should be fully punishable.

about a week ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

Nemyst Re:This was done so Republicans can criticize it.. (308 comments)

Sure did, which is why it's going to be funny to watch them try to criticize Obama for implementing it. Remember, this is the Republicans we're talking about here.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

Nemyst Re:Waffle much? (159 comments)

Did you read to the end of the sentence? OpenGL on Windows has always been a low priority thing, and since AMD's been struggling to make passable drivers it's completely unsurprising that they'd focus even less on that.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Test Build-It-Yourself Ara Smartphones In Puerto Rico

Nemyst Re:Control of RF (61 comments)

It's unlikely that you'd be able to slot in more than one cell module, and that's really the only way you could misuse RF networks.

about two weeks ago
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Ars: Samsung Gear VR Is Today's Best Virtual Reality

Nemyst Re:Dizziness (74 comments)

The DK2 also uses a low-persistence OLED screen running at 75Hz. This is a far cry from a run-of-the-mill phone's 60Hz screen. This significantly reduces motion blur, which can also help with dizziness.

about two weeks ago
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HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

Nemyst Re:By Google, for Google (161 comments)

If SPDY is indeed focused on single-server sources like Google, then I'd say the opposite: SPDY is very relevant to the overwhelming majority of internet users. The vast majority of traffic is done on a select few sites such as Google, YouTube and Netflix. All of them benefit from that new protocol.

It won't necessarily help small websites and hosts, but let's not forget that a protocol isn't strictly about them.

about two weeks ago
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MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

Nemyst Re:MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers? (319 comments)

It's LePen, what did you expect? The thing you have to fear isn't LePen, it's whether these fucking idiotic jihadists will give LePen more votes. The last thing you want is for extremist right-wing parties to gain power in Europe, because that'll end in bloodbath.

about two weeks 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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