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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

PsychoSlashDot Mikrotik (230 comments)

Grab a cheap Mikrotik RB750 or similar and you'll find you have an out-of-the-box solution that's feature-rich, supported, and easy to use.

2 days ago

Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

PsychoSlashDot Unsurprisingly an add-on broke. (220 comments)

The "new" DownloadStatusBar addon which worked around the changes in (I think) FF29... well, it's broken again. Probably I can go Googling and find an update somewhere.

about two weeks ago

Wireless Contraception

PsychoSlashDot Re:If only... (302 comments)

If only getting pregnant always required long, conscientious, deliberate effort, and avoiding pregnancy were the easy result of one night's drunken whim.

But that's now how it is, and this proposal won't make it so.

You say that. What if deactivating this "chip" requires a trip to the doctor? What if you get to specify the exact circumstances under which it is permitted to change modes and one of them is that you confirm you decision daily for six weeks? See, this technology could give you most of what you want, if universally installed.

about 2 months ago

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

PsychoSlashDot Re:Nonsense. (564 comments)

An ability to perform more calculations then a human mind does not mean it will beat us.

True. But it does provide the capacity to "beat us".

First, we self assemble from readily obtainable materials out of a self regulating biosphere. Where as this machine would have to be built and maintained by our industry.

Say rather "by industry". Including the word "our" is unnecessarily specific.

Second, there are fucking billions of us. So sure.. we might be able to build some machines that are smarter then ONE person but there are again... fucking billions of us.

Great point. Except that digital entities can be duplicated with stupifying ease while us biologicals require decades of education.

Third, the machine will have its programming directed by us. It will at best be a slave of whomever paid for it to be created.

By definition, adaptive code of sufficient complexity to be considered artificially alive won't be slave to anyone.

Fourth, that programming will be directed at preforming some task where as our task is generally the propagation of our genes with everything else being some sort of weird byproduct.

Again, by the time we've got code that fits the definition of artificial intelligence, it's no longer just an expert system.

Fifth, we have hundreds of millions of years of evolution behind our programming. And I don't think any collection of programmers is going to surpass it in the next century.

Unfortunately, almost all of that evolution was literally trial-and-error, mostly error. We've got a whole bunch of DNA that is literally not expressed because it's useless. That evolution was about getting from primordial slime oozes to walking upright. The lessons "learned" in the middle about how to do photosynthesis while we were ooze-like isn't even vaguely useful to us. Also, aside from symbiosis with the AIs we're talking about here, we have nowhere to go. Evolution takes so long, a decent climate change on this planet and we're screwed where AI can iterate purposefully to solve its problems.

Eventually might there be robotic rivals to humanity? Sure... but not any time soon.

Soon? As in this afternoon? No, probably not. Soon as in within a decade? Again, probably not. But really, once we develop one instance of something truly self-programming and "intelligent", its complexity growth will be very rapid, just like all of our technologies have been. Just like... flight. The hard part was getting the first airplane off the ground. From there... space shuttles in very little time.

about 2 months ago

White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

PsychoSlashDot Re:Classic Obama (211 comments)

Insightful indeed.

As an outsider - Canadian - I see all of the things you describe. I think your theory is very likely right. Obama wasn't a twisted politician when he started. He had an agenda that was mostly in the favor of the average Joe. The problem I have with professional politics is that I realize you have to compromise to get anything done. If you want Bill A to be passed, you need the support of a lot of other people, and you may need to support Bill B to get the job done, though you don't like it.

It's selling your soul, bit by bit. In the end, some of the fights you were rallying for will cost you - and potentially the nation - more than you're willing to pay. The President isn't the Dictator-in-Chief. He's got rules to live by and the realities are that the office doesn't allow some of the sweeping changes Obama wanted... not alone.

So yeah, broken, depressed, dejected, and he probably views himself as a failure.

It's sad, really, because the nature of politics isn't his fault but his failures will be labeled as his.

about 2 months ago

Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man

PsychoSlashDot Re:title should be... (109 comments)

"Scientists Accidentally Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man"

To be fair, the real article title was too long...

