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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

PCM2 Re:Should void warranty (208 comments)

If you jailbreak your car, however, and inadvertently change something that impairs reliability, you're compromising the safety of everybody else on the road. Everything (including braking) in Tesla cars is tied into the software, and this is not something you should mess around with.

Do you give this same speech to all the BMW owners who buy custom performance mod chips?

about two weeks ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

PCM2 Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

This to me really shows that people just are not rational enough to avoid crime no matter how harsh the punishment we mete out.

Either that, or it demonstrates that all those scary "death penalty for drugs" signs at train stations in Southeast Asia are bullshit, and that there's no such thing for anybody with enough cash. That seriously hadn't occurred to you?

about three weeks ago
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Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

PCM2 Re:stop the beta whining (299 comments)

in the meantime, please don't be the reason people stop posting and turn this into nothing but beta whining.

Speaking of stopping posting, it's time for US Slashdot users to start logging out. The boycott lasts from February 10 through February 17. Let's make it hurt. More specifically, let's make sure DICE hurts -- we're not really hurting /. because /. is US.

about 2 months ago
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Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

PCM2 Re:Lurker Here (299 comments)

Big talk from an AC.

tl;dr FUCK BETA

about 2 months ago
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A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic

PCM2 Re:Proposal Response (19 comments)

I'm sure such a site could still sell enough advertising to break even and a little extra, as long as they sought out advertisers who understand who we are and want to reach exactly those people.

I'll just throw something out there as someone who works in the media business. I'm in editorial, mind you, so the money side of it is not my thing and I mostly pay no attention to it. But I have worked in offices with people whose job it was to get advertisers to spend money. And just based on the gossip I've heard around the water cooler, the general feeling among sales types is that Slashdot couldn't sell an ad to the Pope on Christmas, I'm sorry to say. The perception is that this community has massive value, but nobody knows how to extract that value. Certain aspects of this community -- most likely, love of free software, liberal opinions when it comes to things like the Pirate Bay and BitTorrent, general cynicism and hatred of corporate messaging, if I had to guess -- make it poison to advertisers. Everybody wants this market, but nobody wants to market to this market if there's a strong chance that it will actually backfire and make them look worse.

So that's the position Dice is in. I'm not saying this to condone how they've handled /. since they acquired it. I've already made my opinions on that clear. I'm just saying it to give you guys some impression of where we are and why.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

PCM2 Distributed storage for families (168 comments)

When you're talking about consumer storage for families, you need three things: reliable, easy to use, and web-based.

That said, it seems to me what you're looking for is SLASHDOT BETA. It has been designed with ease of use in mind, in fact, a complete idiot could poke around at its big images all day and have a great time, and all the whitespace means you'll never get lost, even if you have a major stroke while using it. It's reliable, because unlike the old Slashdot its daily traffic is almost zero, so you'll never have to worry about slowdowns. And it's web-based, because unlike the old Slashdot it uses lots of HTML5 and JavaScript, so that's how you know it's the web, real modern-like.

On the other hand, if you'd prefer to BOYCOTT SLASHDOT, that starts on Monday, February 10. Make sure you logout on Sunday, so that even if you want to check in to see whether Dice has got the message, Slashdot gets NO TRAFFIC from registered users.

And for all you quislings posting about "whining ACs," my real name is Neil McAllister and I am one of the first 5,000 people to register on Slashdot, which means I have been here for almost 20 years. I am fully in support of the anti-beta effort and I am willing to burn all of my karma to bring you this message.

about 2 months ago
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Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

PCM2 We need Indian drug companies (255 comments)

I think it's terrible that the US would try to keep more people from getting access to effective, affordable remedies, such as beta blockers.

about 2 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

PCM2 Re:We are also getting snubbed by Slashdot BETA (578 comments)

Talk - action = nothing.

Slashdot is a conversation site. The talk IS the action.

Here's some more of it: FUCK BETA.

about 2 months ago
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CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

PCM2 Sounds great (238 comments)

But before they use that collider they'll want to get it out of Beta first.

about 2 months ago
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iWatch Prototypes Could Be Ready, Apple Hires Fitness Physiologists For Tests

PCM2 Re: Are you not entertained! (100 comments)

Hell, might as well use the opportunity to shill my own stuff (seems like that's what /. is for these days, anyway)...

I was one of the first 5,000 /. users, and like most of you, I too am fed up with all the shenanigans since Dice took over.

That said, I'd like to personally invite the whole, babbling mess of you to come on over to The Register at www.theregister.co.uk.

We're different. We're a little weird. We like to write headlines that pass people off. A lot of the site is pitched from a UK perspective, which means Americans sometimes don't get it, but we actually have an international staff with offices in Australia and San Francisco (where I work).