Scientists Accidentally Grow Full Head of Hair On Man Who Was Bald For None of The Reasons That Would Make This Discovery Interesting To A Reasonable Number of People

about 3 months ago

Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

PsychoSlashDot Re:here we go again. (649 comments)

England != UK. This is the Dept of Education for England not Scotland, or Wales, or Northern Ireland - all of which are UK yet, strangely, they are not England.

Could you maybe make it easier on the world somehow? Maybe by going to war (again)?

I'd offer these as potential names that various factions could use:
The Kilt-Wearing Portion of the Formerly United Kingdom
Island Nation That Is Better Than Nearby Island Nation
Place That Didn't Invent Vodka Despite Plethora Of Potatoes
The Temporarily United Two Islands Which Hate Each Other But Hate That Other Island More
Why Do All Dwarves Have To Use Our Accents
We've Got Doctor Who
Yeah But Karen Gillen Is From Here

about 3 months ago

4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

PsychoSlashDot Re:Where's The Content? (207 comments)

Where can I get content worth watching on that display?

Start, Programs, Microsoft Office, Excel.

Alternatively, My Pictures, then some random folder that has anything more than 2 megapixel images in it.

Or some random CAD program. Or page-layout package.

My point, simply, is that you can actually make your own content by using this monitor as a monitor. Don't worry about if it makes a very good TV... it has other, more monitor-y uses.

about 3 months ago

How LEDs Are Made

PsychoSlashDot Re:Cheap labor versus automation (93 comments)

You have to expect that in a country where manual labor is cheap. In other countries, it makes more economic sense to automate or otherwise fix inefficiencies in the manufacturing process.

I'm not saying you're wrong, but I'd like to highlight that there is a second side to your coin. In other countries, it makes more economic sense to automate the manufacturing process so a larger percentage of the profit is converted to profit for those employees that remain, while those who would have done the inefficient manual assembly become unemployment statistics.

Somewhere in between your statement and mine likely lies an ideal.

about 3 months ago

HP Delivers a Big-Name, 7-inch Android Tablet For $100: Comes With Compromises

PsychoSlashDot I disagree about the biggest downside... (182 comments)

Android 4.anything will do just fine. What makes this almost a joke device is the screen resolution of NotEnough x NotEnough. Seriously... 1024x768 was a reasonable desktop resolution fifteen to twenty years ago. 600 vertical pixels in 2014 is an unforgivable sin unless you're putting them on a watch or a contact lens or the head of a pin or something else uselessly small to start with.

about 4 months ago

German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up

PsychoSlashDot Re:Ridiculous (334 comments)

When you take off your clothes in front of a camera you should be responsible enough to understand the consequences, just like with literally every other bad decision you can make. Love is not an excuse to be retarded.

If you want to include the word "should", then apply it where it belongs. When you take your clothes off in front of a camera, there should not be consequences beyond your partner being aroused. That the woman in the article has to worry about her "reputation" is what is wrong. Personally the only way her having taken nude pictures impacts my view of her is that I now know she's a fun-loving person comfortable being attractive and sexual. She's not ashamed or repressed or otherwise convinced that the animal she is is somehow a bad thing.

There shouldn't be a big deal over being seen naked.

I get it that we're not there societally yet. I get it that because we're not there, there are consequences. But if we're going to talk about "should", let's put it where it belongs; we all should be comfortable in our natural state. That someone posts a picture of the shape of your butt shouldn't matter any more than someone posting a sound sample of your voice or a molding of your elbow.

about 4 months ago

New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

PsychoSlashDot Re:American Date Format (134 comments)

American Date Format :DIE Already!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, but as a non-American I have to admit I find that date format the most comfortable. Things are likely different globally, but here people tend to say "May 10th, 2014" much more often than "the 10th of May, 2014". Adding two bonus words so you can satisfy some "most granular to least granular" fetish doesn't fit.

For instance, the catastrophe that happened in the US over a decade ago is called "September 11th", not "the 11th of September".

Frankly I'd be okay with a compromise... 10(5)14 is May 10th, 2014 or the 10th of May, 2014. But as long as everyone insists on using commas, DMY will never have my vote.

about 4 months ago

The Mifos Project Makes Software To 'Accelerate Microfinance' (Video)

PsychoSlashDot Obligatory mis-read-it-at-first... (39 comments)

I generally dislike the meme, but I mis-read this as The MILFOS Project.

about 4 months ago

Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

PsychoSlashDot Re:Contracting? (477 comments)

Was it even ever popular?