And even if the headlines sometimes get a little out there, the reporting is actually mostly pretty straight -- although we don't mind calling bullshit when it's warranted. Anyway, at least we DO reporting, unlike /., which just slaps a misleading summary on someone else's stuff. And several of our people have actual tech background (though others are just reporters).

What's more, compared to any other tech site I've ever worked for, we actually do have a lot of really articulate, whip-smart commenters on our stories. I think you would like some of what you read there. We have some trolls and dimwits, too, but that's par for the course.

Fair warning: our comments ARE moderated by our editors. That's probably never going to change, owing in part to the truly ludicrous UK libel laws, where we can be held responsible for the contents of your comments if we "publish" them. But most of what we pull are just pointless personal attacks and spam.

And as a bonus for /.ers, our site design is about as ugly as the old /., so there's that.

Come check us out. We might be kind of an acquired taste but once you acquire it you might be hooked.

about 2 months ago
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Why Robot Trucks Could Be Headed To Afghanistan (And Everywhere Else)

PCM2 Purpose? (135 comments)

I don't really see what good these autonomous vehicles will do. They won't do anything to help get rid of Slashdot Beta, so what's the point?

about 2 months ago
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Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

PCM2 Re:How do we get more women involved in tech? (545 comments)

Probably because it's unhealthy for tech to exclude 52% of the population based on gender.

But that wasn't the proposition. The proposition was how to "get more women interested in open source." If you're talking about excluding women, then fine, if that's actually happening then that's something worth talking about. We shouldn't be excluding people. But why is it necessary to "get people interested"? If they're not interested, then fine, let 'em pursue other interests. It's a big world with lots of options.

about 2 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

PCM2 Re:jscript (505 comments)

Well, that's true, too.

about 3 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

PCM2 Re:Replusive (505 comments)

My understanding is that the most common use case for both NaCl and ASM.js is to write your code in, of all things, C.

about 3 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

PCM2 Re:jscript (505 comments)

To clarify your last statement a bit, TypeScript is designed as a superset of JavaScript. All valid JavaScript is valid TypeScript. All you have to convert your project is say "my project is in TypeScript now," and you can then start adding TypeScript features to your code -- or not -- as you see fit. That's as opposed to Dart, which really is a different language with a different syntax and you have to start over.

about 3 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

PCM2 Re:jscript (505 comments)

The point of C is that it's fast as hell and gives you almost complete control.

No, assembly language is fast as hell and gives you complete control. The point of C is that it gives you almost as much control but makes it easier to build and maintain large systems without you being some kind of semirobotic idiot savant. In other words, C IS a "dumbed down" language, just like some of the other ones people are complaining about.

about 3 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

PCM2 Re:Replusive (505 comments)

The best approach, therefore, is to build a compiler back-end that targets *both* ASM.js *and* (P)NaCl.

Or just compile your code twice, using two different back ends? I don't see much wisdom in building a compiler that tries to do two things at once.

about 3 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

PCM2 Peak "platform" (505 comments)

Is the word "platform" officially over? My fucking toaster is a bread-browning platform.

about 3 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

PCM2 Re:LLVM funding model doesn't scale (1098 comments)

LLVM are only getting funding because Apple wants to undermine GCC.

What on Earth would Apple gain by undermining GCC? I guess it would benefit Apple's buddy Intel, but Intel's compilers are already superior to GCC on its own chips, so I don't imagine it's too bothered.

about 3 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

PCM2 Re:...but if you want free software to improve... (1098 comments)

Yes, this is exactly the issue. GPL isn't "more free" than BSD. Quite the opposite. GPL is far less free as it grants the users less freedoms.

The BSD approach is "Here is something nice I made - have it and do what you like, hope you have fun!"
The GPL approach is "Here is something nice I made - you can use it, but if you you have to let me play with you stuff. I don't care that your thing might be vastly better or more complicated than mine, if you're using my stuff you sure better make sure I can use everything you make."