I agree. This is a moment where marketing-speak masks the truth. The word they're using - demand - isn't appropriate. There was never and demand for Blu-Ray. What did exist to some degree was willingness to buy. These are not the same thing.

Demand stems from a need to strong desire. "If only someone would make a platter with higher resolution and more intrusive DRM, I'd give my left nut." That's demand. On the other hand, "I heard about this new gizmo with 1080p and intrusive DRM, and it turns out I've got money burning a hole in my pocket so I'm going to go get me one!" That's willingness-to-buy.

Turns out that to a certain degree other products are what there is demand for. Things like streaming video. Now that the products that are in demand actually exist, it turns out willingness-to-buy BluRay is shrinking.

Go figure.

about 4 months ago

Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

PsychoSlashDot Re:Send a message (216 comments)

Don't buy their products. Boycott.

People keep suggesting things like this.

Sony puts a rootkit on a CD? Boycott. Apple tells you you're holding your iPhone wrong? Boycott.

Problem is it's nonsense. A boycott is the fiscal equivalence of silence. Your favorite restaurant changes the way they make ? Boycott is the equivalent of "go somewhere else." Well, that sucks. How about "tell the manager/owner you don't like the new recipe"? Try communicating that you're unhappy and why with them. Otherwise your absence means nothing. It's statistically lost in seasonal variance, for instance.

So, for this, send a letter to the company explaining your problem. Send them a "do not like" letter, basically. Boycott alone is meaningless.

about 5 months ago

GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

PsychoSlashDot Re:GoPro makes dubious claim... (320 comments)

No, no, you missed it... a homeless guy makes a dubious claim. Seriously, a guy who has been homeless for six years is the basis for this thing, with him concluding that technology is desensitizing non-homeless.

It's an even bigger chunk of turd than you thought. This guy isn't a long-time homeless person who might plausibly be able to compare today to the golden yesteryear of homelessness. He doesn't provide anything even resembling evidence, just "you know, e-mail makes people lose their empathy".

I call bullshit. Being homeless makes you notice that people are today - and always have been - insensitive to the plight of the homeless, on average. This dude just never noticed how homeless are treated six years ago when he had a mother, a wife, a house, and a rip-roaring drug habit.

about 5 months ago

Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

PsychoSlashDot Re:Appeal to authority is not good enough (588 comments)

Yes, when amalgam fillings are first placed you are exposed to some mercury vapor.

Yes, but when you die, some of the mercury is always missing. Where did it go? Did it just vanish into the aether? Or was it released from your tooth with hot beverages? I love a hot cup of coffee with extra mercury in the morning, every morning, for the rest of my life. With my 11 silver fillings.

Amalgam is a very durable

It's not. It always loses mercury.

Just because that's an interesting assertion, I'd be interested in the required citation.

about 5 months ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

PsychoSlashDot Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

This is all about political correctness. It's lynching someone because his beliefs don't match those of the hive mind. What is the point of having the right to free speech if you are condemned for exercising it?

Nobody lynched him. He spoke, he was told that what he said was shitty, he quit his job because he recognized saying shitty things was going to hurt his employer. Free speech happened.

about 5 months ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

PsychoSlashDot Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

I assume you support banning infertile hetero couples from marrying as well

Sure why not. They can still live together.

Because there are serious legal situations that surround marital status.

Because when my wife isn't entitled to my health care benefits because we don't have a kid, it's your fault. Because when my wife isn't permitted the same power-of-attorney benefits when I am ill, infirm, and/or dead, it's your fault. Because when my wife isn't allowed to visit me in a hospital situation that permits "only family", it's your fault.

Don't you get it that impinging on these sort of "benefits" makes you a bad person?

This world is not wanting for more human beings. By not adding to the human burden on the planet we are actually being responsible. But you'll happily treat us as lesser people because we don't have the same biological imperative that you do. Did I mention bad person? Personally I can't see how a hetero couple that doesn't/can't have kids is somehow lesser than someone who knocks up his wife so she can birth a kid they can raise as yet another bigot.

I don't have a horse in the gay/straight race, being hetero, but I sure as heck can tell right from wrong.

about 5 months ago


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