I think you've mischaracterized the GPL approach. By using the personal pronoun, you make it sounds like the GPL forces people who make derivative works to do things for the original developer. That's not the intent at all. The intent is to make sure that people who make derivative works do things for everyone – meaning everyone collectively, not individually. GPL grants users lots and lots of freedoms; the one freedom it does not grant is the freedom for you to withhold from others the freedoms that you yourself enjoy. BSD does grant you that freedom.

about 3 months ago

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Most projects on GitHub aren't open source licensed

PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  1 year,1 day

PCM2 (4486) writes "Kids these days just don't care about open source. That's the conclusion of the Software Freedom Law Center's Aaron Williamson, who analyzed some 1.7 million projects on GitHub and found that only about 15% of them had a clearly identifiable license in their top-level directories. And of the projects that did have licenses, the vast majority preferred permissive licenses such as the MIT, BSD, or Apache licenses, rather than the GPL. Has the younger generation given up on ideas like copyleft and Free Software? And if so, what can be done about it?"
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Java exploit patched? Not so fast

PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

PCM2 (4486) writes "The Register reports that Security Explorations' Adam Gowdiak says there is still an exploitable vulnerability in the Java SE 7 Update 7 that Oracle shipped as an emergency patch yesterday. 'As in the case of the earlier vulnerabilities, Gowdiak says, this flaw allows an attacker to bypass the Java security sandbox completely, making it possible to install malware or execute malicious code on affected systems.'"
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Kaspersky researchers seek help identifying Duqu malware

PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

PCM2 (4486) writes "Malware experts from Kaspersky Lab have asked the programming community for help identifying the programming language, compiler, or framework that was used to write an important part of the Duqu Trojan, in the hope that it could reveal clues about who created it or why. "The mysterious programming language is definitively not C++, Objective C, Java, Python, Ada, Lua, and many other languages we have checked," Soumenkov said, adding that Kaspersky's research team has spent countless hours analyzing the code."
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Amazon Cancels Associates Program in California

PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

PCM2 (4486) writes "Residents of California who participate in the Amazon Associates Program received an email today warning them that the program will be terminated as soon as a new California law goes into effect. The law, which CA governor Jerry Brown signed today, would require online retailers to collect sales tax on purchases. According to Amazon's statement, 'We oppose this bill because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It is supported by big-box retailers, most of which are based outside California, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors.'"
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Oracle shuts older servers out of Solaris 11

PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

PCM2 (4486) writes "The Register is reporting that Oracle has decided not to allow Solaris 11 to install on older Sparc hardware, including UltraSparc-I, UltraSparc-II, UltraSparc-IIe, UltraSparc-III, UltraSparc-III+, UltraSparc-IIIi, UltraSparc-IV, and UltraSparc-IV+ processors. The Solaris 11 Express development version released in November did not have this restriction, which suggests that the OS would likely run on these models. Unfortunately, the installer won't. All generations of Sparc T series processors and Sparc Enterprise M machines will be able to install and run Solaris 11, however."
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Microsoft seeks more influence over PC hardware

PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

PCM2 writes "If you thought Microsoft's days of strongarming the PC industry were over, think again. As Windows 8 approaches, Microsoft wants to "work more closely" with hardware vendors to make sure their products are aligned with Redmond's expectations. Among the things Microsoft wants its say in are "such details as the aspect ratio they choose for displays, where buttons and radio antennas are located, and even the width of the bezel, or rim, around the edge of the screen.""
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Anatomy of the HBGary hack

PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

PCM2 (4486) writes "Recently, Anonymous took down the Web sites of network security firm HBGary. Ars Technica has the scoop on how it happened. Turns out it wasn't any one vulnerability, but a perfect storm of SQL injection, weak passwords, weak encryption, password re-use, unpatched servers, and social engineering. The full story will make you wince — but how many of these mistakes is your company making?"
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Secret Service runs at "six sixes" availability

PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

PCM2 (4486) writes "ABC News is reporting that the U.S. Secret Service is in dire need of server upgrades. "Currently, 42 mission-oriented applications run on a 1980s IBM mainframe with a 68 percent performance reliability rating," says one leaked memo. That finding was the result of an NSA study commissioned by the Secret Service to evaluate the severity of their computer problems. Curiously, upgrades to the Service's computers are being championed by Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who says he's had "concern for a while" about the issue."
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No water for you at Google HQ

PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

PCM2 (4486) writes "Whether it’s free laundry service, a loaner umbrella when it’s raining, a loaner bicycle to get from building to building, or a help-yourself bucket of gummi worms, Google provides everything — if you're a Google employee, that is. But as I learned last week, visitors aren't so lucky — especially if all you want is a drink of water. It seems Google has 'gone Green,' and the rest of us should just shut up and drink our juice."
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Seth McFarlane special loses Microsoft sponsorship

PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

PCM2 (4486) writes "Variety is reporting that an upcoming comedy special featuring Family Guy stars Seth McFarlane and Alex Borstein has lost sponsorship from Microsoft over 'content concerns.' According to the article, 'The program included MacFarlane and Alex Borstein — the voice of "Family Guy" matriarch Lois — pitching Windows 7. For most of the special, however, MacFarlane and Borstein made typical "Family Guy"-style jokes, including riffs on deaf people, the Holocaust, feminine hygiene and incest. Such material was apparently a bit much for Microsoft.' More interesting, perhaps, is the revelation that Microsoft has inked a deal with "a wide range of News Corp. properties to promote the launch of the computer giant's Windows 7 operating system.""
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Roger Ebert Slams Ben Stein, Creationism

PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

PCM2 writes "Film critic Roger Ebert has posted a long, scathing, often hilarious editorial lambasting game show host Ben Stein and "Expelled," the pro-Intelligent Design film he helped to produce. It's well worth a read (as Ebert's work often is). From the editorial: "Ben Stein, you hosted a TV show on which you gave away money. Imagine that I have created a special edition of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' just for you ... you are faced with two choices: (A) Darwin's Theory of Evolution, or (B) Intelligent Design. Because this is a special edition of the program, you can use a Hotline to telephone every scientist on Earth who has an opinion on this question. You discover that 99.975 of them agree on the answer (A). A million bucks hangs in the balance. The clock is ticking. You could use the money. Which do you choose? You, a firm believer in the Constitution, are not intimidated and exercise your freedom of speech. You choose (B).""
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Roundtable on the State of Open Source

PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  about 6 years ago

PCM2 writes "InfoWorld is running a massive round-table discussion on the past, present, and future directions for open source software. It suffers somewhat from strange pagination, but it consists of seven individual questions/topics that span several pages each (printer-friendly versions available). Among the participants are Bruce Perens, Eric Raymond, and representatives from a number of companies, including MySQL's Zack Urlocker, Google's Chris DiBona, and even Microsoft's Sam Ramji. It's interesting reading with plenty of nuggets — ESR can't resist a dig on the FSF, for example, while DiBona thinks Ubuntu is just about perfect."
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Supercomputer conquers Rubik's Cube

PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PCM2 writes "New Scientist reports that, like checkers before it, the Rubik's Cube has now been 'solved' via computer analysis. According to scientists at Boston's Northeastern University, any Rubik's Cube position can be returned to a fully-solved state in just 26 moves. Pretty amazing for an object that has a reported 43 quintillion combinations — but then again, not necessarily surprising if you've ever watched a Rubik's Cube competition."
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PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PCM2 writes "Scientists from Nasa say that Mars has warmed by about 0.5C since the 1970s. This is similar to the warming experienced on Earth over approximately the same period. Since there is no known life on Mars it suggests rapid changes in planetary climates could be natural phenomena."
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PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PCM2 writes "The Associated Press is reporting that Robert Santangelo, a 16-year-old who has been sued by the RIAA for file sharing and piracy, has raised 32 defenses to the organization's claims, including that 'the record companies, which have filed more than 18,000 piracy lawsuits in federal courts, "have engaged in a wide-ranging conspiracy to defraud the courts of the United States."' The documents go on to suggest that the music industry is "a cartel" and is in violation of U.S. anti-trust laws. Santangelo has also filed a counter-claim against the RIAA for defamation and legal fees."
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PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PCM2 writes "Old-time Mac OS programmers will remember when Apple first released its groundbreaking Human Interface Guidelines, which described how developers could give a consistent UI to their Mac software. Fast-forward to today and Microsoft is doing something similar with its much-touted new UI for Office. Only in Redmond's case, the UI must be licensed to each developer. Among the terms of the license: 'The Design Guidelines are Microsoft's confidential information. As long as they remain confidential, you cannot disclose them to anyone else without Microsoft's prior written approval ... This license contains no sub-license rights.' Apparently the UI is valuable Microsoft intellectual property."
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PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PCM2 writes "Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian has issued an open letter to the press and Linux community addressing some of the concerns about his company's recent deal with Microsoft. From the letter: "We disagree with the recent statements made by Microsoft on the topic of Linux and patents. Importantly, our agreement with Microsoft is in no way an acknowledgment that Linux infringes upon any Microsoft intellectual property. When we entered the patent cooperation agreement with Microsoft, Novell did not agree or admit that Linux or any other Novell offering violates Microsoft patents.""
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PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PCM2 writes "It's not Oracle Linux, but Larry Ellison has announced that Oracle will be providing full enterprise support for Linux. This means not just phone calls but also patches, security fixes, and backports, in addition to indemnification from lawsuits like SCO's. This puts Oracle in direct competition with its erstwhile partner, Red Hat, whose entire business is based on providing similar support for its Linux distro and related software."
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PCM2 PCM2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PCM2 (4486) writes "At the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco today, Dell unveiled its first servers running AMD Opteron CPUs. Both a two-socket and four-socket model were introduced. The announcement had been preceded, earlier in the day, by a keynote address from AMD's CEO, Hector Ruiz."

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